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Old June 19th, 2003, 04:22 PM
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Default Best & Worst South Carribean Islands

My husband & I are planning a cruise to the Southern Carribean islands. There are many islands & itineraries to choose from. We're not big shoppers; we really just like fun, sun, snorkeling & such.

I'm trying to gather opinions on some of the favorite & not so favorite ports (ie. St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Tortola, Dominica, Antigua, Martinique, Aruba, Barbados, Curacas, Grenada, etc)

We've been to St. Thomas & really enjoyed it but didn't so much enjoy St. Marteen. Thanks for sharing your experiences!
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Old June 19th, 2003, 05:19 PM
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St Lucia is a beautiful island and offers much to do. Favorate thing for a first timer do the all day land and sea tour. You get boat, swimming , sight seeing, local food, volcano, botanical garden and a bus tour that takes you around and through much of the island. Or, go to beaches up in vicinity of the Rex St Lucia, public, pretty and facilities available. Shopping on the little island accross from the pier is best.
Can't help with St Kitts.
Tortola in the zBVI's is a personal favorate. No shopping to speak of, laid back relaxed island. Go to Cane Garden Bay and hang out at the beach. Try a Carib Beer at Quitos, Myetts, Stanley's, Elm or any one of many beach bars and restaurants. Perhaps snorkel
or swim at Brewers Bay or Apple Bay. Take an excurssion to the Baths on Virgin Gorda.
Dominica is a mountain/rain forest island. tour the intereior an see Emerald Pool and Trafalger Falls and visit a native caribbean indian village . Not much in the way of beaches, some snorkelling. There is whale watching certain times of the year. This is otherwise a very poor island. Not much shopping etc.
Antigua has shopping downtown, swimming at 365 different beaches and sightseeing to several historic sites.
Martinique offers one of the few French experiences in the Caribbean. Shopping area downtown has a look and flavor some think of New Orleans. Beaches and water sports
in a more sophisticated atmosphere. You will find topless at most beaches.
Aruba is one of my two or 3 favorate destinations. Clean , safe and non tropical. The island is basically dry and arid. Great shopping, perhaps # 3 in the Caribbean, definately number 1 on your list. Shops are upscale friendly and not pushy. Good buys in jewelry , perfume and Delft China. Touring this island on an all day jeep tour is fun.
Great beaches out by the hotels . Palm Beach is great. Snorkeling done on two ship wrecks just off shore. Baby beach is also fun. You can windsurf here and it is some of the best in the world.
Barbados offers, beaches, snorkelling , sightseeing , historic touring, gardens, caves,
decent shopping right inside and local stuff just outside the port. Shopping in town is nothing special. Many people do boat/snorkel tours or day at the beach tours.This is a safe and friendly island but you can get a bit lost in the interior if you strike out on your own.
Curacao offers much the same as Aruba. Beaches, snorkelling, shopping, historic sightseeing. There is a Dolphin Encounter and it is done quite well.
Grenada is another place for laid back beach experiences.
If you've not been to these places you can hardly go wrong. Although they differ greatly
you would be hard pressed to have a bad experience at any of them.
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Old June 19th, 2003, 07:57 PM
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St. Lucia most like Hawaii: Pitons, Volcano, beautiful bays, Ships tour of Land & Sea including lunch was great.
St. Kitts, history and beautiful ocean - Fort high above the
Tortola & Dominica = not yet
Antigua= 356 beautiful beaches , Adm. Nelson's Dockyard, History,
Martinique = not my most favorite but we went to Pont du Buc
Aruba = Palm Beach & Eagle Beach - favorite island to return to again and again,
Barbados = natural sites; Harrison's Cave, beautiful Floral Gardens, decent beaches Curacas = Least favorite Port also stayed on the ship at Isle Margarhita also a Venezualan island
Grenada, = Grand Anse beach, spices
Guadaluope = nice French island with beautiful water falls and a volcano- lunch with wines was wonderful
St. Martin= Orient Bay, Dawn Beach, Marigot, Gran Case and shopping in PHillipsburg late in the day.
St. Thomas/St. John = always something new to do plus the beaches are fun. I do like a little shopping but do most at Havensignt now.
Old San Juan - history and restoration. The beautiful forts and Isle Verde beach at the Wyndham Old San Juan hotel
Bon voyage
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Old July 9th, 2003, 08:59 PM
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We loved Curacao, the town was beautiful and the snorkeling was the best....
St. Lucia, we did the local markets and enjoyed seeing, tasting and looking at local food and spices...
Aruba, rent a Jimny type vehicle , the island is hot and dusty, but we loved it..
Dominica, we have done the mountain bike trip twice, travel by van to mountain top and bike down, carry rain parka, it is a rain forrest, stop for fresh bananas, coconuts, pineapples, etc...swim in mountain stream across to natural hot tub...
St. Thomas, St. John, swim, sail, snorkel, and shoppppppp
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Old July 25th, 2003, 03:07 PM
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PapaBill,
I saw your answer and I'd like to do another question: what do you think about the best place to stay in Caribe for one week? and what to do there?
I can go everywhere. Could you help me?
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Old July 25th, 2003, 04:28 PM
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Default Re: Re: Re: Best & Worst South Carribean Islands

Are you saying what island is the best one to go to for a week? I'd have to know your likes and dislikes and how much you wanted to spend before I made any kind of recommendation.
Do you like glitz and glamor or laid back casual(or something in between). ecotourism or neon lights and casinos. Water sports? If so which ones? What is your budget for this week? Need to know all the things a good TA would ask (I am not a TA) to get you to the right place at the right time.
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Old July 25th, 2003, 04:58 PM
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I think the French Islands are the best: Martinique, Guadelope, St. Maartin, etc. My favorite islands in the S. Carib are: Martinique, Guadelope, St. Lucia, Curacao, Barbados, Grenada (but many don't agree with that one)
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Old July 26th, 2003, 01:35 PM
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PapaBill,
ok, I`ll go to Caribe for one week but I don`t know a good place to stay for a whole week. I liked Cancun very much but I had been there once, then I intend to go to a new place this time.
I like beaches, snorkeling.shopping, night life (not casinos) and, if possible, historic sightseening.
Thank you for your help.
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