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    Best cycling destination in the Carribean islands?

    Experiences anyone?

    Something tells me Cuba would be car less compared to all the islands but the infrastructure scares me. I don't have a "travel" bike so I'll be bringing in 23c tires so preferably less gravel roads.

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    yes, i would be interested to hear about touring Cuba. maybe in the winter...

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    TrinbagoWheelers | Tobago International Cycling Classic

    Tobago Cycling Classic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    https://www.facebook.com/TTCyclingFederation

    ...Tobago is my favorite island in the Caribbean, for a number of reasons, relatively uncrowded, and the variety of birds and jungle environments.
    They still had pretty good reefs remaining when I was last there, but it's been a while. Try not to tell them you're American, go with Canadian.
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    not Haiti...
    I'm so slow I met myself yesterday...

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    Not St. John...the roads are narrow, the tourists are looking at the scenery and the locals are hauling ass. If you like hills, it's good for that.

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    Not many. The roads are narrow and crappy in the smaller places and dangerous in the most densely populated locations. Few places are really good for long distance road cycling. I've always rented mountain bikes and enjoyed them for short to mid length rides.
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

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    If you want tropical weather and good cycling, go Hawaiian...or maybe Tenerife.

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    Curacao. I did not ride, but saw several fully-loaded Dutch tourers coming in and out of Willemstad. Nice MUP approaching city from the northwest to avoid faster traffic. Island has several clubs. I saw some wide shoulders on roads to/from airport. Island is more desert than jungle, so visibility can be good as well. Island is south of hurricane zone. About 45km from Willemstad to Westpunt, so can get a decent ride. Can get a Leffe Brun at cafe in town square.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
    TrinbagoWheelers | Tobago International Cycling Classic

    Tobago Cycling Classic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    https://www.facebook.com/TTCyclingFederation

    ...Tobago is my favorite island in the Caribbean, for a number of reasons, relatively uncrowded, and the variety of birds and jungle environments.
    They still had pretty good reefs remaining when I was last there, but it's been a while. Try not to tell them you're American, go with Canadian.

    Have you looked into St. Vincent and Grenadines? all mountains, you are either going up or down, zero flats.

    I would have to pay carry my bike on Jetblue ($50 each way, might be more) and the regional airline LIAT (confirmed $80 each way)

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    According to Strava global heatmap, the most active destination (considering both intensity and size) is hands-off Puerto Rico.
    Aruba, Curacao, Barbados and Martinique are active but they are relatively small islands (a trip that fully circumnavigates Barbados would only take about 60 miles, in case of Aruba that's 40). Strava does not distinguish between road and mountain biking, so some of the activity may be coming from MTBers.

    The biggest issue is personal safety. On some islands it is unwise to stick your nose out of touristified areas, because, once you're out, it's crime-ridden slums as far as the eye can see. With slums you also usually get bad roads and drivers with a death wish. Jamaica would be a prime example, obviously Haiti, a few others. PR has a bit of a problem with this but it's a U.S. territory and there's some semblance of order. There are some striking contrasts. Compare: Aruba https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oranje...ad-hafen-1.jpg Jamaica http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1049/...ee7e52f7_b.jpg

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    In from Puerto Rico and the cycling activity is growing. You can fing riding groups in the San Juan Condado area (most of hotels are in the Condado area) every saturday and sunday mornings. Groups go to 40 to 50 miles ride to Rio Grande or Canovanas. Somentimes the climb up to the El Yunque rainforest. There are also group rides on sunday From Guaynabo to Dorado (40 miles) in Dorado they closed the street to allow for a 10 miles circuit. If you can contact local cycling club Ecoturismo or Ventetu they organize rides every sunday to different places on the island they focus their rides in climbing routes. Be advise that the traffic situation is difficult, and puertoricans drive like crazy almost as bad as newyorkers. There are 2 events that give you the oportunity to do a non competitive group ride with full support once a year to ride around the island. You can check that option too. (1-Around the Island and 2-La Vuelta) You can check it on FB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruin11 View Post
    Group tours like this are fine. Riding by yourself or even in small groups is dangerous.
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

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    Costa Rica

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    I a from PUerto Rico and I have to agree with Ramon. The cycling scene is on the rise down there. While I do think you have to be a little more cautious than in the states I think that there is very good riding. Me, personaly, would opt for the western part of the island where traffic is less and the roads are pretty much desolate. The beaches are unspoiled (for when you are off the bike) and the life is pure caribbean. In the city it is a little more USA like with more buildings and traffic. The mountains will give you quite a challenge as the roads are narrow and very twisty, kinda Euro.

    I have family in the biking business down in PR, so if you opt that route let me know and I may be able to set you up with a bike or maybe a tour.
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    Went on vacation last year in Puerto Rico, bought a folding bike
    there and was riding around for a bit. Had fun wandering around
    on my own. If you're used to riding in a big or medium sized city;
    you should be ok in PR.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jea4...6zPoymgKaIoDLA

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    Martinique, in the Eastern Caribbean. Cycling is very popular there....

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