Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Caribbean Islands
Reload this Page >

Jamaica or Puerto Rico - who has the better beaches?

Jamaica or Puerto Rico - who has the better beaches?

Jan 16th, 2011, 06:32 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 69
Jamaica or Puerto Rico - who has the better beaches?

For those that have been to both, who has the best beaches? I want to go to a place with a variety of beautiful beaches in March. Don't really have any other requirements, just beautiful beach - any thoughts?
smr00 is offline  
Jan 16th, 2011, 06:48 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 5,765
please decribe your "best beach"
long for walking? - blindingly white sand? (vs pink, black or just reg sand color)
small cove lined with palm trees?
almost no one else?
tons to do like jetski, kayak rentals & parasailing?
lots of rests/beachbars or bring a lunch beaches?
snorkeling?
calm for swimming or are you more beachsitter/swim in hotel pool type?
windsurf/surfing beach?
do you want to drive around to check out lots of beaches or mostly just hang out in "your area" >antigua for example has 365 beaches 8-)

are you only deciding between jam & pr? or will you consider other islands. and if you want resort/lodging suggestions you'll need to tell us a specific budget
virginia is offline  
Jan 16th, 2011, 07:52 AM
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 69
Beautiful beach to means warm weather, warm water, calm water. Light colored sand, crystal clear blue waters..and I would like to get out and explore different beaches, so go to different beaches on different days. I'm pretty much looking for beautiful landscapes.
It doesn't just have to be puerto rico or jamaica - i just thought since those were closer, cheaper and had direct flights from the north east, it would be easier. We are probably only going five days max.
We won't be doing diving or snorkeling but I certainly don't want to sit at a pool at a resort. I want to be able to appreciate the beaches and explore different ones and just take in the landscape.
Does that make sense? And I also want 80 degree weather...
smr00 is offline  
Jan 16th, 2011, 08:06 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 92,946
Both those islands have what you describe, beautiful landscape and beautiful beaches and places to go different days. Both should have 80 degree weather in March. Geographically they are right next door to each other in the Caribbean.

But honestly I think most all of the Caribbean islands fit what you seek. Nice beaches and landscape is kind of what they're all about!
suze is offline  
Jan 16th, 2011, 08:20 AM
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 69
Is Jamaica safe enough to rent a car and just drive around to different beaches? It seems like a large island and that you either base yourself in montego bay or negril? Is this correct? Any ideas which would be better?
smr00 is offline  
Jan 16th, 2011, 09:42 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 92,946
Most people aren't comfortable renting cars and driving on their own in Jamaica. Most hire private drivers which you can do for a reasonalbe price. It's not so much that it is not "safe enough" rather the road conditions are pretty wild, and remember it's driving on the "wrong side" of the road British style. Yes it *is* a large island with interior mountain range, that's what makes the place so lush and beautiful (compared to smaller more desert type islands).

If you're asking which "would be better" between Negril and MoBay... most definitely Negril imo.
suze is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
laurellmcgrath
Caribbean Islands
5
Jun 7th, 2013 02:42 PM
JamieG
Caribbean Islands
8
Jun 4th, 2013 12:25 PM
bayareabeachbum
Caribbean Islands
6
Aug 11th, 2008 10:56 AM
maxx
Caribbean Islands
6
May 18th, 2008 01:44 PM
RichF
Caribbean Islands
5
Dec 28th, 2002 02:29 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:16 AM.