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St. Kitts Trip ReportAuthor: Helen Reeder
Date of Trip: April 2006
I bought quite a bit that day in the farm market-potatoes, sweet potatoes, green peppers, cabbage. Limes, mangoes, bananas, cukes and tomatoes etc etc.
We then checked out the grocery stores. We tried the Rams on Main St and had a bit of a culture shock there. We then went to Horsfords and that was an improvement at least. The grocery shopping is limited to say the least, a bit expensive and different. They had no fresh meat or chicken or fish--all were frozen. (I was to find out from people in the stores that they bring in legally their own meat for their stays on the island. I do wish I knew this as I definitely would have done that!)
With the exception of Canadian bacon I bought no meat while we were there. Instead I bought a lot of tunafish!?--no kidding!
We had time to kill today as we could not get into our condo until after 2:30. We decided to take the drive I had heard so much about to Turtle Beach. It is truly a breathtaking drive! It is a hoot as well with the conventions of goats and cows. Turtle Beach has a website I visited several times before we left and it gives a perfect feel for Turtle Beach. I felt at home as soon as we arrived!
We decided to buy rum earlier--when in Rome etc. We are wine drinkers. We could not find anything in the grocery to mix it with. We enjoyed a couple mango coladas at Turtle Beach before lunch. There was a couple there who had been on our flight in and they were from Ct. Small world she went to the same high school as our kids. Anyway we enjoyed talking with them. We shared conch fritters and coconut shrimp for our lunch. The conch fritters were quite good but I thought the coconut was a bit burned. Of course we saw the monkeys and other pet animals. Anyone visiting St Kitts should definitely take in the Turtle Beach experience. They have a great beach, free chaises, snorkeling, swimming, music and all sorts of animals. The rooster goes all day long. The fat pig never moves--just naps. He is only three but can barely walk as he gets all the leftovers from the restaurant. The drive there is spectacular! There are other great beaches nearby on this point as well.
Here is my BIG TIP I got from Turtle Beach. We asked our waitress where they bought their coloda mix. She asked and told us to go the Rams Wholesale and they would sell it to us. It is located behind the big Rams near the bank. We were a bit skeptical but gave it a try. Sure enough we got it. It wasn't cheap but man was it delicious. We got three frozen quart bottles of the stuff for about $25. I must tell you my husband enjoyed each and every drop!
Now it was time to check into Sea Lofts Unit 46 and we were anxious to see the inside. I mentioned earlier they made great use of the land by putting three story units on the property. The ground level had a full bath with shower, an extra refrigerator/freezer and a washer/dryer. Then there is a spiral staircase to the second level that has a full kitchen open to a living area and sliders to a large two level deck. There is a bedroom with double bed and a full bath on this level also Up another spiral staircase to a loft bedroom with queen bed and its own deck. The unit was in great condition, fully equipped and colorful and fun. We were very pleased. I rented this directly from the owner and he was great to work with. I won't quote our rental price as it varies depending on the season year round. If you are interested he can be reached at DALEOWEN@aol.com.
I should mention if you have trouble with stairs this would not be the condo for you. If not there are views of the water from each and every window. Being on the windward side of the island we were entertained and crooned to sleep by crashing waves 24/7! It was the best part for me.
Unfortunately on this day there had been a mix up with the cleaning staff and our unit was not cleaned. They came about five to clean it and I must say there were most thorough as two women cleaned until 7:30!! We stayed on the upper deck with some cool beverages during this time. I had food and planned to prepare something but we ended up finishing off our sandwiches made for our plane ride??!! Does this sound gross? Well we kept them cold the entire time and they actually tasted delicious! It most definitely was the last ham we were going to taste for a while.
Again we hit the hay early about 8 pm on this particular evening. We decided to sleep on the second level with the bathroom nearby. We are of an age where we no longer can sleep through the night without a bathroom visit or two! We have a King size bed at home but we found we managed quite nicely with this double bed. We both so enjoyed the waves all night and slept like babies.
We were up in time to see the sunrise next morning-what a treat! John had a breakfast of fresh fruit -- mangoes and bananas. I had a bagel and coffee. John had taken a run on the beach before breakfast and a long swim.
We did a quick grocery shop to Rams for a few things. While the water is potable on the island I preferred to drink bottled water to be safe. We bought several 5 liter bottles while we were there. The store manager at Rams stopped us one day to tell us they had a box with three bottles in it somewhere else in the store that was much cheaper than buying them individually. We thought this was quite nice of him.
On my ventures in these stores I am asking questions of other shoppers who appear to be tourists. I asked about where to buy meat and fish. This is how I heard about the fisheries. My other illusion was about all the fresh fish we were going to enjoy here. Well the fishermen I saw got off their little fishing boats in front of the Farm Market place on Main St. They sort of throw the fish out there sometimes on the sidewalk. The fish had weird names, were weird looking with the eyeballs staring up at me!!! There were no fishmongers to be seen--buy the fish whole and do your own filleting! This was not for me. One thing I cannot tolerate are fish bones!
I will be checking out the fisheries for sure!
We stopped on our way home--it is only about 10 am now-to check out the Marriott. One thing I can say for it is that is sure is big. I thought it to be a monstrosity from the road-an anomaly at this point to St Kitts. (However I fear that will not be the case in the near future as other big and maybe even bigger resorts come to rest on the island)
The interior of the hotel left me cold. I could have been in any big Marriott anywhere. It somehow had little character. When our children were little we did go to large resorts mainly for all it offered our children. They are all grown now and we avoid them like the plague. (The resorts that is not forthe kids)
Now we are back to our condo and relaxation time is here. We both settle into a good book until lunchtime. Lunch today tuna fish, lettuce and tomato in pita pockets. I make a mean tuna salad. We read some more (I did all afternoon) and John went to play the Marriott golf course. The rates go down after 2 pm to 75. as opposed to 170. earlier. The Marriott did not go into low season rates until May 1st. Then the rates are 130 and 55.
My husband thought it was a beautiful course and enjoyed it very much. Dinner tonight is tuna stuffed tomatoes with carrot sticks as an hors d'. Early to bed and the crashing waves continue. We are so glad we have longer than a week here. It is Sunday and we have just started to wind down.
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