Caribbean Travel Roundup

Newsletter - Paul Graveline, Editor

Caribbean Travel Roundup
Paul Graveline, Editor
Edition 86
July 15, 1998

Last Update 20 July 900 A.M. ET

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(Ed. Note: The following infromation was supplied by Deborah Roker of Sonesta.)

  The 92-room Sonesta Beach Resort & Villas Anguilla, an AAA
  4-Diamond resort, is set dramatically on a long stretch of pristine
  beach on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. Hand-crafted Mediterranean
  mosaics, arches and fountains, combined with 50 acres of tropical
  beachfront and lush landscaping, give the Sonesta Beach Resort &
  Villas Anguilla a trademark design.

  Sonesta Beach Resort & Villas Anguilla is located on Rendezvous Bay
  West on the South shore of Anguilla, 3 miles from Wallblake Airport,
  which  is  serviced  daily  by American Eagle, LIAT, Win Air and Air
  The island is 190 miles east of Puerto Rico and 5 miles north of St.
  Martin. Regularly-scheduled ferry service between St. Martin and
  Anguilla makes several trips daily.

  Sonesta  Beach  Resort  &  Villas  Anguilla,  Rendezvous  Bay  West,
  Anguilla, British West Indies, Tel: 264-497-6999; Fax: 264-497-6899.

  The  Sonesta  Beach Resort & Villas Anguilla is owned and managed by
  Sonesta  International  Hotels  Corporation,  an upscale hotel company
  based in Boston.

  92  elegant  guest  rooms,  including spacious suites, most with ocean
  views,  and  all with balconies. All guest rooms have separate seating
  areas,  large  marble bathrooms, air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini-
  bars, patios, ceiling fans, hair dryers, make-up mirrors, and

  Casablanca Restaurant & Bar - the resort's elegant, signature
  restaurant, serves New World cuisine while diners overlook the
  Caribbean Sea and the mountains of neighboring St. Martin.
  Accommodating 80, Casablanca offers indoor or al fresco breakfasts,
  and romantic dinners. Open daily 7 - 11 AM for breakfast buffet, and
  6 - 10 PM for dinner, except Wednesday. Casablanca Bar seats 50 for
  cocktails and evening hors d'oeuvres while guests enjoy views of the
  beach. Open daily 12 noon - 1 AM.

  Restaurant ICI - Located on the beachfront, Restaurant ICI serves
  Creative Contemporary cuisine daily for luncheon and dinner. ICI
  serves lighter fare, such as pizzas, salads, sandwiches and burgers,
  for  lunch  and  a  full  array  of  selections,  including  native
  seafood, pastas, beef, chicken and lamb, for dinner. ICI seats 100,
  and  is  open daily for lunch, and daily (except Sunday) for dinner,
  11 AM to 10 PM. Sunday Brunch served 11 AM to 4 PM.

  Afternoon  Tea  -  Complimentary  tea,  with an assortment of finger
  sandwiches and pastries, is offered daily from 4 - 5 PM.

  Room  Service  - Offered daily from 7 - 11 AM for breakfast; 11 AM -
  10  PM for all day dining; 6 - 10 PM for dinner; and 10 PM - 12 AM for
  late night dining.

  Children's  Menus  - are available in both Casablanca and Restaurant
  ICI,  as  well  as  through Room Service, and feature kids' favorites,
  such as hamburgers, sandwiches, chicken, spaghetti and hot dogs.

  Watersports - swimmers will enjoy the warm, clear waters of the
  Caribbean Sea from the hotel's beach, as well a palm tree-lined
  fresh-water swimming pool overlooking the ocean. Windsurfing, scuba
  diving (off-site), snorkeling and kayaking are also available.

  Tennis  -  the  resort  offers two plexiplane tennis courts, lit for
  night play. There is no charge for court time.

  The  resort's  Fitness Center offers cardiovascular exercise equipment
  as well as weight machines for muscular toning and strengthening.

  The Sonesta Beach Resort & Villas Anguilla offers two meeting rooms
  and one board room, totaling 1,770 sq. ft. The professional meeting
  and banquet space, including outdoor venues, can accommodate VIP
  groups up to 75 for sales meetings, incentive programs, or
  executive/board meetings. For more information about group
  availability, contact the resort's U.S. Sales Office: 200 Clarendon
  Street, 41st Floor, Boston, MA 02116, 617-421-5477; fax:

  The Jacques Dessange Salon is located on property and specializes in
  European hair styling, facials, manicures and pedicures.

  The Collection - offers unusual and unique handmade crafts by
  Anguillan and international artists, estate jewelry, famous faux
  jewelry  and  artist  jewelry,  natural  Shea  butter  skin  and sun
  antique Japanese kimono scarves, painted and crocheted purses, and
  gifts for the home.

  Tradewinds - selling casual wear and beach clothes for ladies and
  men, featuring Tommy Bahama, Sloop Jones, Gideon Oberson, Anne Cole,
  Perry Ellis and others in exciting collections of cotton, silk and
  linen; also hats beach, bags, shoes and accessories.

  The   resort's   concierge   can  arrange  restaurant  and  airline
  reservations,  island excursions, ground transportation, baby-sitting,

  Credit  cards  accepted  as  payment  at the resort include American
  Express, MasterCard, VISA.

  1-800-SONESTA (800-766-3782)


July 9, 1998 Press Release:

Experience  a  "Room  in  the  Clouds"  on one of the Caribbean's most
picturesque  islands.  Continuing  the tradition of the world renowned
Willard  Hotel  of  Washington,  D.C.; Willard's of Saba sets a daring
standard  in  uniqueness,  luxury  and  comfort.  Built  in  1994 on a
dramatic  cliffside  location  2,000 feet above sea level, it offers a
spectacular  panoramic  view  of  the  Atlantic,  Caribbean  and  five
islands.  This  modem  facility  has  seven elegant and spacious rooms
with  private balconies, tennis court, hot tub/Jacuzzi, 20- by 40-foot
solar-heated  swimming  pool,  bar/lounge  with  Cable TV and intimate
restaurant  with fireplace. Corazon originally from the Philippines is
the  hotel  manager  and  a  world class chef. You will delight in her
oriental  and  international  cuisine.  Her favorites include Shanghai
rolls  with  Zosette sauce, Red Snapper with Rainbow Dressing, Chicken
Szechwan  Chinese  style  and  broiled  Sahon Lobster with butter/lime
sauce.  Another  of her specialties not to be missed is her Lava stone
dinner.  Room  rates  are  $150-$400  low  season  and  $200-$500 high
season.  Hotel  Manager:  Corazon  de  Johnson  S.  Owner:  William B.
Willard,  Jr. 



July 1, 1998

Little Harbour

Try  not  to  confuse  Little  Harbour with Little Bay . Little Bay is
located  near  Crocus  Bay  and the Valley, but it feels very secluded
and  is  a  favorite  spot  for boat excursions and snorkeling. Little
Harbour  is  on  the  south  coast,  east of Blowing Point. It is more
developed, surrounded by luxury villas and the Cinnamon Reef resort .

Little  Harbour  is  the  most  protected  bay  in  Anguilla, but very
shallow.  We  sailed  our Laser sailboat here when we didn't know what
we  were doing and needed to practice tipping it over and righting it.
The  bottom  is  more like a lake bottom than the bright white sand of
most  bays.  Rich  Hauser  of Cinnamon Reef describes it this way Yes,
you  can  swim  in  Little  Harbour  12  months of the year. The other
beaches  are  more  spectacular, but I enjoy it here for the privacy -
with  no  day trippers, no yelling, and no plastic cups thrown around.
And  for  the  safety - no waves, no undertow, no pulling currents and
with  the  reef  we have, if you are new at sailing or windsufing, you
don't  have to worry about drifting off to Yugoslavia - you're staying
right  here  !!!!  Little Harbour used to be a favorite with smugglers
in the old days, according to the book Nuttin Bafflin :

At  Little  Harbour,  which  is almost reef bound with only narrow and
ill  defined  channels  of entry, the smugglers set up cleverly placed
small  fires  in  John  Guy's cave. These fires, which were visible at
sea  but  invisible from land and therefore from the revenue officers,
marked  the  channel  through the reef. They were placed in such a way
that  a  smuggler  at  sea  would  tack up or down the coast until the
fires  ashore  lined  up  one behind the other. When this happened, it
meant that the channel was dead ahead and he could safely enter.

Directions:  There are two traffic lights on the main road between the
Valley  and  South Hill. At the George Hill Landing light by the Cable
TV  office,  there  is a clearly marked street sign for Little Harbour
Road  . You can't miss it. It's the only street sign on the main road.
However, don't take it. It does not go to Little Harbour!

Instead,  follow  the  signs to Cinammon Reef/Palm Court Restaurant at
the  other  light  nearer  the Valley. The road splits in 1/4 mile and
you  turn  right.  Follow  this  road,  which  was  recently upgraded,
straight  toward  the water. Just before Cinnamon Reef there is a turn
to  the  left  which  you  take.  It goes to a small parking area with
beach  access.  There is a private house on the left and Cinammon Reef
resort on the right.

News Tidbits from Anguilla

Conde  Nast  Travel.  Kenny Schik says: Received the July '98 issue of
Conde'  Nast  Travel magazine yesterday. The cover promised "Beach Bar
Bliss".  30  places  to hang out in the Caribbean. I eagerly opened it
up  to see if Anguilla had made it, and........ YES! The first page of
the  article  showed  Palm Grove! I turned the page, expecting that to
be  all, and nearly whooped when I saw the picture--people dancing and
getting  down  at  The  Pumphouse!  My  wife and I didn't discover The
Pumphouse  till our second trip to Anguilla. We went there 4 nights in
a  row!  We  loved  the food, bartender, waitress, the people from all
over  the  world,  and of course, Laurie. He treated us magnificently!
Two  pages  later,  a  two page color photo of Shoal Bay Beach , taken
from inside Uncle Ernie's! ARRGGHH! I miss Anguilla!!!!

Problems  Emailing  to  Anguilla?  Then  try instead.
Email   addresses   in   Anguilla  used  to  be  or  ,  but  were  switched to
last  year.  Recently  the  mail processor on "zemu" was turned off to
stop  it  being  used  by  spammers.  If  your  email  to  Anguilla is
bouncing,  just  change  the  part  of  the  address  after  the  @ to and try again.

"Boysie"   Given   Best  Funeral  in  Recent  Times,  as  reported  in
Anguilla's  local  newspaper  The Light . 28-year old Dale Rogers, aka
Boysie,  was  a  backhoe  and  heavy equipment operator from Shoal Bay
village  and very well liked. Boysie died Friday, June 5, following an
incident  while  offloading  poles  in  Corito.  The  tragic  accident
immediately  sent  shock  waves  throughtout the close-knit Anguillian
community.  Heavy equipment operators from throughout the island lined
up  their  trucks and other heavy equipment along St. Mary's Road last
Saturday  as  a  mark  of  respect  and  the sound of air horns echoed
through  the  strees  of  the  Valley as the casket was borne from the
church to its final resting place in the church's cemetary.

New  Charter Boat Service. Late night water taxi service to St. Martin
and  regular  Thursday  night  excursions leaving 7PM Cove Bay pier to
Marigot's Marina Royale and returning at 11pm. Contact Eric Drai at 1-
264-497-235-6088 or 590-271843 in St Martin.

Anguilla  Dominates Athletics Match , according to a story in the June
24  St.  Maarten  Daily Herald : They were invited to tag along on the
coat  tails  of  the St. Maarten delegation that was to compete in the
Dutch  Caribbean  Open  Athletics  Championship. But as it turned out,
Anguilla's  talented  athletes  quick took over to dominate the event,
walking  away with an impressive 6 gold and two silver medals... . The
Anguilla  team  included  Desiree  Cocks,  Timothy  Brooks and Kirthly
Richardson, all attending college in Missouri, and Shyrone Hughes.

B.E.T. Summer Tennis Camp

The  Anguilla  Tennis  Academy,  organized by Mitchelle Lake and Shawn
Romney,  begins  on  July  6th, 1998. This tennis camp is sponsored by
Black  Entertainment  Television  (BET)  through  Mr.  Robert  Johnson
(Chief  Executive  Officer and Chairman). Tennis camp accommodates all
kids   ages  6-18  for  morning  sessions  and  adults  for  afternoon
sessions.  This  is the third summer for the camp. The first year drew
70 children, the second 120, and no one knows how many this year!

Mitchelle  Lake and Shawn Romney are two Anguillian students on tennis
scholarships  at  Gardner-Webb  University  in  Boiling Springs, North
Carolina.  They  are  both  keen to promote the game on the island and
are  devoting  a considerable amount of their vacation time to pass on
their skills to Anguillian children.

According  to  Mitchelle:  "I  am  excited about this year's camp. The
tremendous  support  shown  by both local and international businesses
towards  the  program  depicts  promise  for  the  future of tennis on
Anguilla". (First picture.)

Shawn  also  expressed  his  enthusiasm: "This year's tennis camp is a
great  opportunity  to  choose  the  future  candidates  to  represent
Anguilla  in  local,  regional  and  internationl tennis tournaments".
(Second picture.)

Assisting  at  the  tennis  camp  will  be  Damien  Hughes (Tournament
Director),   Twana   Edwards,   Corey   Bowlin   (Tennis  Director  at
Malliouhana  Hotel),  Elizabeth  Gibson (Tennis Director at Cap Juluca
Hotel).  In addition, four tennis players from Gardner-Webb University
will  be  coming  to  Anguilla  from  July  19th  - 26th. They will be
participating in the tennis clinics and exhibition.

Be  sure  to  support  the  tennis camp this year and visit the public
tennis  courts  in  The  Valley  during  the month of July. Anyone who
would  like  to  help can phone Mitch at 1-264-497-3234 or email Shawn

Guest article by Tara Carter

Two New Ways to Find Information

The  Anguilla  Local News has added a key word search facility. If you
recall  that  there  was  once  an article about Cap Juluca that had a
picture  of  the  bathrooms,  you  would  just  search for "cap juluca
bathroom"  and  click Go . The search engine keeps track of every word
in every story ever run in the "When The Cat's Away"

The  Sunshine  Theatre Company gave an encore performance of their hit
comedy  to  a  full  house at Ruthwill Auditorium. The very funny play
was  adapted  to  the  local  Anguilla scene by Director Felix Fleming
(center  in  second  picture),  from  the  original  farce  by  Johnie
Mortimer and Brian Cooke.

Mildred,  a  long-suffering,  frustrated wife (Chantal Lewis, right in
first  picture),  plans  a  second  honeymoon  in  Guadeloupe with her
blundering  fool  husband  George  (Joash  Proctor,  far left in first
picture).  Then  her high falutin', frigid sister Ethel (Noreen Gumbs,
center  in  second  picture)  appears  at  the  door  having  left her
philandering  husband Humphrey (Elson Gaskin, center in first picture)
who  is  having  an  affair with his secretary Jennifer (Farrah Banks,
right  in second picture, winner of the Theatre Arts Award this year).
The  sisters  decide to go on the trip together and leave the husbands

Jennifer  won't  go  out with Humphrey because her roommate Shirley is
suicidal  (Nicole Simpson), so Humphrey blackmails George into double-
dating.  But  a  baggage  handler's  strike  in  Guadeloupe causes the
lady's flight to be cancelled and things really get complicated!

Ruthwill  Auditorium  is  in  the  Valley,  next to St Mary's Anglican
Church.  The Sunshine Theatre Company is known for the high quality of
its  amateur theatricals, and for starting on time. The official start
time was 8:05 and Director Felix Fleming dimmed the lights at 8:12.

Upcoming Events in Anguilla

The  Anguilla  Local News has an Calendar for the year showing events,
holidays, and activities.

July  2. Caribbean Bonfire Pottery. Professor Patricia Fay is giving a
multi-   media  presentation  on  Caribbean  Bonfire  Pottery  at  the
Teachers'  Resource  Centre  Auditorium  (upstairs  in the Library) on
Thursday  2nd  July  1998  at  7.30  p.m.  The  evening will include a
lecture,  slide  presentation  and display of clay pots from Nevis and

July  27-29.  Anne  of Green Gables presented by the High School Drama
Club  at  Ruthwill  Auditorium.  Telephone Eleanor Stacey 497-8981 for
more information or to help out.

Gone  fishin'  Info.  During  the summer months hotels and restaurants
sometimes  close  for  vacation and maintenance. Here are some closing
and  opening  dates  for  restaurants  .  Most  local eateries such as
Smitty's  and  Rafes  never close. And since Cap Juluca stays open all
summer, there is always at least one gourmet restaurant to eat at!
Arista Foods South Hill. Aug 15 to mid-Nov.
Barrel Stay. Aug 15-Oct 15.
Blanchard's. Aug 1-Sep 30.
Casablanca (Sonesta). Aug 30-Oct 7.
CoveCastles. Aug 30-Oct14.
Ferryboat Inn Restaurant. Closed 2 weeks in September.
Gorgeous Scilly Cay. Sep 1-Oct 31.
Hibernia. July 15-Sep 15.
Koal Keel Restaurant. Sep 1-Oct 31.
Leducs. Reopening Nov.
Luciano's. Aug 31-Nov.
Mangos Restaurant. Aug 1 to mid Oct.
Old House. Sep 2-Oct 2.
Oliver's Restaurant. Aug 17-Oct 4.
Overlook. June 6 to mid Oct.
Palm Court at Cinnamon Reef. Sep 1-Oct 31.
Pump House. Aug 29-Sep 21.
Restaurant Frangipani. Aug 31-Oct 29.
Restaurant ICI. Aug 31-Oct 7.
Restaurant at Malliouhana. Aug 31-Oct 31.
Serenity. Sep 2-Oct 2.
Straw Hat. Aug 16-Nov 1.
Trattoria Tramonto. Aug 1-Oct 31.

The Pumphouse

The  Pumphouse is a bar and restaurant in a historic building of Sandy
Ground  village  .  The  place  is  friendly,  they  often  have  live
entertainment after 9 or 10pm, and they draw quite a crowd.

The  menu  is  simple,  the  portions  are  large,  the  food  is well
prepared, and the prices are right.

Here  is part of a review of the Pumphouse by first-time visitor Laine
:  The  Pumphouse  was  my  very  first,  I  swear,  in  my  lifetime,
experience  of  actually  sitting  at a bar, you know, the long wooden
thing.  I  had never done that! This place makes it easy, too easy and
I  could  see  myself  propped  up  there day after day, just watching
Donna  languidly  swirl  around mixing drinks. (I love to watch anyone
good at their job, it's like a ballet)...

Pumphouse  May  1998  Menu  Grilled Marinated Rib Eye Steak with Fries
$18  Classic  Caesar  Salad  $8  Caribbean  Jerk  Chicken  Caesar  $10
Pumphouse  Pizza  $8.  Choice  of toppings $0.50 each. Big Beef burger
with fries. $8

Honey Mustard Chicken Nuggets. $6
Onion rings. $3
Garlic Bread $2
Fries.  $3 Fresh Grilled Tuna on Caesar Salad $16 Classic French Onion
Soup  $5  Grilled  Mahi Mahi Sandwich with Aidi fries. $11 15% service
charge is added on.

  The  building itself is the old pump house that was part of the salt
industry  that  used  to  thrive  in Anguilla, and the pumps are still
there.  The  Pumphouse  has  music  several nights a week. Here is the
schedule  for May 1998: Tue 10pm Kinyaya and Friends, Wed 9pm Hotshot,
Reggae,  Thu 9pm Keith and Raphael- merengue music, and Fri 9pm Reggie
Directions:  from  the roundabout near Vista Market, take the new road
down  into  Sandy  Ground. Follow the road around the edge of the salt
pond  and  you  will find the Pumphouse on the right at the end of the
village road. Telephone 1-264-497-5154.

May 15, 1998 - Anguilla Local News

Cap Juluca, Maundays Bay, Anguilla

Due  to Cap Juluca's shocking review in the Wall Street Journal , your
reporter  had  to  make  the  big sacrifice and check the facts out in
person.  So  my wife and I decided to celebrate our anniversary with a
single night at Cap Juluca, at the other end of the country.

Before  checking  into  our  Moorish villa, and even though we had our
own  car,  one  of the many attentive and friendly staff chauffered us
in a golf cart to George's beachside restaurant for lunch.

We  had a Junior Suite, which includes the famous garden bathroom. And
it  lived  up  to  its reputation. Tub for two, marble shower, private
walled  garden.  Makes  you  feel like one of the rich and famous. And
our minibar came fully stocked with free drinks and a bottle of rum!

To  assist  you  in  forming  your own opinion, I wanted to give you a
picture  of  the whole beach. But the beach it is too long. I couldn't
get  it all in one picture. So here is half of the beach, looking east
toward  Pimms  restaurant  on the point. We usually swim at Anguilla's
Shoal  Bay,  but  this  beach is better. Warmer, calmer, and with much
finer, powdery sand (although Shoal Bay has better snorkelling).

This  is the notorious beach erosion at the other end of Maunday's Bay
(west).  Does  that  look  like "no beach" to you? Most resorts in the
Caribbean  would  kill  for  a  beach  like  this.  And with the beach
narrowed  from 100 yards to 20 yards, the privacy in these pool villas
is total.

We  were  allowed  to  sneak  a peek into one of the pool villas while
unoccupied.  The  entry  way  goes  right  over  your  pool and into a
spacious  one-  bedroom  villa.  And  with  the  narrower beach, these
villas  feel  like  you  are  right  in  the water. Ultimate honeymoon

The  landscaping  of  the  grounds  is  lush,  tropical,  original and
ecological  (they  won  an award for use of native plants--more on the
landscaping  in  future  news  issues). Here is one of dozens of cool,
shaded pathways, this one leading past a pool villa to the beach.

If  you are lucky enough to live in the Caribbean, Cap Juluca's summer
special  starts  June  1st:  $245/night  for locals. If you don't live
here,  the  rate  is  still  only $290. A bargain for a resort of this

News Tidbits from Anguilla

Tyden  Air  Grounded  Temporarily.  David  and Candice write "We heard
today  that  Tyden  has  stopped  flying. Is this true? If so, we have
lost  our  best  way  to get from St. Martin to Anguilla, as the other
airlines  do  not have Tyden's flexibility if the flight to St. Martin
from  NY  is  delayed." No, it isn't true. They are only out of action
for  a  few  weeks  while  they  change  their  planes from US flag to
British flag and have them re-register in Antigua.

Karate  Team  Does Well. The team, under the leadership of Instructor,
Emmanuel  Laud,  captured 21 medals, including 12 gold, 3 silver and 6
bronze,  from  a  field  of  almost 300 competitors. As in last year's
competition,  the team members were outstanding in their performances:
Black  Belt,  Emmanuel  Laud,  captured two gold medals, while Lanford
Morton  one  silver  in  the  Grand  Championship  Cup  contest.  Also
excelling  were  Sheviane  Hughes  who  took  two  gold medals and one
bronze,  Mirabelle  West  and Jelani Banks, with two gold medals each,
Shridath  Rey,  with  one gold and two bronze, Juan Gomez, with a gold
and  a silver, Delon Skellekie and Aidon Scipio, each capturing a gold
and  a  bronze  medal,  Devin  Hodge,  silver,  and  Wayne Richardson,
bronze. Read all about it on the club's web page .

New  University Building. The University of the West Indies operates a
remote  campus  in  Anguilla,  upstairs in the library. Now that there
are  79  part-time  students  enrolled,  the University has decided to
build  a  permanent  facility,  between  Ronald  Webster  Park and the

Slick  Carty  Aims High. Anguillian athlete Slick Carty is confined to
a  wheel  chair  but  that  doesn't  stop  him from playing tennis and
participating  in  track  and  field  competitions. Now his goal is to
represent  Anguilla in the Special Olympics in Australia in Year 2000.
Those  who  live  here  know  Slick  as  the Public Works Employee who
inspects   our  cars  every  year  for  road  worthiness.  To  get  to
Australia,  Slick  has  to  train  hard for the next 2 years and raise
about  US$20,000  for  travel and equipment. If you would like to help
out, enquire by email or call Judith Sadler-Bryan at 264-497-5058.

New Exchange for Cellphones. In Anguilla you should now dial 235-
 for a cellular phone instead of 497-

Rocket Launching on Sombrero?

Forty  miles  northwest  is the furthest outpost of Anguilla, Sombrero
Island  .  The  persistent  rumours  about Sombrero have hit the world
press:  Beal  Aerospace  wants  to  use  Sombrero to launch commercial
satellites,  spending  $270  million  dollars and launching before the
year  2000,  according  to their web site. Sombrero is a long way from
Anguilla  and  previously  was  best  known for its lighthouse and the
difficulty  of  landing  by boat (you climb a cliff on a ladder). Soon
you  may  have  another  reason  to  come  to Anguilla -- to watch the
rockets being launched, from a safe distance.

GEM   Radio's   electronic   news  service  reported  that  "Technical
calculations  of  the project, to be launched at the beginning of 1999
are  being  made by the British National Space Centre which is part of
the  structure  of  the Industry and Commerce Ministry. ... The island
is  known  as  one the biggest ornithological reserves possessing rare
specimen  of  brown  pelicans  and  other birds. British environmental
organizations  have  expressed  concern that the construction of a new
cosmodrome   might   produce   a   strong   negative   effect  on  the

According  to  St. Maarten's Daily Herald newspaper, the Royal Society
for  the  Protection  of  Birds  in  the UK has contacted the Anguilla
National  Trust  to find out the current situation. And Beal Aerospace
met  with  Government  officials  on  August 22, 1998 and expressed an
interest  in  Sombrero  for  satellitel  launches. This meeting agreed
that  an  environmental  impact  study  would  be undertaken, which is
scheduled  for  May 1998 (now). The RSPB points out that the terns doe
not  arrive  on  Sombrero until June and the booby nests from November
to March, so they won't be there either.

Nick  Nuttall  ,  reporter  with  The  Times  of London is looking for
reaction  from  Anguilla  about  the  satellite  launches,  as is Carl
Holcombe  ,  a  newspaper reporter at the Virgin Islands Independent (
"Beal  Aerospace  is  apparently  coming to the USVI to build a rocket
assembly plant." ) The Old East End School

The  old  East  End School is no longer used for classes, but it still
remains  an anchor in the community. The single 50ft by 30ft classroom
was  built on wooden piles, using lumber and shingles carried from St.
Kitts.  This  structure  became  a  school and later a monument, which
survived  many  hurricanes. Its sturdiness enabled it to substitute as
a school in 1995 when Luis severely damaged the new primary school.

The  school  has  produced  a  number of prominent Anguillians some of
which  include:  Mr.  James  Ronald Webster, Mr. Osbourne Fleming, Mr.
Felix Fleming, Mr. Vivien Vanterpool and Mrs. Idahlia Gumbs.

If  you  would  like  to know more about the school, read Mr. Colville
Petty's  book:  A  SCHOOL AND ITS COMMUNITY: The East End School 1917-
1974  .  This  work recounts the tales and experiences in the old East
End  school.  If  one  would  like  a copy, it can be purchased at the
Anguilla Drug Store or borrowed from our Public Library.

The  Old East End School was indeed a vital element in the advancement
of  the  the community and its people. The motto still remains evident
throughout the community and its alumni: "NEVER SAY FAIL".

Directions:  From  the gas station in The Valley, head east toward the
Farrington  and  Sandy  Hill.  Take  the right fork at the roundabout.
Continue  straight  into  East  End Village where you will see the old
school in front of the new primary school and tennis court.

Visitor Feedback

Every  day  brings  new  email  messages  about  Anguilla.  Here is an
interesting message that came in recently:

Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 16:50:25 -0500 Subject: Thanks

Just  a  quick note to thank you for your special Internet newsletter.
We  used it to research our Anguilla vacation. We had a wonderful time
and  found  the  info in the newsletter to be helpful and accurate. We
used  the  newsletter  as  our  guide  when  we  rented our "jeep" and
scouted  out  places  like  Windward  Point  where  you  can see Scrub
Island,  the  Katouche  "rain  forest", Cavanaugh Cave, Little Bay (we
climbed  down!),  the Palm Grove Restaurant etc, etc. Knowing ahead of
time all this info about the island really enhanced our vacation.

Here's  some  of  our  "best"  list. Best snorkeling - Little Bay Best
beer  -  Newkie Brown at Roy's Best beach - Rendezvous (with about ten
people  on  1  1/2  mile  beach)  Best  fish  soup  - Barrel Stay Best
adventure - Trip to Windward Point

The  people  were  great,  the island is lovely and your newsletter is
the best.

Thanks again, Doug Brown

Computer Club News

The Anguilla Library Computer Club is very active on the island.

Programming  Course.  The  Computer  Club,  Public Data , and Offshore
Information   Services   are  sponsoring  a  course  in  Visual  Basic
programming,  starting  Monday, May 18th 1998 and lasting three weeks.
Classes  are  Mon-Fri,  7-9 p.m. at the computer club. This is a great
opportunity  for  people  to  learn  a very valuable skill. Instructor
Nowell  Rogers  (pictured  here),  has  been  off  in the U.S where he
studied programming and the basic language for about twelve years.

Cost  of  the  class  is  US$100,  which  includes the textbook, Teach
Yourself  Visual  Basic  5  in  24  hours  . This book comes with a CD
containing   Visual  Basic  software.  No  programming  experience  is
necessary  to  participate in this class. To register please call 497-

New  Computers for Schools. At the invitation of Larry Franklin of the
Government  Computer  Unit,  club  members  gathered  on two Wednesday
evenings  to  unpack  50  boxes of computers at the high school. These
were  donated  by  Mohawk  College,  courtesy  of Gordon Cillis (ALHCS
teacher  in Canada for a year), and flown to Anguilla this winter in a
Canadian  Forces  practice  flight.  But  no  one knew what was in the
boxes!  It  was  very  exciting  and  we  managed  to get 25 computers
working  in  4  hours. Now the teacher's lounge at the high school has
three  computers  in it for the first time ever. Of course the systems
came  loaded  with Windows, but without a single mouse. So if you have
a spare PS/2 mouse, drop it by the computer club on your next visit.

Summer  Plans.  For 1998 we plan to be open 5 hours per day, thanks to
our  latest  volunteer,  33-yearold Business Professor Gaetano Di Palo
of  Italy.  In  response  to  our call for a free room for him, we had
many  offers from the community, including private homes and hoteliers
at  Cinammon Reef, Sonesta, Fountain Beach and La Sirena. So he should
be  able  to  live  2  weeks at each place, lightening the load on his
hosts  and allowing Gaetano to see all parts of Anguilla. The programs
are  still  in  the planning stage, but may include organized programs
for  children  in the morning and business computer classes for adults
in the evening.

Cool!  Saving  the best for last, the really big news is that the club
has  ordered  an  air  conditioner.  With 30 children and 15 computers
running,  our  concrete  building  can  get  very hot. Plus we have to
leave  the  windows  open and the salt air eats up the computers. This
big  improvement  was  made  possible by a very generous donation from
one of the owners at CoveCastles .

Upcoming Events in Anguilla

The  Anguilla  Local News has an Calendar for the year showing events,
holidays, and activities. Updates and Feedback

Update  on  Cove  Bay  .  Cove Bay is the long curving strand of white
between  Sonesta and Cap Juluca. There is now a new pier for the local
fishing  boats  at  the  far left (eastern) end of the beach. It looks
very  nice  and there were children jumping off it into the water last

Classic  Book.  A  classic book that we studied intently before moving
to  Anguilla is finally available for purchase on the Internet: How to
Live  on  a  Tropic  Island  . It covers every place from remote South
Pacific atolls to relatively developed places like BVI.

Update  on  Practical  Tips:  Jay Lackritz writes, "I will be visiting
the  island  next  week,  and was wondering if they use 115 Volt/60 Hz
power  and  plugs  Ala US power." Good question. The answer is yes, US
standard power and plugs.

Seduced  by  an  Impulse  Day  Trip:  Maurice and Kim Correia from San
Diego  California  found  Anguilla last year after taking a ferry from
St.  Maarten.  They left their rental car and hotel in St. Maarten and
stayed  in  Anguilla  for  four  days.  The just fell in love with the
place,  the  people,  and the goats. They came back this year for more
of  the  sun, sand and sea, but mostly because of the people. And they
ought  to  know a good place to visit when they see it, since they run
a  RAMADA  INN  in  San  Diego: "Nothing like the beaches of Anguilla.
White,  white,  white  sand.  Crushed  coral.  As pure as the friendly
people." Maurice P. Correia San Diego, California



Trip 5/98

Well,  we  are  back  but  only physically, one of our best trips ever
without a doubt!

Arrived  on  LIAT - from St. Kitts, left on time 12:30pm and flew in 9
passenger  Carib  Aviation  plane  -  30  minute  easy flight over St.
Barths  and  St.  Martin  - only 1 other passenger. We did notice that
the  LIAT  flight  to St. Thomas was still waiting for a plane when we
left  -  it  was  supposed to leave at noon. Anguilla airport just the
same - caught a taxi from airport to The Boathouse - $12 US.

Rental  car: Used Island Car Rental - car was waiting at The Boathouse
when  we  arrived  about  1:30pm  -  keys in the ashtray and temporary
driver's  license  in  glove box with a map. The company asks that you
stop  the  next day and do the paperwork, we had a Toyota Corolla, a/c
and  automatic  for  $240/week  -  driver's license now cost $10. Just
drive  the car to the airport when you are leaving and put keys in the

Accommodations:  Rented  The  Boathouse from a couple in Michigan - it
is  their vacation home and very comfortable - we found it perfect for
us.  It  is  a  2  story  concrete  building literally on the water at
Corito  Bay.  As one islander put it "it is the only house in Anguilla
where  you  can  stand  on the deck and p__s in the ocean". There is a
fully  equipped  small  kitchen,  bathroom with shower and living area
downstairs  - there is a TV (one channel) and VCR, cd/tape player, and
eating  area is outside on deck. Sliding doors face south and west for
great  views  of  St.  Martin.  The  upstairs  has  the  bedroom (good
mattress),   another   bath  with  shower  and  washer/dryer,  closet,
security  safe  and  deck  with  hammock.  The  entire  place  is very
comfortable  and  relaxed  with  everything  you could need. Check out  for  more  info. Francisca is basically the maid,
caretaker  and  problem  solver  -  she  is  very  helpful and will do
whatever you ask. She also takes care of the duplex next door.

The  beach  has  turtle  grass  with rocks and is shallow - there is a
reef  right  out front and the snorkeling was very good - Joe loved it
and  thought it was perfect for him. There is a duplex for rent on the
same  property  called  Palm  Shores  Villa  -  it  faces  a different
direction  (east) and has a swimming pool - a family was staying there
the first couple of days.

Reports  about  the dump were misleading - it is west of the Boathouse
a  ways  and  caused  no  problem  at all - all we saw were geckos and
lizards  plus  a  couple  of  dogs  that  lived  down  the beach (only
negative  -  we  couldn't  walk  west  very far due to the dogs coming
after  us).  We liked the location being closer to town and would stay
there  again  in  a  minute.  It  has good breezes, especially the 2nd
floor,  but be aware there isn't any a/c, we don't mind but it can get

Francisca  told  us that since the owners had put The Boathouse on the
internet  that  it  was  staying rented more of the time. It is priced
right  -  $900/week  low  season,  plus 10% service charge and 8% govt
tax.  The  owners  are  nice to deal with and gave us lots of info and
advice  on  restaurants,  etc.  One  other  big  plus  was the lack of
mosquitoes  and  no  see'ums  at the Boathouse - maybe too much breeze
for them.

We  did  drive by the Seahorse (where we have stayed 3 times before) -
no  one  there  and  all locked up. Couldn't tell if they are still in
business  or  not.  The  new  owners  were  reserving  one  beach unit
permanently  and  the  rates had gone up when I talked to Allison last

Restaurants:  A good tip, even though the restaurants aren't busy this
time  of  the  year,  call for reservations and especially if you have
your  heart  set on lobster. They appreciate knowing you're coming and
they  can  and  do close unexpectedly. This time of the year - lobster
is not always available without notice.

Breakfast:  fixed  toast  and eggs/French toast most mornings - we did
try  Serenity  for  breakfast  one late morning - we didn't call ahead
and  were  the only people there - it turned out that they didn't have
eggs  so  our  choice  was pancakes and sausage, which was good and we
enjoyed  the  view and breeze. We would like to try it again maybe for
lunch  -  they  have lounge chairs, bar, tables on the beach, etc., so
you can spend the day here - Upper East Shoal Bay.

Ate  breakfast  at  Arista  in South Hill - good omelets but it can be
very  hot  -  not  much breeze, go early rather than late - has a deli
for  sandwiches  too,  we  like  to  stop here when driving around the

Lunch  -  had  a  burger  and  fish  sandwich our 1st day at Johnnos -
always  good and we like watching the activities on the beach, usually
a  few  older gentlemen arguing and a soap opera on the tube - we like
it! Great rum punch!!!

Ate  at  Uncle  Ernies  on  Sun  afternoon  but not as good as usual -
chicken  was  out  in  about  5  mins  and a little dry too. We rented
umbrella  and chairs from Pressure King, aka Daryl, we have a lifetime
discount  with  him, he is a very enterprising guy and genuinely nice.
Watched  sailboats  racing and lots of kids playing - a nice afternoon
on Shoal Bay East.

Mala's  cottage  has  good rotis for lunch but we didn't try the goat,
had  shrimp  and chicken. You can watch the planes come in and drink a
Carib, a good place to stop if driving around the island.

Dinner:  Our  meals usually consist of a couple of cocktails, salad or
appetizer,  entree  and after dinner drink or coffee, for each of us -
(no  wine).  Also,  if  mosquitoes  are  especially fond of you - wear
slacks and use "off", most restaurants will have "off" available.

1st  night  was  Ripples  -  it  is  consistently  good and one of our
favorites  - the fish is always delicious. They have a happy hour menu
on  Sat from 5-7pm for about $10-11, while we didn't try it there were
several  tables  of  people  who did. Joe had coconut shrimp and I had
great snapper, bill ran about $85.

Sunday   we   tried  the  Overlook,  used  to  be  Cyrils  -  we  were
disappointed,  maybe  it  was the chef's night off - red bean soup ok,
garlic  crusted snapper wasn't very good and Joe's shrimp dish was ok,
we  liked  the  decor  and  the view is nice, but the chairs were very
uncomfortable  and  too  tall  for me. There was only one other couple
dining, total bill was $125.

Stopped  at  Smittys  for  lobster  and  crayfish - good rum punch but
probably  should  have  called ahead about lobster - not very good and
didn't set well with my stomach.

Zara's  at  Allamanda  Beach Club was a new good choice, Joe had salad
and  lobster  and  I  had black bean soup and tuna, the soup was great
but  tuna  a  little  dry,  Joe's  was  wonderful. Very nice decor and
ambiance,  good  service and the busiest of all the restaurants except
Ripples.  Total  bill  $100  -  definitely  would go back - very quick
service  compared to other restaurants. Dinner: The Pumphouse at Sandy
Ground  was  new  for  us  too  -  they  open  at 7pm and have pizzas,
sandwiches,  salads,  etc.,  about  $10  -  the  food was good but the
waitress  lousy.  We enjoyed it - it was a nice change from a big meal
and will definitely go back - they have music some nights.

Our  last  night,  we  made  a reservation at Olivers (has been open 8
months)  -  on  the  beach,  very  romantic and breezy. We watched the
sunset  -  it  is  a great location and the service was excellent. Joe
had  a  salad  and fresh tuna - absolutely wonderful and I had chicken
ravioli  (OK)  and  snapper - a very small portion of snapper but very
good and delicious. Everything was very nice but also very expensive -
  total  bill was $150, cup of coffee was $6. We would like to go back
but  would  cut  back  on drinks - the beverage tab was $50. One table
next  to  us  was  coming  back  for  a second time in a week - a good
restaurant but expensive.

General  comments  from  other  tourists:  1  gave  Blanchards  a good
review,  another  gave  it  a  terrible  review  (Chef Melinda not "on
island"  apparently)  -  another  good  question  to  ask  when making
reservations.  One  couple drove out to Junks Hole for lobster at Palm
Grove  but  they  didn't  have any - the couple swam around awhile and
were  leaving  when  Palm  Grove  told them they had 1/2 a lobster and
would  fix it - they said it was delicious. They also gave a thumbs up
to  the Pepperpot across the street from the school - go for lunch and
watch  the kids in their uniforms. Another thumbs up for Zara's from a
New Jersey couple.

Stopped  at  Sonesta  to  check  out  Restaurant  Ici - another couple
recommended  it  -  we  had a $7 rum punch and decided to skip lunch -
supposed  to  be  same people that have Koal Keel, it smelled good but
we  had  eaten  a  late  breakfast.  Didn't  get  to  eat  at Roy's or
Ferryboat,  had  a  Carib at Palm Grove - we really like Junk's Hole -
we  didn't  swim  or  snorkel but always go there for a beer and a sit

Drove  to  Dune  Preserve  one  afternoon  but  it  was  closed  - the
construction  is  still  going  on next door - the sign says - Cuisart
Resort and Spa - opening this fall but they have a long way to go.

Nightlife:  Heard  Johnno's  had  a good party on Wed night. Owners of
Gifts  and  Liquours  Unlimited  and  the Red Dragon nightclub have an
over  30's  party the last Fri night of the month and they invited us.
We  didn't  make  it  mostly because it didn't start til 10pm and goes
til  4am  -  we  must be getting old - we were in bed by 10pm reading.
Men must wear slacks and sleeves, women may wear shorts.

Pumphouse  has  music  some  nights  -  check  the  outside  doors for
schedule  -  different  times on different nights. Not sure about Dune
Preserve schedule.

We  drove  around  the island on Monday and found many places closed -
typically  Mon.  and  Tues. seem to be no activity (good beach days) -
drive  the  island on Wed - Sat to find more places open. We drove out
past Island Harbour this time and really enjoyed the view.

Activities:  We  have  gone  sailing  on a catamaran before but not on
Anguilla  so  we  asked around and was told to take CHOCOLAT - Rollins
is  a  good  host  and  sailor  -  just  show  up  with towel, lots of
sunscreen  and  snorkel  gear,  he provides drinks - alcoholic or non,
lunch  (very  good)  and good conversation for $80/pp. We left at 10am
and  got  back  to  Sandy  Ground around 5pm - sailed to Prickly Pear,
Scrub  Island  and  Little  Bay - it was a gorgeous day and we had the
time  of  our  lives,  again.  Would  go  again with better sunscreen.
Rollins  is  full of info and has lots of stories to share - the other
couple  on  the boat mentioned topless sunbathing on a beach - Rollins
told  them  that it is against the law on Axa, and you can be arrested
and  taken to jail, (BTW, without your top - otherwise there isn't any
evidence),  it  can be very embarrassing and has happened according to
Rollins' brother, a policeman. Be advised.

We  did  make  a couple of mistakes - we forgot RAY'S cardinal rule on
sunscreen  - we didn't get up and slather sunscreen all over our naked
bodies  one  morning - we sat under a deck in a shaded area but didn't
realize  we were getting burned from the sun off the tiles. Our second
mistake  was  using HAWAIIAN TROPIC sunscreen one time - we remembered
later  that  we  got  a  burn  in Hawaii using Hawaiian Tropic - NEVER
AGAIN.  We  recommend  BAIN  DE  SOLEIL  - it is really waterproof and
stays  with  you  all day, but you need to bring from home - you can't
find  it  much  in  the Caribbean - seems like everyone sells Hawaiian
Tropic. Oh well, live and learn.

Music:  Since  we  had a cd player I brought music with us - these are
some of the ones we played the most:

Taj  Mahal  and  Hula  Blues  Band  -  just  out new this month Billie
Holiday  Al  Green  Van  Morrison J.J. Cale Joe Cocker Diana Krall and
last  but  not  least  -  Jimmy  Buffett  with his new "Don't Stop the

General  Impression:  We didn't notice a lot of changes this trip - We
asked  several  locals  if  they thought things were changing and they
said  they hoped not. I had read they were going to expand the landing
strip  but  didn't see any evidence of it. No one approached us on the
beaches  to  sell  anything  I'm  glad to say. We found everyone still
very  friendly  and  concerned  about  our enjoying ourselves. We were
thoroughly  comfortable  at  the Boathouse and would love to go back -
Anguilla feels more like home all the time.

It  is  kind  of  culture  shock  being  home  - we enjoy the pace and
philosophy  of the Caribbean and we are sure homesick for it already -
it  is  wishful  thinking  on  our  part  but we get away from the TV,
newspapers,  etc.  and  can  hide for awhile in blissful ignorance. We
did  hear  about  Frank  Sinatra  dying but that was about it. Kind of
wish  I  had  a good Johnno's rum punch right now and was watching the
sunset  at  Sandy  Ground  -  it is one of the more beautiful sites on


Just  returned  to  Okla.  City  on June 13 from 1st trip to Anguilla.
What  a  wonderful week! An absolutely stunning island! This one is on
my  short list!!! 12 trips to the Caribbean and I think this island is
the best! Here's the rundown:

American  Eagle  to  the  island had 17 passengers from San Juan, both
coming  and  going.  Island regulations do not allow you to rent a car
at  the airport. Must take a taxi to your destination and have the car
delivered(the best option)or pick it up later.

We  stayed  at Carimar Beach Club(24 units). Rented 2 bed, 2 bath apt.
ocean  front for $1200 for 7 nights. Plus 10% tax and 8% serv. charge.
Wife  (Carol)  and  20 yr old daughter (Stef) and myself had plenty of
room  in  this  wonderful  condo. An absolutely stunning view on Meads
Bay  with almost deserted beach most of the time. Condo had no a/c and
the  island  was  very  hot  at  times.  We  shared the beach with the
Malliouhana  and  Frangipani  but  very  few  people  staying at these
hotels   this  time  of  yr.  Malliouhana  is  impressive  looking(and

Car Rental-Apex-Suzuki Samauri-$35 day. Pay for 6 get 1 day free.

DINING(all  $  totals are for 3 people and do not include alcohol(only
bottled water or soft drinks)

Breakfast:  TOP  OF  THE PALMS(La Sirena Hotel) $23 (pretty good). THE
OLD  HOUSE:  $32(excellent). THE ARISTA: $32(fair, would not go back).
Rest of the wk we bought pastries at

MARY'S PASTRIES in the Valley and ate breakfast at the condo.

Lunch:  ROY'S at Crocus Bay-Oustanding. I had lobster salad@$18, Carol
had  chicken $7, 2 soft drinks, total $32 (for 2). Lunch at PALM GROVE
at  Junks  Hole-2  lobsters  @$35  ea, 1 chicken and rib plate, 3 soft
drinks,  $104.  This was interesting place, just a shack on the beach,
A  LONG  WAY  to drive. Snorkeling at beach while owner fixed lunch as
fair. Rest of week we either skipped lunch or ate at condo.

Dinner:  RIPPLES  (outstanding). Crayfish (small lobster) @$25, conch,
steak,  plus  appetizers,  soft  drinks,  1  desert, total $90. RAFE's
(great  experience)  tin  roof open air shack overlooking Sandy Ground
from  the  cliff.  Mainly  frequented by locals that would drive up at
get  bbq  ribs,  chicken, fish to go. Low voltage lights made it pitch
dark  inside.  We  had ribs, chicken, fish soup, garlic bread, $18 for
all  3  of  us. Would go back but only during daylight so we could see
to  eat.  After  dinner  Rafe's  sister-in-law  corn  rowed stef'shair
(complete  head,  $35).  We sat on the porch of her home while she did
it.  Talked  and  had  a wonderful experience with her family. ARLO'S:
Italian,  wonderful atmosphere, heard they had great gourmet pizza. We
were  not  disappointed.  Pizza was $10 ea, we ordered 3 based on what
owner  told  us.  But  we  could  have gotton by with only 2 and still
taken  some home. Appetizers and 2 bottles of water, total $70. ZARA'S
(outstanding),  gourmet  food, snapper, conch, pasta, appetizers, soft
drinks,  total $100. The last night we ate at B&D's BBQ along side the
road  at  Long  Bay.  On  Fri. and Sat. night a lady (Bernice) sets up
plastic  tables  in her front yard and serves BBQ. Total bill for 2 of
us was $12!!!!. This was a great meal!!!

CAUTION:  On  Tues.  night,  the  girls  couldn't get ready for dinner
until  9  p.m.  We found every place to be closed or in the process of
closing.  We  were  starving  and gorged ourselves on the only food we
had  in  the condo(bread and cookies). Needless to say, we learned our
lessons  about  off  season  in Anguilla and from then on we made it a
point to eat no later than 7 p.m.

Other  comments  heard: Koal Keel, Hibernia, Serenity, Blanchards were
rated  outstanding  by other tourists. Jims BBQ at Blowing Point Ferry
was  awarded  best  BBQ  on  the  island  by the local paper. I always
wanted  to  eat  at  the  local places (OK, I'm cheap, but also really
want  to  know the local scene). The girls wanted fancy restaurants so
we compromised a lot.

Meals  are  VERY EXPENSIVE except for the roadside BBQ'S. I found most
dining  to  be very casual,(shorts and t-shirt or golf shirt). Some of
the  expensive  restaurants  such  as Blanchards, Frangipani, etc. you
would  probably  want  to wear slacks. I only wore slacks one night at
ZARA'S  and  all  the  other men (3) in the restaurant were in shorts.
But I'm glad I wore slacks.

On  Tuesday,  we  caught  the once per week ferry to St. Barths.$65 pp
plus  $2  departure tax. A 1 hr. ride. St. Barths is beautiful and was
worth  the  trip.  A very busy downtown area. Lunch at LE CREPERIE was
$27  for  sandwiches, soft drinks, home made ice cream (for 3 people).
Very  upscale  shopping  but  also found the French to be dressed very
casual  in  the restaurants and bars. We were expecting everyone to be
dressed  up.  Several  men in the bars had no shirts. I guess when you
are  rich  on  St.  Barths you can wear whatever (or lack of) that you
want.  We  took  a  1 hr. taxi tour around the island for $10 pp. Well
worth  it. I have never seen so many beautiful women in one spot in my
entire  life.  They  all looked like French models. Carol was watching
me  closely.  If  I  didn't know better, I would have thought I was on
the French Riviera.


Not  much  here.  Best  place  for T-shirts was the SURF SHOP for high
quality  t-shirts ($24-$28) and other ready to wear. Also apparel shop
at  Cap  Juluca:  Very  nice  t-shirts, pricey ($30 up). Gem Exclusive
(next to Anguilla Drug Store)t-shirts $15-$20.

Devonish  Gallery  great  for carvings and pottery.(We made a purchase
here)  Also  for  extremely  high  quality  wood carvings ($100-$4000)
Cheddies  is  the place to go. You must visit his shop just to look at
his  work.  Many  small shops along main road. All are very unique and
we  made several purchases. Well worth your time to shop and talk with
the  shop  keepers.  They  love  to  visit  and are very nice. We also
purchased  a  painting  from a French artist in Sandy Ground that does
very unusual Caribbean paintings.


Personally  visited these: CAP JULUCA (WOW!!) Go there just to see it.
Also  COVECASTLES  just  for  the architecture. The pink house next to
Covecastles   belongs  to  Chuck  Norris'  ex-wife.  SONESTA  is  very
beautiful  but  lacking for a good beach in front(very windy) however,
you  can  walk  to  some nice beaches. LA SIRENA looked very tired and
worn.  FRANGIPANI looked empty but we heard very good things about it.
Supposed  to  be  very luxurious. MALLIOUHANA is very nice but stuffy.
Beautiful  view  of  Meads Bay.(Expensive). SHOAL BAY VILLAS were very
nice.  I  have  a  friend from NYC that stays there every yr and loves
it.  Most hotels are at the end of a dirt road off the main road. Very
few  (except  for  Shoal  Bay)  are  within  walking  distance  of any
activity. I liked that about Anguilla.


IGA  and ALBERTS in The Valley. Several mini-mkts along the main roads
that  were also fine. Found a great store by Carimar(Flemings, at Long
Bay  Village)  which  was well stocked. The owners chatted with us for
about  an  hour.  Also  good  gourmet(by  island  standards)  at VISTA
MARKET.  MARY'S  great for pastries. Also heard that Amy's pastries at
Blowing  Point  was  great.  Get  your pastries before 11 a.m. or they
will  be gone. There is a small open air market across the street from
the  post  office  in  The  Valley  (mangosand bananas) We didn't stop
there  but  chose  to buy mangos along road in South Hill. Huge mangos
for $3 or $4(E.C.) depending on who was working the stand.


LH  side  of road took 1 day to get used to, then became very natural.
If  you  see someone driving on LH side of road in OKC, just give me a
day or two to get back into the swing of things.


Caught  boat  from  Crocus Bay w/Calvin. He charges $10 pp to take you
and  drop  you  off  at  Little  Bay. Snorkeling rated at about 6 1/2.
Water  clear  to  25  ft.  But  did  not  see an abundance of brightly
colored  fish.  Mostly bait fish. Heard several people saw sea turtles
here.  The  beach is nice and secluded. Great spot for a picnic and to
watch  pelicans  dive  for  bait  fish. Calvin left us for 2 hours and
came back to pick us up. Glad we went.

SNORKELING  AT  MEADS  BAY: No fish because of pure white sand bottom.
But  very  clean  and  clear. Snorkeled rocks at Malliouhana. Saw some
fish but not many. Rate it a 6.

REEF  AT  SHOAL  BAY: MY FAVORITE. Lots of brightly colored fish, very
clear,  plenty  to see. Rate it a 9. JUNKS HOLE; fair, a 6. There were
many  places  we  didn't  snorkel  and  heard  good reports to varying
degrees.  Our neighbors drove to Shoal Bay (about 30 minutes) everyday
to  snorkel  all  day.  I  think  you  just have to experiment. I have
snorkeled  a  lot  and  just  rate  Anguilla as slightly above average
(except  for  Shoal  Bay). However, the water is very clear. The local
newspaper  lists  good  places to snorkel. Only so much time to try to
do everything.


Visit  Shoal  Bay,  Rendevouz  Bay;,  Meads Bay, Cove Bay, Little Bay,
Maundys  Bay,  Lower Shoal Bay (West). I am sure there are many others
that we just missed.


Very  intense.  Burn  easily.  We took SPF 45 sun block. Carol browned
easily  but  I  burned. We were very, very careful to pace our time in
the  sun.  We left our lotion behind on the day trip to St. Barths and
had to settle for SPF 15.


This  is a great island!! They are doing many things right. The people
are  wonderful.  I only hope it lasts. This is now my favorite island.
It  is  VERY LAID BACK. If you want plenty to do, this isn't the place
for  the action crowd. It took us a couple of days to slow down. I can
see  it is not for everyone. No Casinos, no jet skis, no para sailing.
My  daughter was ready to go bonkers. She was bored to death. She said
no  one to talk to (what about her Dad?). In retrospect we should have
taken  a  friend for her. On 1 day, she and Carol were the only two on
the  entire beach at Carimar. No limbo dancers, no fire eaters. Of the
24  units  in  our  complex only 5-6 were occupied. We spend much time
driving  around  the  island talking the locals who love to talk about
Hurricane  Luis  in  1995.  Quite a story!! They like tourists and are
very  interested  in  you  enjoying  your stay. We could have stayed a
month.  There  were many things we didn't get done like a sailing trip
or  Scilly  Cay  or  day trip to SXM. I think this is the best time of
year  to  go. Restaurant owners told me in season they are packed with
waiting  lists.  Hotel  prices  are  2  to 3 times higher in season. I
printed  up  loads  of info off of the internet and carried it with me
for  reference.  Also,  the great trip report from Joe and Judy helped
immensely.  The  Anguilla  homepage provides a wealth of info. Dollars
and  travelers  cheques  are  widely  accepted on the island. No ATM's
that I saw.

We  feel very fortunate to have visited this island and to have walked
on  some of the most beautiful beaches in the world on Anguilla. It is
definitely in our plans to return.


May 2-16, 1998

Notes in no particular order...just as they come to me!

The  exchange  rate  is  1.75  right  now,  down  from  1.77  that  we
remembered  last year. To calculate your US dollars, divide the gilder
price  in  half and add 10 percent. Our favorite casino, the Radisson,
has  a  sign  out  front..."See you in December '98." Boy, we are lost
without that place.

We  tried  the  Alhambra  Casino Sunday and the payouts, we think, are
still  terrible.  I  went  through  $20 in 5 minutes with a few little
hits  here  and  there. The Casino has a new entrance on the back side
of the building and has been spiffed up inside.

On  Thursday  nights,  the  Alhambra  Casino  is featuring a timeshare
owner's  night. You get two raffle tickets to place in the pot and you
must  be  present  to  win  AND have some proof of timeshare ownership
with  you  such  as  your confirmation letter. The prize is one week's
maintenance  fee  up  to  $500  paid in casino chips which you can, of
course, cash in.

I  went  to the casino on Thursday night with another couple since Bob
decided  to  stay  home.  Upon  entering  I  was given four tickets by
Rodgers,  the  greeter. Being the good wife that I am I put Bob's name
on  two  tickets and my name on two tickets. You guessed it! They drew
Bob's  name!  I  said,  "Yea, that's me!" And they said, "No, where is
your  husband?"  Since he wasn't there, no prize!!!! Some people and I
protested  but  I  gave up when she showed me right on the ticket MUST

The  next person whose name was drawn did not have any ID with her nor
did  she  have  a  confirmation of her timeshare ownership. However, a
quick run out to the car produced the necessary goods and she won!

There  is  a  new  show  at  the  Alladin (this is how they spell it!)
Theater  outside the Alhambra called "the Chicago Rat Pack," featuring
impersonators  of  Sammy  Davis,  Dean  Martin  and  Frank Sinatra. It
begins  at  9:30  and  seating  is  open.  (There's  about 70 seats at
tables,  lounge  style)  Tickets  are  $25  pp  with  one  free  drink
included.  The  three men are great impersonators of the Rat Pack but,
as  many  of you may remember, Deano did a lot of smoking and drinking
on  stage while performing. These three do the same in this show, and,
while  their  singing  was  excellent,  we  thought  the  smoking  and
drinking  was  WAAAAY  overdone.  favorite  was  the guy who did Frank
Sinatra.  If  you  closed your eyes, you would have thought it was The
Chairman  of the Board himself. (We saw the show before Sinatra died.)
At  the  end  of the show, a man in the audience was introduced as the
long-time manager of the REAL Sammy Davis.

In  search  of  another  Casino,  we  went  Sunday  night to the newly
renovated  Aruba  Palm  Beach  Casino  now called the Meringue Casino.
>From  the  looks  of the parking lot, this is where the locals like to
go.  We  had  to  wait for a parking space. (Rental car license plates
all  begin  with  V  for  visitor. Locals' plates begin with an A.) We
played  some  slots  which  paid slightly better than the Alhambra. At
least  the  money  lasted  30  minutes this time! We watched Caribbean
Stud  Poker  being  played  and  saw a full house dealt but the dealer
didn't qualify.

The  Outback  Steakhouse  is up and running, located between La Cabana
and  The  Royal  Cabana  Casino. We won't be going there since we have
one about a mile from our house in Vero Beach.

I  took  a free snorkeling lesson at 2 p.m. Monday in the Divi Village
pool  from  Rene  and  Windie,  a  husband  and wife who are excellent
instructors.  I  plan  to go on 4-hour snorkeling trip with them later
in the week. (see separate report).

Rene  (the  husband)  is  a former operating room nurse and he told me
that,  in  his  opinion,  the  Aruba  hospital  is  the  best  in  the

The  Cyber  Cafe, located on the third level of the Royal Plaza in the
center  of  downtown  charges  $5.75 to use a computer, whether for e-
mail,  to  get on the Internet or just to write something and print it
out.  Per  page price for printing is 55 cents (B&W) or $1.10 (color).
They  keep  pretty  busy.  There is another kiosk for making calls and
accessing   e-mail  in  the  Sun  Plaza  complex  next  to  the  three
supermarkets  diagonally  opposite  the  Dutch Village. That plaza, by
the  way,  used  to  have  lots  of  shops in it. Most of them are now
closed  and the place has turned into an office complex...hard to find
a  parking  placed  during  the  day because of all the workers in the

We  visited the Archaeological Museum which is in behind the town next
to  the  Catholic  Church.  Housed in what was formerly a convent, the
modest  museum  has  one  room  with  about  10  display cases holding
various  Indian artifacts that have been excavated from the island. We
saw  shell  beads,  shell  tools,  knives  made from sharpened stones;
pottery  and  even  a  skeleton with great teeth! It makes you realize
that  there  was life here on Aruba MANY years ago before any tourists
arrived on the scene!

Across   the   courtyard  from  the  museum  was  an  art  exhibit  of
Chinese/Aruban  artist  King.  His  work  is  very  symbolic and it is
interesting  to  see how he incorporates his name into the folds of an
animal's  skin  or  in  a  cloud  or  two.  The word "King" was hidden
everywhere in his work!

A  bird  sanctuary  has  been  constructed  by  the government for the
enjoyment  of  locals  and  tourists  alike.  Located  on  a dirt road
directly  opposite the Mill restaurant, you drive in and walk up about
four  stories  on a tower which overlooks several ponds that have been
created  by  the  water treatment plant. The Dutch Government paid for
the  plant which receives waste water pumped from the hotels. After it
is  treated,  it  is pumped into the ponds and then, some of the water
is  piped  over  to  the  golf course. We met a local teacher atop the
tower  and  he told us that when the project was first proposed people
thought  ALL  of  the  water  would  be  pumped  into  the golf course
irrigation  system  
they  have been pleasantly surprised with the ample water remaining in
the ponds.

If  you  want to buy a dozen or more bottles of Aruba Aloe, it is best
to  do  it  right  at  the  factory.  I  bought 12 bottles for $4 each
compared  to  $5-$6  in the markets and drug stores. Here's how to get
to  the  factory....heading from the hotel area to the airport, take a
left  at  the  light  at  the  airport  (which  is on the right). Take
another  left  when  you  see a Shell Gas station on the right. Follow
that  road  down and around to a tan building on the right. There is a
very  small logo/sign on the door. Aruba Aloe shares the building with
another  Tshirt  printing  company  called Emco (I think). They have a
store  there selling T-shirts and towels but I didn't take the time to
look  and  regretted  it  afterward  since  I  am always looking for a

Did  you  ever  wonder  why  some license plates in Aruba have a half-
black  plate  over the all white plate? Well, we learned that the half
black  plate  means  you  have paid for your auto registration for the
whole  year.  The  white plate means you've just paid for 6 months! Of
course,  the  plates  are  designated  with V=visitor (rental car); A=
Aruban and TX=Taxi.

You  can  take  a  tour  of the desalinization plant on Thursdays at 9
a.m.  You must call ahead for an appointment. We took the tour in hard
hats  and it was very interesting. I plan to write up another separate
report  but I will just note here that the island's delicious water is
tested  at  15 sites every day! The samples are taken and brought back
to  the  lab  for  testing. The plant is the 2nd largest in the world,
the first being in Saudi Arabia.

Aruba Restaurants Reviews

Note  that  some  restaurants  add a 10 or 15% "service charge" to the
total  bill.  If you ask a waiter if this is his tip many will say no,
that  this  is  a  tax.  This  is NOT true. There is NO TAX on food in
Aruba.  The  waiter  gets  a portion of that service charge, maybe one
third.  The  rest  goes  to  the  establishment  for  breakage,  table
decorations  etc. So, if there is a service charge and you want to tip
more,  you  can.  I noted the service charge below on the ones I could

It  is  also  worth  noting  that when you call a restaurant to make a
reservation,  they  most  often  ask  for  your name, the name of your
resort  and  your  room  number.  I  would  suggest  that for security
reasons,  you  provide  only  your name. No one needs to know that you
will  be  out  of  your  room/timeshare  eating  at  a restaurant on a
certain night and time.

May 2, 1998


It  has  become  a tradition that we eat at this restaurant located in
Noord  on  our  first  night  in  Aruba. Our friends, the Smiths, from
Bangor, Maine are the ones who got us into this lovely habit.
The  chef/owner,  Joseph,  made the rounds of all the tables as is his
custom,  asking  everyone  if  their  dinner  was okay. That is a very
effective  touch.  All  four  of us had the catch of the day which was
wahoo,  a  nice  white fish. The catch of the day which is always $12,
is  fresh  and  cooked  to order. Here, all entrees come with a cheese
stuffed  potato,  a  cabbage leaf stuffed with cheese, creamed spinach
on  a  tiny  sea  shell and plantains in a sweet red sauce. All of the
accompaniments are delicious and different.
We  also  admired the brand new bar top which, we learned, was created
by  the  owner.  He laid out shells, sand and other ocean treasures in
an  interesting  pattern and then poured clear epoxy over all until he
had  a  thick layer. Under the bar are little white lights which shine
up  through  each  shell  for  a  very  effective  and subtle lighting

Since  we  were  all tired from our flight, none of us had anything to
drink  except  water.  Each  couple  paid  $27 for a pair of delicious

May 3, 1998

El Patio

Tonight  (Sunday)  we  started  out  to  go  to  our  favorite  Aruban
restaurant,  Mi Cusina (my kitchen in Papiemento), located just beyond
Le  Dome restaurant, but, is was closed and looked in bad shape, as in
"closed  permanently."  SO,  we thought we would try the Suisse Chalet
which  is right down the street. Well, not our night...that was closed
too but just on Sunday.
Earlier  in  the  day we had heard two recommendations for El Patio, a
cute  little outdoor place in the Sun Plaza shopping center across the
way  from Pueblo, which, by the way, is now called ChaSun supermarket.
El  Patio  could  best be described as the restaurant where the locals
go  to  get  a  good  meal  and  lots of it for a cheap price! I had a
delicious  piece  of  red  snapper with garlic sauce for $9. Bob had a
half  chicken  for $8! The oval platter comes with salad or cole slaw,
French fries AND white rice or rice and beans
Nothing  fancy  here but if you don't feel like getting spiffed up for
a  night  out and you just want a good big meal, this is the placed to
go....They are open until 11 p.m.

Monday, May 4, 1998

Chez Gabriel

Today,  the shrimp Bob bought down at the docks were so big that there
were  15  in a kilo, usually 20+. Cost was $16 with heads. Tonight, he
had  shrimp cocktail and I had shrimp scampi along with rice and stir-
fried veggies. MMMMgood!

Tuesday, May 5, 1998

Chalet Suisse

Since  my  mouth  had been watering for the beef Stroganoff that I had
here  last year, we went back here tonight with three friends from the
Dutch  Village.  Two of us had red snapper with Creole sauce ($17.95);
one  had  a  rib-eye steak ($21.95); I had my beef stroganoff ($18.95)
and  our  fifth  diner  settled  for  a cup of Dutch pea soup ($4) and
escargot  ($7.95).  The service was superb and the food was delicious.
Two  of us shared their homemade vanilla ice cream topped off with hot
raspberry  sauce  and  one  of us had peach Melba (both $4.95). Such a
great  meal  and  we  still can't believe that last year was our first
year  there!  In  view of El Gaucho's refusal to write separate checks
(see  below)  it is worth mentioning here that we were two couples and
a single person and they had no problem writing three checks.

Wednesday, May 6, 1998

The Paddock :Lunch

The  place is located right in the heart of downtown on the water next
to  the outdoor market vendors. We decided to have a light lunch there
today.  It  was nice sitting outside under a covered deck by the water
watching  all  the  activity in the harbor. I had a bowl of onion soup
topped  with  a  delicious cheese ($3.50) and a diet Coke ($1.25). Bob
had  tuna salad stuffed in an avocado ($5) and an iced tea ($1.25). We
concluded  it  was  a  nice  place  for  a casual lunch while downtown
shopping and sightseeing. 15% service charge.

Wednesday, May 6, 1998

El Gaucho :Dinner

Returning  to  this place is an annual ritual. Reservations are a must
even  in  this slower season. The only negative thing we can say about
El  Gaucho  is  they are so popular that they apparently can afford to
be  arrogant!  They  take their phone off the hook at whim (we saw the
hostess  do  this tonight) and they do not write separate checks! This
latter  annoyance  makes  it difficult when both couples are trying to
earn  FF  miles on their AAdvantage Visa Credit cards! How else can we
get to Aruba on free tickets!

The  food,  as  usual,  is  tasty;  the service excellent. Three of us
ordered  the  El  Gaucho "steak" ($20) which looks more like an eye of
the  round roast when it is served. It is always cooked to perfection.
We  all  ordered  ours  medium rare and two of us had enough left over
for  steak sandwiches for lunch the next day. Our fourth diner had the
catch  of  the  day  which  was  Dolphin  ($18). The steak entrees are
served  on  a wooden platter and came with small boiled white potatoes
and  a  small  ear  of  corn.  Salad  also comes with dinner. The fish
entree  was  served  with  rice, corn on the cob and a fried plantain.
One  of  our  party  had a glass of red house wine ($2.50) and another
had a glass of Zinfindel ($3).

 Thursday, May 7, 1998

The Driftwood : Dinner

Billed  as an Aruban seafood restaurant, this place has the reputation
of  "the best fish in town," according to some. One local Dutch person
told  us  the  restaurant  used to have a good reputation but that had
fallen  off.  Another  local  Aruban  person  gave the restaurant rave
reviews so we decided to give it a try and see for ourselves.

  Our  party  of four ordered two fish entrees, one broiled with lemon
butter  and  the  other  with  Creole  sauce  ($16 each); an entree of
coconut  shrimp  (6 to a serving) ($21) and our fourth diner opted for
two  appetizers  - onion soup ($4) and coconut shrimp (3 to a serving)
($7).  Each  dinner  came  with  baked  potato  AND rice plus veggies,
garlic bread and Aruban corn bread pancakes.

The  food  was  delicious, but the service was very slow....we arrived
at  7:45  p.m.; our food order was taken at 8:20 and we received it at
9:10  p.m.  The person who had the entree of coconut shrimp decided on
the  next  visit they would order two appetizers of coconut shrimp and
forgo the potatoes, rice and veggies, not to mention a savings of $7!

Sunday, May 10, 1998 Le Petit Cafe (downtown) :Outside

We've  always  loved this place for its unique way of serving steak on
a  shot, hot stone. The steak continues to cook right at the table. We
brought  some  first-time  visitors  to  Aruba here and the four of us
ordered  the  filet  mignon,  steak  on  a stone ($18.95). We also has
appetizers...shrimp  cocktail  $7; seafood salad appetizer and seafood
bisque  (I  forgot  to  write  down  these  prices! A serving of flan,
shared  by  two of us, rounded out the meal. Here, you have the choice
of  eating  inside  under  A/C or outside on the sidewalk. We chose to
eat  outside  which provided for interesting sights. But, it was noisy
with traffic going through the square.

Monday, May 11, 1998

Lunch at the Aruba Phoenix

We  stopped by here today to pay a call on MaryAnn Koch, the GM of the
Aruba  Phoenix.  MaryAnn  used  to be the members liaison at the Dutch
Village  and  then she moved on to the Americana as assistant GM there
so  she  has  come  a  long way since we have known her. She gave us a
quick  tour  of  the  villas  and  took  us up to the 14th floor for a
spectacular view! the units are beautiful.

We  ate out on a patio right on the beach. Bob had a salad and I had a
sandwich.  Nice  presentations  and  good  food.  It  was  here that a
waiter,  not  Aruban,  tried  to  tell us the 15% service charge was a
tax! We didn't believe him.

Tony Roma's

This  is  the  only  "American"  restaurant we go to in Aruba since we
love  ribs  and  we  do not live near a Tony Roma's at home. I had the
baby  back  ribs, regular portion for $15.75 and Bob ordered the combo
plate with four kinds of ribs for $16.95.

The  meal  comes  with two side orders, choice of baked potato, french
fries,  rice, cole slaw, corn on the cob or baked beans. It's the only
place  we  know  of  on  Aruba that gives free refills on soft drinks,
coffee and tea! Always guaranteed a good meal here!

Tuesday, May 12, 1998

Linda Vista Restaurant at Playa Linda Resort: Lunch

This  is  a  nice  casual open air restaurant overlooking the beach at
the  Playa Linda resort. Casual dining for both lunch and dinner and a
great  place  to  go  if you just want a hamburger and French fries or
pizza!  They  offer  salads,  sandwiches  and  several entrees and the
prices  are  reasonable.  You can access the restaurant from the beach
walkway  between  the  Holiday  Inn  and  the Hyatt or from the street

 Shrimp cocktail at home with four guests

Today,  I  went  with  Bob to buy shrimp down at the dock. This was my
first  time  there  in all the years he has been doing this. But, this
year,  there is a new policy. Instead of being able to wander onto the
dock  at  8:30  a.m., Customs has the place fenced off until 9:30 a.m.
while  they  check the boats, supposedly for drugs. All the restaurant
people  and  tourists  line up and rush in when the gates open at 9:30
to  buy  fresh fish, shrimp and produce. This time, instead of the big
shrimp  Bob  bought  last  week,  we bought smaller shrimp for $11 per
kilo,  much  better  for  shrimp  cocktail.  Then we invited two other
couples  over  about  5:30  for  a little get-together. We ate so many
shrimp that we didn't need to eat dinner!

Thursday, May 14, 1998 Brisas del Mar : Lunch

Today,  following  our  tour  of  the  water  desalinization plant, we
continued  on  up the road to Brisas del Mar for lunch. Well, actually
we  tried  to go to a new restaurant just beyond Brisas del Mar called
the  Flying Fishbone, but it is only open for dinner. (Also located in
this  restaurant  in  a  day  spa  for  massages,  facials, manicures,
pedicures  etc.)  Brisas  del  Mar features Aruban food and is located
right  on  the  water with wide open windows letting in the breeze. We
decided  to eat our big meal mid-day so I ordered coconut shrimp ($16)
and  Bob  had  grilled fish ($12). The entrees came with French fries,
baked  or  mashed  (not  real)  potatoes,  some kind of marinated cold
vegetables  which  we  didn't  like  and  Aruban pancakes (corn bread)
which  we  love!  The  food  was  good  but I liked the coconut shrimp
better  at  the  Driftwood.  Also,  I  really  get  aggravated  when a
restaurant  as  fine  as  this  one offers instant mashed potatoes. 10
percent service charge.

Friday, May 15, 1998

Le Dome

For  our  last night on the island we chose Le Dome, a new Belgian and
French  restaurant  just  up  the  street from the Alhambra Casino. It
opened  in October at the site of the former Sandra's, operated by two
young  men  from  Antwerp,  Belgium.  One of our party of five came in
shorts  so we were very politely told that we would have to eat on the
porch  since their dress code requires long pants on the men. That was
okay with us since there was a nice breeze and it was very pleasant.

The  menu  at  the Dome takes about 30 minutes to read! The selections
of  cold  and  hot  appetizers  alone  take up two pages. What I liked
about  this very elegant place is that the menu is varied in selection
and  price,  making  it affordable for anyone who wants to try it. For
example  there  was a pasta selection for $10, boneless chicken breast
for $12 with other prices ranging up to $35 for an entree.

Our  party  of  five ordered a variety of entrees: shark, lamb, shrimp
scampi  done  in  a spicy bisque- like sauce, a T-bone steak which was
huge  and  tourenados  of  beef.  I  didn't  write down the prices but
nothing  was outrageous. A couple of us had husband has a
banana  split  complete  with melted Belgian chocolate I had a form of
cream  puff with homemade ice cream and fresh whipped cream and melted
Belgian  chocolate!  The  ice  cream  was outstanding. Mmmmmm good.The
service   and  the  food  were  excellent  and  we  all  congratulated
ourselves  for  selecting  this  for  our last meal! There also was no
problem  getting  separate checks. Once again we need to rack up those
FF  miles  on  our AAdvantage card! And the decor of the restaurant is
worth seeing...tastefully placed antiques, even in the bathrooms!

Snorkeling Trip
Friday, May 8, 1998
Windie's Watersports
(297) 872281
FAX (297) 877015

A  lovely Dutch couple, Windie (the wife) and Rene (the husband) along
with  their  two sons 11 and 12 and another young assistant named Paul
picked  8 of us up in their van and drove to a beautiful private beach
called  Santo  Largo.  It  is  located  a  few  miles beyond the water
treatment plant. (we were picked up at our respective timeshares.)

This  was  their  weekly  Friday  afternoon  snorkel  trip  and  beach
barbecue,  from  2 p.m. to 6 p.m.. Upon arrival, the boys unloaded and
set  up  chairs for everyone in a shady spot under the mangrove trees,
also  a  table  and grill, all from a trailer towed behind the van. We
all  sat  around  relaxing with a cool drink before heading out to the

We  put  on  our  gear  provided by Windie and Rene, including special
masks  for  those  of  us  who  are near sighted and can't see once we
remove  our  glasses!  Also provided were rubber boots to fit inside a
pair  of fins. And off we went into the water in a line following Rene
with  Windie and me bringing up the rear. Since this was my first real
snorkel  experience,  I swam and kicked much too fast and thus started
to  hyperventilate  so, Windie had me slow down and hold onto her buoy
as we swam out around the reef.

It  was  wonderful  looking at all the coral and the different colored
fish  but,  I have to admit, I was concentrating more or breathing and
moving  around  than I was on enjoying the sights around me. I'll have
to  save  that for another trip now that I am been "baptized!" We were
in  about  16  feet  of water but the buoyant salt water makes it very
easy  just  to float and look around without much swimming or paddling

On  the  way  back  to  shore  I  did  try to relax, floating more and
looking  at  the  sights.  Since  I  didn't realize that things looked
closer  through  my  mask than they really were, I thought I was going
to  scrape  myself  on the reef a few times but, I didn't, and managed
to find my way back to shore with a little guidance from Paul.

After  returning  to  our campsite, we sat around and chatted with the
others  in  our  party.....all  from the greater Boston area.....while
Rene  barbecued.  Soon, dinner was served buffet style on a board from
the  back  of  the  trailer. We had chicken, grilled fish, hamburgers,
Dutch  potato  salad,  carrot  and  raisin  salad,  garden  salad  and
watermelon.  Lots  of cold soft drinks, beer and other alcoholic mixed
drinks  were available. All of the food had been prepared that morning
by  Rene  and Windie. Their two boys also earn their spending money by
doing  the  dishes,  first  rinsing them in the ocean and then washing
them when they get home!

Then  we  all  piled  into  the  van for the return trip home arriving
about 7 p.m.

Since  I  am  an  avid  duplicate bridge player I was pleased to learn
that  Rene  had won the bridge championship on the island a while back
and  that  a  sanctioned duplicate bridge game is played every Tuesday
night at 7 p.m. at the Bushiari Resort.

Windie  also told us that there is a tour of the water treatment plant
every  Thursday  morning  at  9  a.m.  So  we  will  call ahead as she
suggested to make a reservation for the tour.

Windie,  by  the way, is her real name! Her parents were always around
boats  so  when  she  was  born she was given the name Windie. But, in
Holland,  at  that  time, you could not make up names, so on her birth
certificate is written "Wind," which is a real Dutch name.

Windie  and  Rene  are a hard-working couple but you can see that they
enjoy  what they do. I was especially impressed with their patience in
teaching "newbies" like me snorkeling techniques.

They  offer  snorkel  tours  Tuesday  and  Thursday from 8:30 to 12:30
including  coffee/tea,  Dutch  raisin  bread  in  the  morning  and  a
sandwich   after  snorkeling.  Price  is  $40.  Friday  is  the  above
mentioned  beach barbecue for $55 (we paid $50 each since we signed up
in  advance)  and scuba diving and swimming lessons are given on other
days of the week.

We  highly  recommend a trip with Windie and Rene! It was lots of fun,
the  food  was  delicious  and  we  were  able to snorkel with patient
teachers!  We  would  recommend  that you take a good insect repellent
with  you if you plan to spend any time on the sand under the mangrove
trees.  My  husband  did  not  go  snorkeling  but  came along for the
barbecue  so  he  sat  on  the sand in a chair while we snorkeled. The
next  day  his  legs  were  covered  with red welts from "no-see-ums,"
little  gnats  that bite before you can see 'em! He looked like he had
the chicken pox!

Check  out  Windie's Watersport web site or send them an e-mail if you
want more information.

Tour of the Water Desalinization Plant Aruba
 May 1998
Contact: Eric Arrendell at 851685 to sign up

Someone  told  us  that  tours  are  given  on Thursdays at 9 a.m. but
advance  reservations  are  required.  We  requested  a  10  a.m. tour
instead  since  I  am not a morning person and Eric kindly obliged us.
After  donning hard hats at the gate, Eric walked us through the plant
for about 1.5 hours.

Some  of  the  facts I gleaned from the tour: This plant is the second
largest  in  the  world,  the  first  being in Saudi Arabia. 8 storage
tanks  hold  about  12,350  metric tons of water (enough for five days
for  the  whole  island) The island consumes about 8.5 million gallons
of  water each day (I had them convert this figure from metric tons so
we  could  understand  it  better  so  I hope their math is correct! I
didn't check it! So don't hold me to these figures!)

Okay,  now  here  goes  the SIMPLE explanation since I am no engineer!
Salt  water  is  brought  in  from the ocean and heated to a very high
temperature.  Steam from that passes through the electrical generating
plant  to  turn the turbines to produce the island's electricity. Then
that  steam  is  cooled  down  into water which is then passed over an
artificial  waterfall made of coral rocks piled in large wooden boxes.
This   helps   help   purify  and  oxyegenate  the  water.  From  this
'waterfall,  the  water  passes through another process which purifies
it more and then it moves to the storage tanks!

So,  the  bottom  line is we are not drinking salt water as some of us
thought!  We  are drinking water that comes from steam that comes from
the  heated salt water! The brine that remains after the salt water is
heated  is dumped back into the ocean. Eric told us that making use of
the  salt  was  tried  in  the  past  but  was  found not economically

We  saw  much  of  the  above process and then toured the computerized
control  room  that  manages the whole plant. All the equipment in the
control  room comes from Aqua-Chem Inc, Water Technologies Division in
Milwaukee, WI!

  Next  we  toured the on-site lab where we were shown the day's water
samples  being  tested.  Samples  are collected from about 15 areas of
the island every day and tested.

Several  water  tanks  are located about the island but are not in use
yet. They are soon to be filled and in operation.

The  plant  is owned by the government but it was privatized some time
ago  so  the  employees  work  for  WEB which I think stands for Water
Energy resources.

Eric  was  a  very  pleasant  and  accommodating host. We would highly
recommend  this  tour  to  anyone  who  might  find it interesting and
educational.  We  did  but some of our friends thought we were nuts to
spend  our  vacation doing this! Let's just say that we needed a short
break  back  to  reality  from two weeks of lounging around in the sun
and the surf!!!!


(Ed Note: Hugh has a beautiful house in Aruba which you can rent. You can check it out at or contact him at Hugh R. Lamle 1185 Avenue of the Americas, 18th Floor New York, New York 10036 Telephone 212-730-2000 FAX 212-843-5949 )

1.  Boonoonoonoos  -  F7/A8/S8/$20 good local Caribbean food. Some hot
and spicy, some not. Most people like it. Orangestad. Phone 31888

2.  El  Gaucho  -  F10/A8/S9/$20  Argentine  aged beef. Great! Get the
tenderloin.  Decent south American red wines if you'll spend $30 for a
bottle. Not a good pick for vegetarians. Orangestad. Phone 23677

3.  Chez Mattilde - F9/ A10/S9/$30 Fanciest place in Aruba. Good food,
nice ambiance, high prices. Orangestad. Phone 34968

4.  Charlie's  Bar - F6/A6/S6/$?? Saint Nicholas (the other end of the
island,  near  Baby  Beach which is good snorkeling beach but 18 miles
from  our  house).  Cold  beer  and boiled shrimps. Not worth the trip
from the hotels but worth a late snack if you go to Baby Beach.

5.  Golf  Club  Restaurant  (Vantantas  Del Mar) - F8/A 10/S9/$20 Good
food,  nice  place  (especially  the more intimate seating area by the
bar or outdoors). Very good jazz trio. Lighthouse area. Phone 67800

6.  Light  House  Restaurant (La Trattoria) - F8/A9/S8/$20 Really nice
for  the  early sunset dinner, but then again so is our verandah. Good
Italian food. Sit outdoors. Lighthouse area.

7.  Bistro  81  in  the  Radisson - F9/A7/S9/$20 NY style bistro food.
Piano player. High-rise hotel area. Phone 66555

8.  Bistro-Quet  at Playa Linda - F8/A8/S 8/$20 Cooking on hot stones.
Flavorful! High-rise hotel area.

9.  Buccaneer  -  F6/A6/S6/$20 on one of the roads going away from the
high  rise  hotels  but less than 1 mile from our house. Major selling
point  are  the  GIANT  aquariums with interesting tropical fish. Food
OK.  You  can  always go there for a beer and see the fish if OK isn't
good enough for you.

10.  Brisis  Del  Mar  -  F7/A7/S8/$18  About 5 miles past the airport
going  away  from  our  house. Typical open air Aruban seafood, on the
water. Tourist and locals like the place. Get directions.

11.  Grand  Hyatt  Hotel - Two restaurants. The fancy one F8/A9/S8/$25
has  indoor  and  outdoor seating. Sit outdoors at a table next to the
black  swans  pool.  Check  out the iguanas that climb the rocks. Good
food,  nicer  ambiance  if outdoors, prices you expect. Less fancy one
F7/A8/S7/$16  has  seating  on a deck and the outdoor bar by the beach
also  inside  but the whole point is eating outside by the beach. Real
casual  and  food  OK,  but  they  do have their "margarita night" and
other  specials.  Nice place to have a beer and see the people who are
paying  $1,300 (plus room tax and service) per night for a two bedroom
suite. (Perhaps you should be paying us more?)

12.  Old  Conucu  House - F8/A8/S6/$18 Nice ambiance, decent Caribbean
food, slow service so don't go if you're a "type A".

13.  The  Driftwood - F8/A7/S7/$18 fish restaurant in Orangestad. Good
fresh  sea  food.  They  tend to overbook so expect to have a drink at
the bar. Phone 32514

14.  La  Bouillabaisse  -  F7/A7/S7/$18  Fish  with a Caribbean French
accent.  Not  the  south of France but you won't be hungry or unhappy.
The Bouillabaisse is good. Phone 71408

15.  Marina  Piratta - F7/A 8/S7/$18 Local Aruban seafood on the water
well  out  of  town. Get directions and look at the map. It's a little

16.  Le  Dome  -  F8/A 9/S8/$20 Local This newcomer is located near La
Cabanna, Divi and La Quinta. Continental and charming.

17.  Papiamento  -  F9/A9/S7/$23  Nice  old house, good food, romantic
setting  for  dining outdoors by the pool. Near our house and the high
rise  hotels  but  on  one  of  the  roads  north of the hotels. Quite
popular so make a reservation in advance. Phone 64544

18.  In  town  by  the  wharf  - There are a lot of restaurants there.
Lively  and  decent food. Mostly tourists (but then again so are you.)
I  haven't been disappointed but can't remember the names. Let me know
what you think.

19.  Sandwiches - F8/A8/S8/$5 For the windsurfing types try the little
shop  in  the  sail  loft  of  Sail Board Vacations - killer but order
ahead.  Casual, real casual and you can sail there and tie up at their

20.  Wednesday  Night Windsurf Village BBQ - Very low key and friendly
atmosphere.  Beer,  chicken  and  ribs.  Outdoors.  All  you  can eat.
Moderate  price.  Windsurfing videos. Locals and visitors of all ages.
A  lot  of fun, especially for the 18 year olds - they can walk to it.
Stop by Windsurf Village to sign up. $25 (all you can eat)

21.  Thursday  Night  Vela  Night  -  At the Boardwalk Apartments near
Vela.  Catered  by  Boo  Noo Noo Noos. Similar to Windsurf Village but
different  food.  See the folks at Vela to sign up. Also a lot of fun,
especially  for  the  18  year  olds  -  they  can walk to it. Outdoor
dining. Go early and stay late. $25 (all you can eat)

22.  Tony  Roma's  for Ribs - F7/A7/S8/$17 The usual Tony Roma's. That
means  good  tasting  greasy ribs, onion rings and fries. You can call
ahead and take out probably the best fast food in Aruba.

23.  Bennehana - F7/A8/S9/$18 - The usual Bennehanna everything tastes
like soy sauce and garlic. Great show for the kids.

24.  La  Dolce  Vita  - F8/A7/ S8/$16 - Perfectly made al dente pasta.
Good Ceasar salad and eggplant parmesan. Relatively inexpensive.

25.  Tuscany  - F8/A9/S8/$22 - Italian (hence the name Tuscany) at the
Marriot.  Most  people  seem  to  like it. Some think it is a bit high
priced  compared  to  the many other good Italian meals you can get in

26.  Valentino's - F8/A8/S8/$25 - Italian. Expensive but good. Try the
various seafood pastas. Quite popular so reservations are a must.

27.  Flying Fishbone- F9/A9/S10/$20 - Located on the beach near Brises
Del  Mar  and the desalinization plant (about 5 miles past the airport
going  towards  St.  Nicholas) this charming place is worth the drive.
The  food  (even  some decent wines at affordable prices) and ambiance
are  the  strong  points  (isn't  that  what  you  came  for)  and the
energetic young Dutch staff are a plus.

28.  Que Pasa- F10/A10/S8/$20 - Located in Oranjestad on a side street
you  might be put off by the location and appearance form the outside.
The  food  (surprisingly sophisticated, is the strong point along with
a  cordial  and  knowledgeable  you  Dutch  staff.  While  I  like the
ambiance  (it  can  best  be  described as Euro-Caribbean funky with a
certain  charm  if you are into that sort of thing) others may find it
a  bit  too funky. Owned and operated by the owners of Flying Fishbone
but a different menu.

29.  Marina's Killer Sandwiches - F9/A9/S9/$5(lunch only)- As weird as
this  sounds...go  into  the sail storage area of Sailboard Vacations.
In  the back on the left is the sandwich shop. They are killer and not
too  expensive.  Best to drive by (or sail by) before 11:00 am and put
your  name  on the list with your selection. She will build it for the
time you indicate.

30.  Aruba House - F?/A10/S? - Eat what you like. Truly authentic home
cooking!  Prices  vary  -  Grilled shrimps & pasta $2.50 If I left out
one of your favorites, let me know and I'll comment on it.

There  are a lot of good places in Aruba and its hard to remember them
all.  Mostly  I  like  to  buy some fish or shrimp or lobster from the
fisherman  at  the dock and grill them on the BBQ in our garden. Great
views,  no  wait for the table, the music I want to hear on the stereo
and  a  choice of dining in or outdoors. I can even sit in the hot tub
with  a  glass  of  wine while I wait for dinner to be served. I can't
get  away  with  it  every night soooo I take the family out when they
insist. Make reservations in advance in the high season.

Cocktail  hour  - Our verandah, of course (if you rent our house), and
any  of  the  hotels  happy hour. Again, for the windsurfing types (or
others  who  have  perfected  a  good line of BS...did you see my duck
gybe,  forward  loop,  big  air...?  Don't mention the backward triple
loop,  it's  never  been  done!  Even if you were never on a board and
they  say  they  didn't  see  you, you can say you were sailing on the
"outside"  and  thought you saw them. Chances are, they weren't on the
outside,  but  they  will be complimented that a great sailor like you
thought  you  saw them when you did the loop.) Try Sailboard Vacations
mini  bar on the deck in front of the windsurfing storage area. Frozen
drinks  and  cold  beer. Not fancy...forget the sport jacket and maybe
the  shoes.  Notice  the  people with the duct tape on their hands and
feet.  It holds the blisters in place. Don't feel sorry for them, they
had  a  lot  of  fun.  The tape is a kind of medal of honor thing or a
badge  of  perseverance.  You  get  blisters  from  trying  too  hard,
especially  in light wind days. Oh! Try the Polar Beer from Venezuela.

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