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Travelling Aug 20...trying to chose between DR, Jamaica, Aruba, T&C

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My wife and I and another couple are planning a trip for approx 5-6 nights the week of Aug 20 to the Caribbean. This is a special trip for both couples as my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer at 29 (2 months after our 1 year annivesary) and this will be our first trip since we've received the "all clear" from the docs. As for the other couple that is going with us, the husband has just been called back up to active duty and received orders for Sept 2011 (which has caused the short time frame on our planning). I have been doing some research on places and feel like I've narrowed it down. We are looking for an AI that is truly an AI....we went to Sandals for our honeymoon and that was perfect. We arrived, I put my wallet in the safe in the room, and I didn't need it again until we left the resort. We'd like a resort that offers nice pools, crystal clear ocean, and some nice choices for sit down dinner at night. Night life and activities are not very important, we just want to lay on the beach or by the pool and have someone bring us a drink while we just relax.

I started with Punta Cana as the place I was focusing on but have recently added Jamaica to the list as well. Aruba has been thrown in and out of the mix several times (in based on low risk of weather and safety of the tourist areas....out due to the reports of "desert type island" and "too Americanized"). The other couple have done some research and added Turks and Caicos and Bermuda to the list of options. They have ruled out all Mexico locations. Can anyone offer specific advice on any of these locations to narrow our list down or recommend a resort at a location that would fit our wish list...almost forgot, budget is approx $2,500 per couple....could go as high as $3,500 if necessary to really have a great celebration/fairwell vacation. flights would be small connection into Atlanta and then on from there. thanks

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