Americas - Caribbean
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Welcome to the Thorn Tree's Caribbean branch.
We hope you find plenty of useful information about travelling to the Caribbean here. It is highly recommended that new users do a search of the Thorn Tree before posting a new thread, as you may find many of the answers you seek that way.
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I'm visiting the Caribbean for the first time, and I'd love to get some quick advice and background knowledge.
What are each of the countries known for travel-wise? Are the popular ones like Jamaica real touristy or fine to visit? Which country has the most unique culture? Is it worth visiting each or are some of them real similar to each other?
My wife and I and our friend (first time for her in Jamaica!) just returned from a wonderful week and a half in Jamaica. We stayed at Viking's in Great Bay, which hadn't changed much since our last visit a year and a half ago. Things in Treasure Beach were as wonderful as always: the breakfasts at Pardy's (and the conversations with Pardy) were fantastic, the coffee at Smurf's some of the best on the island, the pizzas and fish at Jack Sprat delicious, and the beers--everywhere--cold. We had heavy, steady wind nearly every day, so the ocean was rougher than we remembered. On the plus side, the wind kept (most of) the mosquitos away. It was, of course, very hot. Some of the beaches were a bit sketchy in areas for swimming (there are little rip-tide whirlpools in Old Wharf and Mary's Bay, for example), but nothing that couldn't be handled with common sense. Great Bay was the calm... more »
Hello doughty travelers
My husband and I are planning a trip to Caribbean Islands in mid September. We are arriving at Cuba and were thinking of flying to Jamaica until we read about the criminals, rapes, drug sellers, etc. I would really appreciate if you could give us some suggestions regarding the safety issues. Do you think we should plan a trip as backpackers or should avoid Jamaica? What are the safest destinations in Jamaica? We have shoestring budget and cannot afford inclusive five stars resorts and/or to hire a private driver unless the price is reasonable and you can recommend a trustful driver.
I would also be pleased if anyone can tell us the best and cheapest way of traveling to/from Jamaica. I know that there are no ferries and I think flying is the only option as our first destination is Cuba. Are there any cheap flights?
We are going to spend 6 days in Cuba in september as part of a longer trip. We fly into Havana from Mexico. We had planned to spend 2 days 1 night in Havana and have reserved an all inclusive hotel in MAREA DEL PORTILLO. I have got doubts about this since and am hoping for advice.....
We are vegetarian (no meat or seafood) so am now worried we wont be able to eat any food at the all inclusive and think we might do better to stay in a casas particulares and buy fruit and veg from markets?...
We have never stayed all inclusive before and are more suited to low budget travel more immersed in the culture of a place, which we would get from casas particulares....
I am worried the club amigo hotel in MAREA DEL PORTILLO will be difficult to get to from Havana city and back to Havana Jose Marti airport?
I ideally would like to stay a couple of nights in Havana then 4 on a ... more »
Hello, I'm looking for the cheapest hotel room available that is as close as possible to the Port of San Juan. Everything I find on my own has been around 85 dollars. That would really blow my budget apart. Also, I would like to rent a car while I am there, cheapest price possible please. I'll be there for close to a month. I'm not opposed to trying a hostel, but prefer a hotel. Thanks in advance.
From England we have reasonably cheap flights to Puerto Plata in Dominican Republic and would like to know how easy it would be to visit Haiti for a few days & where would be the best place to go
I'm looking for somewhere fun to go post-bar. I'll be travelling by myself due to some poor planning, but I know I'll still be able to have a good time. I feel like I ought to mention I'm a woman, so maybe security is somewhat of an issue, but I'm a pretty seasoned traveler and I've traveled alone before.
I am looking for suggestions for where I should go! I haven't really narrowed it down much, but here's a basic idea of what I'm looking for: laid back, excellent food (I'm adventurous and I love spicy things), really beautiful landscape (not too developed) and beautiful beaches. I basically want to chill for a few days, eat some delicious food, and partake in various water sports and possibly hiking. I've been to the Dominican Republic, and while I enjoyed that trip I think I want to go somewhere else this time around.
Other than islands generally, suggestions about specific p... more »
Tte Trinidad and Tobago court case has been remanded 8 times. The wheels of justice moving slow or is something more sinister occurring here? you decide. Get the facts at tntwarning. Phil. Noonan
I would like to ask for some advice. I do not know too much about Puerto Rico at the moment. I am planning a trip to a warm area in December. I was wondering whether Puerto Rico is big enough or has enough to do for ten days. My idea is to rent a car to go around the island. I do not like organized tours or organized activities. I do not mind spending a couple of days exploring beaches, but I would like to spend the other days hiking and enjoying small villages. Is a ten-day trip too long?
I do not need to have an itinerary right now, I would like just to know whether it is worth going to Puerto Rico for 10 days if I am not interested in just relaxing under the sun on the beach.
Im looking for the cheapest way to rent a boat in the carribean, or from florida. There has to bee enough space for 8 persons.
a simple question: in your experience which one is the cheapest flight destination from Curacao to Latin America?
I have seen that there are few thread about how to get from Venezuela to Curacao, but not Curacao to Venezuela.
So....Someone know if there are ferry from Curacao TO Venezuela ?
we wish we could visit all,well, many, islands of caribbean and we were wondering which could be the best and cheapest way to realize this dream. for sure i guess it will happen via sea but we have no idea how could we do it. cargo ships? hitchike sailing boats? cruises?hope to get news from you
thanks in advance
My two girlfriends and I will be in the Dominican Republic in mid July. We are going to stay away from resorts and enjoy the natural beauty the Dominican Republic has to offer. We are for sure going to to hike Pico Duarte , the highest point in all the Caribbean. Pico Duarte lies in the Cordillera Central range, the greatest of the Dominican Republic's mountain chains. The four day three night excursion is being executed by" Ecoturismo Constanza". The companies website provides lots of information, please visit :
**The hike is pretty strenuous (Kilimanjaro status), the company provides two mules per person.**
Dominican Republic is more than just resorts,so if your interested in having a special and unconventional Caribbean vacation please join us. The excursion begins July 18th and ends the 21s... more »
I accidently reserved for one more Resort room in Las Casitas Village (Checking in on July 6, leaving on July 7). It's located in fajardo and is the only 4.5 Star Resort in Puerto Rico. The discounted price on price line is 281.78(Tax&Fee included).
I will sublease at $198 if anyone is interested.
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