Insta Q&A: Camaraderie in the Caribbean
Does the thought of setting out alone on a beach vacation fill you with dread? Dip in to the Travel Q&A mailbox with me and let's see if we can help reader Diane Nargiz of Solomons Island, Md.:
I need some advice for a week's getaway in late December or early January. I can't just go to an island and sit in the sun all day. I like to go exploring, i.e. museums, history, shops, etc. Also, it would be great if there were other people so I'd see/meet other people at dinner, etc. Is this an impossibility? Went to San Juan last year and explored the city, shops, etc., and got sun but no camaraderie.
I'm all for independent travel, but I'm thinking that maybe Diane should bite the bullet and do a Club Med or Sandals-type trip. Sometimes it's hard to find like-minded souls on a beach vacation, and a resort focused on singles will have built-in companionship. Of course, you'll pay for the privilege. At Club Med's Bahamas resort, for example, an all-inclusive package deal runs about $2,700 for a week in early January. That includes round-trip airfare from D.C., transfers, accommodations, food, booze and leisure activities. No city to explore here, but there's tons to do -- diving, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing, volleyball, tennis, kayaking, soccer, archery, fitness classes, etc. Plus nightclub action when the sun goes down.
But obviously, that's a pretty pricey trip (and that's one of their more affordable ones). Speak up if you have a better idea for Diane. Anyone have experience with more affordable package deals from places like Apple Vacations or Liberty Travel, or are they set up more for couples? Or should she just strike out on her own?
By Christina Talcott |
December 3, 2008; 9:34 AM ET
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