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Aruba, Curacao, St. Croix or St. Thomas?

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Aruba, Curacao, St. Croix or St. Thomas?

My wife and I have traveled to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco and Cancun. This year we are looking into the Carribean for the 2nd week in November.

Only problem is all the islands look nice and would love the advice of someone well traveled in the Carribean that has been to a few of these islands.

We love a safe area with a beautiful beach and clean Carribean water. However, our preference is a destination that has other things to tour away from the resort. We like an island that has a city with some authentic culture so we can shop and go out to dine in town at night. A destination that has several romantic restaurants, especially if one or two allowed you to dine on the beach or near the water would be great.. I like Marriott hotels so I narrowed it to islands where they have a property.

Any information or recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Travel for Fun 76

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11. Re: Aruba, Curacao, St. Croix or St. Thomas?

Tripadvisor contributors,

Dotneko's question

Our preference is that we like nice hotel properties and either high rise or low level properties are both fine.

A less crowded beach would be a plus. We are not gamblers and we are not really not into casinos. We like some water sports such as snorkeling and canoeing.

We like more authentic cities with older historical culture and we are a little less into the cosmopolitian culture and architecture.

After a day in the sun, the real treat is if the destination has nice romantic restaurants, hopefully some are beach or waterfront restaurants. Safety is a slight concern and we would avoid areas known for frequently kidnapping tourists, part of the reason we are avoiding Mexico at this time.

Thanks for all of the recommendations and information.

Any additional recommendaitons and info would certainly be appreciated.

Thanks,

Travel for Fun 76

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12. Re: Aruba, Curacao, St. Croix or St. Thomas?

Excellent! I think that either Aruba or Curacao will fit.

My previous post pretty much sums up the positives

and negatives of both.

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Thanks

Travel for Fun 76

jl
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14. Re: Aruba, Curacao, St. Croix or St. Thomas?

dotneko - I would not consider all of Eagle Beach to be crowded. Costa Linda, perhaps and another would be La Cabana. As far as the other hotels that are lined up on Eagle Beach I would say crowded is not a term I would use. However, since the OP wants the Marriott that wouldn't come into play.

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15. Re: Aruba, Curacao, St. Croix or St. Thomas?

I just think that a high rise hotel has by definition limited beach front to put all the people from its rooms on. So, if there are 500 rooms on a small footprint, it just has to be more crowded than 500 rooms spread out over 1/2 mile of beach front. That's why they build up rather than out - you can put more people there.

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