Vagas is good for a long weekend. A full week is too long. Barbados is an ok island, but not the safest. The problem with Aruba is a week is NOT LONG ENOUGH.Been to Barbados 3 times, twice on a cruise ship and once for a week vacation.
Aruba is 1000 times safer than Barbados. We enjoyed Barbados but did not enjoy the freedom to explore in the same comfortable environment. Beaches were nice but you had to be careful where you wander. Airport is longer to the hotel area and downtown is crowded and a little rough.
DH went for a walk in broad daylight along the main road in St. James beach area and hurried back after watching a bunch of "thugs" pull out their knives.
Restaurants were not as good as Aruba and again, that comfort level traveling around not the same. Even beaches, more comfortable in Aruba as in Barbados you need to much more careful.
A good point made, if you are going to travel in October, I would be wary of going anywhere that is located in the hurricane zone.
All in all, we did like Barbados and enjoyed our time there but not sure if we would go again for an extended time but on a cruise it was a nice stop. Same point though, wouldn't want to be on a Caribbean cruise during hurricane season.
Problem solved!!!! I just booked the airfare.....arrive on Aruba Oct. 20 for TWO WHOLE weeks!!!!!
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Hooray for you! What a wise decision...two weeks should hook you for many more enjoyable trips. Have an absolutely wonderful time; everyone does.
I've been to Aruba 3 times(soon to be 4), Barbados 2 times, and Vegas 3 times. Our favorite is Aruba. I do love Barbados, but it is expensive at a nice 5 star. I do love their rum shops and great distilleries. I never have a problem with safety, but I've been told that I have that look that convinces people not to mess with me. Vegas is a long weekend. The two worst things you can do on the first night of a Vegas trip is to lose a lot of money or to win a lot of money.
Glad your husband saw the light and that you've booked Aruba.
Many people here on the board like to go other places (for us, it's Maui) but we all come back to Aruba.
As for Las Vegas, everybody here is absolutely bang on, it's a different kind of vacation altogether. Disneyland for adults! I'm taking my wife there for her bday in mid-July. Shopping, eating in celebrity chef restaurants and a bit of gambling is what we like to do. Everybody needs a little Vegas every now and then.