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Cheap & Safe Caribbean Island (from the following list)?

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Cheap & Safe Caribbean Island (from the following list)?

I know this question gets asked a lot in the broadest sense and I've already read through these answers, so I'll try to be specific.

I'm looking for a safe hassle-free solo vacation this March (2013) to an island in the Caribbean where I can feel safe without having to confine myself to a resort for the entire time. I'll only be able to spend 2-4 nights due to budget constraints.

I'll be flying out of Nashville and my overall budget for air & hotels is $500-$1000 which really makes it hard. I'm willing to stay at hostels or budget hotels if you have specific recommendations.

I know people often recommend Turks & Caicos & Barbados but I think they're out of my budget.

Keeping my flights to under $600 from Nashville, my choices are Bahamas (Nassau), Jamaica (Montego Bay), Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) and U.S. Virgin Islands(St. Thomas). Nassau & St. Thomas have the cheapest flights but also the most expensive hotels.

I've read posts here warning against travel to Jamaica and DR, so I guess they are out ? Would Nassau or St. Thomas be safe for the hassle free vacation I'm seeking?

I just want to be able to lie on the beach, walk around the island away from my hotel to grab food, maybe snorkel, take a historical tour, etc.

(P.S. I have traveled to lots of places which others think are dangerous that I didn't because I kept to the beaten path- e.g. Rio, Durban, etc. so I don't mean to claim Jamaica & DR are unsafe for others as I've never visited, but from my reading thus far they both seem like places you have to do your research on and keep vigil. I won't have the time to do a lot of research as I'll be studying for the bar exam and will need just a place where I can wander off without having to think or worry as I'd like to unwind from the previous stressful months of studying.)

Thanks in advance!

Happy Holidays.

Winnipeg, Manitoba...
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11. Re: Cheap & Safe Caribbean Island (from the following list)?

Yes I have to agree that Cuba would have been the place for you. The locals are VERY friendly and i felt so safe there. I was able to leave my resort and visit the local town . Food off the resorts are better too. Have you thought of Tobago? I'm not sure about the flights. I also second the Florida idea. There are some really beautiful places in St. Petersberg.

Best of luck on your bar exam!!!

12. Re: Cheap & Safe Caribbean Island (from the following list)?

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13. Re: Cheap & Safe Caribbean Island (from the following list)?

Given your budget and time frame, I might recommend Sanibel Island in Florida...very nice. My husband and I love St Croix, but it is not a place that comes to mind for wandering around on foot.

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14. Re: Cheap & Safe Caribbean Island (from the following list)?

The OP was intending to travel in March 2013, and has probably taken their trip by now. Post 12 is a duplicate posting.

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15. Re: Cheap & Safe Caribbean Island (from the following list)?

I also know that this is an old post, and I am not so much of a solo traveler. I wanted to open the discussion again because I am looking for the same thing (with more nights and a different budget)and could not have expressed a question any better than the OP. I found this post on a Google search.

I have been to Cozumel - very safe, Aruba - very safe, Bonaire - very safe.

I live in Florida and have been to many of the beaches here.

I have been to the Caymans on a cruise and am still considering that.

I might consider St Croix: I'm assuming the comments in post 13 are more toward needing a car than not wanting to walk around in town?

I am a US citizen, so can't get to Cuba that easily. The BVI's and T&C's seem to be out of my price range.

Any additional ideas I would welcome, and if someone wants to ask about Florida, I could try to help them as well.

I hope the OP did well on the exam.

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16. Re: Cheap & Safe Caribbean Island (from the following list)?

Looks like the OP ended up going to the Bahamas (Atlantis) in April, and with family:

tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g147417-d185…

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17. Re: Cheap & Safe Caribbean Island (from the following list)?

The Nassau area would not have been my first choice LOL. I went there on a cruise once. Nassau is horrible. Paradise Island was nice enough, and the aquarium was cool. It is walkable too, but I also found some people on that island that could not care less. The Atlantis is too big for my liking for a longer vacation.

Edited: 12:17 pm, August 15, 2013
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