Caribbean Confusion – Where to Soak up the Sun?
August 18th, 2009

You need a vacation – some place sunny and warm where you can enjoy beautiful beaches and a little bit of pampering without breaking the bank or being on a plane for twelve hours. The Caribbean sounds ideal, but how do you choose which island(s) to visit? 


This week’s post will be focused on a reader’s question a week or so ago. He stated that he he’s heard great things about the Caribbean, but doesn’t really know what each island offers. As a honeymoon planner who books a lot of trips to the Caribbean, I can assure you that this reader is not alone in his uncertainty. Below are a few guestions to help you start to narrow down your search. Make sure to check back later in the week for the next blog in this series. 



I want an all inclusive, where should I go?

Jamaica, Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, and Mexico are known for their all-inclusives. St. Thomas, St. Martin, Aruba, Antigua, Anguila, Turks and Caicos and several others also offer a few all-inclusive options.


What’s the best destination for scuba and snorkeling?

Bonaire, the Cayman Islands and Cozumel on Mexico’s Caribbean cost are among some of the top dive spots in the world, though you can find opportunities for diving and snorkeling virtually everywhere in the Caribbean. 


We’d like something quieter, less touristy. What are the best options?

The best bet is to avoid those islands that are major cruise stops. For something more out of the way, the British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Anguilla, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Bart’s, St. Kitts and Nevis and Martinique are all good options. 


Which Islands have the best restaurants, nightlife and shopping?

Aruba is known for all three. St. Thomas is also known for it’s shopping (especially jewelry and electronics) and also has some good restaurants and shops. Many of the resorts, on each of the islands offer restaurant and shopping right on site. 


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3 Responses to “Caribbean Confusion – Where to Soak up the Sun?”

  1. Morgan says:

    Ultra Distance Marathon Comes to St. Croix

    St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands – August 18, 2009 – The St. Croix Scenic 50 starts at 5 am on January 24, 2010 and is a fifty mile endurance run from Fort Christiansvaern to Fort Frederik and back, ending at The Bucaneer’s Mermaid Beach. This race represents the first “ultramarathon” (anything over a full 26.2 mile marathon) held on St. Croix and a new challenge for endurance athletes on island and around the world.

    From water’s edge to mountaintop to water’s edge and back, the St. Croix Scenic 50 promises to be as challenging as it is beautiful with views of the whole island.

    The course: Starts in Christiansted at the historic fort and leaves town heading west towards Salt River. Runners will then climb Scenic East Drive and follow the Scenic Drive, across the top of The Beast, descending by Ham’s Bluff. The course runs along the shoreline to Frederiksted, looping through town before returning runners along the same route back to Christiansted. Finally, runners continue east past Fort Christiansvaern to The Buccaneer, finishing on the beach.

    Participants will be supported through a number of aid stations approximately 5-6 miles apart. The event will feature an early start for those who may need more than the 13.5 hours allotted and will also be open to 2 person relay teams. The St. Croix Scenic 50 will conclude with an awards banquet and a whole lot of tired feet.

    Check out for more information and race updates.

  2. maya says:

    Glad you found it helpful! Part two should be out this afternoon with a more indepth look at a couple of the islands.

  3. Elijah says:

    Very helpful, thanks!

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