Help on where to vacation??

Mar 30th, 2018, 01:48 AM
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Help on where to vacation??

It's been a rough year w/ dear husband passing away. I want to take my 15 y/o daughter somewhere nice and safe for some relaxation and some fun. She has mentioned the Bahamas but really is open to anywhere. Any suggestions on islands, hotels and activities? Thanks!

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Mar 30th, 2018, 05:06 AM
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While we'd love to help your question is way too open ended. Most Caribbean islands are "nice and safe" and offer "relaxation and fun". We need more info from you in order to help narrow down your choices and make meaningful recommendations.

Where will you be flying from?

When are you planning to travel?

How long are you willing to travel to reach your intended destination - are you willing to take multiple connecting flights and or ferries to reach your destination or must you have a non-stop flight from your nearest International Gateway airport?

What type of budget do you have for airfare?

What type of budget do you have for accommodations?

What type of accommodations are you seeking - large full service resort, smaller boutique hotel, budget style motel, rental condo, etc?

Do you need beachfront accommodations or will you be OK with staying someplace off the beach?

What type of activities do you and your daughter like?

What type of island experience are you seeking - big island, small island, mountainous island with lush rainforests and darker sand beaches, flat arid island with scrubby vegetation and long strands of white sand beaches, hilly island with smaller cove like beaches, remote islands, island that are easy to get to, islands with lots of shopping, etc.???????

FYI - Saying you are considering the Bahamas don't help much as they consist of a few larger more populated islands and over 800 smaller remote "Out-Islands" - we need to know what draws you to these islands?
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Mar 30th, 2018, 05:43 AM
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Ok, here I go...

Where will you be flying from? Baltimore

When are you planning to travel? August 2018

How long are you willing to travel to reach your intended destination - are you willing to take multiple connecting flights and or ferries to reach your destination or must you have a non-stop flight from your nearest International Gateway airport?
Would prefer non-stop but will to have one stop .

What type of budget do you have for airfare? Looking to spend for air & accommodations under $3500 for both of us.

What type of budget do you have for accommodations? Looking to spend for air & accommodations under $3500 for both of us.

What type of accommodations are you seeking - large full service resort, smaller boutique hotel, budget style motel, rental condo, etc? A full service resort with restaurants and various amenities.

Do you need beachfront accommodations or will you be OK with staying someplace off the beach? Would prefer beachfront.

What type of activities do you and your daughter like? Well she has never been to an island so it will be an experience so snorkeling is a must, shopping, possibly any history sites... she does want to horse back ride on the beach.

What type of island experience are you seeking - big island, small island, mountainous island with lush rainforests and darker sand beaches, flat arid island with scrubby vegetation and long strands of white sand beaches, hilly island with smaller cove like beaches, remote islands, island that are easy to get to, islands with lots of shopping, etc.??????? An island easy to get to with a nice white sand beach. She just wants to go somewhere with crystal clear water.

Thanks in advance!!
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Mar 30th, 2018, 07:22 AM
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Look into one of the many resorts on Providenciales' Grace Bay in the Turks & Caicos. Grace Bay has an 11 mile long stretch of sugar white sand beach with calm crystal clear water, some areas having very good walk-in snorkeling plus other off-shore snorkeling areas that you can access on one of the many tour excursions. There's plenty of different water sports available. You probably can get there in one stop from either Baltimore International or Washington-Dulles. You'll have choice of full service resorts, condo resorts (giving all comforts and convenience of your own home) or smaller motel type accommodations - all beachfront or within a few hundred feet of one of the finest beaches in the Caribbean. Some modest "tourist shopping" but the T&C's are not a shopping mecca. Horseback riding is available on the island. Not too much in the way of "historical sights" but the stunning beach makes up for that shortcoming.
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Mar 30th, 2018, 07:37 AM
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OH, forgot to mention: Grand Cayman is another island you might want to consider. Famous for it's 7 Mile Beach where you'll find a variety of full service resorts plus numerous other smaller beaches with small resorts and/or rental condo complexes the island offers everything on your wish list. Stunning white sand beaches, very good to excellent snorkeling, including the famous Sting Ray City, beach and "swimming" horseback riding, water sports of all kinds, good shopping in town, botanical gardens, some historical sights and reachable in one stop from either BWI or Washington-Dulles.
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Mar 30th, 2018, 12:30 PM
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I agree that T and C and Grand Cayman are great choices for you. Easy to get to, safe, beautiful beaches. A good spot for you two to relax and chill. The earlier in August the better since hurricane risk grows the closer you get to September. Not a big risk, mind you, but not negligible either.
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Mar 31st, 2018, 12:28 PM
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Some places to stay on T&C that should be in your price range include Ocean Club West (OCW) and Ocean Club, The Sands, and Royal West Indies. All of them are condo resorts, on the beach with bar/restaurant and all but Ocean Club include some water sports. OCW is the most central to dining and grocery store which is handy if you don't want to rent a car. You can go directly to their websites to view any specials they may have at that time of year.

I would also take hurricane insurance - hopefully you won't need it but it will give you peace of mind.
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Apr 1st, 2018, 06:20 AM
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Aruba - beautiful beaches, direct flights from Baltimore, several resort hotels, AI not needed as many restaurants to choose from and has historical sights.

You can also fly direct to Montego Bay and take a transfer onto Negril. Plenty of activities although the hotels are not large resort types, great place for a young person.Loads of dining options right on the beach.
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Apr 8th, 2018, 03:23 PM
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Grand Cayman is safe and clear water with beautiful white sand beaches. Has great snorkeling and can tick off most of t he boxes. Aruba's water is not as clear, but the sand is white and there are many resorts that will be more reasonably priced than GC. Lots of great restaurants. We stayed at the Marriott on both islands. Aruba's was much grander in scale but both were very nice. You could probably get non stops to both of those.
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