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St. Maarten - St. Martin
16 minutes ago
As I mentioned, the work is going on 24 hours. Still I don’t think they will meet the deadline for the opening by the end of February. It looks like only half is completed. Even the lobby is still far from finished.
But again, what do I know? Like somebody mention above, what can’t be done by 3000 workers?
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
20 minutes ago
Actually the royal palms MFs were higher than flamingos in years past.
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22 minutes ago
That is like saying I visit cities in the world but never leave the hotel. They all look alike. If all you do is get off the boat, go into town, visit Diamonds International, then all the islands look alike. If your friends went to the BVIs and did not go to the Baths then they really missed a unique beach experience.

Some islands have good beaches, others have good snorkeling, and others have historical things to see. Excursions from the boat are good. Trips from the locals just out of the pier are usually cheaper and fun. There is only one port (and maybe only one city) that I know of where you can get a private city tour in a 1959 convertible. And that does not cover river cruises that take you to exotic places that are nearly impossible to get to on land,
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
1 hour ago
I agree with Carol and GeorgiaKay. If I was to buy time share my choice would be LaVista. We actually came very close once.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
1 hour ago
We never saw the lot closing. We stayed til 530+ several days after perch ceased ops and all umbrellas taken and it was still open.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
1 hour ago
Originally Posted by NeilRooney
Not unusual!

pirate handshake cheers
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
3 hours ago
Originally Posted by the captain
I feel like I ran across a thread a few weeks back about the "best " beaches that we recommended too one another but I can't seem to find it.

By best , I recall specifically that someone was using CALMEST waves and waters as their benchmark for best beach(perhaps it was Pat or Carol?)

looking for the beaches with the calmest waves (La Galion is out) Thanks! Or at least what thread was it? I've gone as far back as Jan 1 and cant find the thread..

Is it possibly this one? that was one of yours? lol wink
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British Virgin Islands
5 hours ago
They are not open. I don't know there plans.
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British Virgin Islands
5 hours ago
The problem with a second dinghy is it can’t be hoisted. Most cats now have decent hoist systems and dinghies don’t seem to have as robust tow lines and attachment points. The tow lines lately also are not long enough. I would stick with one and make a second trip.
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Jamaica's Resorts & Beaches
7 hours ago
In case you haven't left already...we've been to the Mega Mart and it stacks up favorably to most US groceries. Absolutely enormous, great selection and prices.
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British Virgin Islands
8 hours ago

According to the manufacturer is 6'4." I've always used the out side moorings on the front two rows and have about a foot under the keel. Even though I've been told that any of the first two rows would be OK, I haven't tried them. If I can't get the outside ones, I anchor.

My next visit is on the 15th and I expect to anchor quite a bit this trip.


I do the same thing in Anegada as I have hit the bottom twice on monohulls when I tried to head north up the rows of balls. If I cant get an outer ball I always drop the hook. Its easy to anchor there and we have never dragged even once.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
8 hours ago

They will also have this Lockheed Constellation inside the hotel as a bar I think.
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British Virgin Islands
10 hours ago
We ate there last night. The lamb vindaloo and shrimp curry were excellent!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
11 hours ago
Sell it and donate the cash to one of many organizations!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
11 hours ago
Originally Posted by DandM29212
I'm glad you posted that link! I'd forgotten about it and I know some people going next week that'll love that site!

Plus have them come here to ask any questions---always someone to help.
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British Virgin Islands
19 hours ago
Thanks for the ideas and input. Its good to hear the bar and restaurant at Village Cay were enjoyable.
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Southern Caribbean
20 hours ago
Really enjoying this! Keep it coming!!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
21 hours ago
IIRC, this is a specific type of a Johnnie Walker, with a smoky sweet edge. It is not the usual Johnnie Green.

Has anyone seen this for sale on the island? Or better yet, at duty free At SXM Airport?
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
21 hours ago
We were on Pinel a week ago and heading over again on Monday. There was no weed on the beach-however the ferry dock was clogging with weed and it does not smell very good. Fortunately we only had to wait on the dock 10 minutes to depart. We were at ElZafiro today and with very strong winds there was weed on the beach all of the way to Karakter.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 10:44 PM
Here is my take on Marigot. I was there earlier this month on a cruise ship stop and cannot understand why the government does not do more to improve the looks of the city. I know Irma did a lot of damage, but there are empty building that pre-date Irma that look really depressing. Walking the streets you see too many boarded up shops that are pre-Irma. There are a lot of cars parked in town because the workers all want to park their cars next to their place of work. That leaves no spaces for customers. Before Irma, the government started a program to force the local workers to park at a lot just out of the downtown area, but it never worked. I just do not think the government is really serious about making the town welcoming to tourists. It may just be a French cultural issue, I just do not understand it.

Regarding safety. I remember walking through Marigot one evening as being stopped by someone asking for money in a way that made me feel uneasy. I have been asked for money all over the world, and am not easily made to worry about my safety. The problem may come from immigrants who cannot work an have no sources of income. Every so often the gendarmes will run a sweep to get these people to leave.

Anyway, that is based on multiple visits to St Martin, including many stays in Marigot, many walks through Marigot, and many talks with locals over the last 20 years.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 10:16 PM
Make lemonade out of your lemons! Stay in Lauderdale By the Sea at Beachside Village Resort with Dave & Luckie. Best place ever, walk to restaurants, free munchies & drinks on Friday nights. Best little walking village in FL, lived there 60 years!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 05:29 PM
Yes indeed! We always check google flights as it allows you to look over various options in a clean meaningful way, all in one spot.

This is our first time hitting SXM during Presidents week and so we expected to pay top dollar. Our timeshare is SAT-SAT and had we traveled those days, we would have paid more $300 more per ticket. An easy glance at google flights showed us that Sun-Sat saved us $1200 so it was a no brainer.

To the original poster, give it a shot. Good luck
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 03:35 PM
Thanks to all that replied!
We have visited the BVIs before, but were land based. This will be our first charter and, by far, the most expensive trip we have ever done. I'll share this thread with our group, and we'll decide from there!

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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 03:24 PM
We saw him in November, he is still involved with Starz sister casinos
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 02:25 PM
captdennyj, our kids are 13 and 15. Thank you for all of the helpful information. This will be our 4th annual trip and we take a number of precautions, but I usually worry a little when we are in more secluded spots. George’s post was the first I have heard of a boarding in the BVI.
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