I have been perusing through the many helpful topics on this board, as my GF and I are planning on staying in January and I have 3 main questions/concerns...
1. I don't want to dig up old topics here, but how safe or unsafe is this island in reality? I mean, I travel somewhat frequently and tend to use "common sense" but if someone comes up to me with a gun or machete, there is not much I can do to prevent that...right? Should I avoid walking at night no matter what? I mean, I am no Chuck Norris, but anyways should I rent a car, or are taxis readily available (and safe) if we end up drinking at bars until midnight or so? I do not mean to make any negative presumptions by any means, but I just want this to be a good trip for my GF. Any transportation tips and safety tips would be great!
2. Activities/excursions...from what I can tell, many of these companies cater to the cruise crowd. Are there some dedicated to ppl. solely on the island, or does it matter? Any good recommendations would be much appreciated.
3. Any good hotel recommendations? I was thinking about Les Balcons, but anything in the $100-$200 range would be good, Hotel L'Esplanade and Le Petit looked really nice but too much for me.
Also sorry, any good detailed maps of the island available online? If someone could please help me out w/my first adult journey to the Caribbean, I would be much obliged!