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Old 06-26-2008, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Great advice about the cruise... I'm not a big fan of cruising, but we did a 7-day eastern carribian cruise - gave me a great sampling of 5 different islands/cultures... its that cruise that helped me understands which specific islands I would go back to (or would not go back to) for a 1 island non-cruise vacation... plan to do a 7-day western carribian cruise for the same reason... its like a sampler plate at a restraunt before sinking in big bucks for the singe meal..

Absolutely..due to cruises there are islands I will go back to again & again
Then the ones I wouldn't step foot on even for free
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Eugene, OR
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My choice would be the Netherlands Antilles because of the beautiful architecture in cities like Oranjestad, Willemstad, etc. I met a guy recently at a travel expo, who was from Bonaire, who told me they have the best diving and surfing there in the world. (and yeah, he said a lot of people claim this, but apparently their water is cleaner because they've allowed far less industry, and a lot of the top surfers in the world come from Bonaire). As for saving money, I work for a vacation home rental company (see profile if interested), and ever since i started working in that industry, I've just rented vacation homes. A lot cheaper than hotels, and you have more privacy, which my husband and I find important.
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Old 06-29-2008, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Crab Key
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Thanks so much for the replies...I'm going to be flexible with my budget for sure!
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Old 07-01-2008, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Redneckville, NJ
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St John.
Definitely my first choice! Absolutely beautiful.
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:13 AM
 
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I am also shopping around for an island to visit and may have narrowed it down to Jamaica or Puerto Rico. Part of my criteria is that I want a direct flight from Philadelphia or Newark (NOT JFK or LaGuardia) and I don't want the flight to cost over $400 per person. I would rather spend my money on a nice place and excursions then just getting there. I've been spending way too much time on the travel websites.... But travel planning is one of my favorite hobbies!
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I am also shopping around for an island to visit and may have narrowed it down to Jamaica or Puerto Rico. Part of my criteria is that I want a direct flight from Philadelphia or Newark (NOT JFK or LaGuardia) and I don't want the flight to cost over $400 per person. I would rather spend my money on a nice place and excursions then just getting there. I've been spending way too much time on the travel websites.... But travel planning is one of my favorite hobbies!
Can't speak for Puerto Rico as I have never been but Jamaica all though beautiful is not an island to set off wandering about solo especially after dark.
The resorts we stayed at recommended staying put with in the resort unless you went courtesy of the hotel and were escorted.
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:02 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Cruising is by far the best option and when you compare the cost of flying (which of course is getting way out of hand) to a destination plus accommodation plus food and entertainment, the cruise wins hands down. I never considered cruising as an option until I came to live on St Thomas many years ago and worked for the company who owned the cruise ship dock at the time. I cruised close to a dozen times in the next 10 years and it was awesome. I opted for the quieter, smaller ships as the megaships didn't appeal to me. Traveled solo and met some wonderful people, plus visited many different islands, some of which I've subsequently returned to after that first taste piqued my interest. To me it was the ultimate relaxation - very good food, an abundance of entertainment, excellent service and the freedom of doing as much or as little as I felt like doing. Cheers!
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Old 07-07-2008, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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My votes would be for Montego Bay or Negrill Jamaica and Cardenas Cuba
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Old 07-07-2008, 07:32 PM
 
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Just a thought.. there is a great itinerary on Royal Caribbean out of San Juan:
Departure Port: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Ports of Call: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John's, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; San Juan, Puerto Rico

it's a 7 day cruise, and you are going to be in 6 different ports.Those are beautiful islands!
You can arrive a day or two before your cruise,explore San Juan and than get on the ship a go visit 6 other islands.
I think you could do it with in your budget.

Oh! and I would not suggest Jamaica.It is very beautiful there, but not safe at all if you want to go on your own and explore.
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:20 PM
 
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Alka, are you speaking from personal experience regarding Jamaica? Seems like such a shame that an island that is reportably so beautiful has such a bad reputation.

I like cruises alot but to feel like I'm getting the most out of each port I always feel compelled to research each place and then book independent excursions. By the time you book the shore excursions, and add in the "extras" the real cost of cruise can add up too. That said, the above RC cruise looks like a good one. If you haven't been there honeyryder, you might want to visit the cruisecritic bulletin board. Royal Caribbean is a great cruise line.
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