Expert Travel Advice to Caribbean

Top Answers To Caribbean Travel Questions

  • Lisa answered:
    For the Caribbean you'll need to decide East, typically includes Virgin Islands, West includes Mexico, Jamacia, etc. or South, think Aruba and neighboring islands. If this is your first cruise I'd recommend a shorter than 7 day trip; however, 7 days is not too long for a first. I've been to St Thomas, Tortola, Antigua (Eastern Carib) and had a great time. I've also been to Cozumel, Belize, etc. (West Carib) and had a blast. Short Bahama cruises will sometimes include Key West or the cruise lines private island. Oh, and my favorite cruise lines seems to make a stop in Nassau as necessary as going thru ATL when flying Delta---I now just stay on board when there and enjoy a mostly quiet deck and more attentive wait staff bearing drinks. I've cruised in the months of October thru February and the temps are very mild. IF a tropical storm is brewing the ships (which have their own weather station) will change course the best they can. This does not mean it will be smooth sailing since tropical systems affect large areas it just means they are not going to knowingly sail into a dangerous storm. If you sail from Florida (Port Canaveral, Miami) then a Westen Carib could turn into a trip to the East and vise versa. If you miss ports due to weather expect to be compensated for port charges only.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    You'll have a great time on any cruise; I've never been on a bad one. I never take less than a 7 day cruise now and still am just getting to finally know the ship by the time I leave. Shorter cruises, even 5 days, seem to end just after I get there. The Southern Caribbean route is my favorite so far and St. Marteen is my favorite island although many others also have fun things to do and nice scenery as well. St Lucia is very nice as well. Most of the lines offer plenty of fun but there do seem to be more kiddies on Carnival so if this bothers you stay away. The kid density is much better if you go when they are in school however when most families don't schedule vacations. I personally like Carnival but thought Royal Caribbean provided a 'classier' ride. Depends on your taste, Carnival is more of a 'party' boat. If you like tours be sure to check out the reviews on line. I've found great tours not provided by the cruise lines that gave much more at a better price but you have to do your research to find them. I think you;'l find a great romantic time at sea!
  • Anonymous user answered:
    Barbados south coast is great for kite surfing. The Silver Sands hotel is walking distance down the beach. Or my favourite is Margarita Island Venezuela. There is El Yaque Beach where there are many small hotels that cater to wind and kite surfing. The best place for kiting is taking a 20 minute boat ride to Coche island. A dream spot for kiters.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    The Dominican Republic has multiple direct flights daily from NYC. The all inclusives work, but more and more people find the restrictive. Check out a small town outside Puerto Plata called Cabarete, as it has numerous condos on the beach, villas for rent and lots to do randing from sports to nature walks.

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