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Short Boring Trip Report #179463
01/03/2019 10:20 AM
01/03/2019 10:20 AM
Joined: Dec 2010
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Detroit
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Flew Delta through Atlanta from DTW. Flight from DTW was over two hours late. Serendipitously, the flight from ATL was late too, so we made it. We had to run through the airport but we made it with about 5 minutes to spare. We had to pick up our baggage the next day. Some really nice flights though. I got a good deal on first class so that was a special treat. Spent Christmas week in SXM. Everyday, except Friday, at Club O beach. The beach was great. Plenty of people and entire families having a wonderful holiday.

On Friday we spent only an hour in the morning because the weather was so rough. The winds were really strong. The sand actually hurt. We were one of only three couples on the beach. We wound up at Sol E Luna for a leisurely-nearly-three-hour lunch. Excellent restaurant—try it if you haven't yet. We also ate at the Perch Lite, Yellow Sub and Mt. Vernon Pizza. Had a nice burger at Yellow Sub, but didn't go for the 48 euro rotisserie chicken. We bought a beautiful Buche Noel from L'express--sorry no photo. They do a great job there.
We went to Petit Casino a few times, but didn't go grocery shopping because we used Shop n Drop. Perfect service as usual. We had some ice cold champagne and guavaberry waiting for us, so that was nice.

We rented a car from Automax again. We like his service and find it incredibly easy. The car is waiting at the airport and there is zero paperwork to sign. Drop off is at the airport and we simply leave the keys in the glove box. He only asks that we return the car with the same amount of gas. We got a dented Kia Picanto for $290/7 days. I know there are probably better deals out there, but it fit into the budget with absolutely zero planning. Just an email to Louis.

There was a bit of excitement one day, at the beach, when a creepy dude got caught sneaking photos of a family. About five or six guys confronted him. He didn't want to surrender his phone and actually said that he would erase the photos--thus admitting what he had done. The father went ballistic and the brother tackled the guy. The phone wound up in the ocean. Cedric came by a bit later after speaking with the creep.

Other than the above mentioned incident, it was a wonderfully boring trip, just like we like it. Wife snorkeled a bit and I forgot to flip over again, so I've got a really nice tan in the front, but I'm all business in the back. My wife is so Celtic--she remained white as snow. Can you believe they make 110spf. I was surprised. I use 4spf. Generally, orient bay was comparatively empty. There were a number of 4 wheeler tours happening though--more than I've noticed in the past.

I barely turned my phone on--I took only a couple of photos, which I'll attach here. The first photo is just us at Mt.Vernon. We stayed at the Bistrot Caraibes bros. studio. It's in great condition. Mt.Vernon complex, however, is not. They said work will begin this week.

The second photo is a shot of the moon our first night. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Cold Moon because this is the time of year when the cold winter air settles in and the nights become long and dark. Thankfully, it was a beautifully warm night for us though. There are very few functional outdoor lights at Mt. Vernon now, which made for some excellent star gazing.

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Re: Short Boring Trip Report [Re: bluejacket] #179464
01/03/2019 10:38 AM
01/03/2019 10:38 AM
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Central Florida!
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thanks for the report! Boring can be good!


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Re: Short Boring Trip Report [Re: bluejacket] #179465
01/03/2019 10:47 AM
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Very nice, and for what it’s worth, IMHO - Nothing boring here and any words on our favorite place is a good thing. Thank you for taking the time and sharing your trip for all to enjoy.


Respectfully,

pat



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Re: Short Boring Trip Report [Re: bluejacket] #179477
01/03/2019 12:47 PM
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Northern California
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Thank you for your report!!

Re: Short Boring Trip Report [Re: bluejacket] #179480
01/03/2019 01:06 PM
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Royersford, PA (30m NW of Phil...
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"The phone wound up in the ocean". Good! Thanks for the report. I remember when Club Orient had their family month (7/15 - 8/15) offering a free upgrade to those with school-age children. and the same lowlifes would try it. Shame. Other than that, sounds very relaxing.


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Re: Short Boring Trip Report [Re: bluejacket] #179492
01/03/2019 04:03 PM
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Bluejacket,
What is with all the cars along the road and in the lower parking lot? Just high season? Packed in residents?

Re: Short Boring Trip Report [Re: bluejacket] #179496
01/03/2019 04:59 PM
01/03/2019 04:59 PM
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Rhode Island
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What did you eat at Sol e Luna? We hope to stop there in March.

Re: Short Boring Trip Report [Re: RonDon] #179533
01/04/2019 08:42 AM
01/04/2019 08:42 AM
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Detroit
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Originally Posted by RonDon
What did you eat at Sol e Luna? We hope to stop there in March.


Prix Fix lunch menu with choice of appetizer, main, and dessert. I had mussels in a buttery saffron sauce, ravioli with ricotta and marinara (it was one big 5" ravioli), and cheese plate. My wife had goat cheese wrapped in some sort of pastry not puff pastry though, snapper--the best we've ever tasted, chocolate lave cake with a scoop of handmade hazelnut ice cream. We started with a rose cocktail--very light with the slightest bit of lime--was sort of like a palette cleanse. I had an espresso and my wife had a sapphire and tonic before we left. Her drink was served in a highball glass and was mostly gin--not complaining just describing. She loved it.

Definitely take time to go there. Parking was super easy for a late lunch.

Re: Short Boring Trip Report [Re: PelicanPirate] #179534
01/04/2019 08:44 AM
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Detroit
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Originally Posted by PelicanPirate
Bluejacket,
What is with all the cars along the road and in the lower parking lot? Just high season? Packed in residents?


I think that many people were just not using the parking lot since it is in such bad condition. I don't really know, but it is a problem though.

Re: Short Boring Trip Report [Re: bluejacket] #179538
01/04/2019 09:20 AM
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Thanks. I asked last night and the Collectivitie has positioned Hurricane destroyed cars there until they can be disposed of. Which is be strangely is better to me than those belong to the “guests”.

Re: Short Boring Trip Report [Re: bluejacket] #179554
01/04/2019 11:21 AM
01/04/2019 11:21 AM
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St Louis, MO
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Thanks for taking time to post a report.


Next SXM visit - October 25-Nov8, 2019, Jan25-Feb13, 2020
Re: Short Boring Trip Report [Re: bluejacket] #179581
01/04/2019 03:37 PM
01/04/2019 03:37 PM
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Rhode Island
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Thanks Bluejacket Sole e Luna sound delicious! We've eaten there in the past for dinner but not since the place sold so I wasn't sure how the food is now.

Ro

Re: Short Boring Trip Report [Re: RonDon] #179586
01/04/2019 04:08 PM
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Portland, OR
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Originally Posted by RonDon
I wasn't sure how the food is now.


I had lunch there in both June and December. Excellent both times.


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