Luxury AND Nightlife

Dec 4th, 2001, 10:51 PM
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Ellen
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But Rob -- what is your honest assessment of the beach/water on Provo?
 
Dec 5th, 2001, 06:15 AM
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Rob
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Ellen,
The beach in Provo is nice, but the water is phenomenal. Turks & Caicos has, by far, the nicest water we've ever seen in the Caribbean. Every place we go we compare the water to T & C to see if it matches up, but it hasn't so far..
 
Dec 5th, 2001, 12:43 PM
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Rob,if you're still considering Hawaii, here's a short summary of the islands:
Oahu - the north side is nice and quiet- the Hilton was the only resort there for a long time but I thought they were building another? You'd need to go to Honolulu for nightlife.
Maui - the west side of the island (dry side)is developed with lots of mega resorts lining the beaches - especially near Kaanapali (north of Lahaina) The 4 Seasons(in Wailea , south of Lahaina) is really nice. Most of the resorts in Wailea are quite upscale. If you're interested in beaches, the ones around Wailea are rocky and somewhat small. Beaches to the north of Lahaina are nicer. Many of the beaches are packed with people although maybe not now with tourism down. Nightlife is OK around Lahaina but it's a touristy area.
Kauai - small,quiet and green. Not known for upscale resorts but there are some nice places around Poipu (drier south side of the island) and Princeville. Nightlife is limited - mainly around Poipu
Hawaii (big island) There aren't any large sandy beaches - the island is mainly lava flows. The volcano and large open areas is the main draw. There are some nice resorts around Kona (on the west dry side)but nightlife somewhat quiet.
Overall, there are quiet places in the islands that aren't developed but in the most popular places, you do know you're in the US with all the advertising (helicopter and zodiac tours, Hilo Hattie's "island style" clothing),fast food places, malls, etc. I haven't been there in about 3 years but didn't see any casino's anywhere on the islands.

Have you considered Cabo San Lucas? There are some very nice upscale resorts there and lots of nightlife (no casino's though and stay away during spring break) The entire area is quite small so you don't get hords of people. Most people there speak English if that's a concern. Most resorts carry a couple US TV stations. The beaches aren't as nice as the Caribbean -
 
Dec 6th, 2001, 12:18 AM
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Well, Rob, you just might have scored the Big Answer yourself with the Cabo consideration! I have not been to Paradaiso myself but have many friends who have and they say it's excellent! It's quite obviously a beautiful place with very large rooms, very upscale, and, as you said, your nightlife will be plentiful!
 
Dec 6th, 2001, 07:08 AM
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I think we've settled on Las Ventanas al Paraiso. I think it has everything we're looking for, with the nightlife of Cabo 15 minutes away. Thanks for the input everybody!
 
Dec 6th, 2001, 12:06 PM
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Rob,
In case the hotel doesn't tell you, it's wonderful to rent a car and drive to Todos Santos. It's a very small town of the Eagle's Hotel California fame. (the hotel is closed but was a dive anyway) It's a beautiful drive through rolling hills dotted with flowering plants. Lots of surfers drive out to the beaches (assuming surf's up) from dirt roads connecting to the highway. There's a very good Italian restaurant in Todos Santos called the Santa Fe Cafe.(katty corner from the school). Watch out for livestock on the road - it's best driven during daylight. Santa Fe is open for lunch. Another restauraunt that's very good is La Republica in Cabo San Lucas. They along with several restaurants serve flaming coffee drinks which are fun to watch -

Also worth visiting is the glass factory - not the one on the Los Cabos highway but the original one in Cabo. You drive past the access road on the way to Todos Santos. Ask your hotel for directions. They make blue rimmed glassware, you can watch the process close up, and they have a good sized store.(plus beautiful glass mosaic windows).
 
Dec 6th, 2001, 12:57 PM
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Thanks Jenn. Any other must do things in Cabo or does anyone who might have stayed at Las Ventanas have any advice/recommendations?
 
Dec 6th, 2001, 02:18 PM
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Hi Rob! You mentioned Beaches at Turks/Caicos, we're thinking of getting married there and staying on, (bringing the in-laws and out-laws so need a place with some activity...) Can you or anyone out there tell us of your positive/negatives experiences there? We TRULY appreciate the input! Thanks! yvette
 

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