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Tips on How to Decide

So, how do you decide which Caribbean Island to vacation at? All of the islands are beautiful, but several things come to mind as I build these pages.

First, the islands speak different languages. Which language would you be comfortable being around? Most of the Islands are multilingual, but the native languages vary. Some islands are Spanish speaking, some are French, some are British, and some are American.

Second, the islands have different monetary systems from, American Dollars, to say, Domincan dollars, and now Euros, etc.. So which monetary system are you comfortable with?

Third, some island hotels are called "All Inclusive." This means the price you pay is a set price which includes your room, dining, and recreation. Other hotels, you pay for the room and everything else you do, you pay extra.

Fourth, you have to decide if you are looking for a popular hotel, or something more secluded. Does the hotel accept children, or is it an adult only hotel?

If you are thinking of going on vacation to the Caribbean, keep these things in mind as you browse the Caribbean hotels.

Please note effective January 6 2006 all US citizens entering Caribbean countries must present a valid US passport.

Caribbean Island Information

Anguilla Island - British
Anguilla Island Hotels
Native Language: English
Monetary System: East Caribbean dollar

Antigua and Barbuda Islands -
Antigua and Barbuda
Native Language: While the official language is English, most of the locals speak patois, a form of Creole English.
Monetary System: East Caribbean dollar (EC$) = 1; United States Dollar

Aruba Island
Aruba Islands Resorts
Native Language: The official language is Dutch. However, Arubans also speak a local creole language known as Papiamento.
Monetary System: Aruban florin (AWG)

Bahamas
Bahamas
Native Language: The official language is English, spoken by nearly all inhabitants, though many speak a patois form of it. A small number of immigrants also speak Haitian Creole, Spanish and Portuguese.
Monetary System: Bahamian dollar (BSD)

Barbados
Barbados Resorts
Native Language: The official language of Barbados is English but most Bajans speak in their national dialect, which is referred to as Bajan.
Monetary System: Barbadian dollar (BBD)

Bermuda
Bermuda
Native Language: English
Monetary System: Bermuda dollar (BMD)

Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands
Native Language: English
Monetary System: Cayman dollar (KYD)

Dominica Island
Dominica Island
Native Language: English is the official language of Dominica and is universally understood; however, because of historic French domination, Antillean Creole "Patwa", a French-based creole language, is also widely spoken.
Monetary System: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)

Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Native Language: Spanish herritage is most evident in the national language
Monetary System: The Dominican Peso (RD$) is the national currency of the country although the US dollar is often acceptable in some places, especially tourist oriented shops and hotels.

Grenada
Grenada
Native Language: The official language, English, is spoken by virtually everyone.
Monetary System: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)

Guadeloupe - French
Guadeloupe
Native Language: French (official) 99%, Creole patois
Monetary System: Currency is the euro

Haiti
Petionville, Haiti
Native Language: Nearly all Haitians speak Krey˛l Ayisyen (Haitian Creole), the country's official language. French is the other official language, only spoken by about 10% of the population.
Monetary System: Gourde (HTG)

Jamaica
Jamaica
Native Language: Jamaica is the largest English speaking island in the Caribbean
Monetary System: Dollar (JMD)

Martinique Island
Martinique
Native Language: Its official language is French, although almost all of its inhabitants also speak Antillean Creole
Monetary System: Currency used is the euro

Netherlands Antilles Islands
Netherlands Antilles
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Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
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Saint Kitts
Saint Kitts and Nevis
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Saint Lucia Island
Saint Lucia Island
Native Language:
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St. Vincent and the Grenadines
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Native Language:
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Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
Native Language:
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Turks and Caicos Islands
Turks and Caicos Islands
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Virgin Islands - British
Virgin Islands - British
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US Virgin Islands
Virgin Islands - U.S
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