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Old 06-16-2007, 05:22 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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I thought St. Maarten was pretty dirty...granted I didn't see the entire thing but what I did see was pretty grotty.

St. Thomas was just OK.

The Bahamas were OK as well.

My dream is to live in the Caribbean someday but I don't know which island...

From what people are saying St. John is coming up with alot of good votes.
I hope you are a trust fund baby if you live on St. John....it is way too gorgeous, and it is ridiculous to try and live there on anything less than a very large inheritance! It's my favorite so far - Jost was wonderful, as was Anguilla, Virgin Gorda, Tortola. St. Croix is a mixed bag and you have to get away from Charlotte Amalie to enjoy St. Thomas at all. The west end of Puerto Rico is absolutely lovely. Curacao is great - Isle de Margarita/Venezuela was extremely charming - I'd love to spend some real time there.

I thought Trinidad was another form of hell.

All in all, I will have to say Belize - but the Belize of 15 years ago, not today.
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Old 06-16-2007, 06:36 PM
 
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I've only been to Nassau and Paradise Island in the Bahamas. I didn't like it AT ALL. We did take a tour to a remote island that was very peaceful, but it was desolate so only day trips allowed. There was no accomodations of any sort on the island. I like to experience local culture wherever I travel and I didn't find any distinctive culture in the Bahamas. It was also very touristy and expensive. The services at hotels and restaurants are dreadful. Since tip is included with every bill at every meal, it's not like eating in the states where you would "earn" your tip, so they certainly take their time. I found it more rewarding to just travel to different places in the states.
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Old 06-16-2007, 07:22 PM
 
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Having been to The Dominican Republic, Cozumel[Mexico], Grand Cayman, Grand Bahama Island, Nassau, Marsh Harbour[Bahamas], Grenada, Barbados, Dominica, Anguilla, and St. Martin, I can safely say that the most livable are Barbados and Grand Cayman maybe also Anguilla.

A friend of mine actually moved to Grand Cayman and I plan on one day visitng them[ive been there be4 and enjoyed it] . They tell me they love living there and love the people [a large mix of it is like 50%mixed white/black descent followed by 20% white and 20%black.]
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Old 06-20-2007, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Corpus Christi
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Default Lisa From Debary

I totally want to live in the Caribbean someday also ! Haven't decide where either. It will probably have to wait until retirement or til I hit the Powerball. so far its Grand Cayman...
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Old 06-20-2007, 12:00 PM
 
Location: TX
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lots of resorts hire people etc... you don't have to be 'trust fund baby" to live in the caribbean, you just have to be willing to work and find a job.
A friend of mine lived on StJ and StT for the winter months a few years in arow. he's a musican and found work with the local resorts. Granted not going to make a million but it was a way to stay on vacation for a few months!
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Old 06-20-2007, 12:17 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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lots of resorts hire people etc... you don't have to be 'trust fund baby" to live in the caribbean, you just have to be willing to work and find a job.
A friend of mine lived on StJ and StT for the winter months a few years in arow. he's a musican and found work with the local resorts. Granted not going to make a million but it was a way to stay on vacation for a few months!

Staying on vacation for a while and setting up an actual life are two entirely different things. Trust me. Been there, done that. It helps if you are single or just a couple and can get by with minimal needs - if you're young and want to wait tables or work on a day boat, you can get work. Past that, there isn't much industry to support yourself. My husband's a pharmacist, I work,we went with two great paying jobs, and we lived on St. Croix (allegedly the cheapest of the 4 USVI). We plowed through a ridiculous amount of money. If I look at it as a 14 month vacation, it makes me happy - if I look at it as "I crapped off money to stay here", it was a big waste of time but the fulfillment of a dream. We are poorer but wiser.

Don't do it unless you have at LEAST $10K per person to see you through until you find work, and $20K would be more comfortable. I can assure you we went with more than that. The islands are kind of like a casino - you ain't comin' back with what you left with.
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Old 06-22-2007, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I hope you are a trust fund baby if you live on St. John....it is way too gorgeous, and it is ridiculous to try and live there on anything less than a very large inheritance! It's my favorite so far - Jost was wonderful, as was Anguilla, Virgin Gorda, Tortola. St. Croix is a mixed bag and you have to get away from Charlotte Amalie to enjoy St. Thomas at all. The west end of Puerto Rico is absolutely lovely. Curacao is great - Isle de Margarita/Venezuela was extremely charming - I'd love to spend some real time there.

I thought Trinidad was another form of hell.

All in all, I will have to say Belize - but the Belize of 15 years ago, not today.

Sam,

My dream to go to Margarita before it becomes way to commercial & touristy....just hard to get to from US as I don't have a warm & fuzy feeling about flying into Caracus
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Old 06-22-2007, 09:54 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Sam,

My dream to go to Margarita before it becomes way to commercial & touristy....just hard to get to from US as I don't have a warm & fuzy feeling about flying into Caracus
Cruise ship - the only way to travel! We had the most fabulous day guide - he actually wasn't really working that day but was visiting his wife, who was also a guide that was booked. He agreed to take us anyway - and took us to the most remote beach eatery...no one spoke English, so he translated - the catch of the day was "whatever we catch", which made no sense, but okay - we'll take it. They brought our drinks, and a little later we looked up to see our waiter rolling up his pants legs and getting into a small boat with another man, so we're like "huh???" They went around a small bend but we could still see them and cast out their lines...And in a few minutes later here they came with the "catch of the day". Amazing. So we spent a couple of hours digging our toes in the sand, munching on fresh snapper or something, and talking to the waiter through our driver. Well, well worth the money and effort - the scenery is gorgeous. Yep, I could stay there...
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Old 06-22-2007, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Cruise ship - the only way to travel! We had the most fabulous day guide - he actually wasn't really working that day but was visiting his wife, who was also a guide that was booked. He agreed to take us anyway - and took us to the most remote beach eatery...no one spoke English, so he translated - the catch of the day was "whatever we catch", which made no sense, but okay - we'll take it. They brought our drinks, and a little later we looked up to see our waiter rolling up his pants legs and getting into a small boat with another man, so we're like "huh???" They went around a small bend but we could still see them and cast out their lines...And in a few minutes later here they came with the "catch of the day". Amazing. So we spent a couple of hours digging our toes in the sand, munching on fresh snapper or something, and talking to the waiter through our driver. Well, well worth the money and effort - the scenery is gorgeous. Yep, I could stay there...
Have not seen to many cruise lines offering Margarita as a port...
which line did you cruise that had a port stop at Margarita??

I'm in the North East...from what Iv'e been told I can fly into Toronto or Montreal and take one of their charters that flies directly into Margarita..will have to check it out

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Old 06-22-2007, 10:20 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Have not seen to many cruise lines offering Margarita as a port...
which line did you cruise that had a port stop at Margarita??

I'm in the North East...from what Iv'e been told I can fly into Toronto or Montreal and take one of their charters that flies directly into Margarita..will have to check it out
It was Holland America - an older age group and we LOVED it - very quiet, very restful.
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