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Old 12-26-2017, 10:39 AM
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Had booked flights and put a deposit down on a house in St. Thomas through VRBO before the hurricanes hit. We decided to bail on that due to concerns about damage and potential infrastructure problems.

Now we are trying to figure out where to go. End of February for about a week, flying out of Boston, 2 adults, 2 kids. Looking to lay on the beach, snorkel, maybe a couple of excursions but nothing too crazy. What areas didn't get hit? What areas got hit but are on the mend? Turks and Caicos? Jamaica? Is St. Thomas/St. John back up and running? I appreciate any advice or tips, thanks in advance!
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Daughter lives in St Thomas. Her house was destroyed in Irmaria. Things are definitely snapping back, though. She just got electricity last week so that was a nice early Christmas present for her.

A lot of the hotels will be closed for all of 2018 while they repair/rebuild. A lot of the restaurants are back up and running and the cruise ships are back to making port calls there. St John fared a little worse as did Tortola and JVD although some of the bars are back up and running in White Bay and Great Harbor.

I think we will head down in February to help the local economy
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Old 12-26-2017, 01:07 PM
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Aruba.
Easy to get to, plenty of places to stay.
The high rise hotels are at Palm Beach the low rise are at Eagle Beach.

We went to Aruba because of the hurricane damage last minute reservations. Easy to get around. The beaches are white sand with turquoise water. Pretty family friendly.
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I was thinking Aruba. But with the two kids we would have to rent 2 room which gets expensive. Anyone have any luck with VRBO or Homeaway in Aruba?
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Old 12-26-2017, 02:52 PM
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Jet Blue can get you to just about anywhere non-stop from Boston. Many say Aruba. I have been to just about every Caribbean island except Martinique and just returned from Nassau.

Our favorite island is St. Lucia, and there a number of incredible a!l inclusive resorts there. Some of the world's most luxurious properties are up on those mountainsides. See the Jade Resort.
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Old 12-26-2017, 02:56 PM
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When you are surfing the web again check out Abaco Bahamas , Especially Elbow Cay. It is cheaper to rent a house for a week instead of a hotel room I think , also rent a boat , island hop and snorkel at the beach. Great area . American comes out of Miami and Delta comes out of Atlanta.
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I would love to do the Bahamas but with 4 of us flying and only one week we want to try to keep expenses down and maximize our time. I was looking at Nassau- pretty reasonable flights and easy to get to. We are worried it might be a bit too "cold" in February though. The whole island hopping thing is definitely on my bucket list.

Intrigued by St. Lucia, do you know how they fared with the hurricanes?
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Originally Posted by Seikinnow View Post
Intrigued by St. Lucia, do you know how they fared with the hurricanes?
St. Lucia is far enough south that it wasn't touched by any of this year's hurricanes.
We liked St. Lucia - stayed at Coconut Bay in 2012, which is 5 minutes from the airport in the SE (flat) portion of the island.
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Dutch side of St Maartin has come back quite well, can't say the same about the French side however. You might consider Cozumel.
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Jamaica. With kids, stay at the holiday inn. Check the reviews. We didnt stay there as they were booked. People love the place. Cost was around 110 pp air included from Boston.
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Jamaica. With kids, stay at the holiday inn. Check the reviews. We didnt stay there as they were booked. People love the place. Cost was around 110 pp air included from Boston.
Jamaica is a shithole. Jesus H Christ.....
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Originally Posted by Seikinnow View Post
I would love to do the Bahamas but with 4 of us flying and only one week we want to try to keep expenses down and maximize our time. I was looking at Nassau- pretty reasonable flights and easy to get to. We are worried it might be a bit too "cold" in February though. The whole island hopping thing is definitely on my bucket list.

Intrigued by St. Lucia, do you know how they fared with the hurricanes?


I went to Bahamas in February a couple years back. I was wearing my wetsuit in the pool. It was too cold, and there was no heat in the room.
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St. Lucia is far enough south that it wasn't touched by any of this year's hurricanes.
We liked St. Lucia - stayed at Coconut Bay in 2012, which is 5 minutes from the airport in the SE (flat) portion of the island.
I agree. St Lucia is the prettiest place I've ever seen. We stayed at Coconut Bay as well and really liked it. If the OP wants to spend the coin I would stay at or near Sugar Bay which is the bay surrounded by the Petons. We checked that area out and it was the most beautiful part of the island IMO.
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You are right the weather can get cold that time of year if Florida send over a cold front . If not the weather can be great . we blame it on them , I always tell people they send over the cold fronts in the winter and we save them up and send back during Hurricane season.
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Playa del Carmen... cheap, nice, relatively safe if you play it smart. Warm that time of year. Good overall value..
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I would also say Aruba and strongly go against Jamaica, that place is a serious shithole!
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I posted a similar thread recently and partly based on advice from here booked at Intercontinental El Presidente in Cozumel. Place looks great and is newly renovated. Easy to get to and not too bad on the wallet. I felt like options were somewhat limited given hurricane damage and time of year.
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Originally Posted by Graddy-fied View Post
I posted a similar thread recently and partly based on advice from here booked at Intercontinental El Presidente in Cozumel. Place looks great and is newly renovated. Easy to get to and not too bad on the wallet. I felt like options were somewhat limited given hurricane damage and time of year.
If you are considering Cozumel I will help however I can. We haven't had any real hurricanes since Wimla!
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Stay on St John vs St Thomas in Grande Bay, you'll like it and be able to walk to dinner every night.

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If you can find a deal you might consider Barbados. I spent some months there and enjoyed the beaches.
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