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28 December 2008 Newsletter

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Cupecoy sunset

Weather: The first week after the last newsletter featured coolish temperatures (just reaching 80 for several days) with high winds and some rain. I admit that it didn't reach 20 here in NY and started the morning at about zero, so coolish is a relative term. There were also scattered showers. Just after Christmas, it was up in the 80's, although the winds were kicking up a bit, as always. That's why we call them the Christmas winds. Here's the current local conditions and here's the forecast from Weather Underground and here's one from the Weather Channel. Click for Juliana Airport, St. Maartin Forecast We've passed the winter solstice, so for the next six months we'll be getting more sun every day. Sunset today is at 5:43 and there is a new moon. Full moons for 2009 are 11 Jan, 9 Feb, 11 Mar, 9 Apr, 9 May, 7 Jun, 7 Jul, 6 Aug, 4 Sep, 4 Oct, 3 Nov, and 2 Dec.   Fireworks off Cupecoy

Drs Grey and Klotzberg

Dr. William Gray (above, left) from Colorado State and what appears to be his clone, Dr. Phil Klotzbach, have issued their forecast for the 2009 hurricane season. The numbers in parentheses are the averages from 1950 to 2000. A comparison shows several extra storms and one extra hurricane. I certainly wouldn't change any of my plans based on this info, especially when one looks at the next table that shows how last years initial prediction and updates (the last occurring almost midway through the season) compared with actual numbers. The major 2009 prediction for the islands: Above-average major hurricane landfall risk in the Caribbean. Flipping a coin would get this prediction right 50% of the time.

 
ATLANTIC BASIN SEASONAL HURRICANE FORECAST FOR 2009
10 December 2008 - Forecast for 2009
Named Storms (NS) (9.6) 14
Named Storm Days (NSD) (49.1) 70
Hurricanes (H) (5.9) 7
Hurricane Days (HD) (24.5) 30
Intense Hurricanes (IH) (2.3) 3
Intense Hurricane Days (IHD) (5.0) 7
Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) (96.1) 125
Net Tropical Cyclone Activity (NTC) (100%) 135

Hurricane Forecast
(average 1950-2000 in parentheses)
7 Dec 2007 Update
9 April 2008
Update
3 June 2008
Update
5 Aug 2008
Observed
2008 Total
Named Storms (NS) (9.6) 13 15 15 17 16
Named Storm Days (NSD) (49.1) 60 80 80 90 84.75
Hurricanes (H) (5.9) 7 8 8 9 8
Hurricane Days (HD) (24.5) 30 40 40 45 29.50
Intense Hurricanes (IH) (2.3) 3 4 4 5 5
Intense Hurricane Days (IHD) (5.0) 6 9 9 11 8.50
Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) (96.2) 115 150 150 175 141
Net Tropical Cyclone Activity (NTC) (100%) 125 160 160 190 164

As for last year's predictions versus reality, the good Drs were quite pleased, stating "Unlike our predictions for the 2006 and 2007 hurricane seasons, we are very pleased with the skill of our forecasts for this year. We anticipated a well above-average season, and the season had activity at well above-average levels." To paraphrase, they have been right one out of the last three years. For 2009 they give probabilities of at least one major hurricane (category 3-5) landfall on the following areas: entire U.S. coastline - 63% (average for last century is 52%), U.S. East Coast Including peninsula Florida - 39% (average for last century is 31%), and Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle westward to Brownsville - 38% (average for last century is 30%).

Grand Case Beach   SXM-Beaches: The beach at Grand Case is quite nice although like all others it can lose sand at times and when the Atlantic gets rough, it can rush into the Anguilla Channel and pound the beach. Last year a couple waterfront restaurants were closed one night because of this. Generally, the bay is quite placid and there are now several places that serve lunch and have chairs. Two places that do real French meals with sit down service at a table are California Restaurant (review below) and Sunset Caf. Sunset is at the extreme east and California is one of the last outposts on the west. Both have beach access. California now has tables on the beach and a wider menu with pizzas and more. La Marine has just reopened quite close to California and is serving lunch and dinner. In the center of town Le Tastevin (French) and Il Nettuno Restaurant (Italian) are generally open for lunch in the high season, serving great food with great views, but no beach access. We've had many fine French lunches next door at Restaurant du Soleil, great views, but no access. Calmos Caf is a beach bar (tables in the sand, palm trees, funky atmosphere, that serves some surprisingly good food. The lolos in the center of town are always open for lunch. On the left is the view from California.

On 10 Dec there weren't many boats in Grand Case harbor and just one out at Creole Rock at lunch time. Cupecoy had waves coming up to the rocks, Mullet's waves were too big, and Simpson Bay was OK until the rains came. Not a great day at the beach! Just before Christmas, it got windy, but Cupecoy was surprisingly calm, considering the waves and whitecaps in the lagoon. There were some large swells and the strong current is once again trying to move the sand back towards Shore Pointe. Dany & John have added a final iron post and rope section to the "railing" at the little cove. Once the sand is gone, they can pour a few more steps, and it should be a much easier to access this beach.

The cover story in the February issue of Caribbean Travel + Life (yes, it's out already) is "Ultimate Beaches". SXM gets a page and for people watching it suggests Orient, Baie de Petites Cayes gets the nod for solitude, go to Grand Case for food, and Cupecoy for scenery. The next article covers beach bars and even though Anguilla has no beaches on the list (a mistake as far as I'm concerned), Bankie Banx's Dune Preserve on Rendezvous Bay makes this list, as does the Yellow Beach Bar on Pinel.

Capt Neil   Activities: Captain Neil Roebert takes Celine out for a pub crawl several times each week. She starts at one bar and visits three others on the lagoon. Drinks are free on board and each stop provides a drink and a sample from the menu. It's a great way to meet people and see several restaurants in one evening.

For great snorkeling day sails check out Random Wind. Good food, good snorkeling, and good times. Enter the SXM-Info contests for $40 coupon. Five lucky couples win this every year. It might as well be you.

  Celine

Construction: Here's a shot of what started as Arenas (only because that sign was left over from a previous project from the same developer), changed to Pharos (as in lighthouse), and now is called the Blue Mall. Throughout, it has remained one of the ugliest blots on the landscape: about eight stories of blank wall facing the road and the Caribbean beyond. There is a sign that says "curtain walls by ..." but until that gets built, this is what you get to look at. On the plus side (only for those who like unmitigated development), this is going forward.   Arenas

Santa   Holidays: There are some decorations on the island, but Maho, which usually has its decorations up at Thanksgiving, didn't get things up until mid-December. For New Year's most places have special menus and many add in music, dancing, and/or dancers. This is especially true on the French side where oysters, foie gras, ducks, geese, and pheasants start arriving by the planeload. Kakao Beach on Orient has an a la carte menu that includes Kobe Beef with foie gras, Tournedos Rossini (filet mignon topped with foie gras), Pigeon in Puff Pastry with foie gras, veal with morels, Angus prime rib with cepes (porcinis) - you get the idea. Gerald Romani, the owner of Montmartre Restaurant and L'Escapade Restaurant is doing something similar. There are many specials featuring these delicacies, but the standard menu is still available. Many other restaurants have set menus or a series of set menus featuring these products. It will be an unforgettable, albeit expensive, evening.

Kakao is also advertising Brazilian dancers and fireworks. There have been fireworks at Orient, Pburg, Maho, and La Samanna for the last decade. The best fireworks that we have seen come from a barge anchored in Cupecoy for a private party in the villa next door to Sapphire. We're partial as these burst essentially at eye level in front of our sixth floor condo. Nonetheless, we can see Maho in the distance from this balcony and Sammana from the other balcony. The private show lasted longer than either of the others.

L'Escargot Restaurant always has a special New Year's Eve Cabaret Show Dinner party. Reservations are a must. Sonya says the usual Friday Cabaret shows are doing well. If you haven't seen it, you should. As examples of what many restaurants will be doing, here are the special menus from Antoine Restaurant and Halsey's Restaurant:

ANTOINE RESTAURANT
* New Years Eve Menu * $ 100

Welcome Glass of Mot & Chandon Champagne
with beignet d'accras



APPETIZERS

Sea scallop in a puff pastry
with white wine, shallot and butter sauce

Or

Home made fish pat
Lobster, salmon, red snapper on a bed of spinach

Or

Snails out of their shell "Chablisienne"
with mushroom, shallot and Chablis wine



Mixed mesclun salad with walnuts




MAIN COURSE

Beef tenderloin " Rossini style "
Served with Foie Gras and Portwine sauce

Or

Roasted rack of lamb "Chtillonaise"
with mustard, garlic and parsley

Or

Poached filet of salmon
with cream and leek sauce

Or

Red snapper filet
with lobster sauce



French cheese platter




DESSERT


New Year's Eve Chocolate Cake

Coffee or Tea

 

HALSEY'S RESTAURANT
* New Years Eve Menu * $ 75 per person
(optional 4 course wine pairing extra)



APPETIZERS

Colossal Scallop wrapped in wild boar bacon
With white truffle crme and black truffle oil

Or

Raw oysters on the half shell with champagne vinaigrette
and pepper vodka cocktail sauce



Mango basil sorbet




MAIN COURSE

Filet Mignon stuffed with foie gras with and anjou pear demiglace,
Pomme William potato and a lemon infused baby asparagus bundle

Or

The Ultimate bouillabaisse - Lobster, king crab, stone crab claw,
and Chilean sea bass with rouille



DESSERT

Peanut butter Ice cream bomb covered in Swiss chocolate
rolled in toasted almonds and cashews

Or

Tropical fruit and puffed pastry napoleon with
a pure cane sugar crme fraiche and spiced banana rum reduction

Dino at Temptation Restaurant has sent in an even more ambitious menu. There are three lagniappes and five choices for the appetizers (including a seared foie gras appetizer) and five choices for the main course including Maine lobster ($125 per person). Elisa at Bikini Beach has a DJ and three bars open all night plus a five course meal with foie gras, morels, and black truffles amongst the ingredients fro $130 per person.

Peg Leg Pub is going all out at their new location at Port de Plaisance. They are offering a special menu that includes appetizers of beef carpaccio or shrimp cocktail. The main course is a Rib-eye Steak and a fresh Caribbean Lobster for 2 along with asparagus, new potatoes with parsley, and a large Caesar salad to share. Dessert is a Kahlua triple chocolate cake or Chambord raspberry cheese cake with a cup of sultry Caribbean Keoke. Teri Garrison will entertain with love songs, old favorites, jazzy blues, and requests. The complete dinner for two with a split of champagne is $159. You can add in a room at Port de Plaisance for an extra $140 and have a great time without worrying about drinking too much (or others drinking too much!).

Sapphire Beach Club: Our condo is essentially fully rented for the rest of the season. Only 10-14 January are available at $100 per night. If you have a visit planned and you want to extend your stay by a few days, you can't find anything with a view of the Caribbean and the lagoon at that price. It will be available again in low season (starting 15 April) for $1000 per week. The rental includes about $500 in coupons from several of our website clients. Check the calendar on our website for available dates.

For those of you who wish to sell or rent their week or unit, we have opened up the Sapphire Beach Club website for that purpose. We charge $25 per year. If you wish to rent or sell your unit, send us some text (and $25 to esk@sxm-info.com via Paypal). If you wish to rent or buy a unit without high middleman fees, check out the website. Given the large assessment that Sapphire just levied, there may be a lot of sales. At present, there are 20 sales and/or rentals available directly from owners. Given a 25 to 35% standard rental commission, there should be some bargains in eliminating the middleman and dealing direct.

  ginger

Tipping: I know I'll get plenty of mail on this one, but here are my thoughts. Let's start in France. My French tutor (born and raised in France) told me that "service compris" means that you are you are obliged to pay the bill that reaches your table and service was included. Typically people left their change, taking the folding money. That was 30 years ago, so now Cond Nast Traveler says most locals leave 10% in restaurants but tipping in bars is not expected. The island is not exactly France, of course, and Americans have tended to leave more and the locals have come to expect it. There has also been a tendency for restaurants to keep their menu prices the same from one year to the next, merely adding some words about how the customary tip of 15% is not included. So now 10% is expected, 15% is a good tip, and 20% should get special service.

The Dutch side is an even bigger mess as it has Dutch, American, and French influences. The Dutch are notorious anti-tippers. Before these emails start, my maternal grandfather's name was Van Note and I worked in Den Haag for over six months, eventually learning to speak Dutch at a sixth grade level. I know whereof I speak. Americans are embarrassed by tipping causing them to overtip. The French influence is mostly from French restaurateurs opening businesses on the Dutch side, rather than French tourists. This phenomenon has increased with the strength of the euro. Thus, there are places that don't put any tip on the bill, some that add 15% (or more) and some that add a service charge and turnover tax. In theory, the turnover tax should not be shown on the bill, but should have been hidden in the menu prices. I would tend to avoid anyplace that adds it. I would also avoid anyplace that adds a service charge when there is no mention of one on the menu, especially those that add it, don't mention it, and disguise it as SC, tax, TOT, or anything else that needs to be deciphered. If nothing is added, I tend to give 15% for decent service and ratchet up to 20% for good service.

Flamboyant   Nature: Left is the flamboyant in front of The Summit. It was blooming a bit (look closely) in late November. On the right is earlier in the summer. I think it was a bit confused by Omar.

The Nature Conservancy magazine had a nice feature on preserving sea turtles. An excerpt appears on their website and there is a slideshow with some great photos. They were taken on St Croix, but there are people working to help sea turtles on SXM, notably on the windward (eastern) beaches. During nesting season, they ask that people keep dogs on leashes and reduce lighting on the beaches as it confuses the turtles and hatchlings.

  Flamboyant
Leatherback hatchling   And speaking of leatherback hatchlings, here's a photo that National Geographic is offering as a download for computer wallpaper. Just head over to their site and follow the directions to have a much larger version of this photo installed as your wallpaper.

Traffic: The Simpson bay bridge openings are now back on their high season schedule: out of the lagoon at 9:00am, 11:00am and 4:30pm and into the lagoon at 9:30am, 11:30am, and 5:30pm. Keep it in mind if you are traveling through Simpson Bay. We've heard that car traffic and boat traffic seems to be lower, but high season is just starting.

Phone calls: We have long had a GSM cell phone from Telem on the island. Incoming calls are free. Outgoing calls to the USA or Canada are 40 cents/minute and local calls (both sides) 10 to 35 cents/minute. The phone works (with variable results) on both sides of the island. They can be rented from Pack Light Rentals and others.

We still use it in the car, but Skype is a better deal if you have a computer and a microphone. It can also handle a webcam. They charge according to where the landline you are calling is located, not where you are, since you are on the internet. Unlimited calls to the US and Canada from your computer cost $3 per month and unlimited calls to 36 countries (US, western Europe, Australia, NZ, Taiwan, Japan, and Israel cost $10 per month. You can pay as you go, in which case the costs per minute are listed in this table. For most phones (US, Canada, Western Europe, China) it is 2.1 cents/minute.

Vonage is another option. You get a phone that connects to your router - no computer needed. No webcam and a bit more pricey. Betty at Horny Toad Guesthouse has had this for some time and I used it frequently (before I got Skype). It seemed to work well, but all internet phones are limited by the reliability of your internet connection, which is probably the weakest link in any calls off the island.

Betty just got MagicJack and convinced me to try it. Plug the MagicJack into a USB port and plug a regular phone into the jack. It costs $40 the first year, when you get the jack, and $20 each year thereafter for unlimited calls in the US and Canada. We now have a semi-local phone number (It's in our area code, but not in our town) and any phone in the world can ring our laptop as long as it is connected to the internet anywhere in the world. Basically, anybody in the US can call us for their regular US rates even when we are in our condo in Cupecoy. The reception seems quite good on my DSL line here in the US.

  MagicJack

Crime: It's still happening. A couple guys on a scooter ram the back of a car driven by a single woman. When she pulls over to exchange papers, one of the guys grabs her purse with her passport, license, credit cards, cell phone, and a bit of money. The money is minimal but the bother is great. Women are targeted because they are the weaker sex and because, lacking pockets in their clothing, they conveniently assemble all their valuables in a handy carrying case. You are warned.


SXM-INFO'S CONTESTS


Contest Winners for the 26 October to 28 December
Caribbean ViewCondo - half price summer rental (May-October) - Deb Olson
Bikini Beach - A DAY AT THE BEACH
(including 2 chairs and a parasol, 2 welcome punches and $50.00 credit towards food and drink) - Bob Jones
Lagoon Pub Crawl - two for one ticket - Deb Olson
Skipjack's - $50 off a dinner for two - Deb Olson
Select Wine Cellar - Wine tasting and a bottle of wine - Ken Anderson
Random Wind - $40 gift certificate - Sandy Penta
GCBC Watersports - Two for One snorkel trip to Crole Rock - John S. Bell
Peg Leg Pub - $50 off a dinner for two - Sandy Penta
PassportMD - Six months free service - Ed Reap

Current Contest: 28 December to 1 March 2009
Caribbean ViewCondo - half price summer rental (May-October)
Lagoon Pub Crawl - two for one ticket
Skipjack's - $50 off a dinner for two
Select Wine Cellar - Wine tasting and a bottle of wine
Random Wind - $40 gift certificate
GCBC Watersports - Two for One snorkel trip to Crole Rock
Peg Leg Pub - $50 off a dinner for two
PassportMD - Six months free service

Read our rules, visit the websites of these sponsors, find their contest codes, and enter them on our entry form.

One of the rules is that you should enter each contest only once.

Future Contests:

1 March to 26 April 2009
Caribbean ViewCondo - half price summer rental (May-October)
Lagoon Pub Crawl - two for one ticket
Skipjack's - $50 off a dinner for two
Select Wine Cellar - Wine tasting and a bottle of wine
Random Wind - $40 gift certificate
GCBC Watersports - Two for One snorkel trip to Crole Rock
Peg Leg Pub - $50 off a dinner for two
PassportMD - Six months free service


RESTAURANTS


On 7 December the euro was at 1.265. Today it is at 1.406. This recent weakening in the dollar and the overall economy is likely to cause trouble on the island, especially on the French side. Vanessa at California Restaurant confirms that they are still doing 1 to 1. Le France in Marigot's Marina Royale is doing 1 to 1 also. We'll let you know as we hear from more of them.

Mathis Caf
Wendy K tried this new restaurant at the Chefs de France facility in Nettle Bay twice and sent in these reports: The menu is fairly limited, with fresh juices, about half dozen salads (8.50-12), three wraps (9.5), fresh grilled salmon (11), and vegetable lasagna (9.). Fizzy water was 4 and house wine 12. Other more expensive wines are available. We ordered two of the three blackboard specials: monkfish in a vin blanc sauce with rice and some wonderful carrots, and chicken breast with mushrooms in a garlic cream sauce with haricots verts and roasted potatoes. Both were 9.5. The presentation was lovely, service attentive, although there were only two other couples and one couple for take away (everything is available "a emporter"). The inside dining area is separated from the kitchen by a glass wall, and the kitchen is impeccable. Our bill for water, wine, and two specials was 31 (about $40). They also offer four "plates to share" which require 24 hours notice, and are apparently 20 canape-type items: 30 for a vegetable plate, 40 for seafood, 50 for the deluxe plate with seafood, smoked duck breast, etc, and 25 for desserts. We were impressed and will go back next week."

And they did: "They were having a sort of grand opening party for friends on the terrasse, but they were able to fit us in at the last outside table. Tony had "legumes farci avec lambi" (2 green peppers and a tomato stuffed with conch, rice, and spices, over a bed of spinach, served with rice and a small bowl of soupe de poisson). I had spaghetti fruits de mer, which had the same rather strong fish sauce with julienned zucchini, carrots, and haricots verts, shrimp, and salmon. 12 and 9.50, respectively. They were out of the house Merlot, and gave us a 2007 Gamay for the same price, which was better."

It seems like good, interesting food at good prices. The location is convenient and there is parking. Being hard by the highway, the view is nothing.

Mathis Caf Stuffed peppers Spaghetti with fish

Durreche
Also from Wendy K: "We had a good lunch. Prices have gone up, especially for the specials, but overall, we're still happy with the restaurant, and of course it's always nice to be recognized and greeted with kisses on the cheek (and a final glass of wine on the house!). Tony had a special: sausage from Toulouse, with lentilles, which I think were cooked with lardons and were delicious. (12) I had the seared tuna (although it was a pretty thin cut, as you can see) with a tasty sauce chien and my habitual frites (11.5). Wine was 10, and it seems they only charged us 1 euro for fizzy water, because the bill was 34.5 (about $45)."

This is also good, interesting food at good prices. It's on the waterfront road in Marigot, so there is a parking lot, but the Marigot market keeps it pretty full. It's possible to park further out by the cemetery and stroll in to the restaurant. The view, despite the "waterfront" setting is limited by the market filling all the space across the street.

Durreche sausage with lentils Seared tuna

California Restaurant

Our intrepid restaurant reviewer writes: We like the new decor (see the dining room photo below). We shared an entree of "cassoulet de St Jaques" (19) which was really delicious, with julienned carrots, red peppers, and zucchini, in addition to three or four large scallops which had been halved, diagonally, and were served in a creamy sauce. I had my "usual" San Francisco pizza (14) with breaded calamari and a few black olives. Tony had the veggie pizza (14). We had 1.5 liters of house wine (20).The total bill was 77 and given the 1 to 1 exchange that came to $77, not bad for a waterfront lunch.

California's dining room
Dining room
Cassoulet of scallops
Vegetarian pizza

Changes: It appears that Au Grain de Sel is closed. La Vie en Rose is reopened on 20 Dec. Captain Oliver's, under the management of Philippe, late of Tabba Khady, seems to have improved its offerings. Harmony Nights is set to kick off in Grand Case on 6 January and run to 31 March.


BARGAINS AND HAPPENINGS


  Our condo: Our condo has only a few days available (10-15 Jan) for just $100 per night. Just get a cheap flight on Jet Blue and email us the days that you want. The condo will be available for rent at $1000 per week from 15 April 2009 to 15 December 2009. The rental includes about $500 in coupons from several of our website clients. The holiday weeks will be available at $2000 per week and the balance of the high season that is available will be $1500 per week. It will be unavailable from 15 January 2009 until 15 April 2009. Check the calendar on our website for available dates. The rate is so good and the coupons are so popular that we get about 60% occupancy in the low season. If you want a week, it's best to book early.

Here's a story that became a non-story: I got an email pointing out that Club Orient was using an exchange rate of $1.40/euro when the current rate of exchange was around $1.26. Why establishments do this has always been a mystery to me. Credit card companies routinely accept euro charges on US dollar credit cards and make a minor fortune (usually 3%) on the conversion (at the card holder's expense). Why an establishment preys on their own customers by notching them over 10% is beyond me. The even greater question is why would anyone pay it? However, it's a non-story as the exchange rate is now making $1.40 look pretty good. The story really is that you should know what the euro is worth on the currency exchange markets and take a jaundiced look at anyone offering something different (either markedly above or below). TANNSAAFL. There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.  

  SXM-Info has chosen SkyMed as our preferred medical travel insurance partner. Any medical travel insurance will get you back to the US, but SkyMed takes you home. Where's home? From their website: "Our definition of home is simple: Home is where you say it is. When struck by the unexpected, our service takes you home.  

PassportMD provides many things, including access to Monthly Harvard Health Letter and the Harvard Mental Health Letter, savings on prescriptions, medical reminders, an ability to email your doctor, and more. The most important benefit for travelers on cruiseships or those who take extended vacations in the third world is the ability to have your medical records stored in a secure server that will allow quick access in your time of need. SXM-Info has teamed up with PassportMD to provide these services with a two month absolutely free, no strings attach trial.

 

  We have sent the article featuring four recipes from four restaurants in (or close to) the Lowlands to St Maarten Events. Look for a moules appetizer from Mario's Bistro, a vichysoisse from Ti Sucrier, lamb chops from Montmartre Restaurant, and a blanc mange dessert from Boucaniers. I had several photos for the article and Michael Dingemans, the publisher, was on the island recently taking more photos. As always, his wife, Carina, turns it into a beautiful layout. The magazine is distributed free throughout the island.

Amazon: I'm not convinced that the Kindle e-book from Amazon is the best thing to take to a beach, but it sure is a lightweight way to get some of your favorite books to the Caribbean, especially now that the second bag costs $25 or so on most flights! Martha has been downloading audio books from our local library to her Zune (an iPod knockoff) and that has been working rather well. Obviously, these are audio books and it's not the same as "reading" the text, but it works quite well.

 

Coupons: Look on the SXM-Info website for a list of all restaurants and others that have coupons for some freebie or discount. There are several coupons there to make your vacation a bit cheaper. Here's a list of what you'll find:

Bikini Beach
Beau Beau's
Escargot
Kakao Beach
Oizeau Rare
Paradise View
Pirate Beach Bar
Tai Chi
Select Wine Cellar
Endless Summer Beachwear
Diamonds International

  Wendy K reports that Tijon was VERY nice, as was Cyndi, who said that they sell at least 96 different products that they make themselves. She makes jewelry, and has some really pretty things from sea glass. The photo on the right shows the 271 essential fragrant oils from which they make their perfumes, etc. She gave us a sample bag that they gave to those who attended the grand opening last week. It contained a soap, fragrant candle, massage oil, lip balm, body lotion, eau de cologne, and perfume. They also sell some high-end T shirts and beach wear.   California's dining room

Mario's Cookbook   The Mario's Bistro Cookbook is still available online. They are shipped via UPS and cost $49 for one, $87 for two, and $123 for three, delivered. Delivery via UPS should take a day or two in the US.

Sandy Molloy at Molloy Travel offers personalized service to fit your needs and budget.

La Vista on Pelican Hill above Simpson Bay is conveniently close to the airport and close to all the action in Simpson Bay. They have a lovely restaurant of their own (Hideaway Restaurant) and they are within walking distance of many more.
  La Vista