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islandgumbo
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June 9, 2007 8:09 pm  

I've lived on St. Croix for 2 years now, and while I have gotten off this rock and gone to other islands, I've never done a week long trip and would like some input of where to stay and go in the USVI and BVI. 2 couples, low budget, beginning of Aug. ANY help would be GREATLY appreciated! Peace


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dougtamjj
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June 10, 2007 1:36 pm  

I have the same question but would like to go to Dominica for a week. Any advice on places to stay or things to see?


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East Ender
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June 10, 2007 2:57 pm  

gumbo: In the BVI there are a couple of campgrounds- Ivan's on White Bay JVD and Brewer's on Tortola. Both would be good spots from which to strike out.

Dougtamjj: I researched the same idea- if you Google Dominica, you will find several eco-camp type places. The island is very lush, many of these spots raise their own fruits and veggies. Also, because they are so remote, mainly all-inclusive. To see and do: There are trips up the rivers, the Boiling Lake and lots of hiking excursions.


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cathy
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June 10, 2007 11:57 pm  

I stayed 8 nights in Dominica for the Creole Music Festival at 3 Rivers Eco-Resort and thoroughly enjoyed it. I found it on skyauction.com, won the bid at $1/noc + $32/noc fees. Would go back to Dominica in a minute but would split up my stay in 2 places. You'll need a rental car.

I often camp at Ivan's and can't think of a better place to pitch a tent and enjoy your surroundings. Have seen the campground at Brewer's and would pick Ivan's first.

Cathy


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dougtamjj
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June 11, 2007 2:26 am  

Thank you Cathy and East Ender,
We may have a place to stay in Portsmouth. A small cottage in the mountains above the town. Do either of you know anything about this part of the island. My husband and I are very adventureous but we are bringing our 3 year old son who is adventureous as well. Is this a good area? Our little man can hike a good mountainous mile and then we have to take a rest. Thanks.

Tam


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East Ender
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June 11, 2007 12:46 pm  

Portsmouth is on the far northwest end of the island. Local guides will take you on a tour of the Indian River there. I was amazed that a huge freighter that went aground in some hurricane was still on the beach when we were there several years ago.


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donkeysusvi
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June 12, 2007 5:33 pm  

My question is about Island Hopping with a very young child. She is 13 months. We loved island hopping before she came, and we would like to continue. Which down islands are better to bring young uns?

Dominica, Nevis, St. Kitts, or any others - - - does anyone have any experience bringing a little one to any of these islands?


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Alexandra
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June 18, 2007 4:19 pm  

I second the www.skyauction.com website as being a great place to find bargain priced lodgings. The people who told me about the auction website go to St. Kitt's frequently and stay at the Marriott for $50-$60 per night, including all taxes and fees, for a room that would usually be about $200 per night. Not bad. Not as cheap as a campground, but very comfortable and you don't have to bring camping gear. I'm taking my son to Granada in July to stay at a resort I bid on through skyauction. Again, the nightly rate via the auction is less than 1/3 of what the rack rate is if you book directly through the hotel. There are many other islands with hotel nights on auction. You might research first what islands are the easiest/cheapest for you to travel to via air or passenger ferry and then look for auction offerings on those islands. Have a great time, wherever you go! Island hopping can be a lot of fun.


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