What keeps drawing you back to the Caribbean?

Aug 16th, 2006, 01:48 PM
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Personally, we live on the water and get tired of seeing it frozen in the middle of the winter. There's something about being able to get on a plane and flying away and seeing open water the same day. We also enjoy the privacy that we don't get at home, meeting new people and the beauty the Caribbean offers.
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Aug 16th, 2006, 03:44 PM
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ditto everything everybody above has said. plus i love to be able to get up and dress for the day - in a bathing suit. and happily, while i live in maine i have 2 very close dog friends in the islands - ricky and lucy.

are not those who love the islands the luckiest people!!
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Aug 16th, 2006, 04:22 PM
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Statia, I bet the dog is less trouble!
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Aug 16th, 2006, 04:29 PM
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Ricky & Lucy - GREAT doggy names. LOL
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Aug 16th, 2006, 04:42 PM
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You're right on that one, Carrybean. Of course, DH IS the one to get up and take them out at 5 a.m. while I continue sleeping. So, I guess I can't complain too much. That's how he gets to see those amazing "moonbows" more than I do.
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Aug 16th, 2006, 04:53 PM
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How I feel when I'm there and only there...relaxed, in peace, ...

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Aug 16th, 2006, 06:09 PM
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Well, since I usually go January or February when it is usually -30C here at home, I go to thaw.
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Aug 17th, 2006, 06:04 AM
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Let's see....
*the people that you meet
*drinks that taste better than those at home
*beautiful sights
*being on island time
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Aug 17th, 2006, 06:23 AM
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Do the drinks really taste better?
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Aug 17th, 2006, 06:39 AM
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JAGIRL....um, well:-? At least the mango margaritas do.
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Aug 17th, 2006, 10:41 AM
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i have tested the drinking theory and yes tasted better in the islands.
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Aug 17th, 2006, 12:36 PM
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"Watercolours" looks lovely...at least from the outside.

Is it normally rainy and windy in December cmc?
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Aug 17th, 2006, 12:37 PM
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Wrong thread...
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Aug 18th, 2006, 10:14 AM
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Ting !!!
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Aug 18th, 2006, 11:27 AM
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You know I haven't had a ting in ages! Must have one this weekend!
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Aug 21st, 2006, 08:14 AM
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well, there are many things that keep us going back to the caribbean.

for starters, the turkoise, blue, green gentle calm waters viewed from the plane as we make our way over the diamonds below, sparkling and welcoming as the islands look from above.

and i find myself to be one notch below the "stress level" we new yorkers seem to experience lately before landing.

winding through the lush green palms, flowering hibiscus and orchid lined pathways, feeling refreshed already with the smells of the wind rushing past my worn out expression, bringing the relaxation mode down a few more notches.

arrival - tons of research enables me to pretty much realize my dream as we settle in to a magnificently beautiful resort, a room to die for, bathtubs allowing my husband of 26 years and i to bathe together, something that just doesnt happen often at home...the coolness of our room, coming in from a most welcome warm wind.....the luxury of having a beach right outside your door, or perhaps through a winding path filled with exotic palms, whistling and singing, awash with wildlife, visible only if one really seeks them out. pure bliss.

having no need to do anything other than relax and refresh in the waters of the caribbean.....blues, greens, white or honey colored sand, gems and treasures to be collected or simply admired.

dinners on the beach, near the beach, secluded in a corner of a local bistro, full of charm and quirkiness at the same time, local people sharing stories and pleasent exchanges....marvelling at another lifestyle so envied and so loved, the freshness of the simplicity of the islands, the coolness of a chic restaurant...the beautiful people who wait and tend to make your experience that much better.....

friends made over and over again in the lush and sweet open air lounges, with music so familiar but sometimes forgotten....stepping out of an oasis of a room into the night air with frogs singing their evening songs, with a day of bliss behind me, having a drink before dinner, promising to return....

the smell of the evening air, the shimmer of the moon casting its spell over the caribbean sea....the swish of soft curtains on our balcony.....the lush green mountains boldly holding their ground between beaches to be found and discovered, brimming with mysterious wildlife and birds and insects, coral and shells, wood and polished glass....

the young adults who wait on us with a bright beautiful smile, courteous and proud to be a part of a magnificent resort, trained tried and true, gentle and friendly......warm and open with tales of family, celebrations and holidays native to their islands. exchanging numbers and names and promising to be back....keeping that promise.

taxi drivers and doormen just doing their jobs, but so courteous and inviting, learning our names to make us feel welcome.....and those smiles.

indulging in one beautiful spa after another, all have different qualities, but people are always the best part, telling stories, or just being quiet, enabling me to enjoy the surrounding tranquility offered in such a simple and sensual way....brings you down a few more notches....

breakfast and lunch on the beach, unusual tid bits, roti, lobster, shrimp swimming in hot and spicy sauces never tasted before, spickets of fresh barbequed meats and unusual veggies, fruits that make your mouth water and cocktails, ting, unusual mixings and blendings, cold and sugary, lemon and citrus like we've never known. champagne served in buckets on the beach, by the pool, in our room, delivered again with a smile and a freshness......wishing all of those who travel to our beloved caribbean the same dreams and fulfillments that my husband and i and our children have enjoyed during our lifetime together, always looking into the future with a determination to return someday.....having it written in stone, no doubt.......
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Aug 26th, 2006, 06:50 PM
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Going to the Caribbean allows me to slow down, let loose and have fun. Life is just too stressful to not have something to look forward to. The gorgeous blue water, the tropical drinks, the gourmet meals - the whole package makes me love it!
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Aug 26th, 2006, 09:24 PM
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I, too love the hot humid air when you step off the plane (usually down the stairs on the tarmac).
It is relaxing and beautiful and it is a way of getting away!!
Of course, the frozen cocktails are always better and more fun!
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Sep 14th, 2006, 05:01 PM
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JAGIRL. you are one beautiful soul, I just know it!! One One Coco Full Baskit Did I say that right? And YOU are asking me how to hi-lite. Just look at your lovely posts!
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Sep 14th, 2006, 06:07 PM
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I'm tellin ya Twigsbuddy.

That word "brown" was highlighted in yellow!

Either that or I need a vacation reeeeeeally badly!!!

So what is it that keeps drawing you back to the Caribbean?
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