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Trip Report May3-17, 2015 (Part 1) #56031
05/26/2015 08:57 PM
05/26/2015 08:57 PM
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Trip Report - May 3 – 17, 2015 (Part 1)

Flights - Travel down was on USAir through Charlotte. No problems, on time. Trip home was on American through Miami was somewhat less than pleasant. In their quest for customer satisfaction and loyality, AA totally canceled our afternoon return flight from Miami to St Louis and put us on their 6:20pm flight. Of course, we left SXM on their 7:45 am flight to Miami, were through all C & I, luggage claim and recheck, TSI and back “in the loop” by 11.55am, giving us over six hours to enjoy the Miami airport.

CAR – Once again we rented from angela@horizoncarrentals.com $150./week for an I10 with a special discount if you pay cash. Very accommodating for pickup and drop-off.

PHONE - Sharon's Queen of SXM ( www.queenofsxm2000.com )– Reliable. Bought $10. of time which was plenty for the two weeks.

ROOMS - I won, well actually was an alternate winner, of a week at Vista Royale ( vistaroyale.com ) in Jeff Berger's Vacation Giveaway contest. Located in the Mount Vista community overlooking the cruise ship docks and Great Bay, this place is amazing. New owners, Larry and Deb, have done a lot of remodeling and upgrading. http://s216.photobucket.com/user/sxmnorm/media/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2771_zpsyxefqqfq.jpg.html , http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2772_zpsrcjdre07.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2773_zpseze7vtyb.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2774_zpshbdjpwet.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2775_zpsskwjxuqc.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2777_zpsucekiae5.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2776_zpsmryzpvjg.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2778_zps4plah6sj.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2793_zpsv50dyas4.jpg It was the highlight of our trip. It also gave new meaning to “sand gravity”. Betty and I both would wake, grab some refreshment , and walk out on the patio http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2793_zpsv50dyas4.jpg to watch the cruise ships dock http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2826_zpsxbbwslrc.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2828_zpsft7rusvd.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2827_zpszsqjmpa1.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2790_zpstewjdnxw.jpg , the container ships being unloaded http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2818_zpsp50d7jtb.jpg , and all the other activities on Great Bay http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2820_zpsfmu8rxls.jpg . Full sun arrived around 10 or so. Floating in or hanging over the edge of the pool were our usual morning activities http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2805_zpsijvw7isu.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2833_zps3igki8cc.jpg . Yeh, life's tough sometimes.
We backed up our week at Vista Royale with a week at our home resort, Oyster Bay Beach Resort ( www.oysterbaybeach resort.com ). It's recovered nicely from the damage in October of Hurricane Gonzolo. We had a third floor(getting tough on old peoples knees) one bedroom unit with a peaceful view overlooking the Marina. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2892_zpscds8ycyv.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2895_zpsh4grjlkj.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2897_zps3xgwrvjn.jpg
Dawn Beach, like all the Atlantic side beaches, continues to be plagued with the seaweed. No amount cleanup can keep up with the massive flows of the stuff. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2853_zpsdmqoscrw.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2903_zps39wagqvj.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2923_zpsdswtbdcm.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2924_zpsgvafekpj.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2925_zpssk4qugvh.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2926_zpspijzdjrl.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2927_zpsi0jtnltq.jpg
To take your mind off the seaweed, the grounds keeping staff has done a wonderful job with flowers around the Resort. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2908_zpsgv4ayfii.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2935_zpsf6mtjizr.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2919_zpsay6dqlgn.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2918_zpsoztff5eb.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2917_zpsqaw2pzh9.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2916_zpscmfo1t51.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2915_zpso5ebujbf.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2914_zps4eszqhod.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2913_zpsjwlczm6h.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2912_zpstkxub3dk.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2911_zpsr8h6lxoh.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2910_zpsthpm50wu.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2909_zpsobd37mqk.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2907_zpsfjznknbk.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2906_zpsakf1uwry.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2876_zpsrqpus8tp.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2875_zpskhnd3rva.jpg The Resort is also starting a renovation/remodel of it's Infinity Restaurant and Bar. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2941_zpsgqvuqwoz.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2939_zps53qnc2gw.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2942_zpsthhgmhxd.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2940_zpsumdp1kcn.jpg To accommodate guests, Beau Beau's has increased it's hours and menu. There is also limited seating in the Courtyard .

Places We Ate:

Breakfasts-

Sarafini's in Marigot across from The Market. With it's cases of “goodies” http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2821_zpswrqizni7.jpg , narrowing to one or two items is almost impossible. We settled on a chocolate twist and a raisen roll. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2822_zpsucotwazq.jpg

Top Carrot – We met Jeannie of SXM Shop N Drop at Top Carrot http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2928_zpsl5vfgae6.jpg in Simpson Bay for breakfast one morn. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2829_zpsbouztbcu.jpg I had a Cheese Omelet ($7.50) along with a fruit smoothie. No service charge here.

Pier Grocery, on the road across from Mr Busby's, and The Bodega, on the dock of the OBBR marina. supplied various croissants during our week at OBBR. The croissants were good to the last flake. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2932_zpsa9vtw9fp.jpg

Mr Busby's – Despite the seaweed, breakfast at Mr Busby's is an enjoyable experience, especially if you have a 15% off coupon from Jeff Berger's Site. Betty had two eggs and an English Muffin http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2904_zpsqpbnhbsh.jpg while I had two eggs, with potatoes, bacon, and a Johnny Cake http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2905_zpsiu6xysco.jpg With two drinks and the discount, the meal was $16.40 . There was no service charge and they don't take credit cards.

Lunches -

Caribbean Blend – On the Boardwalk http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2838_zpsab5t6ida.jpg . One of our favorites. Chef Romaine, http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2796_zpswv9ag77i.jpg grills up good stuff! This is their rib plate, partially split, along with one of Suzette's Mango Coladas. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2797_zpsejdlp9qp.jpg It's $14.00. for the rib plate. The Colada is $5.

Mark's Place – We stopped here twice for their snack size(about 10ribs) rib plate($11.) This is a partially eaten pic. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2810_zpserxz3rvv.jpg There is no service charge at Mark's Place. We also stopped for a cheeseburger, along with two cokes $13.00. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2835_zpsgt5pzus5.jpg

Carl & Sons – Located on Salt Pond Rd. Popular sandwich shop on SXM with a couple locations. We had the roast beef sandwich ($9.) which we took back to Vista Royale to eat. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2824_zpsitxarnzt.jpg

12 Meter Yacht Restaurant & Bar – After a walk of the Boardwalk, I stopped at 12 Meter Yacht for a take out order of ribs and took them back to Vista Royale to eat http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2839_zpszrlffjmk.jpg .

Beau Beau's – Located overlooking Dawn Beach, Beau Beau's serves two of most favorite meals. Their Chicken Caesar Salad is, in our opinion, the BEST on SXM. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2855_zpsqttzddoj.jpg Their dressing is very creamy with a hint of anchovy and lots of grated parmesan. It's $13.95. There is a service charge at Beau Beau's. Enjoyed it twice on this trip.
Our other favorite at Beau Beau's is their Guavaberry Ribs. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2873_zpsciwhfhjo.jpg $14.95. If you visit BB's, there are ribs on the menu, but you must ask for Guavaberry Ribs. Hardly ever even on the special menu for the day, but always available if you ask.
We also tried and enjoyed their Turkey/Bacon Club Wrap.

Star Dock - Fairly new, opening in October of 2014. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2823_zpsrdderjns.jpg
Located at the far end of the dock between Pier Grocery and Canoa. Run by Katy. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2862_zpsqe6s4aqa.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2861_zpsaygcarv7.jpg I had a piece of bacon quiche. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2865_zpsc5y3eshd.jpg Betty had a croque monsieur. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2864_zpsrnlrdzhg.jpg With a glass of homemade lemonade with a hint of ginger and a tea. The bill was $19. There is no service charge. Relaxing, pleasant place at the end of the dock. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2867_zpsoe8fdunh.jpg Just a view from my chair. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2863_zpsb8clzhqg.jpg

Lunch on Room Balcony – Left over Broccoli and Beef from the Sukee Chinese restaurant. Our guest moocher enjoyed a couple pieces of the broccoli. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2890_zpss6lcrrsq.jpg http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc2/sxmnorm/SXM%20May%202015/IMGP2891_zps9gxnguro.jpg


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Re: Trip Report May3-17, 2015 (Part 1) [Re: SXMNorm] #56032
05/27/2015 06:25 AM
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Very nice Norm, thank you...........

Re: Trip Report May3-17, 2015 (Part 1) [Re: SXMNorm] #56033
05/27/2015 01:47 PM
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Great report and pictures. I watched all the pictures together, so I had to guess a lot.
<img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Grin.gif" alt="" />Lucky you to see Deepti and her family----they are so cute. We just missed them by a day. Jeff told us the night before we left that they were coming that day.

Ok where is the fish with the green beans and baked potato from? Looked great.

Re: Trip Report May3-17, 2015 (Part 1) [Re: SXMNorm] #56034
05/27/2015 02:39 PM
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Thanks for the report! The moocher on the balcony was a surprise! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Laugh.gif" alt="" /> Not what I thought it was going to be at all..


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Re: Trip Report May3-17, 2015 (Part 1) [Re: SXMNorm] #56035
05/27/2015 03:22 PM
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Nice report, thanks. Your food pictures always make me hungry.


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Re: Trip Report May3-17, 2015 (Part 1) [Re: SXMNorm] #56036
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Nice report and enjoyed looking at the pictures.

Re: Trip Report May3-17, 2015 (Part 1) [Re: SXMNorm] #56037
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Great report Norm can't wait for Part 2!

Re: Trip Report May3-17, 2015 (Part 1) [Re: SXMNorm] #56038
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I always enjoy your trip reports. Keep up the good work.

Re: Trip Report May3-17, 2015 (Part 1) [Re: The_Lurker] #56039
05/28/2015 08:58 PM
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That meal was from Chesterfield's. Very consistant and good.


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