Caribbean Confusion – Part 2
August 20th, 2009

Earlier this week I examined a few basic questions about the islands. In this blog, I’ll address a few more, as well as pass along some questions about where to stay on the islands.  As always, feel free to ask additional questions and share your thoughts!


Which Islands are the most easily accessible (e.g. non-stop flights)?

Of course, this depends where you are departing from. However some of the islands most accessible from major U.S. cities include Jamaica, Bahamas, Bermuda, Aruba Puerto Rico and St. Thomas (though there are fewer non-stop flight here than some of the others).  Many of the other islands can be reached with one connection, often through Miami or San Juan. 


I hear there are some great festivals in the Caribbean. What are some of the best?

Aruba and Jost Van Dyke (British Virgin Islands) are both known for their New Year’s Eve celebrations. Trinidad and Tobago has one of the best Carnivale celebrations in the world. St. Lucia’s Jazz festival in May and Montego Bay’s Reggae Sumfest in July attract music fans from all over. 


What are the best islands to visit for ….?


  • Sailing: The Virgin Islands (U.S and British)
  • Fishing:  Puerto Rico
  • Golfing: There are a wide variety of options, though Aruba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the Bahamas are among the most popular.
  • Hiking: Again, there are many opportunities. St. John, Guadaloupe and Puerto Rico are among the top. Parks in Dominican Repuclic and Jamaica are also known for their hikes. 
  • Water sports: really, anywhere. St. Thomas, Barbados, Antigua and Aruba are especially good bets


What are some of the resorts you’d suggest? 

I tailor my suggestions to each client’s interests and needs. Based on personal experience and that of happy clients, here are a few (note: I’m including the Caribbean side of Mexico in this list): 


  1. Palace La Blanc in Cancun – Adult only 
  2. Cozumel Palace 
  3. The Sandals properties in Jamaica or St. Lucia – Adult only
  4. Beaches Jamaica or Turks and Caicos – great for families, kid-friendly
  5. Dreams Punta Cana
  6. Riu Palace Macao Punta Cana
  7. Atlantis – Bahamas
  8. The Reefs – Bermuda
  9. Grand Case Beach – St. Martin/San Marteen


*Note, there are plenty of wonderful resorts in the Caribbean. These are from personal and client experience only. 

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