'Girls night out' is all well and good, but for a real bonding experience, pack your bags for a Girlfriend Getaway in the Caribbean! "Vacations to exotic locales are replacing the old fashion weekend getaways for female group travel," says Carolina Voullieme, marketing director at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
. The best destinations let you put aside your cares about work, kids, and relationships to share good times with the girls who are always there for you -- they are safe, have plenty of action and dining, but also let you just dish with your friends on the beach with no pressure to do more!
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St. Lucia is known for its beautiful beaches and dramatic scenery, and the lack of go-go nightlife helps ensure a low-key and hassle-free girlfriend getaway. Girls rock at The Landings St. Lucia, which has a girlfriends' package that includes a two-bedroom suite, massages, private cooking class, a one-hour sailing lesson and unlimited sailboat rental.
Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort's "Martinis, Margaritas & Massages" package is designed for groups of four and includes an Island Embrace Fruit Wrap, pedicure and manicure at Serenity Spa, sunset cruise, in-villa massage, and a martini party.
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If you've never been to Barbados
before, you're in for a treat. The island enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean and one of the lowest crime rates
(read: very, very tourist friendly). If you and your girlfriends are off-the-beaten-path travelers, break free from Bridgetown and St. Lawrence Gap and head east where you'll find hiking trails, great windsurfing, and authentic Barbadian culture just waiting to be soaked up.
The secluded beachfront Sea-U Guest House offers refreshing ocean breezes and over-sized hammocks to help you unwind, with a package that includes three 1-hour hatha yoga classes.
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The Cayman Islands
are another safe, upscale destination ideal for a girlfriend getaway, especially if scuba diving
is on your must-do list. The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
offers a three-night Girls Getaway Package that includes beachfront rooms, George Town shopping, spa treatments, a catamaran cruise to Stingray City, daily breakfast, and a beachfront dinner at Solana Restaurant.
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If you're looking for a quick weekend getaway with the girls, the Bahamas
is the ideal Caribbean destination. Just an hour by air from Miami, Nassau
boasts two major tourist destinations: upscale Paradise Island (home of the Atlantis
resort) and the more budget-minded Cable Beach with its growing Baha Mar resort area. The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort
offers a Girlfriend Getaway package that includes an ocean view room, breakfast daily, s welcome cocktail at the Telegraph Bar, snorkeling trip at Stuart Cove, and wine and cheese delivered to your room the day you arrive.
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With easy access from St. Maarten
, Puerto Rico
attracts a discerning crowd (read: rich and famous). It also boasts more than 30 beaches (some of the sweetest in the Caribbean), an embarrassing wealth of fine dining, and enough outdoor activities to make even outdoorsy types salivate with anticipation.
For girlfriends who have everything, a girlicious getaway at Cerulean Villa is the only choice. The villa has seven bedrooms, indoor and outdoor bars and an immaculately groomed staff of fourteen who cater to your every whim. Whether you choose to spend your days relaxing (private meditation garden) or working your cardio (private tennis courts) or vacationing like celebrities (private spa), Cerulean won't disappoint.
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Travel writer Carly Milne of GoGirlfriend.com
says there are five reasons why cruising the Caribbean
makes for a great girlfriend vacation: A cruise is mostly all-inclusive, you don't feel guilty about doing nothing, you get a quick taste of several different destinations, there are ample opportunities for a taste of adventure, and "you can have deep meaningful conversations with a gorgeous ocean backdrop." Add in onboard spas and the ability to double or even triple up to share room expenses and you have the potential for a great getaway with the girls!