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Simpson Bay Beach and BSV #244662
01/12/2021 07:14 AM
01/12/2021 07:14 AM
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We went for our SB Beach walk yesterday and did most of the beach. We went from just west of Horny Toad the cliff rocks at the end ..total 7845 steps and fell great. Just a few observations along the way.
Mary's Boon had a decent amount of patrons in the chairs and they looked like they were cozy.
Karacter's was almost empty and it looked much different than the last time we walked by (last year). It looked kinda run down with just a couple of picnic tables in the sand and a very battered cement wall. Didn't give me a warm fuzzy feeling
New establishment next door with off beach cabana's...not busy
Saw Air France and Delta land ...always impressive. Passed maybe two people on the beach all the way to BSV which wasn't active at all. Maybe two units were obviously occupied and no humans seen
Beach at BSV has some severe erosion with water to wall at the west end...I will try to post a pic taken mid-BSV to show how severe the erosion is...

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Re: Simpson Bay Beach and BSV [Re: boucharda] #244665
01/12/2021 07:37 AM
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Thanks for the update. Pretty severe erosion.


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Re: Simpson Bay Beach and BSV [Re: boucharda] #244668
01/12/2021 08:17 AM
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The "new establishment" next to Karakter is actually a part of Karakter. Karakter certainly isn't what it was when Jorrit owned it.

Re: Simpson Bay Beach and BSV [Re: boucharda] #244670
01/12/2021 08:52 AM
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Thanks for the report. WOW, can't believe the sand erosion!! It's that bad all the way along?


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Re: Simpson Bay Beach and BSV [Re: boucharda] #244673
01/12/2021 10:08 AM
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only in front of maybe three units....

Re: Simpson Bay Beach and BSV [Re: boucharda] #244674
01/12/2021 10:50 AM
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OK, thanks. Enjoy your stay! If you can post more pictures of your trip, that would be lovely, whenever you can.


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Re: Simpson Bay Beach and BSV [Re: GaKaye] #244677
01/12/2021 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by GaKaye
The "new establishment" next to Karakter is actually a part of Karakter. Karakter certainly isn't what it was when Jorrit owned it.


Realistically, Jorritt ran an extremely well managed beach venue which I personally don’t think anyone else has come close to duplicating in that location since he left. Close folks, but no cigar, IMO anyway. But in fairness, everyone has their own idea as to what makes for a great spot, don’t they?


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Re: Simpson Bay Beach and BSV [Re: pat] #244678
01/12/2021 11:09 AM
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Pat--the one thing that I think almost everyone would agree to is that the quality of the FOOD has gone down since Jorritt is no longer in charge.


Carol Hill
Re: Simpson Bay Beach and BSV [Re: boucharda] #244679
01/12/2021 11:20 AM
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Agreed!


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Re: Simpson Bay Beach and BSV [Re: boucharda] #244682
01/12/2021 11:49 AM
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Re: Simpson Bay Beach and BSV [Re: BillandElaine] #244684
01/12/2021 12:12 PM
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Someone needs to explain to me how Karakter was able to build that there...


Carol Hill
Re: Simpson Bay Beach and BSV [Re: boucharda] #244781
01/13/2021 10:38 AM
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I don’t really understand the need or logic of those cabanas at Karakters. Certainly a bit of an eye sore. From what I understand the land they are trying to buy already had a building permit from years so years ago plus probably some good old boy Dutch privilege going on $$$&. It has gone way down slow service and so so food for the money but So many issues there since the beginning. Lack of parking snd then recently they started having these rave crazy music kind of parties late at night. We just stayed next-door at Marys Boone for a week and if you’ll notice Marys Boon Beach Bar and restaurant has taken at least half of their business and now The Boon seems to be the “it” fun place to be and busy every day.. Mainly because they have good food at reasonable prices and really great service and they even give you a free Beach chair and umbrella. Plus on weekends I noticed they have these comfy chair cushions that they bring out for free also. Used to be a lot of beach bar options on the island but now it’s kind of lacking and we really enjoy Simpson Bay beach. Hopefully we will go back in April.

Re: Simpson Bay Beach and BSV [Re: boucharda] #244792
01/13/2021 11:45 AM
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boucharda, how long are you staying inSXM? Will the new USA ruling that you test before leaving come into play on 1/26

Re: Simpson Bay Beach and BSV [Re: foreversxm] #244797
01/13/2021 12:05 PM
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[quote=foreversxmThe Boon seems to be the “it” fun place to be and busy every day.. Mainly because they have good food at reasonable prices and really great service [/quote]

Your experience there certainly differs from ours in November. We were on the beach at Karakter one day, and their kitchen was closed, so we walked up to Mary's Boon for lunch. The service was surly and unfriendly, and the food was terrible. Overall a bad experience, and one that makes me pretty sure I won't go back.

Re: Simpson Bay Beach and BSV [Re: boucharda] #244806
01/13/2021 12:57 PM
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Funny thing. We have stayed at the Boon and truly enjoyed their food, particularly back in the day. Maybe five or six years ago we would do the Boonies for a day thing and really enjoyed their lunches, particularly the salad plates. A year or two ago we went for dinner and it was one of the two worse meals I’ve ever had on the island. Poor service, long waits for food and terrible dinners We were shocked because we’d only had positive experiences to that point.
I’m of the personal mindset any restaurant can have a bad night so we will probably return again but there are so many great places that it most likely won’t be real soon.


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pat



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Re: Simpson Bay Beach and BSV [Re: RonDon] #244820
01/13/2021 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by RonDon
boucharda, how long are you staying inSXM? Will the new USA ruling that you test before leaving come into play on 1/26


We made it by two days....leaving on the 24th

Re: Simpson Bay Beach and BSV [Re: GaKaye] #244856
01/13/2021 08:02 PM
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That’s really odd to hear. We’ve been eating there for at least the past 10 years never had any problems like yours and at least lately for busy. Everyone has their own experiences , I will the breakfast staff tends to be more island time and local attitudes but still a great breakfast. IMO.

Re: Simpson Bay Beach and BSV [Re: BillandElaine] #244858
01/13/2021 08:14 PM
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You’re kidding me. Well maybe the French will like it.


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