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Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean #290817
11/08/2022 03:31 PM
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OK, so, we're looking for something different for June next year, somewhere in the Caribbean basin. If you don't know already, we've kind of 'been everywhere" in the Caribbean.
We have been on over 30 cruises throughout the Caribbean and stayed on probably a dozen islands for land visits. Probably not interested in an a/i, although that is a possibility, I guess. NOT interested in roughing it at all.

REQUIREMENTS--
NON-STOP air from either Ft. Lauderdale or Miami is an absolute MUST==or, even better--Orlando or Tampa
MUST have a/c and good internet
An island having a casino is a plus.
LOVE great food.
Nude beach is a plus, not a requirement at all.

Places that are OUT
St. Maarten/ST. Martin--just because
Anguilla--would just be looking at SXM and wishing we were there
Aruba--been there, done that
Jamaica--been there, done that
Yucatan--Not interested in getting shot on vacation
St. Lucia--No, not sure why
Bahamas--No.

Possibilities--
Belize -- No idea, never been there.
Costa Rica--Ditto.
Curacao--Never stayed there, visited there several times on cruises
Antigua--Maybe
Guadelupe--Maybe? Can you get by there without any French?

Thoughts??


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Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: Carol_Hill] #290822
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From what u listed where u haven’t been I’d say
Costa Rica
Curaçao
Both r beautiful
Lots to do in CR as larger
Curaçao is a lovely island , fun to drive around to different beaches , and up the mountain, some snorkeling from shore
We stayed at Avila hotel. Could walk into the town but also many restaurants to walk to

Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: Mpant] #290828
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I really don't know anything about Costa Rica. Any suggestions there?


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Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: Carol_Hill] #290834
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Me too Carol -- it's been a while since we've travelled to Caribbean and want to try something new! After 4 winters in FL (no more FL for us, sold and back to New England, with other travel on tap!) Wondering Turks & Caicos?!

Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: Carol_Hill] #290848
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Though I've only stayed on the Pacific (not Caribbean) side of Costa Rica, when I arrived there, my first thought was "WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!" Where we went - Santa Teresa - was really hard to reach (kind of the story of my life, since I like remote places), but there are plenty of easier places to reach with big-name resort hotels and access to beaches, mountains, rain forests, cloud forests, etc. Such a beautiful place, with lots of progressive and green policies, and lovely people, that make it so appealing. Here's my blog post about our trip: Costa Rica


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Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: Eva] #290852
11/09/2022 08:57 AM
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Eva--yeah, Santa Teresa looks way too hard to reach to me! I will look at it more though. Thanks.


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Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: Carol_Hill] #290853
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Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: LBI2SXM] #290854
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LB--what do you like about Curacao? It's definitely in the mix. Where do you stay?


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Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: Carol_Hill] #290855
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Guadeloupe is a wonderful island. You can get by with no French. It has everything from waterfalls and jungle/forest/volcano hiking to big open beaches. And shopping. And food.

If Guadeloupe is on your list, then Martinique should be as well!

Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: Zanshin] #290857
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Zanshin---thanks for the reply. I have always heard that Martinique is not friendly at all to those who don't speak French. Albeit only on cruises, we also never got a good 'vibe' from Martinique.


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Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: Carol_Hill] #291162
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Stay on the North side of Anguilla and you will not be seeing SXM.
You may never return to SXM after several days in Anguilla.
No hustle and bustle like in SXM.

Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: CLIFFTOPS] #291165
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Clifftops--I honestly think I would be bored on Anguilla.


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Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: Carol_Hill] #291176
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Carol... I would say the French islands, Guadeloupe or Martinique. Big enough to have a variety of activities, variety of experience (quiet or busy according to your needs). Don't worry about not speaking French. If you want something and they want you to have it they'll find a way to communicate. In most restaurants and bars you'll find people with enough English for you to get by. Don't know about direct flights from your part of the world but I'm sure you can find that out.

Grenada is also a good option. Less of a language barrier, again big enough to have some variety. Americans are very well received there because of your rescue of the island from communism back in the 80s.

Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: Jeannius] #291195
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Yes, I need to look at the flight situation, to see what is available. Thanks.


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Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: Carol_Hill] #292055
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I suppose you can get by on Guadeloupe with out speaking French, but it would be difficult. My wife speaks French so we did not have a problem, but the people on Guadeloupe and Martinique think they are French and many have the French attitude on speaking French. (Yes, I know they are French citizens.) Why bother if other places are available.


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Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: RobT] #292056
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Rob--thanks for your info. We decided to just go back to St Maarten/St. Martin..


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Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: Carol_Hill] #292850
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I think the same, on my list and we live in Tampa area is Grenada I think the have ns from Miami, we have been to Curacao and plan on going back and Costa Rica as well,

we went to Dominican Republic for our first time last November, never thought I would but there is a really kicked back place las terrenas we loved it you can find tons of options from small boutique hotels on sea or airbnbs just tucked back a little from beach, Las bellenas Beach was awesome, and the price is right! Happy hunting


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Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: CLIFFTOPS] #293293
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Originally Posted by CLIFFTOPS
Stay on the North side of Anguilla and you will not be seeing SXM.
You may never return to SXM after several days in Anguilla.
No hustle and bustle like in SXM.


Yes and Yes. Shoal Bay Villas on Upper Shoal Bay Beach.


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Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: Carol_Hill] #293294
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Carol,

Took a trip to Antigua in 2014 and stayed at Galley Bay when it was less expensive than now. A really cool island, lots of beaches, British naval history, nice capital town. Not the reefiest place in the Caribbean but it was a great trip.


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Re: Idea for someplace different to go in the Caribbean [Re: PAHI] #293302
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We stayed a couple days in Antigua, prior to a cruise that left from there, several years ago. For this year, we decided to just go back to SXM..


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Originally Posted by Carol_Hill
We stayed a couple days in Antigua, prior to a cruise that left from there, several years ago. For this year, we decided to just go back to SXM..


Can't go wrong on SXM......:-)


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Agreed.


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