Caribbean January

Caribbean Vacation Destinations

We’ve decided to make the most of our January and visit 3 Caribbean destinations. With our house in Charlotte, North Carolina on the market and a plan to move back to California, I don’t know how long I’ll have quick, easy access to Caribbean flights. From Grand Cayman to Bahamas and then onto Puerto Rico, I’m dreaming of white sand beaches, water slides, and new wonders. Here’s a glimpse of our January.

Grand Cayman Marriott

Grand Cayman Marriott

Atlantis, Bahamas 

Atlantis Resort, Bahamas

San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel, Puerto Rico

San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel

Have you been to any of these destinations or resorts? Do you have any great tips or suggestions for us? We’re in the process of planning our activities now.

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49 thoughts on “Caribbean January

  1. I’m very jealous. I’m currently sat on my sofa, clutching a bowl of hot soup after getting soaked in the rain. We don’t even have proper daylight in Wales at the moment! My friend Phil pointed out to me that the two holidays I have booked so far for this year are both to cold destinations (Italy and Iceland). I definitely need to find some sun at some point this year!

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  2. Even though we live in FL, we still have not visited many of the Caribbean Islands. We did enjoy the Turks and Caicos Islands a few years ago. They are part of the Bahamas chain but a bit off the beaten track. When we were there some years back they said many people didn’t know of them because the cruise ships didn’t stop there, but that may have changed since we visited back in 2002.

    That said, I I would leave today for any of the destinations you mention here! Looks like a fun vacation.

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  3. We chose Belize, and have enjoyed it. We took a month and have traveled a bit of it, not cheap nor expensive, bu the middle road. and it has been nice. We enjoyed Table Rock Jungle Lodge in San Ignacio, Sundancer II live-aboard dive boat for a week, Paradise Resort in Placencia, and a week in San Pedro. out of all of those, the dive boat, Table Rock, and Placencia have been fun…

    Erick and Lynda

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  4. I’d recommend PR–you can drive outside of SJ and do tons of active stuff (hiking, ziplining). St. John (USVI) has stunning beaches and hiking; Anguilla is cheaper and low-key with tons of “lonely” beaches; Dominica is supposed to be amazing; Grenada and Monsterrat are off-track and absolutely on my to-go list. Have fun!!!

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  5. I’ve been to Atlantic in the Bahamas and it is not worth the hype. The facilities need to be updated and the beach is crowded. That being said, in the Caribbean I find that all-inclusive’s are the best way to go. I grew up in New Orleans and took trips with my Mom or friends almost every year. We always used http://www.cheapcaribbean.com/ they have GREAT deals and make booking really simple. Enjoy your trip!!

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  6. Hi Lesley! Whenever I go home to Jamaica, I make it a point of going to Negril or Ocho Rios. The beaches are stunning especially in Negril. You can also check out Montego Bay. Wherever you end up going, I know you’ll have the time of your life! Looking forward to reading about your time in paradise. – Donna

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  7. I love reading your blog. It always brings a smile to my face and makes me feel warm even though I live in a little town that borders Wales and it is extremely cold here at this time of year. Your blog makes a great vision board and helps me to keep focused on the sunnier shores that are ahead of me this year. Thank you for sharing!

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  8. We go to Aruba, if you ever get there Arashi Beach, Mangel Halto and all in between ;). Either way if the seas are as giving as Aruba (sure they are) at the very least go snorkelling. It is truly breath taking and very humbling as future generations may not have the experiences we have available if we continue to pollute our oceans. Sorry bit serious there BUT do snorkel, I was scared to but when I did it was so pleased I did. Other advice …… Dance like nobody is watching and ENJOY! X

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  9. This looks amazing! So jealous I’ll be in rainy, cold, old England instead! Hopefully I’ll be travelling around Thailand and Oz this time next year so I’ll hold on for that, but have a fantastic time! xx

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  10. Where are the Pirates? 🙂
    Of course, we have plenty of Somali ones of those, but they lack the same glamour.
    There are some lovely unspoilt beaches further north up and off Africa, but the natives are rather restless …

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  11. If you are going to Nassau , you don’t have to stay at Atlantis to use the park, BUT to use the facility without extra $$$ charge , stay on paradise island, there are a couple of different options there. Dive and snorkel with Stuart coves, if you eat fish ask for filets or you get the WHOLE fish!!! Kalick beer is good so is sands , straw market haggle the prices! Can’t beat paradise island beach!!!

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  12. Well my suggestion unfortunately does not include Grand Cayman, the Bahamas or Puerto Rico but invites you to include my super warm sunny island of Barbados on your next trip! There’s lots to see and do, and even though we’re getting a few showers right about now (and it’s what we call sweater wearing “chilly” – from a tropical perspecpective) the weather is usually great and the beaches even greater. Hope to see you one day soon and enjoy your trip 🙂

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  13. Puerto Rico is on my “to visit” list. Grand Cayman and Bahamas are great. Definitely go snorkeling or scuba diving in Cayman Islands. The water is some of the clearest I’ve seen. I went to the Bahamas many years ago for my 21 birthday, all I remember is getting on a booze cruise and drinking rum drinks out of coconut, sold by a guy named “Yellow”. Happy Caribbean travels, can’t think of a better way to spend January!

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  14. You are going to Puerto Rico, that’s my home! I don’t live there anymore though. Have a safe and fun trip. San Juan is quite popular, and you should try Mofongo is a dish, very good too. If you are looking for beaches, Culebra, is a little island at the south of Puerto Rico (is part of PR), has amazing beaches too. If you want shopping, there’s Plaza Las Americas Mall, very big too. Plus the stores in San Juan. There’s also El Yunque is a rainforest.

    Have a safe trip.
    Enjoy your time there.

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  15. My employer has a timeshare in the Bahamas & they go to Atlantis every year (they have yet to tag me along however). They said it’s great because there are separate activities for kids and then for adults so everyone gets to do a little of what they want without tagging along the family who would rather do their own thing.
    Since I haven’t been there, I have no personal recommendations, but I have seen pictures of some really fun things like feeding the stingrays & water slides galore. Have such a blast!

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  16. I’ve been to Puerto Rico a number of times (going back in April, in fact) and if you like rain forests and trails check out El Yunque National Forest Rio Grande. Vieques also should be on your list, and you can rent bikes or take a bike tour.

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  17. I lived on St Thomas for a year. People tend to ignore the US Virgin Island. During that time I camped on St John for almost 3 months. It was a wild time and something I encourage any 20 something to experience.

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  18. We just got back from a Caribbean Cruise… stops at Cozumel, Roatan and Belize. Simply WONDERFUL!! Come on over and read my Blog…Two Trails One Road…about our adventure as we drove to Houston,TX from AZ. Glad you had a wonderful January!

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