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Rambo's World Adventure

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Rambo, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    I've been thinking doing the islands first - Jamaica, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Trinidad/Tobago, and then hopping to Puerto Rico, the DR, and then Cuba. Then into Central America. What do you guys think?
     
  2. NAMOR

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    you are in Florida already so you can go there anytime and without too much prior planning. I would go straight to central America before you blow your money on cheap rum and cruise line trinkets.
     
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  3. impolyt_one

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    That sounds like a lot of the same to me, choose one island (preferably one that isn't ripoff central... is there one? I doubt it) and then maybe a central American destination with a view.
     
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    Really +1 to impolyt.

    I think Cuba is a must if you can get there. I have some friends who have been and it's definitely interesting. As for the rest, Jamaica might be interesting and perhaps one other island. Puerto Rico isn't that great and there's a bit of a stigma to other americans especially if you don't speak spanish well. Some of the other carribean countries are also more suited for vacationing I think.

    My advice for DR is be careful what you bring into the country. They really want to charge taxes on everything you bring in there. I was in transit there and had a heck of a time. Plus, the workers in the airport pretty much only spoke spanish and my spanish was pretty bad back then.

    Here are my unsolicited South America recommendations:

    Peru - Andes Mountains, Macchu Picchu
    Brazil - Rio, amazon, etc.
    Argentina - italian version of south america
    Chile - german version of south america, patagonia and perhaps Easter Island if you can afford a ticket.
    Maybe Ecuador instead of Peru for mountains and Galapagos if you can afford a ticket, which is bought in Ecuador.
    Maybe Uruguay - Awesome beaches, but only good for a few days or so I've heard
     
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  5. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    rambo, just do it.....
     
  6. whodini

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    From someone who's been, why would you say so?
     
  7. musicguy

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    Because, you can't go there from US. I have friends who've been and they said it was really interesting to see no advertisements anywhere... almost a country stuck in time.
     
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  8. whodini

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    I won't blame you too much because I had the same curiosity before I went, but as I explained to rambo there was a lot about that country that made it more trouble than it was worth to visit. In fact, the only real reason I gave him to go was for him to be able to say he visited it while Castro was still alive.

    I was at a bar in Vancouver a few months before I went down and happened to ask some locals what they thought as Cuba was apparently a big vacation spot for them. Thinking back, I think I now rate a person's sense of humanity based on their level of excitement post-trip. The people who told me to keep my expectations in check were right; something might be wrong if the novelty of being a "forbidden" place doesn't completely wear off and slight depression doesn't set in. It was at least comforting to find others while there who had the same sort of disillusionment. I'm worried about the others who told me how much fun they had at the resorts.

    In the future, I think I can forget about putting "just because others can't" as a reason to visit a place over "I'd actually like to go here."
     
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    well trinidad and tobago are twins islands, and tobago is the nicer of the two
     
  10. Stazy

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    This is likely rambo's only chance to do twins. I say he takes whatever he can get.
     
  11. Rambo

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    So I was talking about wanting to go scuba diving in several exotic locales. Trouble is, I don't know how to scuba dive. Its fucking expensive to learn here so I was thinking about doing it internationally, hopefully on the cheap. Any suggestions for this?
     
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  12. Ambulance Chaser

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    Honduras (Roatan) is supposed to be amazing.
     
  13. whodini

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    I'm your one-stop shop.

    It's somewhat of a mixed bag. It's true that abroad you can get PADI certified for a fraction of price and time of what you would in the US. The problem is that you don't know what the dive master (assuming there's someone there certified to that level) is like, what the equipment is like, etc. I've gone on some cheap dives around here but I feel more comfortable knowing that I know how to check my equipment and have the general experience necessary to know if I'm getting into a bad situation.

    If I had to get certified abroad, I'd pick a spot KNOWN for diving. You'd not only be able to take full advantage of good conditions but you'll have a better chance of coming across online reviews of the shop/school.

    I can't completely cross out schools abroad because I've had several friends who were also dive masters work in random countries as instructors.
     
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  14. Rambo

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    Interesting. Wouldn't, though, a highly desirable place in turn be able to fetch even higher prices?

    Any ideas on where to search for this sort of info (who's good, where to go, etc.)?
     
  15. whodini

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    Not necessarily.

    If you're planning on hitting Caribbean countries then it shouldn't be all that expensive unless you're specifically staying in a resort. Even in resort towns, schools typically fight with each other to keep prices relatively low. Regardless, you're probably only talking about saving a couple hundred bucks. Beach dive cert in LA runs around $300-500, the upper end of that includes a dive or two in Catalina where the visibility is great. I'd imagine similar prices in FL. Go to a small country, small town and you'd probably be talking $2-300 with warm water and good vis. I can't imagine certs being any less than that unless it's a BS course where you do a dive or two, or basically "Discover SCUBA," and then they give your c-card.

    Like AC said, Honduras would be good (although personally I'd recommend Belize as the crime in Honduras is off the scales.) Here in CR the diving is good but will go down the tubes once the rainy season kicks up in a few months.
     
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    +1 on what who said.... scuba lessons a hit or miss and its a gamble I don't think you should take if you decide to just walk in some place offering padi-certified courses. I personally know this couple who got certification from god knows where and my other friends who dive are bewildered how the lady got certified judging by how clumsy and careless she is underwater. oh, btw- if you do want to learn to dive and do it here I can definitely hook you up with good instructors and groups.
     
  17. whodini

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    Yeah, if the difference is only a couple of hundred bucks (maybe), I'd be more concerned with how I got my c card than how fast and cheap I got my c card.

    It's not hard to get bad equipment, advice, or instructors. I'd just be really weary of a place that promises to get me certified in a few hours. The concepts are very basic and the actual practice is very basic, but much like driving a car if you don't know what you're doing you're really setting yourself or someone else up for some bad shit.
     
  18. Rambo

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    Well, down here its 300 minimum and you have to buy your own gear. I was hoping for an outfit where gear could be rented and everything could be knocked out in 3-4 days for the same price or cheaper (preferably). Can't be lugging around a mask and fucking fins.
     
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    Ceahlau Mountains, Romania
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    Petra, Jordan
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    Victoria Falls, Zambia
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  20. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    Jesus those look gorgeous.

    Got an appointment for vaccines tomorrow. Didn't realize how many fucking shots you need to get. Damn. Hopefully, I'm not to late to get them all.
     

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