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6 hours ago Mario’s Bistro [by KGB]
Decided to give it a try yesterday. We have been there last time probably 5 years ago, when they still were in Porto Cupecoy Marina. We did like it back then.
This time our experience was very different. The waiter was pretty ignorant bugger, especially after we didn’t order water or bottle of wine(there were 4 of us and we didn’t feel like drinking that night). I ordered a glass and wife did the same. Than The specials of the evening… There was a confusion between what the waiter told us and what his helper/waitress told us… one of them didn’t know exactly what it was…
Those were minor things…
The food…. Greatly over rated! Onion soup was just warm, with some clumps in it that were cold to the tongue… It felt like it was reheated in a microwave…
The daily special tuna with cheese …. Meh, tuna itself was good but the combination didn’t impress me… not my cup of tea.
Wife’s soup was good. Her main coarse was pretty bad. The Shepard pie was very bland, no salt or any spice at all. The rest of the meat was just ok, didn’t really wowed her like we expected. The other couple had a very similar experience with their food. We were very disappointed. Place is highly over rated.
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6 hours ago Departure time [by KGB]
Question for those who just left the island in the last few days- how was the line ups to go thru customs and security? How much time do we need this year? Last few years we had no check in luggage and arrived 1,5 hours before the departure time and that was enough.
Somebody told us that they have a new system at the airport. Please share the info! Thanks!
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Yesterday at 07:43 PM Curaçao or Bonaire? [by barata]
Looking for laid back OCEANFRONT accommodations that won’t break the bank.
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Yesterday at 05:31 PM Surfer dies.. [by Manpot]
..I've read that a surfer died at Apple Bay a few days ago. As I know and surfed with many in my neighbourhood there I'm anxious to know any more news and feel terrible for his friends and family..Anyone??
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Yesterday at 03:47 PM 2024 Leverick Bay Poker Run - 20th Anniversary! [by BVI Poker Run]
Hello All,

As many of you are aware, Nick Willis was the founder and soul of the Leverick Bay Poker Run - a monumental understatement, I know. In the years since Nick took his final bow, I have been tasked with continuing the event in his honour. On that note, I'm happy to announce the 20th Annual Leverick Bay Poker RunLeverick Bay Poker Run!

I hope you will join us in person or in spirit on May 26th, 2024 - the 20th Anniversary of the Poker Run - as we remember Captain Nick and the event he and Monica created back in 2001.

My name is Joel, and having lived next door to Nick and Monica for a number of years, we were neighbours and later became great friends. In 2019, after cleanup from Irma was somewhat complete, I hosted what was the 18th Poker Run. Then COVID came, and we were on hiatus again, until the 19th Poker Run in 2023. Now in 2024, we will mark the 20th Leverick Bay Poker Run with a proper tribute to an old friend. I trust we will make Nick proud!

I will do my best to reply to any questions or concerns you may have. I hope you will consider joining us this May 26th.

Cheers!
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Yesterday at 01:47 PM Do we need a car [by Zappafan54]
First time going back to the island in many years. We always stayed at club O and we always rented a car to go out to dinner and sight see. This year we are staying at LaPlaya for 5 days in March. I am thinking that we don’t need a car as there are many restaurants near the hotel. Unless you can change my mind what is the best way to get to Orient beach from the airport? Thanks for the help.
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Yesterday at 11:56 AM Some pics from husband's walk last evening [by FatCat04]
Just wanted to share.
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Yesterday at 12:02 AM Cancelled WestJet Flight Feb 15 ? [by sxmpete]
On Thursday Feb 15, Westjet canceled their 4 pm flight 2653 from SXM to Toronto. We never did receive the promised followup email with cancellation details.

After waiting at the airport until 9:30 PM, with no status updates from Westjet and no Westjet Agent in sight, several passengers including ourselves decided to seek out their own accommodation. I'm glad we did, since we and another couple got the last 2 available rooms at one of the Maho hotels.

I decided to wait a while before requesting compensation, rather than spoil the afterglow of a great 16 days in SXM with on my frustrations with poor Westjet communication/management of the situation.

Now that I'm getting around to requesting compensation, I wonder about the experience of other passengers on that canceled flight: did a Westjet Agent ever arrive later that night? If so, what time and what help did they provide?

Our replacement flight the next day was to leave at 7:30 and arrive Toronto just before midnight. Fortunately, after a painfully long online chat with a Westjet agent, we were able to change to the 4:05 pm flight and arrive at a much saner time.

Despite our first such experience in over 30 years visiting SXM, we are excited about 2025 and have already booked our stay!

FYI, for those other passengers, if you haven't already submitted your requests, here are a few useful links:
https://otc-cta.gc.ca/eng/air-passenger-protection-regulations-highlights
https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/interruptions/submit-expenses
https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/interruptions/compensation-claims

Peter
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02/29/2024 08:56 PM Been away for a while... Also a Timeshare question (groan)..bare with me... [by wabid]
Hi all. Its been (checks notes) 7 years since we last visited the island and we are looking to visiting this year. Many things held us from returning, Irma, adoption of a baby girl, family illness, work... In short: life.

Anyhow we hope to be staying at the SBR for at least two weeks this summer/fall and introduce our daughter to the island! I really can't wait and I am diving (no pun) back into this forum to get back up to speed.

My wife's family and I have been visiting the island on and off for twenty years and actually owned a timeshare at SBR. Personally I was angry cloud when my wife purchased the unit (before we were engaged to be married), but she bought a week for peanuts when the SBR was The Pelican. It was part of a package deal. Her parents purchased a timeshare at the Royal Resorts Grand Cayman resort (Now Wyndham) and a couple of weeks at SXM Pelican Resort were tossed in to seal the deal.

Turns out we prefer and love SXM over the Caymans and we upgraded our SBR timeshare several years back. However our building was destroyed by Irma. That said we only upgraded for the points, so it did not affect us. We are still are on points and now we have plenty so we plan to use them very soon!!

I digress. As I said, my In-laws purchased a timeshare at the Grand Cayman resort. However my father in-law passed 23 years ago and my mother in-law passed this last month. I will be selling a one week, 2 Bedroom/2 bath unit for week 43 through Wyndham. However they have not given me guidance on a fair price. I realize this is a big ask, but can anyone provide me an opinion on a reasonable asking price or where to look? Obviously I did some digging on the intergoogleweb, but timeshare brokers just seem sketchy at best...so I am looking for some impartial advice. THANKS

Note: I am posting in SXM because there are far more members in this group that the Caymans forum...so Apologies to the admins
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02/29/2024 02:24 PM American Airlines connecting flights in Miami [by MickeysDog]
My wife and I are traveling to St. Martin in June from Orlando. AA changed our flight time and reduced the connection time between flights to 50 minutes. Is this enough time to get from arrival flight to departure flight or should we book an earlier flight from Orlando? Any information is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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