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March 2013 Trip Report

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March 2013 Trip Report

We had a direct flight from Charlotte to St. Marteen. We were greeted right outside the terminal by Jazmine from GB Express. A two minute van ride later, we were at the new Anguilla/SXM ferry dock where we were met by the nicest lady, who also works for GB. She had us fill out the necessary paperwork then took us to the Immigration window. The boat was not leaving for 30 minutes, so we sat at the new outdoor bar/restaurant right at the dock and had a drink. We were the only two people scheduled for the last shuttle of the day. It was nice to chat with the crew during the trip to Anguilla. The seas were choppy but the ride was relatively smooth. I can’t say enough nice things about GB Express. I know it costs more than the public ferry, but the extra cost is worth it. Upon arrival on Anguilla, we went thru Customs then off to the parking lot where our rental car was waiting for us. We use Ronnie Bryan Car Rentals. Great guy! Then it was off to Ocean Terrace Condos. We rented a two bedroom unit which has two balconies – one off the living area and one off the bedroom that face St. Marteen. We even saw a whale on our last day there. The condos have full kitchens so we made breakfast every day. We went to Da’Vida for dinner our first night on Anguilla. This is one of our favorites for dinner, and we especially like their beach bar for lunch. Great food at reasonable prices and you can use their lounge chairs on the beach for free. Omari Banks plays there on Sunday afternoons. What a treat to meet him; he came to each table and talked with the guests between sets. We also went to Hibernia, Veya, Straw Hat, and Italia at the Cuisinart for dinner. The folks at Da’Vida and Hibernia recognized us from prior visits. Italia was a great surprise – we had never been there before. What a lovely restaurant, overlooking the golf course. The food was delicious. I highly recommend their homemade pasta with Anguillan lobster – yummy! If you’re going to Veya or Straw Hat, make reservations in advance. We tried to get same-day reservations with no luck. We also went to Shoal Bay East and sat in front of Tropical Sunset. This is a great spot and their drinks/food are reasonably priced. Their staff is so friendly and welcoming. The waves were high the first few days there, but by the end of the week, Shoal Bay was like a lake. It made for good snorkeling. In fact, one day a group came from St. Marteen just to snorkel at Shoal Bay and enjoy lunch at Tropical Sunset. Too soon our week in paradise was over. It was back to the Ferry Dock, where we parked our rental car in the same lot and the folks at GB Express took us thru Immigration for our return boat ride to SXM. It costs $20 US to leave Anguilla. The ride back to SXM was very smooth as the winds and waves were calmer. Another two minute van ride and we were back at the airport on St. Marteen. We then had to endure a 4 .5 hr. wait for our plane back to Charlotte. We ate lunch at the upstairs restaurant in the terminal. $14.75 for a club sandwich and French fries – not worth the $$. Our flight was 1.5 hrs. late leaving SXM so many people on board missed their connecting flights in Charlotte. The Customs line moved fairly quickly, but we waited a long time for our luggage. If you were connecting, then you had to recheck your bags and go thru Security. It’s no wonder people missed their flights. We had a wonderful, relaxing week in Anguilla . . . the people are so nice and we always felt completely safe. We can’t wait to return next year!

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1. Re: March 2013 Trip Report

Wanda, thanks for your trip report, we love Ronnie, and we love GB - always feel so safe with them. Sounds as if they moved over to the new dock, is that correct? We also enjoy daVida and Omari, perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon - can't get enough of their Supreme pizza, yum!

Thanks for your time,

Ellen

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I am glad to see your report about Italia - we will be at the Cuisinart in a week or so, and we're thinking of trying that. It is new since our last trip, and there aren't many reviews yet, so I was pleased to read your report, particularly since I was drawn to the lobster ravioli!

Thanks for the report.

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3. Re: March 2013 Trip Report

Yes, GB Express now leaves from the new dock on St. Marteen, an easy two minute ride from the airport -- no more traffic congestion!

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