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Title: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 18, 2008, 10:42:57 PM
Hey all,
Anyone have any ideas for a place s/w in the Carribean, that would be relaively appropriate for a religious couple w/ a 1 yr old? Some kosher food and a shul is a plus but not mandatory.
I have a Continental voucher to use (from Cleveland) and a RCI property to schnor.
Hoping to go in Mid-September of Mid-November for a week or so.
Thanks all!
Title: Re: Any ideas for an area in the Carribean??
Post by: me on June 19, 2008, 09:05:02 AM
there is chabad on st thomas.

But if anyone knows a place on the islands that you can rent a totally private beach?
Title: Re: Any ideas for an area in the Carribean??
Post by: stevenk on July 01, 2008, 02:56:33 PM
Check out Peter Island www.peterisland.com
Title: Re: Any ideas for an area in the Carribean??
Post by: Dan on July 01, 2008, 10:53:09 PM
there is chabad on st thomas.

But if anyone knows a place on the islands that you can rent a totally private beach?
I'm not familiar with the Caribbean, but beautiful deserted beaches are quite plentiful on the Hawaiian islands
Title: Re: Any ideas for an area in the Carribean??
Post by: Drago on July 02, 2008, 06:36:44 AM
But it's a half day trip from Cleveland.
Plus, a slight safek what side of the dateline it's on,
Title: Re: Any ideas for an area in the Carribean??
Post by: me on July 02, 2008, 12:06:08 PM
I'm not familiar with the Caribbean, but beautiful deserted beaches are quite plentiful on the Hawaiian islands

I'm looking for more then just deserted... I want it to be private... Is there such a thing?
Title: Re: Any ideas for an area in the Carribean??
Post by: stevenk on July 02, 2008, 12:16:06 PM
If you are willing to pay a few thousand bucks per day... Yes
Title: Re: Any ideas for an area in the Carribean??
Post by: me on July 02, 2008, 06:23:05 PM
If you are willing to pay a few thousand bucks per day... Yes

What did you say? a few thousand starwood points? :)

We only work with spg.. no more money!
Title: Re: Any ideas for an area in the Carribean??
Post by: levi on July 02, 2008, 06:44:12 PM
What did you say? a few thousand starwood points? :)

We only work with spg.. no more money!
Sell the points to me and then you have money :)
Title: Re: Any ideas for an area in the Carribean??
Post by: stevenk on July 03, 2008, 09:06:46 AM
The quietest SPG place in the Carribean is St John Westin its pretty quiet and usually deserted. If you are looking for a private Island its obtainable, but quite costly (No starpoints)
Title: Re: Any ideas for an area in the Carribean??
Post by: e-Lawyer on July 04, 2008, 08:56:56 AM
the front picture for the hotel just doesnt look like a category 6,
 i know its silly but first impression means alot

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1098

and they are currently renovating, while converting 108 out of 175 rooms into vacation ownership.
Isnt that timeshares? i know they try really hard to sell it to you and very agressively when you stay at a starwood hotel.
Title: CARRIBEAN VACATION
Post by: leibima on June 14, 2010, 11:16:55 AM
I am planning a trip to the Carribean this August, not sure which island yet. I was thinking of Grand Cayman since Starwood has a Westin there that I can use points for a hotel.

A hotel room cost 12,000 points per night, with the fifth night free. Very convenient as I plan to stay for five nights and have about 48,000 Starwood points.

Does anyone know of any other islands that have a Starwood hotel and are at least as beautiful as the Caymans? Also, looking for an island that would have a direct flight from NYC.

Anyone ever been to Grand Cayman? please share some of your travel experiences.

Thanks
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on June 14, 2010, 12:30:13 PM
Here are some other ideas for the Carribean with Starwood hotels, I havent yet been to these but they are on my to do list :-)
If anyone stayed at any of them please give us your reviews...

Aruba, (AUA direct from NY on AA,UA,CO and JetBlue) Westin
St Maarten (SXM direct from NY on AA,UA,CO and JetBlue) Westin
St John's- requires a flight to St thomas (STT direct from NY on DL or AA) and a ferry to St Johns also a Westin

And then you have some Mexico Destinations...
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on June 14, 2010, 12:44:48 PM
Also, looking for an island that would have a direct flight from NYC.
Keep in mind that to GCM there are limited direct flights from NY;
Leaving from JFK, only on Sat, Sun, Mon and Thurs (on DL and Cayman air)
returning to JFK- Sat, Sun and Wednesday (on DL and Cayman air)
Leaving from or Returning to EWR- Sat and Sun (UA and CO) only
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 14, 2010, 12:44:58 PM
Don't forget Puerto Rico.

Also you can look at Hyatt's because you can also trade your Starpoints for Hyatt nights.
Here are the Hyatt's in the Carribean. (http://www.hyatt.com/hyatt/features/hotel-search-results.jsp?type=clear&N=296)
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on June 14, 2010, 01:37:13 PM
See here (http://www.chabad.org/centers/default_cdo/aid/120281/jewish/Caribbean.htm) for a list of chabad houses in the Caribbean.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 14, 2010, 08:01:56 PM
See here (http://www.chabad.org/centers/default_cdo/aid/120281/jewish/Caribbean.htm) for a list of chabad houses in the Caribbean.
Cool.  The Shliach to the Netherlands Antilles is an old yeshiva friend of mine. 
Absolutely great guy, I'm sure a shabbos meal with him would be a blast.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: leibima on June 14, 2010, 11:49:27 PM
Keep in mind that to GCM there are limited direct flights from NY;
Leaving from JFK, only on Sat, Sun, Mon and Thurs (on DL and Cayman air)
returning to JFK- Sat, Sun and Wednesday (on DL and Cayman air)
Leaving from or Returning to EWR- Sat and Sun (UA and CO) only
I am actually looking to travel from NY on Sunday direct to cayman, then on the way back fly via Miami, stay there for the weekend and then fly back to NY Monday. I have AMEX MR points, which airline would be the best to transfer those to for this sort of flight?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: leibima on June 14, 2010, 11:51:46 PM
Don't forget Puerto Rico.

Also you can look at Hyatt's because you can also trade your Starpoints (with someone like me  :) ) for Hyatt nights.
Here are the Hyatt's in the Carribean. (http://www.hyatt.com/hyatt/features/hotel-search-results.jsp?type=clear&N=296)

I am really looking at a more exotic but yet somewhere I can take kids. I inquired of the Westin in Grand Cayman for a suite so that my kids don't need to sleep in the same room as me but apparently they only have a presidential suite which is $1000/night. The next best thing would be to get two adjoining rooms, one for us, the other for my kids.

Any better ideas?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 15, 2010, 12:03:14 AM
I am really looking at a more exotic but yet somewhere I can take kids. I inquired of the Westin in Grand Cayman for a suite so that my kids don't need to sleep in the same room as me but apparently they only have a presidential suite which is $1000/night. The next best thing would be to get two adjoining rooms, one for us, the other for my kids.

Any better ideas?
What about Hyatt Curacao? Supposed to be amazing there.
I'd be happy to try to arrange a suite there for you on the cheap.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: leibima on June 15, 2010, 01:40:56 PM
What about Hyatt Curacao? Supposed to be amazing there.
I'd be happy to try to arrange a suite there for you on the cheap.
Checking it out now, but it is a little far with two kids (on vacation). It's 8 hours traveling time.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 15, 2010, 01:49:43 PM
Checking it out now, but it is a little far with two kids (on vacation). It's 8 hours traveling time.
It's under 5 hours non-stop, but it looks like CO only flies there non-stop on Satudays now.
Title: Turks & Caicos
Post by: leibima on June 15, 2010, 01:51:02 PM
If anyone is interested in an amzing but fairly quiet island, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos is definitely worth looking into.

I went with my wife and 8 month old baby two summers ago and we had the time of our life. We stayed at the Regent Palms, absolutely beautiful hotel, and was just renovated and upgraded before we came.

The beach is amazing, white powdery sand. There are other hotels that are more geared for children but we were so happy to have booked this one. We really felt that we were the only ones in the hotel.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: leibima on June 20, 2010, 01:42:02 PM
What about Hyatt Curacao? Supposed to be amazing there.
I'd be happy to try to arrange a suite there for you on the cheap.
I think I am settling on Grand Cayman. Is there a way you can get me a great deal there? the rooms are not expensive, just $169 a night, 5th night free. Maybe it is worth selling my Starwood points and buying this hotel with cash. This way I can get points for my stay

One more option I am looking at is Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. There is a W hotel that was recenetly remodeled and there seems to be great reviews.

Can you get a great deal on a W hotel?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: leibima on June 21, 2010, 04:31:08 PM
Dan, still waiting to hear if you have any ideas about the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico? there seems to be a beautiful W hotel and want to know how I can get the best room for the least miles? I am a Starwood Gold member. Also, I think Continental flies all the way there.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 21, 2010, 04:35:00 PM
Dan, still waiting to hear if you have any ideas about the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico? there seems to be a beautiful W hotel and want to know how I can get the best room for the least miles? I am a Starwood Gold member. Also, I think Continental flies all the way there.
This article on Vieques is enough to keep me away:
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/02/01/vieques.illness.part.2/index.html?hpt=C2

So is the $65/night resort fee and the Cat. 6 designation.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: leibima on June 21, 2010, 04:41:00 PM
Starting reading it and my wife will never let us go, is is a little freaky. I guess it's Grand Cayman for us. The Starwood hotel doe snot seem to be extremely nice, except for the Presidential suite - if there is a way to get that.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 30, 2010, 08:48:22 AM
Has anyone ever been to Nevis? Is it worth going? I have a free house stay there (know somebody with vacation rental). Looking to go mid august (10-20) for some of that time? All the flights I saw from NYC were two stops and cheapest $650. Any way to get something better? I have 75k american miles but i don't think they fly there.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: leibima on June 30, 2010, 09:11:06 AM
Has anyone ever been to Nevis? Is it worth going? I have a free house stay there (know somebody with vacation rental). Looking to go mid august (10-20) for some of that time? All the flights I saw from NYC were two stops and cheapest $650. Any way to get something better? I have 75k american miles but i don't think they fly there.
Not sure about the island itself but looking at google maps, I'd say you are right in the path of most hurricanes. August is probably not a great time to plan travel there unless you book a few days before. That is just my opinion and something to consider.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: leibima on July 01, 2010, 02:03:42 PM
What about Hyatt Curacao? Supposed to be amazing there.
I'd be happy to try to arrange a suite there for you on the cheap.
Dan, I settled on going to Los Cabos and there is a beautiful Hilton there. Do you think you can get me a suite there and maybe you can pay switch points-spg for hilton. I am going from August 15 to August 19. There is a king premier suite which seems to be nice.

Thanks
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on October 27, 2010, 01:22:47 PM
Does anyone have any suggestions of where to go, either Puerto Rico or Aruba? (In PR looking at the El Conquistador and in Aruba looking at the Hyatt)
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: jack on November 14, 2010, 12:20:52 PM
I am so confused - was planning on a trip to westin st. john but they are under construction so I think I will pass- looking for a quiet but really nice for a relaxing vacation and I am having a really hard time picking an island.  Also, what does everyone do for food?  I was hoping not to take any checked baggage but if I need to take all that food...
I would love to do Hawaii  but  if I fly 12 hours it's to Israel!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 14, 2010, 01:54:41 PM
I would love to do Hawaii  but  if I fly 12 hours it's to Israel!
Hawaii doesnt have to be 12 hours, has infinitely more things to do than boring caribbean islands, and has tickets for less than half the miles or money that it costs to go to Israel.

And you can buy kosher food there as well.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: momo on November 15, 2010, 12:46:16 PM
i went to st thomas and had a really gr8 time there! it is very laid back and relaxed if u are looking for that i recommend  it. The atmosphere is really islandy if u no what i mean! there are the regular things aka beaches scuba snorkel snuba jetski etc etc. also really gr8 bars if ur into that type of thing. as for puerto rico also very nice we had what ammounted to a private beach and pool (we rented an apt in the fajardo area that was really empty)ocean water clear enough to see the bottom horseback riding kayaking hiking and a lot of other things. the el conqustidors grounds r nice the rooms r ok( i did not stay there just asked to c a room) casino is small. i say if u r looking for an islandy island then puerto rico is not as islandy as other islands but is still nice
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: pack1 on November 15, 2010, 10:21:51 PM
I'm not familiar with the Caribbean, but beautiful deserted beaches are quite plentiful on the Hawaiian islands

Hawaii doesnt have to be 12 hours, has infinitely more things to do than boring caribbean islands, and has tickets for less than half the miles or money that it costs to go to Israel.

And you can buy kosher food there as well.

Dan, did you go to the Caribbean within the past 2 years that you now know they are boring?  :)
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 15, 2010, 10:28:49 PM
Dan, did you go to the Caribbean within the past 2 years that you now know they are boring?  :)

Nope, but I've read travel books on the Caribbean and I can't say that I'm desperate to go.

People that come back from Hawaii are usually grinning from ear to ear...it's truly a special place, there's no other way to describe it.  The Caribbean might have nice beaches, but I don't think they can compare to everything Hawaii has to offer.

Just my 2 cents.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: momo on November 15, 2010, 10:58:44 PM
Nope, but I've read travel books on the Caribbean and I can't say that I'm desperate to go.

People that come back from Hawaii are usually grinning from ear to ear...it's truly a special place, there's no other way to describe it.  The Caribbean might have nice beaches, but I don't think they can compare to everything Hawaii has to offer.

Just my 2 cents.
Have to agree with dan I was in kauai for a week and it was awesome! but that being said if ur on the east coast and only have 4 or 5 days to get away then hawaii is not really an option and the caribbean is conveniently close and also nice
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 15, 2010, 11:03:31 PM
Have to agree with dan I was in kauai for a week and it was awesome! but that being said if ur on the east coast and only have 4 or 5 days to get away then hawaii is not really an option and the caribbean is conveniently close and also nice
If you can go from Sunday-Thursday you can do Hawaii from the east coast.  But less than that and you're correct.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: momo on November 15, 2010, 11:11:14 PM
sun- thur u end up with only 3 and a half days not sure its worth the 24+ hours of travel for so short at best u arrive around 5 sun nite and u have to leave thu late afternoon
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 16, 2010, 08:28:39 AM
sun- thur u end up with only 3 and a half days not sure its worth the 24+ hours of travel for so short at best u arrive around 5 sun nite and u have to leave thu late afternoon
You can arrive 2pm Sunday from NYC and depart 10pm Thursday.  I think that can be worth it, although I would recommend 8-10 days to see at least 2 islands.
Of course this really belongs in the hawaii thread...
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: jack on November 16, 2010, 10:57:46 AM
You almost had me convinced I'm going from sun. to thur. but I don't think such a far trip is worth it for less than a week.
The plane is not part of the fun for me.
Back to finding someplace less thank 5 hrs traveling.
What I don't understand ( I know i'm opening a can of worms) is how obviously frum people go to some of these places that are really only beaches and they are packed.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: momo on November 16, 2010, 11:21:56 AM
i was in puerto rico and i c an tell u there was not a soul within 1000 feet of us but then again ymmv it will depend on when you go and which beaches u go to. in hawaii we had a totally private beach numerous times you just have to look around and i will be shocked if you do not find any.    signed by so called frum person 8)
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: momo on November 16, 2010, 11:24:01 AM
Back to ur original post where are u located what airport would u be flying out of. I think ur only option will be to take food along with u
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 16, 2010, 11:55:54 AM
What I don't understand ( I know i'm opening a can of worms) is how obviously frum people go to some of these places that are really only beaches and they are packed.
That's the beauty of Hawaii.  Beaches with not a soul in site and some of the best hiking and other tznius activities in the world.

Fly in CO BusinessFirst nonstop from NYC or via IAH and you'll enjoy every second of the flight...
And like I said Sunday-Thursday is plenty of time to enjoy an island.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: jack on November 17, 2010, 10:30:53 PM
Back to ur original post where are u located what airport would u be flying out of. I think ur only option will be to take food along with u
nyc
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: pack1 on December 12, 2010, 09:26:28 PM
I am planning a vacation to Grand Cayman in middle of January. Has anyone been? Any tips of whats available there food wise and entertainment wise?

thanks.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: jong on December 13, 2010, 01:31:38 AM
Definitely agree with Hawai'i. I used to live on Oahu when i went to college, and will definitely return there permanently. Call me crazy but its up there with Israel.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: jong on December 20, 2010, 03:34:26 PM
But to stick to the Carribean topic, I will be in Coral Bay, St John Island via STT for a week in January. Will prly be cooking most of the time, but does anyone know of any *chuckles* (i know its a long-shot) kosher füd in the area?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nossif on July 07, 2011, 03:30:22 PM
I just booked tickets to san juan, pr, and made reservations at the marriott over there....anyone ever been to that marriott or san juan? and have any ideas of what to do there? I have no problems just hanging out, but curious if there's anything cool over there that I wouldn't want to miss..
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: momo on July 08, 2011, 11:54:07 AM
check out el younke rainforest they  have a bunch of walking trails that are free and its alot of fun. also on luquillo beach there is a guy that rents kayaks for 10 for 30 minutes you basically just row back and forth but its not bad also in fajardo there are boats that you can hire for the day nd they will take u to where ever you want for a really reasonable rate. also near el younke there is a ranch that you can go horseback riding. in san juan itself there is old town which is nice to walk around also the beaches and golf courses if you are into that
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: world2see on July 13, 2011, 02:42:59 PM
was looking at going for 4 days mid august to the Caribbean,any suggestions?we will be going with our 4 month old,not looking for too much activities,more relaxing type a private in room pool would be great!!!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on July 15, 2011, 01:53:05 AM
Turks & Caicos
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: world2see on July 15, 2011, 03:59:37 AM
hurricane season? any hotel recommendations?anything kosher? thanks!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 23, 2012, 11:37:46 AM
Dug this thread up to post The Landings St. Lucia which is coming up on JS in a week from today. Would love to hear a TR from a fellow DDF member. The location is remote and the rooms have kitchens which may help many members here.
(IIRC it is quite a drive from the airport and Helicopter is an option.)
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 30, 2012, 02:26:46 PM
The Hyatt Regency Aruba (http://aruba.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp?src=agn_tig_hr_lk_ta_businesslistings_aruba) is coming up on JS in a week.
Some emailing to the GM may be able to apply an upgrade cert to a reservation from here.
The hotel got top reviews on TripAdvisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147249-d149892-Reviews-Hyatt_Regency_Aruba_Resort_and_Casino-Palm_Eagle_Beach_Aruba.html).
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Esther on January 31, 2012, 10:20:21 AM
I looked at the weather forecast for the next 10 days - scattered showers. Do they typically last for a few minutes or longer? I'd rather it not rain the whole time....
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 31, 2012, 10:21:35 AM
I looked at the weather forecast for the next 10 days - scattered showers. Do they typically last for a few minutes or longer? I'd rather it not rain the whole time....
It generally passes quickly. It's the warm humid weather that brings on frequent showers. Where will you be headed?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Esther on January 31, 2012, 10:32:44 AM
It generally passes quickly. It's the warm humid weather that brings on frequent showers. Where will you be headed?

Debating between St. John and St. Thomas...flights seem cheap...
Title: nice cheap st thomas hotel?
Post by: Esther on January 31, 2012, 11:23:16 AM
Can anyone recommend any? I'm looking to go from Feb 6 to Feb 9. Beach access would be nice but all I really need is a decent pool
Title: St Martin
Post by: myb821 on January 31, 2012, 11:25:51 PM
i have had a change in plans and plan to go to st martin for a few days. anyone ever been and have any reccomendations
Title: Re: Carribean Islands Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on February 28, 2012, 10:00:42 PM
Has anyone been to The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba  (http://www.westinaruba.com/)?
Any information will be great.
And are there any desserted beaches in the area?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands Master Thread
Post by: David B on February 28, 2012, 10:13:45 PM
Has anyone been to The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba  (http://www.westinaruba.com/)?
Any information will be great.

Not been there...but FYI there is a Pesach program there (run by Booky), so you should be able to get some feedback here or elsewhere in the Oilam
Title: Aruba vs. Turks vs Grand Cayman
Post by: azhoopsfan on March 06, 2012, 05:31:54 PM
Already thinking ahead to late Winter / Spring 2013, and want to take the family (kids ages 2 and 5) to the Caribbean from California. Definitely need a 1 bedroom suite and am considering either the Hyatt Aruba (33k points per night), Westin Grand Cayman (24-32k points per night, 5th night free), or a hotel/resort in the Turks/Caicos where I think I could get a 1 bedroom suite at a decent resort for ~$300/night and I could use the balance of my Capital One Venture points. 

I've only been to USVI and am looking primarily for aqua/turquioise water that's calm enough for my kids.  I've heard the Turks/Caicos have the nicest/calmest beaches.

Those seem like the best options since I can get there on AA or UA pretty easily from SAN (spending the night in DFW or IAH on the way) and getting back to SAN in one day.  But, I am open to other ideas as well. 

Title: Re: Aruba vs. Turks vs Grand Cayman
Post by: Dan on March 06, 2012, 05:45:55 PM
Going all the way from SAN to the Caribbean?  Why not just fly nonstop from SoCal to any Hawaiian island?
Title: Re: Aruba vs. Turks vs Grand Cayman
Post by: azhoopsfan on March 06, 2012, 05:56:58 PM
I love Hawaii, but I loved the warmer aqua water of the Caribbean. 

I want to go back to the Hyatt Kauai when the kids are older and we can do more of the activities (so I figure I'll be there many times in the years to come).  The Kaanapali in Maui is okay, but doesn't get me as excited.  I love Wailea but there are no legit options for me there (I have Hyatt, SPG and Hilton points) -- the Grand Wailea would cost too much to get a suite.  Waikiki is probably the best bet with kids but it feels less like a tropical vacation and more like a city visit with a beach. 

Bora Bora would be great (maybe a bit too far) --- but can't figure out how to get 4 of us there w/o spending too much money on the flight (or burning all my Cap One Venture points for the flight). 
Title: Re: Aruba vs. Turks vs Grand Cayman
Post by: azhoopsfan on March 06, 2012, 06:01:42 PM
Thinking about Punta Mita (the St Regis there just went down to Cat 6) even though the water is not the right color.  But I'm not sure I can talk my wife into flying into PVR with the kids. 

Title: Re: Aruba vs. Turks vs Grand Cayman
Post by: Dan on March 06, 2012, 06:03:05 PM
Fairmont Wailea often has specials and is all suites and the water there is fantastico.
Hilton Waikoloa also should have beautiful water on the kona side of the island and takes points.
Title: Re: Aruba vs. Turks vs Grand Cayman
Post by: azhoopsfan on March 06, 2012, 06:08:27 PM
Fairmont Wailea often has specials and is all suites and the water there is fantastico.
Hilton Waikoloa also should have beautiful water on the kona side of the island and takes points.

I love the Fairmont and would love to stay there with the kids.  I'll keep my eyes open for deals but I'm not sure I'd feel right spending money for a hotel when I could swing the Grand Wailea in a few years when the kids are older and we can share one room (when there are no more naps and later bedtimes). 

I haven't looked into the Waikoloa, I imagine that I'd have to do connecting room as opposed to a suite, but that may work.  Have you been there, is there a nice beach? 
Title: Re: Aruba vs. Turks vs Grand Cayman
Post by: Dan on March 06, 2012, 06:13:11 PM
I love the Fairmont and would love to stay there with the kids.  I'll keep my eyes open for deals but I'm not sure I'd feel right spending money for a hotel when I could swing the Grand Wailea in a few years when the kids are older and we can share one room (when there are no more naps and later bedtimes). 

I haven't looked into the Waikoloa, I imagine that I'd have to do connecting room as opposed to a suite, but that may work.  Have you been there, is there a nice beach? 
The beaches in that area of Hawaii are supposed to be the nicest anywhere, but I have yet to stay on the Kona coast.

The Fairmont kills the Grand Wailea, which generally has terrible reviews.  Maybe sell the HH points if you feel guilty though...
Title: bahamas
Post by: moisheo on March 12, 2012, 09:20:54 PM
anyone ever stay by the sheraton in Nassau? is there any kosher food around there?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on June 02, 2012, 11:57:19 PM
Plan on spending an afternoon and night in Port of Spain. Anyone been there? Ideas what to do?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on June 06, 2012, 02:45:56 PM
A friend of mine wants to rent a car in Aruba and is 21, he claims that all the rental places say you must be 23, anyone have experience or knows a company?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands Master Thread
Post by: moisheo on July 11, 2012, 08:09:47 PM
any one have any info of nassau,bahamas? any info regarding kosher food,anything to do ?thanks
Title: Caribbean in end of January. Which island is the best? What points to use?
Post by: ShlomoR on January 10, 2013, 11:14:18 AM
I'm looking to spend a few days in the Caribbean at the end of January with my wife and 1 yr old.
What island is the best one? I'm mainly looking for a very nice beach, and somewhere fun (we are in our 20's).
What points are best to use? I have around 50k BA for flights and 28k SPG for Hotels..

Any help is appreciated!
Title: Re: Caribbean in end of January. Which island is the best? What points to use?
Post by: henche on January 10, 2013, 11:26:12 AM
I did Belize several winters ago.

The main attraction is the barrier reef; the second longest in the world. The beaches are not terrific, since the reef stops the sand from building up.

Belize city is a half hour-45 minute boat ride from the reef. It has a Hyatt.

Most people stay on the islands off the coast, which are closer to the reef. There are no brand name hotels on the islands. The islands are called "Cayes", which is pronounced like "keys". (Like the florida keys.)

There are two main islands, the rich one and the poor one.

The rich one is called Caye Ambergis. It has more people, is more expensive, more nightlife, more expensive tours, etc.
The poor one is called Caye Caulker. It has less people, cheaper, etc.

We stayed on Caye Caulker and totally roughed it, but had a mean good time. We got a room in a "hotel" for 12.50 a night, which had a shared bathroom in the yard (hard to describe, but the bathroom was a building with a door for each stall).
But, you can get nice rooms also in places, american style. Think 50 a night or so, I think.

Snorkeling trips to the reef cost about 50 bucks a day. Scuba diving is like 100 bucks, but you need training and whatever. Trips to the "Blue Holehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Blue_Hole (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Blue_Hole)" are a bit more, but you should do it especially if you are scuba diving (we didn't, we were cheap).

At night, you should make a BBQ with some fish or stuff you bring, and drink the local rum-One Barrel Rum. It's delicious. There's karaoke and stuff, or just sit on the docks and watch the pelicans.

On the mainland, there is all sort of stuff. There is parrots, and jungle, and caves, and wildlife refuges, etc. We did that for a day.

The local language is English. The currency is Belize Dollar, with a fixed exchange rate of 2-1 (2 Belize=1 dollar).

You should buy fresh fish from the fishing people, and cook it. We did.
Title: Re: Caribbean in end of January. Which island is the best? What points to use?
Post by: ShlomoR 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...
Title: Re: Caribbean in end of January. Which island is the best? What points to use?
Post by: henche on January 10, 2013, 01:06:33 PM
Belize IS on the Caribbean. 
Title: Re: Caribbean in end of January. Which island is the best? What points to use?
Post by: Fan of Dan 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.
Title: Re: Caribbean in end of January. Which island is the best? What points to use?
Post by: dhalpern1 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.
Title: Re: Caribbean in end of January. Which island is the best? What points to use?
Post by: elibeli2 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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To where?
Title: Re: Caribbean in end of January. Which island is the best? What points to use?
Post by: dhalpern1 on January 14, 2013, 07:10:56 PM
\

To where?

T&C, sorry.
Title: Re: Caribbean in end of January. Which island is the best? What points to use?
Post by: Fan of Dan 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.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: sy guy 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.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan 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?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: sy guy 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.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Dan 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.
Title: Re: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yuneeq 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.

Proof that you definitely are SY :P
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on January 27, 2013, 03:29:39 PM
Would love to read a TR/comparison of them.
+1 that would be great.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: sy guy 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.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: sy guy 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.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on January 27, 2013, 08:20:29 PM
@sy guy  Thanks for the breakdown! I am dying to go to the Carribean so this should help. Was thinking about either Turks and Caicos or Cayman but now you have me thinking about SXM. How is the snorkeling and diving there? That is a big thing for me.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: sy guy on January 27, 2013, 08:43:08 PM
not a diver so don't know. Snorkeling was best in Cayman, and I have heard turks is fantastic. Barbados has great reefs but further off the beaches, the snorkeling beach side was mediocre.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on January 27, 2013, 10:14:11 PM
not a diver so don't know. Snorkeling was best in Cayman, and I have heard turks is fantastic. Barbados has great reefs but further off the beaches, the snorkeling beach side was mediocre.
How is the snorkeling in SXM?

On a side note you are lucky you found SPG availablity in the Carribean I have had a hard time finding in the past.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 11, 2013, 03:06:54 PM
Anyone ever stay at the sivory punta Cana? Or anywhere in punta Cana?
Title: Kosher in the Caribbean? (Trinidad, Jamaica and Barbados)
Post by: sydynamix on January 04, 2014, 02:51:40 PM
I will be in Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados (the Caribbean Islands) for 4 days at the end of January and wanted to know if there is any option of purchasing kosher food at any of those locations (I am assuming that there is no chance of davening with a minyan - but if you know otherwise please let me know).

Thank you in advance!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: arig on January 26, 2014, 10:28:13 PM
Heading to SXM on Sunday for 3 days. :) staying on SPG points (16k per night) on a Plat acct- hope to get upgraded. emailed hotel about upgrade-they said they will do their best. also asked regarding storing double wrapped kosher meals/heating up and they wrote back they dont allow outside food on resort. they also turned down my request for a fridge. they did tell me that they offer frozen meals at $25 a pop from some caterer in miami called cohens. anyone have info on them? hotel couldnt provide any. A couple of other questions: 1. do they practice what they preach? ie. will they allow me to store/ warm up food once i am actually there (or for a couple dollars on the side)? 2. anyone ever requested a fridge there? 3. are the outlets there 120v? i was thinking about bringing a small toaster oven... also if anyone has any suggestions for activities there, that would be most appreciated. im thinking about scuba diving, para-sailing, and snorkeling. TIA
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on January 27, 2014, 08:05:47 PM
Heading to SXM on Sunday for 3 days. :) staying on SPG points (16k per night) on a Plat acct- hope to get upgraded. emailed hotel about upgrade-they said they will do their best. also asked regarding storing double wrapped kosher meals/heating up and they wrote back they dont allow outside food on resort. they also turned down my request for a fridge. they did tell me that they offer frozen meals at $25 a pop from some caterer in miami called cohens. anyone have info on them? hotel couldnt provide any. A couple of other questions: 1. do they practice what they preach? ie. will they allow me to store/ warm up food once i am actually there (or for a couple dollars on the side)? 2. anyone ever requested a fridge there? 3. are the outlets there 120v? i was thinking about bringing a small toaster oven... also if anyone has any suggestions for activities there, that would be most appreciated. im thinking about scuba diving, para-sailing, and snorkeling. TIA
I am going in April for 5 days so please keep me posted on your experience and please post a TR when you return. You can take a day trip to St Barts or Anguiila if you'd like. St Barts is a longer boat ride, although the boat leaves from Oyster bay which is where the Westin dawn bay is. (I am assuming that is where you are staying, you didn't specify, although there is only 1 SPG property on the island. Pinel island is a 5 minute ride where they are supposed to have good snorkeling.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on January 28, 2014, 11:28:12 PM
what cell phone did you guys use?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: arig on January 29, 2014, 11:02:33 AM
i am not taking a cell, although i always have my AT&T phone at $2.50 a minute for emergencies. from what i've read, people have had no problems using skype and facetime on the island to call back home... u can rent a phone from some lady on the island that IS $20 a week rental fee and comes out to like .30 cents a minute to US and Canada. google search "queen of sxm", her name is Sharon.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: flyer1836 on February 05, 2014, 08:14:20 PM
St Martin, SXM for Westin Hotel shows no availability after December 20, 2014
2 reps on the phone says sold out?? Anyone have experience if they open up rooms?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on February 05, 2014, 08:42:09 PM
St Martin, SXM for Westin Hotel shows no availability after December 20, 2014
2 reps on the phone says sold out?? Anyone have experience if they open up rooms?
It's hard to imagine it's sold out for December. Likely they didn't open inventory yet.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 12, 2014, 09:18:40 AM
anyone here been to st lucia?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: soursticks on March 12, 2014, 04:20:16 PM
I am thinking of going to GCM in June (2 nights). SPG has a hotel there that looks nice and i could use spg points (already booked). I would fly into FLL (Southwest) and then take a taxi/shuttle to MIA and then fly to GCM (Avios). It seems like the best flight option for me. SXM and othe places seems very difficult to get to with respect to flights or don't have nice reasonably priced hotel options.
Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on March 14, 2014, 08:43:56 AM

I am thinking of going to GCM in June (2 nights). SPG has a hotel there that looks nice and i could use spg points (already booked). I would fly into FLL (Southwest) and then take a taxi/shuttle to MIA and then fly to GCM (Avios). It seems like the best flight option for me. SXM and othe places seems very difficult to get to with respect to flights or don't have nice reasonably priced hotel options.
Any thoughts?
i had a great time there last year
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: soursticks on March 14, 2014, 02:11:57 PM
any recommendations on things to do or other tips?
Title: Islands
Post by: nechamaY on March 18, 2014, 06:25:55 PM
 please help :))))
can anyone tell me which of the Caribbean Islands is the best, using united mileage ??
and what is the best route from NYC ??

thank u
 
Title: Re: Islands
Post by: HP58 on March 18, 2014, 06:27:21 PM
Welcome to the forums. There is a thread about this. Please search before you post.
Title: Re: Islands
Post by: Joe4007 on March 18, 2014, 06:32:16 PM
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=195.0
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 31, 2014, 01:36:52 AM
Just booked SXM for a few nights next month.

Anyone know Raddisson >< Westin?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 31, 2014, 02:02:18 AM
Actually, may not matter... not a SINGLE day for award redemtion at the Raddisson for next four months.

#whyIsticktoHyatt/SPG
Title: Re: Islands
Post by: robbie on March 31, 2014, 02:26:43 AM
please help :))))
can anyone tell me which of the Caribbean Islands is the best, using united mileage ??
and what is the best route from NYC ??

thank u
 

I recently went to Antigua. 10k avious points. Stayed on a resort all inclusive all you can eat (whatever was kosher)and all you can drink. There are tons of diff resorts there obviously some nicer then others
Was incredible trip
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 04, 2014, 08:32:31 PM
St Martin, SXM for Westin Hotel shows no availability after December 20, 2014
2 reps on the phone says sold out?? Anyone have experience if they open up rooms?
According to the website, they are doing a renovation. Could be the reason
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nirc on November 18, 2014, 09:10:17 PM
anyone have ideas on a warm place to go in January (without kids) for a week? would be paying cash (no points to redeem) and looking to spend in the $400 range pp for a flight from NYC, otherwise would fly to Hawaii ($600-700)

Our preferred choices all have shabbos minyan/ kosher food --- puerto rico; st thomas, VI ; dominican republic; caymen islands; jamaica; cancun.

We are open to other suggestions as well, except for: st maarten, aruba, hawaii, FL and California.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: joelr773 on November 18, 2014, 09:45:54 PM
anyone have ideas on a warm place to go in January (without kids) for a week? would be paying cash, no points to use.

Our preferred choices all have shabbos minyan/ kosher food --- puerto rico; st thomas, VI ; dominican republic; caymen islands; jamaica; cancun.

We are open to other suggestions as well, except for: st maarten, aruba, hawaii, FL and California.
Go on a cruise from Sunday till Sunday so shabbos u are on the water
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: henche on November 18, 2014, 09:49:47 PM
Belize
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nirc on November 18, 2014, 09:55:51 PM
Belize

good choice except no Shabbos minyan, and is too pricey for me. looking to spend max around $400 pp from NYC. would go to HAwaii otherwise.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nirc on November 18, 2014, 09:57:57 PM
Go on a cruise from Sunday till Sunday so shabbos u are on the water

thinking about it. but after reading about cruises here on the forum, it sounds so complicated concerning about food, extra fees etc...
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: joelr773 on November 18, 2014, 10:00:47 PM
thinking about it. but after reading about cruises here on the forum, it sounds so complicated concerning about food, extra fees etc...
I took a cruise 2 years ago out from Miami I covered Puerto Rico st. Marten and St. Thomas the way home I had shabbos full day on water I had minyan kosher delicious food yes u can bring along food no problem even they write you are not allowed the company was celebrity cruises from my perspective it was my cheapest vacation and a lot of fun
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: henche on November 18, 2014, 10:37:41 PM
good choice except no Shabbos minyan, and is too pricey for me. looking to spend max around $400 pp from NYC. would go to HAwaii otherwise.

Belize is very cheap once you get there.

Stay on Caye Caulker.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 19, 2014, 01:54:43 AM
Go on a cruise from Sunday till Sunday so shabbos u are on the water

Another vote for the cruise here, though will be very expensive if you do it the right way with Kosherica.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on November 19, 2014, 11:47:53 AM
Another vote for the cruise here, though will be very expensive if you do it the right way with Kosherica.
Not guaranteed a minyan without Kosherica. Although you can book a regular reservation on a boat that has a kosher group on it and daven with them, but won't be able to eat their food.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Menachem613 on November 19, 2014, 12:16:28 PM

Not guaranteed a minyan without Kosherica. Although you can book a regular reservation on a boat that has a kosher group on it and daven with them, but won't be able to eat their food.

+1
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 19, 2014, 02:08:27 PM
Not guaranteed a minyan without Kosherica. Although you can book a regular reservation on a boat that has a kosher group on it and daven with them, but won't be able to eat their food.

Even that you may not be able to do. They have gotten more strict about it over the years, now they make you pay if you want to Daven in their room.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on November 19, 2014, 02:16:29 PM
Even that you may not be able to do. They have gotten more strict about it over the years, now they make you pay if you want to Daven in their room.
Wow. I did that about 2.5 years ago and there was some commotion about the kosher group not wanting "the others" to use their Torah, but in the end we were all one happy minyan.  ;D
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 19, 2014, 02:29:02 PM
Wow. I did that about 2.5 years ago and there was some commotion about the kosher group not wanting "the others" to use their Torah, but in the end we were all one happy minyan.  ;D

When I did it about 1.5 years ago with Kosherica, they told the other people to give a donation to a certain Yeshiva if they participate in the Minyan, thought that was fair. But they told me, one time a huge group (like 50+ people) who weren't part of Kosherica, came on a cruise that had a group on it, and they were turned away for the Minyan.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Menachem613 on November 19, 2014, 03:31:48 PM

Even that you may not be able to do. They have gotten more strict about it over the years, now they make you pay if you want to Daven in their room.

That's new.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 19, 2014, 04:28:09 PM
That's new.

People were taking advantage over them. And at the end of the day, Minyan costs money too, to get the Torah, rent the private room etc..
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: henche on November 19, 2014, 06:15:49 PM
They really should contract with the cruise operator that nobody is allowed to get kosher meals at all outside of their program.

That's how I would structure it.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Menachem613 on November 19, 2014, 07:15:50 PM

They really should contract with the cruise operator that nobody is allowed to get kosher meals at all outside of their program.

That's how I would structure it.

But some food happens to be kosher.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 19, 2014, 07:20:52 PM
They really should contract with the cruise operator that nobody is allowed to get kosher meals at all outside of their program.

That's how I would structure it.

Why would the cruise do that? The kosher food you get from kosherica and the food you get otherwise is completely different. You would get same kosher food on any cruise.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: henche on November 19, 2014, 08:23:14 PM
Why would the cruise do that? The kosher food you get from kosherica and the food you get otherwise is completely different. You would get same kosher food on any cruise.

The cruise would not want to.   Kosherica would have to negotiate it from them as part of their agreement. Kosherica would want to do it to stop freeloading on their program and to corner the kosher market.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 01, 2014, 07:50:26 PM
Which Caribbean island can I book with avios?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 01, 2014, 07:52:21 PM
Which Caribbean island can I book with avios?

Basically every one is connected through MIA.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 03, 2014, 10:40:07 AM
Go on a cruise from Sunday till Sunday so shabbos u are on the water

do you really recommend going on a 7 day cruise rather then staying on 1 island for a week?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 03, 2014, 10:41:23 AM
Another vote for the cruise here, though will be very expensive if you do it the right way with Kosherica.

Kosherica is way too expensive for me, close to 3k pp.

do you really recommend going on a 7 night cruise, rather than staying on 1 island for the week?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on December 03, 2014, 11:21:48 AM
Basically every one is connected through MIA.

There are also a bunch with direct AA flights from NYC (mostly JFK). I would recommend booking well in advance since its not so easy to find availability IMHO (if you are looking for exact dates)

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/32877
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 03, 2014, 11:31:59 AM
Kosherica is way too expensive for me, close to 3k pp.

do you really recommend going on a 7 night cruise, rather than staying on 1 island for the week?

So do it without kosherica if too expensive. I loved my cruise going to few places instead of just one.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on December 03, 2014, 11:34:45 AM
People were taking advantage over them. And at the end of the day, Minyan costs money too, to get the Torah, rent the private room etc..

Yes -- Just those costs, Kosherica would swallow and share with others on Shabbos, however, the Kosherica groups that I was with had a large Shabbos crowd and limited seating for both the men and women. Therefore, if the 25 pple that wanted to join for free would come, then they'd be filling up the space and seats of those who paid $3K-$5Kpp for the Kosherica week. Daf Yomi and weekday Shacharis were free and open to all...
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: joelr773 on December 03, 2014, 12:36:23 PM
do you really recommend going on a 7 day cruise rather then staying on 1 island for a week?
Yes absolutely
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Post by: CS1 on December 03, 2014, 03:05:19 PM
Yes absolutely
+1
This way you can see and learn the pros and cons of 5 islands -- plus, the ship itself is an experience. No need to pack/unpack, rent cars either... Afterwards, if you really love a particular destination, i.e. St. Thomas, St. Barts, then you can go for an entire week.

However, the flights to MIA or FLL (where the cruise lines depart from) are much cheaper than flying direct to the Caribbean.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: joelr773 on December 03, 2014, 05:08:29 PM
+1
This way you can see and learn the pros and cons of 5 islands -- plus, the ship itself is an experience. No need to pack/unpack, rent cars either... Afterwards, if you really love a particular destination, i.e. St. Thomas, St. Barts, then you can go for an entire week.

However, the flights to MIA or FLL (where the cruise lines depart from) are much cheaper than flying direct to the Caribbean.
+1 agree 100%
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 03, 2014, 06:21:18 PM
So do it without kosherica if too expensive. I loved my cruise going to few places instead of just one.

Yes absolutely

+1
This way you can see and learn the pros and cons of 5 islands -- plus, the ship itself is an experience. No need to pack/unpack, rent cars either... Afterwards, if you really love a particular destination, i.e. St. Thomas, St. Barts, then you can go for an entire week.

However, the flights to MIA or FLL (where the cruise lines depart from) are much cheaper than flying direct to the Caribbean.

what are your thoughts on Carnival vs. Royal Caribbean?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: joelr773 on December 03, 2014, 07:08:32 PM
I took celebrity
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Post by: CS1 on December 03, 2014, 07:17:14 PM
what are your thoughts on Carnival vs. Royal Caribbean?

RC is much more upscale. This matters much more on a cruise ship than it does on a plane trip.
The job on a plane is to keep the traveler safe, satisfied (it you're lucky) and travel in relative comfort.

On a cruise ship however, in addition to the 5-Star Meals and waiters/customer service, you are also dealing with an ambiance,
the entertainment onboard, shows, casinos, shopping/Duty Free, classy marble and glass hallways, comfortable rooms, competent, helpful and friendly staff, etc..... 

Also, the caliber of people that are surrounding you all week as you sail along in a 'floating hotel' are of higher, more respectful, classy people....

I took celebrity

The new Celebrity is awesome --- The Solstice class is very upscale, new, no smoking, etc...
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 03, 2014, 07:33:59 PM
the 2 cruises i was thinking about, depart from san juan, PR on jan 18 for 7 nights. thoughts?

Carnival Valor

Day    Port    Arrive    Depart
Day 1    San Juan, Puerto Rico       10:00 PM
Day 2    St. Thomas, USVI    7:00 AM    5:00 PM
Day 3    ...   Fun Day At Sea    ---    ---
Day 4    Barbados    8:00 AM    5:00 PM
Day 5    St. Lucia, WI    8:00 AM    5:00 PM
Day 6    St Kitts, WI    8:00 AM    6:00 PM
Day 7    St. Maarten, NA    7:00 AM    5:00 PM
Day 8    San Juan, Puerto Rico    7:00 AM   

Royal Caribbean's Adventure Of The Seas

18-Jan    San Juan, Puerto Rico          8:30 PM       
19-Jan    Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas     8:00 AM     5:30 PM    Docked   
20-Jan    Basseterre, St. Kitts     8:00 AM     5:00 PM    Docked   
21-Jan    Cruising                   
22-Jan    Oranjestad, Aruba     8:00 AM     10:00 PM    Docked   
23-Jan    Willemstad, Curacao     8:00 AM     6:00 PM    Docked   
24-Jan    Cruising                   
25-Jan    San Juan, Puerto Rico     6:00 AM

i chose these 2 even though there are many others departing from NY, FL, Texas is because the ones i mentioned have the most stops in exotic locales for me to check out.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 03, 2014, 07:46:31 PM

Besides for Barbados the first cruise does not have many exotic stops, that you would not be able to get from a cruise that is leaving from MIA/FLL. All those go to the virgin islands as well. Plus on your first cruise you have one more place but that is on Shabbos so both cruises really have 4 destinations each. I would choose the second one, seems more exotic to me.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 05, 2014, 02:17:37 AM
Besides for Barbados the first cruise does not have many exotic stops, that you would not be able to get from a cruise that is leaving from MIA/FLL. All those go to the virgin islands as well. Plus on your first cruise you have one more place but that is on Shabbos so both cruises really have 4 destinations each. I would choose the second one, seems more exotic to me.

what i meant by exotic, was just stops that the cruise ship makes. 4 is the max number, unless i am prepared to spend double the amount as the above 2 cruises i mention.

wherever i will be departing from, i will fly down 2 days prior. so if leaving from PR, that means i get to spend 2 days there instead of Miami.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 05, 2014, 02:22:21 AM
what i meant by exotic, was just stops that the cruise ship makes. 4 is the max number, unless i am prepared to spend double the amount as the above 2 cruises i mention.

wherever i will be departing from, i will fly down 2 days prior. so if leaving from PR, that means i get to spend 2 days there instead of Miami.

And?? What I was saying was that from those 2 cruises that depart from PR, the RC seems a lot better.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on December 09, 2014, 11:55:27 PM
I just came across Dans TR on Aruba. he writes that Aruba wasn't the first choice in the Caribbean islands.  what's the first choice?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 10, 2014, 12:53:11 AM
I just came across Dans TR on Aruba. he writes that Aruba wasn't the first choice in the Caribbean islands.  what's the first choice?

Don't think it was about first or second choice there, it would have been a lot further down on the list. Reason why Aruba was picked was simply because it made sense for connections on Jetblue.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on December 10, 2014, 07:49:53 AM
So what's first choice?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 10, 2014, 07:52:25 AM
So what's first choice?
There is a lot of chatter in the cancun thread
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on December 10, 2014, 08:36:45 AM
About first choice?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on December 10, 2014, 06:31:56 PM
Depends what you want. Dan may favor Hawaii because of hiking activities and waterfalls that you don't have in the Carribean, but that's not everyone's thing. Any Carribean island is going to have snorkeling options ranging from good to awesome, some have diving opportunities close to shipwrecks, beaches ranging from meh to beautiful or even astounding. The big downside is crowds, especially on ports of call islands on cruise days.

Personal favorites were Barbados for the Jewish history, shul, and cemetary as well as shipwreck diving, and Barbuda for the unmatched remoteness and privacy, and incomparable (but yet deserted) beaches. Others that have charm and I would go back to are St. John and to Nevis, also because of their remoteness and lack of crowd, but neither have much to offer besides beach & swimming/snorkeling.

Aruba has pretty diverse geography. There is an enormous stretch of beach with very swimmable water, and a few miles away is a big desert, which is interesting to explore in a jeep offroad. It also makes for a fantastic gateway to Curacao, which can be hard to get to directly but is a great place to spend Shabbos.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Galitzyaner on December 11, 2014, 01:21:11 AM
Depends what you want. Dan may favor Hawaii because of hiking activities and waterfalls that you don't have in the Carribean, but that's not everyone's thing. Any Carribean island is going to have snorkeling options ranging from good to awesome, some have diving opportunities close to shipwrecks, beaches ranging from meh to beautiful or even astounding. The big downside is crowds, especially on ports of call islands on cruise days.

Personal favorites were Barbados for the Jewish history, shul, and cemetary as well as shipwreck diving, and Barbuda for the unmatched remoteness and privacy, and incomparable (but yet deserted) beaches. Others that have charm and I would go back to are St. John and to Nevis, also because of their remoteness and lack of crowd, but neither have much to offer besides beach & swimming/snorkeling.

Aruba has pretty diverse geography. There is an enormous stretch of beach with very swimmable water, and a few miles away is a big desert, which is interesting to explore in a jeep offroad. It also makes for a fantastic gateway to Curacao, which can be hard to get to directly but is a great place to spend Shabbos.
Wow, sounds like you've been around the Caribbean quite a bit! Just curious, for comparison purposes, I see you only mentioned certain places (I'm assuming you've been to all of them).
Have you also been to Puerto Rico, Dominican, Grand Cayman, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Cancun, Turks/Caicos, and Bermuda?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on December 11, 2014, 07:11:19 AM
Wow, sounds like you've been around the Caribbean quite a bit! Just curious, for comparison purposes, I see you only mentioned certain places (I'm assuming you've been to all of them).
Have you also been to Puerto Rico, Dominican, Grand Cayman, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Cancun, Turks/Caicos, and Bermuda?

Never been to any of the Carribean islands on your list, ironically (except airports). I always looked to avoid highly popular islands because it makes it that much harder to get a nice beach to myself. Turks and Caicos though is one I would love to go to but just haven't had the chance. I heard fantastic things from people who went.

Bermuda is a different story, its not even in the Carribean. Been there on business though. Not warm enough to be a winter getaway, and much too tiny.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: cooljoe613 on January 01, 2015, 11:25:02 PM
lifestyle resort Puerto Plata - Dominican Republic

All inclusive and there is a kosher restaurant under the OK

i hope too do a trip report when i get back



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Post by: E-MAN on January 01, 2015, 11:33:06 PM
lifestyle resort Puerto Plata - Dominican Republic

All inclusive and there is a kosher restaurant under the OK

i hope too do a trip report when i get back
Please do. I heard about this place but never from anyone who's actually been there
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Reuven E on January 03, 2015, 06:40:14 PM
Does anybody know what the humidity is like on St. John's in Feb? How about Turk and Caicos Islands? I'm looking at One or the other of those places but humidity is a killer for me.
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Post by: avrumy22 on January 08, 2015, 03:38:27 PM
lifestyle resort Puerto Plata - Dominican Republic

All inclusive and there is a kosher restaurant under the OK

i hope too do a trip report when i get back
http://www.vipkoshervacations.com/

This one? Pls write a TR. Doesnt look expensive plus kosher food.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: enwhycee on January 08, 2015, 04:07:49 PM
I'll be in Punta Cana at the end of the month. Staying at the Hard Rock.

Previously, I've been to PR, Grand Cayman, and Roatan.

Looking forward to exploring the rest of the Caribbean with all my saved up Avios!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Galitzyaner on January 13, 2015, 04:01:05 PM
I'll be in Punta Cana at the end of the month. Staying at the Hard Rock.

Previously, I've been to PR, Grand Cayman, and Roatan.
How do those 3 compare IYO? Which would you go back to if any?
I've only been to one of them.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mdgmark on January 13, 2015, 11:16:41 PM
One Beautiful quiet Island is St Kitts.   St Kitts and Nevis.    I went with my wife in March and must say it was a great quiet beautiful trip.  There are beautiful beaches all around  with a small boat ride to nevis(quieter).    I went Ziplining which is a must and magnificent doing the full version with all zips.   Another great activity- We took a catamaran boat ride for the day, more of like a party boat with alcahol and jokes and they served non kosher food but just warmed up in microwave Hot Pomegrante Fettucini and bakeziti and wrapped in towel for an early lunch on the boat.  Then we went snorkeling off boat.   There are some night activities as well around town,   For a few days this place was beatiful for Relaxing with even a few great things to do.
 St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino. The only hotel there in st kitts.   casino too inside and  very  friendly hotel

Overall it was a true amazing vacation but unfortunately no shul or minyan.   I did not see one other jew there    :)

Weather is really great there with very little rain if any and I believe its out of the hurricane zone.

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Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: enwhycee on January 14, 2015, 09:04:02 AM
How do those 3 compare IYO? Which would you go back to if any?
I've only been to one of them.

I really enjoyed GC, specifically spending time at Stingray City, where you hang out on a sand bar and pet the stingrays.

Roatan was a day stop during a cruise, several years ago. I had fun riding mopeds around. It was pretty rustic.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: enwhycee on January 14, 2015, 09:06:25 AM
It seems like St Maarten or Antigua is the best bet value wise from NYC.. Via Avios.

Any other recommendations for easy/cheap island trips from NYC?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on January 14, 2015, 11:33:46 AM
It seems like St Maarten or Antigua is the best bet value wise from NYC.. Via Avios.

Any other recommendations for easy/cheap island trips from NYC?

Depends what your criteria are. I personally would never go to SXM again - crowded (sub-par) beaches all over and many people taking advantage of clothing optional culture. Can't decide which side I liked less - the French side was more of a turn off but the Dutch side had nothing positive going for it.

Antigua is another island at the very bottom of my list. The main city (St. John) is like Harlem and Vegas rolled into one and I would never set foot there again. Leaving the city and circling the island, the drive along the coast that should have been beautiful was instead completely blocked by houses. Now if you get off the plane in Antigua and make a beeline for Barbuda though, it's a whole different answer.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: M on January 14, 2015, 11:37:22 AM
One Beautiful quiet Island is St Kitts.   St Kitts and Nevis.    I went with my wife in March and must say it was a great quiet beautiful trip.  There are beautiful beaches all around  with a small boat ride to nevis(quieter).    I went Ziplining which is a must and magnificent doing the full version with all zips.   Another great activity- We took a catamaran boat ride for the day, more of like a party boat with alcahol and jokes and they served non kosher food but just warmed up in microwave Hot Pomegrante Fettucini and bakeziti and wrapped in towel for an early lunch on the boat.  Then we went snorkeling off boat.   There are some night activities as well around town,   For a few days this place was beatiful for Relaxing with even a few great things to do.
 St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino. The only hotel there in st kitts.   casino too inside and  very  friendly hotel

Overall it was a true amazing vacation but unfortunately no shul or minyan.   I did not see one other jew there    :)

Weather is really great there with very little rain if any and I believe its out of the hurricane zone.



Anyone else been to St. Kitts?
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Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on January 14, 2015, 12:05:35 PM
Totally agree about SKB & NEV. I spent more time on Nevis (ferrying between the two is easy with a car) but both islands fit my criteria for relaxing sunny getaway. Stayed in hotel on a defunct sugar plantation that had views so amazing, the pictures I took from my room with a cell phone camera look like postcards. Countless beaches and only a few thousand people on the island means there is always a beach you can own, any time of day.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on January 14, 2015, 12:15:17 PM
Not to forget, one really fun aspect of Nevis was the roaming wildlife everywhere. OK, the only exciting sounding animals there were monkeys (cute and shy, but I was able to lure one in for a picture with Oreos), but the wild goats, chickens, and cows also added to the culture of "nothing matters here".

For adventurers, climbing Mt. Nevis is a fun challenge and you can sign your name on the guestbook at the top if you make it. It's a muddy rainforest most of the way up but the monkeys will often join your tour and help show you the way (at least according to my guide, though the monkeys we ran into kept their distance).
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 14, 2015, 12:31:53 PM
Totally agree about SKB & NEV. I spent more time on Nevis (ferrying between the two is easy with a car) but both islands fit my criteria for relaxing sunny getaway. Stayed in hotel on a defunct sugar plantation that had views so amazing, the pictures I took from my room with a cell phone camera look like postcards. Countless beaches and only a few thousand people on the island means there is always a beach you can own, any time of day.
Which hotel?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on January 14, 2015, 12:45:56 PM
Mt. Nevis Hotel
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: enwhycee on January 15, 2015, 11:19:33 AM
Totally agree about SKB & NEV. I spent more time on Nevis (ferrying between the two is easy with a car) but both islands fit my criteria for relaxing sunny getaway. Stayed in hotel on a defunct sugar plantation that had views so amazing, the pictures I took from my room with a cell phone camera look like postcards. Countless beaches and only a few thousand people on the island means there is always a beach you can own, any time of day.

Thanks for the reply!

Can I get to Nevis via Avios or any other award deal options?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: avrumy22 on January 15, 2015, 02:28:29 PM
Mt. Nevis Hotel

350 is the best deal there?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on January 15, 2015, 04:06:51 PM
I'm off in Feb to st. John, will report back Iy"h/
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on January 15, 2015, 07:10:38 PM
I got it on groupon for half price. Open suite with balcony and full kitchen for 200 and a 25$ per night credit.... which i took off the final bill. Totally worth it at that level, though for 350 you won't see it as a value.

Flying into nev can be done through SJU but no points frok there. Better off taking AA to SKB and ferrying over the channel.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on January 23, 2015, 12:11:41 AM
Anyone know if there is anything to be aware of in terms of bringing in food to Sint Maarten? Will be going for a week and plan on bringing all food with me

Thanks!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on February 16, 2015, 11:26:23 PM
I would like to go away for 5 days just to relax, traveling with small kids and a baby so most activities are out.
Would like to get some insight regarding the westin St. John Vs the westin lagunamar Cancun
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on February 22, 2015, 02:56:56 PM
Looking for a very empty, non-touristy island. Like Barbuda or emptier. Suggestions?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on February 22, 2015, 09:42:27 PM
Looking for a very empty, non-touristy island. Like Barbuda or emptier. Suggestions?

Emptirr than Barbuda? You'll be hard pressed. Unless you plan on going to an unnamed piece of rock....
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on February 22, 2015, 10:48:22 PM
So then ones as empty as Barbuda :)
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on February 23, 2015, 08:36:46 AM
What's wrong with Barbuda? IOW, if what you're looking for is emptiness then why not go there?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on February 23, 2015, 10:52:50 AM
I want to go to multiple islands like that.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on February 23, 2015, 01:05:10 PM
Gotcha. Nevis makes the list for emptiness, as does Jost Van Dyke and Saba - just including ones I've been to. There are literally thousands of islands in the Caribbean and some have no inhabitants. You really might want to think of adding criteria other than emptiness.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on February 23, 2015, 03:28:14 PM
Gotcha. Nevis makes the list for emptiness, as does Jost Van Dyke and Saba - just including ones I've been to. There are literally thousands of islands in the Caribbean and some have no inhabitants. You really might want to think of adding criteria other than emptiness.

Has to be worth going to :)
Needs electricity and water, and a place to rent with a kitchen.
I'm looking for a place that makes you feel like you're in middle of nowhere- the last people on earth.  But unlike Hawaii where you have to go to specific areas to feel that, if you can at all, I want somewhere that it's pretty much like that everywhere-I guess besides the small village/city or two that the island will inevitably have.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on February 23, 2015, 07:35:28 PM
OK check out the 4 I listed and see if you like. If not, I've heard similar things about some of the satellite islands of T&C and other BVI (aside from JVD) but not been there myself.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on February 24, 2015, 02:14:30 AM
Thanks for all the tips!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 27, 2015, 10:17:59 AM
What are the options for a weekend getaway? I'm looking for:
1) a place with a Minyan on Shabbos
2) a points hotel within walking distance to said Shul (pref. low cat-Hyatt/Marriott to use a cert.)
3) if possible, a Chabad that makes meals
4) it's a holiday weekend, so I imagine every place is busy, but if there's one that tends to be less busy on big weekends, that would be nice to know too
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on March 27, 2015, 10:34:58 AM
What are the options for a weekend getaway? I'm looking for:
1) a place with a Minyan on Shabbos
2) a points hotel within walking distance to said Shul (pref. low cat-Hyatt/Marriott to use a cert.)
3) if possible, a Chabad that makes meals
4) it's a holiday weekend, so I imagine every place is busy, but if there's one that tends to be less busy on big weekends, that would be nice to know too

PR or USVI.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on March 27, 2015, 10:41:56 AM
PR or USVI.

Yes, specifically St. Thomas in the USVI. Also is Costa Rica similar? Or not at nice as St. Thomas?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 27, 2015, 10:58:47 AM
PR or USVI.
Doesn't look like either has a low cat-Hyatt or Marriott nearby. Suggestions for a points hotel?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on March 27, 2015, 11:04:58 AM
What are the options for a weekend getaway? I'm looking for:
1) a place with a Minyan on Shabbos
2) a points hotel within walking distance to said Shul (pref. low cat-Hyatt/Marriott to use a cert.)
3) if possible, a Chabad that makes meals
4) it's a holiday weekend, so I imagine every place is busy, but if there's one that tends to be less busy on big weekends, that would be nice to know too

Curacao! If you can get there on your dates. Nice frum community with a shul (separate from the famous old shul, which is Reform). Best bet is use Aruba as a gateway since there are more flights, and then puddle jump.

It won't be busy,.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 27, 2015, 12:00:37 PM
Curacao! If you can get there on your dates. Nice frum community with a shul (separate from the famous old shul, which is Reform). Best bet is use Aruba as a gateway since there are more flights, and then puddle jump.

It won't be busy,.
Thanks! Any points hotels nearby?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: moshe87 on March 27, 2015, 12:16:19 PM
What are the options for a weekend getaway? I'm looking for:
1) a place with a Minyan on Shabbos
2) a points hotel within walking distance to said Shul (pref. low cat-Hyatt/Marriott to use a cert.)
3) if possible, a Chabad that makes meals
4) it's a holiday weekend, so I imagine every place is busy, but if there's one that tends to be less busy on big weekends, that would be nice to know too
STT
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: moshe87 on March 27, 2015, 12:18:39 PM
Has to be worth going to :)
Needs electricity and water, and a place to rent with a kitchen.
I'm looking for a place that makes you feel like you're in middle of nowhere- the last people on earth.  But unlike Hawaii where you have to go to specific areas to feel that, if you can at all, I want somewhere that it's pretty much like that everywhere-I guess besides the small village/city or two that the island will inevitably have.

I went to Eluthera this year. I think thats what your looking for.
we said at pineapple fields great place including kitchen and price wasnt so bad either.
There are 3 airports. so try find availability with miles
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on March 27, 2015, 12:24:09 PM
Thanks, and @Yehuda - there's a new Hyatt House in San Juan. 8k per night. Not real fancy, but nice.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on March 27, 2015, 12:39:49 PM
I went to Eluthera this year. I think thats what your looking for.
we said at pineapple fields great place including kitchen and price wasnt so bad either.
There are 3 airports. so try find availability with miles
I can't read your post. You didn't write BH. Oy vey!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 27, 2015, 12:43:08 PM
STT
I went to Eluthera this year. I think thats what your looking for.
we said at pineapple fields great place including kitchen and price wasnt so bad either.
There are 3 airports. so try find availability with miles

Any cheaper points hotels near the shuls in those communities? I'm not finding any.

Thanks, and @Yehuda - there's a new Hyatt House in San Juan. 8k per night. Not real fancy, but nice.
Looks too far from Chabad. :(
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 01, 2015, 11:22:45 AM
Is there a Chabad in Trinidad?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on April 01, 2015, 01:54:47 PM
Is there a Chabad in Trinidad?
When I was looking into it a 3 years years ago I remember there wasn't
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on April 29, 2015, 02:26:43 PM
Any tips on Antigua like where to stay and things to do?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Donasten on May 04, 2015, 12:05:33 PM
Same question!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on May 04, 2015, 12:19:43 PM
I hear you should go to Barbuda.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on May 04, 2015, 01:29:45 PM
Change of plans. Looks like St Kitts/Nevis instead of Antigua.
Anyone been and can recommend anything to do other than relax?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on May 04, 2015, 04:15:51 PM
I believe there is scenic train ride. Never been there, but did a bit of research.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ypalm on May 04, 2015, 11:58:04 PM
I'm just wondering why st criox was never mentioned... I rented a house there a year ago and had an amazing time... No minyan.. no people... even non-jews...(https://www.dropbox.com/sc/mk2s86xqzjrglfw/AAB-0hdd1rdEX5uLmEaH8Q3Oa)
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on May 05, 2015, 01:23:55 PM
I'm just wondering why st criox was never mentioned... I rented a house there a year ago and had an amazing time... No minyan.. no people... even non-jews...(https://www.dropbox.com/sc/mk2s86xqzjrglfw/AAB-0hdd1rdEX5uLmEaH8Q3Oa)


Because St. Croix has nothing, unless you are for some reason interested in quasi Danish culture. Beaches are sub par, snorkeling is sub par, no land attractions. Total deadsville. I went on a day trip and was bored after lunch.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on May 05, 2015, 02:02:27 PM
Change of plans. Looks like St Kitts/Nevis instead of Antigua.
Anyone been and can recommend anything to do other than relax?

Nevis - Relaxing is really what this place is for. Other than that, I would recommend: 1) climb the mountain. It's adventurous but not difficult. You should use a guide, I went with the guy from Peak Heaven can't remember his name. 2) Visit the jewish cemetery (if you can find it - not easy) 3) Visit Alexander Hamilton's house while you walk through Charlestown (the whole town takes about 15 minutes to explore, lol).

St Kitts - has much more life (day and night) and much more to do (including all the usual outdoorsy stuff you could do much closer to home, e.g. horseback, zip lining, sailing cruises, etc). Visit the fort, climb the mountain (much harder than Mt Nevis), take the train (if that's your thing). Very easy to find activities.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on May 05, 2015, 02:26:45 PM
Nevis - Relaxing is really what this place is for. Other than that, I would recommend: 1) climb the mountain. It's adventurous but not difficult. You should use a guide, I went with the guy from Peak Heaven can't remember his name. 2) Visit the jewish cemetery (if you can find it - not easy) 3) Visit Alexander Hamilton's house while you walk through Charlestown (the whole town takes about 15 minutes to explore, lol).

St Kitts - has much more life (day and night) and much more to do (including all the usual outdoorsy stuff you could do much closer to home, e.g. horseback, zip lining, sailing cruises, etc). Visit the fort, climb the mountain (much harder than Mt Nevis), take the train (if that's your thing). Very easy to find activities.

Thanks! Where did you stay when you went?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on May 05, 2015, 06:09:48 PM
Thanks! Where did you stay when you went?
Mt. Nevis Hotel
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 10, 2015, 01:52:18 PM
I'm a total Caribbean noob... Any suggestions? Looking to go for three nights in August, either Sun-Wed or Mon-Thu.

Requirements:
1. Unreal snorkeling (as in, Hawaii or better)
2. The possibility to find empty or nearly empty beaches
3. Direct flight from NY with Avios or under $300 RT

Pluses:
4. Great hiking or interesting history
5. Good SCUBA with an outfitter where I could get PADI certified in two days or less (with e-learning, obviously)
6. Early flights in and late flights out to maximize the short time we have
7. Selection of vacation villas at a good price
8. The further from hurricane alley the better

Hotels or kosher food are not a deciding factor at all.

So far St. John seems to fit pretty much everything. There are no late flights out of St Thomas, and it's smack dab in hurricane alley, but other than that it seems right. And your money and phone working properly is a bonus as well.

Is there another island I should consider?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on May 10, 2015, 04:10:55 PM
If you're willing to connect in mia you should have lots more avios options, I went to the caymans & the scuba is supposed to be great there
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on May 10, 2015, 04:17:34 PM
August is not a great time (sweltering), but St. John is a great choice. The area in the Southeast that has no road access is fantastic for snorkeling. Hike or bike to those beaches and you're right by the reef.

Pretty much none of the uncrowded islands (ie not PR, DR, Bahamas, Caymans) have varied flight time choices. It's early afternoon in, late afternoon out, airport more or less closed the rest of the day.

I'm trying to think of where your photog skills could be put to use, but nothing impressive comes to mind. Oh, you'll find the occasional scenery or culture shot but you can probably leave your really good camera behind.

I think it's a good choice and I'm not going to recommend other islands. The USVI are a great gateway to the Caribbean. Once you've been there you'll have a sense for what parts are attractive and you can pick a different island off those criteria (eg privacy, culture, beaches, snorkeling, serene beauty, no distractions, vs organized activities, water sports, exploring) that stands out for those qualities. Of course you might hate it all and yearn for activity packed Hawaii :)
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 11, 2015, 12:12:09 AM
If you're willing to connect in mia you should have lots more avios options, I went to the caymans & the scuba is supposed to be great there

Right, but with such a limited time available I'm specifically trying to avoid that. The only stopover I could consider is in PR - something like an early afternoon flight STT-SJU, spend a couple of hours in SJU, and then continue on to NY.

Does that even make sense? Is there anything worth doing in SJU for a couple of hours?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 11, 2015, 12:16:14 AM
August is not a great time (sweltering), but St. John is a great choice. The area in the Southeast that has no road access is fantastic for snorkeling. Hike or bike to those beaches and you're right by the reef.

Pretty much none of the uncrowded islands (ie not PR, DR, Bahamas, Caymans) have varied flight time choices. It's early afternoon in, late afternoon out, airport more or less closed the rest of the day.

I'm trying to think of where your photog skills could be put to use, but nothing impressive comes to mind. Oh, you'll find the occasional scenery or culture shot but you can probably leave your really good camera behind.

I think it's a good choice and I'm not going to recommend other islands. The USVI are a great gateway to the Caribbean. Once you've been there you'll have a sense for what parts are attractive and you can pick a different island off those criteria (eg privacy, culture, beaches, snorkeling, serene beauty, no distractions, vs organized activities, water sports, exploring) that stands out for those qualities. Of course you might hate it all and yearn for activity packed Hawaii :)

Thanks, this is similar to my original line of thought.

There's no question that I'll miss Hawaii; essentially I'm trying to get the closest thing to it in the Caribbean. STJ, with its lush mountains and phenomenal snorkeling, seemed to be the best idea.

As far as photography, from the bit of research I've done STJ sounds like a great place. Mountains, islands, charming towns...
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yellowj on May 11, 2015, 12:39:02 AM
I'm a total Caribbean noob... Any suggestions? Looking to go for three nights in August, either Sun-Wed or Mon-Thu.

Requirements:
1. Unreal snorkeling (as in, Hawaii or better)
2. The possibility to find empty or nearly empty beaches
3. Direct flight from NY with Avios or under $300 RT

Pluses:
4. Great hiking or interesting history
5. Good SCUBA with an outfitter where I could get PADI certified in two days or less (with e-learning, obviously)
6. Early flights in and late flights out to maximize the short time we have
7. Selection of vacation villas at a good price
8. The further from hurricane alley the better

Hotels or kosher food are not a deciding factor at all.

So far St. John seems to fit pretty much everything. There are no late flights out of St Thomas, and it's smack dab in hurricane alley, but other than that it seems right. And your money and phone working properly is a bonus as well.

Is there another island I should consider?

Bahamas.

Meets all your requirements and the last flight to the US is at 8pm on American to Miami.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on June 04, 2015, 02:53:03 PM
Hey Guys -

Am looking to possibly go in July on a short (Wednesday-Monday) trip to the Caribbean. Looking to fly using miles (any works) and great hotel that works points-wise as well.

Any specific Island to recommend? Any decent all inclusive options (drink wise)? Any kosher options at all? Is this a good time of year to go? (Seems from prior comments that August isn't. Does the same apply to July?)
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on June 17, 2015, 03:32:32 PM
Nevis - Relaxing is really what this place is for. Other than that, I would recommend: 1) climb the mountain. It's adventurous but not difficult. You should use a guide, I went with the guy from Peak Heaven can't remember his name. 2) Visit the jewish cemetery (if you can find it - not easy) 3) Visit Alexander Hamilton's house while you walk through Charlestown (the whole town takes about 15 minutes to explore, lol).

St Kitts - has much more life (day and night) and much more to do (including all the usual outdoorsy stuff you could do much closer to home, e.g. horseback, zip lining, sailing cruises, etc). Visit the fort, climb the mountain (much harder than Mt Nevis), take the train (if that's your thing). Very easy to find activities.

What did you do for food? Are there any supermarkets to buy snacks and drinks?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on June 17, 2015, 03:35:06 PM
Hey Guys -

Am looking to possibly go in July on a short (Wednesday-Monday) trip to the Caribbean. Looking to fly using miles (any works) and great hotel that works points-wise as well.

Any specific Island to recommend? Any decent all inclusive options (drink wise)? Any kosher options at all? Is this a good time of year to go? (Seems from prior comments that August isn't. Does the same apply to July?)
i thought there was a specific place you went to every year
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on June 17, 2015, 03:36:50 PM
i thought there was a specific place you went to every year

Wanted to venture out into the world for once and see something else :P
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on June 17, 2015, 04:52:56 PM
Wanted to venture out into the world for once and see something else :P
3 hour flight from nyc (not sure where you are lcoated), puerto rico can have beach and nice activities as well. there is also a few options for food.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on June 19, 2015, 08:58:40 AM
What did you do for food? Are there any supermarkets to buy snacks and drinks?

snacks and drinks - supermarket
meals - brought from home
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on June 19, 2015, 02:12:33 PM
snacks and drinks - supermarket
meals - brought from home
I plan on bringing meat from home to bbq there. Do you think I should bring a small bbq and charcoal from home or would be able to buy one there (maybe at supermarket)?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on June 19, 2015, 03:45:57 PM
Thanks, this is similar to my original line of thought.

There's no question that I'll miss Hawaii; essentially I'm trying to get the closest thing to it in the Caribbean. STJ, with its lush mountains and phenomenal snorkeling, seemed to be the best idea.

As far as photography, from the bit of research I've done STJ sounds like a great place. Mountains, islands, charming towns...

You'll like it there --  and there are frequent boat trips to and from St Thomas each day. It's super quiet and exclusive. You can have your own mile of beach if you want -- that's what we did.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on June 21, 2015, 08:02:57 AM
I plan on bringing meat from home to bbq there. Do you think I should bring a small bbq and charcoal from home or would be able to buy one there (maybe at supermarket)?

Don't know for sure but I think you would be able to find grills and charcoal. Expect to pay a lot more than you're used to though. Maybe best to bring the grill and plan to buy charcoal there to save on schlepping.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ypalm on July 06, 2015, 12:11:37 AM
I'm looking for a Sunday through Thursday trip from 8/2 to 8/6.... I'm looking for a private house with a private pool looking to spend up to $300 a night... Preferably a place with an easy flight... (I'm now traveling with my son also...) I'm wondering if anyone has had a great experience on a island and would like to share?

I went the past year to STX... We had an amazing time was gorgeous had everything we wanted

And for any idea for flights... I got pretty much all mainstream miles and plenty of them if its worth over paying cash... Nothing that I saw was worth the mileage over cash...
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on July 06, 2015, 01:45:33 AM
Has anyone here stayed at the Westin in St. Johns? I am booked in a resort room as the villas were sold out. Trying to see how complicated it would be to spend Shabbos there as I booked it for 5 nights for the best value.

I spoke to the resort about heating up our food and they said they won't do it (I can always try another agent or the manager) however they can rent out a microwave for 25 dollars a day. Wouldn't help much of course.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on July 06, 2015, 01:21:56 PM
Has anyone here stayed at the Westin in St. Johns? I am booked in a resort room as the villas were sold out. Trying to see how complicated it would be to spend Shabbos there as I booked it for 5 nights for the best value.

I spoke to the resort about heating up our food and they said they won't do it (I can always try another agent or the manager) however they can rent out a microwave for 25 dollars a day. Wouldn't help much of course.
save yourself aggravation & take along a george forman
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: DK23 on July 06, 2015, 02:14:27 PM
I'm looking for a Sunday through Thursday trip from 8/2 to 8/6.... I'm looking for a private house with a private pool looking to spend up to $300 a night... Preferably a place with an easy flight... (I'm now traveling with my son also...) I'm wondering if anyone has had a great experience on a island and would like to share?

I went the past year to STX... We had an amazing time was gorgeous had everything we wanted

And for any idea for flights... I got pretty much all mainstream miles and plenty of them if its worth over paying cash... Nothing that I saw was worth the mileage over cash...

I went to Eleuthera, an island off of Nassau, for our honeymoon for 7 days.  Stayed at a private villa with private pool and beachfront prop.  Very nice.  Had to stop in FLL on the way for connection but the commute wasn't bad.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on July 06, 2015, 02:25:26 PM
I went to Eleuthera, an island off of Nassau, for our honeymoon for 7 days. Stayed at a private villa with private pool and beachfront prop.  Very nice.  Had to stop in FLL on the way for connection but the commute wasn't bad.

nice. The private pool was just for your own villa? Was the beachfront prop also private, or shared? Looking for that -- Which hotel?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: DK23 on July 06, 2015, 04:56:58 PM
nice. The private pool was just for your own villa? Was the beachfront prop also private, or shared? Looking for that -- Which hotel?

It's actually an estate that is owned privately by a US resident.  I found it on VRBO, had a good time there - pm me for more info.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on July 06, 2015, 11:54:25 PM
save yourself aggravation & take along a george forman
Problem is Shabbos...
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on July 07, 2015, 11:06:07 AM
Problem is Shabbos...
hot plate...
Title: Caribbean Island Ideas
Post by: Davedbbb on July 12, 2015, 10:18:13 AM
I am planing a trip to a Caribbean Island using points with my wife and six month old for late December.  I'm having a hard time deciding which destination to choose.  Kosher resort is a plus. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Caribbean Island Ideas
Post by: lunatic on July 12, 2015, 10:19:50 AM
I am planing a trip to a Caribbean Island using points with my wife and six month old for late December.  I'm having a hard time deciding which destination to choose.  Kosher resort is a plus. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance!
Hi,  check out this thread http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=195.0
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Davedbbb on July 12, 2015, 10:47:21 AM

I am planing a trip to a Caribbean Island using points with my wife and six month old for late December.  I'm having a hard time deciding which destination to choose.  Kosher resort is a plus. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on July 12, 2015, 11:12:49 AM
I am planing a trip to a Caribbean Island using points with my wife and six month old for late December.  I'm having a hard time deciding which destination to choose.  Kosher resort is a plus. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance!
AFAIK there are no kosher resorts in the carribean
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: DK23 on July 12, 2015, 02:50:02 PM
AFAIK there are no kosher resorts in the carribean
+1
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on July 12, 2015, 04:03:21 PM
AFAIK there are no kosher resorts in the carribean
What happened to the kosher place in DR?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on July 12, 2015, 05:22:20 PM
AFAIK there are no kosher resorts in the carribean

st thomas isn't a resort, but it has a minyan every shabbos, and twice weekly... some minyanim in St. Maarten, as well?
  http://www.jewishvirginislands.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/312020/jewish/Island-Minyan.htm
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ypalm on July 16, 2015, 12:19:37 AM
Has anyone stayed in the Westin in St Maarten? Did they respect status of SPG? Do they have suites to upgrade to? I have platinum 75 stays.. I need to stay there for a night till my house is avail.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on July 16, 2015, 04:54:41 AM
What happened to the kosher place in DR?
+1. Never heard of them stopping the kosher food.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 16, 2015, 07:51:13 AM
+1. Never heard of them stopping the kosher food.

+1. Friend of mine was there a couple of months ago and was fressing like a king.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on July 20, 2015, 05:57:37 PM
+1. Friend of mine was there a couple of months ago and was fressing like a king.
What did he say about the resort? Is it nice? TR?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 20, 2015, 05:58:30 PM
What did he say about the resort? Is it nice? TR?

He was very happy altogether.

He's not on DDF so no TR.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on July 21, 2015, 12:23:06 PM
He was very happy altogether.

He's not on DDF so no TR.
Not the greatest reviews on tripadvisor
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Luvtotravel on September 07, 2015, 03:15:12 PM
any recent reviews on hyatt, marriot or spg properties in the caribbean? hows the westin in st. maarten? i see someone inquired back in 2010...
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: E R K on September 07, 2015, 03:20:54 PM
any recent reviews on hyatt, marriot or spg properties in the caribbean? hows the westin in st. maarten? i see someone inquired back in 2010...
Came back from Aruba a few weeks ago and stayed at the Ritz Carlton. Hotel is new - 2 years old. Great service. All of our requests were answered quickly. Right on the beach. Casino in hotel. Non motorized water sports included.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Luvtotravel on September 07, 2015, 03:21:40 PM
Came back from Aruba a few weeks ago and stayed at the Ritz Carlton. Hotel is new - 2 years old. Great service. All of our requests were answered quickly. Right on the beach. Casino in hotel. Non motorized water sports included.
on points?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on September 07, 2015, 03:33:11 PM
any recent reviews on hyatt, marriot or spg properties in the caribbean? hows the westin in st. maarten? i see someone inquired back in 2010...
I doubt you are interested in the Atlantis (marriott) but if you are I can provide info
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Luvtotravel on September 07, 2015, 03:43:25 PM
I doubt you are interested in the Atlantis (marriott) but if you are I can provide info
why? is it too mainstream?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: E R K on September 07, 2015, 03:51:16 PM
on points?
Yes. We were only there for 3 nights - were supposed to go to PR but big storm there so I had originally booked hotel through Chase UR (maybe not best use of points but fine for my situation) and even though they don't let you cancel, I was able to cuz of weather.This was all unfolding the night before my am flight, so I was willing to take almost anything.  I paid about 85,000 points for 3 nights. Included everything.  We had an amazing time. Aruba was not our first choice as we were there many years ago for our honeymoon. But with bad weather in most other places, we went back. We really didn't do much touring as back then we rented scooters and saw the island (including the Natural Bridge which is no more). The island has become much more commercialized and they don't have scooter rentals anymore. Our purpose was R&R. Big, clean exercise room, nice spa with overpriced massage but free use of sauna and jacuzzi (separate). We did go out 1 day Snuba diving and one night to a fesival. The island is small - 6 miles by 20 miles. Weather is hot but we were always in the water.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on September 07, 2015, 03:52:22 PM
why? is it too mainstream?
Well that too but mainly because it sounds like you only want to use points and I think the cheapest room is like 95k a nite
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on December 08, 2015, 03:03:07 PM
Could anyone point me out my best options
looking to go away to the Caribbean with small kids
looking for somewhere that has direct flights from NYC
Hyatt property so I could use my Suite upgrade or a SPG property with suites under 15k points (last year we did Westin Cancun a suite for 11.5k)
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on December 08, 2015, 03:17:21 PM
Could anyone point me out my best options
looking to go away to the Caribbean with small kids
looking for somewhere that has direct flights from NYC
Hyatt property so I could use my Suite upgrade or a SPG property with suites under 15k points (last year we did Westin Cancun a suite for 11.5k)
Go to Aruba now with the glitch pricing.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on December 08, 2015, 03:26:31 PM
Go to Aruba now with the glitch pricing.
What do you mean by glitch pricing? delta 10k?
how is Aruba overall?
From Dans TR he sounds very unimpressed
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on December 08, 2015, 03:39:17 PM
What do you mean by glitch pricing? delta 10k?
how is Aruba overall?
From Dans TR he sounds very unimpressed
Glitch in Hyatt pricing. There is a thread for it
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on December 08, 2015, 03:51:06 PM
May be dead by now.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on December 08, 2015, 03:51:23 PM
Is dead by now.

FTFY
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on December 08, 2015, 05:58:30 PM
Go to Aruba now with the glitch pricing.
So I missed the glitch...
What are my best options now?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Luvtotravel on December 29, 2015, 11:03:07 PM
anyone have any info on kosher resort in punta cana?
http://lifestylekosher.com/kosher_program.html
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on December 30, 2015, 12:48:59 PM
anyone have any info on kosher resort in punta cana?
http://lifestylekosher.com/kosher_program.html
I think it's discussed here (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=35214.0).

And that link you posted is in Puerto Plata, not Punta Cana.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ponash123 on May 01, 2016, 07:41:13 PM
What do people do for phones in the Caribbean? (St. Lucia in particular)
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 01, 2016, 10:10:51 PM
What do people do for phones in the Caribbean? (St. Lucia in particular)

T-mobile would have you covered there. Along with: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Netherlands Antilles, Sint Maarten, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on May 02, 2016, 05:53:41 AM
What do people do for phones in the Caribbean? (St. Lucia in particular)
Isn't the point of going away to paradise to let go?  :P
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on May 02, 2016, 01:51:35 PM
What do people do for phones in the Caribbean? (St. Lucia in particular)
if you have sprint then there is a free add-on. unlimited data and calls are minimal
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Post by: yuguy on May 02, 2016, 04:40:22 PM
if you have sprint then there is a free add-on. unlimited data and calls are minimal

I have Sprint and have used their free add-on several times. It's only unlimited data if your account has unlimited data--otherwise it "pulls" from your data package. It includes texts.

Calls are indeed minimal.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on May 02, 2016, 04:43:02 PM
I have Sprint and have used their free add-on several times. It's only unlimited data if your account has unlimited data--otherwise it "pulls" from your data package. It includes texts.

Calls are indeed minimal.
I have unlimited  so i guess it didnt make a difference
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ponash123 on May 12, 2016, 10:13:49 PM
Would anyone be interested in a short St. Lucia trip report?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on May 12, 2016, 10:22:20 PM
Would anyone be interested in a short St. Lucia trip report?

yes. i've been on many of the islands, but not that one (and also not Turks & Caicos). Would like to hear about St. Lucia. Thanks.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 12, 2016, 10:42:05 PM
Would anyone be interested in a short St. Lucia trip report?
Yes, please.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on May 12, 2016, 11:41:34 PM
Absolutely
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on May 13, 2016, 09:05:53 AM
Would anyone be interested in a short St. Lucia trip report?
Please, it's on my travel bucket list )as well as hundreds of other places) but I love the Caribbean Islands, so I would greatly appreciate if you wrote it.  :) ;D
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on May 13, 2016, 09:07:04 AM
anyone have any info on kosher resort in punta cana?
http://lifestylekosher.com/kosher_program.html
I was told that one can stay at that kosher resort for next to nothing because they try selling you time shares, but if you choose the kosher option, you would be paying through the nose.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on May 13, 2016, 10:15:40 AM
I was told that one can stay at that kosher resort for next to nothing because they try selling you time shares, but if you choose the kosher option, you would be paying through the nose.

it's like that for certain cruises, too. You decide what's important. Personally, I'd love the Royal Caribbean in January no matter what food is being served. We were on Kosherica as staff, so we had great food, however the families need to make the choice if the food is worth the 3X price or not. Same with this resort. Stay there and eat tuna, and you save thousands... Looks really nice, too.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on May 13, 2016, 02:47:24 PM
I was told that one can stay at that kosher resort for next to nothing because they try selling you time shares, but if you choose the kosher option, you would be paying through the nose.
IIRC on cheapcaribbean.com the kosher option was like only $100 more per day
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on May 13, 2016, 02:58:45 PM
IIRC on cheapcaribbean.com the kosher option was like only $100 more per day
yea but that was probably with airplane food
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on May 13, 2016, 03:47:23 PM
yea but that was probably with airplane food
nope.

this was the price i got on a random 3 night stay

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7693/26925438531_56b3d523e9_z.jpg)
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Post by: mochjas on May 13, 2016, 04:03:56 PM
nope.

this was the price i got on a random 3 night stay

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7693/26925438531_56b3d523e9_z.jpg)
not bad. I thought you were talking about a cruise
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on July 26, 2016, 05:50:48 PM
Any recommendations which Island to go to? Im looking for somewhere not to far from NY form a Sun-Thur for a couple no kids

 Nice quiet beach (can be small secluded area, with fish etc), allot of easy option to swim with fish (scuba or snorkel).
Kosher food helpful but not a must, somewhere that has activities to do as well.
 Was thinking of the Caymans but other then Stingray city not much else there.
Dominican, is that a good option? 
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on August 02, 2016, 02:24:51 PM
Any recommendations which Island to go to? Im looking for somewhere not to far from NY form a Sun-Thur for a couple no kids

 Nice quiet beach (can be small secluded area, with fish etc), allot of easy option to swim with fish (scuba or snorkel).
Kosher food helpful but not a must, somewhere that has activities to do as well.
 Was thinking of the Caymans but other then Stingray city not much else there.
Dominican, is that a good option?

Cayman is good for kids because in addition to stingray city, they have the turtle farm.  They have kosher food options, though I did not try them, I heard they aren't so good.

The closest place to NY is Bermuda-Zika free.  Flying there was an hour and fifty minutes, coming back was an hour 40.

Dominican sounds good, especially if they have that kosher hotel, but there is Zika there if that is an issues for you.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: chevron on August 04, 2016, 10:18:40 AM
Whats a good island with lots of history and architecture.. I loved the providencials but I want more of an island vibe, thinking barbados
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on August 04, 2016, 12:10:22 PM
Whats a good island with lots of history and architecture.. I loved the providencials but I want more of an island vibe, thinking barbados
Seems like Barbados might fit that bill. I'm looking into going there myself.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: chevron on August 04, 2016, 02:22:00 PM
 http://www.barbados.org/jewish.htm#.V6OHkqLrBEk

curacao is as well on my to visit list
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: chevron on August 04, 2016, 02:29:03 PM
hey dan, 4 scoops of moshiach?

Chabad of Barbados
Apt. 2A Mahogany Court, Maxwell Main Road (on the South Coast).
Rabbi Eliyahu Yonah and Ilanna Benyaminson
Tel: 246-259-8900 - not active at this time.
Tel: (954) 549-5447
Email: rebbemessiahlives.770@gmail.com /
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: chevron on August 04, 2016, 03:01:22 PM
http://www.stlucianewsonline.com/ferry-service-linking-st-lucia-barbados-and-svg-could-commence-year-end/
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: chevron on August 04, 2016, 05:13:23 PM
want to fly monday morning in nov to barbados, is wednesday noon return enough or thursday?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on August 10, 2016, 03:20:12 PM
My wife and I plan on going to Turks and Caicos i a few weeks, and i have a few question for those that have been there:

1) Which Hotel do you recommend i stay at? preferably a quieter or isolated one, and within a reasonable price range. (If there is a hotel that can booked with points, please let me know as i haven't found any.)
2)Is there Walmart or a similar store that sell basic kosher foods on the island? and Do the hotels warm up kosher food for free?
3) What's the best way to get around?
4) Which activities do you recommend for my wife and I (She's expecting).

Any info will be greatly appreciated.
TIA!

Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: chevron on August 16, 2016, 01:30:15 PM
My wife and I plan on going to Turks and Caicos i a few weeks, and i have a few question for those that have been there:

1) Which Hotel do you recommend i stay at? preferably a quieter or isolated one, and within a reasonable price range. (If there is a hotel that can booked with points, please let me know as i haven't found any.)
2)Is there Walmart or a similar store that sell basic kosher foods on the island? and Do the hotels warm up kosher food for free?
3) What's the best way to get around?
4) Which activities do you recommend for my wife and I (She's expecting).

Any info will be greatly appreciated.
TIA!

I stayed in a rental, do you want the guys email? https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147399-d1838630-Reviews-La_Vista_Azul_Resort-Providenciales_Turks_and_Caicos.html

I paid like 210 a night but I think if you book off line he'd go down like 15%, minimum 3 nights and no daily housekeeping but I loved it. Pool was mostly empty, beach is half mile including smith's reef best snorkeling, great coffee down block from resort.

Shame I didnt save my electric grill which was $60 but maybe we can start a shared usage , this is what i bought https://www.amazon.com/Brentwood-TS-640-Indoor-Electric-Grill/dp/B005NE1D5E/ref=sr_1_30?ie=UTF8&qid=1471367959&sr=8-30&keywords=electric+grill

but i'd chip in for something better as would mgoldhammer probably. maybe shliach can hook us up with storage ?

I brought frozen food and cooked. The IGA supermarkets have kosher lox / smoked fish etc but thats it

I rented a bike but you can rent a car.. i used http://www.caicoscyclery.com/bicycle-shop/ they delivered and picked up from hotel

Go to the beach HA... miles and miles of pristine beautiful beaches.. Chalk sound and sapodilla bay http://www.turkscaicosluxuryvillas.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/taylor-bay-beach.jpg

Boat tours etc
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on August 16, 2016, 08:53:08 PM
I stayed in a rental, do you want the guys email? https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147399-d1838630-Reviews-La_Vista_Azul_Resort-Providenciales_Turks_and_Caicos.html

Boat tours etc

Looks good. Was their beachfront access here, too?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: chevron on August 16, 2016, 10:14:31 PM
Looks good. Was their beachfront access here, too?

No, its like, ok the porch had maybe 10 steps down and your at the pool. they have 2 pools and a hot tub. It was almost always empty... the resort is on a hill, if you went to the lobby, youd be abot 250 feet from green beans coffee shop

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Green+Bean+Cafe/@21.7848721,-72.2270075,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x894b4f289b9a9743:0x8c33d57fafb79a90!8m2!3d21.7839157!4d-72.2249583

Maybe check here for beach front https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147399-d1635994-Reviews-Atlantic_Ocean_Beach_Villas-Providenciales_Turks_and_Caicos.html

I'll tell you this, after I took pics there and compared pics to the real thing I was like blah.. pics wont do it justice.. now I look at pics and cant comprehend even the pics are legit
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: chevron on August 16, 2016, 10:16:01 PM
attached pic is smith's reef.. original was 5mb.. this is 5% the size
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on August 16, 2016, 11:15:23 PM
My wife and I plan on going to Turks and Caicos i a few weeks, and i have a few question for those that have been there:

1) Which Hotel do you recommend i stay at? preferably a quieter or isolated one, and within a reasonable price range. (If there is a hotel that can booked with points, please let me know as i haven't found any.)
2)Is there Walmart or a similar store that sell basic kosher foods on the island? and Do the hotels warm up kosher food for free?
3) What's the best way to get around?
4) Which activities do you recommend for my wife and I (She's expecting).

Any info will be greatly appreciated.
TIA!


Stay at any hotel by grace bay, if you are staying on the island of Providenciales.  We made the mistake of staying in a different part of the island.

There is a really big modern supermarket not far from grace bay, forgot what its called.

The best way to get around is with a rental car.

Number one activity that you cannot miss is Taylor Bay-best beach on the planet-private, calm, shallow crystal clear waters.  On the way to taylor bay you will drive through the breathtaking chalk sound, also a must do.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8409/28356238064_f86f472d73_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KcK8Eh)Vacations 328 (https://flic.kr/p/KcK8Eh) by mgoldhammer18 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/141561016@N05/), on Flickr
Chalk sound-this picture does not do it justice.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8026/28899079281_fee589954d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/L2HkrB)Vacations 408 (https://flic.kr/p/L2HkrB) by mgoldhammer18 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/141561016@N05/), on Flickr
More chalk sound

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8298/28899117781_143bd0d3b5_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/L2HwTp)Vacations 354 (https://flic.kr/p/L2HwTp) by mgoldhammer18 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/141561016@N05/), on Flickr
Taylor bay, and no, this is not a post card.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8061/28975435945_df13188d00_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/L9sFBP)Vacations 350 (https://flic.kr/p/L9sFBP) by mgoldhammer18 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/141561016@N05/), on Flickr
This was the most crowded that Taylor Bay got.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: chevron on August 16, 2016, 11:22:40 PM
the supermarkets are IGA. Agree on chalk sound.. I remember just stANDING THERE AND wondering.. is this a dream!

ok need to do T&C again!!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: chevron on August 16, 2016, 11:32:31 PM
hmm jetblue fll to t&c in janurary  9k points rt so 8100 with cc rebate + $90 tempting... though I should wait for a points promo no?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: chevron on August 16, 2016, 11:34:58 PM
wowza in sept its 3800 rt or 3470 after cc rebate!!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on August 17, 2016, 02:32:14 PM
the supermarkets are IGA. Agree on chalk sound.. I remember just stANDING THERE AND wondering.. is this a dream!

ok need to do T&C again!!

Agreed, must return!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on August 17, 2016, 02:32:55 PM
hmm jetblue fll to t&c in janurary  9k points rt so 8100 with cc rebate + $90 tempting... though I should wait for a points promo no?

Don't wait and take the leap.

Did you go to taylor bay when you went?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on August 23, 2016, 12:10:08 PM
Depends what your criteria are. I personally would never go to SXM again - crowded (sub-par) beaches all over and many people taking advantage of clothing optional culture. Can't decide which side I liked less - the French side was more of a turn off but the Dutch side had nothing positive going for it.

Antigua is another island at the very bottom of my list. The main city (St. John) is like Harlem and Vegas rolled into one and I would never set foot there again. Leaving the city and circling the island, the drive along the coast that should have been beautiful was instead completely blocked by houses. Now if you get off the plane in Antigua and make a beeline for Barbuda though, it's a whole different answer.

@yos9694, you clearly have been to a lot of caribbean destinations, is it possible to get some TR's?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on August 25, 2016, 03:01:08 PM
Would anyone be interested in a short St. Lucia trip report?

Did you ever write the TR?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ponash123 on August 25, 2016, 03:07:57 PM
Never got around to it, sorry.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 25, 2016, 03:11:13 PM
For all you Boston People.... http://www.secretflying.com/2016/hot-boston-to-the-cayman-islands-for-only-189-roundtrip/


i know it doesn't belong here but I just want to post it here so badly.........
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on August 25, 2016, 04:13:03 PM
Never got around to it, sorry.

Will we see it one day?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on August 25, 2016, 04:13:25 PM
For all you Boston People.... http://www.secretflying.com/2016/hot-boston-to-the-cayman-islands-for-only-189-roundtrip/


i know it doesn't belong here but I just want to post it here so badly.........

Did you post it in Up in the air?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 25, 2016, 04:30:06 PM
Did you post it in Up in the air?
I did just now.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on August 31, 2016, 12:14:56 PM
My wife and I plan on going to Turks and Caicos i a few weeks, and i have a few question for those that have been there:

1) Which Hotel do you recommend i stay at? preferably a quieter or isolated one, and within a reasonable price range. (If there is a hotel that can booked with points, please let me know as i haven't found any.)
2)Is there Walmart or a similar store that sell basic kosher foods on the island? and Do the hotels warm up kosher food for free?
3) What's the best way to get around?
4) Which activities do you recommend for my wife and I (She's expecting).

Any info will be greatly appreciated.
TIA!

FYI-Hope this helps
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=65526.0
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on September 14, 2016, 01:01:01 PM
Which islands besides for Bermuda  currently don't have a Zika issue?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: yakrot on September 14, 2016, 01:26:50 PM
Which islands besides for Bermuda  currently don't have a Zika issue?
Check Turks and Caicos
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on September 14, 2016, 01:43:50 PM
Check Turks and Caicos
Seems like they do..
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on September 15, 2016, 10:00:11 AM
Which islands besides for Bermuda  currently don't have a Zika issue?

Last I checked a few months ago it was Antigua, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas and Caymans.  Not sure if the statuses have changed
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Luvtotravel on September 15, 2016, 10:33:08 AM
Last I checked a few months ago it was Antigua, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas and Caymans.  Not sure if the statuses have changed
they sure have. i think bermuda is the only beach option on eastern seaboard now. please cmiiw since id love to go someplace with no zika and bermuda isnt so gevaldig
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on September 16, 2016, 08:36:33 AM
they sure have. i think bermuda is the only beach option on eastern seaboard now. please cmiiw since id love to go someplace with no zika and bermuda isnt so gevaldig

Bermuda is not hot all year round
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Luvtotravel on September 16, 2016, 11:21:19 AM
Bermuda is not hot all year round
exactly. thats why its not so gevaldig...
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on September 19, 2016, 01:03:56 PM
exactly. thats why its not so gevaldig...

It's a pretty gevaldig place in general
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: chevron on October 07, 2016, 12:40:52 PM
Marriott barbados is 25k points or like 200 a night after taxes, best to use points ? i realize its a low redemption vs spend and earn?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: chevron on November 09, 2016, 06:15:57 PM
im in barbados with a grill / girdle combo... Can we find a place to leave it ? i'll donate it to the cause
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: chevron on November 09, 2016, 11:07:12 PM
btw this grill has served me well https://www.walmart.com/ip/Farberware-4-in-1-Grill-Silver/36480524, if you want to use it, contact me, im leaving it by the jewish community here in barbados
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on November 10, 2016, 06:22:37 AM
btw this grill has served me well https://www.walmart.com/ip/Farberware-4-in-1-Grill-Silver/36480524, if you want to use it, contact me, im leaving it by the jewish community here in barbados
theres a Jewish community in Barbados?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: chevron on November 10, 2016, 09:26:34 PM
theres a Jewish community in Barbados?

yes, not big but yes, dunno how orthodox friday night services are
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on January 17, 2017, 01:30:34 PM
Guadeloupe vs. Martinique?  Flying into one and out of the other and was wondering where to spend the time.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on January 17, 2017, 05:31:47 PM
Guadeloupe vs. Martinique?  Flying into one and out of the other and was wondering where to spend the time.

seems more people like Martinique and the beaches are nicer: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147300-i1141-k1108914-Guadeloupe_or_Martinique-Guadeloupe.html

personally, I like the St. Barts beaches more, but that wasn't one of the choices:
https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147300-i1141-k1676088-Honeymoon_St_Barts_Martinique_or_Guadeloupe-Guadeloupe.html
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on January 17, 2017, 11:17:54 PM
seems more people like Martinique and the beaches are nicer: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147300-i1141-k1108914-Guadeloupe_or_Martinique-Guadeloupe.html

personally, I like the St. Barts beaches more, but that wasn't one of the choices:
https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147300-i1141-k1676088-Honeymoon_St_Barts_Martinique_or_Guadeloupe-Guadeloupe.html

Every TA thread says something different.  Seems like Martinique's beaches are nicer but Guadeloupe has more nature and activities.  And there are disputes over which island is more hospitable.  No real easy answer it seems. 
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: solls108 on February 05, 2017, 03:50:56 PM
Which Caribbean island is best with all-exclusive hotels? price? chabad hotel discounts?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 05, 2017, 04:11:42 PM
Which Caribbean island is best with all-inclusive hotels? price? chabad hotel discounts?
FTFY.    hyatt ziva cancun
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on February 05, 2017, 05:30:16 PM
FTFY.    hyatt ziva cancun
i think he's not looking for an all inclusive so he used all exclusive
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: solls108 on February 05, 2017, 06:15:07 PM
FTFY.    hyatt ziva cancun
I dont have Hyatt points tho...
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: jaystar on May 30, 2017, 11:05:41 AM
Originally posted in Cancun master thread as directed, seems more appropriate here. Hope not a major forum violation (still new to this).

Looking for destination advice in the Caribbean Islands/Cancun area.
Important factors: Direct flight under 5 hours (only 3 day trip), nice but secluded beach area (couple is careful about tznius), water activities, good value, not too touristy, kosher products either available or can be brought in (not necessarily a restaurant), and other activities (i.e. rain forest/hiking, zip-lining or other).
Other advice: Resort stay or house/cottage rental, specific activities, and car rental or not.

Thanks in advance
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on June 05, 2017, 11:58:01 AM
Originally posted in Cancun master thread as directed, seems more appropriate here. Hope not a major forum violation (still new to this).

Looking for destination advice in the Caribbean Islands/Cancun area.
Important factors: Direct flight under 5 hours (only 3 day trip), nice but secluded beach area (couple is careful about tznius), water activities, good value, not too touristy, kosher products either available or can be brought in (not necessarily a restaurant), and other activities (i.e. rain forest/hiking, zip-lining or other).
Other advice: Resort stay or house/cottage rental, specific activities, and car rental or not.

Thanks in advance

I have gone to a few of these destinations, perhaps my trip reports can help.

Bahamas and Grand Cayman are your best bet for kids and getting kosher foods from the places I have visited, though cancun would be much easier for finding activities to do and accessing kosher food.  Bermuda and Turks and Caicos is where you can find secluded beaches.  Have not been to other islandy places in these areas.  Hope I helped
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on June 05, 2017, 05:21:16 PM
Originally posted in Cancun master thread as directed, seems more appropriate here. Hope not a major forum violation (still new to this).

Looking for destination advice in the Caribbean Islands/Cancun area.
Important factors: Direct flight under 5 hours (only 3 day trip), nice but secluded beach area (couple is careful about tznius), water activities, good value, not too touristy, kosher products either available or can be brought in (not necessarily a restaurant), and other activities (i.e. rain forest/hiking, zip-lining or other).
Other advice: Resort stay or house/cottage rental, specific activities, and car rental or not.

Thanks in advance

St. Thomas has a lot of the things that you mentioned -- mostly on the other side of the island, away from where the cruise ships dock.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 16, 2017, 10:37:16 AM
Anyone here been to either to the Guadeloupe Islands, or Martinique ?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Zkpncs48 on August 04, 2017, 11:52:49 AM
Should I go to St Thomas Ritz or St regis bahia?
Or can someone advise some other comparable place.
I need to go somewhere that you don't need a passport.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on August 04, 2017, 01:16:01 PM
Should I go to St Thomas Ritz or St regis bahia?
Or can someone advise some other comparable place.
I need to go somewhere that you don't need a passport.
FYI Bahai is in Puerto Rico,  which has a severe case of zika. And ritz st thomas is beautiful. The beach is also way nicer in st. Thomas.
But nothing to do in case of rainy days in st thomas
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Zkpncs48 on August 04, 2017, 01:27:26 PM
Did you hear abt this update? https://www.statnews.com/2017/06/05/puerto-rico-zika-outbreak/
Can you trust them?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 04, 2017, 01:57:22 PM
Did you hear abt this update? https://www.statnews.com/2017/06/05/puerto-rico-zika-outbreak/
Can you trust them?
Or they just got used to it.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 15, 2017, 03:17:43 PM
Anyone have info on St. Kitts?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nirc on August 15, 2017, 03:42:07 PM
Anyone have info on St. Kitts?

overall opinion - meh.

was only there for 1 day (cruise stop), so take it with a grain of salt.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 15, 2017, 03:51:03 PM
overall opinion - meh.

was only there for 1 day (cruise stop), so take it with a grain of salt.
What did you do on the 1 day? Does "meh" mean the ocean / swimming isn't great? Or not too many other activities? Or not a beautiful island? etc. Thanks!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nirc on August 15, 2017, 04:14:50 PM
What did you do on the 1 day? Does "meh" mean the ocean / swimming isn't great? Or not too many other activities? Or not a beautiful island? etc. Thanks!

went zip lining, toured island/beaches. meh = is not a bad place.
just nothing that stands out to justify it being someone's only destination for a couple of days.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 15, 2017, 04:21:47 PM
went zip lining, toured island/beaches. meh = is not a bad place.
just nothing that stands out to justify it being someone's only destination for a couple of days.
Beautiful beaches and water and hotel? That's enough of a reason for me. Although direct flights only on Shabbos might be problematic for me.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 24, 2017, 12:35:16 PM
What options have Kosher food? I know Cancun and I believe Aruba. Anything else?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 24, 2017, 12:41:16 PM
What options have Kosher food? I know Cancun and I believe Aruba. Anything else?

SJU.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on August 24, 2017, 07:54:14 PM
What options have Kosher food? I know Cancun and I believe Aruba. Anything else?

St. Thomas has Kosher food, Shabbos minyan, and buffet Kiddush: http://www.jewishvirginislands.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/311170/jewish/Shabbat-on-Island.htm
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on August 24, 2017, 08:01:16 PM
St. Thomas has Kosher food, Shabbos minyan, and buffet Kiddush: http://www.jewishvirginislands.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/311170/jewish/Shabbat-on-Island.htm
i don't think that is up to date
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on August 24, 2017, 08:02:55 PM
i don't think that is up to date

do you think that they still do these weekly functions? (During winter tourist season...) I know that they still live there.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on August 25, 2017, 11:18:19 AM
What options have Kosher food? I know Cancun and I believe Aruba. Anything else?

I am pretty sure you can get kosher food at the Ritz in Grand Cayman.  I ordered kosher food at Atlantis in the Bahamas, was terrible
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nirc on August 25, 2017, 01:25:22 PM
SJU.

+1

was there for a few days. there is a meat restaurant, pizza shop, kosher grocery store.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 28, 2017, 10:40:52 AM
Thanks for the answers guys!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ad120 on November 09, 2017, 04:31:23 PM
Looking for an Island that meets the following criteria:
within 4hours of nyc, warm weather, nice resort, affordable, beautiful beaches, and kosher food preffered.
Considering:
Punta Cana 
Montego Bay
St. Thomas
St. Marteen
Bermuda
Grand Cayman
Aruba
Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on November 09, 2017, 05:03:51 PM
Looking for an Island that meets the following criteria:
within (1)4hours of nyc, (2)warm weather, (3)nice resort, (4)affordable, (5)beautiful beaches, and (6)kosher food preffered.
Considering:
Punta Cana 
Montego Bay
St. Thomas has 1,2,3,4,5 but if there is rain then you dont have anything to do.
St. Marteen
Bermuda
Grand Cayman
Aruba has 1,2,3,5,5,5 :D plus 7-zika   affordable resorts but everything else is very expensive
Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ad120 on November 09, 2017, 05:35:50 PM

So Zika takes aruba off the list then.
Any info on where to stay in saint thomas?
anyone else have info on the other destinations?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on November 09, 2017, 05:53:26 PM
So Zika takes aruba off the list then.
Any info on where to stay in saint thomas?
anyone else have info on the other destinations?
zika should take all off besides Bermuda and GCM
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ad120 on November 09, 2017, 05:56:09 PM
zika should take all off besides Bermuda and GCM
okay then.
So which of the two meets the criteria the best?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on November 09, 2017, 06:09:54 PM
Looking for an Island that meets the following criteria:
within 4hours of nyc, warm weather, nice resort, affordable, beautiful beaches, and kosher food preffered.
Considering:
Punta Cana 
Montego Bay
St. Thomas
St. Marteen
Bermuda
Grand Cayman
Aruba
Any suggestions?
MBJ is nice.
http://www.jewishjamaica.com/kosher/
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ad120 on November 09, 2017, 06:14:17 PM
MBJ is nice.
http://www.jewishjamaica.com/kosher/
zika free?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on November 09, 2017, 06:53:54 PM
zika free?
No level 2.
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/zika-virus-jamaica
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 10, 2017, 01:18:40 AM

Aruba's Kosher food is that good? Or are you saying that there are lots of options?

MBJ is nice.
http://www.jewishjamaica.com/kosher/
Saw this today. 5 minute drive to the Hyatts. Wonder if they'll order from here for Kosher breakfast :P
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ad120 on November 10, 2017, 01:53:08 AM
Aruba's Kosher food is that good? Or are you saying that there are lots of options?
Saw this today. 5 minute drive to the Hyatts. Wonder if they'll order from here for Kosher breakfast :P
Are you going?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on November 10, 2017, 07:34:15 AM

Saw this today. 5 minute drive to the Hyatts. Wonder if they'll order from here for Kosher breakfast :P
I can ask in Jan. 😂
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 10, 2017, 09:46:26 AM
Are you going?
Nothing planned, but I'm looking for a destination that will have Kosher cooked food, so I'm considering.

I can ask in Jan. 😂
Lol, I will call them well before then. 😜
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on November 13, 2017, 01:05:03 PM
okay then.
So which of the two meets the criteria the best?

There's zika in GCM also
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 14, 2017, 07:51:56 PM
Saw this today. 5 minute drive to the Hyatts. Wonder if they'll order from here for Kosher breakfast :P
No, they won't. (After speaking to concierge and head chef.)
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on November 14, 2017, 10:18:43 PM
Anyone know when/if the Ritz St. Thomas is reopening?
ETA: Seems like they're closed until Jan 2019
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on November 14, 2017, 10:42:42 PM
No, they won't. (After speaking to concierge and head chef.)
Maybe you were not speaking their language.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on November 14, 2017, 10:58:47 PM
Maybe you were not speaking their language.
$$$
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on November 14, 2017, 11:07:01 PM
$$$
Actually it only needs to be $.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 15, 2017, 03:19:06 PM
Actually it only needs to be $.
I was asking for complimentary breakfast, hence no $. :P
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on November 15, 2017, 03:21:30 PM
I was asking for complimentary breakfast, hence no $. :P
you should stop posting. Your post count looks really cool right now.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 15, 2017, 03:31:04 PM
you should stop posting. Your post count looks really cool right now.
Shoot - you're too late.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on November 16, 2017, 11:24:46 AM
We Should make a Wiki

Islands that still exist and Islands with Zika
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on November 16, 2017, 11:35:08 AM
I gave the wiki a jump start
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on February 01, 2018, 04:30:43 PM
WoW! Now Hyatt announced that in 2020 they are opening a Grand Hyatt in the Grand Cayman Islands!

http://newsroom.hyatt.com/020118-Hyatt-Announces-Plans-for-a-Grand-Hyatt-Hotel-and-Residences-in-Grand-Cayman
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on February 01, 2018, 09:57:40 PM
WoW! Now Hyatt announced that in 2020 they are opening a Grand Hyatt in the Grand Cayman Islands!

http://newsroom.hyatt.com/020118-Hyatt-Announces-Plans-for-a-Grand-Hyatt-Hotel-and-Residences-in-Grand-Cayman

Nice. Grand Hyatt will be a high category?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on February 02, 2018, 09:50:54 AM
Nice. Grand Hyatt will be a high category?
not gonna be higher than 6. The Grand hyatt in the Bahamas is a 5. I doubt it would be lower than 5 so it's either gonna be a 5 or a 6.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on May 03, 2018, 11:27:21 PM
I’m trying to plan a 3 night vacation and I’m unsure if it should be Bermuda at the Fairmont or Cayman Islands. I’m cayman I don’t think I can shell out enough pints for the Ritz so I would probably stay at the Westin.
Cayman seems to have more to do but I really just want a nice resort to chill in.
Any input? Planning for Memorial Day week.
Thanks
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on August 22, 2018, 10:54:39 AM
Anybody been to Grand Cayman? Thinking of going for part of Yeshiva week. Supposedly there's a pop-up restaurant there for that week. Has anyone tried it?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 22, 2018, 12:12:42 PM
Anybody been to Grand Cayman? Thinking of going for part of Yeshiva week. Supposedly there's a pop-up restaurant there for that week. Has anyone tried it?
I believe @CS91 has a TR from there. And I wouldn't be surprised if @mgoldhammer18 has since he seems to be the king of the Carribean.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: chevron on August 23, 2018, 11:41:33 AM
Has anyone been to Grenada ?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on August 24, 2018, 01:11:59 AM
Has anyone been to Grenada ?
Not recently, been 2x years ago.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on September 25, 2018, 10:33:07 PM
Great News if this actually happens: Andaz to open in Turcs and Caicos by 2020/21
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180925005681/en/Hyatt-Announces-Plans-Andaz-Turks-Caicos-Grace
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on September 27, 2018, 07:21:56 AM
Anyone been to Antigua?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on October 24, 2018, 10:15:16 AM
Deciding between NAS and CUN from NYC - Sun-Wed trip.

CUN is further but has the perk of kosher food, but the con of being more restricted bringing food in.

Is one of them significantly nicer in Jan? If I went to NAS, it would be to the Hyatt Baha Mar.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 24, 2018, 10:25:57 AM
Great News if this actually happens: Andaz to open in Turcs and Caicos by 2020/21
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180925005681/en/Hyatt-Announces-Plans-Andaz-Turks-Caicos-Grace

Wow, huge news. Been itching to go to Turks.

On a sep note, Ritz STT is delayed until "Summer 2019."
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 24, 2018, 01:58:21 PM
Deciding between NAS and CUN from NYC - Sun-Wed trip.

CUN is further but has the perk of kosher food, but the con of being more restricted bringing food in.

Is one of them significantly nicer in Jan? If I went to NAS, it would be to the Hyatt Baha Mar.

A lot more to do / see in CUN.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on October 24, 2018, 02:13:36 PM
A lot more to do / see in CUN.

My main concern is that Sun-Wed isn't enough time for CUN from the east coast.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on October 24, 2018, 02:38:12 PM
A lot more to do / see in CUN.
Also CUN warmer in January.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on October 25, 2018, 01:45:53 PM
Also CUN warmer in January.
is CUN still dangerous?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on October 25, 2018, 01:59:10 PM
is CUN still dangerous?
Have not been there recently.Going in November or December.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on October 25, 2018, 02:38:07 PM
Have not been there recently.Going in November or December.
In the resort you should be fine....
I just recalll these images circling the web....


(https://estaticos.efe.com/efecom/recursos2/imagen.aspx?lVW2oAh2vjPfHlelnklejD4nJb8UNiOeQ4TncnkXVSTX-P-2bAoG0sxzXPZPAk5l-P-2fU5UaVPT0t-P-2fdSEpOX78GUmMPcA-P-3d-P-3d)
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on October 25, 2018, 03:07:22 PM
Great News if this actually happens: Andaz to open in Turcs and Caicos by 2020/21
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180925005681/en/Hyatt-Announces-Plans-Andaz-Turks-Caicos-Grace
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/american-woman-marie-kuhnla-murdered-turks-and-caicos-near-club-med-resort/
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on October 25, 2018, 04:49:52 PM
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/american-woman-marie-kuhnla-murdered-turks-and-caicos-near-club-med-resort/
Are you joking??? this is yesterday!!!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: superstareli55 on October 28, 2018, 03:20:49 AM
Anyone have info on Martinique?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on October 28, 2018, 10:06:58 AM
is CUN still dangerous?
Was just there. In the resort areas you are fine.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on November 09, 2018, 10:34:24 AM
Was just there. In the resort areas you are fine.
Any cops on the beach?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ponash123 on December 18, 2018, 01:10:32 PM
Looking for a nice cheap getaway for an extended weekend.
Requirements are kosher/chabad so I don't have to shlep food and nice relaxing beaches.
I was looking into GCM but the hotels are quite expensive.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 18, 2018, 01:14:31 PM
Looking for a nice cheap getaway for an extended weekend.
Requirements are kosher/chabad so I don't have to shlep food and nice relaxing beaches.
I was looking into GCM but the hotels are quite expensive.

MBJ?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ponash123 on December 18, 2018, 01:44:24 PM
MBJ?
Actually just hit upon that and researching. Looks really nice.
Are there decently priced hotels near Chabad?  Not much in the Jamaica thread.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 18, 2018, 01:46:33 PM
Actually just hit upon that and researching. Looks really nice.
Are there decently priced hotels near Chabad?  Not much in the Jamaica thread.

Probably best to ask questions there. People who’ve been there will check that thread over this one.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ponash123 on December 18, 2018, 02:33:04 PM
Probably best to ask questions there. People who’ve been there will check that thread over this one.
Will do, thanks.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: normaly2345 on March 10, 2019, 11:33:05 PM
what's better to go to aruba and stay in the hyatt or go to bahamas and stay in the hyatt or a better idea?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on March 11, 2019, 12:15:35 AM
what's better to go to aruba and stay in the hyatt or go to bahamas and stay in the hyatt or a better idea?
Both are nice, I can't really recommend one over the other, did both .
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on March 11, 2019, 07:29:12 AM
Both are nice, I can't really recommend one over the other, did both .
where haven’t you been?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: robbie on March 11, 2019, 02:33:26 PM
an island I can get a all inclusive suite for 4 people, I.e 4 beds?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on March 11, 2019, 07:14:30 PM
where haven’t you been?
Other than with miles and points? I was pilot for many years.
But there are guys here who have been to more places than me , Antarctica, Svalbard, North Korea!!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on March 13, 2019, 09:21:53 AM
an island I can get a all inclusive suite for 4 people, I.e 4 beds?

You can rent an apartment somewhere.  Obviously if you search hard enough you can get a suite in a hotel, if you have the points, great.  If you have the cash, great. 

Personally I rented an APT in Provo T & C that could sleep 4 comfortably (location wasn't so good)
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on March 13, 2019, 09:35:30 AM
You can rent an apartment somewhere.  Obviously if you search hard enough you can get a suite in a hotel, if you have the points, great.  If you have the cash, great. 

Personally I rented an APT in Provo T & C that could sleep 4 comfortably (location wasn't so good)
he wants all inclusive
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Dave321 on April 14, 2019, 02:58:42 PM
whats my best option for MR points for hotels? will spend 50k a night
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on April 17, 2019, 11:49:51 AM
whats my best option for MR points for hotels? will spend 50k a night

depends.  i can try to help you pick an island.  What are you looking for?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on May 03, 2019, 01:26:30 PM
Anybody here try booking a USVI hotel recently?  I think ever since the hurricane all of the hotels by the USVI have been out of commission...
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: pointer on May 03, 2019, 05:24:52 PM
Anybody here try booking a USVI hotel recently?  I think ever since the hurricane all of the hotels by the USVI have been out of commission...
Westin St. john is up and running
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 22, 2019, 10:03:15 AM
Hi,
I'm looking to spend 3 Marriott free night certs (35k points or less). I'm flying from NYC and would spend 3-4 nights in the winter. I went to CUN last year, but would be open to going back if it is the best option. It would probably just be my wife and me, though if any locations would be particularly conducive to bringing a 2 year old, that might be helpful. The hotels I've found before that qualify:

- Coral Atlantis
- Marriott Cancun
- Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Note: I am wary of Zika, but willing to go somewhere with a low risk (ie Cancun). I think this would eliminate Puerto Rico if I'm not mistaken. If it is determined that PR is no longer a Zika risk, then Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino could be an option as well.

Does anyone have recommendations either between these 3 or for other locations?

If anyone has recommendations between these 3, or other places I haven't listed, please let me know. Thanks!
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nirc on July 22, 2019, 11:37:30 AM
Hi,
I'm looking to spend 3 Marriott free night certs (35k points or less). I'm flying from NYC and would spend 3-4 nights in the winter. I went to CUN last year, but would be open to going back if it is the best option. It would probably just be my wife and me, though if any locations would be particularly conducive to bringing a 2 year old, that might be helpful. The hotels I've found before that qualify:

- Coral Atlantis
- Marriott Cancun
- Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Note: I am wary of Zika, but willing to go somewhere with a low risk (ie Cancun). I think this would eliminate Puerto Rico if I'm not mistaken. If it is determined that PR is no longer a Zika risk, then Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino could be an option as well.

Does anyone have recommendations either between these 3 or for other locations?

If anyone has recommendations between these 3, or other places I haven't listed, please let me know. Thanks!

Do you need kosher food and/or minyan? If you want fresh kosher food ala restaurant, then your options are very limited.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 22, 2019, 11:44:41 AM
Do you need kosher food and/or minyan? If you want fresh kosher food ala restaurant, then your options are very limited.
Don't need a resturant per say. I can bring frozen meals in/buy from chabad.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nirc on July 22, 2019, 04:55:30 PM
Don't need a resturant per say. I can bring frozen meals in/buy from chabad.

IMO, I enjoyed Barbados the most of all the islands I visited. As am sure you know, there is limited to do outside of water “activities “ in the islands.

Puerto Rico had the best food so you wouldn’t have to bring anything.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 22, 2019, 05:04:18 PM
IMO, I enjoyed Barbados the most of all the islands I visited. As am sure you know, there is limited to do outside of water “activities “ in the islands.

Puerto Rico had the best food so you wouldn’t have to bring anything.
Only Marriott under 35k is Courtyard Bridgetown, Barbados which doesn't look great.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on July 22, 2019, 05:08:01 PM
IMO, I enjoyed Barbados the most of all the islands I visited. As am sure you know, there is limited to do outside of water “activities “ in the islands.

Puerto Rico had the best food so you wouldn’t have to bring anything.
What food do they have in SJU?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nirc on July 22, 2019, 08:29:37 PM
What food do they have in SJU?

Chabad runs a “grocery” store in addition to a pizza shop/dairy restaurant.. Can’t recall if they also have a meat side. Shabbos kiddush is also full service.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nirc on July 22, 2019, 08:31:49 PM
Only Marriott under 35k is Courtyard Bridgetown, Barbados which doesn't look great.

You’re right but can’t have everything. I’ve been to Cancun and Aruba, and would rather stay in a so so hotel in Barbados then a nicer hotel on another island. Of course, this is because I only use the hotel to sleep in. If cost is a factor, consider Airbnb.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on July 22, 2019, 08:44:09 PM
Chabad runs a “grocery” store in addition to a pizza shop/dairy restaurant.. Can’t recall if they also have a meat side. Shabbos kiddush is also full service.
thats what you call the best food? Cancun has like 4 kosher restaurants
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nirc on July 22, 2019, 09:00:03 PM
thats what you call the best food? Cancun has like 4 kosher restaurants

Referring to Caribbean islands. Cancun is Mexico.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 22, 2019, 09:01:58 PM
Referring to Caribbean islands. Cancun is Mexico.
Mexican Caribbean, but we're splitting hairs.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on July 25, 2019, 12:21:03 PM
Referring to Caribbean islands. Cancun is Mexico.

Cancun literally on the Caribbean sea...but water not as nice as your average carribbean island
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on July 25, 2019, 01:07:13 PM
IMO, I enjoyed Barbados the most of all the islands I visited. As am sure you know, there is limited to do outside of water “activities “ in the islands.

Puerto Rico had the best food so you wouldn’t have to bring anything.
What did you enjoy about Barbados more than other islands?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 25, 2019, 01:14:09 PM
Cancun literally on the Caribbean sea...but water not as nice as your average carribbean island
The peninsula cuts the border of the gulf of Mexico and Caribbean sea.

If we're going to be extremely technical, it's part of the Yucatan Channel.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: Jeremiah on August 14, 2019, 01:54:33 PM
Any suggestion where to go nex week for 4 nights? I was looking around and all islands had rain in forecast
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: E R K on August 14, 2019, 02:26:06 PM
Any suggestion where to go nex week for 4 nights? I was looking around and all islands had rain in forecast

Aruba
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on August 14, 2019, 04:03:31 PM
Tropical forecasts are completely unreliable unless a big storm is coming in.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on November 24, 2019, 06:13:04 PM
Anyone recently visit Curacao?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on December 10, 2019, 11:50:51 AM
Weather-wise, for mid July, what is the best island just to relax and enjoy the sun/water?
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 10, 2019, 12:06:47 PM
Weather-wise, for mid July, what is the best island just to relax and enjoy the sun/water?
It's hurricane season, so safest bet is one of the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao) as they lie out of the hurricane belt.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on December 10, 2019, 12:09:10 PM
Thanks. I've done Aruba more than once... Let me check out the other two.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 10, 2019, 12:10:09 PM
Thanks. I've done Aruba more than once... Let me check out the other two.
Any tips? Going to Aruba 3 nights in Jan. Staying at the Renaissance on Marriott 35k certs.


Eta - no kids with us.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 10, 2019, 12:42:42 PM
Any tips? Going to Aruba 3 nights in Jan. Staying at the Renaissance on Marriott 35k certs.


Eta - no kids with us.

Sunscreen - Did a week there and was surprised how strong sun was even on cloudy days.

Nighttime activities - I found overall it lacks options.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on December 10, 2019, 12:46:37 PM
Any tips? Going to Aruba 3 nights in Jan. Staying at the Renaissance on Marriott 35k certs.


Eta - no kids with us.
Aruba tends to be windy so you don't realize and will burn. Use plenty of sunscreen.
Title: Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 10, 2019, 12:47:42 PM
Aruba tends to be windy so you don't realize and will burn. Use plenty of sunscreen.
I'm (figuratively) forever scarred from making this mistake in Hawaii. I also wear uv shirts most of the time now when at the beach.