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St. Maarten - St. Martin
39 seconds ago
Its been years since we stepped foot in this place. It was dated then but like I said it's probably been 20 years since we visited friends staying there.

Has anyone stayed there recently?
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British Virgin Islands
2 minutes ago
Does anyone know if the Riteway across from the Moorings marina has a prepared food department, cooked bbq chicken, pork side items to go, or even a deli that makes sandwiches, would be ok. We have ordered take out from the Bobby's market in road town once and it was very good, they had BBQ chicken, rice, side dishes etc. Would like to possibly grab some for the dinner on sleep aboard night before charter. Thank you.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
1 hour ago
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To me, this is good news, as I believe that consolidation is the enemy of lower airfares. Spirit may not survive, but that's a different issue.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
02/26/2024 10:29 PM
Previously I posted about our first few days on the island during a rare rain day. Now we are back home with the rest of our eleventh trip to the island behind us.
Weather was unusual with winds blowing from the south for the first few days. We stayed in Orient Village so south winds had an effect on the Dutch side of the island but was calm on Orient beach. During our stay winds shifted to the north west for several days, then to north east and finally to east for the final few days. With calmer winds it was hotter on the beach.
I don’t think I have seen as many people on the beach since at least seven years ago. The Club O section of beach had upwards of 400 people at one time. A large number were in the water at one time. There is a need for more chairs and umbrellas according to several people who couldn’t get them. If you are not marking chairs before 8:30 am you won’t get any. There was more people coming to the beach thru the Club O property. I didn’t check but it seems they may have been parking near the old entrance/security building.
The variable winds during our stay may have contributed to there being no sargassum on the beach during our twelve day stay. There was some sea grass on the south end of the beach one day and the north end the next day.
Even in 12 days we do not get to go to many of the fine restaurants in Orient Village and Grand Case. Several people liked Maison Mere. It is a little more open space than most restaurants. My wife liked the red snapper. I enjoyed the Triggerfish Mediteranean. It had a tomato bisque like sauce.
There are several new restaurants between Le Piment and Latelier. We didn’t go but they were busy. At the entrance to the village square is also a place that we heard was good. It has tables on the porch where there used to be real estate listings in the window. The ice cream shop is still there.
Long-timers said Ti Palm was the best restaurant in the Village. It’s first on our list for next year.
Overall I think the Orient Village restaurants have slipped a bit in quality over previous years.
In Grand Case the church is finally being restored. The choir is now up to about thirty members. Mass is celebrated in the open back of the church. The singing of the caraibes is so beautiful on Sunday morning.
For the third year we went to Le Bistronome restaurant in Grand Case. It is small and pretty. Thai soup, Buratta salad, escargot, a puff pastry topped lamb soup were some of the highlites.
We heard from others Calmos Cafe was good in GC. Two levels of dining overlooking the ocean. Hopefully next year.
For years I have vented about the airport/airline. Others have now taken up the cause. I’ll be brief. We got home with little delay. We booked travel days with the lowest airfare thinking they are the least crowded. On the return checked in online at the resort and paid our bag fee. We printed out our bag tag at the airport kiosk but they wouldn’t let us get in the bag drop line until 1 pm for a 3:30 flight. Then we waited half hour while a number of folks were directed to check in ahead of us. It’s a baggage drop. Should be able to drop and go. Up the escalator to the second floor for security screening. The 2nd floor has been returned to pre hurricane glory. Food is a little limited with only the Baccus sandwich, Domino Pizza and the ice cream lady. There is a duty free and a small bar. There was an AA plane at one of the 2nd floor jetways. Not ours. We went down the twisting wooden ramp to gates B1 B2. Like the underworld it gets hotter. No ceiling tiles. The PA couldn’t be heard from 20 feet. The overhead TV screens don’t work. My boarding pass said that was the time and place and I walked thru. A large bus awaited with 14 seats. Most stand. It took us almost to the Sunset Bar then a left turn to our plane with a narrow ramp with multiple switchbacks. Boarded, left and landed in Miami on time.
Plane pulled up to gate D2. A brisk walk to Passport Control which is about at D25. The overhead tram at Term D was not working. Global Entry was quicker than ever. Picked up our checked bag and followed the connecting flight sign. Our bag tag was scanned and we dropped it off with two attendants. This was new. Also there was not big line at TSA. It was less than an hour since we landed and we were looking for dining. Six pm on a Friday may just be a quiet time at MIA.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
02/25/2024 07:40 PM
Joint press release from the State and the Community of Saint-Martin / Fire at the Geminga shipyard

The Saint-Martin firefighters intervened last night to control a fire which broke out in a 200m² hangar on the Geminga shipyard in Sandy Ground.

The hangar was completely destroyed and a nearby boat damaged. Hydrocarbon reserves were protected by firefighters to avoid the risk of explosion.

Oil drums stored in the hangar were affected by the fire causing engine oil to spill into the Simpson Bay lagoon. Precautions have been taken to contain this pollution and prevent it from getting worse. A procedure to assess this pollution is triggered in order to assess the level of seriousness and, if necessary, implement proportionate measures.

The fire was contained at 5:00 a.m., however firefighters remained on site to monitor the site.

Prefect Vincent BERTON visited the scene of the fire this morning. He assured the business manager that the State would carefully monitor the consequences of the disaster on the activity of his company and would study potentially available aid measures.

President Louis MUSSINGTON and Prefect Vincent BERTON would like to salute the responsiveness and commitment of the Saint-Martin firefighters who fought for a good part of the night against this large-scale fire and prevented the fire from spreading to the rest of the construction site.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
02/24/2024 09:26 PM
Just landed off JetBlues 12:24 departure today on Saturday.

Arrived at PJIA @0930 for a 12:24 flight.

Kiosks and security were empty and an absolute breeze to get through.

Having flown out of TLV, CDG, YUL, LGA and now SXM this past 8 months, we have to say that SXM and LGA have come a REAL long way in a year.

And as I did my usual back and forth walking in the terminal, I saw that the newest Duty Free, just to the right when you get past security, was being stocked.

It opened today around 10:15. I was the 2nd customer inside. Prices and signs were still coming up.

So it’s progressing! And it’s a VERY pleasant space. Both LGA and SXM have raised the bar as far as the ambiance.

First time using the Mint product, very good use of space.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
02/24/2024 03:11 PM
While checking the MIA website this morning, I was surprised to see that TGI Fridays shows that they are closed. Is this true?
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Southern Caribbean
02/23/2024 08:12 PM
2 Americans believed dead after yacht hijacked, Grenada police say (msn.com)

MSN link
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British Virgin Islands
02/23/2024 04:44 PM
I suspect I already know the answer to this but what the heck.

I had a Mavic drone that I took on one trip to St. Martin but I sold it not long after. I'd like to have one for my trip in June but I don't want to own one.

Does any place rent them? I see a place I can rent from online so that might be an option but I'd rather not carry it down there if possible.

Yes, I know the risks and complications of flying near water and I know launching and retrieving from the boat is yet another challenge.
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Nude Resorts, Beaches and Cruises
02/18/2024 06:42 PM
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
02/18/2024 01:16 PM
Trying to contact Caroline Bensaid about a listing she has on VRBO just wondering if anybody ever rented thru her and would have contact info so we can call her.
Thanks
Rick
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Charter Boat Reviews and Questions
02/14/2024 03:13 PM
The 45th annual Sweethearts of the Caribbean Regatta is this weekend, hosted by the West End Yacht Club on Tortola. Registration is Friday evening at the Club's HQ, at Omar's Fusion, West End.
Fun racing for cruisers, classics and racers.
Please join us!

Future dates:
The 25th Dark & Stormy Regatta, 2-4 March, Trellis Bay to Anegada.
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British Virgin Islands
02/14/2024 03:10 PM
The 45th annual Sweethearts of the Caribbean Regatta is this weekend, hosted by the West End Yacht Club, on Tortola. Registration is Friday evening at the Club's HQ, at Omar's Fusion, West End.
Fun racing for cruisers, classics and racers.
Please join us!

Upcoming dates:
The 25th Dark & Stormy Regatta, 2-4 March, from Trellis Bay to Anegada.
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British Virgin Islands
02/12/2024 05:35 PM
It will be a nasty day to travel tomorrow in the NE. If booked I would make other plans.
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United States & Canada
02/10/2024 01:40 PM
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British Virgin Islands
02/08/2024 07:54 PM
...at about 10.20 Pacific time I will be on the Kathleen Hill Show live from The Sugar Mill in Apple Bay, Tortola with Mary the co owner. .Mary will reveal the secret recipes for two of her famous dishes...so have notebooks ready!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
02/06/2024 11:45 PM
Due to the ferry being shut down today and tomorrow, I had to book a very last minute flight from SXM to Anguilla on Anguilla air service via Expedia for tomorrow.

Does anyone know, how far in advance do we need to be at the airport for this (literally!) ten minute flight?

No info on the website, no info on the receipt, hoping someone has done it and can advise. I cannot imagine having to be at airport two hours in advance for a 10 minute flight, but then again, I never thought they’d shut down the ferry in February either.

Thanks in advance.
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