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Trip Report St Martin Trip Report March 2008

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You'll have to bear with me on the trip report. I write them as a way for us to remember our trips. So if it's too long, please pardon me.
We flew from our local airport to Philadelphia and then flew directly to St Martin. I called US Air to try to upgrade our tickets a few times with no success. The night before we left I decided to call again and they actually had two seats that just opened up, so we very happily traded some FF miles for 2 first class upgrades. We left very early in the morning and had two uneventful flights. We had a cooked breakfast in 1st class from Philly to SXM and we abided by our motto that 'It's noon somewhere' and even had a cocktail or two.
In SXM we went through immigration quickly and we were out the door into paradise. We rented a car with Bruce from Kenny's car rental. This was our 2nd time renting with him and we were again very happy with the car. We rented a phone with Sharon Harris which we did last time also. The phone worked great. We tried our Verizon Wireless phone once just to see if it would work. It did work on roaming and we'll see what the charges end up being next month.
We stayed at Esmeralda this time in a deluxe room. The grounds are beautiful. They have trees and flowers all around. It reminded me of a nicely maintained golf course. The hotel consists of about thirty or so one story houses that contain 4 rooms in each house. We were in room 468. We had a partial ocean view from our back porch if you leaned way out and we had a view of the hillside villas. We were also very close to the beach, Coco's and to Astrolabe. The pool that we shared had a nice ocean view. We were very pleased with our room.
The other two times we were in SXM, we stayed at the Alamanda which is a sister hotel to Esmeralda. Alamanda is newer and is closer to the beach, but the grounds at Esmeralda were much nicer. I guess we pretty much liked them both. The staff at both resorts were very nice. We were a little disappointed with the beach drink service at Coco's. It looked like they only had one guy working the beach area for drink service. He didn't come around very often which was good for us because our tab wasn't as high as it could have been ' LOL! The waves were very high on the beach so we didn't get to go into the ocean. I can't swim and if the waves are way over my head I just don't go in. We did enjoy swimming in our pool a few times even though it wasn't heated.
To be continued...

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