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  1. #5096
    My novia from Medellin was on Island all last week with her USA visa on her Colombian passport.

    Lets see what happens. I know a lot of chicas are working on tourist visas and run like cockroaches, when they get the word that the immigration is coming.

    Mel.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Coolhand  [View Original Post]
    Unfortunately, this is a misinterpretation of your "semi reliable source". But even if it would be true, it would be a tourist visa which would not entitle for any professional activities (like in most countries, USA included).

    Hence. Nothing is going to change for the "chicas".

    Below I copy & paste the beginning of an article in "The Daily Herald" from last week, which explains already in the first two sentences precisely the anticipated change of the visa regulation.

    "Nationals of Colombia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) , who hold a multi-entry visa for the United States, Canada or the Schengen countries will not require a specific St. Maarten visa to visit the country, thanks to some changes to the visa requirement regulation.

    The Cabinet of the Prime Minister, in a press statement issued Tuesday, stated that new visa regulations are in line with international and Dutch Kingdom standards and will benefit the country's economy, in particular the tourism sector." (out of "The Daily Herald", March 26th).

  2. #5095

    Visa regulation for Colombian citizen

    Quote Originally Posted by Mel365  [View Original Post]
    I am on island this week and I heard from a semi reliable source that Colombianas will no longer need a visa to SXM as of June.

    Lets see what happens.

    Mel
    Unfortunately, this is a misinterpretation of your "semi reliable source". But even if it would be true, it would be a tourist visa which would not entitle for any professional activities (like in most countries, USA included).

    Hence. Nothing is going to change for the "chicas".

    Below I copy & paste the beginning of an article in "The Daily Herald" from last week, which explains already in the first two sentences precisely the anticipated change of the visa regulation.

    "Nationals of Colombia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) , who hold a multi-entry visa for the United States, Canada or the Schengen countries will not require a specific St. Maarten visa to visit the country, thanks to some changes to the visa requirement regulation.

    The Cabinet of the Prime Minister, in a press statement issued Tuesday, stated that new visa regulations are in line with international and Dutch Kingdom standards and will benefit the country's economy, in particular the tourism sector." (out of "The Daily Herald", March 26th).

  3. #5094
    Quote Originally Posted by Mel365  [View Original Post]
    I am on island this week and I heard from a semi reliable source that Colombianas will no longer need a visa to SXM as of June.

    Lets see what happens.

    Mel
    That's tourist visas, right? It's hard to believe that SXM will do away with work visas which are notoriously difficult to get for most of us.

  4. #5093

    Visa to St Maarten

    I am on island this week and I heard from a semi reliable source that Colombianas will no longer need a visa to SXM as of June.

    Lets see what happens.

    Mel

  5. #5092

    What became of this?

    Did the whole issue blow over? Likely to be a problem again in the near future?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mel365  [View Original Post]
    I heard from my novia in Bogota tonight that the newspapers there say that the Embassy of Holland is no longer issuing

    Visas. Has anyone heard otherwise.

    Mel.

    How could I forget Defiance met a few ATF's there?

  6. #5091
    Quote Originally Posted by John2526  [View Original Post]
    Most credit cards provide free collision / comprehensive coverage internationally.

    I found a little scrape on my bumper on my last trip. Rental company said I would have to pay for it, but I never heard from them again (and it didn't show up on my card). Gave me occasion to look at the coverage. The card company wanted a copy of the contract and a police report.

    Always best to date stamp photo any damage as you rent. Some places are notorious for charging for pre-existing damage.
    I always pull out my cellphone and photograph all the damage on the sides of the car rental prior to driving away. The company, I rent from, has never been picky or inspecting the car when I returned it. They seemed to feel scratches is normal wear and tear thing. I find it funny how they use plastic ties to keep the hub caps on.

    Re TLN: I did it twice. In the end I felt money better spent for. 5-1 hour. I am not a night owl and don't do bars. One wanted to party until 2am and I wanted to go back to the hotel / villa and get kinky by 11pm. Plus I wanted her to skinny dip with me in my semi-private pool and she was having nothing of that. If I did TLN again I would want her to be fairly versed in some english so she knows and agrees to my desired plans.

  7. #5090
    My Amex card is secondary to my own insurance in SXM.

    My American airlines MasterCard is primary in all foreign countries.

    I always thought Amex was better until I called them last night.

    Mel

  8. #5089

    Rental Cars. Insurance / Parking

    Most credit cards provide free collision / comprehensive coverage internationally.

    I found a little scrape on my bumper on my last trip. Rental company said I would have to pay for it, but I never heard from them again (and it didn't show up on my card). Gave me occasion to look at the coverage. The card company wanted a copy of the contract and a police report.

    Always best to date stamp photo any damage as you rent. Some places are notorious for charging for pre-existing damage.

    If you're staying in Philipsburg, I recommend parking either in the big lot directly behind the central pier and church, or in the free lots across from the south side of the salt pond.

    I would typically park overnight in the central lot, take my car before lunch (they only charge from the time they open) , park along the pond in the afternoon, take my car in the evening, then repeat the process. Walking from the pond lots at night is a little scary.

  9. #5088
    I've always found TLN to be one of those things that I always wanted to do before going down to SXM, but then always backed out of due to lack of interest. Last year I rented a villa with some friends and was absolutely determined to try it. Things seem bleak though, as I couldn't really find anyone that I clicked with personally. I finally met a cute little number on our 3rd night there, and had a great time with her in the room. One day and $370 later, I picked her up from Carolina's and took her back to the villa. Took her back the next morning, where she asked if I could pick her up later in the day so that she could come by to hang out in the afternoon. She hung out at the villa for a couple of hours, we ate, swam in the pool, I got a great BBBJ, and all without being asked for any more $$$. She came over the next day as well, just to hang out.

    Still, I have to say that even though we had a great connection and even though I had "free" time with her, I was still left with mixed feelings about the whole TLN experience. She was never "business", and perfectly pleasant, and what I would consider incredibly attractive, but by the end I was kind of wishing for my personal space again, and it felt like she was kind of in the way.

    Perhaps it was because I was vacationing with friends, or perhaps it was because I knew that there was obviously no future here, but I do not know if TLN will be in my future again.

    When all is said and done tough, I'm glad that I tried it, and never once regretted doing so. Sometimes you can't put a price on an experience.

    Go for it Mr. O'Reilly!

  10. #5087
    Lucky,

    Thanks for the clarification.

    Mel

  11. #5086
    Quote Originally Posted by Mel365  [View Original Post]
    Both Carolinas and seamans demand that the men leave at closing. In addition most rooms are shared with another chica.

    A quick cheap way to stay near the chica and the mongering is to rent a VIP room (if still available) above seamans club. Speak with the rear desk at Carolinas. They are very nice rooms, Jacuzi etc about $100-125 per night.

    At Campo you can stay with the chica I have many times.

    Mel.
    The compaņera of the chica I was with did not mind using other rooms. She only knocked on the door 3 (maybe 4) times to get some of her stuff, which didn't bother me. I brought her a small present later. It was in Seamans and in the off-season. The place was not very crowded, maybe that's the reason why everything could be arranged so easily. As I said, it cost me substantially less $$ than a full TLN, I had a lot more "fun" than I typically have in the hotel room, and the chica looked very happy not to go back to the bar that night.

  12. #5085

    Lucky

    Both Carolinas and seamans demand that the men leave at closing. In addition most rooms are shared with another chica.

    A quick cheap way to stay near the chica and the mongering is to rent a VIP room (if still available) above seamans club. Speak with the rear desk at Carolinas. They are very nice rooms, Jacuzi etc about $100-125 per night.
    At Campo you can stay with the chica I have many times .

    Mel.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky Strike  [View Original Post]
    Mr O, one alternative that is typically cheaper than TLN is to stay with a chica in her room for entire night. In my experience chicas demand less money for that than for TLN, plus you pay the bar $6 per hour from, say. 8PM to 2 or 3AM.

    As Mel said, with TLN you usually get at most 3 *quality* shots-on-goal, and often when you start with dinner, dancing, this and that, by the time you're back to your hotel you fall asleep before "doing it." Sex, IMHO, comes more "naturally" in the room a tSeamans than in your hotel room. Bring some food, alcohol,"herbal medicine" (and whatever else you like) to the room, take vitamin V or C or L for added stamina and have a blast. Many chicas seem to be just as happy to stay in the room with the same customer as to go TLN. The only downside is that you don't get the morning sex, but I always more than make up for that the night before. Financially, the savings is quite substantial.

  13. #5084
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr OReilly  [View Original Post]
    Hey thanks I appreciate the response. I am going to take Mel's advice and just accept it! $400 meh, you only live once!
    Mr O, one alternative that is typically cheaper than TLN is to stay with a chica in her room for entire night. In my experience chicas demand less money for that than for TLN, plus you pay the bar $6 per hour from, say. 8PM to 2 or 3AM.

    As Mel said, with TLN you usually get at most 3 *quality* shots-on-goal, and often when you start with dinner, dancing, this and that, by the time you're back to your hotel you fall asleep before "doing it." Sex, IMHO, comes more "naturally" in the room a tSeamans than in your hotel room. Bring some food, alcohol,"herbal medicine" (and whatever else you like) to the room, take vitamin V or C or L for added stamina and have a blast. Many chicas seem to be just as happy to stay in the room with the same customer as to go TLN. The only downside is that you don't get the morning sex, but I always more than make up for that the night before. Financially, the savings is quite substantial.

  14. #5083
    Hey thanks I appreciate the response. I am going to take Mel's advice and just accept it! $400 meh, you only live once!

    It was nice enough of her to cut it down to that given that she is there for work. I'll pay the 800 (2 nights TLN and TLD) + the 280 multa and just see what happens! Thank christ I live close so I can cut costs on flights!

    I'll be going to Colombia to visit and will see her there and will recoup my costs at 200K COP TLN.

    I am generally not a TLN guy as I don't want to develop any sort of feelings for the girls since relationships with prostitutes never work out well, however in this case I have already made the mistake so I will just roll with it. Live and learn!

    Quote Originally Posted by Alz55  [View Original Post]
    Mr-OReilly,

    I would take Mel's advice and either pay asking price or pass.

    You need to understand chicas have their cost for staying at SXM plus its high season so best opportunity for them to make $$. Giving you little break on price will not do favor to either of you.

    If economics play the role, you might want to plan things with her in Colombia as she will be in position to give you much better price than SXM. Its basic supply and demand rule with chicas as well.

    Cheers!

  15. #5082
    Quote Originally Posted by Mel365  [View Original Post]
    In Season a good chica in SXM makes 300-500 + multa for just TNL.

    The multa at Carolinas or seaman's is nominal, I think $400-is still a fair price. The more you chisel the chica on the price the less you get-that has been my experience. I either pay the asking price or just pass. I never negotiate.

    Mel.
    Just to add another data point, I was offered TLN for $300 + $70 from a girl who I considered the top girl at Carolinas back in late October. Granted, that was back during off-season. I'll be back there in late April, so I'll be curious to ask what the prices are then.

    In any case, I don't think I'm a TLN guy. Since my trips there are so short, I'm more interested in just spending quality time in the room, not really interested in going out to dinner, holding hands on the beach, etc. Sure, if I were spending a week there, I'd be all fucked out after a few days and would appreciate the break. But with my short trips, I'm just trying to make sure I'm all fucked out just before it's time for me to get back on the plane to head home. Just me.

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