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Old 04-07-2009, 11:24 PM
 
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So from Florida, there are a few airlines that offer pretty low fares to travel to the virgin islands, the bahamas, and jamaica.

Which island and/or what area of the island is the best to find affordable, safe lodging? Not looking for a massive party spot..maybe just a couple bars or clubs and mainly just exploring & chillin out on a beautiful beach on the cheap cheap.

And how much to expect to do some beach activities..canoe/kayak, seadoo, snorkle, etc? Is it fairly affordable or do they upcharge out the butthole?
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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My favorite is probably St Thomas. I had visited several times on cruises (just for the day) but I liked it enough to go back for a week. I was a single mother at the time with an 18 and 12 year old and felt VERY safe. I only had one incident where I needed a cab from downtown at night and the guy was a little obnoxious, but another cabbie immediately stepped in and guided me to another cab and I was happy with the situation.

Safety was my main concern (we were kind of splurging on that trip) and that was one reason I picked the island too. Overall St Thomas is a large island and can accomodate any type of budget. I have never liked Jamaica - I have never felt safe there and everything involved haggling. The Jamaicans can be very pushy - to the point of being uncomfortable. However, if you stay on a resort in Jamaica, it is usually a much nicer experience.

The Bahama's are OK, and probably the cheapest to get to.

The biggest expense in the islands is probably the food. Meals are more expensive than we are used to, so keep that in mind when budgeting.

I would probably even suggest a cruise - that way you can see several islands and the trip is all inclusive (well mostly) so you know up front what you will pay.
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:33 AM
 
Location: NJ, but my heart & soul are in Hawaii
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I agree with PrettyMissAshley.

I've been to the three islands you are looking at and if you plan on staying on one, I'd choose The Virgin Islands. However, if you prefer to stay at one resort, say all inclusive, that would be Jamaica. I don't care for the Bahamas very much.

Why not take a cruise through the Southern Caribbean? We did a 10 day one years ago and loved it. In fact, we traveled back to some of the islands that we loved for other vacations. Cruising is a great option when you can't decide what island you want to visit.
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:42 PM
 
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I agree with PrettyMissAshley.

I've been to the three islands you are looking at and if you plan on staying on one, I'd choose The Virgin Islands. However, if you prefer to stay at one resort, say all inclusive, that would be Jamaica. I don't care for the Bahamas very much.

Why not take a cruise through the Southern Caribbean? We did a 10 day one years ago and loved it. In fact, we traveled back to some of the islands that we loved for other vacations. Cruising is a great option when you can't decide what island you want to visit.

Small ship. Lots of strangers. HUHUUUUGE ocean. All of the above kind of scare me just a little bit
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