June 6- 22, 2013
Going to a cookout party.
By Air or Sea....
(Shorter Trip report than usual, but that is
because we enjoyed staying at the Ocean Club rather than
This is our
11th Trip to St Martin. It was our last trip using AA
CitiBank FF miles. After nine years of getting to SXM,
booking 330 days in advance on any travel days, AA decided
to limit most, if not all FF seats to 35K one way. We
called and they told us tough luck, going through bankruptcy.
Canceled the cards and started Capitol One Venture.
Day to travel comes...get up
extremely early to catch a 5:45AM flight from SAT to DWF...get
there and find out that the DFW to Birmingham flight is so late
in arriving that we can not make the connection from Birmingham
to MIA. So, we call and get seats on the DWF to MIA flight
at 12:30. Why weren't those seats available 330 days in
Anyway, even though our tickets
read 5:45 PM from MIA to SXM, it should have been 6:45 PM to
9:30 PM. The flight was delayed and the captain had to ask
SXM to keep the airport open beyond the 10 PM curfew. We
landed at 10:25 PM and profusely thanked the airport staff for
Friday, Day One, we took a trip to
Rima's, Grand Marche for vittles, Mark's for lunch, and Scarlet
in Simpson bay to get a modem.
Watch dog on the rock
Plenty of sand
TTOL Party at the Summit
On Tuesday, June 11, we held our
TTOL Meet&Great was held at the Summit Resort. It
was hosted wonderfully by Michael of Tropical Heaven restaurant.
Bruce the owner and his staff of the Summit were there as well as Sal of the OC
Grill. Our travel friends Linda (JazzGal) and Donna as
well as Deb (ScubaDeb) and Jean were there.
13th Annual Steak Night at Ocean Club
Dan and Judy
Jo & Bob from North Carolina have been our
good friends since we found them at OC 10 years ago.
They always bring interesting people with them. Bill
and May, Judy and Dan are all are wonderful companions.
These friends at the Ocean Club are primary reasons we return year after year.
All of us keep an eye on the others for safety and needs.
We have happy hours often on one of the porches and occasionally
share a meal.
Jo and daughter Debbie
Don, Austin, Flea, Bill, Bob, and Dan
Mae, Judy, Linda, Jo and Debbie
Dinner Cruise on the Passaat
On Thursday night, we embarked from the Yacht
Club at the drawbridge in a rubber dinghy for the 1911 sailing
schooner - the
Passaat - for a dinner cruise. We were met by Miriam
who tendered us to the boat. Captain Pieter greeted us
with drinks to order and after the rest of our crew arrived
(12), we weighed anchor and set sail around to the north of
The moon was gorgeous and the waves appropriate. After about an hour, we turned and headed back. After anchoring and setting up, we sat at a huge table for dinner. A great meal of mahi-mahi or chicken), wine and salad was enjoyed by all.
We all enjoyed visiting, sharing, and planning for more St Martin adventures. Good to have Linda (JazzGal) and Donna join us.
Pieter and Linda
Cupecoy Beach Area
|Traffic was not as bad this year. But, we stayed home at OC quite a bit of our 16 days.
|Saw none nor saw anything that worried us. We were almost stopped by Gendarmes at the round-about just entering Marigot from the Grand Case side, but they had several stopped already and let us through.
|Took about $1200 in small bills. Used Capital One Venture for food, lodging, and Rimas. Brought back about $300.
|We ate at the OC Grill many times. We cook most of our own meals so we know what we are eating. The Maho Express was open at 11:00 PM on the Thursday we arrived.
|Guards 24-7. Large gate closed at night. Surveillance cameras all over the beach landing area. New solid core doors being installed. Patio door wood blocks. Lot cleared between OC and Dany's.
|Rented the Scarlet modem again for two weeks. The cost was about $85 and it worked poorly in the OC unit 15D. The OC pool WiFi was finally reconnected about 10 days into our stay and is free with the password. It is working much better this year.