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Where to Stay and should we come?

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Where to Stay and should we come?

Hi there.

We are an American couple in our late 30s looking for a tropical destination with a great nightlife. We really enjoyed Aruba, St Martin, Cabo, Key West, Atlantis in the Bahamas etc and are looking for something similar. We don't like to keep going back to the same places so we're looking for something similar, but different. I love boutique shopping, but I know that's uncommon in the Caribbean. We basically want to know if Barbados has a good nightlife and great food and where we should stay. What are some of the nicer places near the action (if there's action). We also love to gamble, but I'm not sure if Barbados has casinos or not yet. We love a good piano bar, live music, karaoke, DJs but doing the day we like to lounge around and relax. Our needs are pretty basic since we don't do too many excursions. Is Barbados a good choice or can you suggest another island? We're planning to come in late March or early April. Should we rent a car? Any tips would be great!!!

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1. Re: Where to Stay and should we come?

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2. Re: Where to Stay and should we come?

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I think Barbados is a good choice and where you stay would be dependent upon whether you rent a car or not.

On the South Coast, have a look at either:

Accra Beach Hotel & Spa

Hilton Barbados

Southern Palms Beach Club & Resort Hotel

Rostrevor

Bougainvillea Beach Resort

Ocean Two Resort & Residences

Turtle Beach Resort (AI)

Almond Casurina (AI)

Butterfly Beach Hotel

Coral Mist Beach Hotel

Coral Sands Beach Resort

On the West Coast, have a look at either:

The Tamarind

The Sandpiper

Coral Reef Club

Sandy Lane Hotel

Colony Club

Mango Bay Resort (AI)

The Fairmont Royal Pavillion

Do take a look at www.totallybarbados.com where you will find a wealth of quality and up-to-date information on the island.

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I agree with BGI about the list of suggestions for places to stay but also that I think you might find Barbados nightlife a little low key for your tastes if you want the sophistication of Aruba, Key West etc. No casinos so that might put you off. A handful of night clubs/bars with music around The Gap in the south and Holetown in the west. It's a different "tick" to the places you have described - and I love Barbados for that. You might like it and you won't know until you try but don't expect the same as Aruba etc. There are lively nights to be had eg at Oistins on a Friday but it has a chilled out vibe rather than being party central.

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Take a look at these links, they might help deciding either way but there are No Casinos though.

www.partyjoe.net/rumshops/rumshopslist.html

http://www.bariffle.com/barifflemap.html

barbados.org/aerial/st-lawrence-gap-west.php

http://www.beachesofbarbados.com/

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5. Re: Where to Stay and should we come?

We don't care for Punta Cana, but you may want to check out Hard Rock.

Tons to do and a great resort as long as you don't want to drive around the island.

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6. Re: Where to Stay and should we come?

It's close to on par with the Atlantis

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7. Re: Where to Stay and should we come?

I agree with the others. I think Barbardos is great, but nothing like Aruba or Atlantis in the Bahamas.

If that is what you are looking for, and there is nothing wrong with it, the West Coast MIGHT meet your needs, but I can't think of anything on the south coast, or south east that is like Aruba or Atlantis.

If you do decide on South coast of Barbados, I would recommend The Hilton or Oceans 2.

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8. Re: Where to Stay and should we come?

I don't think Barbados is for you...we love it. We are Americans that look for places that are not Americanized...we don't want to see a Hard Rock cafe or Senior Frogs.....Night life is low key....beaches are beautiful.....some great meals with wonderful views.....rent a jeep for your stay and enjoy just riding around the Island, seeing all the beautiful beaches and vistas.....It is not Atlantis or Aruba....

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10. Re: Where to Stay and should we come?

We're not looking for glitz and glam or chains.....just a little action at night. Nothing crazy. Some islands really have no nightlife..we just want something to do at night. We love to go out for some great meals and have a few drinks, relax, see some great views and hear some fun music.