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Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean Suggestions, please!

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1. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

I'm off for two weeks starting August 14th, and since Neal is leaving right after I thought we'd head to the ocean for a week, since he loves the water so much.

We thought about last-minute deals to all-inclusive places in the Caribbean, but although the price is right it just seems very boring. We'd love to stay somewhere off the beaten path in the Caribbean, but I can't break the bank and we don't drive - so we're limited, too.

Anyone have any ideas? Recommendations? Please pass them on!

2. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

How about Tobago? I've been there for a week and it was quite nice (if you're a beach fan, that is) and the place I stayed in was quite nice and inexpensive.
And there's also a small bit of Jungle in the middle of the Island. I can give you the name of the guest house if you want.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Dang. The cheapest place is Varadero, although it doesn't sound too appealing. Tobago would be great, though, if I could find a cheap flight...

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

Dom-Rep has mostly good Deals for all inclusiv,has enough Beaches,you can go by Bus cheap around the Island.

5. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 10y

What about Belize, or St Vincent and The Grenadines? How about something "Eco" with lots of hiking and swimming and communing with monkeys? I hate monkeys....

I like to zip through These Guys on my lunch hour for descriptions of various islands, hotel ideas, real estate, sightseeing, trip reports, maps, etc.

Hope it helps.....I'd settle for a nice dull week on a beach right about now...

If you're going all-inclusive, why not take a scuba course and do a few shallow dives? I'm certified (I know you know...) and it opens up a whole new world. Talk to the Mrs.

6. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

Quoting tway

Dang. The cheapest place is Varadero, although it doesn't sound too appealing. Tobago would be great, though, if I could find a cheap flight...

You could also Trinidad and see if you can get a ferry over, or a cheap flight from there.

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

i would agree with Beerman with St. Vincent. But, I also agree with the Dominican Republic. We have not been, but the beaches are suppose to be great and DR is always trying very hard to promote tourism because of their "neighbor" Haiti. Rates are much cheaper. Belize is wonderful for their eco-tourism program. (Though, that has been under fire of late too.)

I think both of you would do great with an all-inclusive that includes a resort course in diving. You'd love it! Yeah, go ahead and rip me (not you, T) on all inclusives, but they have their advantages. You know exactly what you will pay, there are always great things to do outside of the resort, and then there's the diving/snorkeling... What can I say - I'm a water person. (Go fig for someone born under the sign of Leo...)

Kris and I will do some checking for you too. Any "must have" requirements besides a double bed and a beach?

8. Posted by JungleJano (Budding Member 54 posts) 10y

the only place i can recommend from experience is the Bay Islands off the north coast of honduras. There are 3 to choose from, with different budgets, different crowds of people, and different atmospheres...if you're interested i'd be happy to help you out more.

9. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

Have you thought about Venezuela? My experience was that Venezuela is very much off the beaten track - we spent almost a month there and didn't meet many tourists at all. As the locals put it, Venezuela is the best hidden treasure in the Caribbean. Also, you would have the opportunity to go into the mainland and do some mountains and rainforests if you don't feel like beachbumming only.


10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Thanks for all your help, guys!

My one concern is price. I've found a few last-minute all-inclusives to Cuba (there must be 20 flights a day there from Montreal! Sheesh!) for $550 Canadian, plus tax. I don't want to go too much over that, and I'm staring to realize that I can't keep costs down if I have to pay for a flight seperately. The accommodation, food and activities are priced right - but that dang plane ride...

I'm with Isa on this one: knowing exactly how much I'll pay is what's driving my choice this trip. My only all-inclusive experience was pretty dull, but I'm hoping to find a more upbeat (although not a teenage free-for-all) place with interesting things to do besides water aerobics and Lambada classes at 9 a.m.

My only must-haves are that the place be interesting - and hopefully a bus ride from some local cities. Oh, and cheap. Ish.