Jul 16th, 2002, 03:53 AM
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Is there an island comparable to Aruba?

My wife and I have been to Aruba a few times and love everything about it.

We love the long stretch of beaches

the fun things to do at night (sunset cruises, steel drum music, candle light dinner on the beach, walks on the beach),

luxurious swimming pools

friendly people

nice trade winds

safe drinking water/food

Is there any other place that has the same time of things to offer?

A long beach and luxurious resorts with great swimming pools is a must!

Jul 16th, 2002, 06:04 AM
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You might look into Provo, the main island of Turks and Caicos. We have been to both Aruba and Provo and there are a number of similarities:
1) Grace Bay Beach is the most gorgeous beach I have seen, longer and less crowded than Aruba.
2) Both islands are dry and scrubby and I actually thought it was as breezy on Provo as it was in Aruba (went to Aruba in March, Provo in April)
3) Provo has many choices of different day/evening snorkling/sunset cruises.

Some differences -

1) There is not as much to do on Provo. There is a small casino at the Allegro. There is not much shopping.

2) Provo is not as commercial/built up/Americanized as Aruba. You won't find Dunkin Donuts, Outback Steakhouse, etc. in Provo.

3) Aruba probably wins out on the pool issue. Provo is mostly very nice condo resorts. The pools are nice, but can't compare to the Hyatt Aruba, for example.

We love both Aruba and Provo because we the important things to us is a great beach, golf, nice accomodations and a variety of dining options. We found all that at both places. Hope this is helpful.
Jul 16th, 2002, 08:14 AM
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You might want to check out Grand Cayman. You have Seven Mile Beach which is actually only 5.5 miles, but it is gorgeous. The water is 15 shades of turquoise. The restaurants are fabulous. You'll find your sunset cruises, steel drum music, and oceanside dinners with ease. The island is extremely safe, and very easy to fly into. The pools are probably the only thing that Aruba has over GC. Although most of the pools are very nice, it is hard to compare to some of the pools in Aruba. Everything else matches up pretty close.
Jul 16th, 2002, 12:43 PM
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I would agree that Provo is great along with Anguilla or the British VI.
Jul 16th, 2002, 12:50 PM
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I'd have to agree with Mick. Although the islands other posters have mentioned are very nice like Provo, or Anguilla, They simply don't "compare" to Aruba like Grand Cayman does. Provo & Anguilla do in fact have amazing beaches, and great restuarants, but they are both very quiet islands, with not much else to do. If you really liked Aruba, I'm afraid you'd be bored to death in Provo or Anquilla. It really all depends on what's most important to you. If you want a quiet island with not much to do, then Anquilla, Provo, of possibly some of the BVIs might work. If you truely want something that actually is close to Aruba, Grand Cayman comes very close, and I actually prefer GC over Aruba.

Hope this helps rather than confuse things.
Jul 17th, 2002, 07:44 AM
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Thanks John. It sounds like Cayman will be our next trip. Any suggestions on great resorts/condos?
Jul 17th, 2002, 10:38 AM
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For hotels, the Westin is probably the nicest one available, but very pricey. In my opinion, and many others seems to agree, condos are the way to go in GC. You get a lot more for your money.

Try checking out

This will list several great condos on Seven Mile Beach. Keep in mind, the southern end of 7MB tends to be a bit more rocky, the middle section can be more conjested near the bigger resorts/hotels. The northern section is very quiet, secluded, and the beach is gorgeous. You'll have to rent a car if you rent on the northern end to get to restaurants, etc. No worry though as the restaurants are only a 5-10 minute drive. You'll want a car to explore the island anyway. Make sure you bring snorkel gear as GC offers some of the most memorable snorkeling in the caribbean.
Jul 17th, 2002, 12:25 PM
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If you like a flat ugly island, that looks liek america, come to grand cayman.
Jul 17th, 2002, 06:55 PM
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The Dutch side of St Martin especially by Maho resembles Aruba,but not a as nice.But this puts you only a short ferry ride or plane ride to St Barts or Anguilla.
Jul 18th, 2002, 09:13 AM
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Hey Bill,

I'm failing to see your contribution to this thread. All I see is a childish attack of somebody else's suggestion that actually answered the orignal posters question. I suppose you feel that Aruba is known for it's beauty? Nobody is asking about your opinion of GC, they are simply looking for a comparable island to Aruba. Obviously your reading comprehension is a bit low today. Do you feel better now that you posted such a ridiculous reply? You need to seek help you pathetic no-life idiot.
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