ipodguy7
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Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Thu May 21, 2009 5:34 pm

OK, so my family and I are trying to book a trip to the Carribean. We would like to stay somewhere nice and on the beach. We have been the Grace Bay Club in TCI and loved it but would like to explore more of the caribbean. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!
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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Sat May 23, 2009 8:20 pm

hmm, funny more of the caribbean guys didn't jump to post on this thread.

I see you're american. the US Virgin islands are quite nice. I've been to St. Thomas and liked it.

I would definitely recommend St. Marteen also.

I live in Trinidad which is the most southernly caribbean island. It's not touristy though, it's a more business environment. Our twin island Tobago however, has beautiful beaches, water sports and great eco tourism if you're into that.
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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Sat May 23, 2009 8:34 pm

I absolutely adore St. Kitts. It is the best pure vacation spot I have ever been. We stayed at this little B&B on top of a hill overlooking both the Atlantic and Caribbean! There is a great beach bar down at Cockleshell Beach (I think) run by a guy named Lion. Great guy, the guy who prepares the food is top notch (and it is inexpensive), the beach is not very crowded except apparently during cruise ship season, just a great place to lie out, listen to music, and enjoy the beach. There is also a more secluded beach that is more difficult to get to (lost the bumper to my rental getting there, but it was worth it). We were the only two people on the entire beach! It was amazing.

There is plenty to do, a good amount of nightlife if you are into that, good restaurants, and just extremely pleasant people. The B&B we stayed at had the most amazing breakfasts I've ever eaten. You would need a car, though, and it is not on the beach.

For the Western Caribbean, I also really enjoyed Roatan, Honduras.

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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Sat May 23, 2009 9:36 pm

Not technically the Carribean but Atlantis in the Bahamas has some great deals right now. I got $500 a person for 4 nights 5 days including air fare. But the flight is from FLL so it cheaper than it would be from other places. Summer is the slow season down here so you should be able to find some good deals. St. Barths is great! Never been but only hear great things about it and the airport and flight in make the trip worth it just for that landing!  Smile
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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Sat May 23, 2009 11:22 pm

Last week I was at the Sandals in Negril, Jamaica, the first time I stayed at a Sandals.

Sandals is a couples only all inclusive resort, which means all meals and all alcohol is included, no limit to each

They have snorkeling, kayaks, small sailboats and other self propelled watercraft and scuba is also available.

I was very impressed with the service and food, you can eat and drink 24 hours a day if you want. Every room as a mini refrigerator and it was restocked daily with bottled water, sodas and juices, all at no charge.

About the only time you would spend any money there is at the gift shop. They have a non tipping policy, which is for real, the employees do not expect any tips, and from what I have heard can be fired if they accept a tip.

There are other Sandals resorts in the Caribbean other than Jamaica, where I believe there are 8 resorts.

I would definitely recommend Sandals for a Caribbean vacation.

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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Sun May 24, 2009 1:14 am

Ahhhh, for me, there's nothing like Havana Cuba and a fine cigar. Big grin  Big grin

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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Sun May 24, 2009 4:35 am

Thanks to everyone so far for responding.
To Inbound: Yes, we were looking at Tobago, but the only problem (i think) was that it was a little difficult to get to from Nashville, TN.
To Texan:
St. Kitts sounds amazing! I will have to look into that for sure. Funny you mention Honduras, I do missions work in Central Honduras 2x a year and have always wanted to Dive Roatan but have never got the chance!
To Flymia:
We have stayed at Atlantis before and we honestly thought it was too crowded  Sad but St Barths sounds great and I have heard an awful lot of good things about it.
To Jetstar:
That sounds great, only problem is Im 18 and traveling with a friend, brother, and parents haha
To Photopilot:
That looks great! Only problem is: I'm American! But I have long dreamed about visiting Cuba and long for the day that Obama will open it up (Just about the only thing I agree with Obama on)
Thanks yall for the help so far, and any other suggestions are greatly appreciated as well!
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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Sun May 24, 2009 6:55 am



Quoting Ipodguy7 (Reply 6):
To Inbound: Yes, we were looking at Tobago, but the only problem (i think) was that it was a little difficult to get to from Nashville, TN.

I'll just pass a couple suggestions...

You can get to Piarco, Trinidad from Atlanta using Delta, B737

Or you can get to Piarco Trinidad, from either Ft. Lauderdale or Miami using Caribbean Airlines B737 (3.5 Hours).

Then it's just a 15 minute hop on a Dash8 to Tobago from Trinidad  Smile
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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Sun May 24, 2009 12:16 pm



Quoting Ipodguy7 (Reply 6):
We have stayed at Atlantis before and we honestly thought it was too crowded

The good thing about the Bahamas is that we can offer you Atlantis with all the bells and whistles or your own private little island with no one around but yourself, significant others and the sun, sea and sand. How about a trip to one of our Family Islands next time, Eleuthera, Abaco, Exuma, San Salvador, numerous other spots with no "hotels" just small family homes for your peace and quiet.

In the Caribbean you really cannot go wrong, there is something for everyone, you simply need to know exactly what you want then do some research on the various sites and you will have the experience of a life time.
 
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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Sun May 24, 2009 12:46 pm



Quoting Texan (Reply 2):
I absolutely adore St. Kitts. It is the best pure vacation spot I have ever been. We stayed at this little B&B on top of a hill overlooking both the Atlantic and Caribbean! There is a great beach bar down at Cockleshell Beach (I think) run by a guy named Lion. Great guy, the guy who prepares the food is top notch (and it is inexpensive), the beach is not very crowded except apparently during cruise ship season, just a great place to lie out, listen to music, and enjoy the beach. There is also a more secluded beach that is more difficult to get to (lost the bumper to my rental getting there, but it was worth it). We were the only two people on the entire beach! It was amazing.

 checkmark  Thoroughly enjoyed my times in St Kitts. Great beaches, very good golf, and several very nice restaurants. Only negative was the occasional golf ball stolen by the monkeys ! Cockleshell Beach for sure is a treasure.
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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Sun May 24, 2009 2:25 pm



Quoting Ipodguy7 (Reply 6):
To Photopilot:
That looks great! Only problem is: I'm American! But I have long dreamed about visiting Cuba and long for the day that Obama will open it up (Just about the only thing I agree with Obama on)

Which is why we offer almost daily flights from Nassau to Havana... take your pick, Cubana or Bahamasair. And Uncle Sam will never know.  Wink
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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Wed May 27, 2009 5:48 pm

Ok so we have narrowed the search down to Grand Cayman/Cayman Brac or Grenada or the Genadines. Has anyone been to any of these before?
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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Wed May 27, 2009 9:13 pm

My wife and I stayed at a Sandals in Montego Bay. Everything on the resort was all inclusive, and you could go to the other Sandals resorts as well. Sandals is a couples only resort, but they have family oriented resorts called Beaches. Our Sandals was beside a family resort called Riu which looked pretty nice. The only complaints about the trip had nothing to do with the resorts, but with the airport. Looooooong immigration queues with barely any air conditioning.

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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Thu May 28, 2009 1:56 am

Ok, so we were thinking of doing the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman has anyone been there? We are also scuba divers so if anyone has any great scuba experiences (We have been to Cozumel and The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos and preforably would like to go somewhere new) that would be great! thanks yall!
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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Thu May 28, 2009 4:12 am

Grand Cayman for sure. Go scuba diving, its beautiful
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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Thu May 28, 2009 4:55 am

In my experience, I would have to say Barbados.

Friendly people, crime is almost non-existent, beautiful beaches (especially on the south and west sides in Christ Church and St. James), snorkeling with sea turtles, the tropical fish, the rum and beer...

My suggestion would definitely be Barbados!

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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Fri May 29, 2009 2:23 am

Thanks everyone for the great tips! We found another great one that we really like- its called CORAL BEACH CLUB in St. Maarten!! We are looking at the 5,000sf 3br beachfront villa with private pool!!! Has anyone been to the coral beach resort or to St. Maarten in general? thanks
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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Fri May 29, 2009 3:51 am

No, I haven't been to that particular hotel, but I have been to SXM twice on week long vacations. I personally like it a lot. I hate all-inclusive resorts and being confined to a small area. A lot of people, especially on this site, tend to focus only on the great approaches over Maho Beach and overlook all that SXM has to offer. SXM is a small enough island that you can drive from one end to the other easily if you want to, but also very diverse. I like the fact that it's two different countries that while similar in many ways, remain quite distinct. The Dutch side is more Americanized and more built up and offers more nightlife options, while the French side is more quiet with better beaches (IMO) and GREAT food. I like active vacations and SXM gives me that. I can drive to different beaches, eati at different restaurants, go for day trips to the nearby islands like Anguilla or St. Bart's. I discovered SXM because of aviation, and while I still pick the day of the week with the most heavies to spend at Maho, I've come to love SXM because of the whole experience that it offers.
 
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RE: Carribean Vacation Suggestion

Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:46 pm

Thanks TIA, we have now booked our vacation for SXM and I am really excited because we are staying near the border so we can enjoy the best of both worlds. Any restaurant suggestions?
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