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British Virgin Islands
9 minutes ago
The government should pay the fees if they really want to get tourism going again but that’s basic logic.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
10 minutes ago
Thank you Carol. I’m humbled by the many kind comments from so many members of TTOL. I look forward to reading future trip reports, even if they’re brief, and no report is too boring!

Your photos are beautiful! It’s great to get away, even in your home state. Your home state is quite warm and lovely. Our home state is a bit cool, but the foliage is still pretty right now. That will change this week, as we’re expecting a lot of rainy days.

I just booked another trip to SXM in May 2021. Let the countdown begin!
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World Wide Travel
42 minutes ago
jphart is in the right area
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World Wide Travel
1 hour ago
Hi Ellen:
I've been sailing since in teen in S. Fla. Got into bareboating via a Moorings owner 13years ago. Chartered as my own captain since 2010.
But I don't have a license, and neither do the other experienced couples we cruise with. So when we decided to expand our horizons we chartered with a local skipper. I looked into getting the license with the Collegate school, or ASA programs. But that still wouldn't solve the local knowledge issue.

Local skippers are like having your personal concierge cruising with you! He (we haven't had a she...yet) has the local knowledge and experience that helps take any of the apprehension about anchorages, restaurants, weather, etc. Their most valuable resource is the super-computer in his hand - now known as a smart-phone. (Gone are the days anybody uses a VHF!) They know the local areas like the proverbial back of their hand, but enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise. They have let us help navigate, sail, helm, anchor, Med moor,and learn how to back into tight village quays and docks. We've found that a skipper will let you do as much as you'd like, Or just kick back, have another adult beverage and let him do the worrying! Personally, I like learning, and tried to do new stuff with the skipper by my side. And with him there, my wife and other crew were much more relaxed the entire trip.

Once tied off, he typically kind of disappeared, took care of the dock paperwork, had a coffee with friends, etc. One skipper appeared to have a girlfriend in every port! He learned what we liked about schedules, our likes and dislikes, and made the restaurant reservations at places that were perfect for us! Some nights he'd dine with us, others he'd get us to the restaurant, and then go off on his own. And many times the restaurants were not the typical closest tourist traps - but ones were he was welcome with open arms. Come morning, he'd be found ashore having coffee & waiting for us to rise and shine, or he'd sleep-in while we made the coffee and breakfast onboard.

We chartered in Greece from Athens a few years ago, and that was us in Hydra with the donkeys on the dock. That harbour was a total ZOO! No, not the dock, but getting in and getting a prime space. Skipper Greg had phoned ahead to a fellow skipper friend and timed our arrival just as the other cat was leaving. It was like finding a prime parking space in front of the football stadium right before kickoff - just as another left it empty. By late afternoon the boats were THREE deep - as there were two boats Med moored ahead of us. NO WAY could have we done that without a local skipper! Somebody fouled our anchor upon departure, but he showed his skill getting us free.

We chartered in Croatia last year, and had the same wonderful experience with a young fellow, recently graduated from a university that specialized in marine education. He was a mult-generational local. He had thought about getting on with giant shipping companies, but starting skippering locally and loved the opportunity working with fellow sailors, and hosting and showing the highlights of his home country.

Does that mean that I won't charter without a skipper? No. In areas where language isn't an issue, where we've been before, or can plan well enough in advance I can do well enough with our crew. But as we're sailing boats that are now getting close to $1,000,000 in value and we're not quite as young as we used to be, sailing with a skipper to new destinations is a great way to sail, learn, travel,and experience new destinations, while getting the the apprehension level way down!

We hope to sail Italy in 2021 - with a skipper! And if the Caribbean governments can get their act together, on our own again - without need of a skipper.

My two bits...fair winds
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
1 hour ago
The draft motion is posted on the Facebook site for the St. Maarten Parliment.

Facebook page for Saint Maarten Parliment

The indication posted there is that the motion was voted on yesterday (23 October) and approved (for further review) by an 11 to 3 vote.
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British Virgin Islands
2 hours ago
They need to combine to COVID test with the welcome rum punch. Take a quick swig of the rum punch and then let them swab away! Then chase it with another swig. Problem solved.
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US VI and Puerto Rico
2 hours ago
Best part is the taxi stand is right on the dinghy dock, can’t miss it
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World Wide Travel
2 hours ago
Thanks for the pictures! I so love angel fish!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
2 hours ago
No check points, as of now.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
11 hours ago
Great pictures of delicious looking food! Thanks for the post.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 10:01 PM
Thanks for the photos. We haven't been to SXM since Irma. I used to start every day off looking at Orient Beach on Club O's website. Still a beautiful beach!
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General Photo Gallery
Yesterday at 09:21 PM
...sort of..
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 09:02 PM
Thank you Elaine. We spent a nice day with J & P on Orient this week. Sorry to miss you and Bill.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 09:00 PM
Originally Posted by jazzgal
If they are going to do crowd-funding, why not do it to feed those who are becoming homeless, or having utilities shut off, or not having enough to eat?


While I agree that Christmas decorations are lovely, and while there are many who live in town and would enjoy the decorations there, as well as plenty of guests who stay in and visit the Maho area, I agree with Linda completely.

So many people are hurting this year of 2020 - in need of food to exist day to day as well as medical supplies and other tangible goods, not to mention the financial wherewithal to cover their rent and utilities. And perhaps even holiday gifts for their children.

Personally speaking I would far prefer to see this years decoration donation resources be used to those ends. But I’m just a another visitor and what do I know?!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 07:41 PM
The 9 cases were not from 1 flight into StMaarten but was the total of cases from when the airport reopened since they closed it down due to government orders in spring.
That says a lot as to the safety measures being taken and mandatory testing either before you arrive or once you had arrived.if you didn’t get test results before coming.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 07:31 PM
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It is not different. I showed no ID, I only gave a verbal acknowledgement of my name and date of birth.


Not everybody coming for a test would know your name and birthday. Having that on file gave them something to go on to identify you. I still think an ID should have been required at the point of testing but I don't make the rules.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 07:30 PM
Thanks. At least I gave something to try.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 07:25 PM
Good enough for Hawaii...should be good enough for SXM...BUT....the airlines/airports will have to take the ball if that is approved and I think they will
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 04:28 PM
Unfortunately, there's been lots of stupid rules regarding tourism.
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US VI and Puerto Rico
Yesterday at 03:13 PM
Originally Posted by DuxDweller
Originally Posted by sail445
Originally Posted by RickG
Maho Crossroads was fined and shutdown due to visitors not following protocol. Visitors need to mask up and follow protocols!

Cheers, RickG

What surprises me is the government fining the business when the business hasn’t the authority to arrest criminal violators.
Only Law Enforcement has the right to legally prevent violators from entering.


The business can refuse service. That's what they do up here in New England. Not saying I'm for it - just pointing it out.

That’s true but there’s definitely the possibility of violence.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 02:06 PM
I have flights booked on Delta, first available same day arrival out of Minneapolis November 8th.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 12:44 PM
Thank You Uksimonusa and Jaybird for the info.
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 11:24 AM
Good news indeed. Fun place to hang out.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 03:42 AM
Great, you and the family stay safe. Let your leg heal, and rest up for an enjoyable trip in the near future. God willing, I’ll be sleeping my first night on the island in 20 days. I hope your parents make it down also.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
10/22/2020 08:05 PM
My experience on SXM was I had to pay the hospital but then got reimbursed once I filed the claim with my insurance back home.
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