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Recent Caribbean reviews

  • A GOOD PLACE FOR R AND R

    "If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing place to escape, this is it. My experience was that the condo was most fitting for "the island attitude". My visit was in December and the winter we are having in the states this year, an "island attitude" was really welcomed. A breezy 80 degrees for the most part by day. The condo was very clean, neat, and comfortable. Also, all the necessities were there and in place (kitchen, linens, etc). The large swimming pool was almost like having your own private one there. I observed that there was a mix of permanent residents (including doctors) as well as having rental property available. I judge that as being a positive. Now as for Bonaire itself, it does provide a variety of activities along with its beauty. My variety along with relaxing, was snorkeling, bicycling, and dining at a different neat restaurant each evening. The water was beautiful everywhere, but my favorite place to observe it was at Lac Bay where all the windsurfers were doing their thing. Now in conclusion, I would recommend this unit and Bonaire for those who want to do nothing but relax as well as for the activity junkies. It offers something for everyone."
    Guest: Hovie Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: January 26, 2014
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  • Can't wait to go back

    "I loved our stay at Coral beach. The building is a bit dated but the Condo was reddone beautifully, new kitchen, SS appliances, new beds and new furniture so that was very pleasant. We were a bit shocked when we got there that the 2 bathrooms as advertised were really only 1 and 1/2, so 1 shower for 4 people which was Ok, just unexpected. But other than that, the place was great for me, I have bad arthritis and when we walked out of the building, we were right at the pool which had stairs and a railing and just 3 steps down and we were at the best beach I've ever been to. The condo owners were very friendly as were all of the Bahamian people we met. All in all, it was a great time in a great condo in the friendliest island I've ever been to. Anyone with mobility issues need beware that all buses and most cabs are vans that have a very high step to get into. We found a wonderful yellow cab driver who gave us his cell number so that we could call him direct, so that made my life a bit easier. All in all, it was a great time in a great condo in the friendliest island I've ever been to."
    Guest: SHARON P. Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 21, 2014
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  • Excellent villa and location

    "My husband and I stayed at Tropical Orchid for 7 days in March 2014. The villa is wonderful. Gorgeous views of Great Cruz Bay, Chocolate Hole. We could see St Croix on clear days and the sunrises and sunsets were amazing. The villa had everything needed to make our stay comfortable - full kitchen, a hot tub, nice outdoor porch and off street parking. Short drive to town of Cruz Bay. We felt very safe. I can't say enough good things about St John. The people are friendly and fun and the island is beautiful! Jacqueline was a wonderful host. Can't wait to return."
    Guest: Peaches Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 12, 2014
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  • Family Friendly

    "We arrived to Puerto Rico on the 7/14. We made our way to the gated security, provided our ID's and were greeted with smiles, gate opener, house key & parking info. Made our way up the stairs to the Villa. Master bedroom was prfect, bed was comfy and the Air Conditioning worked really well! We also had our own bathroom, which made getting ready in the morning a piece of cake with our 12 and 17 year olds.The kids bunked together in the room with 2 twin beds. Night 1 we went to downtown San Juan which was about 20 minutes away. Everyone was so friendly and the views are amazing! The second day we went exploring the fort and hit the beach "Playa de Luquillo" for live Caribbean lobster meal from the 1st kiosk "La Parilla" And on the way home we stopped by the store "amigo" to pick up some steaks, clams and ingredients for salsa and ceviche. Having our own private terrace was amazing! It came complete with a hammock, water faucet, tables, chairs & bbq grill! The next morning my sister, her husband and their 3 year old daughter joined us. They took the last bedroom and all slept comfy in their bed. The beds were soft, plenty of pillows and blankets, and of course the AC was working well the entire time in all rooms! The following days we hit the local beach's, escambre, siete Mares (great for kids snorkeling, you don’t even need goggles – we seen so many fishes just through the clear water) we took a drive to Rincon where the waves were stronger (about 2 hours by car) and the kids enjoyed surfing and watched baby turtles hatching in the sand! Rincon is definitely a different pace of life from the usually down town San Juan, slightly different food- better in my opinion and super-fast service compared to the 1-2 hour dinner experiences we had in San Juan. We hit the rainforest one day, go during the week because weekends are nutts and there is NO parking- literally no parking! The Camuy River Cave Park was fun and we learned some cool things $4 -$6 to enter. The last day we booked an excursion to Culebra. There are 3 options to get there; ferry, boat, small plane. The ferry dock is about an hour away from the villa, which was perfect! The villa is a great location for everything fun to do in PR! PLUS there's a drive thru Starbucks down the street! Bring plenty of bug spray, it's an island so no avoiding them! I have to say, having the fridge, microwave, stove, washer dryer and private villa made all the difference! 2 thumbs up, highly recommended for families!!!"
    Guest: Beatriz Ramos Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 23, 2014
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Caribbean Travel Tips

The Caribbean Sea and its islands are full of splendor and magic. Also known as the West Indies, the Caribbean has long been a popular destination for honeymooners as well as retirees looking for a getaway. There’s almost always good weather in the Caribbean, and its close proximity to the U.S. makes it an affordable and easy place to visit.

The Caribbean At a glance

Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are surrounded by coral reefs and the bluest of waters. There are three islands to choose from, which are full of marine life. Not only can you swim with stingrays, but you can go diving with the most colorful fish that you’d only imagine existed in your dreams. The white sand beaches are postcard-perfect and include Seven Mile Beach, Rum Point and Point of Sand. Here, you can enjoy isolated lands and even pink sand at Point of Sand. If you want, you can choose from more than 200 scuba diving sites or hit the pier for a day of fishing. Looking for things to do outside of sitting on the beach all day? Take a tour of George Town, the capital city of the islands. You can also visit the Cayman Islands National Museum and learn more about the country’s culture. After a day full of fun, grab a meal at a local eatery and enjoy freshly caught fish or sit down for a sophisticated meal at an upscale restaurant. You can get a real taste of island cuisine with a bowl of conch chowder, which is a tomato-based soup comprised of sweet peppers, onions and salt pork or bacon.

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago is one of the Caribbean’s most industrialized nations, and is also one of the most crowded due to tourists visiting the islands. You’ll find Hindustanis, Javanese, Lebanese, Africans and Creoles in Trinidad, while Tobago is more quiet and unspoiled. You haven’t done anything in Trinidad and Tobago until you’ve visited Maracas Bay and Turtle Beach. The beach didn’t get its name out of the blue, sunbathers enjoy sharing the sand with giant leatherback turtles and Maracas Bay offers clear waters near the capital.

Puerto Rico

Despite its smaller size, Puerto Rico is full of life and beauty. There are 4 million people that call the island home, and they are more than welcoming to visitors. You’ll find so much to do in Puerto Rico, including mountain hiking, a trip into rainforests and plenty of sun on its white sandy beaches. Since the island’s history dates back 500 years when it was still under Spanish rule, there’s plenty of history and museums to take in. In San Juan, you can visit three world-class museums before heading out for a night of shopping, dining and nightlife. Restaurants are plentiful in Puerto Rico, where you can enjoy stuffed crabs and chip-chip, a dish of clam-like shellfish with vegetables or ground meat. You should also try the fresh rum punch, which is flavored with locally produced Angostura Bitters.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has the pleasure of enjoying a year-round summer. There are white beaches, crystal clear waters and Spanish colonial history that dates back 500 years. With a visit here, you may find yourself hanging out with locals and backpackers from small fishing villages. The most popular destination in the Dominican is Punta Cana, where you can enjoy a plethora of sunshine. If you want to go for a dive, head to Bayahibe for a great view of shipwrecks just beneath the water’s surface. You’ll find some of the world’s finest cigars in the region near Santiago, as well as a good bottle of rum. Harrison’s in Puerto Plata has jewelry, and there are plenty of art galleries in Altos de Chavon. Grab a seat at Santo Domingo for fresh rock lobster or braised red snapper, or head to Puerto Plata for all the crayfish and grilled shrimp kabobs your stomach can handle.

Jamaica

There's more to Jamaica than just reggae and Rastafarians. It’s full of white sandy beaches and year-round sunshine, mountains, rainforest and coffee, as well as friendly locals. Of course, there’s diving and snorkelling that will take your through coral reefs, garden grottoes and drop-offs. You can even go for a leisurely swim at Doctor’s Cave Beach or overlook Montego Bay on the hilltop at Rose Hall Great House. Don’t leave the island without a package of Blue Mountain coffee or Jamaican rum. Visitors can find colorful artwork at the Contemporary Art Centre in Kingston or head to the Craft Market in Negril for handmade items. There’s also the Things Jamaican outlet with several locations throughout the island, including Montego Bay and Harmony Hall.

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