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Old May 11th, 2004, 03:19 PM
Jeffrey J. Nappi
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The wife and I are planning a vacation in Jan. for my 50th birthday. We
have never been to the Caribbean so we are looking for ideas on where to
go. We enjoy leisurely shopping excursions and good food, an all-
inclusive resort would be nice but not mandatory, Casinos would be nice
also. I have been looking at the Caymans, St. Martin, and St. Lucia as
possible spots. Not really interested in the Bahammas. Any advice or
pointers to web sites would be greatly appreciated.

Jeff
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Old May 11th, 2004, 09:48 PM
IPGrunt
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The wife and I are planning a vacation in Jan. for my 50th birthday. We
have never been to the Caribbean so we are looking for ideas on where to
go. We enjoy leisurely shopping excursions and good food, an all-
inclusive resort would be nice but not mandatory, Casinos would be nice
also. I have been looking at the Caymans, St. Martin, and St. Lucia as
possible spots. Not really interested in the Bahammas. Any advice or
pointers to web sites would be greatly appreciated.

Jeff


Jeff,


Want some advice? Take me as a guide.

Seriously, hard to say what you would like.

Personally, I enjoy Aruba very much, but it may not be the "tropical
island" you have in mind, especially if you have experience with Hawaii.

It is not lush, but desert. However, the weather and water are excellent,
the people are friendly, speak English, and it is safe, the resorts on Palm
Beach quite enjoyable at various levels of expense, with great shopping and
casinos. Aruba is entirely out of the hurricane belt, and it has a constant
trade wind of 10-20mph that keeps you cool.

I would recommend you visit your library and get a copy of Fodor's
Caribbean.

Or, browse the internet using a search engine.

Other great islands are the US virgins, especially St. Johns for a quiet,
romantic vacation. St. Maartin and Lucia are also great, but more leafy.
Watch out for hurricane season, which runs from about now until mid-fall,
but there are weather patterns you can gamble on and be relatively safe
from a disruptive vacation,

Have fun.

-- ipgrunt

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Old May 12th, 2004, 09:34 PM
Don Wiss
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On Tue, 11 May 2004 20:48:19 GMT, IPGrunt [email protected] wrote:

Jeffrey J. Nappi wrote:

We enjoy leisurely shopping excursions and good food, an all-
inclusive resort would be nice but not mandatory, Casinos would be nice
also. I have been looking at the Caymans, St. Martin, and St. Lucia as
possible spots.


What about these islands piqued your interest? Antigua also has casinos.
But it won't have as good food as St. Martin.

Other great islands are the US virgins, especially St. Johns for a quiet,
romantic vacation.


Why are you recommending an island that has no casinos? The OP specified he
wanted them. And St. John has no shopping, though they could make day trips
to St. Thomas for that.

Don donwiss at panix.com.
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Old May 13th, 2004, 06:37 PM
IPGrunt
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Other great islands are the US virgins, especially St. Johns for a
quiet, romantic vacation.


Why are you recommending an island that has no casinos? The OP
specified he wanted them. And St. John has no shopping, though they
could make day trips to St. Thomas for that.

Don donwiss at panix.com.



You learn about St. Thomas soon enough when planning a trip to USVI.

I realize there are no casinos (nor much of anything else). That's the
point. I like to tell folks new to the Carib about St.Johns as a great
place for relaxing or getting one's marriage back on line. No distractions
other than sun and sand.

IMHO, Aruba seems to match what this fellow is looking for.

-- ipgrunt

 




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