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Agree with Turks but its not cheap. St Thomas is more touristy island, Turks is quiet, small, beautiful beaches, clearest water in the Carribean. Not a lot to do besides relax on the beach.
What are you going for?
- Tourist vacation
- Romantic getaway
I've been to the Bahamas (many of the islands), Martinique (French West Indies) and US Virgins (mainly St. Thomas). I prefer the less crowded Bahamas (Eleuthra or Andros) for R&R and St.Thomas for Tourist vacation (duty-free shopping, attractions, etc.).
If you go to St.Thomas and are only going for a couple days, find out what days the cruise ships hit port and work around them if you can.
Plenty of great info, but for travel you will need a passport to most of these places. They are good for ten years, kids five tears
I lived on St. John for a year. I would definitely recommend BVI over st Thomas. Jost is very quiet if that's what you want. Tortola has more night life but is still relaxing except full moon parties at apple bay. Virgin Gorda is gorgeous you should at least do a day trip to the baths there. I would recommend cane garden bay on Tortola as a place to look.
Hands down best place is St John, USVI at Caneel Bay. You won't find any better beaches and as private. Great snorkeling and peaceful. We go back every year. Paradise! Can't go wrong with Yost and also make sure to go to Soggy Dollar Bar.
I agree with you and it is affordable.
Puerto Rico is the poor man's Hawaii. Might want to compare. Some of the Florida keys are nice. You get the "island" experience but for less money. My favorite is Marathon. Marco Island is very nice. Used to go golfing there every winter. Lots of places to go if the Caribbean is your destination. Pacific islands will cost you more.
My brother went to the virgin islands. Loved it. Just don't go during hurricane season and stay within the resort areas. Outside of it is dangerous. Lots of crime. But the police keep the resorts safe.
"The only thing That Team Up North will be tasting this year is the salty tears of defeat" - UFM
All depends what you want to do... If you like to dive and beaches etc, Guam is a nice place (a LONG flight, not worth it for a short weekend) Its considered the poor man's HI.
St Maartens is quite nice. Dutch side more laid back than French side. Where else can you can get tossed 100 feet by a jet engine. St Johns VI is nice also.
Wild horses. An old mansion to stay. White sandy beaches to ride bikes. Very few people since one family owns and operates the island. Big porch swings to sip wine at sundown. Great food. This is where JFK Jr got married and you'll see the small AME church. Turtle nests. And shore fishing if you so desire. This is big time romance. Check it out.
Sorrento, Positano and the isle of Capri. Capri lacks sandy beaches (all rock) but Positano has a nice one. Sorento at night is fantastic. Can't beat the food. For a little pricier place try Bellagio in Northern Italy. Tuscan coast is well kept secret.
Jost is a great island
Some good recommendations already but I'd like to recommend Isla Mujeres...it's off the coast of Cancun.
Except for the Brown Tree Snakes that have taken over the island.
Lots of can't go wrong places to choose from. For us it is Aruba. We have a place there and never go more than a year between visits. I agree about what kind of island experience you are looking for.
When you go, and how long you stay will be things to think about.
If you live on the East Coast that will help since time zones wont be an issue. If you are on the West Coast then think hard about where you go based upon distance. Certainly for the weekend.
Again, if you are just going for the weekend, Virgin Islands can be a long expensive flight. At the same time, if you are going in the heart of winter and want 80's, you'll need to go roughly that far to get that weather.
If you are able to go in the Spring then the Bahamas would be cheaper and an easier flight.
If you are simply looking to chill and need a beach resort there really is no wrong answer in the Caribbean. If you are looking for specific activities then you may want to spell those out for best advice.
I personally think Belize (Ambregise Caye) is the best spot but it is a preference thing and I like diving, snorkeling and outdoor activities non-stop. Plus a beach is nice :)
Say hi to Foxy for me if you go to jost. Look for the Buckeye mariner flag on the ceiling when you are there. Should still be there but it has been a number of years since it was hung.
I am a big fan of Cabo for the sail fishing, golf, beaches and laid back atmosphere.
I have been to st Thomas and St. John, Tortola and have sailed (Moorings) with other couples. So I have been there fortunately many times. I would say you can't go to wrong either way. What I like about st Thomas is you can spend a couple of days there, take the ferry from red hook and head over to st John's BVI - need passport). Lots of cool little restaurants some nice resorts WESTIN IS NICE, CANEEL BAY IS NICE). So if I had to give you one itinerary and your heart is set to get to jost, don't stay on Jost, spend a couple days checking out St.Thomas (shopping), then head to ST. John where it is much more laid back and take boats over to Jost to vist Soggy Dollar during the day and then skiff over to Foxy's towards the late afternoon. That way you get a little bit of everything.
Me personally, I now prefer to bareboat on a 45-50' Catamaran with Captain and crew (generally one gourmet cook)and Other fun couples. You sail all around the carribean and the islands, sail and get to hit all the famous beaches and bars ( it is part of their itineraries). So that would be the way I would go from here on out. However being on a boat that amount of time is not for everyone...
They arent that bad anymore.
Sitting in Turks & Caicos right now (Provo) and this is my least favorite of all the carribean islands (I've been to 10+) very nice but very "Americanized"-- get outta the Carribean, do central America or if you can afford it , do Bora Bora/Moorea .. By far my favorite I've been to
Punta Cana.....beautiful and all inclusive.....
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