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Old 04-13-2015, 05:17 PM
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US Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, or Aruba

We're trying to plan a vacation to 1 of these 3 places. Where would you go and for those who have been to any, what are some tips you could give me?
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Old 04-13-2015, 05:29 PM
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St John or Costa Rica. If you go to costa rice go visit the Tabacon resort near the Arenal Volcano. However costa rice has a really bad rainy season during the Summer. To me the Westin on St John is one of the best vacations. I went last year and Im going back again this year.
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Old 04-13-2015, 05:31 PM
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I have been to the Virgin Islands and Aruba - both great places.. I liked the resorts in Aruba better cuz I could ski on the leeward side and wind surf on the wind ward side of the island.

Fishing was great in Aruba - went just outside of Venezuela and got a bunch of fish.

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Old 04-13-2015, 05:32 PM
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Go to the British Virgin Islands. I've been to Costa Rica 8 times, and it's not the greatest. The Virginia islands are the most beautiful places/islands I've ever seen. Costa Rica is kind of a sketchy corrupt country that the cops see you're white, pull you over and they ask for money or take you to jail. My parents and I know from experience...

If your budget allows, I'd charter a yacht (sail or motor) and island hop. The smaller ones (30-50 ft) are pretty cheap if you go bare bones. That's the only way I'd do it! The Virgin Islands are best experienced that way!!!
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Old 04-13-2015, 05:42 PM
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BVI or American Virgin Islands are the overall best choice.

I agree w/aric on CRica, banana republic w/attitude. They only care for your dollars, not tourists.

Aruba does have great water sports....and gambling if that's your thing.
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:45 PM
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My wife and I honeymooned at ST John, it was awesome. Rented a house and jeep, roamed the island, hiked, snorkeled, hung out on the beach it was great. We are not "all-inclusive" types.
Going back this coming fall for a sailing trip with friends
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Old 04-13-2015, 07:06 PM
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Aruba is a bit barren in my opinion, not the prettiest of islands. I like Costa Rica and BVI. Caribbean is pricier than C.R in my experience.
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:33 PM
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If going to the Virgin islands I would avoid the US side and go the the british parts , We love Tortola ,and are headed to Bonaire this weekend and can give you a report when we get back
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Old 04-14-2015, 07:28 AM
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If we choose the virgin islands , is there any part to avoid staying in? I would love to avoid paying $500 a night if possible, but dont want to be in any shady part of the islands either.

Btw, this is a mainly wife-driven trip, so I would imagine a lot of beach action, some snorkeling amd maybe jetskiing, with some small town store shopping if possible. In other words, i doubt any deep-sea fishing is involved.
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My experience is only with USVI - St John is pretty much entirely safe. St Thomas is more "retreat to your resort before dark" type place.

I rented a house large enough for two couples or a family for much less then $500 a night.
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