Caribbean Islands Travel

Discussion in 'Caribbean Islands' started by world trecker, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. world trecker

    world trecker New Member

    Believe it or not, I've been all over the world but never to those popular islands just south of the states; however I think that will end soon. The old lady seems a little tired of all the walking tours and just wants to relax on a beach. I'm getting a little older myself and can't say I blame her ;)

    We're in the planning stages now, does anyone with knowledge on the subject have tips for the area? Should we stick with just one island, or hop around? Which islands could be considered "can't miss"? Any health hazards we should be on the watch for?
     
  2. VegasEd

    VegasEd Guest

    I have been to the Virgin Islands several times...absolutely gorgeous and probably my favorite place to spend a week of relaxing....usually stay on St. Thomas with trips to St. John and St. Martine....

    one of my suggestions to people going there is to take off their watches immediately upon arrival and live on "island time"...no worries...no schedules...just enjoy....

    VE!
     
  3. world trecker

    world trecker New Member

    Thanks, Ed. I'll look into those spots you mentioned. You'd think being in Florida I'd know enough about them myself. And believe me, I understand the need to remove the watch sometimes. Much of my travel is on business so during the actual "vacation" traveling I'm sure to take it easy.
     
  4. jrc

    jrc New Member

    I second the Virgin Islands advice and add to try and avoid the hurricane season (~July-October or November, IIRC)...especially nowadays since there's seemingly a hurricane brewing every half hour or so.
     
  5. lambda

    lambda Guest

    great advices guys thx
     
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  7. ACHotelExperts

    ACHotelExperts New Member

    I used to live in St Thomas a few years back! My # 1 beach is Cinnamon Bay in St John. The snorkling, the views of other islands, the width of the beach are all incredible.

    My # 2 is Megans Bay in St Thomas. Although a bit narrow (about 20 feet wide) the views, the water clarity, the length, it's privacy are all key contributers.

    Although I haven't been on it, St Thomas created a Gondola / Chair Lift ride that takes you to the top of the mountain, the views are simply incredible, you can see islands for miles around.

    Enjoy!

    ACHotelExperts
     
  8. tomc

    tomc New Member

    I agree, St. Thomas is great. If only I could spend all year there.
     
  9. The Travel Slut

    The Travel Slut 6 continents, 87 countries & 64 cruises so far

    May I suggest a cruise to "sample" what the Caribbean has to offer?

    I just returned from another cruise and have done the Caribbean almost 10 times and done almost all the islands that accept cruiseships.

    I've posted several times here the reasons for cruising and tips for 1st time cruisers.

    In addition to enjoying the ports of call, your cruiseship can be considered a destination in itself.

    Some notes I took on the Coral Princess cruiseship from early March 2007:

    I spent 10 nights on the Coral Princess in March 2007 on a cruise that took me from the port of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Ocho Rios Jamaica, The Panama Canal (and Gatun Locks), Colon, Panama, Limon and the rainforests of Costa Rica, Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.

    I found the ship to have few flaws, the food was outstanding 90% of the time, and staff was both easy to find, willing to help and genuinely happy.

    Basic Coral Princess information:

    1,974 passengers with 90% outside staterooms and 737 staterooms with balconies. It was designed specifically to be the largest cruiseship to be able to navigate through the Panama Canal (with about 18 inches on each side to clear).

    There are five (5) primary dining locations including two dining rooms, a New Orleans-style café (The Bayou Steakhouse), an Italian trattoria (Sabatini’s), and the Horizon Court which is the buffet-style 24-hour restaurant with panoramic views from the bow. Also, there is a pizza parlor (free), ice cream station (fee), and grill (free) above the Lido deck pool).

    There is an on-board wedding chapel with video and web-cam capabilities, a world-class spa, golf simulator, full Las Vegas-style casino, and art gallery. In addition, there is a Library with listening chairs, Internet café, a walk-around promenade deck, fully-supervised Youth-Teen center (with their own pool), an indoor & adult-only pool, and plenty of spaces to find some quiet time.

    The Central Atrium on deck 6 has the shopping area with the normal duty-free items including fine gifts & accessories, apparel, sundries, fine jewelry, liquor, cosmetics and perfume.

    Other areas of the ship that should be checked out include:

    Churchill’s Cigar Lounge offering premium cigars, fine spirits, ports and cognacs
    The Princess Theater for Broadway-style shows
    The Universe Lounge for everything from major movies to study-at-sea programs
    The Explorers Lounge for karaoke and disco dancing
    The Wheelhouse Bar for the lightest music and friendly staff

    The Travel Slut Top 10 Tips about the Coral Princess:

    1. Take advantage of the coupon books made available for on-board purchases. Good
    savings can be had this way
    2. You're allowed to bring 1 bottle of wine or champagne on-board but not alcohol or beer so
    take advantage of this.
    3. You may request a daily fruit basket via your room attendant but it has to be requested
    4. If you crave a very late night meal (or snack), the Horizon Court restaurant serves up great
    specially made food not available elsewhere. I enjoyed caviar one night
    5. Sabatini’s, the Italian alternative restaurant, serves an 8-course meal in an intimate setting
    & you'll not leave feeling hungry. There is a additional fee here & it is a nice break from the
    dining rooms
    6. Personal choice (anytime dining) is an option allowing you to choose when & where to eat
    in lieu of traditional late/early main dining seating. The Bordeaux restaurant is used for this
    and main dining is in the Provence dining room. Note: Once you select Personal Choice,
    you can't opt for main dining.
    7. Room service is available 24 hours a day & my experience was great each time. The
    longest I waited was 15 minutes for a large breakfast (which I had delivered at least 5 times
    during the cruise). The food & coffee were hot, & the service prompt & easy to order by
    phone or doorcard.
    8.There are coin-operated self-service Laundromats (with irons & ironing boards on each
    deck). There is also a full laundry & valet service. For USD $2 you can wash a huge load of
    clothes & dry them also. It allows you to take fewer clothes & on your last day at sea, you can
    spend a couple hours doing a weeks’ worth of laundry before going home
    9. Robes are available for use during your cruise but they must be requested. You can also
    purchase them. Ask your room attendant
    10 Special disembarkation is available to those that wish to offload their own luggage. If you
    can and want to carry off ALL of your luggage by yourself, you will be permitted to leave
    the ship as early as 7:15 a.m. on the last day.

    Again, this is not specific to any particular island but many are similar and getting a taste of what each has to offer seems to me to be a great way to explore future travel possibilities.
     

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  10. Mallery

    Mallery New Member

    Absolutely love the British Virgin Islands (BVI's) Beautiful beaches, aqua water, green lush mountains. The islands are all close enough so whereever you make your home base you can always go on day sails to check it all out. St. Thomas (USVI) is also right there.
     
  11. goranche

    goranche New Member

    I enjoy being in Cuba. It is beautiful, yet safe. Try that.
     
  12. rimu1

    rimu1 New Member

    I lived in Jamaica for a number of years and it is a magical place. yes I know it has some crime problems but so do most of the other Caribbean Islands, just look at the income differences to see the source.
    Montego Bay and Port Antonio are my picks but Negril is pretty neat too. All depepnds on what you want. on a day stop over on a crusie ship you can't really see much. i went there twice like this before I ended vacationing and living there.
    Cool runnings.
     

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