Jan 21st, 2020
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Joint press release from the State and the Community of Saint-Martin / Fire at the Geminga shipyard
The Saint-Martin firefighters intervened last night to control a fire which broke out in a 200m² hangar on the Geminga shipyard in Sandy Ground.
The hangar was completely destroyed and a nearby boat damaged. Hydrocarbon reserves were protected by firefighters to avoid the risk of explosion.
Oil drums stored in the hangar were affected by the fire causing engine oil to spill into the Simpson Bay lagoon. Precautions have been taken to contain this pollution and prevent it from getting worse. A procedure to assess this pollution is triggered in order to assess the level of seriousness and, if necessary, implement proportionate measures.
The fire was contained at 5:00 a.m., however firefighters remained on site to monitor the site.
Prefect Vincent BERTON visited the scene of the fire this morning. He assured the business manager that the State would carefully monitor the consequences of the disaster on the activity of his company and would study potentially available aid measures.
President Louis MUSSINGTON and Prefect Vincent BERTON would like to salute the responsiveness and commitment of the Saint-Martin firefighters who fought for a good part of the night against this large-scale fire and prevented the fire from spreading to the rest of the construction site.
The other family was leaving early today.
So we went into P'Burg finally. parked by Classic Electronics and next door is a odd place that I saw last time but didn't get to eat at yet.
Gary's Cafe. Haitian Creole dive. It's odd as it's Haitian and Italian food! Next time!
Off to visit my buddy at Friendly Duty Free 2. Spent a few coin on JW Ghost and Rare Dundas and Glenfiddich 23. Saved some $. Recommend these guys.
Stopped by the new Amsterdam Cheese location at the end of town. Got some to go.
Then over to Galion for a bit. Then Orient just to plan the next trip and get a sense of things. Stopped by Hercule but it was closed although the internet said open 12-3. C'est la vie.
Finally got to experience Chez Poupette heading back through Marigot to Maho. Stewed beef, mushroom rice, pasta and pikliz. $14. We ate in the car as I drove. Love wifey.
Back at Maho to see our friends jet depart.
Decided on a long recommended spot that y'all have mentioned, Vesna Taverna. I wasn't sure what to expect but the food and service were well worth it. Daughter had a sirloin, I had the duck breast, wifey had the red snapper.
This was the 2nd time on the island I'd had the pornstar martini drink ( first was Roma/Chow). I had 2 and they're real tasty.
As I sipping my cocktail, my ultra observant daughter says, " So they're having sex across the street".
Yep, 7 PM on the welfare rd strip, in that...Travel Inn above Al Pasha, was a couple first ...giving oral then standing doggy.. Couldn't help but laugh. But what made it even more hilarious is apparently, their toddler comes out and interrupts them on the balcony. Show's over. We laughed......
Last pic....so most days at Maho, we saw this pair of men, both matching hats, sunglasses, and GLOVES, wearing long sleeve back shorts. We joked, WTF? maybe they're hand models!!
Maho all morning.
Daughter and I attempted to split from the group to head into Philipsburg around 1:42PM. Huge mistake.. Traffic snarled along Welfare road from the curve at the end of the runway.
After 20 mins sitting in front of Captains Ds, we ditched our Burg run and made plan B.
I made the right into the parking lot and ate at FRITAY. Its next door, off the road, from Capt D's.
It was the best Haitian cuisine she'd had on the island so far. Tender and MOIST griot, crispy plantains that had heft and weren't paper this and oil sogged.
Headed back to Maho and showered and napped for a last evening all out together with friends.
Dinner was happy Hour at Roma and Chow, but with the entire crew. 4 adults, 4 teens, basically had all the apps, a few pizzas and a pasta dish, maybe 8 drinks...about $200. That's a nothing burger. Again, shout out to users Fabila &FlyingColour1. Great food and lovely ambiance. The water bridge effect is unique. Only note, is spray for mosquitoes. The fans are effective but not under tables. So they got my legs while we dined!
As our kids have grown up, we're always looking for more to explore. So we started chartering a private boat a few years ago.
This was our 3rd daytrip with Captain Alan in Oyster Pond. the only PITA for us is waking up early to get fro Mayo to OysterPond before rush hour really kicks in.
But was our 1st time to Anguilla....
Today our captain was Alan's son and 1st mate was his other son. I love family run businesses!
These fine young gentlemen took us to
& Scrub island.
Lots of private coves & beaches to explore. The only place with boats was Sandy island and there were only 3 boats there
. The teens encountered a border collie who wanted to get in on the game of catch. Also I joined the teens in jumping off a rock into the ocean. 9-5 on the boat.
Our 8th trip here. Own at La Terasse but stayed at La Plage this time.
We appreciate all the advice you've shared in the past and hope to add to the knowledge base here.
This trip, I was on a mission to find local island cuisine, emphasis on Haitian Creole. We like to find the dives no one goes to.
Day 2, woke up and walked to Oh Paris and it was closed.
Then meandered to Morgan's. Very nice spot with the infinity pool as well as what appeared to be ....a couples massage taking place way off that small dock/peninsula that juts out past Sunset Bar. Then woke the teens and spent some time at Mullet.
By afternoon, we made it back to Maho where our friends just came off their flight to join us. We talked them into joining us a mere 4 weeks ago! Since they'd flown EWR-MIA-SXM, they were spent!!
We hung out until sunset at Maho and the Driftwood. Then we did night 2 at Three Amigos for dinner. Again, all I like there is the mushroom chicken. In a creamy cognac sauce....to die for.
Day 3 Our friends were staying at Sonesta Maho and were not impressed. On reserving, they were told we'd be able to buy day passes to join them. Well, not until March...cited capacity reasons. The teens can't get enough waves, so we spent the entire day at Maho, bouncing between Tortuga and Driftwood for hydration.
Later that evening we took up Colour1/Fabila's recommendation at Roma/MrChow happy hour where you can order off both menus. We'd seen this place last year but never chose to eat there bc we figured it was one or the other. Thanks again, guys for the tip! Perfect way to explore the menus.
GREAT cocktails and tapas! Above the Clouds, Pornstar Martini and old Fashioned were primo! Ordered pizzas for our teens. Don't pass on the veal meatballs! Highly recommend bartender Cosmo. Real good guy. Then walked Maho strip, found some feline friends and off to zzzzzz....
Day 4- again our families took time meandering over to Maho waves in the AM. After lunch, we headed to find Chez Poupette, a real authentic 'dive' for Haitian Creole food. If you sneeze, you'll drive right past it. No clear hours of operation but we got there at 3:15 and she was closing up.
plan b- took the crew to Marigot, Ft Louis, then Restaurant 1,2,3 in Marigot. Haitian Creole; EXCELLENT plantains and griot. The rice was a touch dry. We meandered through the French side heading back to Maho across the lowlands and DAMN, it was worse than the cross Bronx expressway, with one lane.
By the time we all got back, we were just too tired. Walked Maho again then passed out early.
more to come....had to hit the sack early bc of the boat the next day.
first pic is us in our PACKLIGHT RENTAL chairs on Maho, Rent from him!
Travel day (Thursday) was easier than expected. Left Miami 40 minutes late, arrived SXM 15 minutes early (2:15pm). I have no idea how that happens. There were no visible big lines in front of us. We flew American, parked close to the terminal and walked in. 30 minutes to get through immigration and about 30 more to get our bags. Met Lesley, and after a brief detour by his house to get the car and chairs, we were on our way.
My husband waited in the car while I grabbed a few groceries at the Porto Cupecoy Carrefour Express on our way to our studio unit in Terres Basses. We dumped our luggage and unpacked a little and headed to Dany’s for a rum punch and to see the sunset. Dinner was at Altro in Porto Cupecoy and was very good. I had the prix fixe menu and my husband ala carte. Both were good and reasonably priced. No service charge. (I forgot to take pictures.)
Friday we rented a couple of chairs at Baby Beach in Cupecoy. It was the only one with sand, so it was pretty crowded when we left around lunch time, but so beautiful as always. You could see Saba and Statia very clearly. Dany made us a lobster lunch and chilled our champagne for us, very good! I have made dinner reservations for most nights, because we want to eat at specific places. Tonight was Le Bistronome in Grand Case. Chantal was a delight, as usual. The food was excellent – I had the Coquille St. Jacques (scallops) and my husband a lamb “pot pie” in the Jamaican style which he enjoyed. Crab cakes to start and the chocolate mousse cake (yum!). No service charge or pictures here either.
Saturday we decided to bring chairs and walk to the quiet side of Pinel. We picked up a couple of pastries for breakfast (the chocolate almond croissant is to die for!) and a roast beef sandwich for lunch at Zee Best. A cooler packed with this and a bottle of Rose wine and water and we were set. It was a lovely day. For dinner, my husband has been wanting to try JAX for a while. I have been discouraging him because the reviews I was reading were very mixed. Finally, we decided to try it and I must say, the service and food were excellent. We both agree that it was the best meal we’ve ever had on the Dutch side in all our trips (I think this is our 6th one in 4 years). We split everything – fresh French oysters, wedge salad, Cowboy bone-in ribeye (which we could not finish), two glasses of Cote du Rhone red, and a Chocolate and Espresso Martini for dessert. We ordered Cosmos to start and they were fabulous, which is pretty unusual honestly. I requested it not sweet and it was perfection. We will probably come back here just for cocktails. We were not expecting a meal comparable to what we could get at home for a good steak, but it definitely was. No service charge here either.
Weather has been gorgeous. Because of where we are staying and the times we go places, we have not encountered a lot of bad traffic, yet. After checking with Dany to see if things were quiet in Sandy Ground at the moment, we have driven through there early, but typically come back across the causeway after dinner in Grand Case. So far has been a much needed, very relaxing trip.
Just landed off JetBlues 12:24 departure today on Saturday.
Arrived at PJIA @0930 for a 12:24 flight.
Kiosks and security were empty and an absolute breeze to get through.
Having flown out of TLV, CDG, YUL, LGA and now SXM this past 8 months, we have to say that SXM and LGA have come a REAL long way in a year.
And as I did my usual back and forth walking in the terminal, I saw that the newest Duty Free, just to the right when you get past security, was being stocked.
It opened today around 10:15. I was the 2nd customer inside. Prices and signs were still coming up.
So it’s progressing! And it’s a VERY pleasant space. Both LGA and SXM have raised the bar as far as the ambiance.
First time using the Mint product, very good use of space.
My brother in law has just purchased a condo in STX and we will be heading down there later this year. We will be staying with him, which I'm not sure where it is exactly. We will be seeing him this weekend, so should know that in the next couple of days. Hoping to get some recommendations for some great restaurants, as we very much enjoy good dining. Also, how is the grocery scene there? Hoping for some nice grocery stores with a good selection. Also any general recommendations regarding car rentals, etc., etc. We are not spring chickens, so not really into anything strenuous, but maybe a day sail, etc., would be nice also. Thanks!
We are bareboat chartering Saturday, June 8 to June 15. We have chartered several times before, so we are very familiar with the BVI’s, but it has been 13 years since we were last down there. Our crew will be 4 adults and 4 teens (one 14 yr old and three 13 yr olds.) We are chartering a 40-foot cat from Waypoints Charters out of Marina Cay (TYPO: Nanny Cay!). Would appreciate any feedback, suggestions, cautions, or tips on our itinerary. In particular, restaurants, snorkeling spots, etc. We plan on doing breakfast and lunch aboard and dinner on shore. The three 13 yr olds are boys with big appetites, though, so other snacks/meals will probably also occur.
Friday June 7
Arrive STT 2:30pm, Ferry to Tortola. Sleep aboard
Dinner at Peg Leg’s
Saturday June 8
Check out and to the Bight
Afternoon drinks at Willy T
Dinner at Pirate’s Bight
Sunday June 9
Wake up early and motor to the Indians to snorkel
Indians to Cooper Island Beach Club (hoping to get boaty ball reservation)
We have only been to Cooper Island Beach Club once, and it was a long time ago. Dinner suggestions?
Monday June 10
Cooper Island to Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor (Would Leverick Bay be better?)
Lunch at the dock and the early afternoon taxi to the Baths
We used to go to the Mine Shaft for dinner, but I don’t think that’s open anymore. Dinner suggestions?
Tuesday June 11
Virgina Gorda Yacht Harbor to Bitter End Yacht Club
Dinner at Saba Rock
Wednesday June 12
Bitter End Yacht Club to Cane Garden Bay
Dinner at Myett’s
Thursday June 13
Cane Garden Bay to Sandy Cay
Sandy Cay to White Bay, Jost Van Dyke
Friday June 14
Jost Van Dyke to Marina Cay
Saturday June 15
Wake up early and sail/motor Marina Cay to Nanny Cay
Ferry to STT for 3pm flight home
Any feedback at all is great appreciated, including activity and food suggestions.
Thank you so much!!!!
We have chartered in the BVI before in May 2018 and now have a 2 week Bare Charter trip booked in July and have a few questions.
What should we expect for weather.
Anything that is a must see or do?
Anything closed that time of year?