Brief Overview of Each Carribean Island??

Jun 24th, 2005, 12:31 PM
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Brief Overview of Each Carribean Island??

Is there a web site where I can get a good quick overview of each carribean island. I'm driving myself nuts trying to plan a vacation and I just realized I have to pick an island first!!

I keep jumping all over the place, and I have got to narrow down my search. Thanks
cervonil is offline  
Jun 24th, 2005, 12:42 PM
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Did you try Fodor's Destinations Section with Mini-guides of many of the islands in the Caribbean? These each give a good overview.
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Jun 24th, 2005, 12:47 PM
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if you tell us what you like or what you are looking for, I'm sure you can get suggestions! ex. beach or excursions, food, shopping, nightlife. postcard beaches or all around destination. Families or singles, or honeymoon, all this will help
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Jun 24th, 2005, 01:14 PM
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THere are lots of books on the carribean at a local bookstore, I would suggest getting a couple they will be invaluable in your planning.

On the web try
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Jun 24th, 2005, 01:31 PM
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The best way to get a general sense of each island would be to go to a site like Expedia where they give a thumbnail sketch. On Expedia you can select, "Deals and Destinations," and then "Caribbean." An interactive map will appear and when you select each island, an overview of the culture, climate, and topography will be displayed.

As another poster mentioned, Fodors has a "Destinations" section which is on the toolbar on the top of the screen.
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Jun 24th, 2005, 01:41 PM
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Quite honestly there are several good guide books that you can get at your local bookstore - Fodors, Fielding's and Lonely Planet are among the best. They will give you a real feel for all the islands. If you are an AAA member you can get their Caribbean guide for free. It will give you a good start. Lastly, as blamona pointed out if you tell us what you are looking for in an island destination (be as specific as you can - don't just say you want warm weather and nice beaches) you'll get lots of ideas on this site. You can also use the search feature above to read recent pots about each island.

Keep in mind that every island is different and no one island has it all but just about everyone can find the destination that is right for them. The beauty of the Caribbean is its variety of islands. You can go to a different one every year for 20 years and have 20 altogether different experiences.

There are 3 basic type of islands - 1) coral based islands that are relatively flat, arid and scrubby with long stretches of white sand beaches and extensive off-shore reefs, 2) volcanic based islands that are very mountainous, with lots of vegetation, lush rain forests, waterfalls and dark sand beaches and 3) smaller mountainous islands, with some vegetation and medium to small cove-like light golden sand beaches with some off-shore reefs. There are big islands and small islands, some you can get to directly from major gateway cities while others take a combination of 2 or 3 flights or boats. Some are crowded, some are virtually deserted, many are in-between. Some have casinos and active nightlife, some are quiet and laidback. Again, if you give us an idea of what you want, how much you want to spend for airfare and hotel, how much you are willing to travel, how long you want to stay, when you are planning your trip, what type of activities you like, how you and members of your party are, etc., etc. you'll get lots of guidence.


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