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I'm travelling through Central America at the moment and was hoping to crew on a boat/yacht, to and/or from Jamaica.
Any suggestions on how to go about this would be greatly appreciated
I will be in Puerto Rico for the first time in November. There will be 4 of us traveling together. So far I have not been finding any hotels for under $80 and no hostels for under about $20 per person. Is it possible to find anything cheaper in Puerto Rico? I will def stay in San Juan for a night or two, we are renting a car and are open to all areas of the island, prefer non touristy. Thanks!
Can anybody tell me if the Cascara Guest House (?) in Soufriere is still offering accommodation please? I have chased it up online but can't find any recent mention of it, nor, from the LP "Caribb. Islands" (October 2008 edit.) any contact details other than a phone number.
If it is no longer still functioning can anybody recommend a good, relatively cheap place in Soufriere?
Thanks in anticipation.
i want to know few things
:-can you tell me what will be total tax he has to pay for an year.
:-and incase if he is out of country for whole year but drawing salary from company based in puerto rico. then in that case, what will be the total tax , he has to pay.
:- what is average cost of renting a 1BHK apartment in san juan furnished with minimum basic necessities.
and along with other daily cost like electricity, water
please share if you have any other suggestion or information,
thanks in advance
I'm staying on treasure cay and planning to go to green turtle cay for a day of snorkeling. Does anyone know whether one can snorkel right off the beach or if you must get onto a boat snorkel group?
I'm travelling in puerto rico in late June / early July. I have accommodation booked for most of the journey, but am planning on travelling El Yunque and surrounding areas for a few days and dont have accommodation booked yet. Does anyone know if its easy to find accommodation as you go in that area, or is it wise to book in advance?
I live in Santo Domingo. I like like to travel independantly but hate trips that are tourist oriented (tourist traps).
What is the backpacker/independant traveler (or the way the dominicans) way to get to Isla Catilina or Isla Saona? All loney planet reccomended were tourist trips.
my partner and I are looking for a honeymoon destination. we are really flexible as to where to go: costa rica, mexico, dominican republic etc etc etc....
we are tempted by the idea of having all meals provided, or an affordable restaurant really close (given breakfast is provided) and therefore all-inclusive fits the purpose of this trip (we really only want to be together, not worry about food etc).
We do not like really touristy places and big resorts.
We are rather in nature in a remote place (at least not crowded).
and yes...we are on a budget....meaning those really fancy resorts that are completely in nature but where you pay hundreds of $ a night are out of our league.
basic-nice-nature-all meals provided- affordable. any hints????
thank you soo much
We arrived sunday around 8pm in MoBay, since we wanted to see something of Jamaica and not ride around in the dark we stayed the first night at Toby's Resort.
Next morning we were picked up at 10 am to go to Treasure Beach with a detour to the Appleton Rum Factory, on the way there we stopped at a food stall to have a quick bite to eat to survive the rum tasting ;)) which is a good way to get an overview of all the rum that is made there.
After two more short stopps to take fotos and buy mangos we reached Nuestra Casa in Billy's Bay late afternoon, after an introdution to the other guests I asked if they had planned to go to Pelican Bar and Black River, which they had for wendsday and we were able to join, a good dinner at Strikey's 5 mins walk away ended that day.
The next day Roger, our host, offered us a ride to Frenchmans Bay where he would pick us up when we were ready to go b... more »
Just got back from Haiti. Although I found it very interesting and culturally eye-opening it was a pretty hostile place. I thought us Americans were racists and bigots, but the Haitians take it to a whole new level. There is a lot of hostility towards whites. On quite a few occasions I had people yelling and screaming and being very hostile as I simply just walked on main streets in various neighborhoods. I highly recommend going to Haiti if you can tolerate these annoyances. But it really put a damper on my trip. Also if you have a driver and car and stay out of the neighborhoods you probably won't run into this. But that makes Haiti very boring.
My fiancée and I are planning on honeymooning in Negril, Jamaica. Our budget is $3000 and we would like 4 stars or higher! Does anyone have any suggestions on all inclusive resorts to stay in. We would like a nice beach, swim up bar and decent food. We also are looking for something more fun but staying in a family resort could be okay too.
Finally we have a question about when to book. We will be leaving for our honeymoon on Sept 12,13 or 14 - we are flexible with dates. When should we book? Will the prices to down closer to our departure date?
Thanks for your help!
Lisa and Jared
I will need to return a rental car in Isla Verde and then get to the airport to catch a flight. I refuse to pay the fixed $10 rate for this 1 mile taxi ride, so am looking for options.
Does anyone know how to get there on a bus? In addition to finding out the the SJU airport website has no ground transportation section (or even an English language version) there are no online bus schedules or maps for the San Juan transit system. Nor does any of the hotels appear to offer a free shuttle service to cover this short distance.
Also, is it possible to walk? I won't have luggage.
We are trying to decide whether to go to Costa Rica or Dominican Republic in Dec/Jan. Has anyone been to both?
I am wondering how costs, food and transport compare, which did you prefer and why?
We are travelling with two young kids, so ease of transport is a big consideration to us. I have also read that DR is more historically interesting. Is this true?
Edited by: sharong
I will be arriving late in Mo Bay (7 pm). My plans are to head out towards St.Anne's Bay/ Ochi area. My question is: should I get a hotel in Mo Bay that first night and then head out the next morning, or try to go half way that night?
This leads to a couple more questions:
1) If I stay in Mo Bay, can anyone recommend a chill, budget ($40- 50) place to stay where I could walk to a couple bars/restaurants that night and check out a couple local things? Hopefully not too far from the airport.
I'll need to get to the bus station too. I have read Mikey Mike's suggestions of Carter Guest House (MIkey they should be paying you a commission for all the good words you put out for them ;) !) This seems like a good place, but, far from the airport? Far from anything in the centre of town?
2) If I go half way (duncan's bay or falmouth) then where would be a good place to... more »
My now wife and I are looking to plan a trip from NYC to...somewhere, in early to mid August.
She's not traveled a whole lot, and i have, but not for a long while. So i guess what we are looking for is something that will offer a relaxing beachy time, as well as some options to explore and be able to do a little on your own type of adventure, if interested. I think one of the problems is choosing a place that "sounds" like more of a household name.
For example, I just heard Nicaragua is a beautiful place that is kind of on the cusp of becoming a real touristy area, and she looked at me like I was crazy. The problem is budget is kind of limited, we would like to spend close to 4K USD, but would go as high as 6K. So i think we need to expand our options. She'd probably be very happy to go to an all inclusive place or on a cruise, but i feel like i need a little more free... more »
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