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We are here! #248170
02/23/2021 08:40 AM
02/23/2021 08:40 AM
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Well we made it. PCR tests on Tues with results back on Thursday. We had the St. Maarten approvals back very quickly. Flew on AA from Albany NY to Charlotte on Sat evening but not before having to taxi back to the gate to remove 2 very drunk people from the plane. Why the airline ever let them board was beyond us. We were overnighting in CLT so the delay didn’t effect us but several folks on the plane missed their connections. It was eerie to see CLT so empty. Gate agents checked SXM approval letters and negative test results and after a delay to switch aircraft 40 people headed to SXM. We have never passed through the SXM airport so quickly even with the added step of checking approval letters and test results. Our taxi driver told us that it has been very hard on the residents but in a typical SXM way she was optimistic that it would approve. Hubby paid$30 for a $15 cab ride. It is our intention to tip generously as it is clear these folks have to be suffering from the lack of tourist trade. Check in at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina was quick after a temperature check and sanitizer. Resort looks great and we are guessing at about 30% occupancy. No fist fights over available palapas! Flamingo looks great with beautiful plantings. It appears that several units are occupied. We ate at Isola the first night where the service was slow and confused but the food was wonderful - tuna tartare, beef carpaccio and a Margarita pizza. Last night we enjoyed the lobster special at La Patrona. Everyone is so happy to see you. We have felt very safe regarding all the sensible Covid protocols. Employees at the resort and in restaurants are taking the mask mandates very seriously. Snowing at home and darn cold so we are grateful to be here.

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Re: We are here! [Re: JimandBeth] #248171
02/23/2021 08:52 AM
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Great! Glad you arrived OK. Sounds like the trip is off to a very good start. Enjoy!!


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Re: We are here! [Re: JimandBeth] #248172
02/23/2021 08:54 AM
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Congratulations on your arrival. Happy for you and hoping you’ll keep the island updates coming. Enjoy your stay. 😊😊


Respectfully,

pat



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Re: We are here! [Re: JimandBeth] #248195
02/23/2021 10:51 AM
02/23/2021 10:51 AM
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Auburn, WA
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Tel me more about the Lobster special. Price, one night only or every night and side dishes.

Re: We are here! [Re: SXMScubaman] #248227
02/23/2021 05:00 PM
02/23/2021 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by SXMScubaman
Tel me more about the Lobster special. Price, one night only or every night and side dishes.

Monday and Friday, $21, nice size tail, several options on how you would like it prepared. Served with baked potato and mixed veggies that were not over cooked. We ordered our lobster grilled and it was not dry or rubbery. We’ll go back.

Re: We are here! [Re: JimandBeth] #248231
02/23/2021 05:46 PM
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Auburn, WA
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Thanks. On my list for May.

Re: We are here! [Re: JimandBeth] #248232
02/23/2021 05:52 PM
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Thanks for the info on the Lobster at La Patrona Very good price.

Re: We are here! [Re: JimandBeth] #248234
02/23/2021 06:25 PM
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Wow, that is a great price for a lobster dinner!!!


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Re: We are here! [Re: Carol_Hill] #248237
02/23/2021 06:50 PM
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Yes Dear a lot of other places would at least forty dollars .

Re: We are here! [Re: JimandBeth] #248251
02/24/2021 07:26 AM
02/24/2021 07:26 AM
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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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We are to arrive at Simpson bay Resort on Sunday. So glad to read your report. Looking forward to supporting Isola and La Patrona. Have you tired the Burgers at Replay Sports Bar? We always used to get a burger at BBB but since they are now closed I need to find an alternative.

Re: We are here! [Re: Leagle49] #248262
02/24/2021 10:06 AM
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Not yet but if we do before Sunday we’ll let you know.
Originally Posted by Leagle49
We are to arrive at Simpson bay Resort on Sunday. So glad to read your report. Looking forward to supporting Isola and La Patrona. Have you tired the Burgers at Replay Sports Bar? We always used to get a burger at BBB but since they are now closed I need to find an alternative.

Re: We are here! [Re: Leagle49] #248268
02/24/2021 11:02 AM
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Auburn, WA
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Try the burgers at the Burger shack on the point of Simpson Bay Resort. Have always had good ones there.


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