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Two Totally Different Trips: Barbados vs. Jamaica

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I need some advice about going at Christmas on a mother daughter trip (25 and 50 yrs) to the Carribean. I have spent about 20 hours of research on this and have narrowed it down to two very different vacations that we could do- and would love advice. Both trips come out to very similar prices when including food, airfare, and hotel.

1. Barbados

We would stay at Bougainvillea ( http://www.bougainvillearesort.com/ ). It is not all inclusive but we'd do a combination of buying drinks at the bar, making a little in our room, and going into the Gap for meals.

(Keep in mind this all my opinions from reading online- I know some of my ideas may be false- but you can only know so much from researching.)

Perks: more glamourous island in my opinion and we love that we could be off of the resort a lot checking out the locals & restaurants. love that most places seem to be owned by bajans. we hear the food options are great!

2. Negril, Jamaica

We would stay at Beaches ( http://www.beaches.com/main/ng/ng-home.cfm - which is the more family oriented chain by Sandals). It is all inclusive and includes all drinks, all activities (all watersports and a night time show/event every night), and all food at the restaurants on property.

Perks: We've done AI in the past and although we don't have a strong preference, there is something appealing about getting off the plane and not thinking as much- esp. about money. Love all of the included activities, the night time events, and of course the unlimited alcohol.

I feel torn because although I feel like Barbados would be slightly more unique, cultured, and sophisticated of a vacation in certain ways, but I also have heard that Sandals does Caribbean vacations really well- they truly cater to what most people would really love on a tropical vacation and they make it so relaxing and easy for the visitor. Sandals seems kind of like a summer camp for adults! With that said, I can't decide if it would make me sad that we couldn't explore the rest of the island like we could with Barbados.

I feel like I have two totally different trips here. Option 1 reminds me of our trip to Playa Linda in Aruba in 2010. Option 2 reminds me of our trip to the Solaris resort in Cancun in 2009. We loved both is the problem! Any final feedback on where to choose? Sorry for such a long post, but thought it was better to give all of the information if I'm imploring for everyone's advice.

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