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tsaluja Jan 21st, 2008 11:15 AM

what island has the least amount of mosquitos??
 
We are planning this last minute vaca to the islands in March. Havent booked anything yet...because kind of worries of the mosquitos and the night time (forget the name) bugs that bite you and you cant see them. bugs LOVE me. I end up getting welts from bites that actually stick with me for months...maybe going to the Caribbean isnt for me then?

Do you have suggestions on islands that would have the least amount of bugs? Early March is when we are planning to vacation.
Thanks!

laplaya Jan 21st, 2008 11:32 AM

I don't recall mosquitos bothering much in Bermuda, nor in St Lucia.

Weather in Bermuda is best in late spring/summer.


RoamsAround Jan 21st, 2008 11:36 AM

There is no "mosquito free" island and one can't tell you which island has the "least". Mosquitos are a function of "climate and environmental conditions" not time of year or location of the island.

Mosquitos are more prevallent after periods of prolongued rain, when breezes are very light or completely still, they are more apt to be found around salt ponds and other sttanding water and along the beach at dusk. There are more mosquitos in rainforest areas then there are in say a more urban location.

The thing is you can visit an island one week and not encounter a single mosquito and a week or two later there can be hordes - you just never can tell.

You can lessen your chances of being bitten by avoiding avoid standing water, don't walk along the beach at sunset, use a good inscet repellant and avoid using perfumes, colognes, aftershaves, and scented hairspray (the sweet smell acts as an attractant.)

Packed2Go Jan 21st, 2008 11:51 AM

Mosquitoes don't like to fly in windy conditions, so any island with constant trade winds will have fewer mosquitoes flying about. Aruba comes to mind as a good example. You still may need to bring some bug repellent for sand fleas however. They are present on most beaches especially around sundown. I always pack a small tube of the combo sun screen/bug repellent for use around my ankles.

xkenx Jan 21st, 2008 12:38 PM

Barbados is relatively mosquito-free because it is a coral island, with most of the rainwater draining off or into the ground, so few stagnant ponds to breed the nasties. We've had only a handfull of bites in 5 trips to the island.
March is still the (relatively) dry season, so fewer mosquitos anywhere in the Caribbean.

Brian Jan 21st, 2008 03:48 PM

I've been to several of the islands, Mexico, and Central America during March and the only place I recall being bitten by bugs was Roatan, Honduras. They weren't mosquitoes, but sand fleas. March is usually dry and breezy so you really shouldn't have much of a problem.

Knowing Jan 22nd, 2008 07:36 AM

My choice for you would be any island EXCEPT St. Lucia. Bugs love me as well and out of the dozen islands that we've been to, this was the only one that I had a problem with.

Travcarib Jan 22nd, 2008 08:37 AM

We have been to several islands and I can't say that you can guarantee not getting bit by mosquitos. (Bugs love me too and I have yet to find a product that works for me.)

Like a previous post stated if you go to a place that has some winds it should help. We got bitten like crazy in St Lucia and even Provo but others have not. It really depends on weather and rain the island has had over that period of your stay dates.

They are usually out more around early evening and mornings and will normally not be out near the beach. I usually get bit more on balconies on ground floors or anywhere near foliage. If you go to the beach you usually won't encounter many.

I don't really care for Aruba but I can say we didn't get bit there maybe because the island had a constant wind blowing all day and night while we were there.

JAGIRL Jan 22nd, 2008 10:14 AM

Least amount of bugs? I doubt Jamaica or St. Lucia would win that award. :-<

doug_stallings Jan 22nd, 2008 10:34 AM

I would expect a dry island like Anguilla or Aruba or Curacao to have fewer mosquiotoes. They can be a problem anywhere, though, if the conditions are right.

And the no-see-ums ("sand fleas") are ubiquitous throughout the Caribbean, though completely absent in Hawaii.

Anguillagirl Jan 22nd, 2008 11:55 AM

You just can't go to the Caribbean and be completely bug free. Buy yourself some mosquito milk (actual name of the product) and you should be bug free. My husband gets really bad bites too, but he used mosquito milk this past trip to Anguilla and didn't get one bite!

tsaluja Jan 23rd, 2008 09:00 AM

Thanks everyone! Well have to think about this one..

girlonthego Jan 23rd, 2008 07:06 PM

Aruba. We never had one bug bite in our week there in March 2004. There are constant winds and it is known for being very dry. It rained five minutes in the entire week we were there.

CatherineL Jun 13th, 2008 01:59 AM

Bugs love me and I didn't get a single mosquito bite in Aruba during August.

However I did get bitten by sand fleas on the beach at night.


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