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Author Topic: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread  (Read 63430 times)

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #150 on: December 10, 2014, 07:49:53 AM »
So what's first choice?

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #151 on: December 10, 2014, 07:52:25 AM »
So what's first choice?
There is a lot of chatter in the cancun thread

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #152 on: December 10, 2014, 08:36:45 AM »
About first choice?

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #153 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.
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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #154 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?

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #155 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.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #156 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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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #157 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

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #158 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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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #159 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.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #160 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!

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #161 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.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #162 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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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #163 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.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #164 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?