6/22 - Day trip to SXM via public ferry. Took a taxi from Marigot to Grand Case. My wife and I are frequenters of the French side of SXM. We based out of Captain Frenchy. Outstanding food, chairs on the beach, and a reasonable price. Highly recommend this gem. Dinner at Blanchard's Beach Shack. We had a celebrity sighting. She was getting married on island. My girls recognized her, but I had no clue. To respect her privacy, I'll not name her. BBS is as good as advertised.
6/23 - Last day and we stayed on Meads Bay and just relaxed. Lunch was at BBS. Dinner at Malliouhana.....I can't rave enough. The best fine dining we had on the trip. Fantastic specialty cocktails. A nice surprise at the end was 10% off because we made our reservations through Carimar. Do yourself a favor and book dinner here for sunset.
Had the pleasure of meeting Nori from http://www.anguilla-beaches.com/ Nori was shooting some video of the Carimar property for Carimar. She was so kind to shoot some drone video of my girls and share the file with me. Can't say enough good things about this fine young lady.
Final thoughts on tourism/crowds. Don't know how busy the island usually is, but a good way to judge is by lounge chairs being used between 12-1. I kept track in my head....this is unscientific, but a decent proxy.
Carimar - 80 - 100%
BBS - 70%
Sunshine Shack - 60%
Cuisinart - 0% (that's right..not a single person)
Bamboo Beer Box - 0%
Malliouhana - 80-90%
Gwen's - 100% (day trippers from SXM)
Madearman's - 20-30%
Four Seasons - 50-60%
A fantastic trip!!!!!
If you have any questions feel free to drop me a PM.