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Old 07-28-2015, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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I think ALL of the Caribbean countries are more similar than different. If you really want to "see the world"...go somewhere besides the Caribbean! If you want to "chill out"...go to any Caribbean island....relax, man....get on island time!
Other that they are located in the Caribbean sea and are at a high risk for being hit by hurricanes it is now where near accurate to say that ALL of the Caribbean countries are similar. There is not a common language, environment, or standard of living. The OP was looking for a specific set of criteria for a place to visit and of the roughly 30 countries that they could visit, we were only able to name about 4 that met what they were looking for, if the islands were all the same, that list would be longer
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Old 08-07-2015, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Eastern N.C.
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We've been to SXM many times and it is our favorite for the variety it offers. We went to zGrand Cayman once for a week and hated it .It WAS shortly after the hurricane and the weather was rather dreary which probably affected our opinions. Scuba was good but didn't care much for the beaches. Dining out was very expensive and it seemed very plastic - maybe too anglisized and not really Caribbean feeling .I'd rather go to Key West than GC. I'll go back to sxm in a heartbeat.
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Austin
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You should also consider Mexico. Cabo and Puerto Vallarta are very safe and have everything you are looking for.
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:17 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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You should also consider Mexico. Cabo and Puerto Vallarta are very safe and have everything you are looking for.
I second this suggestion. I much prefer Mexico to the other Caribbean islands, with Puerto Rico as an exception. I'm a foodie, so food is almost always my first criteria when choosing a vacation spot. Most of the popular Caribbean islands (Aruba, Grand Cayman, Turks & Caicos, etc) have very westernized food with very little local authenticity left. Mexico has somehow managed to retain their Mexican cooking heritage and it shows. I'm even including Cancun - there are still many good food places in Cancun if you don't eat at the hotel zone. And if you rent a car to explore the Yucatan Peninsula, you'll not only find some of the best beaches in the world, littered with Mayan ruins, but the food along the way is simply fantastic.

My favorite Caribbean vacations are Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica. Puerto Rico has excellent food due to its strong Spanish influence and they take it one notch further by mixing their Spanish and Caribbean heritage to come up with some of the best food I've tasted!
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:38 AM
 
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Grand Cayman is probably the closest to what you are looking for. That said, why not Bermuda? You could also consider much of Hawaii, as it would be exactly what you are looking for.
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Old 08-14-2015, 11:05 PM
 
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I love Anguilla and St. John.

Mick
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