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Comment by Wendy Capra on October 2, 2009 at 11:26am
Funny you should say Curacao, I was doing some reading online last night, and Curacao jumped out at me... Those pictures of the little dutch houses are sooo cute! read there's a place i can get iguana stew, too.......... um i'll get back 2 u on that one!
Comment by Cheryl Andrews on September 29, 2009 at 4:53pm
Culture and museums? Go to Curacao. Lots of interesting museums, a downtown that looks European, terrific restaurants. Some good deals out there now too. If you can hold off till January, there's a cool new Hyatt resort opening....
Comment by Tony King on September 29, 2009 at 4:00pm
It's got a nice volcano - Soufriere, and quite a few eathquakes. Other than than that it's very green and almost reminds people of Ireland. Not much to do, but good for lazing about.
Comment by Wendy Capra on September 28, 2009 at 10:53pm
Hey, thanks to both, those are great answers and certainly food for thought. Here's the thing: I want to get away from my rainy hometown and go somewhere tropical and I have 2 weeks off coming up, but I'm not the kind to lie on a beach for 2 weeks either............. so maybe I need to find an island with lots to do culture-wise. I mean I'd love to go to Paris or back to my good ol' Italy, but I need sun and warm weather and culture and great food......... What's unusual about Montserrat, anyway?
Comment by Tony King on September 28, 2009 at 12:41pm
Wendy, I agree 100% with Cheryl, but I think we're missing the yacht charter possibilities in the islands. It's possible to visit St. Thomas, St. John and the British Virgin Islands on a sailing or motor yacht, fully crewed with a chef and including all meals at a very reasonable price. You'd have to fly into St. Thomas though to pick it up.
Comment by Cheryl Andrews on September 28, 2009 at 10:37am
Wendy--it all depends on what you like. Casinos and shopping? Bahamas, St. Maarten. No casinos and shopping? St. Thomas. Great beaches? Turks + Caicos. Great music? Trinidad and Jamaica. Hiking? Tobago and Nevis. A quiet, sophisticated getaway? Nevis. Something truly unusual, and good for a budget? Montserrat. This year, though, there are great deals everywhere!
Comment by Wendy Capra on September 27, 2009 at 8:33pm
One of my favorite parts of the world!!! There are so many islands to choose from though............... let's say I'm on a budget and have to pick just one, can we do an informal kind of poll and figure out which is the best all-around island? like is there an "ideal" carribbean island? i know it's kind of a dumb question, but i'ts hard to pick !!

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