Suggestions wanted, please!

Old Jan 10th, 2002, 03:55 AM
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Suggestions wanted, please!

Hi...since I have never, ever been anywhere TROPICAL on a vacation, this is going to be a very general question, so any and all input is appreciated! <BR>A friend of mine from work is planning her honeymoon for the beginning of April and would like to go somewhere warm & tropical but not very touristy. Kind of an 'off-the-beaten-path' type of place, but not TOTALLY isolated. They would like to be able to go horse-back-riding on the beach, snorkeling, see some beautiful places, a little bit of night life. They are pplanning to have about 2 weeks, so what would you recommend?<BR>Thank you in advance for your suggestions!
 
Old Jan 10th, 2002, 04:57 AM
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For two weeks, they really can go so many places but what came to mind was a cruise on maybe the Moorings or Windjammer. On Moorings they can reallym ap out where they want to go, with a captain - stop to snorkle and swim, different island each day, new tastes and local experiences each night, etc.... <BR>Windjammer is larger but still not a cruise ship so to speak. Itis more personal and relaxing without all the people, and have heard really good things about this company.
 
Old Jan 10th, 2002, 05:28 AM
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Cayman has great snorkeling and horseback riding on the beach. If you stay away from 7m beach its pretty quiet.
 
Old Jan 10th, 2002, 10:51 AM
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Thank you...both of you!<BR>Penney - how would I find out more about these cruises?<BR>
 
Old Jan 10th, 2002, 02:23 PM
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Just got back from another two week Windjammer cruise - that makes 13 weeks since 1989. It's a great trip. Check them out at www.windjammer.com.
 
Old Jan 10th, 2002, 09:23 PM
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Hi<BR>St Bart is very quiet island with all accomodations<BR>Frensh restaurants, a litle night life, good snorkeling.<BR>There is also a ranch near Flamand beach<BR>If you want to rent a nice vacation contact http://perso.wanadoo.fr/cottages-les-creolines/ and dont forget to say it's for honeymoon Best regards
 
Old Jan 11th, 2002, 04:42 AM
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Thank you Pam & Gilbert...will definitely check out the site info both of you have given!
 
Old Jan 11th, 2002, 05:24 AM
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east end of grand cayman island fits the bill<BR><BR>quiet and somewhat isolated, but not far from some nightlife and many many great restaurants<BR><BR>the smaller cayman islands would probably be too isolated for your friend
 
Old Jan 11th, 2002, 06:52 AM
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Ginny I would recommend 2 resorts on a small island in the Bahamas called Harbour Island. They can fly into Nassau and take the ferry over to the island. <BR><BR>Our favorite place to stay is Runaway Hill Club www.runawayhill.com or if I couldn't get a room there I would stay at Romora Bay www.romorabay.com<BR><BR>There is also a website for the island www.briland.com with pictures of a 3 mile beach with pink sand. The island is small 3 miles long and has several good restaurants and the beach even during the high season is uncrowded. There are a few night spots and dancing under the stars.<BR><BR>Hope this helps. Let me know if you need any other info.<BR><BR>tweedy
 
Old Jan 11th, 2002, 03:33 PM
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I agree with the St. Barths recommendation.... very expensive but you cannot have a more luxurious vacation... also beautiful and somewhat less expensive is St. Kitts -- they have a few luxurious plantation inns ideal for honeymooners (Ottleys, Rawlins and Golden Lemon) ... there's great snorkeling (even right off the beach), numbers of beautiful beaches,horseback riding, very good restaurants and open air dining, golf, volcano and rainforest tours and I think the nicest people in the Caribbean. It doesn't have any large resorts (b/c the Marriot resort will not be ready until next November) so it's not very touristy and it's not uncommon to be on a beautiful, huge beach with only a handful of people.<BR><BR> It's also an incredibly picturesque island... very hilly, monkeys, you name it. I just returned from 10 days there and it's very slow in the Caribbean b/c of 9/11 and the economy -- but even when I've been there during busier times, it just seems as if very few people have heard of the island. It's not going to be as luxurious as St. Barths, but I believe it's nicer than almost any other island in the Caribbean. It's actually very close to St. Barths -- both are about an hour flight from San Juan. <BR><BR>
 
Old Jan 11th, 2002, 03:41 PM
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Thank-you Julia, tweedy & Brad for your input! It is very much appreciated and of great help! <BR>
 
Old Jan 12th, 2002, 04:12 AM
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Ginny,<BR><BR>I have persoanlly never done one of these cruises but did get a huge packet in info from Moorings last year as we were looking into it - I beleive both have a site onthe web to get info.<BR><BR>The Moorings really looked good to us. You can get either your own yacht or Catamaran, with a captain, all-inclsuives food, drink, water equipment and they ahve differnt area's and islands that they go to or I beleive you can map certain spots. They do dock so you can get off and see theislands, beach, etc.... There is also a thing where youget a yacht shared with others - mini cruise! Looked really nice.<BR><BR>Windjammer was the cruise line used for that show - Love Cruise I think it was called. It is a very small cruise line - that a cruise boat soo to speak. Looks to be more personaly then a larger cruise line.
 
Old Jan 14th, 2002, 02:23 PM
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Thank you again Penney!!!!!
 

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