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Caribbean primer

You’ve seen the pictures of the turquoise water - but you haven’t yet taken the step to book a trip to the Caribbean. It was a pretty daunting idea the first time I traveled there - it seemed so exotic, far away and (frankly) scary. Here’s a quick primer for you to finally pull the trigger on your trip.

So many islands...

Yep. And they’re all different. Easy places to start? Try a cruise. Ignore the horror stories about stranded or sick passengers. You get to unpack once and explore multiple islands. Lines I love? Disney is the hands down best. Nicest boats, and some of the most fun you can have with your family. Their private island (Castaway Cay) is one of my favorite stops. Lunch at Cookie’s BBQ is probably my top meal of the cruise - mostly because you eat outside under a pavilion with your feet in the sand. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity are two more to look at. Both have plenty to do on the boat, good service and nice itineraries. Search You Tube for videos people post of their vacation - a great way to see how things look and to get some tips.

If you prefer to fly...

I love the Virgin Islands. It’s a US territory so they use US dollars, and have the familiarity of home - outside of driving on the opposite side of the road. Fly into St. Thomas and stay at a resort, or rent a home via VRBO. On our last visit, we stayed at the Marriott Frenchman’s Cove time share (different from the Marriott hotel and available on VRBO). Beautiful pool and beach and close to downtown Charlotte Amalie. Book a snorkel/beach stop cruise with Cool Boats USVI - they take you snorkeling with turtles and then to Honeymoon Beach for rum drinks. Hop a ferry to Cruz Bay to explore St. John (grab a Painkiller at Joe's Rum Hut). If you rent a Jeep, take it on the ferry and explore St John. And definitely track down Pickles in Paradise for lunch. If you have the time, take the day long trip to Virgin Gorda (British Virgin Islands). The Baths are beautiful.

Questions? Comments on your favorite Caribbean spots? Let me know on twitter @DryFins.

Yours in water,

Andy



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