Americas - Caribbean
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I live in cold Minnesota USA and have been thinking of a trip to the Caribbean for a while. Finally, after the first snow dusting of the season and the chills floated in, I went ahead an purchased tickets to Jamaica. I am flying into Montego bay in 2 weeks! I will be there for 4 nights and still need to plan where I will stay, go, and whether to rent a car or not.
I got in touch with a fellow musician over there who advises renting a car, so I'm leaning towards doing that. I've heard from reading posts here that Island and Eastern are good companies to go with. Right now I am thinking of flying into Montego Bay and renting a car there (are rental pickups available at the airport??), making that my base and driving out to visit Ocho Rios, Negril, and Kingston for one day each. Any thoughts on how I can maximize my short stay will be most appreciated.
I'd love to find a nice bar o... more »
I just returned from the Fete Gede in Haiti. Met a new driver on the trip and would highly recommend him. He is very professional and knows the city well and can be trusted. He has a Toyota 4runner that is in good condition with AC. His name is Evens Ravix and his email is email@example.com. You can also find him at the hotel Oloffson.
I fly for the airlines and live in Houston. I have nothing planned for my few days off coming up. I'm wanting to hop somewhere leaving Monday and coming back Wednesday afternoon. My goto place was Roatan but there are no flights there from Houston or Dallas.
I'm good at back packing it and right now I just need to get away for a day or two to break the grind. I'm looking to land and be on a nice beach with drink in hand pretty fast. Although going scuba diving on Monday or Tuesday would be fun. I'm not looking for anything flash or expensive and hoping easy to get to from the airport. Preferably looking for a place I can get to from Houston.
We're looking to do a trip to Cancun, DR, Barbados and Suriname. I looked for an airpass online but was not able to find anything...I know that airfares vary immensely and was able to find some fair flights r/t to Cancun but was hoping to fly o/w to Cancun and from there to DR and Barbados; from there to Suriname or Guyana. I'm not really married to any of the destinations but its a good roadmap of what we are trying to achieve :)
Is there an airpass that I'm not seeing? What is the most affordable way to achieve my goal? I know that to fly from Para to Cun its the same price as Paramaribo to LAX...so I should get o/w's?
Could really use some advice since need to buy tix asap as we are looking to travel between the 18th and the 5th of Jan...dates are mildly flexible.
I almost want to buy the two r/t tix to Cun and sort out the other flights later but then again if I don... more »
Does anybody know if the Seascape Hostel By the Sea in Priory/ St. Ann's Bay is in business, and if so, how to contact them to reserve a bed? All the links I've found to reserve a bed at this place came up "no space available" no matter what dates I chose, which makes me wonder if the place is still in business. Thanks!
I'm kicking around the idea of a summer trip to the Caribbean. I've never been there. The first major problem I'm facing is this--the Caribbean portion of the trip will be sandwiched in between two long car trips--I'm a photographer and will have camera gear with me. Thus, I'd like to bring the car. Don't really plan on using it, just to park it at my destination for safekeeping.
My ideal would be to car ferry the car over to whichever island I choose to stay at--but after googling ferries it looks all so confusing.
Is there a map or other resource I can draw upon to figure out which islands have car ferries (I'm willing to take multiple "hops" to get to my ultimate destination)?
If bringing the car isn't feasible are there options to store (safely) in Florida? In this case I'm still interested in general ferries since I hate to fly.
I'm hoping to identify which destinati... more »
What are the things I shouldn't miss in St Lucia?
Please, someone knows how can I get a transfer Hewanorra - Gros Islet and for how much? We are a group of seven.
I want to get some feedback on safety of carying my expensive DSLR i.e. NIKON D800E and one or two 2.8 Lenses. I have carried my camera to most places I have traveled so far and keep it low key by removing big advertising camera names or give away camera bags. Only pull it out when I need to shoot and survey the area before taking it out.
I just want to make a decision if its safe for me to cary it? I posted in Dpreview forum and may said it was absolutely safe and they never felt threatned or dangerous when they walked around both the St. Martin and San maarten.
So please give me your experience and feedback as I can make an informed decision.
I will be there for a week before Christmas this year. I will be staying in a hotel in Phillipsburg.
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It looks like there are two Avis Rental locations in St. Maarten. One at the airport tacks on a $25.00 airport fee. One looks to be VERY near the airport and omits this fee. However, I can't tell exactly where it is; the address is "Airport Road #120". Anyone ever used this Avis facility? Can you walk there from the airport?
We are planning a 7 day trip (Dec 17-25). We hope to check out the flower gardens and rum distilleries...otherwise we are pretty open to just hanging out, maybe rent a scooter or bike. We've both travelled around Asia a lot, but this will be our first Caribbean trip and our long awaited honeymoon!
Anyway my plan is to book a guesthouse/hotel for 2 nights in the north, then 3 nights in the south. (Maybe even couch surf). I gather from what I have read that it doesn't really matter where you are, because taking a bus is pretty easy (or a tour)
Joslin and Michelle
Me and a friend are visiting Jamaica for over 2 weeks in November/December. Our plan is to stay few nights in Falmouth, Port Antonio, Blue Mountains and Treasure Beach. We want to include also a day in Kingston but since we are travelling alone (just the two of us, not knowing the city nor anyone to show us around) we're a bit afraid of wandering in Kingston and thought of an organized tour. I'm thinking I'd prefer a one-day-tour from Port Antonio (with transport) or if we don't find anything like that we could decide to come to Kingston by public transport, spend there one night, do an organized tour there and then head to Blue Mountains.
My question is: can you recommend any company that provides such tours?
I've found Viator tours http://www.viator.com/tours/Montego-Bay/Scenic-Tour-of-Kingston/d432-2325MBKING from Mo Bay and Ocho Rios, but we're not staying in eithe... more »
Arriving in Montego Bay on Dec. 7th & looking for a place to stay. I need somewhere thats safe & cool for a solo female for two nights before my friend arrives (also female). Then we might stay for another night or two before making a move. Budget can be low to mid range, as long as it's clean & nice we don't mind!
My dream vacation is to island hop up the Windward Islands by sea kayak.
Fly into Grenada with my foldable sea kayak.
Get provisions (especially lots of drinking water) at nearest supermarket.
Take a taxi to the nearest beach to assemble my kayak.
Then begin a slow island to island hopping towards the north.
The distances are not prohibitive, mostly 25 miles or less,
but from what I understand the seas can be pretty challenging.
I've taken multi-day kayak trips in Alaska, Baja, Belize; paddling some pretty intense water.
For the island hops, I would wait for good weather, depart way before daylight, navigate by GPS...
On the islands: soak in the culture, meet the locals, hike to keep my legs from atrophy, enjoy nature...
Has anyone attempted to sea kayak between any of the Windward Islands? more »
Hi I was trying to find the guys thread from Hong Kong I think about a Visa and the DR??? Yes you do need a Visa but they give it to you at the airport when you show them your Passport and it was like $20.00 last time I went. That was last year.
Hope this helps. It is a great neat country. I went to Samana and rented a Hostel for a month. I don't think the food is anything to write home about..the best I got was all my Dominican friends homecooking and that was awesome.
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