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Aruba? St. Maarten?

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Aruba? St. Maarten?

I want to go away with my husband for a week or so ...

I can not decide where to go...

We want to go in October so I know it is hurricane season.

Something all inclusive that is on a beach and has fairly good reviews. My husband does not like vacationing in the poorer countries where you feel uncomfortable leaving the resort, so were looking at Aruba... St. Maarten/Marten even the Bahamas... any suggestions?

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1. Re: Aruba? St. Maarten?

i've been to all 3. not only is AI limited in aruba and St Maarten but i wouldn't advise it. it's not the best bet for your dollar in either of these locations. there are excellent restaurants on both islands and good water quality. both islands are relatively safe and renting a car for self exploration is a MUST to experience all either has to offer.

as for the bahamas it depends on which island and your budget. there are some very good AI in the bahamas if that's your preference.

if you narrow it to aruba or st martin...st martin because it has more to offer and is just prettier imo. while hurricanes are unusual in aruba sept/oct is their rainy season as well. hope this helps and feel free to pm me if you have specific questions.

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Many visitors from Canada take advantage of the AI at Sonesta Great Bay - good package deals from Toronto are available.

Nice hotel, nice beach.

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keep forgetting about those charters and pkgs from canada! with all the fab restaurants though still wouldn't recommend AI for sxm or aruba.

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4. Re: Aruba? St. Maarten?

All well and good but we have to remember it's what the OP wants for their vacation.

Sint Maarten offers a few AI options:

Sonesta Maho

Sonesta Great Bay

Divi Little Bay

St Martin also has a couple I can think of:

Le Flamboyant

Mercure Simpson Bay

Now that this is out of the way most visitos to this island prefer to dine around at some of the more than 300-400 restaurants/bars many of which are considered to be the very best in the Caribbean.

As to visiting Aruba over St Maarten, you have a number of AI options there as well, some high rise hotels and some low rise. AI is a bit more popular on Aruba but there again you have many outstanding restaurant options making AI a choice many do not take. If I had to choose one I would take the Divi Mega AI option because we enjoy low rise right on the beach accommodations.

The Bahamas is you other choice, I assume you are thinking of New Providence Island commonly know as Nassau for the AI option, big hotels, lots of activities, more secure and less remote than many of the islands making up the Bahamas.

Hurricane season peaks in Aug/Sept/Oct and Aruba is the least likely place to experience any fall out, but generally St Maarten is pretty safe too.

Hope you enjoy your vacation wherever you may go.

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5. Re: Aruba? St. Maarten?

unless you've travelled to a destination or done your research you may not know that dining outside of AI can be cost effective with many options. my comments were only to make sure the OP had all the info to make an informed decision.

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6. Re: Aruba? St. Maarten?

what is your age group...might make a difference to where you will be directed.....

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We are both 33 and just want to relax. We are not going to any place party and get drunk. We both work really hard and long hours and just want to relax... enjoy some good food, nice weather and just to chill out. My husband will probably just hang out on the beach with me and read while I listen to my ipod. Last time we went away we just sat on the beach dozing on and off... we are always running around at home so taking some down time is what we are looking for. I guess it sounds boring!!

Hope that helps... from what i have read Aruba sounds safer...

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8. Re: Aruba? St. Maarten?

Since you mentioned hurricaine season, Aruba is the least likely to be effected.

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We've been to Aruba over ten times and are going to SXM for the 4th time next week. The only AI I've ever been to was in the Dominican Rebublic and they advised us not to leave the resort (and we didn't). I'll give you my opinion about the two and i don't want to step on any SXM or Aruba toes. First of all, I think you're cheating yourself by chosing an AI. We always rent a car so we can travel at will.

Both have-

Beautiful beaches

Friendly. No problems with English.

You may have to get Canadian $$ converted into US$.

Aruba's roads are much better but after you leave both island's major roads, there is very little signage.

Both have casinos is that appeals to you, but SXM only on the Dutch side.

ARUBA- Has only been brushed by a hurricane once or twice. Never a direct hit. Aruba has much better roads and a much more developed feel (but not like downtown Toronto). No "feeling" of poverty. Orangestad is very chic. If you like to eat on the water, there are several places that you are literally on the water. Most of the action is on the south and west of the island. The north is pretty but the ocean is rough. Taxi's and bus service is much better in Aruba. Aruba's resorts are pretty much lumped into three "area" with one resort after another and many places to eat within walking distance. Little, if any, vegetation grows unless it is irrigated.

SXM- A definate differnece in the French and Dutch feel. The resorts are much more spread out and almost "hidden" from the road, as are the restaurants. The island is mountainous. Some areas around Sandy Ground and above Philipsburg have a "poverty" feel but not like very poor countries. Marigot has shops and restaurants and Philipsberg is mostly jewelry and clothing stores.

I don't think you can go wrong with either place. Both have a very different feel. Look at both forums and read some travel books. I'd avoid the Bahamas unless you like poor, slow service with an attitude.

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10. Re: Aruba? St. Maarten?

After reading your second description, you need to go to Anguilla, which is just north of St Martin. There is no AI there, but it is the perfect place to get away & relax, chill out on beautiful beaches and not worry about nightlife.

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