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How to Get Around in the BVI

Car rental is easy to find on Virgin Gorda and Tortola, across from the yacht harbor and in Road Town respectively. Otherwise, open-air taxis with bench seats and canopies, carrying up to 12 passengers, cover the main routes. Fares are fixed. Tourists tend to go for the cheap open-air safari buses, which hold up to 20 people and offer the …

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How to Get Around in the USVI

Drive on the LEFT Rental cars are relatively cheap and probably the best way to get around , but all traffic drives on the left. All the big brands are represented at the airport, with local companies also part of the action. Be warned that there is only one gas station in St John, in Cruz Bay. That said, most …

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How to Get Around Puerto Rico

Some visitors might find driving in Puerto Rico relatively dangerous, and tolls are payable on most highways. Pick up a rental car from the airport and at the resorts. You must be at least 21, possibly 25, and will need to leave a major credit card. The island’s minibuses, known as públicos, have yellow license plates marked with a P …

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Where to Stay in St. Barts

Overview This tiny French island is the place to go for exclusive, luxury accommodation and dining. St. Jean and Cul de Sac are some of the prettiest spots but the island is so small that it’s hard to pick out a single highlight. Deals Not so much. Highlights Eden Rock on St. Jean and the Hotel Guanahani at Grand Cul …

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Where to Stay in St. Martin

Overview The landmark hotel is La Samanna in the Lowlands, just over the border from the Dutch side, an elegant resort which hosts the occasional celebrity. The new Riu Palace at Anse Marcel, previously a Radisson, finally looks to have got this quiet cove right and should add a shot of much-needed quality to the French side. Otherwise, some pretty …

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Where to Stay in Martinique

7,700 rooms, 55% Overview Most of the resorts are around St. Anne, St. Francois and Trois Ilets, such as the well-received Club Med in St. Anne and Plein Soleil in St. Francois. Deals One of the most expensive islands in the Caribbean, so don’t expect to find too many savings. The cheaper hotels around Fort de France are on the …

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Where to Stay in Guadeloupe

4,500 rooms, 55% Overview The best beaches, and thus the savviest resorts, are along the south coast of Grand Terre, in Gosier, St. Anne and St. Francois, where you’ll find a strip of three- and four-star resorts, such as the Club Med La Caravelle in St. Anne. Deals Not too many unless booking with flight directly from France. Highlights The …

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Where to Stay in Antigua and Barbuda

4,500 rooms, 55% Overview A host of relatively new luxury resorts such as Jumby Bay and Blue Waters, sit alongside mid-range resorts typically clustered around Dickenson Bay in the north and English Harbour on the south coast. Things really tone down over summer, when it might be harder to find accommodation in a guest house or small inn. Deals The …

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Where to Stay in St. Maarten

3,500 rooms, 55% Overview Still waiting for a planned luxury hotel, the Dutch side of the island is mainly timeshare resorts, but the all-inclusive Sonesta Maho and Sonesta Great Bay are the main resorts, with the Westin on Dawn Beach a relatively recent arrival. Most of the hotels are near the airport, with not much going on in the capital …

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Where to Stay in the BVI

2,000 rooms, 67% Overview Spans the full range from local guesthouses on the more remote islands of Anegada and Jost Van Dyke to luxury private islands such as Necker and Little Thatch Island Deals Check BVI Tourism for a large list of local inns and guest houses where rooms rarely pass the $100/night barrier. Highlights Peter Island has five private …

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