Solo Woman Traveler Planning a Caribbean Getaway

Old Jul 20th, 2010, 01:36 PM
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Solo Woman Traveler Planning a Caribbean Getaway

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I'm planning a short vacation to a Caribbean island (southern - away from the hurricane belt) in early September and would love ideas for which island I should choose. I've been leaning towards Aruba but would like to hear from solo women travelers about their experiences. Is Aruba a good choice or would other islands be a better bet?
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Old Jul 21st, 2010, 08:33 AM
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Curacao is also very nice. If I were you I will split my vacation in 2. A few days in Aruba to get the crazy nightlife and then go to Curacoa for total relaxation.
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Old Jul 21st, 2010, 08:47 AM
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Rosa, Thanks for the suggestion. I really didn't think of that! Is it possible to also do a day trip to Curacao?
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Old Jul 21st, 2010, 11:33 AM
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There is more to do in Aruba and the beaches are much better than Curacao.
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Old Jul 21st, 2010, 02:00 PM
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Yes,it is possible to do a day trip to Curacao. I know many people who have done that.

Both Aruba and Curacao´s beaches are spectacular! But I kinda like Willemstad a bit more because of its colorfull buildings and relaxing atmosphere...
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Old Jul 21st, 2010, 04:15 PM
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I agree with Rosa.....
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Old Jul 22nd, 2010, 02:45 AM
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I also agree with Rosa love Curacao is soothing and pretty!
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Old Aug 12th, 2010, 05:36 AM
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Thanks Everyone for your suggestions!
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Old Aug 12th, 2010, 06:50 AM
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We've been to Aruba and Curacao. They are complete opposites of each other. Aruba is more built up. Tons of resturants, bars, shopping and entertainmnet. If you chose a hotel on Palm Beach you'll be within walking distance to most everything. Plus the bus stops are convenient and inexpensive. The beaches are very nice in Aruba. Long, white sand, and calm water.

Curacao is not as developed. There is a main area downtown for shopping and resturants. Beaches are coves/inlets all over the Island and made up of crushed coral. You'll need a rental car, a good map and alot of patience to find them or you can just do a beach hopping tour. Public transportation is lacking.

Being a women, but not single, I would recommend Aruba over Curacao. As stated above, Aruba has more things to see and do and the beaches are much nicer. You can always take a day trip over to Curacao from Aruba if you want to see it.
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i have been to St. Maarten by myself in my early 30's and had a BLAST!!!!
i'm a bit of a social person, so i would talk to people on beach or in restaurants and see what they did or are going to do.
lots to do on the island.
enjoy yourself. that was the BEST vacation i have ever been on. going this year with a girl friend, so it's a bit different but still will have a blast.
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Old Aug 13th, 2010, 02:18 PM
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Curacao may not be everyone´s favorite island but it is sure mine!lol I will be there again in 7 months!!!

Have a nice trip wherever you go!
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Just found a non-stop flight from Dulles to Aruba leaving the Saturday after Thanksgiving.... Traveling alone for some R & R - I am a very young 63 year old. (Husband will be on a hunting trip). How to get from airport to a hotel (No budget constraints on hotel, want clean, safe, within walking distance of restaurants, etc). Advice?
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Old Aug 31st, 2010, 10:19 AM
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St-martin of course - Nice beaches and best food in caribbean

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-ren...tle-bay/r21269
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Old Aug 31st, 2010, 09:30 PM
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infantrymom,

I would head for Palm Beach in Aruba.
It's a short cab ride from the airport. When you arrive, just walk out the door & the cabs are there all lined up waiting for you!

The first time we went to Aruba we stayed @ The Marriott Hotel on Palm Beach. The second time we stayed @ Marriott Ocean Club next door. It is a timeshare property. You can go to www.redweek.com
or www.tug2.net to check for availability.

Or, stay @ any of the major hotels on Palm Beach: Hyatt, Rui,
maybe the Radisson.

Have fun!
We are going back to Aruba again in February & can't wait!

Ocean
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Old Sep 9th, 2010, 02:03 PM
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infantrymom, Aruba is nice but make sure to make a day trip to Curacao. It is pretty easy and cheap. aruba+ curacao= excellent vacation!
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I am headed to Aruba. It was hard to choose an island. I have reserved a B & B - will rent a car to go all around. Just bought snorkel & mask - so excited cannot wait til Dec! Thanks for all the great advice. My soldier son and wonderful husband are very encouraging...Question: Should I make arrangements to spend one day in Curacao before I travel?
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I´ll say yes. Especially if you like snorkeling....
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Good for you!
You will love Aruba!

Where is the B & B?
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Chose Club Arias in Saveneta. It seems a good fit for me. I will have a car all week so I can drive anywhere. It is a quick drive to Baby Beach. The owner has called to welcome me already. My decision for this B&B over a high rise was based on the desire to stay out of the tourist area, feel safe, etc. As far as snorkeling I have never tried it. Thanks for all the good info.
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Old Sep 10th, 2010, 11:23 AM
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Interesting. I would fell safer in the high rise section!
Isn't Saveneta kind of remote....drive to the beach, drive to restaurants,etc?
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