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 Post subject: Caribbean Vacation Suggestions
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:59 am 
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My fiancé and I would like to go on vacation for a week at the end of April or in May. We've never been on a caribbean vacation before and find it very overwhelming to chose a resort. Of course, we'd like all inclusive :tg . We would also like to have the choice of a few activities like shopping, excursion, swimming with dolphins, or something else. My main goal going there is to spend as much time as I can on the beach.

Does anyone have a good resort to suggest?

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 Post subject: Re: Caribbean Vacation Suggestions
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:31 am 
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Inclusive is easiest found in Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and St Lucia. If you found a hotel I might be able to give you info on it. I'm betting you would enjoy Sandals at St Lucia

I know a lot of places with wonderful shopping, but they aren't inclusive which can add up quickly to a huge bill

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 Post subject: Re: Caribbean Vacation Suggestions
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I am currently researching this too. We are leaning towards Aruba! Good luck choosing...I know it's hard!

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 Post subject: Re: Caribbean Vacation Suggestions
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Sorry, no suggestions here, but hopefully you will get a lot more good answers. :happy

Just wanted to tell you that I am soooo Jealous! :evil Have a great trip. I will bet that wherever you decide to go, you will really enjoy the beautiful locations. :sun

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 Post subject: Re: Caribbean Vacation Suggestions
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I LOVE Aruba and also Curacao, but they aren't inclusive. I only know of one hotel in Aruba that is inclusive and it was not good! We didn't stay there, but we strolled through and we saw the buffet :sad

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 Post subject: Re: Caribbean Vacation Suggestions
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Well- never been on a cruise or had that type of vacation so I am probably of little help. That said - have you considered just a cruise that goes to several areas and provides day trips? My son and daughter-in-law swears by them since you unpack on the boat, plan your activities as they are available and are usually all inclusive. My son did one where they went to several islands, swam with dolphins, did bike riding along the cliffs on the island, toured ruins, had lunch in a great sidewalk cafe and then went to the boat for a night of dinner and dancing.

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We love to cruise. We have gone on about five of them. Some with the kids and some without. We all went to an all inclusive resort, Dreams, in Cancun Mexico. It was amazing. So, in my opinion you can not go wrong with either.

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 Post subject: Re: Caribbean Vacation Suggestions
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I also would suggest a cruise as it is "all inclusive" except for souvenirs and drinks on board. :th-up

We have taken several Caribbean cruises that stopped at different islands and enjoyed every minute of it. It's like living the high life while you're at sea. :Clap


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 Post subject: Re: Caribbean Vacation Suggestions
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I love cruising too. If you have a bad time, it is your own fault with all the fun and excitement everywhere! Can't beat the prices too!

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 Post subject: Re: Caribbean Vacation Suggestions
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Mexico used to be the place for all inclusive and lots to do. Now it simply is NOT safe.

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debbiefive wrote:
Mexico used to be the place for all inclusive and lots to do. Now it simply is NOT safe.

I was just in Mexico in February in the Riveria Maya area and it was very safe. There are tons of all inclusives in the area.

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 Post subject: Re: Caribbean Vacation Suggestions
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I would read the security risks before booking to Mexico. It is not as safe as we all would like to believe. My place of business does not allow travel right now to that area.

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 Post subject: Re: Caribbean Vacation Suggestions
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If you have never been to the Caribbean, I would also suggest a cruise. It lets you visit a variety of islands so you can determine which one(s) you like and then return to those islands for a week long stay.

I disagree about all of Mexico being unsafe. We are scuba divers and frequently travel to Cozumel, which is an island off the east coast of Mexico (across from Playa). Cozumel is very safe, the residents are friendly, and it is one of my favorite places to visit. We usually stay at the Iberostar, all all inclusive hotel at the south end of the island. The food is decent and I never have a problem finding something I like. It is inexpensive enough that you can afford to go to town for dinner a night or two and not feel the pinch of "paying twice". Just be aware that alot of Cozumel has iron shore, which makes it great for diving, but it makes accessing the ocean from the resort a bit difficult. You can still enjoy sitting or walking on the beach though. Most people at the Iberstar hang our around the pool.

We have also stayed at the Sandals Grande in St. Lucia, which is fabulous but pricey. We stayed at the Sandals in Jamaica, but that isn't an island where you necessarily want to venture off of the resort.

In Aruba, we stayed at the Divi all-inclusive. The food was fair, but the beach was very nice. It is a great island with alot to do. That famous constant breeze also helps keep you cool!

I always like to check the Trip Advisor website for reviews and information on the resorts we consider visiting.

If you need any more specific information on any of these places, or want some pictures, let me know!

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 Post subject: Re: Caribbean Vacation Suggestions
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You can read about the dangerous of Mexico right now. It is not worth the risk to me and was one place I loved a few years ago. We have been to many places in Mexico...never disappointed. I will return once things settle

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 Post subject: Re: Caribbean Vacation Suggestions
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Link to US State Department travel advisory re: Mexico:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_t ... _5665.html

Quintana Roo: Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum are the major cities/travel destinations in Quintana Roo -see map (PDF, 286 kb) to identify their exact locations: No advisory is in effect.

I always tend to check this website when traveling to an unfamiliar country.

Trip Advisor information on Cozumel: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g1508 ... afety.html

In my experience, the biggest thing to worry about in Cozumel is having an accident in a rental car, which is due to the laws in Mexico.

I provide this information and my opinion--bottom line is that you have to travel where you feel comfortable.

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 Post subject: Re: Caribbean Vacation Suggestions
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Mexico is a huge country. Saying it isn't safe over the whole country is like saying the entire US isn't safe due to the crime rate in a city like L.A. In the Mexican Riviera you fly right in direct from the US normally.

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I don't know if this is any help but I'm still praying for a trip to Bora Bora / Tahiti!!

My family goes to Cancun and Cozumel quite frequently and swear by it.

You also can't beat a good cruise! My grandma went on one not that long ago with all her friends and she LOVED it!

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Vicky & Charlie wrote:
My fiancé and I would like to go on vacation for a week at the end of April or in May. We've never been on a caribbean vacation before and find it very overwhelming to chose a resort. Of course, we'd like all inclusive :tg . We would also like to have the choice of a few activities like shopping, excursion, swimming with dolphins, or something else. My main goal going there is to spend as much time as I can on the beach.

Does anyone have a good resort to suggest?


I was in Jamaica last month and we stayed at Couples Resort. There are 4 to pick from. We stayed at Sans Souci and it was heaven. After staying there I cannot imagine staying elsewhere. Check out their website and they have a forum that gives so much information.
http://couples.com/

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My husband and I went to Jamaica for our honeymoon and we liked it. It was beautiful, the food and drinks were great, and everyone who lives there and works there are so kind. You have to be careful about traveling away from the hotel. We did a few "off-hotel" activies (horseback riding, ziplining, shopping, etc) and as long as you stayed with the "hotel guided activity" you were fine and felt pretty safe.

We stayed at the hotel below. Like I said, food and drink were great. Beach was lovely. Except you had peddlers coming up to you often (we were offered drugs numerous times, kind of kills the relaxation/mood). But we were also offered some incredible wood-carved items. There were definitely positives and negatives. Great atmosphere, beautiful views, great access to food, drink, & beach. Rooms left a lot to be desired, though we had our own private pool which was nice.

http://www.breezes.com/resorts/runaway-bay/

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Vicky & Charlie wrote:
My fiancé and I would like to go on vacation for a week at the end of April or in May. We've never been on a caribbean vacation before and find it very overwhelming to chose a resort. Of course, we'd like all inclusive :tg . We would also like to have the choice of a few activities like shopping, excursion, swimming with dolphins, or something else. My main goal going there is to spend as much time as I can on the beach.

Does anyone have a good resort to suggest?



I went to Atlantis a couple of years back and I had a blast. the hotels at atlantis itself weren't all inclusive but I did hear about hotels nearby that were that for extra you received a day pass to the activities in atlantis. the package that we got included golfing and hanging with dolphins. it was great. google atlantis/paradise island. I loved it!!!!


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Here's a web site you should check out, with deals at all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean...

http://www.cheapcaribbean.com/deals/all-inclusive.html

Kellyn and I have been on 14 cruises, including four in the Caribbean. I've considered trying an all-inclusive resort, but one of the big advantages of a cruise is all the entertainment that you just won't get at an all-inclusive. One a one-week Carnival cruise, you will see four different stand-up comedians... a pop-music band... a Calypso band... several individual singer/musicians... several full broadway-style shows... and several variety acts such as a comedy/juggler or comedy/hypnotist.

On a cruise, you'll not only get good beach time during the day... but great entertainment at night. I would think that an all-inclusive would get kind of boring at night.

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Jim forgot the best part, the Bingo! I always say if you don't have fun on a cruise, it is your own fault! Always lots to do.

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Atlantis (Paradise Island, Bahamas) is wonderful and so much to do. We have been there several times and I still haven't tired of it. It is quite expensive but has it all.

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