Antiqua or Hawii?

Jan 25th, 2003, 05:50 AM
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Antiqua or Hawii?

Which is the best ? Traveling from the D.C. area and want the best value for my money. I'm looking for safe beaches, clean sand and water. Want a once in a lifetime trip.
 
Jan 25th, 2003, 06:59 AM
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I too am from D.C. Us Airways sent me an email yesterday saying I can get rooms for $99 a WEEK on Antigua. Is this real?!! Is Antigua a good place to go?
 
Jan 25th, 2003, 07:42 AM
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Are you comparing Antigua and Hawaii ? There is no comparison. Hawaii is great - Antigua more mediocre. Hawaii is also quite a bit more expensive, and a much longer plane ride (for you)...
 
Jan 25th, 2003, 10:47 AM
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We relaxed and soaked in pleasure in Hawaii. However, we liked Antigua as we felt that we were more active there. We dived, had candlelit dinners and took midnight strolls along the powder-soft beeach. We enjoyed the dining and the entertainment. It wasn't as luxurious, but we prefered it over the more passive vacation in Hawaii. The flight to Hawaii was VERY long. The naswer for you may depend more on what you would like to do.
 
Jan 25th, 2003, 11:32 AM
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Marie,

Haven't been to Antigua, but we have been to Hawaii 3x in past 4 yrs. We are from the east coast. Hawaii has it all.
You can be as active or passive as you'd like to be. Choose an isle based on your preference.

You can get safe beaches, clean sand many places. We thought Hawaii was a once in a lifetime trip, until we returned again and again.

I would recommend going for atleast 8 days. I would recommend going to two islands. The travel between is very easy. It all depends on what else you want. For a first time visit, I would recommend going to Maui and Kauai. These islands offer beauty, activities, GREAT restaurants. All with a fantastic flair of the Hawaiian isles.

Best of luck.
 
Jan 25th, 2003, 12:00 PM
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I love Hawaii! I've never been to Antiqua, but I've stayed in Grand Cayman, Cancun, and Aruba. I've taken a cruise to St. Thomas and St. Martin. My favorite places I've been to are Kauai and Maui and Grand Cayman. We live in S.C. so it is much easier to get to the Caymans. This is where I have found the best safe and clean beaches. Hawaii offers so much more than nice beaches. The scenic mountains in Kauai. The Napali Coast is a once in a lifetime must! Maui is nice to because there is great shopping, resturants, and some of the nicest resorts I've ever been too! I also enjoy horseback riding, hiking to waterfalls, and the people in general in Hawaii. I love taking the snorkle trips and spotting the spinner dolphins and swimming with sea turtles. In Kauai on Shipwreck beach in front of the Hyatt my kids and I spotted a monk seal taking a nap on the beach. Plus we got to watch these crazy guys jump off the cliff and then surf back in. If I had to pick one place on earth to visit, then I would pick 7 days in Kauai and 7 days in Maui staying in the Waliea area.
 
Jan 26th, 2003, 04:03 AM
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I have never been to Hawaii but if you are looking for perfect surreal turquoise, white sand beaches, warm sunshine and an island with no "tourist areas" Antigua is for you.

The Island has fabulous, perfect beaches all over the Island so you will find gorgeous hotels from north to south, east to west. You can stay at ultra luxurious Jumby Bay or your own private Villa or at a self catering condo or apartment.

Go for sailing week in May and see why millionaires worldwide flock to Antigua with their multi million dollar sail boats; English Harbour turns into a non stop party.

There is so much to do underwater; take an eco tour, a catamaran cruise, go kayaking and snorkeling, how about a day trip to Barbuda or walking the plank with pirates?


On land, you can take a jeep tour, go up to the highest points in Antigua..the view from Shirely's Heights during the day is breath taking.
Visit Nelson's Dockayard and see the restored and preserved naval buildings.
Learn a bit of Antigua's history at the Interpretation Centre.Rent a car and go beach hopping; with 365 to choose from you are guaranteed to find a secluded, pristine beach all to your self.


If you ever get tired of just lazing around on the beach perfecting your tan, drag yourself into town for some shopping. The duty free shops at Heritage Quay have great prices; you can buy diamonds and tanzinite loose at Colombian Emeralds and Diamomd International. Browse the quaint,gingerbread trimmed shops for designer wear and perfumes.

After a morning of shopping treat yourself to a cold beer and a flying fish sandwich at Hemmingways.

At night there is as much to do as during the day; hop aboard the Jolly Roger for their dinner cruise with 140% proof rum punch and lots of partying. On Sundays go to Shirely's heights for a spectacular sunset then stay on for the steel band, reggae and tasty bar b que..don't forget the party!

If you wish to try your luck, head out to a Casino, you will find several in Antigua. Or you can try miniture golf at Putters; if you just want to kick up your heels with the locals hang out at Lashings or The Beach. If you are at English Harbour, don't miss a night out at Abracadabra or Lemmings.

If you prefer to spend your night out sampling the many restaurants on Antigua; try Le Bistro, Harmony Hall and Chutneys to mention a few.

For photos try this site:
http://groups.msn.com/AntiguaBound/
 
Jan 26th, 2003, 05:19 AM
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Marie,I've been to both Hawaii and Antigua so I'll tell you my opinion.I feel Hawaii is beautiful and if given the chance everyone should go.Both times that I was in Hawaii we had a considerable amount of rain,not fun!Hawaii is totally American as it should be,everything is clean and perfect with McDonalds everywhere,I think I would've liked it better some years back.Another thing to consider is the length of time it takes to get there and the time change.That alone kills me and I live in the midwest.I think there's no comparison I love the caribbean,the culture,the people,the water is unbelievable as are the beaches,so is the food.Getting there is so much easier than going to Hawaii.There is plenty to do in Antigua as mentioned by the previous person.I don't want to tell you not to go to Hawaii if you have always wanted to go,but in my mind and I've been to both and all over the caribbean I'say Antigua.The beaches and the color of the caribbean sea alone would be enough to sway me.Can't you hear the steel drums now?
 
Jan 26th, 2003, 07:34 AM
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We think the Hawaiian isalnds are the most beautiful islands we've ever seen.
The flight is very long to Hawaii and we always stay at least 10 days being we're flying from the east coast and lose 2 days.
Our favorite island is the Big Island of Hawaii--more authentic hawaiian. The Kohala area of the B.I. has upscale hotels or you might like the south pacific feel of the Kona Village Resort. Second favorite island is Maui--don't miss Haleakala volcano on Maui and Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. If you can stand the flight this is paradise. We broke up our return flight by staying 2 nights in La Vegas on our last trip.
We also have stayed at Sandals Antigua which was very nice but we would stay at Blue Waters Hotel in Antigua on our next trip because the setting was so pretty. Also someone we know stayed at Blue Waters and couldn't say enough about how great the staff was and what a great time they had. Don't miss Shirley Heights on Sunday. The other resort we would recommend is Jumby Bay.
I don't know when you're flying but I was looking at flights in September to Hawaii and they were very reasonable.
You really can't go wrong with either island, just choose the right resort.
 
Jan 27th, 2003, 07:50 PM
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While the caribbean islands are great, they really can't compare with Hawaii just for sheer beauty alone. Antigua is not a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Hawaii is! It's a much longer trip and more costly, but is worth it.
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Jan 29th, 2003, 05:06 PM
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I love the Caribbean but if you're looking for a once in a lifetime trip, Hawaii is a no-brainer.
We went to Maui in 2001 and it was just beautiful.
The trip from the East Coast sucked but what can you do. We made it a bit less painful by spending a night in L.A. both ways. You should also stay at least 10 days, if not more, to recover from the flight.
It's not cheap either so I don't know about that "value for my money" part.

 
Jan 29th, 2003, 06:34 PM
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we also have tried both islands and actually prefer staten island, for its warm people and fabulous beaches. Not to mention great restaurants and people watching seen.
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Jan 30th, 2003, 11:51 AM
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i have been to hawaii, the islands of oahu and kauai. if you are looking for safe, laid back luch pacific island type with volcanic mountains, beaches, lagoons, etc. etc. i suggest kauai. in the islands of the caribbean, which i have visited many, but not antigua, it is safe, and all that, but it can become questionable once outside a resort district or tourist town. in kauai, all teh island offers the friendly hawaiian spirit and lots to do. the south side of the island is dry and sunny, the north more wet and lush. we went in june each time, and a great time. to fly from the east caost to la then to hawaii is long, but just get in the right frame of mind. my son just went in october 2002 and paid 525 round trip from florida. that is great for a ticket to honolulu and back. try travelzoo.com for offers or any travel sight is pushing hawaii travel now. good luck!
by the way, where are you coming from and what time of year do you plan to travel
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Jan 31st, 2003, 11:37 AM
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We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon (Maui and Kauai). And while we had a wonderful trip, we prefer the Caribbean, hands down. I must be the only one!! Hawaii is wonderful if you are looking for tons of activity - waterfalls, nature trails, volano etc. It's not wonderful for relaxing on the beach (at least not when compared to the Caribbean). The Caribbean beaches beat Hawaii by a mile. My perfect vacation is to have NOTHING I have to do - wake up, stroll to the beach, stay there all day with a book, enjoy calm waters, etc....and that's what you get in the Caribbean. Hawaii I felt compelled to go, go, go. I thought it was exhausting...
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Jan 31st, 2003, 11:49 AM
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This is definitely an Apples vs. Oranges type thing. The caribbean is very different than Hawaii. As far as landscapes go, Hawaii has the caribbean blown away....I mean it's not even close. The Napali coast is nothing short of 'Epic'. The part of Hawaii we didn't think much of was the beaches. Although nice, they just aren't the same as the caribbean. The Hawaian beaches were very pretty, but the water is usually quite rough. If you want white sand, and calm turquoise waters, then the caribbean is the place to go, hands down.
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Jan 31st, 2003, 01:21 PM
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i agree with scott, it is apples and oranges between the caribbean and hawaii. both are great though-one a little closer-one a little more exotic.

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Jan 31st, 2003, 06:13 PM
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No question about it - if you want a once in a lifetime trip you must go to Hawaii. My husband and I have been to Kauai, Maui and Oahu. Kauai was our favorite and great for R & R. There is so much to do on each island, but Kauai is truly a paradise!
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