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whammy
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: charlieh]
      #1632825 - 02/18/15 07:55 PM (73.38.155.131)

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charlieh said:
I think that the main point of interest in SXM is having the 2 sides which are quite different. It's fun to explore the island via rental car. The beaches around the island have very different vibes.




And it's great to have a choice of beaches depending on which way the wind is blowing!


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whammy
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: pat]
      #1632827 - 02/18/15 07:59 PM (73.38.155.131)

Pat and LBI2, I guess the "good old days" are gone!
Even Bermuda now has drug-related problems.
SXM certainly has us for now!


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caribbeanscout
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: ewr2sxm]
      #1632919 - 02/19/15 08:38 AM (70.199.68.3)

Have you considered chartering a catamaran with friends and exploring islands? We chartered a cat with friends and to date one of the best caribbean trips yet. We started from Oyster Pond, to St.Barths, to St.Kitts and Nevis and looped back. Hard to say which part was the highlight; lots of memorable moments. Really enjoyed Nevis. We are hoping to charter another catamaran and explore the BVIs. Perhaps this would be a good option for you as well in your search for finding a new favorite beach destination.

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porkchop06
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: pat]
      #1632983 - 02/19/15 12:37 PM (70.192.0.245)

Agree!

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CMHToddandTony
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: GaKaye]
      #1633002 - 02/19/15 03:07 PM (74.140.102.207)

This is what we have been doing the past several years as well. Last summer we spent some days in Barcelona with all the cultural sights and outings. We then took a train a short 20 minutes away to Sitges, a lovely costal town with great charm and exceptionally nice people. We did the same a couple of years back by visiting Paris for a week then on to Nice for a week. What a great trip that was! You can get the best of city and beach trips in Europe with a little planning.

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Sunblind
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: ewr2sxm]
      #1633169 - 02/20/15 01:35 PM (90.31.67.245)

Uruguay has low crime, beautiful beaches, and easy to explore by rental car or public transportation. Water is not clear like the Caribbean, but has the most amazing sunsets. Best to visit in mid Dec - end Feb, which is their summer.
El Refugio Chihauhau Beach is rustic bliss, clothing optional hotel/beach, and 15 minute drive to Punta del Este.


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charlieh
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: Sunblind]
      #1633338 - 02/21/15 01:11 PM (71.54.151.134)

Here is a web article I saw today about the A,B,C islands. Certainly some options to consider.

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Edited by charlieh (02/21/15 01:12 PM)


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whammy
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: charlieh]
      #1633395 - 02/21/15 05:32 PM (73.38.155.131)

Interesting comparisons! One phrase in the Curacao section that gave me pause - "Nightlife is best enjoyed from the safety of the resort". Hmmm. We loved Aruba the two trips we made, and felt extremely safe (this was 6 years ago) First trip was a stay on Eagle beach, the low-rise section, and the 2nd was on Palm Beach, the high-rise section. We thought Eagle Beach was much nicer, less crowded, wider beach, but more expensive hotels! Driving to the "Outback" side of the island with it's wild natural scenery of yucca plants and cactus and rocks is an adventure!

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LBI2SXM
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: whammy]
      #1633479 - 02/21/15 10:26 PM (69.141.53.52)

I do not agree with "nightlife is best enjoyed from the safety of the resort." I think who wrote that article is not aware. Curacao is as safe as Aruba and Bonaire and is truly enjoyable and safe. It's natures best secret and I would like to see it stay that way! Keep the crowds away! Curacao has everything Aruba has except the Miami beach atmosphere that seems to be everyone's desire.

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pat
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: LBI2SXM]
      #1633482 - 02/21/15 11:10 PM (32.216.76.210)

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LBI2SXM said:
......Curacao has everything Aruba has except the Miami beach atmosphere that seems to be everyone's desire.




Trust me on this - not EVERYONE is looking for the Miami Beach atmosphere and a lot of us have railed against the advent of that newer aspect of SXM FOR YEARS!! But for those who want/need it, it's there, and more-so with every passing year.

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Respectfully,

pat



"Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat
them."


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