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pat
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Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days
      #1725607 - 03/07/17 12:30 PM (75.133.113.202)

So many things we loved about SXM have changed and we often wish we could return to the happy memories of long ago. Roads that were more like paths; great restaurants hidden in places you couldn't imagine; and the freedom to wander the island without fear of anything worse than a flat tire in the outback......

So many places we loved and lost but for me, the biggest one has to be the Mullet Bay Resort which was my introduction to St. Maarten so many years ago and the restort we primarily visited for the first fifteen years we visited the island. Many an evening spent at the Sweet Tooth or the Grand Casino and the wonderful days lounging under a palapa on the beach at Mullet. Their sunday evening BBQs were great and the entertainment and dancing afterward was always fun. And the Frigate - my favorite island restaurant back in the day. So sad to see all the changes..........and all the wonderful things that today are but happy memories of days gone by.

Does anyone else have this type of memory?

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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: pat]
      #1725629 - 03/07/17 02:22 PM (108.12.200.47)

We remember not seeing any car rentals on island and when you took a cab you told the driver when to pick you up and that you'd pay upon return. Cab was always there.

Remember when Grand Case restaurants had only two seatings 7:30 & 9pm and everyone smoked inside.

West Indies Tavern (now Guavaberry shack) and their .99 happy hour.

Little Bay Beach & Racket Club (pre Divi) a family owned place with a casino, several rooms of different music venues and great food.

Great Bay hotel before Sonesta bought it.

Back Street bakery with delights to equal Sarafina's. Back street was dirt then.

Locals selling wears at the end of the dock.

No tv's. No stop lights, only traffic mirrors. But hardly any traffic.

Remember being able to hike to Pic Paradise with no fear.

Dirt roads on the Dutch side and paved on the French side.

Marigot bustling with shops & people.

To name a few good memories.


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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: RonDon]
      #1725636 - 03/07/17 02:53 PM (71.54.128.171)

It is unreal to me that it wasn't that long ago when I first discovered Orient Beach and only saw sand, trees and ocean. I think there was one other car parked at that beach when we first went in 1987, as I only saw one other person.

I'm sure that Club O was there, but I never saw that part of the beach.

And yes, our rental had to be delivered to our hotel.


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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: charlieh]
      #1725639 - 03/07/17 03:10 PM (200.7.45.94)

Ah yes I remember it well... no guardrails on the hill to Philipsburg, the old road to Dawn Beach, the dirt parking lot in Philipsburg in back of the Government Offices (entry gate and arm installed after it was paved), Great Bay before the boardwalk, the "no man's land" portion of the road on the hill near the current Blue Mall, Marigot before new wharf area, two way traffic through the main road in Grand Case, GEBE brown outs (oh yes that still occurs today, restaurants of years ago - Zachary's in Point Blanche, Sint Maarten Ribs in P'burg, Sebastiano's in Grand Case, Cha Cha Cha in Grand Case, Fish Pot in Grand Case, Ric's Place in P'burg - later Simpson Bay.....

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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: jrr1148]
      #1725642 - 03/07/17 03:43 PM (24.18.33.109)

No developments or rental chairs on Pinel with a small motorized skiff as a ferry.

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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: jrr1148]
      #1725643 - 03/07/17 03:45 PM (75.133.113.202)

Our first visit to the island, the road 'over the hill' not only didn't have guard rails but it was actually under construction to expand it from the original dirt road to an actual paved two lane road. That first trip we were pretty content to stay at Mullet Resort and only rented a car for a half day tour of the island. We almost couldn't find Marigot and there was nothing BUT the original Club Orient and a lot of sea grape on all of Orient Beach. It was a spectacular site to see and experience. Nobody cared if you were naked or dressed because most times there was no one else there but you. In the very late 70s and early 80s we started to wander the island far more freely and widely and thus began our forty year plus love affair of SXM.

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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: pat]
      #1725645 - 03/07/17 03:56 PM (24.46.4.164)

1981, beautiful Mullet Bay resort with open air lobby check in, a real golf course, lunch by the beach in a real restuarant, A frame houses on Simpson Bay, My friends father's house on Simpson bay where Characters is now, unpaved roads on Dutch side, beautiful Marigot especially by the lagoon. had to use francs on French side, unspoiled Orient Beach with only 6 people on the whole beach, the old airport, Mrs Busby's and the other beach bar, picking up hitchhikers, a full beach with sand by the nude beach in Cupecoy with that beautiful rock sticking out of the water, being nude at the cave in Cupecoy (below the Cliffs) with 5 other couples, no power in the middle of the night, no traffic, very few people speaking English on the French side, when half the tourists on the Dutch side were Dutch, more topless women, very few timeshares, when most of the people on the beach were not overweight, when Mullet bay resort was the most beautiful and sophisticated place I had ever been to, no drugs, guns and crime, no cruise ship passengers, wild dogs and goats everywhere, when every store in Maho was occupied. It still paradise but wow was it better than... I wish many of you could have experienced it. It was the beginning of a love affair that has lasted a life time..beautiful when we were young, older and not as pretty but still committed...

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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: pat]
      #1725734 - 03/08/17 09:14 AM (108.12.200.47)

Quote:

pat said:
Our first visit to the island, the road 'over the hill' not only didn't have guard rails but it was actually under construction to expand it from the original dirt road to an actual paved two lane road. That first trip we were pretty content to stay at Mullet ,,,




And didn't you feel like Mullet was the end of the world?

Forgot to add our discovery of Orient. We were staying at hotel at LeGallion and walked down a path that opened up to a magnificent view. Because I was looking straight ahead I didn't notice a couple on the beach until the man asked if we'd be joining them.

There was nothing there except three naked couples; no chairs, no buildings, no anything but pristine beauty.


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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: RonDon]
      #1725735 - 03/08/17 09:16 AM (108.12.200.47)

Oh and in Marigot the water came up to the door of La Vie en Rose. That was before they filled in that area.

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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: pat]
      #1725743 - 03/08/17 09:33 AM (148.74.249.46)

Although our first visit was later than some (2002) we too have seen many changes. There was a dirt road driving to Dawn beach where there was no condoís, no Westin hotel. Ms Bís had her tent up as well as a couple of other beach/restaurant vendors including Scavengers. We loved Dawn Beach when we first started visited SXM. It was our beach of choice. Orient was well built up by the time we started visiting but Cupecoy still had no high-rises and the Cliffside bar/restaurant was a joy to sit at and watch the sun go down and drink a mudslide which was one of their specialties.

We visited Marigot often and fell in love with Bar de la mar where I ate the biggest grilled shrimp I had ever seen. The Caravanserai was a small 2 or 3 floor hotel where we stayed twice and Sunset Beach Bar was a small place where everyone who gathered easily talked about their visits and how great this and that was. We had many fun Halloween experiences at the Kissing Fish, SSBB and Lady C. The island has changed much in 15 years, many places are gone. People who we have met and became good friends have passed on and some no longer travel there. We are grateful to see the island at the end of this month for the 23rd time. Hoping for peace and safety.


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