10 Tips to Keep Your Caribbean Vacation FUN

by Donna on August 30, 2011

Caribbean Beach in Yucatan
A favorite destination for many, especially those of us living in Northeast Ohio, is a sunny island in the Caribbean.  Your vacation should be carefree, and a little advance preparation will make sure it is.

  1. Pack the sunscreen and the hat and use them! The Caribbean sun is strong.  Red is for lobsters, not humans.
  2. Pack some bug spray. That lovely beachfront restaurant is open to all comers and you do not want to be the main course.
  3. Take small American bills. Even at an all-inclusive there may be the occasion for a tip or a trinket to buy.  Dollars are accepted, but don’t expect anyone to make change.
  4. Pack light. It is hot and humid and you are going for the sun and sand.  However, many restaurants, especially at the fancier resorts, require men to wear long pants, closed shoes and long sleeves at dinner.  The long sleeves may be negotiable as long as the shirt has a collar.
  5. If bringing a laptop, check the hotel’s internet connection before you leave. Not all hotels are wireless, and you may need to bring that old cable from home.  (Or buy an overpriced one from the desk as I had to do.)  Regardless of type of connection, expect to pay a fee for using your laptop from the room.
  6. Check out the water. A lot of hotels filter their water, but it’s best to play it safe with bottled water.  Be sure to drink lots of it.
  7. Try not to overindulge right away. Sun and fun will make you thirsty and those Bahama Mama’s go down very easily.  But you could ruin the rest of your trip.
  8. Make a copy of your passport. Tuck the copy, a passport-sized photo (get cheap ones at CVS or Walgreen’s), and some emergency cash in a plastic zip-type bag.  Put it someplace separate from your actual documents.  This makes it a lot easier to replace stolen or lost documents.
  9. Take all your medications and absolute essentials of life in your carry-on. For me that is my passport, money, medicine bag, a change of clothes (at least underwear), a small bottle of my favorite shampoo, and my makeup bag.  Make your own list and double check.
  10. Relax and Enjoy!

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