Tropical island summer vacation recommendation for college women
March 4, 2015 8:07 PM   Subscribe

My 19 year old daughter and her girl friend would like to visit a tropical island for a week or two, during the summer break, that is safe and has either public transportation or is easy to get around otherwise (they don't drive) and see the sights. Any suggestions? Requirements in order of preference: safe, island, beautiful, easy to get around without a car, other young people, not too hot, nice beaches, not too expensive (airfares from US, lodging, food), interesting places to explore. Thanks!
posted by j810c to Travel & Transportation (9 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
The bahamas.
posted by J. Wilson at 8:32 PM on March 4, 2015

Check this link about how to choose a Caribbean island.
posted by Kwadeng at 8:42 PM on March 4, 2015 [1 favorite]

Where are they coming from? A few Hawaiian islands fit the bill, but they're not that affordable to get to from the east coast compared to the west coast.
posted by town of cats at 8:58 PM on March 4, 2015 [2 favorites]

posted by 2soxy4mypuppet at 9:06 PM on March 4, 2015

St. John, USVI!
posted by Bohemian Sailor at 4:57 AM on March 5, 2015

Puerto Rico? They won't even need a passport.
posted by COD at 5:16 AM on March 5, 2015 [1 favorite]

It's not an island but my go-to destination is Playa del Carmen for simplicity. The main street in along the beach so the hotels, shops, restaurants, and beach are all walking distance from one another.

The main street is also is a pedestrian way (cars blocked) so it eliminates the need to go to a club to go do something. Strolling around 5th Ave feels very social since the restaurants spill out in to the street.
posted by beccaj at 5:36 AM on March 5, 2015

Cozumel is just a short ferry ride from Playa del Carmen. It's an island, has cheap and plentiful taxis, has beaches for exploration and snorkeling, and might have some nightlife, but I go to bed too early to know anything about that.
posted by Floydd at 6:01 AM on March 5, 2015

Seconding Hawaii - specifically the island of Oahu. I'm not sure where they are flying from but from the west coast it's not too pricey to fly to Honolulu. Oahu has a great public transit system - you can take the bus everywhere on the island. The other islands have public transit as well, but from what I've experienced, Oahu's is the best and easiest to use. They can use a website like Homeaway to find a place to stay that isn't one of the pricey hotels on Waikiki, and if you eat at small local joints or farmers markets, food is not that pricey either. The island is also safe and there are tons of fun places to explore. Also, just to mention - I lived in Hawaii for 6 months when I was 19, and had a blast.
posted by FireFountain at 7:00 AM on March 5, 2015

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