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US VI and Puerto Rico
5 minutes ago
Sweet Christine and I stayed with Capt. Jay and Deb at their Mahogany Run, St. Thomas condo. We spent our first full day on St. John via the people ferry. Cruz Bay has come a long way in the six months since Irma. It is obvious that a huge amount of work has gone into recovery and there is a lot more work to do.

First impression of STJ? It is very ready for visitors. Maybe more ready for visitors than for residents. Many residents and villa owners we spoke with are six months or more from being back to normal. Many insurance claims have not yet been paid. There is enough inventory to meet the demand of visitors for now. I am concerned whether there is enough long-term rentals for the required number of service industry staff.

We ran into Kirk from the VIOL forum at Cruz Bay Landing. It was great to catch up! He is busy this year after having a great year last year with his painting and construction work. It was great to catch up with Boo at ] CBL. She and Wade have a lot of work to do with a house that sounds pretty much destroyed. Cruz Bay Landing Todd's buddy Kenny had lunch there that day.

We caught up with VIOL forumite EagleRayLover/Leslie from the Coral Bay side for a Sunday Fun Day at Water Island. Leslie and Steve have a very cool thing going at Pelican Beach in Coral Bay, St. John, taking reservations starting October. Water access!

We caught up with VIOL forumite Tracey in WI and husband Juice at the airport. Their new villa in Coral Bay is ready for visitors, Into the Mystic. I know this property from previous visits and it has an awesome setting and easy access. I am certain it will be a favorite.

We are definitely back for Halloween with Big Red and Becky.

Cheers, RickG
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US VI and Puerto Rico
10 minutes ago
Fun! I missed the Gibney/Oppenheimer question. I said Rockefeller.

On Angel's Rest, last I heard it was not coming back. Who knows, some folks who were not coming back to St. John are back and working.

Cheers, RickG
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Cancun - Isla Mujeres - Mexico
31 minutes ago

I've only driven once in Cancun since summer to go to Costco. I've driven around PDC a number of times and like the mall (movies are in English with Spanish sub-titles). Strolling along 5th Ave. is fun and lots of places to eat. The merchants are all trying to entice one into their shops, but they are friendly. The common line is, "...lady...lady...remember me? I was your waiter the other night..." -- Prices are good in the shops and the beach is only a short walk from 5th Ave.

If you drive to Akumal, you want to go past the pedestrian bridge over Rt. 307, and take the "retorneo," that will access Rt. 307 north. The small entrance to Akumal beach area is just before the pedestrian bridge. It is easy to miss. If you want to go to Yal Ku lagoon, go through the arch and drive about 2 miles to it.
For lunch, you can drive back to La Buena Vida, or back near the arch. I like to park in the lot by La Cueva del Pescador. It is 20 pesos per hour. Then you have a choice of places to eat: La Cueva del Pescador (the owner will take people fishing for $), or walk to Akumal Bay for a swim and lunch at Lol Ha.
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British Virgin Islands
41 minutes ago
I know Neptune's Treasure has a room available, since we just had to cancel our trip in April.

BTW, I found out about Anegada Express on Walker's website. It's a new small ferry that runs twice/day and 7 days/wk (!) from Trellis Bay, but reservations are required. The afternoon departure of 3:30 is ideal for people flying in, and for anyone who can't coordinate with the regular ferry's MWF schedule.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
53 minutes ago
We are flying direct flight on JetBlue from JFK to SXM in June.
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Cancun - Isla Mujeres - Mexico
1 hour ago
For over 20 years, we sailed in the BVI or rented a villa. We loved it, but found it harder to travel there as flights were cut-back from our home airport. Then we started visiting the Yucatan because we could take a nonstop flight. After exploring Merida, which we love, we settled in Akumal which is just south of Playa del Carmen.

I shop and dine in PDC and feel safe. I will admit that I'm not out partying at night in PDC but that is only because I can't stay awake past 11 p.m.

There are many opportunities to explore the RM with organized tours, rental cars or the public transportation. The cenotes are great. As to ruins, I
really like Coba and recommend hiring a guide and then a pedicab there. Spend a day in Akumal and go to Yal Ku lagoon, and then over to Lol Ha beach.

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British Virgin Islands
1 hour ago
Soooo glad we came.
Arrived 3/10 Hodges Creek, Dream Yacht.
Lagoon 52, 6 cabins, 5 couples.
Applause to Dream Yacht and the new base managers - Isabelle and Tierry (most likely mispelled).
They are now operating from the east end of the marina while barge and crane are still hoisting boats off the bottom and docks. I think they said they have 40 yachts in the fleet.
Can’t say enough - I received an email about a month after Irma confirming our yacht was destroyed but a new one would be moved from Antigua.
One year old with only minor complaints- this yacht does not have an ice maker!

Departing the marina, there are several submerged yachts and an upside down Lagoon 52 awaiting the derick. Ashore in Tortola, roads are rough. Airport was fine. Signs of Irma everywhere.

On the water - just magnificent!
Easy to find mooring balls at the Indians on a Sunday afternoon. Plenty of room in the Bight. Pirates Bite up and active. Fritters and Pain Killers galore
Easy to pick up a ball at the caves
The volume is way down from one of busiest weeks- Spring Break.
No Yacht Week revelers.

Stopped at Sopers Hole and lunch at Pussers.
They’re open with a less complete menu but it looks like they did the minimal

to reopen and then stopped. It’s like walking through a construction (destruction?) zone. The market has been swept clean but is missing everything inside and windows, doors and walkway. The docks are mostly gone. De Best Cup (coffee) was open but nothing else. Customs has been cleaned up but still operating from a tent. Very sobering and glad we went in.

To have a choice of mooring balls on Great Harbor at 4pm was indeed a treat. Foxy’s looks nearly fully recovered though the dock is not as long as it was and the brewery has, evidently, not reopened.
Christine’s Bakery begins the customs house looks undamaged and the pastries and muffins good as ever.
Customs house looks intact. All other businesses either just reopening or under construction including Corsairs and the dive shop. Fuel docks open and friendly as ever.

Anegada - Arrived before noon on a Tuesday to a full mooring field but found food holding east of the field up by the channel to the ferry pier. The island looks untouched except for some telephone cables still across the roads. Loblolly and Cow Wreck are beautiful as ever and the bars are fully operational though cell coverage is spotty as is the service that permits credit card usage. Potter’s by the Sea served up an awesome lobster meal and a great DJ to continue the party.
Dean Wheatley rented us a vehicle (always a pleasure to deal with) and arranged a charter excursion to see the flamingoes and conch grounds at the east end of the island. Great captain and crew in the 28’ launch - Nigel.
Highly recommended!

Baths were flying a red flag - strong currents and onshore surf- one death reported by the parks official - the Friday before we arrived. And people are still paddling and swimming in! We pulled into Leverick and took a cab ride back to the Baths. At 3pm we almost had it to ourselves. One other party from Phoenix followed us through. Top of the Baths nearly 100%.

Leverick is still under construction but in fabulous shape with the only Spa open that we found. Shops and restaurant all open.

Truly blessed to be here.
My crew of newbies are loving it and seeing it through their eyes, even in its “still recovering” state has been a treat for my wife and I.

Don’t postpone or go elsewhere.
They need your patronage and you won’t be disappointed!

Willing to answer questions but may not check back until next week.
We’re only halfway through the trip!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
2 hours ago
I wonder if that is part of the deal about requiring some kind of a disaster shelter? There was some talk about building a several story building, back from the beach toward the salt pond.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
2 hours ago

It's been a long time since I was up there, but I didn't remember there being that much space up there? Sounds exciting though!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
3 hours ago
Good Morning All,

The response for this wine tasting was great! Sadly I am closing the registrations now as I have 24 participants and won't be able to accommodate any more! I will post some pictures and soon will organize the April one !

Thank you all for your response and hopefully see you at the next one if you are not attending the one in March

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St. Maarten - St. Martin
4 hours ago
Blue Martini in Grand Case is open
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World Wide Travel
5 hours ago
Your pictures are simply spectacular!
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World Wide Travel
6 hours ago
Wonderful pictures all, but I especially enjoy the one of the cat in the window.
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World Wide Travel
6 hours ago
TomB and Beerman - Your pictures are simply gorgeous!
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British Virgin Islands
12 hours ago
Definitely planning to spend a couple of nights on JVD so thank you both for the Abe's recommendation. We tried Corsair's a few years ago and were very pleased with their lobsters too.

Would really love to be able to cook up a couple myself too though. Any ideas on where I might be able to purchase a couple of live ones in the BVI or if a fishing guide can catch em for me, per my original questions?

Thanks again for all comments! I looked at Abe's website. Some great pics of plated lobsters! Makes my mouth water!
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SXM People Talk
13 hours ago
And now the latest United screw up..

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St. Maarten - St. Martin
13 hours ago
That's the 1st 3rd of the story.

Here's the 2nd 3rd.

The EC145 helicopter flew over to St Barth. 3 people got off and went into the terminal building. 10-15 minutes later, 3 people, perhaps the same 3 people, came out and re-boarded the EC145. The EC145 took off, and probably returned to SXM.

Back to jrr or whomever for the rest of the story.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
14 hours ago
Erato started Red Pond over near Guana Bay and walked from that one. I have been told he is in Anguilla and will be arrested if he returns to SXM.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
14 hours ago
Thank you.
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Southern Caribbean
Yesterday at 10:46 PM
A good non-fiction book to read if you're considering a visit to Curaçao (do it!) is "Curaçao For 91 Days", by Michael Powell & Jürgen Horn. They write a travel blog about their travels around the globe where they spend 91 days in various places living among the locals. Published in July 2016 and available on Amazon. Also available on Kindle and in Kindle Unlimited for borrowing, if you are a member. Lots of good tips on beaches, restaurants, and historical places to visit. Good stuff!
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 10:21 PM
Unless you draw more than 6' the Setting Point mooring field is easy. Even if you touch bottom its very soft mud. At slow speeds it will not cause damage and you can drive out of the low spots. Or so I have heard.
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 08:59 PM
Thanks for your report Nobbie. I guess I'm not surprised some monos headed there despite the forecast.
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 07:25 PM
We are chartering with Conch on their new (new to them) Lagoon 500. They register the boats as fishing boats before they charter I think. The Lagoon 500 is registered.
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 05:53 PM
Thanks Nobbie! At this point with two positive observations, I think an earthquake is a bigger threat than a monster hurricane is.
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 04:57 PM
Is the Riteway in East End open?
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