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Thread started 03/31/11 12:19pm

jaimestarr79

Jamaica VS. The Bahamas vs. The rest of the Carribean...

I'm thinking of taking a trip. Has anybody on the org been to either island or the carribean? Do you have a preference and why? What did you do there?

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Reply #1 posted 03/31/11 12:22pm

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feel free to include pics lol

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Reply #2 posted 03/31/11 1:05pm

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I´ve spent quite a long time in THIS country [img:$uid]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v508/KoolEaze/SunglassesWavesPalmtreesBeach2.jpg[/img:$uid] .............and I loved it.

( Costa Rica, the place you see in the picture is the Caribbean part of Costa Rica, called Cahuita, and most people there speak Jamaican English because they´re the descendants of Jamaican workers).

I have neither been to Jamaica nor to the Bahamas but I know people who have been to both places and while the Bahamas are probably a tad more laid back and beautiful, Jamaica is definitely much cheaper and probably also very laid back but in a different way.

I´ve also heard that Jamaica is a little bit more dangerous than the Bahamas, but that of course depends on where you hang out. If you are a resort type of guy, then I don´t see any problems.

( I hate resorts. wink )

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Are you allowed to go to Cuba? That is also a very beautiful and VERY safe country, and you can hear great music all the time, everywhere. I loved it but they really want your money so bad that it got a bit on my nerves. Other than that, I loved the vibe and the people and the atmosphere there. Very intelligent and creative people, too.

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Reply #4 posted 03/31/11 1:17pm

Maytiana

Jamaica and Bahamas are awesome, but they can't compete with my island..... bored

There's not really a difference between the two especially if you're just going to stay in a tourist spot. There'll be beaches, sun, and white people. Oh and you'll meet locals who are getting paid just to make tourists feel like they're getting inside information about the island. biggrin

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Reply #5 posted 03/31/11 1:27pm

jaimestarr79

Maytiana said:

Jamaica and Bahamas are awesome, but they can't compete with my island..... bored

There's not really a difference between the two especially if you're just going to stay in a tourist spot. There'll be beaches, sun, and white people. Oh and you'll meet locals who are getting paid just to make tourists feel like they're getting inside information about the island. biggrin

what is your island?

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Reply #6 posted 03/31/11 1:42pm

jaimestarr79

KoolEaze said:

Are you allowed to go to Cuba? That is also a very beautiful and VERY safe country, and you can hear great music all the time, everywhere. I loved it but they really want your money so bad that it got a bit on my nerves. Other than that, I loved the vibe and the people and the atmosphere there. Very intelligent and creative people, too.

I want to go to cuba. Maybe the travel restrictions will be lifted soon.

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Reply #7 posted 03/31/11 2:10pm

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I spent a lot of time in Trinidad/Tobago in the last years. The islands are beautiful.

Me on the beach:

Me in the forest:

Nice sunset there:

Another beach:

I could post tons of nice bird photos, this hummingbird is an example:

The rain forests there are beautiful:

"my" beach:

baby turtles on "my" beach:

big leatherback turtles on "my" beach:

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Reply #8 posted 03/31/11 4:29pm

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Serious said:

I spent a lot of time in Trinidad/Tobago in the last years. The islands are beautiful.

Me on the beach:

Me in the forest:

Nice sunset there:

Another beach:

I could post tons of nice bird photos, this hummingbird is an example:

The rain forests there are beautiful:

"my" beach:

baby turtles on "my" beach:

big leatherback turtles on "my" beach:

It's good to see pictures of my homeland!! I go back, every year and I love it!! biggrin biggrin biggrin

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Reply #9 posted 03/31/11 4:36pm

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Spent a week in Jamaica this past October. It was my 3rd trip outside the U.S in the last 3 years. We enjoyed it, but not as much as our previous trips to Mexico. The beach and the water was pretty. But the people there were not very friendly and constantly trying to figure out how to get in your wallet.

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Reply #10 posted 03/31/11 4:44pm

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Nice pictures, those turtles are huge!

The BAHAMAS !! lol

Only thing i didnt like was that the lil market smelled like poopie and they drive reckless.

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Reply #11 posted 03/31/11 4:52pm

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I don't know about the other islands (that aren't US Territories), but if you're gay, don't go to Jamaica; such things are illegal there, and the danger is not worth the risk. If you're not gay and must go, I hear it's best to stay within a resort b/c crime against tourists is bad, too.

Puerto Rico, which is part of the US (sadly, many ppl don't know this; they think it's a sep. country like Mexico), is AMAZING. mushy soo much to do and see on that tiny little island

and the BEST pina coladas in the world! wink lol

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Reply #12 posted 04/01/11 9:38am

jaimestarr79

Serious said:

I spent a lot of time in Trinidad/Tobago in the last years. The islands are beautiful.

Me on the beach:

Me in the forest:

Nice sunset there:

Another beach:

I could post tons of nice bird photos, this hummingbird is an example:

The rain forests there are beautiful:

"my" beach:

baby turtles on "my" beach:

big leatherback turtles on "my" beach:

Thanks for posting pics. I will keep this open as an option wink

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Reply #13 posted 04/01/11 9:41am

jaimestarr79

PositivityNYC said:

I don't know about the other islands (that aren't US Territories), but if you're gay, don't go to Jamaica; such things are illegal there, and the danger is not worth the risk. If you're not gay and must go, I hear it's best to stay within a resort b/c crime against tourists is bad, too.

Puerto Rico, which is part of the US (sadly, many ppl don't know this; they think it's a sep. country like Mexico), is AMAZING. mushy soo much to do and see on that tiny little island

and the BEST pina coladas in the world! wink lol

I love mexico and the people are so friendly...I just a little caution about all the violence lately. Usually I just stay on the beach...but If I go back I have to see the pyramids.

I forgot about Puerto Rico. Do you have any recommendations of where to stay or things to do?

I like hanging at the beach, snorkeling, experience local cultures, etc

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Reply #14 posted 04/01/11 10:25am

Empress

I've been to both Jamaica and The Bahamas. Although, I liked the resort and beaches in Jam, I did not feel safe. We were told not to venture off our resort without a guided tour. The music is awesome and the food was very good, but I would not go back. The Bahamas is very nice and I felt safer there. We were able to go anywhere.

I prefer Tortola or Grand Caymen or Turks and Caicos. These are much nicer then Jam and Bahamas.

Hawaii is my favourite vacation destination - hands down!

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Reply #15 posted 04/01/11 10:31am

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One vote for the French West Indies:

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Reply #16 posted 04/01/11 10:46am

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Reply #17 posted 04/01/11 11:43am

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PositivityNYC said:

Puerto Rico, which is part of the US (sadly, many ppl don't know this; they think it's a sep. country like Mexico), is AMAZING. mushy soo much to do and see on that tiny little island

and the BEST pina coladas in the world! wink lol

I'll second that vote! It is amazing!

And, I agree with the pina coladas too lol

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Reply #18 posted 04/01/11 11:53am

PositivityNYC

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jaimestarr79 said:

PositivityNYC said:

I don't know about the other islands (that aren't US Territories), but if you're gay, don't go to Jamaica; such things are illegal there, and the danger is not worth the risk. If you're not gay and must go, I hear it's best to stay within a resort b/c crime against tourists is bad, too.

Puerto Rico, which is part of the US (sadly, many ppl don't know this; they think it's a sep. country like Mexico), is AMAZING. mushy soo much to do and see on that tiny little island

and the BEST pina coladas in the world! wink lol

I love mexico and the people are so friendly...I just a little caution about all the violence lately. Usually I just stay on the beach...but If I go back I have to see the pyramids.

I forgot about Puerto Rico. Do you have any recommendations of where to stay or things to do?

I like hanging at the beach, snorkeling, experience local cultures, etc

I always stay with ppl I know, but I've always wanted to stay at El Convento (an old convent turned into a hotel) in Old San Juan, and visit the El Yunque rainforest.

Popular places to stay: San Juan/Old San Juan, Ponce, Rincon

~ the main island is only about 110 miles wide and 40 miles North-South, so you can take in/experience a lot if you stay a week or so biggrin

info and activities

1) http://leisure.travelocit...in,00.html

2) http://travela.priceline....00216.html

3) http://www.paradise-puertorico.com

4) http://www.seepuertorico.com

http://www.seepuertorico....aying-here

5) http://www.puertorico.com

6) Vieques, or Culebra (2 smaller islands off the east coast)

http://www.puertorico.com...rn/vieques

http://welcome.topuertori...ques.shtml

http://www.puertorico.com...rn/culebra

Hotels

El Convento

http://www.elconvento.com Old San Juan, PR

Copamarina beach resort & spa

http://www.copamarina.com Guanica, PR

activities: http://www.copamarina.com...gstodo.cfm

Caribe Hilton (the Piña Colada was invented here in one of their bars in 1954 biggrin )

http://www.caribehilton.com

Marriott

http://www.marriott.com/h...ris-casino

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Reply #19 posted 04/01/11 11:56am

Harlepolis

KoolEaze said:

I´ve spent quite a long time in THIS country [img:$uid]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v508/KoolEaze/SunglassesWavesPalmtreesBeach2.jpg[/img:$uid] .............and I loved it.

( Costa Rica, the place you see in the picture is the Caribbean part of Costa Rica, called Cahuita, and most people there speak Jamaican English because they´re the descendants of Jamaican workers).

I have neither been to Jamaica nor to the Bahamas but I know people who have been to both places and while the Bahamas are probably a tad more laid back and beautiful, Jamaica is definitely much cheaper and probably also very laid back but in a different way.

I´ve also heard that Jamaica is a little bit more dangerous than the Bahamas, but that of course depends on where you hang out. If you are a resort type of guy, then I don´t see any problems.

( I hate resorts. wink )

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Reply #20 posted 04/01/11 12:02pm

CarrieLee

I've been to St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. John and the Dominican Republic...Punta Cana. Out of all of them the Dominican was the best.

I hear so many stories of people being robbed in Jamaica...from their hotels in the fancy resorts.

I REALLY want to go to Belize. But right now I would settle for Florida...it fucking snowed here last night mad

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Reply #21 posted 04/01/11 12:14pm

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KoolEaze said:

Are you allowed to go to Cuba? That is also a very beautiful and VERY safe country, and you can hear great music all the time, everywhere. I loved it but they really want your money so bad that it got a bit on my nerves. Other than that, I loved the vibe and the people and the atmosphere there. Very intelligent and creative people, too.

I would LOVE to see Cuba NOW, before the restrictions are lifted and capitalism turns it into another Disney-fied tourist trap.

I believe that if you fly to Mexico (Cancun for example) you can then book a short flight to Cuba...and they won't even stamp your passport!

hmmm ...a plan is hatching... boxed

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Reply #22 posted 04/01/11 12:15pm

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CarrieLee said:

I REALLY want to go to Belize. But right now I would settle for Florida...it fucking snowed here last night mad

nod Key West looks amazing...!

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Reply #23 posted 04/01/11 12:20pm

Empress

Maytiana said:

Jamaica and Bahamas are awesome, but they can't compete with my island..... bored

There's not really a difference between the two especially if you're just going to stay in a tourist spot. There'll be beaches, sun, and white people. Oh and you'll meet locals who are getting paid just to make tourists feel like they're getting inside information about the island. biggrin

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Reply #24 posted 04/01/11 12:25pm

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Empress said:

Maytiana said:

Jamaica and Bahamas are awesome, but they can't compete with my island..... bored

There's not really a difference between the two especially if you're just going to stay in a tourist spot. There'll be beaches, sun, and white people. Oh and you'll meet locals who are getting paid just to make tourists feel like they're getting inside information about the island. biggrin

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Well at any resort in the world you won't experience everyday life of local people. If you want to do that you need to choose a different type of vacation.

With a very special thank you to Tina: Is hammer already absolute, how much some people verändern...ICH hope is never so I will be! And if, then I hope that I would then have wen in my environment who joins me in the A....
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Reply #25 posted 04/01/11 12:31pm

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Memories music

With a very special thank you to Tina: Is hammer already absolute, how much some people verändern...ICH hope is never so I will be! And if, then I hope that I would then have wen in my environment who joins me in the A....
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Reply #26 posted 04/01/11 1:16pm

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jaimestarr79 said:

PositivityNYC said:

I don't know about the other islands (that aren't US Territories), but if you're gay, don't go to Jamaica; such things are illegal there, and the danger is not worth the risk. If you're not gay and must go, I hear it's best to stay within a resort b/c crime against tourists is bad, too.

Puerto Rico, which is part of the US (sadly, many ppl don't know this; they think it's a sep. country like Mexico), is AMAZING. mushy soo much to do and see on that tiny little island

and the BEST pina coladas in the world! wink lol

I love mexico and the people are so friendly...I just a little caution about all the violence lately. Usually I just stay on the beach...but If I go back I have to see the pyramids.

I forgot about Puerto Rico. Do you have any recommendations of where to stay or things to do?

I like hanging at the beach, snorkeling, experience local cultures, etc

CABO ROJO on the West Coast is awesome if you wanna avoid crowds in San Juan.

Vieques and Culebra have amazing beaches.

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Reply #27 posted 04/01/11 2:50pm

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Empress said:

Maytiana said:

Jamaica and Bahamas are awesome, but they can't compete with my island..... bored

There's not really a difference between the two especially if you're just going to stay in a tourist spot. There'll be beaches, sun, and white people. Oh and you'll meet locals who are getting paid just to make tourists feel like they're getting inside information about the island. biggrin

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I agree with Maytiana, as it is with any known touristy locations...

I went to Ocho Rios, Jamaica in 2007 and Paradise Island, Bahamas in 2005.

I personally enjoyed the Bahamas more, but it was a nicer hotel, so....?

While I like Jamaicain food (yay Jerk pork), I don't like the culture and music.

It's kinda vulgar to me. boxed

Of course when we were driving from the airport to our nice hotel in the Bahamas, we witnessed a man getting the sh*t kicked out of him by a gang of other guys.

I'm a big fan of Cozumel (for the snorkeling/scuba) and Cancun (beautiful beaches, but lots of young party people). I like the beaches in Cancun better than the Bahamas and Jamaica.

Beach vacations are all pretty much the same to me...bikini, fruity cocktail, sunscreen (no one wants a bad sunburn on vacation), and a good book to read on the beach.

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