A Twit­ter-es­que tour of the Caribbean

11 is­lands in 140 char­ac­ters apiece


Be­cause North Amer­ica ap­pears so en­am­ored with Twit­ter, I’ve de­cided to sub­sti­tute a Twit­ter-like ap­praisal of 11 trop­i­cal is­lands, lim­ited to 140 char­ac­ters apiece, in­stead of the usual wordy, length­ier de­scrip­tions nor­mally found in this space.

The Twit­ter-like de­scrip­tions that fol­low are of is­lands where I’ve va­ca­tioned or vis­ited - and I hope they prove help­ful in choos­ing your own next trip to the trop­ics:

Aruba: Mainly high-rise ho­tels on su­perb beaches, but heavy em­pha­sis on casino gam­bling at­tracts a harsh crowd.

Bon­aire: Scuba cap­i­tal of the world; its low-rise ho­tels of­fer re­sort cour­ses tak­ing you 60 feet be­low the sea.

Cu­ra­cao: So-so beaches, but su­perb attractions of Caribbean cul­ture and his­tory will en­chant you.

Cuba: Al­ways provoca­tive, but lack of ho­tel space re­quires you book an of­ten-un­com­fort­able pri­vate apart­ment.

St. Thomas: Ex­cel­lent beaches, a broad as­sort­ment of ho­tels; heavy em­pha­sis on shop­ping; heav­ily vis­ited.

St. John: Ex­cel­lent beaches, but only three re­sorts: One of low-cost eco-huts, one of deluxe qual­ity; one in be­tween.

Ja­maica: Fine beaches, end­less ho­tels, ex­cel­lent food and con­stant en­ter­tain­ment like unique mu­sic and dance.

Puerto Rico: Fine beaches; and cur­rently full of dis­counts be­cause of low book­ings.

Mus­tique: Fiendishly ex­pen­sive ho­tels for the world’s top 1 per­cent; not for nor­mal peo­ple.

St. Lu­cia: Ex­cel­lent beaches and su­perb cui­sine, but many ho­tels on steep sea­side cliffs, re­quir­ing you walk up and down to the beach

Do­mini­can Repub­lic: Its all-in­clu­sive re­sorts (one price for ev­ery­thing) are the area’s cheap­est, es­pe­cially on an air-and-land pack­age.

Arthur Frommer is the pi­o­neer­ing founder of the Frommer’s Travel Guide book se­ries. He co-hosts the ra­dio pro­gram, “The Travel Show,” with his travel cor­re­spon­dent daugh­ter Pauline Frommer. Find more des­ti­na­tions on­line and read Arthur Frommer’s blog at from­mers.com.


A trop­i­cal scene in Aruba.

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