Is St. Martin Worth a Trip to the Caribbean?

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Of course, the answer is YES, but there are some things to consider. We just got back from a three night Caribbean getaway to the French side of the island. The island is claimed by the Dutch on the south side (Sint Maarten).

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Roatán: West Bay or West End? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

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Roatan is part of the Bay Islands, which are located in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Honduras. This island quickly became one of our favorite places in the world to unwind. From Washington, D.C., it’s a quick flight to Miami and then another quick flight directly to Roatan. A 25 minute and $25 dollar taxi ride takes you from the airport to either of the two most popular spots on the island for vacationers, divers and snorkelers: West Bay and West End. We’ll break down everything you need to know about both spots.

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Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Island

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A little pause in paradise at Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Island

The beach was beautiful and the snorkeling from the shore was phenomenal. There was a coral reef about a 20-30 minute swim from the Westin’s beach, and it was as beautiful as it gets.

We were able to rent snorkel gear by the hotel pool and just jump in the water and go off on an adventure.

The only down side to Seven Mile Beach is that it’s VERY expensive compared to other parts of the island and other Caribbean destinations. But it was posh and relaxing and beautiful. Perfect for a long weekend winter escape!

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
January 15, 2017

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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San Juan is beautiful! The people are so friendly. The beaches are gorgeous and the food is delicious.

We had an amazing day today. We really wanted to get out of San Juan for just one day on our short trip here, so we decided that El Yunque National Forest would be our destination.

We didn’t want to deal with the hassle of renting a car in a place known for not following road rules (we had our fill of that in Costa Rica)! So we hired a guide who took us to a market and then into the forests.

It was an adventure! We waded though streams and crossed slippery rocks and climbed up muddy trails before jumping into a pool at the foot of a waterfall.

If we had been more adventurous, we could have tried the rope swings or natural water slides. But swimming in the cool, refreshing water below the fall was enough for us!

We stopped at a few beaches and had some empanadas and fresh juice on the way back.

It was a wonderful day. Our guide, Manuel, was super cool and knowledgeable and very helpful to me in getting through the tricky parts of the hike.

We went through Across Caribe and highly recommend it!!el-yunque-rainforest-tours/cppa