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Thread poster: Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison

Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison
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May 9, 2009

I'm thinking about going on holiday in the Carribean this year - after all, it's a short flight from Texas. The big problem I'm having is choosing a destination. You see, I hate crowds. Abhor chain hotels. Places filled with tourists make sick. On the other hand, the translation business is not going well enough to rent a whole island
I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions - where to go and stay, and also which places to avoid.


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Håvard Olerud Eriksen  Identity Verified
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DR May 9, 2009

Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison wrote:

I'm thinking about going on holiday in the Carribean this year - after all, it's a short flight from Texas. The big problem I'm having is choosing a destination. You see, I hate crowds. Abhor chain hotels. Places filled with tourists make sick. On the other hand, the translation business is not going well enough to rent a whole island
I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions - where to go and stay, and also which places to avoid.


Me and my small family (wife and daughter no. 1) went to the Dominican Republic two years ago and stayed in the Samana area up North in a small town called Las Terrenas. It was very nice and quiet with quite a few ex-pat Frenchmen and Germans but besides that mostly Dominicans. There were some all inclusives around but most of the time we found ourselves having kilometers of beaches virtually to ourselves. It was paradise on Earth indeed. Your get there by going to Santo Domingoa and then you catch a domestic flight up to the Northern coast. Highly recommended!

Håvard


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Aniello Scognamiglio  Identity Verified
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Mexico :-) May 9, 2009

Mexico's Caribbean coast - Yucatán and Quintana Roo: - Isla Mujeres - Cancún - Cozumel - Playa del Carmen

Years ago I spent an unforgettable 4-week-holiday in Mexico (Yucatan and Chiapas). My favourite place was Isla Mujeres and the Maya Ruins are very impressive.

http://www.mexconnect.com/en/articles/1894-the-beaches-and-coastlines-of-mexico
http://mayaruins.com/

Have a good trip!

Aniello


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Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison
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Hm... May 9, 2009

Mexico seems to be a bit too crowded for me - especially places like Cancun and Cozumel... I might be wrong, though.
I've just been looking at St. Martin - any comments?


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Chris Lancaster  Identity Verified
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Barbados May 9, 2009

I took my wife and 2 kids to Barbados last August and we had a great 10 days. The hotel we stayed at (Bougainvillea Beach Resort) fully lived up to its promise. We were even lucky enough to see turtles hatching and making their way
to the sea one morning... unforgettable.

Of course the beaches are popular but we never found the island too 'touristy'. The unaffected friendliness of the islanders also makes a difference.

All in all it was a most welcome introduction to the Caribbean for us.


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Anne Carnot  Identity Verified
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Depends when you go... May 10, 2009

I went to Jamaica a few years ago when I had a non-mobile baby and was 6 month pregnant with the 2nd one! We stayed in an all-inclusive hotel, but we were in small bungalows so you didn't really see other tourists except at meal times, and that was really OK. Beaches were beautiful and not crowded at all, that was very relaxing (the only annoying thing was locals trying to sell all kind of stuff on the beach).
Having said that we went just before the beginning of the hurricane season, that's probably why it was so quiet


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xxxPRen
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It's too bad tourists make you sick.... May 10, 2009

but if you're travelling to the Caribbean, what do you think you'll be??? Just another tourist, I'm afraid.

If you really want to avoid those dreaded hordes, travel off-season. It'll be cheaper.


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Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison
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... May 10, 2009

PRen wrote:

but if you're travelling to the Caribbean, what do you think you'll be??? Just another tourist, I'm afraid.

If you really want to avoid those dreaded hordes, travel off-season. It'll be cheaper.


Oh, I know I'll be one of THEM:) I just don't like crowds (used to work in hospitality industry, spending waaay too much time with loads of people in a confined space).
I will be travelling off season, summer is off season in the Carribean.


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