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Old January 26th, 2007, 08:10 PM
brownies95 brownies95 is offline
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Default Eastern Caribbean vs Western Caribbean

Question for you all!

Hopefully we will be cruising for the first time in May. Our main hangup right now is trying to decide if we want to go west or east. Ports are St Thomas, San Juan, and St Marteen in the east and Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize, and Grand Caymen in the west.

My questions are this. Where are the seas generally smoother? What part of the Caribbean has the better beaches? Are the ports in the East Caribbean more touristy than the West's?

One more quickie. Has anybody been to Labadee, Haiti? I've seen pictures and it looks wonderful with its clear water and lush green trees. Is it really as nice as the pics?

All and any help is greatly appreciated!


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Old January 29th, 2007, 11:45 AM
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Tim - if you just want gorgeous beaches, good snorkeling and great shopping then pick the Eastern Route.
The Western Route is a more active route with much better snorkeling(imo), more water activites, history, Sting Rays, caves.
I do think that the Eastern Route is a bit more touristy than the Western Route
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Old January 29th, 2007, 02:37 PM
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I've done both, and am currently booked to do each one again. You can't go wrong on either one. Both take to to great places. Do some research on the ports and have fun.

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Old January 29th, 2007, 03:36 PM
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Which part of the caribbean has the smoother seas in May? Eastern or Western?

And thanks for all your wonderful advice!
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Old January 29th, 2007, 09:01 PM
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I've found the Southern to actually be the smoothest and then Eastern. There are always times when its a bit rough getting into Grand Cayman when doing the western.

As for Labadee, its one of my favorite private beaches, its really beautiful, lots to do. Had a ball doing the Wave runner excursion.

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Old January 31st, 2007, 01:16 PM
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I agree with LisaK. I prefer the eastern as well. I have done the western a few times and the eastern only once. However, I just booked the eastern for April 29th.

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Old January 31st, 2007, 01:20 PM
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Thank you for all your help. When is the rainy season in the Western and Eastern Caribbean?
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Old February 21st, 2007, 04:32 PM
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Default Do them all!

As you can see from the list below, we started with the eastern and are working our way around the world. We've loved all our itineraries and plan more in the years to come. We have had some overlap of certain ports, but never repeat the same cruise
After my DH suggested doing something really cool for our 35th anniv coming up in Dec. '01, I called my step-sis,a TA. Since we didn't know where to start, she set us up with a 7-night E. Carib. cruise on Explorer. The rest is history and now DH is even more into the itin. decision making. He overheard fellow pax on Jewel last summer raving about the Mexican Riv. and Aust/NZ and said we HAD to do these cruises. So we just did the MR and while on board Mercury, booked her for next year for Aust/NZ. What a guy!!
I still want to do:
The "other" southern ports besides Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten;
The Mediterranean and 5 day land tour of Italy--Galaxy
S. America
Whatever else there is that we haven't done yet.
So many cruises, so little time, lol.
My advice is pick any one to start and go from there. Happy cruising!

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