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BEERMAN
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Vacation ideas?
      #1623101 - 01/05/15 08:41 PM (72.83.250.161)

My wife and I are trying to figure out a nice 1 week trip anywhere warm in late February/March for just the 2 of us. We have considered returning to the BVI/USVI, but we plan to sail there this summer so considering to mix it up. Although a week in North Sound is very appealing! SXM is high on the list right now, we've never been. Anguilla is a short ferry ride from there which is a positive. Maybe Dominican Republic?? We are looking for a beach front place that has some restaurant/bars within walking distance. Can you share any ideas that are a relatively easy trip from Virginia.

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Re: Vacation ideas? [Re: BEERMAN]
      #1623114 - 01/05/15 09:17 PM (108.96.226.77)

For a sailer, first week in March is the Heineken Regatta in St. Maarten. It's a great party with lots of sailboats!!

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Re: Vacation ideas? [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1623123 - 01/05/15 09:37 PM (72.83.250.161)

Actually JWorld has a boat entered in this regatta so I'd have a built in party group! They will be located in Simpson Bay....so what would be my close villa/condo options? I have been looking at the other end of the island which wouldn't be convenient. Looking for a nice bay to swim in close to the villa.

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Re: Vacation ideas? [Re: BEERMAN]
      #1623129 - 01/05/15 10:02 PM (108.96.226.77)

Beerman--I am totally partial to Beachside Villas! Check them out on the TTOL sponsor list. I just returned from my umpteenth visit there. Let me know if you have any questions..

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Re: Vacation ideas? [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1623136 - 01/05/15 11:27 PM (72.83.250.161)

1st of many questions I'm sure.....the infamous airport is relatively close right? how distracting is the airport activity, any noise from there? also, we would want to visit Anguilla, where would we catch a ferry?

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Re: Vacation ideas? [Re: BEERMAN]
      #1623151 - 01/06/15 08:21 AM (108.96.226.77)

Distracting?? I don't know, I LOVE the airport being there! We love to watch the planes. The airport is RIGHT there, yes. As far as Anguilla, there is a ferry from right by the airport, which is very close and costs more or there is a ferry on the french side, which is about a 15 minute drive.

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Re: Vacation ideas? [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1623208 - 01/06/15 12:37 PM (184.166.21.62)

Rick DR and SXM are worlds apart. The DR is very inexpensive and mostly all inclusive. We were quite impressed with everything except the warnings to not leave the property unescorted. What the DR experience offers is many choices of restaurants, unlimited free liquor including bottles in your room, 24 hour room service, free water sports, you get it ALL INCLUSIVE. We actually loved it and for less than $1000 each, you can't beat the price.

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Re: Vacation ideas? [Re: sail2wind]
      #1623212 - 01/06/15 12:52 PM (71.101.36.77)

For sure, a/i has it's place and if you're looking to totally RELAX, it is nice to not have to worry about paying for anything, once you buy your accomodation. If you want to totally turn your mind to OFF, not leaving the 'reservation' is ok for a week.

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Re: Vacation ideas? [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1623220 - 01/06/15 01:26 PM (72.83.250.161)

We've only gone to one all inclusive the RIU Paradise Island, it was a good time with our group of friends! Is the DR not a great place to travel around by car to find remote beaches and towns? We like to venture out and would rather not be confined to one resort.

St Maarten looks great because we can travel around and perhaps even visit Anguilla.

Choosing a new destination is difficult for me because I know NOTHING about these other places, but starting to plan a trip is fun as I look at the snow that fell this morning!!


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Re: Vacation ideas? [Re: BEERMAN]
      #1623227 - 01/06/15 01:44 PM (71.101.36.77)

NO, I would not go to the DR if you want to travel around.

BTW, Beerman, here is the beach in front of Beachside Villas, where we just stayed..

Edited by Carol_Hill (01/06/15 01:46 PM)


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