Well to get back to our trip - we just left and I have to say the trip was great. My wife has a problem walking cause she'll be getting a knee replacement on May 9th but what a trooper! So, we ate at Toppers and had the lobster special - wasn't as good as before. Tried Pizza Italy for the 1st time and what a wonderful experience. The pizza was awesome and they make a different pasta dish every night. Since I'm Italian we went there twice. Also went to Pineapple Pete's and had their lobster pasta - I got to tell you that it was great as well. As far as a car rental we use Triple A and Alain is one great guy. We have used them a few times and he always comes through. We stayed at Royal Islander La Plage and the place is nice and we are owners but I really don't like the fact that they use dehumidifiers instead of upgrading their air conditioning system. I use the bedroom and I always end up sick by the end of the trip. I think I'm going to get rid of that timeshare this time. As far as Maho is concerned I do think it is safe to walk around at night but did notice that there were fewer people walking around during the day and night. I talked to one of the guys at Sunrise where I buy my cigars and he basically said that the Sonesta's room rate are so low and that it is all-inclusive that the people there do not want to spend money at the stores - just have a cheap vacation. I like the fact that the US finally lifted the ban on Cuban cigars and Sunrise gives the best prices on the island. Will I come back to St. Martin? Probably. But it will have to be at some other location. I like RI but I don't like their dehumidifiers and that I have to dump the water out all the time! For you phone users I purchased a International Day Plan from AT&T and once Chippie fixed their data system all worked fine for the rest of the trip. The plan was $10 per a 24 hr period for Unlimited - talk, text, and data! Loved it. Well that's about it - oh I did win in the casino - not much but every bit helps.
And as usual the security people and help were great. Only one person behind the desk was exceptional - the others - well its lucky they have a job!