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Non-Resorty Vacation Spots in the Caribbean & Central America

I would like to hear your recommendations for travel locations in the Caribbean and Central America which are focused more on culture and history than lying on a beach. [more inside]
posted by something something on Apr 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Using a passport card in the Caribbean

This spring, I'll be flying from the continental US to St. Thomas with my small kids to join my parents on their sailboat. I know that we don't need passports to fly into the US Virgin Islands, but that we would need them if we wanted to sail to the British Virgin Islands. My kids don't have passports yet. Because of the expense of a full passport, I am considering getting them passport cards instead. The government website suggests that this is one potential use case of the passport card, but I haven't read accounts of people doing it. I asked my parents what their fellow cruisers know, but didn't get much info. Have you done this? How was it?
posted by linettasky on Feb 9, 2014 - 5 answers

What's your favourite travel website for booking a vacation package?

We want to go somewhere sunny this winter. There are a bewildering number of travel websites hocking flight+hotel deals. Did you have a good experience with any of them? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Oct 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Oh the places we could go...

My friend and I are trying to decide on a vacation destination (August '13), and we're looking at Puerto Rico or Costa Rica. We backpacked around Vietnam a few years ago and enjoyed the historical/cultural sights. Neither of us is a resort-loving tourist, so we're definitely looking for some destinations which are less sitting on the beach and more checking out some neat stuff. Can you help us decide? [more inside]
posted by nerdcore on Jun 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Do I need my old passport to get a new one? Details in side.

Details: When I was about 5 I got a US passport, my Dad was in the airforce so my brother, parents and I traveled around a lot. We'e been state side since about 1998. Since then we've not left the country. My Fiancee and I are going the caribbean for our honeymoon on a cruise & I need a passport. Do I need my old passport when applying for a new one? What if I can't find it?
posted by snow_mac on Jan 28, 2013 - 10 answers

One week in Trinidad, or can we do better?

Two part question: 1) Can you recommend a great one-week itinerary in Trinidad and Tobago, or 2) Should we go somewhere else? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Jan 23, 2013 - 6 answers

law student needs cheap vacation, cerveza

Where can my fiance and I spend a week decompressing on a warm beach in Mexico/Caribbean/Latin America without paying through the nose OR sleeping in a thatched hut? [more inside]
posted by charlemagne on Nov 5, 2010 - 12 answers

Bermuda or US Virgin Islands?

Short trip this August: Bermuda or USVI? Why, and where to stay/what to do? [more inside]
posted by ubermuffin on Jul 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Beach and casino in August?

Yay! I'm going on vacation with my amazing awesome brother! Neither of us have done something like this before and we don't really know where to start. We want to travel the first week in August, for 4-5 nights, from Washington DC. I want to be on the beach, but directly, walk outside the room onto the beach on the beach. He wants a good casino there or near by. We were thinking the Caribbean but are open to anything that's an easy flight. A cruise is also a possibility. Our budget is up to $2000 (flights + hotel + preferably food). Where have you been that was beautiful and relaxing and fun? Or else, how did you wade through the plethora of vacation/hotel sites to find exactly what you were looking for? Thank you!
posted by Salamandrous on Jun 18, 2010 - 9 answers

Where do you go when you've won a free vacation for your family and you could go anywhere?

Great news! My family has won a $6,000 1-week vacation through my work. Unfortunately, we can’t take the trip until Christmas (2010) but I have to book and pay for the trip by the end of this month. Help! I need kid-friendly suggestions that will also provide some much needed R&R for two exhausted and stressed-out parents. [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Jan 6, 2010 - 22 answers

Non-"bro" inclusive resort or flight/hotel package in the Caribbean

My GF and I are planning a short (4-day weekend) trip to the Caribbean in February, and we're trying to figure out where to go. Basically, we'd like someplace with a laid-back (not "party") vibe, beautiful beaches incl. snorkeling, and, ideally, some cool scenery & wildlife to check out. (Huge bonus points if there are monkeys and/or ziplines.) [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin on Jan 6, 2010 - 13 answers

Winter Getaway

Heading to a Caribbean resort for a week this winter, but can't narrow it down to a specific resort. Need some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by sah on Jan 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Ideas for quiet Caribbean beach vacation?

Where is a good quiet Caribbean beach resort, with good food and service but a minimum of loud people/activities/partying? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Dec 22, 2009 - 10 answers

We're looking for a fun, warm place to spend New Year's Eve!

My husband and I want to be someplace warm for New Year's Eve where we can see the full moon over the water. [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat on Nov 10, 2009 - 17 answers

Globetrotting.

TravelFilter: What are the cheapest (but best) travel destinations in the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia (specifically, Southeast Asia)? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Jul 8, 2009 - 14 answers

thinking man (and woman)'s paradise

What Caribbean islands have the best-preserved historical sites and architecture? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Jun 30, 2009 - 8 answers

Caribbean/Central America Trip Ideas in Late April

Looking for recommendations to travel to Central America or the Caribbean in late April. Sunny weather and beach a must. Hiking possibilities also appreciated. [more inside]
posted by groovekiller on Mar 4, 2009 - 5 answers

All-inclusive resorts for hip young swinger types?

Caribbean-filter: Gorgeous, all-inclusive, adults only, non-touristy and cheap resorts? Can it be done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2009 - 4 answers

Help us find a warm weather package destination!

I'm trying to get a handle on the bets sites/deals for last minute travel packages...any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by raz5 on Dec 14, 2008 - 3 answers

Last minute trip to Barbados?

I want to go to Barbados right now! It looks like a nice place for my first visit to the Caribbean. What's the best way to find a last minute deal on a trip to Barbados?
posted by Area Control on Jul 18, 2008 - 1 answer

Heading to Trinidad & Tobago

A few friends and I are planning a trip to Trinidad & Tobago this summer. We are going to spend a few days in each place. Does anyone have any recommendations on places to stay, things we should do, where we should eat, who makes the best roti, places to see old style Calypso or modern Soca or Rapso, where to find the best rum tour, etc...? I have been researching ideas at the library and on various travel forums, but I would like to hear from any of you who have been to (or live in) Trinidad or Tobago.
posted by toddst on May 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Find me a relaxing getaway, QUICK!

Stressed out. Haven't been on vacation for over a year. Need to get outta this town. Where can I bask in the sun on a budget without getting trapped on a resort? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen on Apr 3, 2008 - 4 answers

Is there any place in the Caribbean that has a backpacker vibe?

Is there any place in the Caribbean that has a backpacker vibe? Or do you have to go to Central America / Mexico to get that?
posted by smackfu on Jan 13, 2008 - 8 answers

Caribbean islands when it rains.

What to do in St. John or St. Thomas in the rain? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on Nov 21, 2007 - 7 answers

Tropics on the cheap?

Where can I go with the stipulations and budget that I have? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Nov 8, 2007 - 10 answers

What's your favorite romantic getaway?

What's your favorite romantic getaway? The lady and I are looking to take a vacation (probably someplace warm) in January on a modest (~$1k/pp hotel and airfare) budget. But where? [more inside]
posted by theoddball on Oct 26, 2007 - 19 answers

Blow Away Vacation

Is it crazy to go to the Caribbean during hurricane season? [more inside]
posted by adrober on Sep 2, 2007 - 18 answers

Beach camping & fishing in Quintana Roo, Mexico?

Hubby and I are planning a last minute trip to Mexico. We're going to fly into Cancun and don't plan on renting a car since we're on a tight budget. We'd like to find a beach campground that's along the Caribbean Sea where we can stay away from crowds and just relax and maybe even do some shore fishing. Would be great it's within walking distance to a small local restaurant of sorts or even if it's just stalls. Does one exist? For the life of me, I have not been able to find any budget beach camping information online. I guess what makes it more difficult is that we'd like to be able to get there by bus and/or colectivo, if possible and it will be during the holidays! I knew I should have researched before booking but we got a good price and well...it will be winter and we could use the sun! Anyone BTDT? :) p.s. I'm totally open to suggestions! TIA!!!
posted by Jujee on Nov 21, 2006 - 3 answers

Island Paradise?

Any Recommendations for St. John and the area? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Apr 22, 2006 - 4 answers

Where should i go for my Sept 06 Honeymoon?

Where should I go for my Sept. 2006 Honeymoon? I think we want to go somewhere in the caribbean... [more inside]
posted by Bjkokenos on Feb 3, 2006 - 13 answers

Belize

Belize {mi} [more inside]
posted by muckster on Feb 15, 2005 - 9 answers

Belated Honeymoon

Belated Honeymoon : My husband & I are planning on taking a much-put-off honeymoon next spring, preferrably somewhere in Caribbean/Latin America, and could really use some tips. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by littlegirlblue on Oct 9, 2004 - 7 answers

Any tips for a summer of working abroad?

I have the possibility of going abroad next summer, fully-funded through a scholarship program through my university, up to $3000 for the summer. Here's the catch -- it has to be a work or intern experience - it can't be study abroad. The only stipulation for work - over the summer i have to do at least 35 hrs/week, and 8 weeks of work - so there could be a study compoenent at the beginning too. I've never had the opportunity to go abroad in college (cause of cash restraints and b/c of transferring schools), and I've really wanted to go to South America or the Carribbean. My Spanish is pretty weak, but i'm working on it right now, until next summer. Any suggestions on programs or countries, or fellow MeFi experiences? I'm pretty much starting in the dark here.
posted by jare2003 on Sep 4, 2004 - 8 answers

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