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  • runnerbean 56 posts

    Picky? Those are some of the most expensive places on the planet 😂. Few All-Inclusives and mass tourism isn’t encouraged as the financial sector is much more important (except NAS, but you have to stop there to get to GCM and PLS). BDA also often has F availability.

    Hi NorthernLass, we’ve been to Grenada a couple of times, and Exumas. The water was gorgeous but food comes in on container ships and was heavily of frozen/ American style. Very laid back and relaxing. Maybe we just didn’t track down the lovely eating places. Are you suggesting that costs are lower in BDA – and do you have experience of culture/ food?

    NorthernLass 8,549 posts

    Ah no, I meant the destinations I cited were really expensive (and best known as financial centres)! Bermuda and the Cayman Islands are the most expensive places to live in the world, bar Monaco, I think. The original comments suggested that the reader was being picky by avoiding them, so thought they were down-market.

    I think most small Caribbean/Atlantic islands have the same issue with expensive, imported food. Grand Cayman is supposedly known as a gourmet destination, and does have some nice restaurants, but I wouldn’t go there just for the food. Rather it’s very anonymous and regulated, so you can sit on the white beaches without being approached by vendors, etc, and get in the car and drive to the shops and other parts of the island pretty much like you can at home without worrying about wandering into a “bad” area. We like that, we’re not keen on being restricted to a resort.

    runnerbean 56 posts

    Ah no, I meant the destinations I cited were really expensive (and best known as financial centres)! Bermuda and the Cayman Islands are the most expensive places to live in the world, bar Monaco, I think. The original comments suggested that the reader was being picky by avoiding them, so thought they were down-market.

    I think most small Caribbean/Atlantic islands have the same issue with expensive, imported food. Grand Cayman is supposedly known as a gourmet destination, and does have some nice restaurants, but I wouldn’t go there just for the food. Rather it’s very anonymous and regulated, so you can sit on the white beaches without being approached by vendors, etc, and get in the car and drive to the shops and other parts of the island pretty much like you can at home without worrying about wandering into a “bad” area. We like that, we’re not keen on being restricted to a resort.

    Any Caribbean islands you would suggest?

    NorthernLass 8,549 posts

    We’ve only been to GCM since 2008, for the reasons mentioned! It depends what you’re looking for. We’ve been to Barbados, Nassau, the Dominican Republic and St Thomas previously, not particularly bothered about going back to any of them. We did a day trip to St John, which was beautiful, I’d probably go back there but the Virgin Islands are more difficult to get to than they used to be. OH wants to go shark diving in Bimini so we’ll probably do that in the next couple of years.

    I’d love to go to Cuba but it probably won’t happen while it’s on the US naughty list!

    MGOR 18 posts

    I really like Grenada – small and mountainous with lots to do and relatively quiet. That may not however appeal to everyone.

    NorthernLass 8,549 posts

    I would like to stay at La Source, or whatever it’s called these days. My in-laws have been a couple of times and came home looking 10 years younger!

    MGOR 18 posts

    After all the furore of the last few days and changes I’m having a rethink on strategy. I’m probably not going to earn enough points in a year to warrant a 241 business class flight regularly and living in the improvised regions and having to suffer the joys of Manchester Airport or better Liverpool then short haul options for BA are not worth it. Now probably going to can the free BA card and use the free Barclays. I can then revisit getting a paid BA if there are sign up bonus’s and take a chance on meeting their income criteria. In the meantime I can try and burn my c.300k of Avios on a Qatar ‘treat’ flight somewhere. This means I will be looking at more closely flight deals. Any tips or websites to follow to pick up deals? Luxury Flight Club springs to mind rather than Jacks. Happy for ex EU options. Thanks

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