Favourite Caribbean vacation destination? | Debbie's Caribbean Resort Reviews Forums

Choose just one, eh?Cuba, Varadero, maybe any resort past the golf course for relaxation and any of the nearer ones for fun.Lot’s of direct flights, really long runway airport with plenty of staff/Aduana so you can get to your bus fast. Then 20-30 minutes to your resort depending on the stops along the way where you can check out some other resorts. Hang out at your resort and have a great time. Visit close by resorts for more fun. For CUC$5 you get an unlimited day pass on the double decker open top buses and cruise downtown for the flea markets, shops and boutiques.

Varadero is close enough to take a $10 A/C bus to Havana where a Casa (B&B) is CUC$20 per night. Breakfast is CUC$2 and a great dinner is CUC$5-9. … and that’s per couple. Taxi around town is $30 and includes a few stops or $60 for the whole day.

Some say that Varadero is getting too commercial but the fact is we like our shopping areas away from the resorts. We also like the local clubs and restaurants downtown. A CUC$10 Taxi ride from the farthest resorts to downtown is a great/safe way to meet locals too.

Varadero resort drinking water is filtered/purified and we never had a problem.

And for an even better time .. Playa Blanca, Cayo Largo.

My favourite Caribbean Vacation is any Caribbean Vacation

Jemik I’d agree!! (but if I really had to choose, Cuba would be the place for me) Great people, great places, Great friends and Cerveza’s!!!

Panama, hands down. Now that’s interesting. I’m always on the lookout for new ideas and I’d love to hear your reasons and where you’ve stayed.

Personally, we much preferred our recent holiday in Mexico over the ones in Cuba. Problem with Cuba is that our vacation priority is sun & warmth (anywhere south), followed by great food. I know that will upset many but Cuba’s just got to up the standards in the kitchen to get me back again.

Barbados. I love everything about the island: the people, the food, the beaches, the fact that’s it’s easy and safe to get around. The only draw back maybe is the fact that it’s pretty pricy.

I’ve been to Cuba, really liked the friendly people there, the awesome beach at the resort (Barcelo Solymar) plus the culture. The food was soso and in fact I caught salmonella when I was there, so my view of Cuba is a bit clouded by that experience. I really should go back, as there are still lots of things I would like to see and do.

Cayo Largo, Cuba. White sand beaches that go on forever…..you can walk for hours and see nobody……I’ve done it. Paradise. (and why stress about the food on vacation? If I want gourmet, I can do it myself at home. )
and why stress about the food on vacation? If I want gourmet, I can do it myself at home. / the problem with me in Cuba was the fact that I did NOT stress about the food, where maybe I should have! I got the salmonella while eating out in Varadero, not from the resort food.

I realize it can happen anywhere, but after that experience I’m more conscious about what and where I eat.

Wow.. tough question.. For fresh fruit – Dominican Republic.. (Punta Cana or Samana)For food – JamaicaFor familiarity – Cuba, Brisas G (we’ve been 5 times)For snorkling, diving – Belize

Haven’t been to Mexico (yet) nor have we been to the BVI’s (which we do intend to go) nor the lower Caribbean, so I’ve only listed the "usuals".

To Travelmama:

We have been to the BVI – loved it! Would go back in a heartbeat! Looking seriously at it for next year. We did the Moorings 1 week sailing vacation and a few extra days on land. That was in 2002 and we are still talking about it. So, yes, it is my favourite destination.

To Travelmama:

We have been to the BVI – loved it! Would go back in a heartbeat! Looking seriously at it for next year. We did the Moorings 1 week sailing vacation and a few extra days on land. That was in 2002 and we are still talking about it. So, yes, it is my favourite destination.

what is the Moorings sailing vacation? I’m looking for ideas for our next winter get away!

Traveljunky,BobfromCanada is right, they are mostly bareboat. But we did the "Stateroom" vacation which is like having an all-inclusive on water. You have your own cabin and washroom, but share the boat with others. We were on a 50 ft monohull so there were 3 cabins for the six paying guests and a cabin for the captain (who does the sailing, although you can help if you want to) and first mate/cook (who were a married couple).

We sailed from location to location each day, stopping where we wanted to snorkel, swim, kayak, shop, or sight-see. The cook prepared gourmet meals, (excellent! and plenty of it.) No shortage of liquor either, always available. We would definitely sail with The Moorings again; this time we would try the catamaran.

Perhaps I should clarify the word ‘bareboat’. That means you provision (buy your own groceries) and sail the boat yourself. You also do your own cooking. Just like it was your own boat. Be aware that they’re not going to turn you loose on a $500K (+) boat without you demonstrating that you know what you’re doing. Most sailors will at least have the company provision the boat with basic groceries; non-sailors can take a captain or captain/first mate/cook combination and not lift a finger.The last Moorings charter we took was only a day charter and it turned out to be more economical to take a captain. So we decided we could do it that way and double our beer consumption. I was on the helm all day, including anchoring and coming off the hook and the tour through the commercial harbour, but when it came time to dock the boat, I turned over the wheel to the captain about 100 ft out and said "It’s your boat, you dock her" …..

A one or two week sailing charter is a great holiday and definitely different than your average hotel based holiday.

Agreed. I don’t think they would be comfortable either. We’re in the process of moving from a 28ft one (quite a bit bigger than a 26ft) on a big lake, to a 41ft one on the same big lake. Even after a whole season, I’m still not comfortable. I’m learning, but I’m not there yet …..

Always Cuba. Cayo Largo, Varadero … And donĀ“t be afraid about food in hotels, restaurants or hostals and most of the particular restaurants or places to eat traveljunky. Never heard about some tourist sick because of food but i could happen, as with you .. bad luck i guess!

Hands down, Cuba. We’ve been going, of and on, since 1978 and visited many other Caribbean islands in between but there is always something about Cuba that draws us back. It is the only destination we have returned to. The Turks and Caicos would hold second place.
After discovering Breezes Jibacoa, in Cuba, we now go back every winter for 2 weeks

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