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Old 17-10-2015, 19:47   #1
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St Martin Oyster Pond charter-debating provisioning options

We will be coming in for a charter at Oyster Pond and are looking for a grocery store nearby for last minute provisions that were not part of our provisioning package. Is there anything within walking distance? Thinking it might be less expensive than right at the marina.

Also can anyone answer whether there is a prohibition on bringing in any meats through customs? On prior travels we have had some "favorite" items that we prefer to bring along and were able to bring through airport/customs without mishap in other countries. Do not want to get to customs and have to toss. Your input is appreciated!
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Old 17-10-2015, 21:21   #2
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Re: St Martin Oyster Pond charter-debating provisioning options

There really aren't any stores nearby. Customs is really a joke so bring whatever you want. Their more interested in drugs than meat - which is a great idea IMO.
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Re: St Martin Oyster Pond charter-debating provisioning options

It's been a few years but I do recall a small grocery store about a 10 minute walk up the hill from Oyster Pond. It was not very well stocked but did have some basics.

If you need to do serious provisioning, the Grand Marche is a 20 minute taxi ride away.
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Re: St Martin Oyster Pond charter-debating provisioning options

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, CEN.

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Nothing is nearby Oyster Pond and taxis are expensive. Its cheaper to rent a car for the day and go to Grand Marche in Phillipsberg...
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Old 18-10-2015, 06:05   #5
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Re: St Martin Oyster Pond charter-debating provisioning options

Stop at the Grande Marche on your way to Oyster Pond.
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Re: St Martin Oyster Pond charter-debating provisioning options

As previously mentioned, Le Grande Marche in Phillipsburg is your best bet. They will be most likely to have what you are looking for. If you forget something there is a small grocery store with a very limited selection right on Oyster Pond now, across from Busby's, at the foot of the dock. If your charter is out of Captain Oliver's, you'll have to walk around the pod to get to the small grocery. Maybe someone on Captain Oliver's dock would be willing to give you the quick lift across the pond, not sure, never asked.

You can easily get a cab from Oyster Pond to Grande Marche, just ask anyone working at Busby's or the small grocery if they can help you get a cab. If you're at Captain Oliver's, they will certainly be able to assist you in getting a cab. If you end up going to Grande Marche, give yourself plenty of time as traffic can get pretty thick.
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Re: St Martin Oyster Pond charter-debating provisioning options

Have a rental car waiting at the airport: Sunshine car rental: 1- (721) 545-2684, 5 minutes to Grande Marche on the new bridge. (They have great meat and tons of veggies and everything else). Provision the boat then go up to Grande Case, in France, for a great French dinner!
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Re: St Martin Oyster Pond charter-debating provisioning options

Grande Marche a great grocery store. You can get anything there. For quick groceries there are two grocery stores in Oyster Pond. Walk out of the Marina and turn right and walk for 5 min to store one. Turn around the bend and walk to the second store on the same road about another 5 min. The people at Moorings will direct you. Better to provision yourself at Grande Marche than through Moorings.
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I spent last winter in Oyster Pond. Did all my provisioning at Grande Marche and Cost U Less in town near the cruise ship docks. It is right on the way from the airport to Oyster Pond. Grande Marche is next to Burger King and across the street from Cost U Less. Good alcohol selection and prices there also.
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Re: St Martin Oyster Pond charter-debating provisioning options

COST U LESS is a wonderful resource for purchasing large quantities at reasonable price. I found the booze prices there to be hit or miss, it all depended on what was featured. Some prices on booze were actually higher than what I would pay in New England! others would be 75% less, a few months later and it was all different prices and stock.
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