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Travel Guide: The Caribbean

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The countries of Central America are all former spanish colonies, with the exception of Belize, which was under British rule until 1980. Their culture is a mixture of Spanish culture with native Indian influences, and a touch of Carribean flavour.

In Central-America, Mexico receives most visitors. Mexico City, Acapulco , Baja California are all top tourist attractions. Yucatan with its many Maya sites should be on top of your priority list as well.

South of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras combine some of the best Maya sights with interesting Indian markets in small villages. Costa Rica is the top destination for eco tourism. Panama is off the beaten track, but crossing the Darien gap or visiting the San blas islands is a unique experience.

The Caribbean offers rum and reggae, lots of sunshine and sandy beaches. There are so many islands to choose from while all of them are beautiful, relaxing and exciting at the same time. The biggest islands Cuba , Haiti and Jamaica have loads of sights and are great for sun-worshippers with their numerous white sandy beaches.

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Top Destinations in Central America

Antigua Guatemala
Guatemala city
Costa Rica
Havana
San Jose
Guatemala
Managua
Trinidad and Tobago
Port-au-prince
Cuba
Tegucigalpa
Barbados


Travel Q&A on The Caribbean:

Question: #1: why isnt trinidad and tobago listed in under the caribbean travel heading?
i mean, trinidad is one of the most industrialised caribbean countries, and out of the english-speaking caribbean, it IS the most industrialised, with the highest standard of living. simply because it is not the most popular tourism attraction should it be left out?simply because it does not fit mainly in to the caribbean stereotype of sun, sea and sand (which it doesn't lack by the way) - asked by sasha

Answer: cus when ppl think of caribbean they dont think of trinidad...trinidad is not really a tourist island although they do have tourists....they depend on oil and gas (which is in abundance there ) and not ... - answered by: moan
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Question: #2: DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC or ANY OTHER CARIBBEAN ISLANDS??
One of my friend is an Israeli Citizen who's a US Permanent Resident Card Holder and another an Indian Citizen who's a US Permanent Resident Card Holder as well. I'm a US CITIZEN, we are planning to take a trip in the caribbeans,do my friends need Visa's to travel to the caribbean Islands or their country's passport along with the US Permanent Resident card sufficient?? ONLY ANSWER IF U KNOW, NO STUPID ANSWERS PLEASE!!! THANK YOU. - asked by chimi c

Answer: The best answer is to consult the airline you plan on traveling. They have information about what you both will need. I would guess, if it just for a vacation, no. Then again, if you are going to the bahamas, ... - answered by: Jeff S
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Question: #3: DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC or ANY OTHER CARIBBEAN ISLANDS??
One of my friend is an Israeli Citizen who's a US Permanent Resident Card Holder and another an Indian Citizen who's a US Permanent Resident Card Holder as well. I'm a US CITIZEN, we are planning to take a trip in the caribbeans,do my friends need Visa's to travel to the Caribbean Islands or their country's passport along with the US Permanent Resident card sufficient?? ANSWER ONLY IF U KNOW, NO STUPID ANSWERS PLEASE!!! THANK YOU. - asked by chimi c

Answer: The resident card is sufficient since it serves as proof of residency in the US, especially since youre only travelling there. Starting in January, the requirements will become more strict. Consult with ... - answered by: ♡ M. Shadows ♡
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Question: #4: Cost of travelling around the Caribbean?
I'm going to the Caribbean next March and am going to based in St. Lucia. Whats the cheapest way to travel between the islands? Prices would be helpful too. - asked by david2131uk

Answer: Being from the West Indies and travelling there, I'd advise you to travel my boat or ferry whenever you can (it's cheaper) but you can always fly here are some links!To have a general approach of the island, ... - answered by: fabee
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Question: #5: What is the best all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean to have a wedding & have affordable travel expenses?
I'm currently looking for an amazing boutique resort in the Caribbean that has an all-inclusive option for my wedding. Preferably, I would like to have the ceremony on a cliffside overlooking the ocean, rather than in the sand. It's very important for travel expenses (airfare & hotel) to be affordable for my guests to come. I would like to keep it around $1,000/person if possible - or I fear not that many people will come! Other preferable amenities are great food, spa services, great service in general, private beach access if not situated directly on the beach, water activities/tours (i.e. cruise for guests around the island), and it would also be great to be able to fly directly into the island - has to have its own airport. :) Right now, I'm trying to stay away Jamaica, Dominican Republic & Puerto Rico - and Mexico. Also, I think the U.S. & British Virgin Islands will be too expensive. Any suggestions? Other islands: St. Lucia, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, St. Kitts, Barbados,et - asked by kittykat416

Answer: Right now, Punta cana, Dominican republic is the best place to go for that, nice, unexpensive, and I'm sure you will have the best time of your life there.
http://www.bookit.com/ ... - answered by: Eli
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Question: #6: Best Caribbean island to travel to with hubby and two young sons?
We need a holiday! We haven't had a proper vacation since our honeymoon nine years ago, and this will be our first major trip with the boys. I need good advice for a Caribbean destination that would provide our family with lots of fun things to do. My sons are aged 2 and 7. I would prefer to stay in a reputable place that offers children's activities so that my husband and I can get a little couple time as well. We'd likely go for a week in either October or November. Thank you! - asked by elle72

Answer: Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas. ... - answered by: Fire_Starter_1
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Question: #7: how much $$ does it cost to travel around Caribbean?
If you are living/staying on one of the islands, how much time & money does it take to do a tour of the various islands (Cuba, DR, Jamaica, Trinidad, Curacao)? Could a person do a grand tour for less than $1000 travelling money? I would be willing to go by boat or plane. Gracias. - asked by Crazy Eagle

Answer: The fuel cost from the DR to Cuba is probably more than $US 1,000 if you travel by boat. If you want to enjoy yourself bring 10k. ... - answered by: Sanmigsean
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Question: #8: Do I need a passport to travel to the Caribbean?
I want to do a spur of the moment trip to to Caribbean but I didn't know if I needed a passport to go anywhere there. Does anyone know the answer or a site where I can look this up? - asked by freakyitalian913

Answer: For 2006, a driver's license and birth certificate are sufficient. On January 1, 2007, you will need a passport for the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada. On January 1, 2008, you will need a passport for ... - answered by: great_travel_agent
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Question: #9: what are the best places to travel in the caribbean in september and october?
i want to know where to visit that has good temperatures in september and october but no rain and a lot of hot sun preferably in the caribbean are i've already been to bermuda and bahamas so i want to go somewhere else preferably a young crowd and a party scene, thanks for your help - asked by Butter

Answer: i have been vacationing in September every year for the last 10 in Puerto Rico. the weather is close to perfect hot sunny days with showers or storms in the late afternoon of early evening. you will not ... - answered by: DO ~ DA
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Question: #10: can i travel to the caribbean using my birth certificate and photo ID?
I want to travel from US to Aruba. do not have a passport. can i travel with birth certificate and drivers license. - asked by JENNY A

Answer: yes, but after Jan 1, 2007 you will need a passport. ... - answered by: Kutekymmee
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