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British Virgin Islands
17 minutes ago
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British Virgin Islands
18 minutes ago
Or it gets stolen like the 42’ Moorings monohull in CGB……
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
20 minutes ago
I get the island time atmosphere but saying you have no change when its a cash transaction is insulting. That being said I have enjoyed many taxi rides so the problem is contained to a few.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
24 minutes ago
murphy--as you should know, things in SXM just aren't that organized..
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British Virgin Islands
31 minutes ago
Droner, there was a thread about this just about a year ago (link is at the bottom of this post), and you'll see some very helpful posts, including one on May 15th by GeorgeC1, which I'll reproduce here for your convenience:

Post by GeorgeC1:

"BVI Customs - Importation of food products
Yes, charter guests may bring food into the British Virgin Islands. For the time being and due to the resurgence of Hoof and Mouth and Mad Cow Disease in the not so distant past, a law is still in effect that bans the importation of any meat products unless an application is submitted to the Department of Agriculture for approval.

Permits cost $25.00. For more information, please call the Department of Agriculture at (284) 495-2532.

Good quality, fresh foods are available in the BVI from several grocery stores and provisioners on a year-round basis. All carry USDA grade meats as well. BVI import duties charged on food products range between 5% and 15% of the invoice value. Please be sure to have your invoices with you.

BVI Customs Department
Phone: (284) 494-3475
Open from 8:30am to 6:30pm

We are aware that people bring in USDA approved meats and packaged meats from the U.S. every day of the week (without any documentation other than receipts) and the folks at Customs don't say anything and they don't confiscate these products. I'm just saying ... this is the law and on any given day,

Here is the link to the government website: http://www.bvi.gov.vg/services/importation-meat."
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
38 minutes ago

I will chime in on this. Because with an Uber you the price up front. The driver's rating up front and most importantly you will not have to deal with "sorry I have no change" when they in an all cash business.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
44 minutes ago
Just a heads up. Got a message back from Yellow Beach on Pinel that they will be closed the entire month of June for their annual vacation. Was good to know as we'll be they in May and July.
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British Virgin Islands
59 minutes ago
Anyone hear about this?

Missing/Stolen yacht
From The Moorings Tortola, BVI, we have a missing 42' monohull named Sloop Dog, last seen last night in Cane Garden Bay. Possibly stolen. Do we have any captains or crew in Jost Van Dyke or elsewhere who could keep an eye out for it, please?

In all my years of going to the BVI I have not heard of this happening.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
1 hour ago
The food has been bad since before AI was offered.
Every year, I do a trip advisor report. And every year I say that if Divi wants to be a 5* resort, they need to improve the food. It falls on deaf ears.
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British Virgin Islands
1 hour ago
On our next trip, we will have a LandAirSea locator stashed on the dingy.
Will help us to locate no matter the cause of disappearance.

LandAirSea

Might leave one on the boat as well, just in case of a failed mooring pendant. blush
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British Virgin Islands
1 hour ago
Just a small point for the Moorings. Historically they have used more locals in management positions than most other companies. Managers are rarely local at many other companies.
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British Virgin Islands
1 hour ago
The worst case scenario which has happened before is its organized theft out of the USVI. The dinghies end up there where the engine is removed for sale and the dinghy abandoned unless it’s nice and new.
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British Virgin Islands
1 hour ago
I have never used Moorings (nor will I - no offense to the owners here). I prefer to use locally owned and operated companies (wherever I go) with exemplary service (and in the case of sailing - excellent well maintained boats). We avoid conglomerations.

Hope you get resolutions to your questions. Good customer service is not too much to ask.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
1 hour ago
TJ--I have no idea why you think that Uber would be more trustworthy than cabbies, but so far, there is no such thing on SXM.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
1 hour ago
I’m sure the cabbie union is strong on the island, but Uber (or similar) has been quite convenient on recent trips to Europe and Asia.

Has Uber had any inroads on the island even if it were cabbies responding.

Even when we moved by various means in other countries sometimes we said “see if we can get an Uber to place X”

Very nice not to be worried about cash or unscrupulous cabbies.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
2 hours ago
I asked someone who I thought might know and he didn't really know anything about it, other than to state that a closing on the French side takes about 3 months, so we will not hear for a while, I guess. I doubt they will do any promotion until the sale has actually gone through, even if it will remain some type of a rental.
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British Virgin Islands
2 hours ago
We found that dinghy thefts always seemed to coincide with school holidays…we invested in a very long cable that secured the dinghy motor as well as the dinghy itself. Realize that this might not be possible for one time charterers. As regards to the thefts themselves, where exactly are they going to go with your dinghy?
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
2 hours ago
We really enjoy staying at Divi but agree about the food. There still seem to be a fair amount of people doing the all inclusive, which means the resort doesn't have much incentive to improve quality—they have enough of a captive audience. I think it is likely people coming on package deals to stay in the new Oceans building.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
2 hours ago
OK, good! If they are still doing that in June, that kind of sounds like a plan for an early dinner for us! Thanks.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
2 hours ago
Yes, they still advertise that. Dinner was delicious and service was quick!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
2 hours ago
Jeanne--I know at the beginning the Burger Bar was doing happy hour prices from like 5-7 pm. Are they still doing that? How was your dinner?
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
2 hours ago
Today was the first truly beautiful day since we arrived. The sun shone brilliantly for the entire day, which we spent at RI pool. Dany’s for happy hour and a gorgeous sunset followed. Dinner at Burger Bar then a very quick trip into Casino Royale. Back home to RI for a chill evening. What can I say? We’re a bit boring 🤷🏻‍♀️
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British Virgin Islands
2 hours ago
Sorry to hear this about Moorings. If all you need is a lift from EIS to the marina, I would not sweat it. There are lots of taxis there ready to whisk you away. Sometimes there's even someone from Moorings there to help.
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British Virgin Islands
2 hours ago
I don't about specific labels, but your best bet for a decent selection would probably be Caribbean Cellars and The French Deli (located just outside the Moornings base)....but don't set your hopes too high.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
2 hours ago
Gee, how do you really feel?? laugh
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