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Anguilla   ??               
Antigua   ??               
Aruba   Chabad   Marriott, Ritz Carlton,...etc            
Bahamas  Chabad  Atlantis-Marriott, Baha Mar-Hyatt  Weather forcast always says rain but in reality mostly nice weather 
Barbados    Chabad              
Bermuda    Colder, and Bermuda Triangle....
Cuba    ??              
Curaçao   Chabad          Hyatt     
Cancun   Kosher Restaurants, Chabad   St Regis, Hyatt, Westin...etc            Not Carribean but close enough
Cozumel   Chabad +         Not Carribean but close enough
Dominican Republic    Chabad + Year Round Kosher Hotel  Westin            
Grand Cayman    Kosher Frozen Food at the Ritz and Chabad Ritz, Westin..           
Jamaica    Chabad   Hyatt, Hilton            
Martinique    Chabad             
Puerto Rico    ChabadSt Regis x2, Ritz Carlton, W...etc            80% of the Island doen't have power All restored now
St Barts   Chabad              
St Kitts    Supermarket Carries many marked itemsPH            
St Lucia   Chabad              
St Martin   Chabad            
St Thomas    Chabad   Ritz Carlton, Wyndham, Westin on ST John            
Turk & CaicosChabad              
* Zika Status - I think its fair to say they all have it today most islands just stop reporting it.


HT: Davidmal

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Author Topic: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread  (Read 68470 times)

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #435 on: January 20, 2020, 05:43:47 AM »
Better option than stellaris?
Not sure. Stelaris for sure has more at the property vs Renaissance which has the private island. However, Stelaris is a cat 6 so no CC certs.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #436 on: January 20, 2020, 06:40:56 AM »
Not sure. Stelaris for sure has more at the property vs Renaissance which has the private island. However, Stelaris is a cat 6 so no CC certs.
what is the private island?

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #437 on: January 20, 2020, 06:45:01 AM »
what is the private island?
Basically, they take you out on a 5 minute boat ride to their private island, which has a 2 beaches (adults only and families), non motorized water sports, spa, and a couple of bars.

All the non motorized sports are free, though they won't let us take kayaks and paddle boards today due to the winds.

Water is basically clear and they've built a protected swimming area in the ocean as the winds are crazy and swimming would otherwise be dangerous.
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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #439 on: January 23, 2020, 05:23:51 PM »
Basically, they take you out on a 5 minute boat ride to their private island, which has a 2 beaches (adults only and families), non motorized water sports, spa, and a couple of bars.

All the non motorized sports are free, though they won't let us take kayaks and paddle boards today due to the winds.

Water is basically clear and they've built a protected swimming area in the ocean as the winds are crazy and swimming would otherwise be dangerous.

My friend used his 7 night cert here and had very good things to say about the private island but was not too impressed with the actual hotel. Also said most of the guests there were a lot older which was a bit strange, he's in early 30s

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #440 on: January 23, 2020, 05:39:35 PM »
My friend used his 7 night cert here and had very good things to say about the private island but was not too impressed with the actual hotel. Also said most of the guests there were a lot older which was a bit strange, he's in early 30s
The guests in the adults only tower were a little older, but there was a mix.

I'm in progress of writing my TR. I think it's a fine hotel. Room was clean, and new, albeit small. There was a chaise with a small table that was ideal for eating. Service was fine - we had to chase them down for a few things with them heating the meals but otherwise, no significant issues. Housekeeping did a good job, they had turndown service, free bottled water. Nothing much on the property that's so exciting to do, but since we spent most of our time on the private island, it didn't bother me.

I was in marina, can't speak to Island tower rooms. I think one would be hard pressed to find a better overall value for CC certs.

If I were paying points in the future and didn't care about using the cert, I might consider the cat 6 Marriott Solaris which is definitely more popular and nicer, though lacks the private island.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #441 on: January 27, 2020, 10:21:05 AM »
Having a hard time deciding between Aruba (staying at the Hyatt or Renaissance) or Thompson Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen (paid rates seem very cheap for my dates). Any major differences between the 2 destinations?

Only thing I'm thinking of is that kosher situation would be easier in Mexico b/c there are a few restaurants

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #442 on: January 28, 2020, 03:15:31 PM »
Not sure this is the best location to post as I'm not limited to the Caribbean islands... However, let's try this...

I need suggestions and advice.

Looking to spend 7-10 days alone just husband and wife (no kids) on a trip that will be once in a lifetime opportunity to escape the kids for a full week or longer.

Trip will take place in July 2020.
Flying from: JFK (or similar)
Airline: Any but have Jetblue Mosaic

Requirements:
Only thing my wife wants is sun and water. Just a relaxing day in the heat with a NICE pool and drinks is enough to make her happy.

In the past we always limited ourselves to places that had kosher food (ie: Miami, Vegas, Cancun, San Juan, Bahamas etc) but she wants something more "exotic" but at the same time the trip is longer than the average vacation we take (2-3 days) so food may be a significant factor.

Was thinking of Hawaii or Maldives, but not sure of the food situation and again having "decent" food options is an important factor on a 10 day trip (as oppose to a 2-3 day trip where we can live on fruits and yogurts).

Any suggestions? Any ideas? Any tips?

It will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #443 on: January 28, 2020, 05:33:12 PM »
Having a hard time deciding between Aruba (staying at the Hyatt or Renaissance) or Thompson Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen (paid rates seem very cheap for my dates). Any major differences between the 2 destinations?

Only thing I'm thinking of is that kosher situation would be easier in Mexico b/c there are a few restaurants
Aruba has better beaches and snorkeling, plus hiking etc. Depends what you want to do.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #444 on: January 28, 2020, 05:43:10 PM »
Anyone been to Anguilla? Is bringing kosher food an issue?

I am flying into SXM and can either take a 10 min flight or 20 min boat over. The advantage of the flight seems to be not having to clear customs twice.

Also, any recommendations on activities?

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #445 on: January 28, 2020, 07:48:50 PM »
Not sure this is the best location to post as I'm not limited to the Caribbean islands... However, let's try this...

I need suggestions and advice.

Looking to spend 7-10 days alone just husband and wife (no kids) on a trip that will be once in a lifetime opportunity to escape the kids for a full week or longer.

Trip will take place in July 2020.
Flying from: JFK (or similar)
Airline: Any but have Jetblue Mosaic

Requirements:
Only thing my wife wants is sun and water. Just a relaxing day in the heat with a NICE pool and drinks is enough to make her happy.

In the past we always limited ourselves to places that had kosher food (ie: Miami, Vegas, Cancun, San Juan, Bahamas etc) but she wants something more "exotic" but at the same time the trip is longer than the average vacation we take (2-3 days) so food may be a significant factor.

Was thinking of Hawaii or Maldives, but not sure of the food situation and again having "decent" food options is an important factor on a 10 day trip (as oppose to a 2-3 day trip where we can live on fruits and yogurts).

Any suggestions? Any ideas? Any tips?

It will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #446 on: January 28, 2020, 07:54:02 PM »
THANKS!

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #447 on: January 28, 2020, 08:24:47 PM »
Not sure this is the best location to post as I'm not limited to the Caribbean islands... However, let's try this...

I need suggestions and advice.

Looking to spend 7-10 days alone just husband and wife (no kids) on a trip that will be once in a lifetime opportunity to escape the kids for a full week or longer.

Trip will take place in July 2020.
Flying from: JFK (or similar)
Airline: Any but have Jetblue Mosaic

Requirements:
Only thing my wife wants is sun and water. Just a relaxing day in the heat with a NICE pool and drinks is enough to make her happy.

In the past we always limited ourselves to places that had kosher food (ie: Miami, Vegas, Cancun, San Juan, Bahamas etc) but she wants something more "exotic" but at the same time the trip is longer than the average vacation we take (2-3 days) so food may be a significant factor.

Was thinking of Hawaii or Maldives, but not sure of the food situation and again having "decent" food options is an important factor on a 10 day trip (as oppose to a 2-3 day trip where we can live on fruits and yogurts).

Any suggestions? Any ideas? Any tips?

It will be greatly appreciated.

Why can't you bring your own food to the Maldives or anywhere else in the world?
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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #448 on: January 30, 2020, 07:32:26 AM »
Why can't you bring your own food to the Maldives or anywhere else in the world?
Don't some countries restrict food entry?

I remember a while back having issues bringing meat to Jamaica, when I went... Maybe that changed.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #449 on: January 31, 2020, 02:12:33 PM »
I just worked on updating the wiki

if anyone knows more info to fill in primarily
1. Kosher
2. Points Options please update
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