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CJIMI
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Re: Another Island next Year? [Re: IslandBoi]
      #1723879 - 02/21/17 10:30 PM (100.11.137.163)

Last year we did both SXM and Guadeloupe. We flew to Guadeloupe from BWI on Norwegian Air, for less than $200 RT. Lodging and food are less expensive in Guadeloupe than in SXM - but car rentals cost more. Guadeloupe is huge, compared to SXM. We stayed at the Relais des Chateaux, on the eastern end of the island. Just to give you an idea of the size of Guadeloupe, on the day that we drove to the Botanical Garden, it was a 2 hour drive, one way, and the roads are pretty good. The restaurants are great, and there are CO beaches. It helps - a lot - if you speak French. But I would not let the language issue dissuade you from going. Norwegian has non-stop service from JFK, BWI, and BOS. I think that they also fly from Florida, now. The service is seasonal. I can't wait to get back.

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HappyNude
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Re: Another Island next Year? [Re: whammy]
      #1723970 - 02/22/17 04:53 PM (45.46.215.227)

We loved Vieques Island, off of Puerto Rico. Lots of beaches to explore. Some good restaurants, not a lot of shopping.

You'll need to book a rental car early and I would recommend a jeep.


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pat
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Re: Another Island next Year? [Re: HappyNude]
      #1724024 - 02/23/17 10:38 AM (75.133.113.202)

We also enjoyed a lovely stay on Vieques but if the OP is looking for many of the same offerings as found on SXM - i.e. Incredible dining and shopping for starters, unless things have changed drastically since we were there, I doubt they will find either. Good food, for sure, but not like on SXM. The beaches are lovely and there are some interesting locations worth taking in but just NOT remotely near that of SXM.

We enjoyed Sun Bay and a few of the former military beaches and the Biolescent Bay was perhaps the most incredible thing I've ever seen, but beyond that, it's all about beaching. Maybe a daytrip to Culebra which we didn't do and which I don't know the logistics for doing?

I think the thing we most enjoyed about Vieques was that it hadn't really been discovered yet and was a more laid back atmosphere without so many of the tourist trappings of other destinations.

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pat



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RonDon
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Re: Another Island next Year? [Re: pat]
      #1724057 - 02/23/17 03:53 PM (108.12.200.47)

St Lucia is the most beautiful island I've seen yet.

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whammy
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Re: Another Island next Year? [Re: RonDon]
      #1724092 - 02/23/17 08:20 PM (24.60.209.248)

Looks like fun things to do! Where did you stay?

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whammy
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Re: Another Island next Year? [Re: whammy]
      #1724886 - 03/02/17 07:38 AM (24.60.209.248)

Any more thoughts on St. Lucia? Top of the list at the moment!

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Carol_HillAdministrator
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Re: Another Island next Year? [Re: whammy]
      #1724887 - 03/02/17 08:15 AM (205.197.242.174)

St. Lucia is a really beautiful island, sort of reminds one of the south Pacific. However, after visiting there several times on ships, I never really wanted to stay there. It takes a LONG time to get from one side of the island to the other. It's not a big self catering place, I didn't think, as not as lot of places to just go out and pick among dozens of different restaurants like SXM. Not many really nice beaches that are public. It's more an a/I destination to me. If that's what you're going for, it should be nice.

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LBI2SXM
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Re: Another Island next Year? [Re: whammy]
      #1724962 - 03/02/17 03:26 PM (69.141.55.60)

Carol is right in many ways about St. Lucia. Roads are also bad to drive on, people there are not friendly like we are used to on other islands. There have been many instances where tourists have been involved with crime. Is it beautiful? certainly is but I would not want to go back there. It's all a matter of what your tastes are, you may fall in love with it.

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The_Lurker
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Re: Another Island next Year? [Re: whammy]
      #1724977 - 03/02/17 05:12 PM (24.46.38.63)

Friends just returned from St Lucia and really enjoyed it. He mentioned that the people were very friendly.
He said they had a very long drive (1 1/2 hrs) from the airport to their resort, Bay Gardens.

He also said that he was happy they didn't rent a car, since the driving was not easy and there were lots of mountains.


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charlieh
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Re: Another Island next Year? [Re: The_Lurker]
      #1724987 - 03/02/17 06:16 PM (71.54.128.171)

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The_Lurker said:
He also said that he was happy they didn't rent a car, since the driving was not easy and there were lots of mountains.




My one visit to St Lucia involved a cab ride to our hotel. It was the worst ride I've had in my entire life, and I have a good 2,000,000 highway miles under my belt as well as some 15 countries. I would be scared to death to drive there, and it is the British left side of the road as well.


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