Lush Caribbean Island Out of Hurricane Zone?

Jan 25th, 2001, 06:02 AM
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Lush Caribbean Island Out of Hurricane Zone?

I'm thinking of going to the Carribean for my anniversary in September. What is the greenest island out of the hurricane zone? It is my understanding that most are 'desert' like....
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Jan 25th, 2001, 08:45 AM
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Grenada, which is as lush as they come, has had one hurricane in its history - pretty safe. Anything south of that, such as Trinidad and Tobago, would be even safer, and still green, although I have not been to either to compare. It is the Aruba-Bonaire-Curacao set that are deserts.
 
Jan 25th, 2001, 09:43 AM
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although the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonair @ Curacao) are out of the hurrican belt. They are desert but Aruba is a great island. I would stay away from Trinidad it is not tourist geared at all and very poor (have faimly there not my favorite place to visit - and I was there durring a hurrican and it was not fun) Went to Tobago many years ago as a child. I believe it is beautiful and more of a vacation spot although not a tourist trap at all.
 
Jan 25th, 2001, 09:55 AM
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Try the country of Trinidad and Tobago. Its south of the hurricane zone, and greener than Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire, other places that are too far south for hurricanes. If you are looking primarily for beaches, stay on Tobago. For city life, culture, try Trinidad. Of course you can easily combine the two.

Howard
 
Jan 25th, 2001, 12:56 PM
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You folks need some geography lessons, as far as I know Aruba has an arid landscape and not desert..and if you want to find a desert you should go to the Sahara where it rains 0 inches a year.


Know you will not find any lush islands
out of the hurricane belt. Perhaps Margarita Island...but the ABC islands are also green and nice in the latter part of the year when the rainy season kicks in. Hehe how dear we say the ABC islands are desert klomps? 14 inches of rain and at times flash floods..I don't think so..
 
Jan 25th, 2001, 10:26 PM
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Well, Mr. Arid Aruba expert: The only and LAST time I was on Aruba I distinctly remember seeing quite a few CACTUS plants all over the island, which is indicative of a DESERT terrain/island! So, Mr. Geography expert, always remember that a "desert" has several classifications including the term SEMI-ARID!!! You're welcome, Mr. Geography Scholar!!
 
Jan 26th, 2001, 03:51 AM
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The writer who suggested that you will not find any green islands outside of the hurricane belt was incorrect; the writer who referred you to Grenada has it right. Grenada is a lush, tropical paradise. At just 12 degrees north of the equator, Grenada is generally considered to be outside of the hurricane belt, and last suffered a storm in 1955. All of the far southern Caribbean islands, including the ABCs, were affected by the heavy seas (but not the winds) of Hurricane Lenny in November, 1999, and suffered damage to their shorelines and reefs, so STRICTLY speaking, you would not be safe from the impact of hurricanes ANYWHERE in the Caribbean. If you would like to know more about Grenada, you can visit my personal website for a trip report and photos at www.homestead.com/islandtime/MainPage1.html. Other good sources of information about Grenada are www.antilia.com and www.grenadaexplorer.com.
 
Jan 26th, 2001, 04:36 AM
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I agree with with Tim. We watched a Travel Channel show that featurd Aruba. Part of the show included a visit to Arikok National Park - a Desert, where one sport is dune sliding. They said the average rainfall on Aruba is 17 inches. Let's see - average rainfall 17 inches, a large expanse of sand and dunes (inland), sound pretty much like desert to me.
 
Jan 26th, 2001, 06:36 AM
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Mr. Geography,

I think you need a vocabulary lesson. Please see arid in your thesaurus: Parched, bone-dry, baked, waterless, scorched, infertile, barren. Sounds desert-like to me!!
 
Jan 26th, 2001, 06:43 AM
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Thanks to everyone who replyed! I received an email at my personal address yesterday from someone warning me of all the rain in Sept., so we may be moving our trip up to May. We've heard lots of good things about the BVI, but after seeing Eva's web site, we're still leaning towards Grenada as I get the impression it won't be as 'touristy'and or crowded as the BVI area....I'm I wrong?
Thanks again.
 
Jan 26th, 2001, 07:20 AM
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Ally,

Having been to Grenada and the BVI 3x each, I can tell you that Grenada is LESS crowded and touristy than the BVI, but its all relative. Don't get the impression that the BVI are generally crowded and touristy (especially in September, or even May). There are places on both islands that you want to avoid on cruise ship days (which are less frequent during the off-season months), but in general, the pace of life is slow in both places and commercialism and high-rise/high-volume tourism are absent. And, in the summer, you can expect brief, intense rain showers every day. The BVI, though beautiful in their way, have NOTHING on Grenada for sheer tropical lushness. So, if you are looking for lush tropical beauty and (relatively) less tourism/crowding, as between the BVI and Grenada, I would recommend Grenada.

Cheers,
Eva
 
Jan 26th, 2001, 09:25 AM
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I agree with AridAruba.

You all should go back to school and learn the differance between a seasonal climate, cold climate, tropical climate, desert climate and arid climate, you make Americans look dumb. Even I being a student at a college in the U.K. know the differance and what AridAruba has said is correct. It does not rain in the desert and a arid climate has cactus and rough vegatation..that does not make it a desert, you should all explore Aruba a bit more as I did myself instead of limiting yourself to the tourist area...and only watch the Aruban nature on television what a shame.
 
Jan 26th, 2001, 10:40 AM
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Desert, Arid, who cares?????? The point is that Aruba is not a lush island, which is what Ally was originally looking for. And Barbara, a big sarcastic thank you for pointing out that your method of vactioning is so farther superior to anyone else's. By the way, isn't the UK a rain forest? There are trees and the sun never comes out, at least from what I've seen on the telly.
 
Jan 27th, 2001, 04:26 AM
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Oh Barbara, dear -- A desert climate CAN be characterized as either being "seasonal, cold, tropical, desert or arid" as you have described! I strongly suggest you withdraw from the "university" as I really don't think you'll pass any of your subjects with flying colors!!
 
Jan 27th, 2001, 04:30 AM
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By the way, Barbara, dear -- Los Angeles is classified as a semi-ARID Desert, and we have quite the RAINY season to prove it!! Now go get your teeth fixed like a good little Brit, dear!!!
 
Jan 27th, 2001, 06:08 AM
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I have visited Aruba twice and have found it to be the safest, weather and tourist wise. Of all the places I have been to, Aruba is my favorite. It is clean, the people are very friendly, and is the only place where you can take local transportation downtown at midnight and be safe (and feel safe). As for weather, it is heaven! Tradewinds are refreshing, no bugs, and it rained only once in the times I visited - I spent 1 month there in summer of 1989 and 2 weeks in late August 1998...it rained for 5 minutes one morning on my visit in 1998 at 7:30am.
No worries of anything when you visit Aruba - I highly recommend visiting this pristine island! You won't be disappointed.
 

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