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deputydog1157
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First Trip to SXM
      #1729102 - 04/05/17 08:56 AM (199.47.251.62)

As the heading of my post says, this will be the 1st time my wife and I will be in SXM for an extended period. We have been to the island maybe 4 or 5 times on different cruises so we decided to book for a week. We'll be going September 9th through the 16th for our 39th anniversary. Staying at a VRBO in Pelican and renting a car. Looking forward to taking in as many things as we can. Any suggestions would be greatky appreciated. Have been to Orient Beach but only up to Pedro's so this time it's going to be to Club Orient area to get us both out of our comfort zone. YOLO right?

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Re: First Trip to SXM [Re: deputydog1157]
      #1729105 - 04/05/17 09:20 AM (47.192.9.53)

Congratulations on your anniversary and your first trip! Most likely it won't be your last!

First, I personally think you have chosen a great time of year to go to SXM, because it will not be crowded at all. Second, I hope that you know that this is close to the height of hurricane season, so I hope that you have purchased trip cancellation insurance, just in case! I see you're from Florida, so I assume you already know that. We haven't been in September in a while, but we used to ALWAYS go in September and loved it! Some restaurants will be closed, but there will still be plenty of places open. Club Orient the hotel will probably be closed when you are there, or perhaps will close around that time. No worries, the beach will still be open and there will be beach chairs and umbrellas to rent on the beach. I don't honestly know whether the Perch or Papaagayo will be open, if the Club has already closed for their holiday. I think some years they have the Perch open, even when the Club is closed, but not sure this year. Otherwise, it's very easy to pack a lunch and/or drinks and take a cooler to the beach there at Club O. Depending on how you like walking a bit, you should also make the trip over to Happy Bay and check it out.

Otherwise, don't plan too much, enjoy! Let us know if you have any specific questions.


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Re: First Trip to SXM [Re: deputydog1157]
      #1729116 - 04/05/17 10:06 AM (108.230.78.11)

Enjoy Orient! At Pelican, you'll be close enough to walk to some bars, restaurants and a little casino. You'll enjoy it very much in that area. It has more of an American "vibe" on the Dutch side and I think you'll feel quite safe there. September is a great time to go - the water is almost always warm. As long as there's no storm approaching, you should not experience many, if any, rainy days.

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Re: First Trip to SXM [Re: jamiegarrett761]
      #1729129 - 04/05/17 12:48 PM (199.47.251.62)

Thanks for the replies. I am not sure where in Pelican area the condo is but I seem to think somewhere on Billy Foley Road. Can anyone advise of a nice restaurant to take my bride to for a romantic anniversary dinner near that area?

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Re: First Trip to SXM [Re: deputydog1157]
      #1729130 - 04/05/17 01:08 PM (47.192.9.53)

Regarding the location of your condo, you could post a link to the listing and someone here could probably tell you where it is.

Regarding a restaurant in the general area of Billy Folly Road, some suggestions, in no particular order..

La Patrona Restaurant at Simpson Bay Resort TRADITIONAL Mexican fare, which is NOT!! Tex-Mex, in a lovely setting.

Hideaway Restaurant at LaVista Resort Restaurant with a varied menu, with a lovely view of the ocean. Best check with them, the restaurant might be closed in September.

Skipjacks--sorry, too lazy to find the website--Probably some of the best seafood on the island

So French--On Billy Folly Road--Traditional French, a little pricy

Bajatzu--In Maho, so a bit further, but some of the best steaks on the island.

Enjoy!


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Re: First Trip to SXM [Re: deputydog1157]
      #1729133 - 04/05/17 01:51 PM (108.230.78.11)

You could try Izi which is just down Billy Folly Road to the right on Welfare Road. It is very chic, mostly Italian food but very romantic. They have waterfalls coming down the outside windows, everything in the restaurant is white and the service is impeccable.

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Re: First Trip to SXM [Re: jamiegarrett761]
      #1729134 - 04/05/17 01:52 PM (199.47.251.62)

Wow that sounds great and we LOOOOVE Italian food

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Re: First Trip to SXM [Re: deputydog1157]
      #1729136 - 04/05/17 02:13 PM (47.192.9.53)

You know, it's funny how different places are different to different people. I think the decor at Izi is very bland!! Different strokes for different folks!!

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Re: First Trip to SXM [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1729137 - 04/05/17 02:23 PM (199.47.251.62)

I've read somewhere that The Stone is nice place too. Is the stone waterfront?

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Re: First Trip to SXM [Re: deputydog1157]
      #1729142 - 04/05/17 02:52 PM (151.213.147.19)

we really like Izi, but wouldn't describe it as "nice" (as in upscale) or romantic...it's bright, usually full including large groups, loud, with the tables pretty close together....i would describe it more as casual italian

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