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Caribbean dangers still slight

Telegraph: "But at the same time, it’s important to remember that very few of those involved holidaymakers. More than 22 million tourists and a further 20 million cruise ship passengers visit the Caribbean every year, almost all of them without incident. I have travelled extensively in the Caribbean, and while I haven’t always found it as friendly as it’s painted – service is often surly and I’ve yet to meet anyone remotely helpful at Antigua airport – I’ve never encountered any crime or felt threatened.

Granted, I’m careful where I go and what I do. It’s vital to understand that the Caribbean, for all its palm-fringed beaches and fabulous climate, has never been the earthly paradise that the all-inclusive, gated resorts have perhaps lulled us into thinking it is. Why would they be gated if not to keep guests safe?"

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http://www.kansascity.com/737/story/748634.html "Fly freeSandals Resorts has a Fly Free Promotion, with air credits of $350 to $550 a person for travelers who book a minimum three-night stay at one of the all-inclusive Caribbean properties. Also, stay for at least six nights and receive a room discount of up to 35 percent and one free night, or book a top-category suite for at least seven nights and get two free nights and a discount of up to 30 percent. Air credit amount varies by island: $350 for Jamaica and the Bahamas, $450 for St. Lucia and $550 for Antigua. Prices vary by resort. For example, a six-night vacation at the Sandals Grande Ocho Rios in Jamaica starts at $1,575 per couple after $350 air rebate, free night and 35 percent discount. Travelers must book by Sept. 2 and travel by Dec. 20, 2009 (some holiday blackout dates apply). 800-726-3257 or http://www.sandals.com/ ."