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Where is the BEST place you've been to in the Caribbean?

Where is the BEST place you've been to in the Caribbean?

Old Feb 5th, 2001, 01:13 PM
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Where is the BEST place you've been to in the Caribbean?

Please - I need to know! I've been to many places and don't particularly want to go back (St. Maarten, Jamaica, Aruba, Cartagena, San Andres, Cuba (twice), Acapulco, Manzanillo, Costa Rica, and Dominican Republic) I guess I've been to A LOT of places, but where is the BEST place you've been to in the Caribbean - and why? Which hotel property, how was the beach, was the food good, car rental & how much? Shopping?(I like to shop!) Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Old Feb 7th, 2001, 11:27 AM
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Doesn't look like you've been to Curacao yet.
I was there two years ago - stayed at the Sonesta which is now a Marriott. It was by far the best place on the island. I didn't like it as much as Aruba. The island is much bigger but not yet as touristy. Plenty of shopping, much more so than Aruba and the food was just fine. We ate at the hotel mostly but it had 2 great restaurants and we had no complaints.
We flew direct from Boston, airfare and hotel was $999. Can't remember about the car - I think we had a problem with the bill but it was around $250 for 7 days.

Hope that helps.
Old Feb 7th, 2001, 11:42 AM
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St. Barth by far, great restaurants, gorgeous beaches, solid infrastructure, no crime.
Old Feb 12th, 2001, 07:38 AM
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Anguilla-no doubt about it. Been to almost every island in the Caribbean that can be reached by plane or Windjammer. What the island lacks in vistas is made up for by the beaches, choices of top-notch restaurants, the most lovely people in the Caribbean, maybe the world, and lots of properties to choose from. We had a villa at LaSierena, and it was great. They have some lovely rooms there, also. A rental car is necessary, as you MUST visit all the wonderful beaches, where you will find yourself to be the only one there. Driving British rules not intimidating here, as there's little traffic and the routes are very simple to follow. Can't remember rental rates, but they weren't much different from US.
Old Feb 12th, 2001, 10:59 AM
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JAMAICA is my favorite! People are great and the Beaches are great!
Old Feb 13th, 2001, 06:43 AM
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My Favorite is ST. John in the USVI. 2/3 of it is National park so it is unspoiled in many ways. Not too touristy yet. No high rise hotels. one of the top beches in the world Trunk Bay.
The people are really nice helpful etc. Not a great amount of poverty, though not like Cayman Islands. Every friend I have turned on to this island has absolutely loved it. It's a little expensive though, but we just found that renting a villa is actually cheaper than a hotel. Check it out
Old Feb 14th, 2001, 12:10 AM
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The best for me has been Saba. The people are great, the island is beautiful, and the atmosphere is the best.

I have rented a 2 bedroom house - The Lookout - for about $475 per week - a great value.

The island has no real beaches, food is hearty not great, car rentals are not advisable (in Saba you cab hitch), and shopping is limited - but you get to meet a lot of nice people in the shops.

Not for everyone, but for me and others - truly memorable.

Old Feb 16th, 2001, 11:51 AM
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I just came back from the Grand Caymanian Resort (5 star) in Grand Cayman and loved it! If you are considering the Caribbean for Travel, this is the place to stay! Some amenities are Kitchen, Washer/Dryer, Pool, Beach, Dock, Dive Shop, Restaurant, Free Shuttle, plus more… I actually am willing to talk to you regarding this resort and can offer availability at a discounted rate ($800-$2000/week). To see more info on this resort visit: http://www.anetdiscount.com/cayman, Please call Jeff (570) 374-3482
Old Feb 17th, 2001, 10:59 AM
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ARUBA...is number 1 under the sun.

I have been 20 Caribbean islands and Aruba beats all, great dining, low crime, nice people, clean island, good weather, one of the best beaches I have seen in the Caribbean (eagle beach) and beautiful country side.

What I like best about Aruba is that is different from the other islands. I like an island that is different that has something special to it that the others don't..for instance I like the arid landscapes mixed with the lushness of the hotel area and towns together with the white beach and beautiful sea..what a perfect contrast and uniqueness..Aruba is not for everyone but it aint for nothing that they do have the highest repeat visitor rate..

Old Feb 17th, 2001, 01:20 PM
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Old Feb 17th, 2001, 02:22 PM
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As long as everyone is voting.....my favorite, so far, is St. John. I love great beaches, hiking, great restuarants and non-tourist atmosphere. We're going to the Grenadines later this year, so stay tuned
Old Feb 17th, 2001, 02:41 PM
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Grand Cayman is wonderful. As hotels go, the Westin Casuarina is excellent and has the biggest beach. We loved swimming with Stingrays at Stingray City. You definitely need to go!
Old Feb 17th, 2001, 02:48 PM
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Wow what a request! I have to go by my experiences and my tastes, so bear with me. #1 Horned Dorsett Primavera hotel, Rincon, Puerto Rico: tucked away on this west-side of the island is perfect. The hotel is absolutely elegant, the pool is soo quiet and big, even the cheaper rooms are big and posh. Evening is tree frogs and haute cuisine. #2 Dominica: Pappiotte Inn or Anchorage Hotel: the later has a great pool; the former is jungle nirvana. Way up north, past Portsmouth is a guest house that I cannot remember the name of. It is set above the beach, soo lush. Down south is Soufriere above the town proper is a series of natural, heated pools in which the locals swim and bathe. #3 St Eustatius: Old Gin house. The rooms by the water are gigantic and the sea beats apon the base of the building alll night long. #4 Saba: unfortunately, Captains Quarters seems to be closed but for diving, isolation, views and tree frogs Saba is fantastic.
Old Feb 17th, 2001, 05:21 PM
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I have to agree with Phil. St. Barths is the best island. No crime (seems safe at least) and pristine beaches and
very upscale. Worst Island: Jamaica
Old Feb 17th, 2001, 07:46 PM
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I hated Aruba--too Miami Beach--too windy.
Dito St. Martian--I go to islands to avoid traffic jams--not get in them!
If you want to escape to paradise go to St Barts where there are no big hotels--only beautiful ones. Where there are no crowded beaches--only beautiful ones. Where you can't find a bad meal and where the harbor is too little for big cruise ships. Where the shops are beautiful and it only rains after you are back from the beach and then just an hour or so while you are napping. And did I say its not like the other islands--its the beautiful one!
Old Feb 18th, 2001, 03:29 AM
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St. Barths is turning very popular, I would not be surprize to see the island spoiled and Americanized within 10 years from now, just like the Americans dit with St. Maarten, Aruba, St. Thomas, and to certain extent Grand Cayman. Which are beautiful islands.
Old Feb 18th, 2001, 05:15 AM
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St. Barts is by far my favorite, but it is getting a little too popular lately for its own good. What might prevent it from becoming ruined like Aruba or St. Martin, however, is it's lack of large commercial airline and jumbo cruise ship facilities, and the fact that it is and will remain a very expensive place. Also, there are no timeshares, no all-inclusives, no places catering specially to singles, no casinos, extremely limited nightlife other than having dinner, no golf courses, few tennis courts, and almost no entertainment for kiddies, other than the beach. To some people, that makes it boring. But that's what may save it from becoming yet another overcrowded American tourist outpost.
Old Feb 18th, 2001, 09:16 AM
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Barbuda and Dominica are my two favourites becuase they are still undisturbed....or are most unlike Aruba.

I have been to DR, PR, USVI, BVI, Saba, St. "Eustasius", St. Martin, St. Barth, St. Kitts, Nevis, Redonda, Montserrat, Barbuda, Antigua, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Les Saints, Dominica, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and Aruba. I think that was it.

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