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Delayed Trip Report #316666
03/25/2024 10:19 PM
03/25/2024 10:19 PM
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This was my 1st time back since 3/17 – pre Irma. I own at the Flamingo so that was closed for the rebuild, then Covid, then Don’s health stopped us from traveling. The return was bitter sweet as it was without Don (he died last April). Lots of good memories and quite a few sad moments also. But I’m glad I went back to recapture the magic and remember how much we enjoyed our time on the island. I didn’t take any notes cuz I had no plans to write this but I’ve written one every year since 1998 so here’s my best recollections.

Trip down was on Delta – FF tickets. I overnight in Atlanta both ways. Both trips were fine. PJIA is as written but not as bad as I expected. Delta check in was sweatless, the Delta kiosks were great and really fast, even tho some people had to open their 4 suitcases to pull stuff out Yikes – buy a luggage scale please

I thought the Flamingo did a great job with their rebuild. We have a 2 bedroom lockout villa and it was in great shape. The couple of things I noted, I called and they were there the same day to fix them. My only complaint is that they do not have enough umbrellas/palapas on either beach. They cut the number way back and it was difficult to get an umbrella unless it was 6am.

My brother, SIL, and nephew came down from DC as they have done for years. We were at the Flamingo beach a couple of days but primarily went to Orient Beach – Le String, Aloha, The Pirate. Beach was cleaned, water was fabulous. We had our best lunches and drinks at Le String. But Aloha does make a mean gin and tonic.

Went out on the Random Wind – the crew did a nice job but it was crowded and hot and humid.

Also flew in early to go out on the Tango for the Saturday Regatta. Really love being so up close to the sailing. Had a great morning!

Dinners were pretty low key – if we ate a late lunch we didn’t do dinner but we did manage to make it to Marks more than once, Skipjacks (a pass next year kinda mediocre), Pineapple Pete’s (seems like this place has gone downhill a bit – my grouper was OK but not as good as I remember). Roma’s was excellent as was Holland House. We hit up Pizza Italy twice (think that was the name) and I liked their pizza. So not the kind of dining I did with Don but my brother and SIL aren’t into the food experience like we were.

Went shopping in P’burg and did major damage at DK Gems – both Martha and I had a great time. Pete was sitting there bored, and he was offered another beer and responded that his 3 beers so far only cost him $5000 each and he wasn’t sure he could afford another one. Everyone in the store loved that comment.

I didn’t reach out to any of the March folks – wasn’t sure how I was going to feel my 1st time back without Don but I will next year. And I will practice transferring pics so I can post while I’m there – tried once, epic fail, but will succeed next year!

Really enjoyed my 2+ weeks, have already used Destination Xchange for Week 8 so will have a total of 3 weeks next year.


MB
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Re: Delayed Trip Report [Re: marybeth] #316667
03/25/2024 11:08 PM
03/25/2024 11:08 PM
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We have 3 weeks of a 2 bedroom lockout villa and a week ocean front studio and can attest to the fact they did a great job on the rebuilt. Irma, as much as I hate what it did to the island and the economy, really did us a favor forcing a complete rebuilt from the bottom up. They are Johnny on the spot with responding to any maintenance issues as you indicated. As far as Pineapple Pete we took them off our list many years ago. No better than a Denny's back home. Destination Exchange has worked for us pretty well. My daughter is leaving tonight to go or 2 weeks, I tacked on an extra week in May/June and 2 extra weeks in July this year. All 2 bed lockouts. It's a nice perk for us owners. I'm sure it was good to be back but difficult with out Don. I'm sure he was watching over you and with you during your stay. RIP Don.

Re: Delayed Trip Report [Re: marybeth] #316668
03/25/2024 11:49 PM
03/25/2024 11:49 PM
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Hi Marybeth! So glad you decided to re-visit SXM, totally understand it being a bittersweet trip. Definitely get in touch next year, the usual suspects will be there 9&10. See you then kiss

Re: Delayed Trip Report [Re: marybeth] #316674
03/26/2024 06:11 AM
03/26/2024 06:11 AM
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Condolences on the passing of Don.

Glad you made it back.


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Re: Delayed Trip Report [Re: marybeth] #316678
03/26/2024 08:33 AM
03/26/2024 08:33 AM
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Thanks for the report. I can only imagine how difficult it was to be without your hubby, but glad you were able to do it and that you are going back next year.


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Re: Delayed Trip Report [Re: marybeth] #316683
03/26/2024 10:58 AM
03/26/2024 10:58 AM
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Middletown DE, North of SXM
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My condolences on your loss; as mentioned in an earlier thread, I also recently lost my spouse, and I too am returning to St. Martin soon. I know it had to have been bittersweet, and I'm anticipating a similar return experience. Thank you for your report.


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Re: Delayed Trip Report [Re: marybeth] #316686
03/26/2024 11:44 AM
03/26/2024 11:44 AM
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Welcome back dear

Re: Delayed Trip Report [Re: marybeth] #316701
03/26/2024 01:05 PM
03/26/2024 01:05 PM
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Albany, New York
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Condolences on your loss. I lost my wife almost 8 years ago now but it still hurts. SXM was her favorite place on earth.

Re: Delayed Trip Report [Re: marybeth] #316703
03/26/2024 01:28 PM
03/26/2024 01:28 PM
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Brookfield, CT.
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So sorry to learn of your loss but I’m betting your spouse would have wanted you to return and embrace the good memories. I don’t think it ever gets better but hopefully it does get easier.

Thank you for sharing your island time.


Respectfully,

pat



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Re: Delayed Trip Report [Re: marybeth] #316733
03/26/2024 09:14 PM
03/26/2024 09:14 PM
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Hi Marybeth!

Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family on the loss of Don. Hang on to those happy memories...

Glad to see that you've returned to the island and wishing you many more future trips.


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