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User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5075 posts, RR: 55
Posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1338 times:

I have a 4 hour layover at SXM and I was hoping to rent a car and go to Maho Beach to do some plane spotting. Few questions -

1/ Is it doable?
2/ When does the AF counters open?
3/ Any ideas what kind of traffic I will see from noon to 4pm?
4/ I was planning on a quick swim ... any suggestions where I can change quickly and shower?
5/ Any other advice?

Thanks all. I promise good TRs.

Cheers,
A.


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1338 times:

SXM is at Maho Beach. You can walk it.


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User currently offlineVivavegas From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 505 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1244 times:

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
1/ Is it doable?
2/ When does the AF counters open?
3/ Any ideas what kind of traffic I will see from noon to 4pm?
4/ I was planning on a quick swim ... any suggestions where I can change quickly and shower?
5/ Any other advice?

1 - Yes, hop in a cab and ask them to take you to Sunset Beach Bar.

2 - Unknown

3 - That time is peak time for heavies, so you should get your fill.

4 - If I remember right, I thought SBB had showers on the deck. I am sure you can change in the rest room. Just tell the bartender you are a plane nut and they will understand.

5 - Bring some money for some Heinekens, tip your bartenders and enjoy the view.


Craig
MKE



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User currently offlineDernierVirage From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2006, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1207 times:

For the AF 489 flight to CDG, the AF check-in opens at 12h00, just over 4 hours before the departure time. (I assume that you will be travelling during the summer timetable).

If you want to avoid running around too much, check in, then go through immigration and security and spend your time at the nice bar in the middle of the departure area. You can enjoy a drink and have a good view of the runway. Of course Maho Beach is great, but if you feel lazy then my idea is not bad !! Another advantage of my idea is that you will avoid waiting to go through security.


User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5075 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1165 times:

Some quick followups questions.

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
SXM is at Maho Beach. You can walk it.



Quoting Vivavegas (Reply 2):
1 - Yes, hop in a cab and ask them to take you to Sunset Beach Bar.

= OK. So I have a car rented. I dont need it right. I could just walk? How long?

Quoting DernierVirage (Reply 3):
For the AF 489 flight to CDG, the AF check-in opens at 12h00, just over 4 hours before the departure time. (I assume that you will be travelling during the summer timetable).

= This is perfect! I can then check-in my bags and then head to the beach with a change of clothes. The reason I was renting a car is to leave my stuff and change of clothes. And yes, its summer timetable ... its tomorrow!

Quoting Vivavegas (Reply 2):
4 - If I remember right, I thought SBB had showers on the deck. I am sure you can change in the rest room. Just tell the bartender you are a plane nut and they will understand.

= Showers on the deck? Hmmm ... can someone confirm  Smile? I need to shower. The last thing I want is denied J class entry.

Cheers and thanks all,
A.



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