Tropical Islands

@Shar19 (8236)
United States
August 13, 2010 7:07pm CST
Just wondering if anyone has ever been to any tropical islands before. If so where did you go and stay and how did you like it? Also would like to hear if there are any vacation spots that you would never go back to and why.
10 responses
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
14 Aug 10
I traveled to Jamacia two times. I loved it. Im all into reggae music and went to see where my favorite music was coming from. That was why i returned the second time. I for sure would go again. I would love to attend Reggae Sunsplash. I also traveled to Venace Beach in California. I loved that too but not as much as Jamacia. Hawaii is still on my list of places to go.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
14 Aug 10
That sounds like fun. I would just worry about going to Jamaica during hurricane season. We're thinking of going away in October which is still hurricane season there.
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
15 Aug 10
Ya i believe you are correct. You can investigate online about that to be sure. Go when they are not there. I remember shortly after i took my vacation a co-worker took one to a island and a hurricane came while they were there. They didnt have much fun.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
23 Aug 10
Yeah, a hurricane would definitely ruin the mood.
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
14 Aug 10
I went to the Virgin Islands. I had won a trip for two on a 43 foot sailboat for a week, just sailing from one island to another. We went as far south as Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. It was absolutely lovely! I'd love to go back. The beaches were gorgeous, the water crystal clear and the stars! Man! From what I was told by one of the natives down there, they don't see the moon, at least not in late November when I was there. So, the stars shine so brightly and there are literally thousands that can be seen. Oh, and shooting stars! All over the place! Of course, beauty comes at a cost. The water has all kinds of nasties in it; barracuda, sharks, spiney sea urchins, fire coral... scary stuff! Still, I'd definitely go back in a second! Just give me the opportunity and I'm there! My husband told me to go ahead and plan a vaction this year. I was planning on going to the beach, Ocean City, Maryland, to be precise. He grew up not far from there and has a sister living there now. I was going to start planning it when my arm started hurting. It turns out that I need surgery on my neck as soon as possible for a herniated disc. That should be happening in a couple of weeks. I was also told it will take about six weeks to recouperate, so a vacation of any kind is out for this year. I'll tell you one thing, as soon as I can, I'm going to go on a vacation. At this point, I don't really care where I go. I just want to go somewhere and enjoy myself for a couple of weeks. I haven't had a vacation in over 20 years! I'd love to see Bermuda or the Bahamas. I've wanted to see both Hawaii and Australia since I was a kid. Maybe I'll just throw caution to the wind and just go.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
14 Aug 10
That sounds like you had a nice time on the sailboat. Where did the boat leave from and did you feel sick at all on the boat? I've heard that the Virgin Islands are beautiful. That's a possibility as long as the air fare isn't sky high. I think you should still plan your vacation anyway. Make it for after your surgery and go to the Bahamas. You'll have a great time!
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
14 Aug 10
We were flown to Puerto Rico and took a shuttle flight to St. Thomas where we got on the boat. I didn't feel sick at all, even though, at times, a HUGE shuttle boat called, very aptly, "La Bomba" almost flew by, causing tremendous waves while we were docked at one of the islands. There was always something to take my mind off the swaying, like pelicans, sea turtles, etc. Of course, after the week was over and we got off the boat, it took me awhile to get my land legs back. It was so funny to watch! We looked quite drunk. LOL Still, it was lovely. On the sailboat, we could dock wherever we wanted for as long as we wanted, get off the boat and see the sights of the island, then move on to the next. I saw St. John mentioned in the comment below mine and we were docked there for 24 hours because the boat was having transmission problems. There were tiny little flying bugs that the captain called "noseeums" because you literally didn't see them unless you looked hard when they bit because they were so tiny. And they did bite! Man! They seemed to be immune to OFF. On the way home, I counted the bites on my arm from my elbow to my wrist; there were 44 bites! But, that was the only bad part of the trip. I loved every other aspect of it. We went to one island they called "Cave Island" because you could take a dinghy and row right into the caves. We all had to keep one foot out of the boat to keep from slamming up against the rocks because of the waves but it was great fun. I have the feeling that, these days, you could find some great deals on air fare. Just start searching. I have the feeling that most airlines are offering reduced rates because of the recession. I may just do that after I'm healed, plan a getaway. It's been so long and things have always gotten in the way. I just have to say, "Not this time!" and just do it. I don't know if my husband could go with me, though. He's taking the end of this month off for his vacation and I certainly won't be healed enough to do anything by then. But, I don't mind going by myself. I've always been one to be able to find my own fun by myself. I used to take daytrips and just drive until I got tired, then spend the night at a motel and come back the next day. I've seen a lot of really cool places that way. I'll probably plan to visit some friends I've made here. I can travel alone just fine and it would be great to have someone on the other end to meet and do things with.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
14 Aug 10
You certainly have some nice memories from that trip. I'm glad you were able to experience something like that. I forgot to ask, how did you win the trip?
@kimbers867 (2540)
• United States
14 Aug 10
I have been to St. Thomas, St. Martin and Jamaica. I visited both st. Thomas and St. Martin on a cruise and loved both. I spent my honeymoon in Jamaica, first marriage, and would not go back. The resort was nice, except for the water. But once you leave the island you really see how poor it is there and it is depressing.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
14 Aug 10
My cousins have been to St. Thomas and St. John on cruises also. They loved them both. I have heard mixed reviews about Jamaica. What was wrong with the water there? My honeymoon was in the Bahamas and though it was beautiful, I wouldn't feel safe traveling the island. So if I go back I would just stay at the resort.
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@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
14 Aug 10
Thanks for clearing that up. Now I understand. I think a lot of places you have to be careful with the drinking water.
• United States
22 Aug 10
I went to Hawaii. stayed in Waikiki, It was an awesome mothers' day gift!!!
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
23 Aug 10
Wow! Now that is a great mother's day present. You're lucky. My husband has been wanting to go to Hawaii. I would like to go too but I wouldn't want to fly all that time to get there.
• United States
24 Aug 10
I highly recommend it. aside from other tourists thinking that me and my mother were locals (hahaha) we had a great time!!!
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
16 Aug 10
I have never been to a tropical island before but in July this year I visited Norfolk Island which is a sub tropical island in the South Pacific Ocean. It is only a very small island. 8 kilometres by 5 kilometres but there is an amazing amount of things to do there. I was there for a week and did not get to do all of the things that I wanted to do and see. It is an island steeped in history and has a rugged natural beauty about it. I loved the place and felt really welcomed there by the locals who are probably the friendliest bunch of people that I have ever met. I would definitely recommend visiting there. I have travelled to a few countries around the world and honestly, there were no places that I visited that I would not return to. I loved them all!
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
23 Aug 10
From your profile it seems you already live somewhere tropical looking. I'm glad you had the chance to visit some beautiful places.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
23 Aug 10
My profile photo was taken in a fairly cold area, but in the summer time. It is a cool temperate climate I guess. I live at the very southern tip of the sub tropics where it blends in with a warm temperate climate. We can get some tropical weather and some tropical fruits grow here, but it gets too cold in winter to be classed as tropical.
@greenline (14864)
• Canada
14 Aug 10
Hello Shar. How have you been ? I have been to Indonesia. That's an island country with many many islands. I was in Java and Sumatra Islands, very impressive indeed. I went up the rain forest mountain ranges in Sumatra Island, very beautiful, with the sea-views. There are many places of tourist attraction in Indonesia.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
14 Aug 10
I have heard there are many nice sites in Indonesia. I'm glad you were able to experience it. It's amazing how many beautiful places there are in this world.
@amybrezik (2123)
• United States
6 Sep 10
I have never thought to go to Indonesia. Which of the two islands would you recommend?
@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
22 Aug 10
We have been to a few "tropical" places and liked them all. We went to Aruba a few years ago and loved it so much we are going back again this year. It is small, easy to navigate, and very safe, and the beaches are BEAUTIFUL. It is generally below the hurricane line so it is safe to go there any time. But it is VERY expensive to eat there, so we are staying at a time-share to cut down on the food bills. We had a wonderful time at Cancun, in Mexico. In my opinion, the beaches in Cancun are even more beautiful than Aruba, although the ocean is rougher. And there is a lot more to do it Mexico than in Aruba! Cancun is shaped like a "7," the top is more college/younger crowd, the lower 1/2 is quieter, and geared more towards families or older travelers (or anyone who wants to avoid the "party" atmosphere. And the water is much, much better than it was, and perfectly safe at resorts, hotels, decent restaurants, etc. And it is cheaper than Aruba, too. Another option you might not immediately think of is Venezuela. It has very nice beaches, too, and lots of historic/touristy things to do. And several islands are owned by Venezuela--Margarita Island and Los Roques, for instance. Los Roques is preserved and undeveloped, so it is very rustic, but the snorkling/scuba diving is fantastic. And Margarita Island has many of the same amenities as Aruba--they are near each other. I have to point out that we went before the Chavez era, so I am not sure how Americans are treated there these days, but we were pleasantly surprised at that time at the level of customer service and friendly demeanor of everyone we met. We also enjoyed Puerto Rico, although the beaches are not as nice as the above places. But there is a lot to do, and there are many historical sites, museums, art galleries, etc., as well as beach stuff, and LOTS of restaurants. And it is a relatively big island, so you can travel north to south or east to west and feel like you have experienced completely different islands. One nice bonus is that Puerto Rico is home to the only rainforest that is part of the U.S. National Park system. It is called El Yunque and is definitely worth a visit. We have also been to Capri (Italy) which is gorgeous, if you are considering non-Caribbean islands. We have also traveled to Guam and the Philippines--I highly recommend the beaches in the Philippines, some of which are considered to be the most beautiful in the world. We were not impressed with Guam, and would not plan a trip there unless we were just stopping over on our way somewhere else. Hope this helps! Have fun planning (and going on) your vacation!
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
23 Aug 10
Hi Suzie! Well you have certainly been to a lot of different places. Seems like you've had some great times too. As for Aruba, I did here from some people that it is very expensive there. I kind of figured that out when I was checking out the airfare there. So for now I think that one will be off our list. Although I would love to go there sometime. I was checking into different locations in Mexico. Where would the quieter places be there? Would it be the Riviera Maya area? Also would we have to worry about hurricanes there too in October? We know of two families that stayed there this month and really had a nice time there. I think it's more our price range too. Thanks for all your input on the different locations.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
16 Aug 10
I've never had the opportunity to visit any tropical islands, but it certainly is something that I would like to be able to do at some point during my life. That said, I've been on several vacations and the vast majority I would love to have the opportunity to visit again. The only place that I've ever been during a part of a vacation that I would really never like to go to again is Bologna in Italy. The reason that I don't want to go there again is because it just seemed like a dirty and crime ridden city.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
23 Aug 10
You should try to go to one at least once in your life. You'll really enjoy the beauty of it all.
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
14 Aug 10
I got to go to Andros Island in the Bahamas when I was in high school on a field study trip. I would love to go back but it's probably all built up and ruined by now, that was 38 years ago! The people that lived there were nice and the water was gorgeous. Other than that I have never had a real vacation so I don't know a lot of destinations to recommend!
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
14 Aug 10
I'm sure it's still beautiful there. You should go back sometime.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
14 Aug 10
I live on a tropical Island in the Caribbean. It has been my home for the past 40 years. Lots of discounts going around now. If you pm me then I will respond with the name of a hotel chain that is discounting 65%.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
14 Aug 10
I would love to hear more about the hotel you're talking about. I'll send you a pm. Thank you.