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Top 5 Caribbean Vacation Myths

By Edited Aug 9, 2015 0 1

A relaxing Caribbean vacation can be the most exciting and indulgent trip you will ever make. Most vacationers return to the same island or visit various island locations after their first Caribbean experience. However, there are many indecisive vacationers who have been deterred from perusing their dream island get-a-way due to myths about the islands. The top five Caribbean Vacation Myths are as follows:

1) THE ISLANDS ARE UNSAFE FOR TOURISTS.

The Caribbean Islands have had their share of political and other internal turmoil over the years and this has cause the idea to linger that these spots are unsafe to visit. The truth is that the islands of the Caribbean are visited by millions of travelers each year and the entire economy is built on tourism. The occurrence of violence against a foreign visitor is minimal, to say the least. Most locals are happy to see tourists on their islands, and the most many of them will attempt is to sell or peddle goods.

2) ALL INCLUSIVE RESORTS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE

All inclusive resorts are incredibly wonderful hotels to occupy. The rooms are usually beautiful, many with breathtaking views of the beach. All inclusive can actually save money for a traveler because everything from food, room service, and drinks including alcohol are included. Activities like horseback riding, rafting, hiking, parasailing and snorkeling come with you inclusive stay. Many Negril resorts offer transportation to the famous Rick’s Café, a popular hangout and rock diving point.

3) A PASSPORT IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CARIBBEAN VISITS

Although some Caribbean destinations require passports and customs checks, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands do not, so long as you are an American citizen. Many times, if you choose to cruise to any of the other islands, then you will only need to furnish a birth certificate and identification.

4) CARIBBEAN VACATIONS ARE NOT FAMILY FRIENDLY

There are some adult only resorts on the various isles, where after dark the atmosphere becomes clothing optional. However there are also many hotels and resorts designed with families in mind. They have play areas, kiddie pools, children’s dining options and even child care to allow mom and dad some romantic, relaxing vacation time together.

5) AMERICAN MONEY ISN’T ACCEPTED

Independent nations in the Caribbean do use their own forms of currency, however not only is the American dollar accepted, but in many places it is preferred. Just be careful of the exchange rate, so as not to be taken advantage of.

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May 19, 2011 8:31am
Everyday-Expert
Thanks for clearing all this up, had no idea about some of these.
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