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Re: Caribbean in end of January. Which island is the best? What points to use?
« Reply #75 on: January 10, 2013, 12:21:59 PM »
Thank you for the all the info, but I'm looking for somewhere in the Caribbean..
A few places that I would prefer going are Grand Cayman, Paradise Island(bahamas) or Turks and Caicos. Even though I dont know much about these places, I've heard great things...

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Re: Caribbean in end of January. Which island is the best? What points to use?
« Reply #76 on: January 10, 2013, 01:06:33 PM »
Belize IS on the Caribbean. 

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Re: Caribbean in end of January. Which island is the best? What points to use?
« Reply #77 on: January 10, 2013, 01:10:35 PM »
Belize IS on the Caribbean.
+1, he probably means a carribean island not a central american country which sits on the carribean.

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Re: Caribbean in end of January. Which island is the best? What points to use?
« Reply #78 on: January 10, 2013, 01:17:33 PM »
Thank you for the all the info, but I'm looking for somewhere in the Caribbean..
A few places that I would prefer going are Grand Cayman, Paradise Island(bahamas) or Turks and Caicos. Even though I dont know much about these places, I've heard great things...

GC and T&C are both very nice, cant go wrong with either of them- except for the fact that they are both pretty expensive. (GC has more chain hotels if you have points). The Atlantis hotels takes up a good portion of Paradise island.

If you have British Airways miles, i believe its only 20K RT per person (from ny), but very tough to find availability.
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Re: Caribbean in end of January. Which island is the best? What points to use?
« Reply #79 on: January 10, 2013, 04:25:11 PM »


If you have British Airways miles, i believe its only 20K RT per person (from ny), but very tough to find availability.
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Re: Caribbean in end of January. Which island is the best? What points to use?
« Reply #81 on: January 14, 2013, 08:36:52 PM »
T&C, sorry.
United also flies there from Newark and US out of PHL, although it's 17.5k each way.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #82 on: January 27, 2013, 01:40:41 PM »
Just got back from Barbados. 25k Avios R/T from JFK, or you can tie into a Miami stop using AA miles. Or tack on a few Europe one way e.g. BGI_JFK_LHR for an additional 2.5k AA.

Kosher food plentiful in supermarkets (no meat or wine/grape juice, but pita with hashgacha is easily found and most groceries are US sourced), if a bit more expensive. Plenty of secluded beaches and cheap villas for rent. Very clean island and good attractions. Great scenery, and rental cars are reasonable. If you are worried about bringing food and customs, they offer meat import permits for 15 bucks - I got one but customs just waived us through.

Not as much character as St. Maarten, but far superior to PR, Aruba, DR, and even Cayman in my book.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #83 on: January 27, 2013, 02:14:50 PM »
Just got back from Barbados. 25k Avios R/T from JFK, or you can tie into a Miami stop using AA miles. Or tack on a few Europe one way e.g. BGI_JFK_LHR for an additional 2.5k AA.

Kosher food plentiful in supermarkets (no meat or wine/grape juice, but pita with hashgacha is easily found and most groceries are US sourced), if a bit more expensive. Plenty of secluded beaches and cheap villas for rent. Very clean island and good attractions. Great scenery, and rental cars are reasonable. If you are worried about bringing food and customs, they offer meat import permits for 15 bucks - I got one but customs just waived us through.

Not as much character as St. Maarten, but far superior to PR, Aruba, DR, and even Cayman in my book.
Were you in those places?

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #84 on: January 27, 2013, 02:41:21 PM »
sxm - 3 times, gcm 2 times, dr - 3 times, pr 3 times. Aruba once, but did not like it at all, would recommend any of the others.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #85 on: January 27, 2013, 03:12:30 PM »
sxm - 3 times, gcm 2 times, dr - 3 times, pr 3 times. Aruba once, but did not like it at all, would recommend any of the others.
Would love to read a TR/comparison of them.
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Re: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #86 on: January 27, 2013, 03:15:40 PM »
sxm - 3 times, gcm 2 times, dr - 3 times, pr 3 times. Aruba once, but did not like it at all, would recommend any of the others.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #87 on: January 27, 2013, 03:29:39 PM »
Would love to read a TR/comparison of them.
+1 that would be great.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #88 on: January 27, 2013, 06:27:32 PM »
Hard to do, as the trips were taken at different points in life. But I'll try short bites...

Barbados - see above.

Aruba - stayed at Westin on long weekend with wife. Nothing special about beach or hotel, or island.

SXM - stayed all 3 times at westin using SPG points. Great value at 12k points for $400/night rooms. Rooms large (huge bathroom), nice property on pretty beach. Nice villas just up the beach if you need a kitchen ( Not super luxurious but perfect for family of up to 5. Got upgraded every time as SPG Gold, twice to oceanfront. Renting a car is a must, as island is scenic, with great variety of beaches and activities. Beach at Radisson is very pretty, much nicer than beach at La Samanna. Kosher items increasingly available from supermarkets. Easy trip from NYC on AA or JetBlue. Classy island, no slums. You can also do day trips to St Barts and Anguilla by ferry, but saw no need personally.

DR - went only as kid, to casa de campo, and another facility. Nice scenery, plenty of flights, but poorer island. The punta cana all inclusive scene just doesnt work for kosher folks.

PR - Went twice to San Juan at Caribe Hilton, very nice property with most private beach in San Juan. Kosher was hard to find, but plenty of nice things to see, and close to airport. Cheap rent a car as I remember. Also went to Aguadilla once, which was a very nice villa property with Jet Blue access directly to airport 5 minutes away. More secluded, but a hike to the tourist attractions like the rain forest.

Cayman - went once as kid (to a villa) and more recently for long weekend with my wife at the Westin (SPG points stay). Nice Westin, not as fancy as Ritz, and seven mile beach is very pretty and large enough to find a private spot. Best off-beach snorkeling anywhere, and stingray city is fun. No need to rent a car, as supermarket is close by. Classy island.

I don't gamble, but if that is your thing, the casino action in PR seemed the most lively, with the Westin in SXM's casino more of an afterthought. Generally, non-stop flights are key for us, and I dont like to spend for overpriced resorts.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #89 on: January 27, 2013, 06:30:20 PM »
Also remembered that I have been to the bahamas, but saw nothing special.

Ultimately, I'd rather fly the extra hour or so to SXM or Barbados, get better weather with more variety of scenery and beaches. If your taste is to just plop on one nice beach and not move around, GCM should also be in the mix.