mariott points 50th birthday

Jul 4th, 2007, 04:41 AM
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mariott points 50th birthday

Help-We are wanting to go on a trip to the carribean in Nov. for my 50th birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary. We want to stay at an island where there is plenty to do at night, great day trips, plus a slow relaxing pace. At nights we do enjoy a good dinner as well as a trip to the casino. We are looking at using our marriott points which can also be used at Ritz Carltons. The marriott hotels that we are looking at are; St Kitts, San Juan, Curacau, and Aruba. There is also the Ritz in San Juan that we could go to. Can someone help us choose which hotel to go to? Thanks
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Jul 4th, 2007, 05:29 AM
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San Juan would fit all your requirements. You can relax at the beach or take trips to the rain forest or biobay or into Old San Juan. Plenty to do at night also and good food is plentiful.
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Jul 4th, 2007, 07:13 AM
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sarlin....The St. Kitts Marriott would fit your needs, as well, I think. Just got back from our 3rd stay there. It is a large resort with a nice casino. There are rainforest hikes, island tours, Brimstone Hill Fortress, Caribelle Batik (sp?), a day at Turtle Beach and many fine restaurants. It is a lush island with very friendly people. Some restaurants to consider: Serendipity, Ballahoo, Marshalls, Sprat Net, Fisherman's Wharf, Stonewalls....just to name a few. Oh, how could I forget Mr. X's Shiggidy shack? There is also the option of visiting Nevis by ferry or on a catamaran trip for the afternoon and lunch at Oualie Beach or Sunshines.
We have also stayed at the Marriott in Aruba. Depending on what you prefer, we were not impressed. The casino was ok, the taxi drivers were not helpful and the island is very arid with little vegetation and the food was so-so. Remember, all of this is my opinion.

Good luck!
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Jul 4th, 2007, 08:43 AM
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The Marriott in Curacao has a long beach with lots of beach chairs and such
- and the island is an ideal vacation spot. The town center is very colorful. The musums detail the history, and there are plenty of ways to have fun. The restaurants offer a wide variety of wonderful food and beverage options from casual to up-scale. I recommend that you do rent a car for at least a day, although the signage is not good, so take time to look at a map ahead of time.
The people there are diverse--lots of nationalities. Nice island.
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Jul 4th, 2007, 10:58 AM
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I agree with Knowing's suggestion of the Marriott in Curacao. It is a nice beach resort on a great and interesting island.
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Jul 4th, 2007, 11:12 AM
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Well,thsnks to all for their input! I will consider all replies. Its just that I might even be more confused!
I think I have narrowed it down though to San Juan or St Kitts. Anyone been to both? lmk Thanks again to all!
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Jul 4th, 2007, 05:41 PM
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I've been to both islands but neither hotels!
I think you'd find more to do at night and more varied dinner options in San Juan.
St.Kitts is a much smaller island but as mentioned you could also take the ferry to Nevis for a day trip.
Other day trip options on St.Kitts include a drive around the island to Brimstone Hill (fort), strenuous hike through rain forest to the crater of Mt.L, various beaches, shopping at Caribelle Batik or in downtown Basseterre.

In San Juan daytrips could include the biobay at Farhardo, the rainforest El Yunque, shopping and sightseeing in Old San Juan plus the the fort El Morro and various beaches with snorkeling opportunities. You could also take an overnight trip to Vieques or Culebra.
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Jul 5th, 2007, 07:42 AM
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I've been to Marriotts in Aruba, Curacao and St. Kitts, hands down Curacao was my favorite (do a search for more comments but the main reason is because St. Kitts and Aruba and just mega-resorts and the smaller low-rise atmosphere of the Curacao Marriott was so much more enjoyable in my opinion). But if you are now deciding between San Juan and St. Kitts, the main question should be -- do you want a hotel on a beach in a city or do you want a true resort vacation on a Caribbean island? I just returned from San Juan (stayed at the Hilton, not the Marriott) but all those hotels are basically right in the city and there is not a getaway/resort feel at all. Old San Juan is fun for a few days but I wouldn't call San Juan a "slow relaxing pace" -- there's traffic, noise, everything that comes with a city. If you enjoy being in a city, fine but if you don't, choose St. Kitts.
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Jul 5th, 2007, 09:05 AM
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eileen has it right! Go to San Juan if you enjoy being in a vibrant city environment but still want accees to the beach, an active nightlife, plenty of cascinos and, if you don't mind travelling for an hour or so, a rainforest to explore. San Juan is not a place for a relaxing pace. By the way, islands with a "slow relaxing pace" raely have "plenty to do at night". Those two attributes tend to be mutually exclusive.

If you are looking for the an island with old world Caribbean charm then St. Kitts should be your destination. You should be aware the Marriott there is a mega-resort so if you don't plan on leaving the resort to explore the island you might as well be in San Juan or Miami. Lastly, you'll find much more nightlife in one little cornor of San Juan than you will on all of St. Kitts.
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Jul 5th, 2007, 12:09 PM
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I agree with the previous posts. If you decide on Puerto Rico, why not divide the trip and go a few days to either Culebra or Vieques, and have the moments to enjoy a slow, relaxing pace then go to the Stellaris and explore Old San Juan, enjoy a great restaurant, hit the casino, and do a little salsa dancing at night? We've done this, and had a great time. However, I've never been to St. Kitts, but I am looking forward to going to St Kitts/Nevis in the near future. Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday!
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Jul 7th, 2007, 07:14 AM
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Thanks to all who responded! This board is such a great way to plan a vacation.
I'm still waffling between St Kitts or San Juan. Is there anyone who has been to BOTH marriotts? I know the chance is small but I thought I would put it out there.
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