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    Thanks guys, still can't decide. I love my Ruis!

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    All of the above are worth a shot. On the other hand a jewel with great diversity as far as sights people - not as congested IS BELIZE. As an example - Aruba is fantastic and you can see most of the island on the other hand Belize is not an island but the smallest country in Central America and it would takes much time to explore.

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    Two years ago we went to Puerto Rico for 10 days. Stayed at a little place called Numero Uno (I always enjoy the smaller spots) -- really fun, right on the beach (public, but only really busy on weekends, and it's big!). I think there were 14? rooms, and a restaurant on the beach called Pamela's -- very expensive (ate there once)
    I was apprehensive about PR, but was so suprised -- would go back in a heartbeat! The people were awesome -- friendly and helpful, the food was varied and sooo good! Never felt unsafe at all. The only place you're told to never venture into is an area near Old San Juan. We rented a car, and explored the island -- so much to see and do! My only regret is not speaking fluent Spanish, but we had lots of laughs trying!

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    Agreed, Arubalisa. We went to St. Kitts in April. The people hate tourists, it is insanely humid and loaded with mosquitoes, and frankly, if it weren't for my husband, I'd go to Aruba every single vacation of my life. We're scheduled to go to St. Thomas in September, but luckily, I'll have Aruba in August. I need my fix. :-)

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    St. Thomas in the peak month of hurricane season
    Does trip insurance cover hurricane interuptions?

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    Take a cruise out of Puerto Rico and visit all of the southern islands.

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    Went to San Juan last year for an extended weekend. Many plusses and minuses vs Aruba...

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    Easy and cheap to get to from the US.
    Great food- big Cuban influence, much better Spanish & Mexican food than most of Caribbean.
    Big island-lots and lots of things to see and do.
    GREAT nightlife.
    Nice tour at the Bacardi rum factory with free drinks for all!

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    Beaches are nowhere as good as Aruba.
    While we felt safe most of the time, not like Aruba. There were actually police on horseback patroling the beach.
    Many deserted properties as the economy has hit hard-we were at the Marriott in Condado Beach. Really nice property at the Marriott, but a burned out hotel or apt bldg 2 doors down-looked like Beirut.

    By the way, Old san Juan is wonderful-very European like, and we felt pretty safe down there. Great restaurants and shops.

    I would recommend PR for a long weekend and stay in Aruba for a regular week long (or more) vacation.

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    thanks guys

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    Lisa, the last time we were in Puerto Rico was 06. No problems, hiked to the water fall in the rainforest, went to the observatory, Fort San Juan, Old San Juan, not at night though!

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    We loved Barbados, Turks and Caicos, and the Caymans. All very expensive though. Stayed on a private island in TCI. St. Maartens was a very unique experience. We did both Dutch and French sides. Would love to go back not on a single day cruise stop. We went to St. Kitts right after a hurricane went through. Stayed at a very relaxing plantation inn. The beaches were not much to speak of, but the cottage with a plunge pool was good enough for some serious relaxation.

    Old San Juan was awesome. I concur about taking a cruise out of there, and plan an extra night or two to stay in P.R.

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