vacation recommendations for Caribbean Feb/Mar

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Anybody with advice or recommendations for Aruba, Caymans, US Virgin Islands or other destinations?
 
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Anybody with advice or recommendations for Aruba, Caymans, US Virgin Islands or other destinations?
We went to Beaches in turks and caicos one year for 10 days around Christmas. Awesome for families with kids. Only complaint was the water was pretty cold. Otherwise awesome.
 
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We went to Beaches in turks and caicos one year for 10 days around Christmas. Awesome for families with kids. Only complaint was the water was pretty cold. Otherwise awesome.
Thanks for the reply.
Would you go again without kids?
 
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Thanks for the reply.
Would you go again without kids?
No, its really marketed for families. I think Sandals owns the Beaches resorts, so one of those would be better for no kids. I think there is one in turks though, and it is beautiful.
 
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Been to Aruba many times. It’s an awesome island. Super nice beaches and the people there are great. They really appreciate people visiting there. We have stayed at all inclusive resorts and did an Airbnb once. It always a great time with excellent weather.
 
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Been to Aruba many times. It’s an awesome island. Super nice beaches and the people there are great. They really appreciate people visiting there. We have stayed at all inclusive resorts and did an Airbnb once. It always a great time with excellent weather.
Which resort was your favorite and why?
AirBnB better?
 
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We just did an AirBnB in St. Lucia over the summer. I feel like that island is a lot less resort-y, and there is a lot nature/eco-tourism stuff to do. Highly recommend. The picture is the view from the pool deck of our AirBnB.
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Which resort was your favorite and why?
AirBnB better?
We have stayed at The Rui Palace several times. It’s all inclusive and worth every penny. Easy check in, friendly staff, clean rooms and great food…and lots of it all the time. Awesome pool area with outside bars. By the third day the bartenders knew our names. They made a point to get to know us and joke around and have conversation. They are super friendly people. The beaches are pristine and well taken care of. Water is great and clean. Airbnb was nice but it was a couple blocks from the beach. We had to carry our chairs, towels etc and after a long day at the beach that was a pain. The house we stayed in was very nice though. We split it with my wife’s parents. We each had our own bedroom and bath and if we needed anything the owner was right around the corner. House also had a nice private pool and deck are. Downside to this was that we had to go and buy our own groceries and fix some meals. Not a big deal but when your on vacation you don’t want to have to do a lot of that stuff. I would definitely do the Airbnb again if it was a little closer to the beach. All in all it’s a great place to vacation to and we are in the process of booking another trip there next year. Hope this helps. St. Martin is nice also and a little bit easier on the wallet also.
 
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Im thinking about going to Roatan around that time. A place Ive always wanted to check out.
 
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We have stayed at The Rui Palace several times. It’s all inclusive and worth every penny. Easy check in, friendly staff, clean rooms and great food…and lots of it all the time. Awesome pool area with outside bars. By the third day the bartenders knew our names. They made a point to get to know us and joke around and have conversation. They are super friendly people. The beaches are pristine and well taken care of. Water is great and clean. Airbnb was nice but it was a couple blocks from the beach. We had to carry our chairs, towels etc and after a long day at the beach that was a pain. The house we stayed in was very nice though. We split it with my wife’s parents. We each had our own bedroom and bath and if we needed anything the owner was right around the corner. House also had a nice private pool and deck are. Downside to this was that we had to go and buy our own groceries and fix some meals. Not a big deal but when your on vacation you don’t want to have to do a lot of that stuff. I would definitely do the Airbnb again if it was a little closer to the beach. All in all it’s a great place to vacation to and we are in the process of booking another trip there next year. Hope this helps. St. Martin is nice also and a little bit easier on the wallet also.
Awesome info. Much appreciated.
 
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We just did an AirBnB in St. Lucia over the summer. I feel like that island is a lot less resort-y, and there is a lot nature/eco-tourism stuff to do. Highly recommend. The picture is the view from the pool deck of our AirBnB.
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It's on the list for consideration, now. Thanks
 
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Best place I’ve ever visited down there is St Martin.
Worth the trouble of getting there....
 
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Anybody with advice or recommendations for Aruba, Caymans, US Virgin Islands or other destinations?
I have been to Aruba a few times. It’s a desert in the ocean.
My recommendation would be The Ladera Resort in St.Lucia. Pricey but absolutely beautiful.
Have you considered Central America? Costa Rica is one of my favorite places.
 
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I have been to Aruba a few times. It’s a desert in the ocean.
My recommendation would be The Ladera Resort in St.Lucia. Pricey but absolutely beautiful.
Have you considered Central America? Costa Rica is one of my favorite places.
Thank you. Re Costa Rica: She wants to go somewhere new for us.
 
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I've been to a couple RUI resorts. All were top notch. Now Resorts was also pretty darn sweet.
 
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I really like Cayman if you want mostly quiet and great beaches - 7 mile beach is one of the greatest. Lots of hotel choices. St. John is also really fun - there is a nice Westin there or a RC on STT. You can hop on a boat and go to the Baths and Soggy Dollar bar among many other places. Or just rent a catamaran which is a bucket list thing for me.
 
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I really like Cayman if you want mostly quiet and great beaches - 7 mile beach is one of the greatest. Lots of hotel choices. St. John is also really fun - there is a nice Westin there or a RC on STT. You can hop on a boat and go to the Baths and Soggy Dollar bar among many other places. Or just rent a catamaran which is a bucket list thing for me.
Cayman is definitely an area of interest. Thanks.
 

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