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Old 04-28-2013, 07:32 PM   #16
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Thanks! No, we aren't taking kids. This will be for our 10th anniversary and first major trip we have taken since our wedding, besides WDW! I would like to be able to shop and experience a little local flavor where we go. That's what turns me off from PC. We got married in Mexico at Aventuras Palace. Loved it and wouldn't mind going back but wanted to experience somewhere else....

Someone told me that Aruba rolls up at 7 and the island goes to sleep...
There are things to do in Aruba after hours if one wants. If you want safe, activities, good restaurants and somewhere you can experience the local flavor somewhat, I'd say Cancun, Aruba and St. Martin are likely the best Caribbean oriented options. Add to that Cabo and maybe Puerto Vallarta for MX. Bermuda also comes to mind. We don't do AI's because we like to get off the property and explore and restaurants are at the head of that list.
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We've been to Aruba twice, and as long as you stay on one of the popular beaches where most of the resorts are, it definitely does NOT roll up at 7pm. Any resort with a large casino will have evening activities. But your biggest issue if trading out to RCI will be being able to trade at all. If I were in your situation, I'd shoot for Aulani first.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:00 AM   #18
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Can you tell me about your experiences at St. John and PR? Where did you stay? Those appeal to me because I like to Explore and get off the resort. Also, not needing a passport or going through customs appeals to me too. My sister owns timeshare at Palace resorts and I could go to punta cana, but I really think I would get stir crazy sitting by pool or beach all week...

When we went to Mexico, I liked going to Playa del Carmen and puerto aventuras.
We stay at the Marriott Frenchman's Cove St Thomas. We always take the ferry to St John at least a couple of times. We go to Red Hook for the Ferry, after getting off of the ferry we take an open air taxi to one of the beaches, to swim, snorkel or a little hiking in the National Park. At the end of the day we head back to Cruz Bay for a little shopping and dinner before heading back on the ferry. When we go in May this year we are going to try one of the kayaking tours there. We have also done a few tours on a sail boat that goes to St John for snorkeling.

Another option even though you have to have your passport (pretty painless) is to take a Sail Boat trip to the BVI, its one of our favoirte things to do. This year we are actually flying into St Thomas, taking the ferry to the BVI to stay for 5 nights then back to St Thomas for the rest of our trip.

When we went to San Juan, PR we did almost the same thing, we flew to San Juan for a 3 day layover and then onto St Thomas. We stayed on MR points at the La Concha Renaissance Resort, it was a little away from town on a gorgeous beach. The resort was really nice, and staff was very friendly. We took taxi's into town to visit the Fort's and do some shopping. There were several good places to eat around the hotel.

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Old 04-29-2013, 01:57 PM   #19
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We stay at the Marriott Frenchman's Cove St
When we went to San Juan, PR we did almost the same thing, we flew to San Juan for a 3 day layover and then onto St Thomas. We stayed on MR points at the La Concha Renaissance Resort, it was a little away from town on a gorgeous beach. The resort was really nice, and staff was very friendly. We took taxi's into town to visit the Fort's and do some shopping. There were several good places to eat around the hotel.

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Can i ask how you got to St Thomas from San Juan?
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We've been to Aruba twice, and as long as you stay on one of the popular beaches where most of the resorts are, it definitely does NOT roll up at 7pm. Any resort with a large casino will have evening activities. But your biggest issue if trading out to RCI will be being able to trade at all. If I were in your situation, I'd shoot for Aulani first.
For week 51-16 it is a tough trade, not so much for summer with planning, esp for an ongoing search put in a full year out or more.

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Can i ask how you got to St Thomas from San Juan?
Jet Blue has a direct flight as does Cape Air, Searborne and Air Sunshine it appears. I have no experience with the later 3. Fare compare says 9 airlines operate between the 2 but I suspect part of those are not non stop. There are a few other smaller carriers in the Caribbean, some of those may make this trip as well.
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Can i ask how you got to St Thomas from San Juan?
We did a multi destination flight, so our tickets were actually around the same price as if we were just going directly to St Thomas. When we booked we just picked multi destination, put in where we wanted to stop and the dates. It was Detroit to San Juan, (3 night layover) than a flight to St Thomas, then return to Detroit.

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I think that trip was American, then Cape Air, but I just booked thru Travelocity or expedia... can't remember which.

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Go to Hawaii

I've been to Hawaii about 20 times and last summer spent four weeks at Aulani, and been to the Caribbean about 10 times.

No contest, go to Aulani!!!
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I've been to Hawaii about 20 times and last summer spent four weeks at Aulani, and been to the Caribbean about 10 times.

No contest, go to Aulani!!!
I want to, its been on my list for a long time....its just hard convincing the hubby to fly that far.... I am wearing him down..

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We did a multi destination flight, so our tickets were actually around the same price as if we were just going directly to St Thomas. When we booked we just picked multi destination, put in where we wanted to stop and the dates. It was Detroit to San Juan, (3 night layover) than a flight to St Thomas, then return to Detroit.

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I never even knew you could do that! We thought of doing that for Hawaii and stopping in San Diego for 2 days and I thought I needed to book separate tickets.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:24 PM   #26
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I've been to Hawaii about 20 times and last summer spent four weeks at Aulani, and been to the Caribbean about 10 times.

No contest, go to Aulani!!!
WOW! I want your vacation time!! I so don't get how DVC owners also travel to all these other places. DVC takes most of our time and money. I would love to say I have traveled as much as you! Where in Ohio are you? We are Cinti area....
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I never even knew you could do that! We thought of doing that for Hawaii and stopping in San Diego for 2 days and I thought I needed to book separate tickets.
FWIW I'd price it out every which way possible just to compare rates. I had HOPED to book a multi-city deal for our trip this summer but it was coming up to be a couple hundred more than when I looked at each leg separately (DC to LA w/ a stop for 4 nights then LA to HNL then HNL to OGG then OGG back to DC). It just never hurts to look at all your options. The only legs for us that were important to book together was our return home from Maui. I only wanted 1 stop but I didn't want to get into a situation where if we booked 2 different airlines that we'd have to go claim our luggage and go back thru security again (which may have been necessary if we ticketed 2 different flights on 2 different airlines).

So have you decided yet where you're going??
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FWIW I'd price it out every which way possible just to compare rates. I had HOPED to book a multi-city deal for our trip this summer but it was coming up to be a couple hundred more than when I looked at each leg separately (DC to LA w/ a stop for 4 nights then LA to HNL then HNL to OGG then OGG back to DC). It just never hurts to look at all your options. The only legs for us that were important to book together was our return home from Maui. I only wanted 1 stop but I didn't want to get into a situation where if we booked 2 different airlines that we'd have to go claim our luggage and go back thru security again (which may have been necessary if we ticketed 2 different flights on 2 different airlines).

So have you decided yet where you're going??
Thanks! I think we are leaning to going back to Rivera Maya....we got married there. I likes the ability to go to Playa and shop and they have a $1500 credit to do excursions, spa, golf. I just haven't found anything else comparable.

I think we will save Hawaii for a time when we can stay longer. Hubby really would like to take kids somedAy, but 5 plane tix will take a lot of saving for!
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FWIW I'd price it out every which way possible just to compare rates. I had HOPED to book a multi-city deal for our trip this summer but it was coming up to be a couple hundred more than when I looked at each leg separately (DC to LA w/ a stop for 4 nights then LA to HNL then HNL to OGG then OGG back to DC). It just never hurts to look at all your options. The only legs for us that were important to book together was our return home from Maui. I only wanted 1 stop but I didn't want to get into a situation where if we booked 2 different airlines that we'd have to go claim our luggage and go back thru security again (which may have been necessary if we ticketed 2 different flights on 2 different airlines).

So have you decided yet where you're going??
Thanks! I think we are leaning to going back to Rivera Maya....we got married there. I likes the ability to go to Playa and shop and they have a $1500 credit to do excursions, spa, golf. I just haven't found anything else comparable.

I think we will save Hawaii for a time when we can stay longer. Hubby really would like to take kids somedAy, but 5 plane tix will take a lot of saving for!
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I never even knew you could do that! We thought of doing that for Hawaii and stopping in San Diego for 2 days and I thought I needed to book separate tickets.
I'm not sure about all airlines but for the one's I'm familiar with you can have ONE stopover OR one situation of arriving one airport and departing another. This is especially helpful for HI since you might arrive say Maui and depart HNL or similar (we did just this option last summer).
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