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Old 10-19-2012, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So my GF is finishing up a soul-crushing project at work in late November and I'd like to get away for a little while myself, so we're thinking about taking a vacation to somewhere in the Caribbean in early December.

Does anyone here know where a couple in their mid-twenties can sit on the beach, eat lots of food and drink unlimited booze for 3-4 days/nights? I hear that all-inclusive is the way to go, so if any of you good people have experience at these types of places, I'd love to hear about it.

Our initial thoughts are the Bahamas, Jamaica or the Turks and Caicos. Neither of us are particularly interested in water sports, although I'd like to maybe do a little bit of snorkeling and/or kayaking. But mostly, I just want to drink and sit on a beach.

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All inclusives are for some people and not for others.

I highly suggest St Thomas or St John
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My fiancee and I went to the Bahamas; sort of disappointed, so I would say Cancun and do an adults only all-inclusive Resort. Plus you can't beat getting all that yummy Mexican Food, but just don't drink the water. Also, while in Cancun; you can visit the pyramids - especially Chichen Itza.

We also took a day trip to Cozumel and rented a scooter. You can drive the whole island in a few hours and enjoy some bomb food on the side of the road with little restaurants.

Good luck; either way - have lots of SEX or else the trip isn't worth it!

The girls in Mexico tend to be down for 3sums if you like as well

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The girls in Mexico tend to be down for 3sums if you like as well
Perhaps I am old-fashioned...but I'd like to make the trip home without carrying any unknown diseases of the sexually transmitted type

Great suggestions so far! Keep 'em coming!
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My wife and I have been to Jamaica twice and loved every minute of it. We stayed at Couples in Ocho Rios (northern side of the island) the first time and Sandals Whitehouse (southern side of island) the second time. (both all inclusive resorts) I highly recommend all inclusive if you want to drink alot. I have also heard Negril in Jamaica has an amazing beach and atmosphere. And the sunsets in Negril are supposed to be some of the best around. Most all inclusives also include snorkling gear and or kayaks.
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Aruba is nice. Turks and Caicos too. Punta Cana has a lot of all inclusives.
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You can never go wrong with Puerto Rico. Great scenery, great beaches and fantastic food.
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My wife and I have been to Jamaica twice and loved every minute of it. We stayed at Couples in Ocho Rios (northern side of the island) the first time and Sandals Whitehouse (southern side of island) the second time. (both all inclusive resorts) I highly recommend all inclusive if you want to drink alot. I have also heard Negril in Jamaica has an amazing beach and atmosphere. And the sunsets in Negril are supposed to be some of the best around. Most all inclusives also include snorkling gear and or kayaks.
Was that the Couple Tower Isle in Ocho Rios? I'm looking at a Groupon for that one as we speak...looks pretty good to me! And it's an excellent deal too!
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You can never go wrong with Puerto Rico. Great scenery, great beaches and fantastic food.
Ya! I keep reading that Puerto Rico is awesome in December. It is definitely on my list to visit at some point
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Ya! I keep reading that Puerto Rico is awesome in December. It is definitely on my list to visit at some point
I've been looking to go down myself hopefully in a year or so. It's been a while for me plus I'll need some nice pocket change as there are many cards that my PC needs over there When I go it'll be more of a cuisine vacation as there are so many damn good place to eat over there.
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Was that the Couple Tower Isle in Ocho Rios? I'm looking at a Groupon for that one as we speak...looks pretty good to me! And it's an excellent deal too!
Yes it was actually. It was awesome. We went for our honeymoon back at the end of 2006. They have done some amazing updates since we went. Flat screens in all the rooms. A swim up pool bar. Another really nice pool with a waterfall. When we went that resort also included a trip to Dunns River Falls (which was amazing), a catamaran cruise (which was fun and relaxing), and horseback riding. There is also a nude island if you are into that. (seriously) At least it was when we went and no we did not go but there were people there. There was a guy who mooned us when we took the catamaran around the island. The food there was really good as well. I think they have 3 or 4 restaurants with good food and atmosphere. I would have no problems going back or giving you a recommendation
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Not that this matters but they also had an ice cream machine you could just go up and use anytime. It made my wife and I happy. Who doesn't like all you can eat ice cream. =) I'm sure I put on a few pounds on that visit. Oh another thing I will add for you. They also had a really awesome area around the resort with tons of fauna with hammocks. They had hidden hot tubs around as well (maybe 2 or 3) that you could get in a just relax. It was a nice perk.

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Yes it was actually. It was awesome. We went for our honeymoon back at the end of 2006. They have done some amazing updates since we went. Flat screens in all the rooms. A swim up pool bar. Another really nice pool with a waterfall. When we went that resort also included a trip to Dunns River Falls (which was amazing), a catamaran cruise (which was fun and relaxing), and horseback riding. There is also a nude island if you are into that. (seriously) At least it was when we went and no we did not go but there were people there. There was a guy who mooned us when we took the catamaran around the island. The food there was really good as well. I think they have 3 or 4 restaurants with good food and atmosphere. I would have no problems going back or giving you a recommendation
This is some good stuff here...as far as activities go, all we really want is a decent-sized beach. We probably won't be spending too much time in the hotel rooms...this Dunns River Falls thing seems intriguing though. Swim-up pool bars = A+. Neither of us are foodies by any means -- so long as there's a little bit of variety (and I imagine there is with multiple restaurants) we'll be happy.

I know all about nude beaches, BTW...I used to lifeguard at one back in high school

...it's definitely not all it's cracked up to be though. As the old adage goes, nude beaches are full of people you'd never want to see naked!

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Not that this matters but they also had an ice cream machine you could just go up and use anytime. It made my wife and I happy. Who doesn't like all you can eat ice cream. =) I'm sure I put on a few pounds on that visit. Oh another thing I will add for you. They also had a really awesome area around the resort with tons of fauna with hammocks. They had hidden hot tubs around as well (maybe 2 or 3) that you could get in a just relax. It was a nice perk.
All-you-can-eat ice cream is great...all-you-can-drink alcohol is even better and I'm assuming (hoping) that's the case at this place?
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and I'm assuming (hoping) that's the case at this place?
Yes there will be plenty of alcohol for you to drink all included in the price.
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I take a yearly (or bi-yearly) trip to Aruba and don't bother with the other islands anymore. There isn't really a language barrier. Any employee at a restaurant, shop, casino, hotel you will speak English and be happy to help you. U.S. currency is accepted almost everywhere too so there's no need for conversion (you'll get a few coins here and there of their currency).

There are a few all-inclusive places but Aruba is one place I would highly recommend you don't do the all-inclusive. There are too many great restaurants on the island to be stuck eating at your resort. A quick trip to the grocery store, rum factory, or beer factory (grocery and rum on the way to the hotels from the airport) gives you enough booze for the week that I wouldn't miss that part of the all-inclusive.
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I take a yearly (or bi-yearly) trip to Aruba and don't bother with the other islands anymore. There isn't really a language barrier. Any employee at a restaurant, shop, casino, hotel you will speak English and be happy to help you. U.S. currency is accepted almost everywhere too so there's no need for conversion (you'll get a few coins here and there of their currency).

There are a few all-inclusive places but Aruba is one place I would highly recommend you don't do the all-inclusive. There are too many great restaurants on the island to be stuck eating at your resort. A quick trip to the grocery store, rum factory, or beer factory (grocery and rum on the way to the hotels from the airport) gives you enough booze for the week that I wouldn't miss that part of the all-inclusive.
Thanks for the advice! We're thinking about Aruba and that's an interesting perspective on all-inclusive that we'll certainly consider.
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I've been to most of these places, and would gladly give any advice you need.

I love Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, Aruba, and the Bahamas. The Dominican Republic is probably my favorite place, especially Punta Cana. However, with all of the similarities between these places, you can't really go wrong if you are booking a nicer all inclusive.

It seems like an all-inclusive would be perfect for what you are looking for. If you want to hang out on the resort/beach all day, drink, eat, and play, you will get your money's worth. If you want to go around exploring the islands and sightseeing, you shouldn't do all-inclusive.
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I've been to most of these places, and would gladly give any advice you need.

I love Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, Aruba, and the Bahamas. The Dominican Republic is probably my favorite place, especially Punta Cana. However, with all of the similarities between these places, you can't really go wrong if you are booking a nicer all inclusive.

It seems like an all-inclusive would be perfect for what you are looking for. If you want to hang out on the resort/beach all day, drink, eat, and play, you will get your money's worth. If you want to go around exploring the islands and sightseeing, you shouldn't do all-inclusive.
Yeah...normally, the GF and I would prefer to explore a little bit and "expand out cultural horizons"...but for this vacation at this point in time, we'd rather just chill out.

I haven't checked out Punta Cana yet -- I'll have a look now!
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Was that the Couple Tower Isle in Ocho Rios? I'm looking at a Groupon for that one as we speak...looks pretty good to me! And it's an excellent deal too!
Ive done Jamaica a few times now.

Riu Palace Montego Bay
Riu Ocho Rios
Half moon bay Jamaica.

All were great. If you are doing dunns River, its close to Ocho rios but its 2 hrs from the airport. Negril has its sweet beaches (7 mile beach) but nothing much else to do. Resorts tend to be older on that side.

I just sold someone at work on Riu Palace Montego Bay because it was on a daily deals sale.

My take on all the islands:

Bahamas: Nice and short. Decent beaches and expensive
Mexico: Total garbage. (no offense)
Dominican Rep: Nice beaches but always rains. garbage food
Jamaica: Humid, water is nice and lots of people. Nice people as well
Aruba, Anitgua: sweet places but expensive.

It really depends on your budget. If you are thinking of hitting up jamaica and looking for an adults only resort, Ive been hearing good things about "Secrets" of St James.

Bigcw also said Sandals whitehouse? That place is pretty high end. Its not cheap.

THe one thing I totally recommend is choosing a place based on quality of people. My wife was all about price till I changed her. With price comes quality. Quality that makes the vacation worth it. No more cheap places for us. Its all about quality.

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THe one thing I totally recommend is choosing a place based on quality of people. My wife was all about price till I changed her. With price comes quality. Quality that makes the vacation worth it. No more cheap places for us. Its all about quality.
Thanks for the input OJ. I agree with you 100% on this...a few extra bucks can go a looooong way in making your experience better (this applies to anything in life, really). We don't have the budget to go super-lux, but we're not against paying a bit more if it means getting that better-quality experience.

I find that I'm really going back and forth between the Bahamas and Jamaica. Turks and Caicos is tempting as well, but there doesn't seem to be many all-inclusive options there.

I'll check out the Riu Palace Montego Bay...TripAdvisor has basically become my best friend over the past day
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My wife and I have been to Jamaica twice and loved every minute of it. We stayed at Couples in Ocho Rios (northern side of the island) the first time and Sandals Whitehouse (southern side of island) the second time. (both all inclusive resorts) I highly recommend all inclusive if you want to drink alot. I have also heard Negril in Jamaica has an amazing beach and atmosphere. And the sunsets in Negril are supposed to be some of the best around. Most all inclusives also include snorkling gear and or kayaks.

Dont go to ocho rios port side. Worst place I've ever been (no #@#@#@#@#@#@#@#@). People following you around trying to sell you weed ever couple of steps kids eating out of trashcans eating chicken bones. Away from the port is very nice especially if you get to see the waterfalls.
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Me and my wife do about 3 cruises a year and the best play we have been so far is st Lucia, some of the clearest water you will ever see in your life.
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Dont go to ocho rios port side. Worst place I've ever been (no #@#@#@#@#@#@#@#@). People following you around trying to sell you weed ever couple of steps kids eating out of trashcans eating chicken bones. Away from the port is very nice especially if you get to see the waterfalls.
There are only 2 resorts port side. Port side brings more people and panhandlers. THe portside of Ocho Rios brings in a ship 3 or 4 times a week. I agree to stay away from it but honestly there are only 2 resorts on that side of which ive never heard of. Riu Ocho Rios is a massive place thats like 1/4 mile off the main road. Because its centered around a bend and so far in, you get no beach vendors.

Half moon bay is the same way. Its in Montego bay in a busy area but the security keeps it pretty clean of vendors. I ran into Eddie Murphy and JayZ at Half moon bay when I was there
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There are only 2 resorts port side. Port side brings more people and panhandlers. THe portside of Ocho Rios brings in a ship 3 or 4 times a week. I agree to stay away from it but honestly there are only 2 resorts on that side of which ive never heard of. Riu Ocho Rios is a massive place thats like 1/4 mile off the main road. Because its centered around a bend and so far in, you get no beach vendors.

Half moon bay is the same way. Its in Montego bay in a busy area but the security keeps it pretty clean of vendors. I ran into Eddie Murphy and JayZ at Half moon bay when I was there
thats funny i met rick ross there and we got to eat with him lol
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