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Bermuda or Jamaica?

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Bermuda or Jamaica?

We are thinking about a 40th anniversary trip in August to Bermuda or Jamaica. Haven't been to either, and we're looking for suggestions. Any pros & cons would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Bermuda or Jamaica?

... been to Bermuda 11 times and Jamaica once ... guess you can tell where I recommend ... of course the answer depends entirely on your preferences and purpose. Your choices are very very different from one another ... August is high season in Bermuda. The bigger hotels, of which there are very few, can be pricey. My preference is one of the family run cottage/guesthouse establishments. There are no car rentals so you get about (very well) by ferry/bus or scooter (my choice) or taxi. The beaches are beyond words ... the people are extremely friendly and well spoken ... there is a proud English connection in most aspects of life on Bermuda ... when you are there you know you are in an English speaking foreign country ... as opposed to one of many marque resort compounds you find at other vacation destinations ... good luck and enjoy!

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As noted above, this is the BERMUDA forum, so most here tend to be biased.

The probable advantage that Jamaica will have over Bermuda is that Jamaica was where the '..all inclusive..' resort was born and there are lots of 'em there. No 'all inclusives' in Bermuda. Rates at Jamaican 'all-inclusives' during August (prime hurricane season)--will likely be much better than resort/hotel rates in Bermuda.

The fundamental difference between Bermuda and Jamaica will be that in Jamaica, your resort/hotel will pretty much be your destination....and venturing '..outside..' probably won't be all that attractive (especially at night). In Bermuda, your resort/hotel tends to be merely a place that you sleep at at night and occasionally dine and hang out at. All of '..the rest of Bermuda..' is your '..destination..' and pretty much the entire island is your '..resort...one that you are encouraged to get out and explore, experience and enjoy in relative safety, comfort and convenience...at pretty much any time of day or night. If you think the sand at this beach is too pink or the water at that beach is too blue...just get up, head down the road to the next beach and odds are that you'll find one that's '..juuuust right..'.

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3. Re: Bermuda or Jamaica?

Maybe if you told us what you expect from a vacation we could be of more help. Bermuda and Jamaica are two very different islands.

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The other responses say it all very well. We are now in Bermuda for the 26th time......been to Jamaica once.

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5. Re: Bermuda or Jamaica?

Jamaica once, Bermuda 32 times, Dominican Republic 262 times.

Bermuda for sure imho.

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262 times to the Dominican Republic?

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Sure...why not ?? They may've been visiting back when Punta Cana was just a neighborhood beach and '..all-inclusive..' meant a thatched hut on the beach with a 'bucket' indoors and '..all-the-fish-you-can-catch-and-coconuts-you-can-carry'....no clever little tokens or colourful ID bracelets.

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