Alamanda was a condo resort as part of the Caribbean Village in Orient Bay (closer to Rue de Plage) until Irma. It's still there, but redevelopment post-Irma was postponed for several reasons but finally got going again in 2022. It's located beachfront, somewhat right behind Wai Plage. If you walked through the main Village Square, you'd also get to it that way. I've heard differing stories about how it would be remarketed, but it seems like that may still be premature.
I'd previously thought it was a "race" between Club O and Alamanda as far as who'd be last to reopen. Guess Club O "won".
We go the week before Easter every year which varies but generally the first half of April. Over the past 3-4 years, we've seen "some" of the same couples - maybe 4 or 5 from the previous year. Before Irma, there were far more of the same people, but largely due to so many of the visitors being "Club O regulars".
If you're contemplating the third week of April, that's usually the beginning of low season, and yeah, there are a lot of regulars then.
When we were there the first week of December, there was heavy construction going on and did not look anywhere close to opening. Lot of unfinished rooms with no windows installed, plumbing and electrical work going on everywhere.
For Cooper and Great Harbour, JVD, you’d be better off reserving if you can. At the other spots, you’ll be fine grabbing FCFS or anchoring. You might also consider reserving two slips at Leverick. That will give your two boats worth of folks lots of flexibility.
There will be 14 of us on two cats the week of 2/19 (almost there - so excited!). We'll overnight in Great Harbor/JVD, The Bight, Cooper Island, Gorda Sound (one night each at Bitter End and Leverick Bay) and Anegada. I'd prefer to use the FCFS balls where we can, but based on the time of year and the fact that there will be two boats that we'd like to moor close to one another, I'm looking for recommendations on where we'd be better off spending the extra money for the reserved balls.
Thanks so much! I always wonder which house is yours when at Diamond Reef.
We are now in the Bight on "Monashee". What a fire drill moving all our stuff to another boat, checking out that boat, etc. We are only two people with their carry-on luggage and provisioned little food and no alcohol. I can't even imagine what it must be like to move a large group and heavy provisions!
I don't see bringing back as an issue at all, if you are with in the legal quantity limits and don't appear to be bringing in for anything other than personal use. Not sure on present restrictions from Cuba are, but that is about the only tobacco or alcohol country that you would actually want to bring something back from that might be restricted. If anything it is a tax and duty issue. In my last two trips I haven't even been asked what I would be declaring, and did not even slow down leaving the baggage area noting that we are just carry on. Noting that MJ is a US Customs Broker and I am in the international freight forwarding world we declare anything and everything when asked.