(Closed) Best Caribbean destinations

posted 5 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: Where would you go ?

    Cuba

    Barbados

    Dominican republic

    Jamaica

    Antigua

  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    My husband and I stayed at the Iberostar Grand Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica for our honeymoon. I also wanted 5* all inclusive and looked at a number of different locations and resorts. We had an amazing time, and the rooms were exactly as pictured on the website (with many Sandals and similar resorts, you don’t seem to get that).

    I think that you can’t lose with the destinations you’ve picked! However, Dominican Republic and Cuba wouldn’t be my first choices out of those five πŸ™‚

     

    Steer clear of Couples resorts if you want that 5* luxury experience. 

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Not listed, but I’d always go back to the Virgin Islands (any of them!). πŸ™‚

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We went to St. Lucia and I thought it was the perfect place to relax! The place we stayed, Rendezvous, was 4 stars not 5, but I still thought everything was great, from the rooms to the staff to the spa. And it was couples only πŸ™‚

    I haven’t been to any of the others, but I’m sure they all have great beaches and resorts.

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2006

    We went to Turks and Caicos and it was amazing!! I voted for antigua πŸ™‚

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee

    Keep in mind that if you are planning to go in September or the later months, make sure they are not in their rainy season

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    St. Martin!!!

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    I’ve been to Jamaica and Antigua from your list, and had a great time at both! I recall Antigua being more expensive to get to (flying from US), but I believe it was more safe for excursions. Jamaica is beautiful, but except for the taxi ride to and from the airport, we did not leave the resort at all.

    As a PP mentioned, St Lucia should definitely be considered! Of the Caribbean Islands I’ve been to, it was my favorite. They have gorgeous moutains and a volcano, delicious food, and tons of fun excursions. I also really love Aruba, but I imagine that would be a long flight from the UK. Aruba is great during hurricane season because it is so far south that hurricanes very rarely effect the weather there. It is a dry heat there with trade wins and is around 85 degrees all year round with minimal rain.

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 1 month ago by  missinthecity.
    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

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    1234qwerty94:  Are you thinking of couples-only (adults-only resorts) or the Couples brand of resorts? I am referring to the brand of resort. They aren’t worse – just depends what you are looking for. The accomodations are much more basic than some of the other resorts in decor/surroundings. More of a 4* type of place. Depends what you are looking for though! Couples Resorts have many activities and excursions offered. If you’re looking for more of a relaxing trip in beautiful surroundings, they may not be the resorts for you.

    Iberostar Grand is adults only πŸ™‚ There are two other Iberostar resorts attached to it with children, but they are not allowed to come to the Grand resort or beach. Grand guests can dine, visit, and use all amenities at the other two resorts though. We never saw a child unless we chose to walk to that side! The beach was very quiet and we always got a lounge chair or cabana πŸ™‚ Also, every room has a butler. We met several other couples who were wonderful. We went for dinner with a few of them on various nights and spent time with them at the beach. Also, the food was incredible. I am a vegetarian allergic to milk and cream and a few other things, so I was a bit apprehensive. I’ve never eaten so well!

    View from our room:

    These photos were taken during September of this year.

    We have not visited Sandals, and I think it would take a lot for me to consider one of their resorts. The nice rooms with butlers are very overpriced and many of the resorts are said to be dated and tired looking. From what we have heard at least! With that many varied reviews, I did not want to take a chance.

     

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 1 month ago by  courtneysokal.
    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 1998

    Jamaica was amazing and we would return 1000 times πŸ™‚

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Jamaica, I’m probably biased though. I always have the best time, food and exprience hands down!

    Can I add Aruba to your list as well… it’s absolutely amazing!!!

     

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2018 - City, State

    I would check out Aruba. September is hurricane season and Aruba would avoid that issue plus it’s very safe and absolutely gorgeous

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Not sure why a PP told you to steer clear of Couples Resorts, but my husband and I stayed at Couples Tower Isle in Jamaica and felt pampered the entire time. September is prime hurricane time though, so I would take that into consideration. 

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