Barbados, Turks and Caicos or San Maarten?

Old May 13th, 2007, 06:08 PM
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You will love the Crane. We were there March 2006 and stayed in the Historic Hotel. Yes, it is remote and yes the water is pretty rough.

The beach is down about 100 steps from the pool, but well worth the walk.

I would buy a condo there in a NY minute if I had the money.

The food at the Zen is the best. We ate there both nights and never did eat at the other place.

I believe you can rent a car at the hotel. I would check on that with the hotel and not rent for the entire time. Just do it a day at a time as you want to travel.

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Old May 14th, 2007, 07:19 PM
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driscoll8 - Please do a search for Lois on the Barbados page. She's the expert on Barbados and if you e-mail her she will send you a tip sheet on Barbados with info on resorts, restaurants, sightseeing, car rentals, etc. We went to Barbados several years ago and found her tip sheet to be extremely helpfu;/
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Hi driscoll8 - Sorry I had computer problems and my reply wasn't completed. Lois's tip sheet is very informative and will give you a very good feel for the island. I've been to Barbados once and stayed in the south so we spent a lot of time traveling to the west coast where a lot of the great restaurants are (The Cliff, The Tides, Carambola, etc.) We rented a car so we were able to come and go as we pleased, but it was approximately a 30 minute drive to the west coast from the south. Also, the golf courses are in that west coast area. If I go back again, I'm thinking of staying at the Hilton which I think is located between the south and west coast. I'm planning my 4th trip to T&C. The beaches are beautiful, the restaurants are very good, and it is very easy to get around the island. You drive on the opposite side of the road, but the car had the steering wheel on the same side as an american car so it was easier to drive. The golf course is beautiful and not far from the resorts. The roads are now paved which makes it very easy to get around. T&C has very little nightlife, which is fine for us (beautiful beach, snorkeling, diving, great restaurants). Barbados probably has more nightlife as well as St. Martin. We're really not looking for a lot of nightlife when we go away, but if that's important to you then T&C probably isn't the island for you. Aruba might be something to take a look at.
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St. Maarten and Barbados are both good choices. St Maarten offers two cultures on one island, some great secluded beaches, fun casual bars and restaurants and access to off shore snorkeling and St Barths. Barbados is a diverse island with friendly people, good restaurants and plenty of a ctivities. We stayed at the new Hilton in January which is fantastic and sits on a beautiful, white powder beach.
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driscoll8, I don't know if you've made your choice yet. But I must agree with the posters who recommend Barbados. It is quite a large island and it is very diverse in terms of everything (shopping, food, sights). We loved staying at the Hilton which really was a nice location as said already. It was close to Bridgetown that you could drive over within five, ten minutes and go further up to the west coast where there are very nice restaurants and shopping in Holetown and Speightstown. Or you could go to the east coast the other way. Plus the hotel itself was just totally relaxing and the staff hardworking and friendly.
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