Post # 1
We were gifted a timeshare week and have NO IDEA where to choose! We plan on traveling between March and August, and want something beachy with lots to do.
Here are our options:
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
The Cayman Islands
St. Maarten/St. Martin
Riviera Maya, Mexico
and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is on the available list about half the time we log in.
Can anybody give me pros and cons to each place? Kauai looks beautiful, but our concerns are spending tons of time/money on flights, and we’ve heard meal prices there are outrageous. And the Mexico threads on this board have me all freaked out about Mexico!
Post # 3
We did Hawaii for our honeymoon (Maui, not Kauai), and it was absolutely amazing, but I can’t deny that it was very expensive and time-consuming to fly (not sure where you’re located), and meals were definitely expensive. We managed to stick to our budget, so it can be done. There’s a ton to do on the Hawaiian islands — especially Kauai and Maui — and when you’re there, you almost feel like you’re in a different country, with the convenience of staying within the United States. 🙂
I’ve been to the Virgin Islands on vacation before. Great beaches!
Post # 4
Kauai is quite nice, but IMO not worth the length of flight. For me, the total travel time from Toronto was over 11 hours due to having to change in LAX. I’m not sure where you are, so it might be better for you.
Pros of Kauai:
- great canyon for hiking
- Hawaiian music
Cons of Kauai:
- long flight
- feels very American
The last point might not be a con for you. For me it was a con because it meant that Hawaii didn’t feel very special. It has close to the same culture as I could get by just driving over the border to the U.S. There is a very interesting Hawaiian culture, but it’s been kind of smothered by the American culture so you have to dig to find it.
If I were you, I would pick something in the Caribbean other than Aruba. This is mainly because Aruba is quite dry and I like the wetter climates.
ETA: This isn’t meant to imply that I don’t like American culture. I just would like to experience a different culture after flying for 11 hours.
Post # 5
Dreams La Romana in the Dominican just popped up – I’ve seen another Bee say she booked there! Has anyone been there?
Post # 6
St Thomas or St Martin/St Maarten!
Post # 7
Hawaii!! or puerto vallarta is beatiful too!
Post # 8
@PitBulLover: Agree, this is totally where I would go!
Post # 9
St. Martin/Maarten is amazingly beautiful and gives you the feel of being in France or the Netherlands. MMMMM French Pastry on the beach!
I am boycotting Aruba, as American women seem to keep getting killed there.
Post # 10
St. Thomas! That’s where we had our honeymoon. Love St. Thomas!! Not as pricey as Hawaii, and lots to do there. Beautiful beaches!!
Post # 11
@Mrs.McMac: Me too! There are beautiful places on the list for Aruba but I am so turned off by the scary reports of American women missing or found dead there.
The resort listed for St. Maarten is the only thing holding me back there – Its the Oyster Bay Beach resort and it doesn’t have the best reviews on Trip Advisor.
Post # 12
Just need to say — Aruba is perfectly safe. ONE woman (Natalie) went missing there, the other woman you may have heard about was the victim of the person she was with. PLEASE don’t use random rumors as a reason not to visit. It is AWESOME.
Anywho I have been to Aruba 5 times and I didn’t die ONCE.
If it’s a Marriott time share, they are amazing.
Post # 13
@Lt.Columbo: “Anywho I have been to Aruba 5 times and I didn’t die ONCE.”
Hahaha! Well said. And glad you didn’t. 😉
Post # 14
I said I was turned off by it – I didn’t say I thought I was going to die there.
And there is a newer case than the Holloway case:
Post # 15
@Grizz: As I said earlier — the person that is the suspect is a person she traveled with, not someone from Aruba. She could have traveled with that guy anywhere.
Don’t go to Aruba, I don’t care, but you scare others by spreading this stuff.
Post # 16
@Lt.Columbo: I’m being honest and I’m not “spreading stuff”. I’m just stating my opinion.