Originally Posted by M2
Hey all, I've come into some frequent flyer rewards (on JetBlue) and I get to go somewhere in the Caribbean this winter.
The four choices I've got are Puerto Rico, Mexico (Cancun region), the Bahamas (Nassau) and Aruba. I've never been down there before so I know very little about the areas other than they're generally supposed to be nice.
I figure plenty of folks here have been down there and can give me some intel.
Things we'll be looking for -
Laid back beaches
Some local culture
An interesting side trip or two (rain forest, historic location, interesting coastlines, etc.)
Things we'll want to avoid -
We don't require a lot in the way of a room - cleanliness, comfortable bed, good plumbing.
Any and all suggestions are appreciated.
The only one I can offer any insight on is Nassau. If you are trying to avoid the touristy type Caribbean scene, then avoid Nassau. However, if you can move onward from there to somewhere like the Abaco Islands, I think you'll find what you're looking for. It's a short flight from Nassau. I've spent time in and around Marsh Harbour as well as Green Turtle Cay, and they're both incredible.
Green Turtle Cay is the better of the two. You have to take a ferry to the island, and IIRC, no cars on the island. Tourism is a big draw, but it isn't anything resembling a tourist trap. No high rises that I know of, and every beach there is laid back and picturesque. I didn't stay in this place when I was there, but I've heard wonderful things about it: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...s_Bahamas.html
Very exciting to hear that you're able to take a trip to the Caribbean. Feel free to shoot me a PM if you have any other questions.
Also, FWIW, great diving and snorkeling in the Abaco Islands.