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Help! Fellow Travelers -- need advice on which island will suit this city-stressed couple in need of R&R away from civilization!

Help! Fellow Travelers -- need advice on which island will suit this city-stressed couple in need of R&R away from civilization!

Old Feb 15th, 2001, 10:51 PM
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Have you considered Aruba? One of the
nicest resorts that is quiet, laid-back,
impeccable service and reasonably
priced is the Bucuti Beach Resort
(www.bucuti.com). It is located on a
beautiful, huge beach with lots of room
for sunbathing-- plenty of chaises and
shade huts. In fact, guests are given
a red flag by the Bucuti staff to take
with them to the beach. When hungry
and/or thirsty, just stick the flag in
the sand and a waiter/waitress will
come take your order! For more information about Aruba, go to these
These websites have information on other
resorts, restaurants, and activities.
Further, Aruba is outside of the
hurricane belt so the risk of a
hurricane is minimal and since the
island gets little rain year-round, it
has great weather, sunshine, and
temperatures generally remain in the
80's with brisk trade winds. The
people of Aruba are the friendliest
that we have ever encountered in our
travels. Aruba is worth checking out!
Hope this gives you more options!
Old Feb 16th, 2001, 10:46 AM
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I can't say that I tired of eating with the "same folks" nite after nite at PSV ... unless I tired of my dh!! LOL Actually many people prefer to dine in their Cottage rather than in the Dining Room. We were there for breakfast twice - one day there was one other couple and the other, none! The other days we dined "in." We never made it to the dining room for lunch opting to have lunch delivered on the beach!! But we did not "eat in" at all for dinner and went to the dining room. I couldn't even tell you who was staying there or if they were "yachties" dining - a couple of people looked familiar but it wasn't like going to the same ol' same ol' everynite. I am in a minority I am sure but wasn't really impressed with PSV's "gourmet fare." But, just coming off a trip to Anguilla, maybe that's not fair knowing "gourmet" in the Caribb on most islands is a very different standard. But, Anguilla's beaches are long, lovely and lucious while the beach at PSV, on both the Atlantic Side and the Caribb Side are much norrower and the waterline does have lots of coral. But those private hammocks on the West End beaches are very very hard to beat for privacy and seclusion!! In fact, at PSV, just raise that red flag and you don't have to talk to anyone!! LOL We choose to eat "upstairs" - a gazebo (can one be square?) type arrangement apart from the dining room with just a few tables ... so it was a good compromise. It is so hard to compare - they are just sooo different and offering a very different type of ambience! PSV is definately low maintance. And the cottage size is wonderful!! They actually put full watt bulbs in to read by as well has having the bitty lites by the bed to read!!! Beachfront at Peter Island is wonderful too but I found that the Tradewinds, the restaurant, got kinda busy at nite and now that they have closed it in and a/c'ed it ... and altho, it was always my one of my favorites in the BVI, not sure that I like that at all!! And the beachfront rooms there can be opened entirely to the fresh air and sounds of nature - altho the a/c compressors are placed almost at the head of the bed outside the rooms on the first floor - not smart on someone's part!!
Old Feb 16th, 2001, 10:51 AM
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Hi Maggie, Two words that mean the SAME....."Freedom" and ELEUTHERA, Bahamas. Cartwright's Ocean View Cottages([email protected]) in Tarpum Bay will offer you reasonable priced cottages sitting just 50ft from the water and fresh linens and maid service are provided daily. Eleuthera is over 100 miles long with hidden, unspoiled, pink and white, powder soft, sandy beaches waiting for you to explore them. This is the island to forget about everything around you and simply relax on the beach or just drive along the coast and "catch a cool" as they say in the Bahamas. IT will be the best vacation you will experince in a while.
Old Feb 16th, 2001, 10:54 AM
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Just a quick note, If you need any info about Eleuthera, feel free to email me at the above address.
Old Feb 16th, 2001, 11:17 AM
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Thanks for such great responses: Karen, Penny, JanGail, and Doug -- will look into all your considerations....

Can anyone tell me if there's a geological trend among the islands,i.e. do the islands closest to South America, hence Aruba, B + C, or those lying due west of Puerto Rico, e.g., USVI, Leeward Islands, etc -- have better or worse beaches in terms of its shore(s); sandy or rocky or both?

Your answers will help in our decision.
Old Feb 16th, 2001, 11:31 AM
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I just came back from the Grand Caymanian Resort (5 star) in Grand Cayman and loved it! If you are considering the Caribbean for Travel, this is the place to stay! Some amenities are Kitchen, Washer/Dryer, Pool, Beach, Dock, Dive Shop, Restaurant, Free Shuttle, plus more… I actually am willing to talk to you regarding this resort and can offer availability at a discounted rate ($800-$2000/week). To see more info on this resort visit: http://www.anetdiscount.com/cayman, Please call Jeff (570) 374-3482
Old Feb 16th, 2001, 12:55 PM
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Gosh! It's hard to keep up with all the great recommendations! Thanks so much everyone!

I think the island(s) of Anguilla and St. John have made the semi-final cut -- now it's time to decide which suits us best: privacy, seclusion, and fine sandy beach with panoramic views.

Are you out there? Will be waiting... Thanks again!
Old Feb 16th, 2001, 01:35 PM
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Maggie-I am not a geologist LOL, but when I first started researching where to go in the caribbean, one of the travel books stated most of the caribbean is rocky. The guide books never go into any detail about the beaches when writing about resorts, etc. I found found my best source of info from other travlers I have met , and now this forum. I think you are on the right track!
Old Feb 17th, 2001, 05:58 AM
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I agree with you Penny!

I've read numerous travel guidebooks, both on several regions, including the Caribbean, but somehow these very forums/discussions are invaluable based on their personal experiences. It paints a more honest picture -- several opinions are more valuable than ONE travel writer or compilation..

keep them coming!
Old Feb 17th, 2001, 11:46 AM
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Another great forum - the Caribbean Travel Roundup. Real travelers' reviews on every island:

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