Caribbean Islands Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Caribbean Islands activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report http://greentheorygarcinia.com/exoslim-garcinia-cambogia/
  2. 2 Caribbean Island hopping - tips & ideas?
  3. 3 http://www.supplementsoffer.com/liver-active/
  4. 4 Planning possible retirement in USVI
  5. 5 Bonaire Flight Issue/Travelocity
  6. 6 What to do in Jamaica besides beach?
  7. 7 Sailboat charter through the British Virgin Islands
  8. 8 DIY Cuba - US Citizens - Havana + Viñales or Trinidad?
  9. 9 Cuba in November
  10. 10 Question about Long Term Rentals
  11. 11 Renaissance Carambola St. Croix
  12. 12 Trip Report san salvador bahamas - trip report
  13. 13 Help me narrow down island for 20th anniversary trip
  14. 14 2 weeks in Cuba - to include Santiago/Baracoa or not?!
  15. 15 Tennis in Aruba question
  16. 16 christmas in the caribbean
  17. 17 Trip Report Anguilla Trip Report & Photos 6/26-7/3 2016
  18. 18 Trip Report Trip report: Woman solo travelling in Cuba
  19. 19 Guadeloupe - January 2017
  20. 20 Marriott Courtyard Junkanoo Beach Nassau
  21. 21 Jamaica
  22. 22 Money in Jamaica
  23. 23 Trip Report Aruba trip report (first time visitors)
  24. 24 Trip Report Anguilla Trip Report (6/26-7/3) AND a New Identity
  25. 25 Where to stay on the Gold Coast
View next 25 » Back to the top

Two Totally Different Trips: Barbados vs. Jamaica

Jump to last reply

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.

11 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement