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I can understand that many of you would like to go somewhere that doesn't have lots of "American" tourists, or other tourists.

 

For years I worked in the hotel and cruise ship industries on land and at sea so I got used to tourist spots, but I too think it would be cool to go somewhere more secluded. But one of the aspects of this whole Vegan Fitness Vacation will be to "train" together, hopefully with weights, so I'm trying to find a tropical place that has a good gym and good vegan food too.

 

Keep on throwing ideas out there and I'll keep on looking into it too.

 

Thanks for all the suggestions and feedback.

 

-Robert

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Crash,

 

PLEASE tell me that you are coming!!!

I would really like to say that I am definitely coming and want to Nat, but it really depends on the date of the event. (I would also hate to offend anyone with my "fat American tourist" presence.)

 

What about St. Martens ? It's in the Caribbean and 1/2 of it is french and the other 1/2 is Dutch. (Don't know how vegan friendly though.)

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Crash,

 

PLEASE tell me that you are coming!!!

I would really like to say that I am definitely coming and want to Nat, but it really depends on the date of the event. (I would also hate to offend anyone with my "fat American tourist" presence.)

 

What about St. Martens ? It's in the Caribbean and 1/2 of it is french and the other 1/2 is Dutch. (Don't know how vegan friendly though.)

 

hey - i apolagise if i offended anyone with that comment - i was just refering to the steakhouse frequenting, suv driving tourists i kept bumping into in florida. for anyone familiar with british culture, this is comparable with going to magaluf, or ibiza!

 

i know that obviously decent vegan food, gyms and sun, sea and sand are inportant, but dont you fancy seeing some other cultures too?

 

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Hey Big Jonathan,

 

I don't think you offended, that is how I describe most Americans and American Tourists as well.

 

but dont you fancy seeing some other cultures too?

 

I've been to 31 countries mate, including yours of Scotland I'm just trying to find a place that has all that we are looking for and is fairly cheap in price to maximize the potential for the most people to make it.

 

What about St. Martens ? It's in the Caribbean and 1/2 of it is french and the other 1/2 is Dutch. (Don't know how vegan friendly though.)

 

I've been there too, and really liked it! I even made a friend there, but don't keep in touch Just someone I would visit each week when my ship stopped in. I'd have to look into the vegan options (I'm sure they have) and gym options.

 

The reason I mentioned St. Thomas was because I spent the most time there and knew they had heath food stores, places to workout, amazing beaches, hills, and it was awesome when I was there. So was just most familiar with that place, but I'm open to any Island, or central American country, South American country, etc.

 

The reason I'm not selecting a European country is because there is already a vegan fitness gathering over there, I'm making an alternative for those who can't/don't want to, travel to Europe, so I wanted to pick a US/Caribbean location closer and cheaper for "most" of the members here based on where most of us are from.

 

My concerns are for sunshine, beaches, good company, vegan food, squat rack, bench and about 500 pounds of iron.

 

I agree Big Michael, that is why I keep on trying to select places with gyms and vegan restaurants. I'll keep looking.

 

Keep the ideas flowing.

 

Thanks TEAM!

 

-Robert

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hey - i apolagise if i offended anyone with that comment - i was just refering to the steakhouse frequenting, suv driving tourists i kept bumping into in florida. for anyone familiar with british culture, this is comparable with going to magaluf, or ibiza!

I wasn't offended jonathan, I was just wondering if I needed to pack loveliberate in my suitcase for protection.

i know that obviously decent vegan food, gyms and sun, sea and sand are inportant, but dont you fancy seeing some other cultures too?

Looked on Orbitz and found some good hotel rates for places in the Caribbean like Dominican Republic, St. Maarten's, Baja (in Mexico), Barbados, Jamaica.

 

Again, not certain how vegan friendly they are or how out of the way they are, but most have a pool, fitness center, etc.

 

See http://www.orbitz.com/App/SubmitQuickSearch?z=gggm&r=2h

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Awesome, thanks for doing some research on this:

 

Another topic......I mentioned this probably on page 1 or 2, one of my initial ideas:

 

I wanted to do some sort of activism event. I know we're there for "vacation" but I figure we'd spend at least a few hours promoting veganism to others.

 

So, say we were in a heavy American Tourist place. Imagine if they say dozens of people wearing these:

 

http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/imgs/albums/VeganFitnessTeam/vft5.jpg

 

Everyone who comes will get some shirts like this and I think that would start up a bunch of conversations with people and have some sort of an impact. A bunch of fit vegans in a large group chatting with individuals, sharing some literature with them, etc.

 

I don't mean for it to sound like a church mission to convert people, but I think we should do some sort of acitivism work while we're on "vacation" even if it is just for a short time.

 

So one reason not to be afriad of tourists

 

-Robert

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Check these places out on St John!

 

The second place is just up the hill from the tent cottages for those who require more luxurious accomodation! Sounds awesome!

 

Check out http://www.vegtravel.com/ for more info.

 

Maho Bay Campgrounds-Virgin Islands

St John Virgin Islands-Vegetarian Friendly

Gay Friendly

 

http://content.onlineagency.com/sites/4263/images/mahobay1.jpg

 

 

Maho Bay Camps...

had its modest beginnings surrounded by the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John.

 

We started with 18 tent-cottages, hidden among the trees and connected by elevated, wooden walkways. Hand construction methods left nature as undisturbed as possible, avoiding soil erosion which endangers the beach and fragile coral. This sensitive land use stimulated an explosion of publicity which has encouraged our sustainable growth. Now, with 114 units we are probably the most publicized eco-tourism destination in the world.

 

The roomy tent-cottages, built on 16 foot square platforms are nearly hidden by the lush foliage. Translucent fabric on wood frames provide shelter while screens and terraces take advantage of the cooling trade winds. Hillside views of the turquoise Caribbean waters are commonplace from many the dwellings. Our white sand beach offers privacy and a wide variety of quiet water sports including kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling and scuba diving.

 

Every spacious tent-cottage has a separate sleeping area with comfortable twin beds. An extra mattress is behind the sleeping-couch in the living area. Bed linens, blankets, towels, cooking and eating utensils are all provided, including a propane stove and ice cooler. Every tent-cottage has its own private deck, electric outlets, lights and fans. Barbecue areas and fresh water are available along the walkways.

 

On St. John, water is one of our most precious commodities. Maho's centrally located bathhouses are equipped with modern, low-flush toilets and pull-chain showers connected to a recycling system to irrigate the surrounding vegetation (which has actually become more lush since our arrival).

 

saladbarOur outdoor restaurant serves breakfast and dinner every day with a wide variety of healthful meals, including at least one vegetarian entree. Located on one of our two large pavilions, the dining area has one of the Virgin Island's most unforgettable views, especially at sunset.

 

maho bay storeThe Maho Bay store is stocked with frozen foods, produce, canned goods, breads, dairy, juices, soft drinks, beer, wine (no hard liquor), and various sundries and boutique items such as sunscreen, insect repellent, paper products (recycled), etc

 

Newcomers can take advantage of our free "help-yourself" center where departing guests leave books, staples and other items they don't want to carry home. Maho Bay seems to engender a spirit of cooperation and respect for other people, plants, wildlife, and our facilities that helps us to function at reasonable cost, and in harmony with the remarkable surroundings.

 

Harmony Studios-Virgin Islands

St. Johns, US Virgin Islands-Vegetarian Friendly

Gay Friendly

 

http://content.onlineagency.com/sites/4263/images/harmony1.jpg

 

Harmony Studios is a short walk up the hill from Maho Bay Camps. Perched on the hillside above Maho's tent-cottages, with vistas overlooking the white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Virgin Islands National Park, Harmony Studios are the ideal vacation for those seeking to combine luxury accommodations with environmental sensitivity.

Harmony's spacious two-story buildings showcase the latest techniques in sustainable resort development, conservation, recycling and site restoration. Electricity is generated by the sun, with timers and sensors to maximize efficiency. The architecture employs passive solar design, photovoltaics, rain collection and roof scoops that draw cooling breezes through the well-furnished rooms. Construction methods minimize removal of vegetation and use recycled building materials such as plastic lumber, glass tiles, recycled steel nails, and rubber tire rugs. Interactive computers in several units monitor energy usage on a daily basis.

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Hehe, I like how you think Sknydpr!!

 

And I'm not kidding. That's the reason I won't be travelling to St. Thomas. If I'm spending the money to travel to the Caribbean, I require a nude beach, and there isn't one there. Don't care what y'all do, but I refuse to own a swimsuit.

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Hehe, I like how you think Sknydpr!!

 

And I'm not kidding. That's the reason I won't be travelling to St. Thomas. If I'm spending the money to travel to the Caribbean, I require a nude beach, and there isn't one there. Don't care what y'all do, but I refuse to own a swimsuit.

 

A swimsuit is good on some occassions, but the beach isn't one of them. Worst place in the world for a swimsuit, unless you like having sand collected around your arse! So silly as well, who wants to deal with wet clothes. Makes no sense!

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Gee I guess that means I'll be bringing alot of film with me. Some of the pictures of youse guys should look really nice on the web.

 

Crash, sounds like you have been spending too much time on vegporn.com

Veg what ? Hey maybe I can sell the pictures to them ! Thanks for the idea Michael.

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Gee I guess that means I'll be bringing alot of film with me. Some of the pictures of youse guys should look really nice on the web.

 

hey crash, you know that there is gelatine in film?

Gee, you're right. Guess it's good that I'll be using my handy dandy digital camera.

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cool! its one of those things that is so abstracted that you wouldnt find out unless you searched.

it was just the way you said 'bring lotsa film' that flumoxed me!

 

michael - your camera is so primitive that despite the fact that it is digital, i think that it actually pre-dates film!

 

jonathan

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Gee I guess that means I'll be bringing alot of film with me. Some of the pictures of youse guys should look really nice on the web.

 

Crash, sounds like you have been spending too much time on vegporn.com

 

Whoa! That's a completely different site from veganporn.com...

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