View Poll Results: Where should Katalina go with the tickets she won at the company Christmas party?
Jamaica 2 11.11%
Dominican Republic 5 27.78%
Bahamas 5 27.78%
Grand Cayman 6 33.33%
Cuba (darn...I wish) 0 0%
Voters: 18. You may not vote on this poll

Won plane tickets at the Company Christmas party!



We won air Jamaica tickets for any destination in the Caribean. Where should we go, and why? Where have you been and what do you recommend?

Here is a list of their Caribean destinations in case you prefer something not on the poll: http://www.airjamaica.com/destinations/carib.asp

I appreciate your input!
I have never been to the caribbean but my family is from the Grand Cayman. I have heard it is a very beautiful place, but also very expensive. Just an fyi. Not sure if that is a factor (being broke it would be for me). It is also a more laid back destination, so it depends on what you are looking for out of your vacation.
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Originally Posted by GuardianB
- February 25, 2004

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Wow!! Congratulations, that is so great you won tickets. You didn't really state what your budget concerns are, but since everyone likes to save money and have a great time, I have to whole heartidly recommend the Dominican Republic.

Out of the places you listed, I have been to 3 (I think, can't remeber the list now I've been to other places in the Caribbean, but they weren't on the list) the Bahamas, Jamaica, and the DR. For what its worth, here's my opinion on each - Bahamas, stayed at Atlantis, and have to warn you, my opinion maybe tainted because we were there with some of hubby's clients, so it really wasn't a relaxing vacation . It's nice, but not somewhere I am dying to return to. Jamaica same thing, actually the country is very beautiful, but its not really that safe to leave your resort, so that is a big negative to me, plus the resorts are way too overpriced.

For the best vacation value you really can't beat the DR. Normally hubby and I go to the Mayan Riviera on Mexico's Caribbean side (cause it's the closest for us), but this past Sept, we wanted to try something different, so I picked the DR because I had heard so many great things about it. We both loved the DR, mostly because honestly, the Dominicans are some of the most friendly people we have ever encountered. The country is really lush and beautiful. The resorts are incredible, and really reasonably priced, the cheapest you will find in the Caribbean. We stayed 4 nights in Santo Domingo, just because I really wanted to get a feel for the country, and not just stay at a resort, and then we went to the RIU Palace in Punta Cana for a week. This is a beautiful resort.

The funniest thing, as we were leaving and flying over, I told hubby, this is a country I would love to return to, but didn't really think I would, because it is very far for us to fly (takes about 13 hours (with connections, etc.)for us from the West Coast!!), and I like to try different places. Well, turns out, hubby just qualified for an incentive trip at work that we didn't even know about that happens to be for Valentine's week at the Caso de Campo in the DR. This is suposed to be the nicest resort in the DR, so I'm super excited!! But quite honestly, I would be happy with any trip to the DR. It is really a very beautiful country.

I am sure you will love no matter where you decide to go - any trip to the Caribbean beats the heck out of work!!
Jamaica... because I like saying Jamaica 'mon!
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Thanks everybody! You know Michelle, I am leaning towards the DR too. I have been elsewhere in the Caribean, so I feel like I have already had the quintessential "Don't worry mon be happy" vacation. I speak Spanish, and love to use my Spanish when I travel. I love latino people and their food and culture, so I would feel right at home in the DR. I would also love to go to Puerto Rico, but they don't offer flights there. I would love to see Cuba, because my Dad used to live there, but that is not possible now.

As for budget....yeah, we don't want to spend an arm and a leg. I really don't need some fancy resort, because I don't want to spend that much time in a hotel anyway. I am someone who likes to get out and explore. I like to find the restaurants where the locals eat, and wander off the beaten path. I have traveled a lot, especially when I was younger, so I am used to cheap lodging, roughing it a bit, and finding my way in third world countries. I am there for the adventure!

I am currently reading a great historical novel that takes place in the DR: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
I suggest you check out fodors.com or frommers.com to find what their travelers think of those places. From what I've read on those sites, either DR or Grand Cayman. The Bahamas and Jamaica have their fans, but there seems to be a bit of negative reviews as well.
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Thanks everybody! You know Michelle, I am leaning towards the DR too. I have been elsewhere in the Caribean, so I feel like I have already had the quintessential "Don't worry mon be happy" vacation. I speak Spanish, and love to use my Spanish when I travel. I love latino people and their food and culture, so I would feel right at home in the DR. I would also love to go to Puerto Rico, but they don't offer flights there. I would love to see Cuba, because my Dad used to live there, but that is not possible now.

As for budget....yeah, we don't want to spend an arm and a leg. I really don't need some fancy resort, because I don't want to spend that much time in a hotel anyway. I am someone who likes to get out and explore. I like to find the restaurants where the locals eat, and wander off the beaten path. I have traveled a lot, especially when I was younger, so I am used to cheap lodging, roughing it a bit, and finding my way in third world countries. I am there for the adventure!

I am currently reading a great historical novel that takes place in the DR: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
Originally Posted by Katalina
Thanks for the book link, I'll have to check it out. From what you have said, it sounds like the DR would be a perfect fit for you. There are lots of places where you can "rough it", so to speak. And since you speak Spanish, it opens up the whole culture to you. I also speak Spanish, maybe that is why I am more drawn to Spanish speaking countries. When I travel, I really like to see something different, that's why the other places in the Caribbean don't draw me in as much as the DR. I went on a cruise that stopped in many of the eastern Caribbean (st. Kits, St. Barts, etc.,) and while they are beautiful, I still perfer the DR. I've also been to Puerto Rico, and I much prefered the DR. (not that's there's anything wrong with PR, it is beautiful also) From the sound of you, sounds like you would too. I am likewise a former roughing it traveler, that is, before I met hubby who thinks anything less than the Sheraton is roughing it. BUt his job is super stressful so now when we go on vacation, all he wants to do is lay on the beach with a cold drink in his hand. That's why we like the all inclusives. I do drag him out almost every day so that we can experience the places we go to.

There are penty of resorts that would fit what you are looking for, not in Punta Cana, but in the Southern area, or, more particularly in the North, in Sosua and Puerto Plata area, which I haven't been to, but if you see pictures looks gorgeous. I had two websites I looked to get info on the DR, if you want the links, let me know and I will send them to you(don't know what they are now, I'll have to find them if you want them). Have Fun no matter where you go!!
Ok Michelle, lets see those DR links! And how about you and your hubby come with, and we will let the guys lay around and be lazy, while we you out and have fun! Power shopping by day, and girl's night out every evening! Ya know....so we can practice our Spanish with the locals!

Thank you for the website recommendations Austin, I hadn't thought to look at those. I am familiar with these books, but sometimes forget that everybody has a website these days!
Ok Michelle, lets see those DR links! And how about you and your hubby come with, and we will let the guys lay around and be lazy, while we you out and have fun! Power shopping by day, and girl's night out every evening! Ya know....so we can practice our Spanish with the locals!
Originally Posted by Katalina
Sounds like a plan!! And wait until you see the locals. YUM!! Did I say that??

Here's the links - sorry if they don't work right, I'm a lame-o at this linking stuff.

www.dr1.com

www.debbiesdominicantravel.com
You know, I almost forgot....my maiden name, Mejía, is the same last name as the President!!!! We're going first class and staying at the Presidential Palace! Thanks for the links!

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