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Hi there, any good suggestions for where to stay in San Juan? Downtown vs Old town?
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hi.im now in dominican republic,santo domingo.i would like to go to haiti while im in hispanola.problem is mainly affordability of accommodation.thinking maybe sharing a room would work out considerably cheaper.is anyone here on the island that is thinking about going to haiti?is so & want to share,please leave message.staying at casagrande till sat then to barahona for a few days.im 49 yr old experianced male traveller from uk.dont speak french.
I'm planning a short jaunt to Puerto Rico for 4 days and with it being a short trip, I want to make the most out of it. I have two questions:
1. While I'd love to see the bioluminescence bay out there, I'm going near a full moon. Some of the tours I see online say they still have ways of doing this tour when there's moonlight, I'm wondering if it's worth it? I would definitely do it if there was no moon out, but as the conditions won't be ideal for the tour I wonder if it's even worth trying with whatever accommodations the tour groups do during this time (I think they may put a cover over the group or something?). Does anyone have any experience with this?
2. Also, I really want to do some kayaking/snorkling out there, and from what I understand Culebra is the best for this, along with having the best beaches. Is it worth making the trip out there or are there p... more »
My friend and I are travelling in DR from December 7-14. We are looking to relax on beautiful beachers, maybe surf, take trips to mountains/jungles if possible, meet both travellers/expats as well as Dominicans. We do not plan to stay in any resort-type hotels.
Where would you recommend we stay? Maybe we set up base camp in Cabarete, and take day trips to smaller beaches and towns nearby? Should we avoid Punta Cana altogether? Or are there sweet spots in Punta Cana that still have reasonably priced hotel beds available?
Interested in hearing back from people with experience! Thanks
Am looking for up to date information on Las Galeras. The last travel feature I found is a year old and describes it as relatively undeveloped, with just a handful of restaurants and guesthouses, and with just the one AI resort nearby. The beaches, both in the town and nearby, also sounded relatively quiet/uncrowded. (In other words, it sounded wonderful....) I wondered if this was still the case or whether it has grown quickly in the last 12 months? Any up-to-date info from anyone who has been there recently would be much appreciated. Thank you!
Hi - 1st time going to Barbados next Monday - going for 6 weeks...anybody give me any cheapy places to get food/booze etc? I'm working out there. Thanks. Kate.
My girlfriend and I have a six night trip planned to the Bavaro Beach/Punta Cana area staying The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real in late January. From what I've seen on these forums there isn't much local flavor in the area but I was just looking for anyone's updated experiences on the area and IF there is anything else of note in the area besides the beaches. We're both 30, I'm well traveled, her not as much and we both speak decent Spanish. I've been working overseas for the past several months so I'm fine with the idea of spending a few days kicking back on an AI resort drinking umbrella drinks and relaxing but if there are any decent local day trips I would like to know. I heard that the town of Cortecieto is close by and has a little bit of local flavor and that the beaches/cliffs of Macao are worth checking out as well.
Has anyone been to The Reserve at Paradisus Palma R... more »
Does anyone know a company that offers parasailing in Martinique? I've looked in guidebooks and Googled but can't find anything.
Hello! Hubs and I are planning a week-long escape from the daily shuffle in February. I'm limiting my options to spots I can get to using miles, so here is my short list:
- Roatan, Honduras (Roatan or Guanaja)
- Belize City, Belize (Caye Caulker or Placencia)
- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Samana Peninsula)
- San Juan, Puerto Rico (I have no idea, maybe Vieques)
Of these, which are your favorites? Would any capture my dream list of characteristics? I'd love beachfront bungalow-style accommodations, great breezes, snorkeling and swimming right off beach, places nearby to hike and birdwatch, a balmy temperature, easy unfussy spots for dinners of fresh fish, and a chill vibe. Yoga, an interesting culture, and no/few cruise ship tourists would be a plus.
We are late 30s and have graduated from actual budget travel to indulge-when-it's-worth-it travel. ... more »
we are looking for a caribbean trip direct flight from nyc in late february.
we are a couple w/o kids looking for a quiet spot. willing to do vacation rental or all-inclusive but good food and good beach access are are top priorities.
which of these spots would you recommend for a rental / all-inclusive with that criteria?
Barbados <http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g147262-Barbados-Vacations.html> - JFK (AA and Jet Blue); some Continental flights from EWR;
Providenciales <http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g147399-Providenciales_Turks_and_Caicos-Vacations.html> , Turks and Caicos - new daily nonstop on JetBlue from JFK
Dominican Republic <http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g147288-Dominican_Republic-Vacations.html> - various locations
Nassau $375 direct <http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g147416-Nassau_New_Providence_Island_Bahamas-Vacations.html> more »
Whatever you plan, Barbados is a coral island, pushed out of sea by volcanic activity in a far away time. On the West Coast of Barbados, coral shore beaches of fine white sand stretch along a blue-green sea. Coral reefs fringe the Barbados shoreline to provide excellent snorkeling and Scuba Diving. Along the East Coast a lively surf is blown briskly by the strong and constant trade winds and the waves pound against a rocky shore. The constant breeze of the trade winds give Barbados a mild and pleasant tropical climate.
When you visit Barbados, you will see it is mostly a flat coral island with excellent beaches, but there are rolling hills and many deep ridges and gullies, with an interesting distribution of flora and fauna. Within the Barbados coral core there is a vast array of caves and underground lakes which provide an excellent supply of drinking water that is amongst the pur... more »
Hi anyone know where the bus leaves from , I am in negril staying at grand lido, and want to go to treasure beach on Sunday, and what time.
we have a few "free" days on Martinique at the end of December before starting an organized surfing vacation there. The plan is to rent a car, cruise the major sights of the island and are therefore looking for some budget accommodation (approx. $100 per night for two persons) anywhere on Maritinique for 3 nights. I've already browsed around a bit on the Thorn Tree and various hotel search engines.
Wondering whether anybody has any experiences or can give any recommendations for hotels or similar?
I know questions asking for 'the best' always invite scorn, but...
I am planning on a two-month trip to the northern five countries of Central America -- meaning Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. One thing I have yet to see is an active volcano with red hot lava flows. I realize there are dozens and dozens of volcanoes in CA -- but given the time constraint, I will have to pick just a couple.
Can y'all recommend a volcano or two that fits the above -- preferably easy to reach -- or at least not strenuous and not too time consuming to reach? Thanks!
My husband and I are cruising in western Caribbean in December and he would like to go scuba diving.Could anyone recommend a good location and a good outfitter for this activity?
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