Caribbean/ Central/ South America

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Post by misanthrope » Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:40 pm

I've got a trip planned to the east coast of the USA where I can be in the time zone and get a shitload of work done while visiting my aging parents. It is in South Florida, which I find quite depressing for many reasons. I'm going to break up that month with a few side trips. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for favorite destinations.

I've just returned from Cuba via Mexico and I would go back, but the logistics look bad. I'm a diver, so Cayman, the Bahamas, etc. are good dive destinations. Also a cheap option is Cartagena on JetBlue from Fort Lauderdale. Trinidad and Tobago look interesting and I'm wondering if I can visit Angel Falls and return alive. Lots of options.

Any ideas?

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Post by Bill Barilko » Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:51 am

T&T has fabulous food and languid brown skinned women-diving is supposed to be great certainly the birding was outstanding and fishing can be great.

Cartagena is good for a few days that's it-lots more to see in Colombia though.
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Post by BeatRaven » Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:33 am

T+T was the best carib island I went to because they don't really need tourists (have oil etc.). Best food, great old town to wander in. Maybe book ahead if you want to see a Calypso/Soca show because they do sell out.

Barilko may be talking about the Asa Wright nature center, which was an eco-pioneer and great for birding and nature walks. The turtle watching thing on Tobago had me feeling sorry for the poor turtles besieged by tourists.

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Post by misanthrope » Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:37 am

Bill Barilko wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:51 am
T&T has fabulous food and languid brown skinned women-diving is supposed to be great certainly the birding was outstanding and fishing can be great.

Cartagena is good for a few days that's it-lots more to see in Colombia though.
I understand that they're two very different sides. Is Tobago the good diving?

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Post by BeatRaven » Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:27 pm

Not a diver, but Tobago reminded me of Kauai; another place that's been a bit spoilt due to its oversold reputation for being unspoiled. it's def. low key carib; maybe more of a GF getaway or a family outing.

If you want something more cultural, Grenada and it's little surrounding islands like Cat Island sees just few enough tourists that they'll still want to relate to you. Fantastic nature, good soca-based local music scene.

Or go to Haiti. Get a car and driver. Even with that factored in, that's maximum strangeness for minimal money. I've heard plenty of bad reports about Cuba, but I've never heard a bad report about Haiti.

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Post by Cyllarus » Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:28 pm

For diving - Dominica or Saba are amazing. Fort Young hotel in Dominica usually has weekly diving packages at reasonable price.
https://www.fortyounghotel.com/diving/rates-specials/

Trinidad not a great diving place and crime rate has ratchetted up quite a bit in last decade. Tobago much nicer. Nver been to Grenada but high on our list for next Caribbean destination.

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Post by Bill Barilko » Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:03 pm

misanthrope wrote:
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I understand that they're two very different sides. Is Tobago the good diving?
Yes the island of Trinidad is a little close to the mouth of the mighty Orinoco for good diving-Tobago is also more African-food not quite as splendid & varied as Trinidad but with occasional surprisingly delicate touches.

Also seabird watching out of Charlotteville on Tobago is fabulous-it might sound odd watching birds on the ocean but it's actually quite good fun and educational.

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Post by misanthrope » Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:02 pm

Thanks for the tips. This could be an interesting trip after all.

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Post by Gogo » Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:02 am

There's great diving along the Meso-American Reef system. Easiest access is probably Cozumel, MX or Roatan, HN.
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Post by strife » Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:14 pm

Gogo wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:02 am
There's great diving along the Meso-American Reef system. Easiest access is probably Cozumel, MX or Roatan, HN.
It's pretty damn good out of PdC too.
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