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1. Posted by natascham (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi everybody!
I would need some advice on travelling the Carribbean (especially the Bahamas, Aruba, Martinique, Dom.Rep., Jamaica and Puerto Rico) in summer!

I'm going to travel alone (up to now I'd really only had good experiences, even when staying at rather dodgy hostels) for about 2 weeks in July or August.

My budget is not overwhelmingly high, so I've tried to look up hostels or budget hotels. Can anyone recommend hostels or - on the contrary warn me to avoid some places?

Tried to find info on island-hopping on the Bahama islands but found it quite hard to get info. Mostly on super-expensive cruises I really can't afford.

Does someone know of nice snorkelling or diving sites, that are not crowded by cruise ship people? (I'm biologist so it is really horrible for me to see nature trampled on that much!)

So, hope to hear from someone! Thanks for your help, folks!
Cheers,
Natascha

2. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 10y

hi Natascha,
I live on BONAIRE,Divers Paradise,one of the ABC Islands,perfekt for snorkling,not many Cruiseships like Aruba.Aruba is very american,Casinos,Party Island.OK it has more sandy beaches then Bonaire,but we have the wonderfull reefs.
Caribbean Islands are not so cheap,exept Dom.Rep.
Think about 50.00 US $ per day

Be carefull,
sunny greetings
marlis

Du kannst mir auch eine priv.mail senden wenn du mehr ueber Bonaire erfahren moechtest,ich lebe hier seit 15.Jahren,bin Deutsche.

3. Posted by NOliver (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hello,

If your looking for a place to stay in Freeport, go to
www.freeportbahamasvilla.com ! You won't be dissappointed.

4. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 10y

Try to get down to St. Kitts and Nevis and go see Austin at Turtle Beach Divers(?). Tell him you want to dive Redundo.. You'll find some great diving and for just about $80 a flight you can also hop to Saba (spectacular diving), St. Martin, St. Barts, Antigua, St. Eustasia and a couple of other places. Odds are you'll like Saba the best if you want to see untrampled nature and some of the best diving in the area.

I used to love Bonaire but I don't think it's as nice as it used to be.. too many divers, too much dead coral, too few pelagics. Admittedly it's been about a decade since I was there last (I've been there three times) but it kept getting worse in my opinion.

The North End of Cayman is nice (the south is too but it's rarely divable easily), as is Cayman Brac.

Surprisingly the diving off Nassau, Bahamas is pretty good too.. just try to find the small dive operators.. the big ones treat you like cattle (aim for 6-10 divers per boat) but I guess that's true anywhere you go.

best of luck.