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St. Maarten - St. Martin
4 hours ago
I probably didn’t spell this correctly? This is a small hotel located on the beach in Grand Case. Does anyone know the status of this hotel? I heard that it recently reopened or will soon?
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Nude Resorts, Beaches and Cruises
Yesterday at 05:48 PM
Has anyone stayed at Caliente Resorts Tampa? If so what are your thoughts and suggestions.
I leave this week for a pre Christmas holiday week there.
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SXM Photo Gallery
12/06/2018 10:41 PM
Pictures from Dec. 3.
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General Caribbean
12/06/2018 10:35 PM

We took a short, 5-day Royal Caribbean cruise out of Fort Lauderdale during Thanksgiving week. We have been wanting to go to Cuba for a while, but the price for most cruises were too high. This one was reasonable so we took it. It had one stop in Key West, and an overnight stop in Havana. We actually arrived in Havana Thanksgiving morning and left at 1 pm the next day.

We only live 30 minutes from the port, so we took a Uber for about $33. That worked fine, but there were no Ubers available when we got back to port, so it was $55 taxi back home. Not sure what happened with Uber.

After a day at sea, we made a port stop at Key West. It is not that far to Key West, so the ship was only going about 9 knots. That made for a really nice at sea day with very little wind on the top decks. We walked into town an took the Conch Train tour of the city. The ship left for Cuba at 5 pm.

We arrived in Havana around 7 am and had to wait for the Cuban authorities to clear the ship. Not included in the price for the cruise was the $75 each Cuban visa fee that was added to the room charge. Also, because this is Cuba, you are required book a "full day" cultural excursion either through the ship or on your own. The Royal Caribbean excursions are guaranteed to meet the State Department requirements for visiting Cuba. There are other ways to meet the State Department requirement, such as visiting relatives, but I suspect most people on the ship used a ship excursion.

We took the Easy Havana bus tour that was a 4 hour tour that was supposed to start at 10:15. We had to gather in one of the dining rooms and wait for clearance. Unlike most cruises, we had to individually clear Cuban passport control. They had told us that we would not need Cuban currency on the trip and should wait until after the tour to change our money. They use a CUC for tourists and Cubans are not supposed to take US dollars. I wish I would have gotten some CUCs at the dock, but I was able to exchange money when we stopped at a large market near the cruise ship.
Once cleared, the tour lasted from 10:20 am to about 3:00 pm. We stopped at the Guidi of Havana art neighborhood, the Christ of Havana statute overlooking the harbor, the house of Che, Independence Plaza, a stop to buy Cuban cigars (US dollars were accepted at this store). The final stop was at a craft market where I was able to convert US dollars into CUC). It was a good tour and the guide gave us a lot of information. However, there was no provision for lunch, or even getting food on the excursion, so we were really hungry when the tour ended. We asked the guide for suggestions for food and she directed us to the town square for Old Havana where we had a wonderful late lunch at the La Vitrola.

We had plans to go to the Facturia de Arte (art factory that was converted from an old sugar factory) for dinner, so we went back to the ship to convert more US dollars into CUC, clean up, and rest a little. The waitress where we had lunch told us that we could get taxis at a hotel just up the alley from the restaurant, so we walked back to the restaurant and started walking. After walking about 6 blocks up this dark alley, we paid 2 CUC for a bicycle rickshaw ride to the hotel which was another 6 blocks to a hotel where taxis hang out. It took some bargaining but we got a 15 minute taxi ride for 10 CUC to the Art Factory, where we had dinner and looked at the art. There was even some dancing going on, but we were not skillful enough to join them. It was not easy, but we got a 10 CUC taxi ride back to the ship at about 11:00 pm. It is really safe in Havana, so we were not worried as were wandered the streets at night.

After breakfast the next day we left the ship to find our own personal tour of the city. As we left the doors of the port there was a 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 convertible just finishing up a tour. For 50 CUCs we got a one hour tour. The driver did not have really good English, but it was enough to give us a good tour. His father had bought the car years ago, so it was still in the family. We saw a lot of 1950s US cars around, but most seemed to be for the tourist trade. The road were in pretty good shape but there was not a lot of traffic, and most of the cars seemed to be boring Lada and other Russian-like cars.

We did not need to be back on board until noon, so we walked back to the square for a latte and some juice. There were a lot of people around and it turned out that the Cuban President and the President of Spain were in the area. We followed the crowd back to across from the port where they got into their black Mercedes and drive away.

The ship left Havana at 1 pm and arrived back in the Port of Fort Lauderdale at 7 am the next day. This time the ship was traveling around 19 knots, so it was a little windy on the top decks leaving Cuba.
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SXM Photo Gallery
12/06/2018 03:32 PM
Drake building
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
12/06/2018 02:11 PM
Daily Herald link

Good to see that there will be fireworks on Great Bay this year.
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General Photo Gallery
12/05/2018 07:49 PM
Venus docked in Grenada, early November.
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SXM Photo Gallery
12/02/2018 01:52 PM
Pics form our Dec. 2018 trip.
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Southern Caribbean
11/29/2018 08:01 PM
We are going to a wedding at the Anchorage, in Chaguaramas, Trinidad in June 2019. Can anyone recommend a good hotel - perhaps one toward north shore. Also, does anyone who has been to Trinidad recently have any thoughts or advice on safety and security issues.
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World Wide Travel
11/29/2018 07:48 PM
We will be in Sydney in October 2019. Does anyone have a favorite hotel to recommend that has a good location to things to see and do in Sydney?
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
11/28/2018 03:56 PM
What a relief!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
11/27/2018 10:10 PM
St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has received the building permit for the construction of the new hospital for which a groundbreaking ceremony is planned on December 3rd, 2018.

https://smn-news.com/st-maarten-st-...es-building-permit-for-new-hospital.html
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British Virgin Islands
11/27/2018 02:48 PM
Please join the BVI Loyal West End Yacht Club this weekend and have fun sailing in the 28th Annual Gustav "Ding Dong" Wilmerding race. All the fun starts and finishes at Nanny Cay Resort & Marina!

Friday, Nov 30th 6-8pm Registration at Nanny Cay Beach Bar
Saturday Dec 1st 8-9:30 Registration at Nanny Cay Beach Bar
First Pursuit Race begins at 10:30am
Awards at 6pm

Let us know if you will be racing!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
11/26/2018 04:09 PM
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British Virgin Islands
11/25/2018 09:32 PM
Bringing awareness to this promotional event to raise funds for the schools on Anegada. Please consider supporting and sharing in your social circles!

Gumption's Anegada $10k School Fundraiser

Allington “Gumption” Creque has always been an entrepreneur willing to put his community first. Gumption as popular known was endorsed by Sir Branson in 2012 after he went many banks to secure a loan but failed. Richard then stepped up and give him the loan. Gumption has repaid his loan and went ahead doing what he love “make people best day ever”. Gumption wear many hats, on this occasion he’s a professional windsurfer who’s looking to have fun while making a difference for the school of Anegada. Gumption is going to windsurf from Virgin Gorda across the Caribbean Sea to Anegada with his hopes or raising 10k for the school of Anegada. Gumption’s last time sailing over to Anegada was in 2012 and he’s stated on December 20th will be last time as he’s about to venture into kiteboarding.

The event as well will be live on Facebook every 15mins and he’s hoping you’ll join it to capture the action live. Gumption’s believe it’s his job as an Entrepreneur and Philanthropist to find fun ways to help his community while having fun. Even though I’m a high school dropout student, it doesn’t mean I can do my part to make sure the teachers & students of the school have the tools needed to begin the 2019 school year. Gumption also believe with your support he will get over 10k.

Please support Gumption as he cross the Caribbean Sea on a windsurfing board to Anegada that’s 13 miles away from Virgin Gorda.
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Afloat
11/25/2018 07:49 PM
We have booked this trip for next September. Can anyone tell me how much walking we can expect to do? We did the Amsterdam to Budapest cruise 6 years ago and were able to keep up, but I was “only” 70 then. I’ll be (yikes!) 77 when we do this one. I try to walk a mile or two every day. Would like to hear from anyone who has taken this trip. Thanks.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
11/25/2018 05:12 PM
What will be open on the French side for dinner on Christmas?
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BVI Photo Gallery
11/23/2018 05:46 PM
picture
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
11/23/2018 12:33 PM
Article in the Daily Herald says the Grand Case Beach Club has reopened 48 of their 72 rooms by November 15th.

https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islan...case-beach-club-opens-in-time-for-season
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
11/20/2018 11:15 PM
They just posted on Facebook thanksgiving dinner from 6pm
All you can eat dinner plate 18.00
With all you can drink wine 25.00
Such a deal if your on island
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US VI and Puerto Rico
11/20/2018 08:43 PM
Article today in the Bangor Daily News

Sad connection

I'm sorry to bring bad news as the season ramps up.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
11/19/2018 04:13 PM
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British Virgin Islands
11/16/2018 08:52 PM
looks like I will be down there for a full moon (finally after 10+ trips). next Friday nov 23.
where are the best parties happening or worth it after Irma?
thanks in advance.
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British Virgin Islands
11/12/2018 08:14 PM
We have 4 spots available on our charter with Ocean Magic Mitch for January 15, 2019 if anyone is interested. We will be going from the dock in Road Town to Jost van Dyke. $100pp.
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SXM Photo Gallery
11/12/2018 05:21 PM
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