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Old April 14th, 2005, 09:14 AM
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Default SUGGESTIONS ON SOUTHERN

We are leaving this Saturday on the Destiny, first time on Carnival(don't know what to expect). I am travelling with my wife and two kid's. We love white sand beaches and try to stay away from the t-shirt selling markets. We will visit Dominca,St Thomas Barbados and Aruba. Does anyone have some suggestions for beautiful beaches. I would aslo like to rent a Jeep in Aruba and see a place called "pool" or something like that.

P.S. How would you rate the food on the Carnival Destiny?
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Old April 14th, 2005, 01:08 PM
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Default Re: SUGGESTIONS ON SOUTHERN

There are very few white sand really nice beaches on Dominica. Basicallt the island is a big rock covered with rain forest. There are a few beaches up on the north east coast. A cab driver would be best to recommend one . Kids might get a kick out of the Carib Village, but , it is not a whole lot more than a place to sell native souvenirs.

Three beaches stand out on St Thomas. Most popular beach is Maegens Bay. Beautiful Beach, it's a park so there is an admission fee. No snorkelling to speak of but a great family beach. I highly recommend Coki Beach. A family beach plenty of facilities and rentals available. Right next door to Coral World, a paid marine attraction. Kids might like that. Third beach I recommend is Saphire. All facilities and rentals . Coki and Saphire have no admission charges and have nice snorkelling off the beach. Because they are not Parks, they also have a nice selection of vendors where at Maegens Bay you are stuck with one concession.

Barbados has a number of nice beaches on it's south shore. Go with a local recommendation.North shore beaches are beautiful but very rugged and very high wave activity. Not as family friendly.

Aruba has miles of wonderful beaches. For a family go out to Palm Beach. Basically the area is also called the High Rise hotel area (because that is where the hotels are).
Beach is wide, water is calm. Access the beach anywhere between the Aruba Grand and Holiday Inn.There are three piers along this stretch of beach. Pelican, De Palm and Red Sail. This is the HQ for the three major tour operators, but , in addition each has food, facilities and beverages. Many local vendors work the beach renting umbrellas and chairs, and operating all manner of water sports activities.
The pool you refer to is called Natural Pool. It is on the windward side of the island
along with several other "sights" such as natural bridge. Natural Pool is exactly what it sounds like . It is a pool formed inside the rocks forming a natural swimming area.
Nearby , waves crash into the surrounding rocks. If you go, excercise care in driving and the rocks can be very slippery around the pool.
If your kids are little another family friendly beach is Baby Beach. This one is south of town at the tip of the island. Enclosed by rocks, it is a giant salt water swimming area.
Snorkelling is good just outside the break in the rocks.
Have fun.
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