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12 years ago
mikentara
I seem to remember awhile back that someone posted some "Then & Now" photos. It was amazing to see the changes. Anyway, I really love the "back in the day" pictures.
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12 years ago
mikentara
12 years ago
mikentara
Wow! What awesome photos! Thanks for posting these. I can't get enough of them! Ha-Ha! That would make a great TV commercial for Maxwell House.LOL
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12 years ago
mikentara
OMG! How beautiful and pristine! I never saw it like this, back in the day, as we ususally went to Long Baie, Cupecoy or Mullet.
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12 years ago
mikentara
great fun! Let's do another one!???????
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12 years ago
mikentara
Somewhere in the Lowlands?
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12 years ago
mikentara
Well said, Sharyn. And if it were not for people like Barbara, and others trying to make a difference, we would not keep returning. We try to do our share, too. We pick up trash, donate to needy organizations on the island, and try to support the local economy.
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12 years ago
mikentara
Many cab drivers will give you their business card with their cell #, in case you need them during your stay. That way it's like your personal chauffer.
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12 years ago
mikentara
Parking can be a challenge, especially in P'burg! Anguilla drives on the other side. We usually just have a taxi take us around while we are over there. It can make for an expensive day, But we love Shoal Bay Beach over there and spend the day there. I believe that Petite Hotel has a small parking lot for guests.
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12 years ago
mikentara
Taxi's are expensive. They drive on the same side of the road as USA. Grande Case Beach Club has snorkling trips you could sign up for, out to Creole Rock. Scoobie Doo will pick you up in Grande Case Bay. The ferry leaves Marigot every 40 minutes or so. You can rent jet skis at orient beach. La Petite Hotel is lovely. I suggest you rent a car to explore all the beautiful beaches on th
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12 years ago
mikentara
Yes, these beaches have chairs & umbrellas and beach bar/restaurants. US Supermarche is just down the road toward Marigot, over the Bridge. We ususally go to the Grande Marche on Union Rd. Cole Bay. You must dirve through downtown Marigot to get there. Not far but the traffic can be bad at times through town. There are some restaurants near Nettle Bay also. Laylas, Ma Ti, Le Ti Sucriere, a
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12 years ago
mikentara
Nettle Bay is a good location. The view is great. The beach is narrow and not so great, but we enjoy going to other beaches. For the price, you can go wrong. Rouge Beach is very close. There is a small grocery store nearby(very expensive) Our favorite beaches are Pinel and Mullet. We usually do at least one day at Orient. Anse Marcel is a pretty cove with a lovely beach.
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12 years ago
mikentara
Nettle Bay beach Club is a good value. Units are privately owned, they have security, and nice views of Anguilla. You would need a car to travel the island from there. The beach is just so-so, but there are so many other gorgeous beaches to explore. Bay Rouge Beach is right near by. I would stay there.
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12 years ago
mikentara
Grocery store prices are a bit higher than US, but not much. Booze is cheap! And sold in the grocery stores. You can find great cheap French wines. Carib Beer...our favorite! Great price! Restaurants run the gammut from lolo cheap to high end fancy and just about everything in between. MOst of our eating involves anything we can put on a fresh baguette! French butter, fine cheese, pate, jam
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12 years ago
mikentara
There are plenty of timeshare condos on the island to rent, with kitchens. This will save a lot. Royal Palm, La Vista, Pelican, Flamingo are all in the heart of nightlife activities on the Dutch Side. You would need to rent a car to explore all the beautiful beaches. Dutch side has more activity and nightlife. French side is more laid back and quiet and with the Euro, a bit more expensive.
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12 years ago
mikentara
Downtown Marigot has some inexpensive hotels...not the greatest of areas Fantastic Guest House Centre Hotel YOu can see them on Trip Advisor. If you plan ahead for a week or two stay, you might try googling "Le Pirate" Nice beach front condos that Owner's rent out on the web...most of them are French.
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12 years ago
mikentara
Ditto what Philippe said!
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12 years ago
mikentara
Wow! Awesome photos!
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12 years ago
mikentara
In my opinion the view up there is not worth the danger.(Robbers/car break-ins) A good alternative is to go to the Loterie Farm. You can do the zip lines or hike through the jungle (for a fee) Then have tropical drinks at the tapas bar tree house or a long, lazy lunch at the restaurant there. The setting is beautiful and very tranquil. Located about halfway up the road to Pic Paradis.
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12 years ago
mikentara
Our friends were staying in Cupecoy and we drove back & forth a lot, at night. Not fun because the road is so windy and those crazy drivers make it dangerous! Glad I wasn't the DD!
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12 years ago
mikentara
The one with the most people, most lighting, and most activity! I am sure some people have done it, but it is not a safe thing to do.
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12 years ago
mikentara
OH yes! That's a gorgeous view! Good for photo ops! And then on to the Radisson beach bar for a lovely tropical drink!
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12 years ago
mikentara
Vistas? Looking over Orient Baie as you drive over from Dawn before you proceed down the hill to the beach. Fort Louis in Marigot. Sunset from the Sunset Beach bar & Grill. Snorkling? I like Pinel Isle, Green Cay at Orient.
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12 years ago
mikentara
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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12 years ago
mikentara
There are many things you can to do be safe. Don't leave anything in your car, unattended! We close our hurricane shutters whenever we leave the condo and also at night. We don't stop for anyone at night on dark roads. We don't venture up to Pic Paradise--there are many other gorgeous vistas in safer areas on the island. We only carry enough cash for the day. Leave money &
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12 years ago
mikentara
Might be...but I wouldn't chance it. Depends on the time of day and how busy it is. We usually just pick up a few quick necessities and do a big shopping the next day...with an empty trunk!
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12 years ago
mikentara
Make your shopping list on the plane. Stop at the Grande Marche. Large supermarket over the hill to Phillipsburg. YOu will pass it on the way to Dawn Beach. Someone stay with the car & luggage while the other goes in to purchase items.
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12 years ago
mikentara
1. How about casual/festive attire? I wear a plastic crown that lights up! 2. New Years Day...beach will be busy! They may have fireworks in Marigot & a street party on the Waterfront that night. 3. Pick up a copy of K-PASA--It usually has the weeks preferred hot spots. 4. Beach bars usually close at the end of the day. Some stay open for special parties. They will post specials and hap
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12 years ago
mikentara
ooh la la! Marigot? 3 weeks? Perhaps you could let someone borrow or use the car while you are away? That way it would not just be sitting there waiting for trouble.
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12 years ago
mikentara
Best suggestion is to have someone drive you and pick you up. If that is not an option, you might need a taxi...although that would cost!
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