Where we Stayed: We rented at Mt. Vernon from TTOL sponsor Studiosxm. Unit 3211 has a great view and everything else we want. Amaury, the owner, is easy to work with. He owns Bistrot Caraibes in Grand Case—we didn’t get there this trip but next time we plan to.
Weather conditions: Perfect sunny weather except for a couple of bursts of rain.
Food: Rosemary’s lolo in Marigot. The food was great. I had the oxtails and Peaches had Creole shrimp. We picked up dinner from Rancho del Sol. We had ribs and a Caesar salad.
Rancho del Sol is a unique place. It’s tex/mex/french/italian—not fusion just a lot on the menu. This is usually not a good sign but I resolved to only drive within the Mt Vernon to Club O circuit (on one trip, I calculated that I had spent over 8 hours driving. That’s a whole day of beach time!), so we had take-out there twice. The ribs were great and the Caesar salad was the best. I should have taken a photo. It was huge and came with a side container of about 3 dozen anchovies. Anchovies were nice because we saved them to use on the pizzas we ordered from the Mt. Vernon pizza place.
I love the pizza at the Mt.Vernon place. It’s that really thin french style crust and they have a variety of unique toppings.
Lunch at Orange fever three times. On Thursdays and Fridays they fly in fresh mussels. They serve up a giant pot of them—maybe four dozen. We also had Mahi and burgers. All the food was good and was followed by free shots of rum. We ate at the Perch one day. Food was lackluster to say the least. We do not recommend. Also, don’t recommend Little Italy!!! and it’s stupid Euro/$ exchange—food definitely not good enough to overcome bad service either.
Yellow Sub for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast is standard fare. They serve Lavazza espresso, which is my favorite—that was nice to find. We never order chicken at a restaurant but decided to try the rotisserie chicken at Yellow Sub. We’re glad we did. You have to order it ahead of schedule like a day or so. It’s worth the effort. The potatoes are cooked with the chicken drippings. Also had a steak sandwich. They make the sandwiches on demi-baguettes, so they are huge and quite delicious.
We enjoyed a variety of adult beverages. Interacting with Willy at the Perch was great. She’s sooooo nice and she makes a great pina colada.
Things to Enjoy: We were at Club O beach everyday but Wednesday. Wednesday we went to Marigot and did a little shopping. I picked up some magic spice. Spent the rest of the afternoon at Mt Vernon. Club O beach is awesome as usual. The Christmas winds left us sand-blasted a few times but other than that the beach was perfect. At one point security came along and closed everyone’s umbrellas for fear of them flying away. There was one day with some bursts of rain but that wasn’t so bad. Met some great people when everyone on the beach huddled in the Perch for shelter—quite a sight. LOL
Pro Tip: If you’re on the beach and getting a tan, remember to flip over once in a while. I look like a black and white cookie. LOL
Grocery Stores: Again, wanted to drive as little as possible and stayed in the Mt. Vernon/Club O circuit, so we shopped at Leader Price and Petit Casino. Both are decent markets. I think Petit Casino was a little more pricey but not too much more.