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What island is safe for two women traveling alone ?

What island is safe for two women traveling alone ?

May 12th, 2002, 05:28 PM
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Kerri
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What island is safe for two women traveling alone ?

We will be two women traveling alone and are looking for a safe island to go. We've been to Bermuda and St. John and felt safe. We're are thinking of Puerto Rico, but I'm not so sure. Jamaica is definitely out of question for two girls alone. We like sightseeing and don't like to be confined to a resort exclusively. Any suggestions ?
 
May 13th, 2002, 03:13 AM
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Kerri,
Grand Cayman is one of the safest islands in the Caribbean. Perfect for two women traveling alone! You would never have to worry about being out, day or night.
 
May 13th, 2002, 03:23 AM
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I have done several trips to Puerto Rico with no men along. I never felt unsafe. It is a beautiful island with a lot to offer. A couple times we rented a car for a few days and drove all around the island. Never had a bad experience. The people there have always been friendly and helpful.
 
May 13th, 2002, 04:35 AM
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My husband travels to P.R. several times a year on business and over the years I have accompanied him a few times. He always stays at the Caribe Hilton-- very nice hotel. I also like the Marriott Hotel--good location. When he was gone during the day I enjoyed the beautiful grounds and swam in the pool, sunbathed etc. Also, I have taken a few tours on my own that were offered at the hotel (Luquillo Beach/Rainforest tour)and never had a problem.
 
May 13th, 2002, 05:06 AM
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Kerri,

I agree with Sandy. Grand Cayman would be the place. My wife and I have been there twice and have traveled throughout the island and did not see any hint of crime or poverty. A bonus would be that seven mile beach is the nicest beach we have been to in the Caribbean, and there are many fine restaurants and shops. It is not a place for the financially challenged however.

Russ
 
May 13th, 2002, 05:15 AM
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I was in Aruba three years ago, and it was just us two girls. We felt perfectly safe exploring the island in our mini van (the car rental place ran out of jeeps). We drove all over the island and took many trips to different beaches.

We also had a great trip to Jamaica this past February. Everyone warned us, saying it was going to be dangerous. We had no problems and found everyone to be really friendly and helpful to us. Yes, we stayed with organized tours and with people from our resort. BUT, we got to do a lot and the price was right.
 
May 13th, 2002, 08:31 AM
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Provo - Turks and Caicos, just returned, a great place, safe at night and any time of day, and most friendly, hospitable people you would ever want to meet.
 
May 25th, 2002, 06:35 PM
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I stayed in tortola at the Sugar Mill with my girlfriend in March. We always felt safe on that island. We tooled around to beach to beach every day and saw the sights and ate 4 nights at the Sugar Mill. I heard the island people are quite religious and crime was not a issue, and being British owned helps. The Sugar Mill is so friendly, accomodating and had everything we wanted or needed, kids over 15 only, nice pool, awesome food, and you get your rental vehicle right on premisis.
 
May 27th, 2002, 08:36 AM
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Hi Keri,My sister and I travel all over the place and have never had any problems.Even out of the Country. Just use your common sense and good judgement
and you'll be fine.I'm sure you'll have a great time whereever you choose to go.
Good Luck and give us a trip report when you get back!!
 
May 27th, 2002, 11:00 AM
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Gail
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I agree with Debbie. As long as you use common sense you will be OK just about anywhere.
 
May 27th, 2002, 02:34 PM
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Kerri
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Thank you everyone.
We're still "thinking" about it and
are leaning toward Grand Cayman, but
Puerto Rico sounds very inviting as well.
Is any island a definite "no no" for two
women alone ?
 
May 27th, 2002, 08:26 PM
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I fail to understand why Jamaica is out for two girls travelling alone. If you have any travel experience at all, I do not see why Jamaica would be different from the other islands. Serious planning would ensure a safe trip. Get to the island, meet with a prearranged taxi/guide. Stay at a resort, leave whenever you feel like it, have the local driver show you around or help you plan your day(s)out.

I found the Jamaican people to be astoundingly friendly and helpful. We had a driver that took wherever we wanted (really not that expensive, take care of him, he takes care of you. Although, I believe they would even if you didn't). I read of bad things happening to tourists in every destination....but Jamaica is not better or worse than most other island.
I'm sure we'd all be interested in hearing where you choose, why and how it was....
Wherever you go...live it to the fullest!
 
May 28th, 2002, 10:42 AM
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I've traveled alone to & didn't have any problems here:

Turks & Caicos, Aruba, Bahamas, Punta Cana, Cancun

 
May 28th, 2002, 11:45 AM
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I've been all over the Caribbean with 1 or 2 women and have never had a problem. I think the secret is not what your destination is, but your demeanor. As in the U.S., if you're not careful, you can find trouble anywhere. I went to Jamaica a few years ago with a female, with my daughter another time and will return next month with another female. I would never go to Kingston, but other than that, I felt very safe in Jamaica. The people are wonderful and friendly, although they do push their wares persistently. You may feel more comfortable in Grand Cayman, as it is very clean with no crime. You will find Grand Cayman to be expensive. I felt more the "Caribbean experience" in Jamaica. Good luck with your decision and I look forward to a trip report.
 
May 28th, 2002, 02:27 PM
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About one-third of our reservations are from solo women or two women,many first-time visitors to Jamaica. Few have returned without falling in love with the island and their experiences. It just takes planning, common sense -- and staying outside AI/resortland for starters. Bermuda and St.John are bland-to-tame and commercialized;Jamaica is 'wilder', lusher, real-er. Even if your're not overly adventurous or adventuresome, you can be comfortable, secure and safe in Jamaica while having a marvelous time here
 
May 29th, 2002, 07:18 AM
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i have been to jamaica 5 times, always with just one or two other girlfriends.
it is my favorite vacation spot and i have never felt threatened except for once in negril when 2 taxis were fighting over us - but even that was tame compared to some of my experiences here in new york city!
it depends what you want out of your vacation though, if you really want the local flavor i would recommend jamaica - specifically the south coast where tourism is less evident. but if you're nervous or timid about immersing yourself in the more "real" atmosphere of jamaica, you may want to go elsewhere... have fun either way!
 
May 29th, 2002, 07:36 AM
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Tiverton...

Are you a T.A.? You seem to have a lot of insightful news regarding various topics...I must say, I do enjoy reading your posts!
 
May 29th, 2002, 12:20 PM
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Have you considered Aruba? I really enjoyed it and we were two gals traveling alone. We felt very safe and can't wait to get back there again. It is a very clean, European owned island with casino's for extra night life. It has some wonderful privately owned places to eat with great menus and atmosphere. Tipping is included with the meal price so don't expect any special service at the restaurants. We went horseback riding & loved seeing the island that way but you can feel comfortable about renting a jeep or joining a jeep tour. I can't say enough about the island. Look into it, it is a neat place!
 
May 30th, 2002, 04:45 AM
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Morning,Cheryl:Not a ta /very well traveled worldwide and in Caribbean;live in Jamaica part of year;also specialize in quirky,off-beat
villas,cottages,private spas and estates, plus custom-designed excursions on island with our affiliate staff there. See jamaicaescapes.com for starters
 

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