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St. Maarten - St. Martin
11 minutes ago
Ditto to all the above info. The price-per-person should drop based on the occupancy of the taxi. Presently, for two people the price from the port to Maho Beach is $25. Eight people in one taxi might be a stretch, but they do exist. Might be easier to take two taxis with four people each. It is wise to pay close attention to when your ship leaves the port at Philipsburg and allow ample time to get back. If memory serves me correctly, Royal Caribbean ships typically dock at 8:00 a.m. and head out at 5:00 p.m. Traffic back to the port from the Maho Beach area is one of the worst on the island, so play it smart and make sure you grab your taxi(s) around 3:00 p.m. and no later. Trust me ... been there and done that!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
17 minutes ago
Thanks, Scubaman. Here in Pennsylvania the price of a gallon of gas is now $3.16. The Nissan Leaf is looking more and more attractive to me!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
18 minutes ago
And, did you know there a several health benefits associated with going nude at the beach (and other places, where it is acceptable)? My friends think I'm making this up, but seriously most people tend to wear clothing that is too restrictive and this impedes circulation in some people. Without clothing, circulation improves and this can only be a good thing. In addition, skin allergies from different types of clothing and/or detergents do not develop. Without clothes, but with the proper sunscreen, the sun provides needed amounts of vitamin D thru skin absorption. Many people, and especially adults over age 50, have vitamin D deficiencies, and in some cases there levels are very low. Proper levels of Vitamin D help our immune systems.

Sleeping nude, whether on the beach or in your bed, provides deeper most restful sleep because your body temperature is slightly lower without pajamas, cover-ups, etc. on. Deeper sleep helps improve overall health.

These are just some of the reasons that I am aware of. Probably most important is simply being comfortable in your 'own skin.' I have this dumb saying that goes ... "you've got nothing to hide when you have nothing to hide."
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
49 minutes ago
Bar Code does have outdoor tables. If coming from the other (French side) direction, make the half-left before the former Starz, and Bar Code will be on your left. There is a Carrefour Express with croissants. Other restaurants include Fat Tony's & Spaghetti House.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
54 minutes ago
Thanks for all the great information everyone!!
Wondering if Anse Marcel beach is open to the public or only people staying at the resort ?
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British Virgin Islands
1 hour ago
We always have the best time just taking an uber or taxi to Old San Juan and wandering around. Love going to the forts and a lot of times people are there flying kites and spending time with their families on the grass. It's a really neat atmosphere. The cathedral is really pretty as well.

We stayed in the Condado area in January and enjoyed many great restaurants on Ashford Avenue and the Condado Beach is right there if people want to spend time there. Enjoy! I love Puerto Rico.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
1 hour ago
Originally Posted by pat
Would they ever consider putting everything electrical underground?

I believe underground is safer and less likely to be effected by weather (read: hurricanes). Since the fiber op is being run underground, all the utilities are in the same location for maintenance.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
2 hours ago
Originally Posted by GaKaye
I don't disagree, Terry, but I sort of feel like this is similar to the "tip not included" ploy on the French side. It's not the money; it's the principal.

You are absolutely right, but in this case I rather be covered.

I have some friends saying that a certain rental agency is so inexpensive, but when you add "their tax and liability"
it becomes much more. It seems that different companies charge different amounts for tax and liability. ???

I'm just sticking with our company (French plates), paying the extra and one less thing to worry about.
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British Virgin Islands
3 hours ago
Originally Posted by NCSailor
Originally Posted by b6fischer
We have two nights at Anegada and were thinking of doing take-out lobster the first night and eat on the boat.

Any recommendations of who provides this? Thanks in advance.

I would ask at Potters or ARH. Not sure they are set up for proper takeout with containers and such. Perhaps see if they have extra live lobster, split and cook on the boat?

Due to some over indulgence I have had to do carry a few times. I found everyone on Anegada accommodating. Even late in the day. But I do recommend calling ahead.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
13 hours ago
Yes, we've used them several times, always had a good car, great price, and good service
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
15 hours ago
Pretty much what I heard wasn’t sure about Pirate (or Pedro’s). I believe Orange Fever will be next to Kontiki.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 09:49 PM
Originally Posted by Biturbo
Chuck, sounds like a great plan. Since the places are so close to each other, no need to fully pack. We do the same - just throw most things on the back seat & move. We also think that, as much as we have enjoyed Club Fantastico, Club Orient had been the only place that we wanted to stay more than one week. In Dec. we stayed a week at Club F and a week at Naturist's Getaway, Oyster Pond. I, too, am looking forward to your comparisons.

Bit- thanks, hope so. We did stay a few days at Naturist's Getaway back maybe 10 years ago at least. Liked it a lot then, very relaxing small place.
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Southern Caribbean
Yesterday at 05:00 PM
Anse Chastanet is about an hour from the airport but last half hour of the drive is down a very bumpy track. Food there is excellent but recommend staying there rather than venturing out to eat due to the road. Beautiful sandy beach with some of the best snorkeling of the Caribbean and excellent dive operation to hand. Fabulous views of the pitons.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 04:27 PM
bran--that is what we have decided to do, just play it by ear. Everyone is different, but I NEVER want a big meal the first night. Usually just a burger or a pizza or whatever, but I do want something hot, not just a cold sandwich. Usually too tired to even think about anything elaborate or expensive.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 03:47 PM
Originally Posted by Carol_Hill
Gee, since you're using us to advertise it, you could become a sponsor here. $400 a year for new advertisers. And no other cost to you.

Quite right.........
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Southern Caribbean
Yesterday at 02:08 PM
Thank you for your responses!
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 01:14 PM
Originally Posted by agrimsrud
Originally Posted by tradewinds

That's pretty interesting article. But a little too much magic going on here so I hope some other article gets published soon that wasn't written with rose colored glasses. 150 watts to keep the entire 48 ft boat cool? I don't buy it. Fuel use so little that Voyage just throws it in for free 'cause it's so little? Don't buy that either. A 21Kw generator is going to suck some fuel. Period. But I get the appeal - just one diesel engine to feed and maintain.

Yeah, it was an interesting read but not a single criticism or "it would have been nice if..." comment makes it clear it is a bit biased. Either that or this is the best boat ever made an its perfect. And we know no boat is perfect.

I'm sure it is a great boat and it sounds like the electric systems work great but I'd like a more balanced review. I've also been on cats with generators that exhaust below the water line and they can most certainly be heard. It is quieter though.
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 12:41 PM
Whoops. I intended to say our usual Counter-clockwise rotation. Usually out of Roadtown.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 09:35 AM
Originally Posted by SXMFOX
We all are feeling the pains of air travel and there related problems. BUT safety should be paramount in all of our minds, regardless of the pains we are going through. Just think of ALL the lives lost to this one glitch.

I have no problem with the safety aspect, it is the ineptness of which the US carriers are run. I have every possible notification set up and I get ZERO notification from AA on both of the mjaor schedule changes they have made. At one point during the 1 hour+ phone ordeal the agent implied that I changed the routing as they cound not find it in their system. Speaking decent english would have helped the situation also.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 04:50 AM
Found this on YouTube, pretty cool video...
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US VI and Puerto Rico
Yesterday at 02:01 AM
So we were in STJ a year ago this month, and were so impressed how far the island had come back but sad to see how much still remained to be done. It was a very strong statement for the residences who suffered so much, the folks that responded, and those who provided so much like Kenny C and his No Shoes Nation.

We are disappointed that we will not experience the continued recovery to a complete return of our special place, but I must admit I am concerned that the big boys are moving in and the price to experience our special place will soon be out of reach.

But I am sure that is a thread to itself.

So Spain here we come! STJ - we shall return!
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British Virgin Islands
04/23/2019 10:50 PM
We have had direct to dock drop offs from STT-Tortola (Both Sopers and Road Town) with both Dolphin as well as Ocean Dreams. Used Ocean Dreams just last month and had a great experience with them. Great boat, great service. Again, as NCSailor says, definitely confirm that any specific trip has you booked directly to your destination rather than just to Customs.
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British Virgin Islands
04/23/2019 09:31 PM
You do not need to go out to the ticketing counter with carry on luggage. Just walk straight down to the gate. You will need your passport and several times they have asked to see my credit card that I used to purchase the tickets. They had some serious scheduling problems back in October but we have used them 3 times since December and flights have been right on time. On one flight my connection time was scheduled for less than an hour between flights. I called IC customer service and she sent a message to the gate ahead of time to alert them that we would be tight. All worked well.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
04/23/2019 08:08 PM
Carrefour Carnival opening hours:

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St. Maarten - St. Martin
04/23/2019 03:05 PM
My mistake. That’s not the name. It’s above the sushi place at PDP! Left of the casino and upstairs. Yes she is back from St Kitts and was working there in March.

La Dolce Vita / Esco Pazza Pizzeria
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