Least expensive Caribbean destination?

Apr 3rd, 2002, 12:53 PM
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Here's another vote for St. John. You can save a few $ by staying in a tent and bringing along a cooler filled with enough meats and other treats to last the duration. Booze is cheap there, so have fun!!
Apr 3rd, 2002, 05:02 PM
Daniel Williams
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I went to Nassau, the Bahamas for 7 days, 6 nights with my parents, travelling independently: RT$350 airfare from Washington $135/night for room ($800 total) plus expenses of eating out, having a few cocktails, going into the city, customs & immigrations fees...all-told it was about $2250 for the 3 of us.

Nassau itself is more expensive than some of the other islands but I found the cost of getting there was much more favorable than to the other islands at the time I was looking (Xmas/New Years), so went with it.
Apr 4th, 2002, 03:01 AM
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Where did you stay for $135.00 a night & would you return? The $350. RT airfare must've been from Washington, DC; not Washington state?
Our airfare should run us $400. per person.
Apr 4th, 2002, 03:48 AM
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Dollar for dollar, the least expensive CAribbean destination is an all inclusive in the Dominican Republic.
Apr 4th, 2002, 08:05 AM
Daniel Williams
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I stayed at Orange Hill Beach Inn; it's a homey, inn-style accommodation in Western New Providence (island containing Nassau the capital) 8 miles from downtown Nassau. I loved the hotel and the low-key ambience; it's a world away from Paradise Island and downtown. The proprietors were welcoming and at risk of sounding cheesy, you felt like a member of the family. Also, we practically had the beach to ourselves. That said, this is not a luxury hotel...rooms were clean, but not glamourous. Buses come by to go into downtown Nassau but it's a little ways; if you want to be right by casinos, nightlife, golf courses,you might feel a bit isolated. I found I preferred the relaxed pace. My only problem with the place were the walls were thin and sometimes you could hear conversations in the neighboring rooms at night. That said, I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Check out their website for the latest room rates.
Apr 4th, 2002, 01:43 PM
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The cheapest vacation packages from the East Coast are between Jamaica and Dominican Rep.

Altough I love DR, If you have kids, I would hesitate "exploring" outside of the resort. Punta Cana, Playa Dorado and La Romona, are "Stay on the resort" type of destinations. Sure you can take a chance, go outside the resort and rent a car for a couple of days...but what's there to explore?

Jamaica, in particular NEGRIL, is a sure bet. Locals are super freindly, there are tons of local culture (food, music and history), and it's a laid back, safe vacation for a family. Negril has a stunning 7 mile beach, 7 miles of cliffs, 2 waterfalls (within an hour), watersports. Snorkeling is supurb around Booby Cay and the cliffs. Many nice restaurants and bars. There are also many options for places to stay: either All-inclusive resorts, hotels or condo-type apts.

Please note: This board, seems to over do it, when it comes to crime or dirtiness. Over the last year, I traveled to St. Martin, St. Thomas, Nassau and Jamaica, I was surpised how safe and clean these places are. Just go and enjoy.
Apr 13th, 2002, 09:35 AM
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Just got back last night from D.R. We stayed in La Romana,Bayahibe at the wonderful Dominicus Palace/Gardens. These are sister hotels that share one huge property with beautiful walking paths. I have never seen a property so beautiful. For sure the outer property is a 5+ , rooms, I'd say 3+(furniture basic,very clean). We had so much to do we were only in our room to sleep and shower. Things to do from you wake till you sleep. (Disco begins after midnight). We were so tired we never made it as we were were busy with daily activities. Go to Vivaresorts.com and follow the Dominican Republic site for more info. Great weather every day . Bring 30 sunscreen as it is very very hot. Ps. We paid $1048CD then the departure tax and travel insurance. If we had booked before Dec 15 you save another $150. Check it out.
Apr 13th, 2002, 11:04 AM
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Haiti or Grenada
Apr 13th, 2002, 12:31 PM
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Some islands are inexpensive to stay on (you can find cheap to moderate priced hotles/villas) - Grenada, Dominica, but can be pricet to fly to. And some are expensive to stay on, but cheap to fly tp. Dominican Repoblic is both inexpensive to fly to & inexpensive to stay, but I don't find the snorkeling anything to write home about. Bonaire usually has good airfares, there are some moderate priced nice places to stay & excellent snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, caving, etc. And don't forget belize - there are some great deals to this central American spot. Great activities - snorkeling, cave tubing, hiking, etc. Aruba is a nice island, but rather built up & the snorkeling is blah.
Apr 13th, 2002, 12:59 PM
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Try getting USAirway's weekly e-mails. They often run specials to the Carribean. You can sign up for their specials on their website. They sometims offer hotel specials (just don't say at Our Lucaya
Apr 13th, 2002, 04:34 PM
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There are 2 camp grounds on St.John if you don't mind semi-roughing it.Beyond that the best bargins can be found in Punta Cana.......check with Apple Vacations.
Apr 13th, 2002, 06:46 PM
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We have a 2BR,2BA home on San Salvador Island, Bahamas. Depending on where you fly from, you can do this one way under $4500 Bahamasair flys daily from Nassau to San Salvador. The cover of the Fodor's Bahamas 2002 guide book shows a solo swimmer in a cove. That cove is right in front of our home Wandering Starr Villa!! www.sansalvadorbahamas.com
Apr 13th, 2002, 09:46 PM
Owen O'Neill
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You mention Mexico not being an option but you might at least look at some info about Belize. It is just south of Mexico on the coast but English is the predominant and official language and the tap water is safe to drink. there are rain forest tours, kayaking, river tubing and Mayan ruins to see inland and there are also a number of keys islands that have windsurfing, kayaking, fishing, snorkeling and excellent scuba. I chose it because it appears to be low key and is very moderatley priced. there are some all inclusives on Ambergris Caye and quite a range of other accomodations as well. I'm goinig from late May to early June and will post a report in this forum upon my return. Airfare was $445 RT from NYC on major carrier (AA).

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