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    Re: Goodbye Francois Plantation

    Went there on my last trip to the island in 2019. Unfortunately the place was dead which made it feel incredibly awkward (only one other couple there). We thought the food was just OK. In planning...
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    Re: Sargassum? Events?

    There are some webcams you can view of a few beaches (not all).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDP7hAuBIeY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkADOB9qWWc...
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    Re: Lobster sale- 9/10

    Old but still a good one.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjFf_uccGdQ
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    Re: SXM COVID Requirements

    Bravo, a Ti' Punch for you.

    They forgot the caveat that protocols may change at any time.
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    Re: Transitioning through St. Maarten

    https://www.sbhonline.com/forums/showthread.php/104011-EHAS-Forms-St-Maarten

    I asked the same question a few days ago.... and will probably as the same question before our trip mid November.
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    Re: Make those euro deposits

    I understand that everyone is a bit happy for the better exchange rates however, is this really a good thing for the island? I think parity isn't good, but I don't think a continuing decline is good...
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    Re: Transitioning through St. Maarten

    Well, if you never saw a doctor then you never officially had it (at least thatís how I would look at it). The home tests are not the most reliable.
  8. Thread: Yikes

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    Re: Yikes

    We rent villas with pools too. We usually split time between mornings at the beach then lunch at the Villa and afternoons at Villa pool.

    It is amazing how quickly things can change though.
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    Re: Yikes

    Looks like most of it washed ashore over the past 24hrs. At least I donít see much in the water on the same webcam (or maybe I have the wrong feed). Seems like things on the island change day to...
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    Re: EHAS Forms St. Maarten

    Thank you for your reply.

    I see #4Ö.. but that verbiage in #3 regarding boosting which makes it very confusing. My family is has the v, but at this point Iím not sure we are sold on the b.

    we...
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    Re: EHAS Forms St. Maarten

    Dumb question, I have been trying to figure this out but the information on the SXM website is somewhat confusing. If you are vaxxed but not boosted do you still qualify as being vaccinated and...
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    Re: Zion Reservations

    This is what I told the concierge. Historically we have made a few reservations a week or so in advance and then made the rest that same day through the on island concierge (in the morning). ...
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    Re: Zion Reservations

    You are waaaay more experienced with this than I am. I was a bit surprised that the Wimco concierge was urging us to make reservations in July. I normally wouldn't make reservations this far in...
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    Re: Zion Reservations

    Maybe they know you so they know your cool already :cool:.

    In the end we decided that there was something lost in translation (at least that's how I'm seeing it now). We are booked through...
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    Re: It's finally over. Open up the floodgates...

    Or the people who didn't want to depart at 8:00 am.

    Happened to us. I looked at Tradewind for our upcoming November trip back at the beginning of May, unless we wanted to leave SBH at 8:00 am...
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    Re: Zion Reservations

    To be honest, I think there is something lost in translation here (literally). I can barely speak English, so there is no help for me with French. This is what was written on the reservation...
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    Re: Zion Reservations

    It's possible that they expect it to be extremely busy and they don't want to miss out with an empty table in case of a no show.... but things do happen, and I don't want to have to worry about being...
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    Zion Reservations

    So, we are currently trying to book our dinner reservations for our upcoming Thanksgiving trip. We are looking to make reservations early as I'm anticipating the island to be slammed for this...
  19. Thread: Villa choices

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    Re: Villa choices

    It is possible that I have the wrong location, but to me, it seems pretty high up in St Jean.... and I think I have the right spot. It seems pretty private for the area, and I often wonder when...
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    Re: Swimming restrictions

    It's not just you. I was thinking the same thing. Its a real issue but to call this a natural disaster is a bit much and, in the end, may end up taking away from the cause.
  21. Thread: Villa choices

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    Re: Villa choices

    I can't say that I have ever stayed at either of those villas.... but villa Isia is on my list of villas to rent if it's available... at least I think it is. This is what I have as villa Isia:
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  22. Thread: Upcoming trip

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    Re: Upcoming trip

    I may be wrong with this, but I have always used my Captial One CC when making most purchases on the island. I was under the impression (again I may be wrong) that they offer a good exchange rate...
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    Re: No left turn to Super U

    Is it really that much of an inconvenience to just go up to the roundabout and come back? That stretch of roads is just terribly congested during the day and I'm sure at some point I have taken the...
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    Re: Coming back...July 2023

    I can completely understand wanting to make as few connections as possible. It eliminates many headaches. I don't mind taking the long way there on the way down (as long as we make it there), but I...
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    Re: Euro Exchange Rate 1.09 to Dollar

    My biggest fear as I move closer to our November trip (I already swallowed the bitter airline pill... yuck!).
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    Re: Travel Questions?

    Thank you for this information. We have never flown SBC before so this trip will be a learning experience. I was just trying to figure out if we needed Vincent to help us expedite the process. We...
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    Re: Saline Sargassum

    I believe he is referencing the extreme east end of Saline beach. There is a large rock outcrop that is in-between the traditional Saline beach and this extended section. I believe in order to get...
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    Re: Saline Sargassum

    I would have loved to see a picture of his OH S**T face when we was stuck in the hole. These guys who work heavy equipment can do some weird stuff.
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    Re: "Return-Trip-After-12-Years!" Report

    Problem is, getting into those villas. I would think June wouldn't be too bad to locate a nice villa on the cheap, but usually all of the affordable villas a taken by repeat clients.
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    Re: "Return-Trip-After-12-Years!" Report

    What a great trip report. I love reading these. I also love the fact that you took your daughter.

    My wife and I are returning to the island after a 4 year absence (thanks COVID) this...
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    Re: Summer Special! Tempted!

    If the food we get is the same as that in the picture I am sure I will be happy with the decision.
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    Re: Summer Special! Tempted!

    I had thought about this but I wasn't exactly sure how the free rental would work out with my CC and car rental insurance the card provides if the rental was free. Plus my poor Wimco agent had about...
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    Re: Summer Special! Tempted!

    We just booked with Wimco a few weeks ago. They asked us about whether we wanted first night provisions or a free rental car (our offer was or and not both). Unfortunately the car rental was a Kia...
  34. Re: Planning Our Next Visit - it has been six long years since our last one!

    I can't stand travel day no matter where I am going. I don't know why, but I am always stressed out those days. I think there are just too many moving parts for me.... and the fact that I just...
  35. Thread: Days 5 & 6

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    Re: Days 5 & 6

    We will be headed to the island at that time as well. We have only visited the island a few times once in early November and twice in January. We had a hard time getting into a villa that checked...
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