Well done, I bet those mahi tacos were extra tasty that night. Here's my overboard drill for a bucket we lost in the chaos as we pulled a big king mackie aboard rounding Vieques. We didn't keep it, but still makes for a good story!
It's been a few years since we've done the around the island sail. Had great weather and pretty calm seas. Went to BBB after the sail for the happy hour ribs and chicken special. Was just OK. All in all a good day.
I posted this before but with the retirements of the 757 the only aircraft that can reliably operate non stop to the US from STT are the A319 or smaller 737 versions. That drops out about 70 seats per flight with no gate space for additional flights. As more 757’s retire the issue will get worse. Dropping ⅓ of the available seats will push prices way up!
Agree with Kego... A 41 foot mono looks big for about a day. And you may want to consider, if you haven't already, allowing your wife to "man" the helm while picking up a mooring ball. Even with a 6 foot boat hook, its a reach to grab the pennant. And have someone teach you the basic hand signals so you're not screaming at each other while trying to be heard over the wind.
Your post is so interesting to me. We we first visited St. Martin in 2002 it was about 7 years after Hurrican Luis. There were still so. many. things. broken and in disrepair - but we didn't know the island any differently (other than my husband's one trip in 1973 - but that's another story lol!) so we were not "missing" things. But once we started going, we have gone nearly every year - right up until Hurricane Irma. So 15 trips or so?
We are getting pretty good insider info. as my husband's best friend is native and owns property in Grand Case and many of the things you state are one reason we have not been back. We had probably the best vacation we've ever had on St. Martin in June of 2017 - ie shortly before the hurricane - and I think I don't want to ruin those memories. Also, bwtween the Covid protocols, the costs, and the cost of airfare, we have just chosen not to go back YET. But part of me honestly wonders if we will ever again justify the cost to go there when it seems we can go other places for half the price (unless we stay at my husband's friend's home). Especially as we age and our income becomes more fixed. I guess only time will tell.
Yes, La Villa is not to be missed. However, when we were there in January, we had planned to have our "Last Supper" there but the road from Orient was blocked due to protests. Thanks for your triggerfish description, it sounds wonderful.
As a reference, my buddy and his girlfriend were just down and did Sherwin's Tour. They said it was absolutely the highlight of their trip and Sherwin was amazing. Great snorkeling, great tour guide and history and they loved the fresh conch ceviche with his secret blend
Years ago, I remember being on the Club O beach and a couple of umbrellas going sailing. You can imagine those big heavy umbrellas could really hurt someone, so we were thankful no one was hurt then either.
That's a LOT of people for the BSV pool! I think probably the most people I've ever seen there is about 6.
Sorry that your trip is almost over. Time on island passes so quickly!!
It is a family-run cash operation and the chairs and umbrella are now $25 for the set. I was pleased that the busiest part of the beach was the clothing-optional section and because of it, there were far fewer gawkers.