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About MandiesPharm

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    St Maarten

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  1. Tri-sport in Simpson bay rents kayaks. It’s on the lagoon side of the bay but you can go out through the bridge to the beach and ocean if you want. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I would agree with all of this! We did the tour on March 1st. I believe there were 4 ships in port the day we did this tour. We had 4 vans in our caravan - one of which only had 4 people in it. Ours with Baptiste had 12 people I think. While the day was fun filled I don't think that the tour is necessarily great for little kids. The hairpin turns were constant so if you get car sick easily - sit up front or have some dramamine with you. Overall this was a great day and a great way to see many of the different areas of the island!
  3. We went to Beach Limerz on 2/28 and enjoyed a nice quiet beach day. The waves were a little rough and did reach the rock line once in a while and come up under our chairs, but we were still able to enjoy our day. Lunch was fantastic and worth the money alone.
  4. We hired a taxi driver to take 4 of us to the Cruzan Distillery and then to Leatherback Brewery. Cost us $30 pp and he stayed with us for the duration (about 3.5 hours). Worked out well as it poured most of the day that we were in port.
  5. What about Loterie Farm? http://loteriefarm.com/ They have hiking and zip lining. It is on the French side and can be quite an adventure just to get to but the hike was pretty fun last time we did it pre-Irma. I was thinking the 12-metre challenge but its age requirement is 9 and up so that won't work.
  6. @EeyoreRN I have not been to the other beaches in either sorry I can’t help there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Just returned from both of these ports Antigua - Second vote for Beach Limerz. Email Gail and she will set it up for you including transportation. $65pp includes chairs, umbrella, food (ginormous platter each), drinks, clean bathrooms and more. St Kitts - Cockleshell beach is always our favorite. It has gotten busier since the first time we went there, but its always an enjoyable day
  8. I'd go the other way - Orient then maybe Marigot for lunch then Maho. And maybe skip Marigot and have lunch in Maho or Simpson Bay if you have your heart set of seeing the planes. Nothing big comes until after 12 usually.
  9. I’d make a beach day for both. Like pp’s have said food is the same on and off ship in Labadee. Get off and enjoy the beach. SXM I’d go to Simpson Bay and hit up Karakter or Mary’s Boon or stay by the ship and go to Great Bay Beach and go to Holland House. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I know it’s not private but my husband and I like to take the buses around. They are easy to use and cheap. Otherwise there are plenty of taxis around when you get off that you can hire Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Beach day right at Great Bay Beach (beach you can see from the ship) - Holland House is always nice. Chairs, umbrella, food, drinks, restrooms and wifi. Or if you feel like an adventure - take a taxi or the local bus to Kim Sha Beach.
  12. My husband and I just booked an Airbnb next to Turquoise Shell Inn on the beach side of Simpson bay for this summer. In the past we’ve always stayed at TSI but it has changed owners and we’ve been unsuccessful in making our schedules work out with theirs. Either was this is about a 10 minute walk on the beach towards the yacht club bridge. We usually eat at all of the normal places in Simpson Bay - greenhouse, pineapple Pete’s, the yacht club, Hilmas (back in the day...) and our favorite by far is The Palms. We’ve walked by Mary’s Boon a million times although we’ve never stopped there - but we’ve heard it’s gotten much better post Irma. Anything specific you are looking for? I can answer more! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. The planes only take off and land every so often so it’s not terrible. Karakter is one of our favorite places to go to - whether we cruise or do a land vacation to SXM. Always good service and lots of fun! We do miss the days before people knew about it and it was still a school bus with bar stools..... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Don’t forget to say hello to all when you get in! The buses are easy to use. Look for the ones that say “Maho” in the window to get there and to return you want one that says “p-burg”. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. We are just getting home from a cruise out of San Juan and stayed at the Condado Plaza Hilton the night before and The Casablanca Hotel in Old San Juan after. I would go for the Casablanca again in a heart beat. Book early as it is small but it is in the heart of OSJ and everything is within walking distance. We took at taxi from cruise to the hotel after and it was $10 plus luggage. They have a rooftop area that has loungers, shade and soaking tubs, and they will hold your luggage both before and after for you. Uber is available but we didn't utilize it - we walked everywhere and took a taxi to the airport since it was 4am and there were no Uber's around.
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