Help, Please share your Caribbean Wisdom!!

Apr 1st, 2004, 03:13 PM
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Help, Please share your Caribbean Wisdom!!

Newbie to travelling and don't know where to go and I am about to lose my mind. Hope you all can help. I am 25yrs old and will be with my significant other, first trip together, would like it to be memorable.
Looking for an island that is relaxing and romantic, but would like activities and nightlife as well. turks and caicos looks absolutely beautiful, is there nightlife here? The prettiest water i've seen so far other than st. barts which i can't afford.

Not sure if we'll be renting a car, so need someplace where walking, buses or taxis are not a problem. would also like someplace where age is not an issue? don't want the whole spring break scene but don't want to be in a retirement center either. Can you suggest an island you feel may appeal to us? When's the best time to visit the caribbean? is 200/night too cheap, what's the average rate for a nice hotel? Should I reserve on-line myself or go through a travel agency? Please advise.
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Apr 1st, 2004, 04:20 PM
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Lots of islands would fit that description, so I would suggest talking to a local travel agent for info on hotels and package deals that are available from your area.

Our favorite island is Harbour Island in the Bahamas, and you might look at some of the websites for the island and the Bahamas.

www.briland.com (Harbour Island)
www.coconutelegraph.com (The Abacos)
www.bahamas.com

Hope this helps and have a GREAT time.
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Apr 1st, 2004, 04:38 PM
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Visit www.isla-mujeres.net
use the tool bar at the left to get info
$200 will get you a great room (not AI) and all the food and drink you can handle with a lot of change left at the end of the day.
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Apr 2nd, 2004, 05:28 PM
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OK ..I am going to help you.....First off, since you say you are new to traveling and planning this yourself, Id say yu might want to start with somewhere easy. Some destinations are easier to get to than others and cheaper and more hassle free than others.I have been to lots of islands in the Caribbean..they all offer different types of vacations.Most all of them have beautiful water..thats pretty much a given..but differ in beach, activities,culture, nightlife, etc.I dont think what you are looking for at this point is something like Cap Juluca,Peter Island, etc.These places are outstanding but 200 a night..not even close.When I first read your post..I thought of Cancun , Riveria Maya , or possibly Aruba.They are easy to get to,around in,and easy to plan.There are some fine hotels in Cancun..its not all Spring Break City,,especially if you go in May or June..great rates then.Le Meredien, JW Marriott, Ritz, ..all hard to beat.Royal Hideaway in Playa del Carmen is also hard to beat..but not alot of nightlife.Aruba is farther, for us anyway, more expensive , and IMO, not worth the difference except in food quality.Grand Cayman is also nice, but once again, at this point you might get more bang for your buck in Mexico..a good starter trip.
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Apr 3rd, 2004, 06:34 AM
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Sounds like Aruba is the place for you. Great beaches, restaurants, night life, sunsets, casinos and VERY friendly people. As it is near the equator the weather is good all year around and it is outside the normal hurricane belt.
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Apr 3rd, 2004, 10:34 AM
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Criteria: activities, some nightlife, long beach, pretty water, memorable experience.

Aruba (sunsets, casinos, large hotels)
Grand Cayman (not much nightlife)
Negril (Culture & music, romantic sunsets)
Playa Del Carman/ Playa Riveria, Mexico
Punta Cana (all-inclusives)
Grenada (small hotels and guest houses)
Isla-Mujeres, Mx (not much nightlife)
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Apr 5th, 2004, 04:10 PM
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Thank you all for the info.

Is Turks and caicos out the runnings? A co-worker told me to check out Barbados as well. Can anyone shed some light on these islands? Is late Nov. a good time to visit them
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Apr 5th, 2004, 06:47 PM
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I havent been to t&c but have heard good things...lots of condo type places there I think and from what I understand the water and beach are outstanding. A friend of mine said there is a lot of construction going on at the moment. A far as Barbados is concerned, we considered Sandy Lane there and a couple of other parallel properies..but from what you have described you arent going to get far there with the budget you are describing if you want a great hotel.For a beginner trip to the Caribbean you will get more bang for your buck in Cancun, Playa del Carmen,etc.Late November is the tail end of hurricane season in the Caribbean...if possible I think I would wait until early December if you are overly worried about those issues.Expedia's flight/hotel packages are good and easy to plan..and you get an upfront price as well as hotel description, etc.Perhaps thats a good starting point...
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Apr 5th, 2004, 10:54 PM
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For a gentle introduction to the Caribbean I would recommend Barbados but it doesn't have to be Sandy Lane Hotel. There are hotels there to suit all budgets/ages/interests. As long as it is on the west coast.

Antigua is also a good option. Turks Caicos are a bit like the Bahamas, beautiful beaches but dry islands. I also like Grenada.
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Apr 6th, 2004, 05:05 AM
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The west coast of Antigua is somewhere between sleepy and lively. There's a small, intimate hotel called Siboney Beach Club on the northwest coast on Dickenson Bay. What action there is in Antigua is on this beach. It's a lovely stretch of white sand and gorgeous water. The hotel's restaurant, the Coconut Grove, is directly on the water and a romantic setting. There are other restaurants within walking or a short taxi distance. (Don't know about the bus schedule on the island.) Siboney has very reasonable prices, especially if you go in the off season which is roughly mid April through mid-December. (I'd avoid being there August through the end of October as that is peak hurricane season and many places shut down.)

West coast of Antigua is more lush than the rest of the island, gorgeous water and rolling green hills dominate the landscape here. It's not as happening as Aruba or Negril, Jamaica, but I think it would provide a wonderful first time visit to the region, and the Siboney Beach Club offers a real sample of the island, not a cookie-cutter hotel that could be found anywhere.
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