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St. Maarten - St. Martin
21 minutes ago
Yes that was the rate end of January at super u.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
27 minutes ago
Elaine, that’s a thread ender if I ever heard one.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
1 hour ago
Thanks Bob. Indeed they are a bit pricey. As good as the dinner was, it will be a one time restaurant for us this trip whereas last night's restaurant Le Bouchon, we already have reservations for another night this trip set up we enjoyed it so much.
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British Virgin Islands
1 hour ago
SailCaribbean divers has a nice shop right next to the Moorings check in counter. Anything you need can be ordered from them.
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British Virgin Islands
2 hours ago
We're chartering with TMM next month and they advised ordering provisions 2 weeks before your charter. We just did our ordering online with Riteway. It's a pretty simple format. They charge for delivery - 10% of order total.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
2 hours ago
Absolutely!!! After hugs 2 complementary Mimosas were brought to our table. She is as special as she always is.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
2 hours ago
Just be careful because the bank will give two choices. One is to accept their exchange rate for a stated amount the other to not accept it. Don’t accept their rate. I took out 300 euros the other day and the bank said it would cost $353. I pressed the do not accept button and got my 300 euros. When I got home I checked and I had been charged $327 which was the going rate at the time. Kind of a scam if you ask me.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
2 hours ago
Cool and enjoy Gary ! Bon appetite .
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British Virgin Islands
4 hours ago
I'm one who never got the vibe of Scrub and now it's even less attractive to many other great choices...
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British Virgin Islands
4 hours ago
Chris Doyle does use a little alarm system on his boat when sailing the Windwards. I honestly think that would be overkill in the BVI unless you already had it installed. We have a dog, so that helps too.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
5 hours ago
Nice photos. Haven't had a lemon since last week, I wanted to buy some for the trip home but they would have been devoured before the plane finished going down the runway.
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British Virgin Islands
5 hours ago
Yep, understood. Thanks.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
7 hours ago
Thanks. handshake
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
9 hours ago
Appreciated Dr. Phil

Hope you didn't have to go far to get it!!!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
10 hours ago
Tim, you wrote what many of us were thinking! 😂😂😂
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British Virgin Islands
13 hours ago
There is a whole thread on the Hillbilly debrief here:

I think lesson is worry less on publishing social media "content" and more on "captaining"...
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 11:27 PM
Twelve days at Residence Adam et Eve. Caroline and Alain didn't sell and have added 3 units farther up the hill. They also have increased the number of cruises in the catamaran to 2 a week.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 10:29 PM
Previously I posted about our first few days on the island during a rare rain day. Now we are back home with the rest of our eleventh trip to the island behind us.
Weather was unusual with winds blowing from the south for the first few days. We stayed in Orient Village so south winds had an effect on the Dutch side of the island but was calm on Orient beach. During our stay winds shifted to the north west for several days, then to north east and finally to east for the final few days. With calmer winds it was hotter on the beach.
I don’t think I have seen as many people on the beach since at least seven years ago. The Club O section of beach had upwards of 400 people at one time. A large number were in the water at one time. There is a need for more chairs and umbrellas according to several people who couldn’t get them. If you are not marking chairs before 8:30 am you won’t get any. There was more people coming to the beach thru the Club O property. I didn’t check but it seems they may have been parking near the old entrance/security building.
The variable winds during our stay may have contributed to there being no sargassum on the beach during our twelve day stay. There was some sea grass on the south end of the beach one day and the north end the next day.
Even in 12 days we do not get to go to many of the fine restaurants in Orient Village and Grand Case. Several people liked Maison Mere. It is a little more open space than most restaurants. My wife liked the red snapper. I enjoyed the Triggerfish Mediteranean. It had a tomato bisque like sauce.
There are several new restaurants between Le Piment and Latelier. We didn’t go but they were busy. At the entrance to the village square is also a place that we heard was good. It has tables on the porch where there used to be real estate listings in the window. The ice cream shop is still there.
Long-timers said Ti Palm was the best restaurant in the Village. It’s first on our list for next year.
Overall I think the Orient Village restaurants have slipped a bit in quality over previous years.
In Grand Case the church is finally being restored. The choir is now up to about thirty members. Mass is celebrated in the open back of the church. The singing of the caraibes is so beautiful on Sunday morning.
For the third year we went to Le Bistronome restaurant in Grand Case. It is small and pretty. Thai soup, Buratta salad, escargot, a puff pastry topped lamb soup were some of the highlites.
We heard from others Calmos Cafe was good in GC. Two levels of dining overlooking the ocean. Hopefully next year.
For years I have vented about the airport/airline. Others have now taken up the cause. I’ll be brief. We got home with little delay. We booked travel days with the lowest airfare thinking they are the least crowded. On the return checked in online at the resort and paid our bag fee. We printed out our bag tag at the airport kiosk but they wouldn’t let us get in the bag drop line until 1 pm for a 3:30 flight. Then we waited half hour while a number of folks were directed to check in ahead of us. It’s a baggage drop. Should be able to drop and go. Up the escalator to the second floor for security screening. The 2nd floor has been returned to pre hurricane glory. Food is a little limited with only the Baccus sandwich, Domino Pizza and the ice cream lady. There is a duty free and a small bar. There was an AA plane at one of the 2nd floor jetways. Not ours. We went down the twisting wooden ramp to gates B1 B2. Like the underworld it gets hotter. No ceiling tiles. The PA couldn’t be heard from 20 feet. The overhead TV screens don’t work. My boarding pass said that was the time and place and I walked thru. A large bus awaited with 14 seats. Most stand. It took us almost to the Sunset Bar then a left turn to our plane with a narrow ramp with multiple switchbacks. Boarded, left and landed in Miami on time.
Plane pulled up to gate D2. A brisk walk to Passport Control which is about at D25. The overhead tram at Term D was not working. Global Entry was quicker than ever. Picked up our checked bag and followed the connecting flight sign. Our bag tag was scanned and we dropped it off with two attendants. This was new. Also there was not big line at TSA. It was less than an hour since we landed and we were looking for dining. Six pm on a Friday may just be a quiet time at MIA.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 10:04 PM
Great photos
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 09:58 PM
Thanks Carol. I'm keeping notes, especially of the food. Trying to get pictures but my family does set upon our plates like starving hyenas pouncing on a wounded zebra. We are in Orient Village as usual. A couple of new places to check out plus an ice cream shop. Trying one new to us place, Le Bouchon, tonight.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 08:19 PM
It's operational now.
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 07:59 PM
Thanks for bubbling this back up. I forgot about it.

Something like 90% of charters start/finish on Saturday. Huge premium in airfare on the weekends, in particular down Friday/Saturday and return Saturday/Sunday. I always monitor my target flight airfares in one way configuration. You would be surprised how much fluctuation there is in each "leg" vs little to no variation on round trip overall price. Anyway, Tuesdays are almost always the cheapest going down to EIS and Wed/Thurs is usually cheapest leaving.

In watching the BB numbers, I realized I could save big on flights and hassle getting BB by starting and finishing mid week. I realize this adds 1 or two days of vacation time which may not work for everyone; but Ill be honest, its definitely a pro hack.

Not once did I get up at 7 to get a ball. I just slept until I woke up (830 ish most days and 100% of the time there were a few left for me to grab one.

Tuesday Arrive, Off dock Wednesday to BB SABA, FCFS at Bitter End, BB@ Leverick, BB@Anegada, BB@Great Harbor, FCFS Norman, to Base. Quick trip I know. So, Id guess I saved 30% on flights and had way less stress while on the trip. I will never do Sat to Sat again.

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United States & Canada
Yesterday at 06:54 PM
Beans--for sure!
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United States & Canada
Yesterday at 06:24 PM
Cool pictures! Amazing how close to the stage you got! Glad you made it there OK, eventually.

And I also added some more returns here.
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United States & Canada
Yesterday at 06:21 PM
Thanks Carol. My writing style is a bit of a mess. Influences in my life were Hunter S, and Kerouac so it's very much just a stream of thought.
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