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    When we did it, the trip was to The Sands...

    When we did it, the trip was to The Sands (attached to The Caves), and we thought it was well worth it. It was pretty low key, but they had a bar, someone grilling jerk chicken, and a place you...
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    It is not Rick's, but typically somewhere much...

    It is not Rick's, but typically somewhere much more low key. The first time I went, they took us to The Sands, which is part of The Caves, down near the lighthouse. I have heard that in the last...
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    Unless something has changed, the Silver Birds...

    Unless something has changed, the Silver Birds play at CSA on Wednesday nights around 9, and you're right, they are not to be missed. The bonfire on the beach is also Wednesday night at 10:30, so...
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    Like others have said, nothing about the beach at...

    Like others have said, nothing about the beach at either CN or CSA will even remotely resemble the gauntlet that is the exit from Dunn's River Falls. It's easy to avoid the vendors on the beach,...
  5. Thread: CN or CSA?

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    Looking at the question you've asked, I think the...

    Looking at the question you've asked, I think the pretty easy answer is CSA. While there may be legitimate debate on which resort has the better beach (I marginally prefer the CSA beach, but both...
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      Much of what I would suggest is already in here,...

    Much of what I would suggest is already in here, but in the event that sheer numbers makes a difference, count me as a returning guest who really misses the rate calendar. We have traveled a couple...
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    I think this answers your question. It seems...

    I think this answers your question. It seems that different resorts "call" to different people, and if CSA is the one calling to you, that's the one you should visit. Why? Because no matter how...
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      I can relate my experience. On my first trip to...

    I can relate my experience. On my first trip to CSA, I did the "resort" course with the free dive. We started around 8:30 in the morning (I think), did the swim test, the video, and the pool work,...
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    I just wanted to offer a bit of reassurance to...

    I just wanted to offer a bit of reassurance to anyone contemplating a first trip to Couples but worried about this issue. At CSA, if you want to play in the "palapa lottery," you're likely to be...
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    I'm pretty sure this has been covered, but just...

    I'm pretty sure this has been covered, but just to put a fine point on it: the main difference between the beaches at CN/CSA and those at CTI/CSS relates to the sand and the water. All four have...
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    I can offer a bit of advice on at least some of...

    I can offer a bit of advice on at least some of this. First, if you're looking for a great "beach" experience, I don't think you can go wrong with either CSA or CN. I've been to Hawaii several...
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      I'm pretty sure the wetsuits are 3mm shorties,...

    I'm pretty sure the wetsuits are 3mm shorties, but I've not used one, so hopefully someone else can confirm. I've typically found the water plenty warm enough that I do not need a wetsuit (though my...
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      As I recall, the toughest thing about the...

    As I recall, the toughest thing about the training was the swim test. At CSA, it was 8 (I think) lengths of the pool, which needed to be completed swimming freestyle without a break. Speed was not...
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      I agree that guests should be told about this in...

    I agree that guests should be told about this in clear terms when they check in, either in writing or orally. That might help solve the problem.

    But I also wanted to point out one thing that...
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      Alicat733 -- I can answer at least some of...

    Alicat733 --

    I can answer at least some of your questions.

    1. At least on the Negril side, I believe the dive sites are the same regardless of whether you go to CSA or CN; they are close to...
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    Note that unless things have changed since December 2013 (and they may well have), the morning "deep dive" is not necessarily for AOW certifications only. I think they have it posted to be a "deep"...
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    We've been to CSA several times, and have twice...

    We've been to CSA several times, and have twice done Trading Places to CN. I agree that it is well worth it. Even if "sand gravity" has set in, you have only a short, five-minute bus ride and can...
  18. hillystyles I guess I just see things a bit...

    hillystyles

    I guess I just see things a bit differently. I suppose a large group of women on a "girls only vacation" could annoy me if they prevent me from getting into the restaurant I want to...
  19. I'm always a bit amused when the whole "couples...

    I'm always a bit amused when the whole "couples only" debate arises. When I'm at Couples, I'm a "single" a fair amount of the time. I may go diving, water skiing, over to the racquetball courts,...
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    From what you describe, I think you would really...

    From what you describe, I think you would really enjoy the CN beach. Having been to both (CN only two different days for Trading Places), I don't see how anyone could complain much about either...
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    From my perspective, it's a good thing that so...

    From my perspective, it's a good thing that so many of us have so much passion for Couples generally -- and our personal "home" resort in particular. Here's my take. I've stayed at CSA (four...
  22. You've already gotten a lot of good advice, but...

    You've already gotten a lot of good advice, but I'll add a few comments of my own. I realize you're from Florida and have "great beaches" near you; I'm from Southern California and have many as...
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    I'm sure others will respond as well, and perhaps...

    I'm sure others will respond as well, and perhaps with more detail, but they definitely have on-site photographers. They will wander around during the day and evening, offering to take pictures,...
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    Thanks for the advice (and the pictures). Sounds...

    Thanks for the advice (and the pictures). Sounds like we want to be heading there by a little before 5:00 so we get there before 5:30 for an almost 7:00 sunset. We'll probably target 4:30 just to...
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    What Time for Rick's Cafe?

    We'll be at CSA in July, when the sun sets just before 7:00 pm. I know it gets crazy busy at Rick's for the sunset, but what I don't know (and can't find on the boards) is what "early" means in...
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