WHAT ELSE TO DO?

By David T. Rowlands Jr., M.D., Author of Golf Courses of the Caribbean

Having completed books on golf and on medical schools in the Caribbean, I began to get multiple questions centered around, "What else is there to do if one of us doesn't play golf?" I have no idea why this would be! In any case, some islands satisfy these needs more than others. The following describes some of the islands which have the necessary added facilities.

Other activities in the Caribbean are abundant and include tennis, shopping, sailing, swimming, diving, horseback riding, dining and gambling. Availability is more or less island-specific. It therefore occurred to me that it might help if I summarized availability of these activities in various venues. In deference to golfers it also seemed important to identify locations for quality instruction.

The island of Nevis and the Four Seasons resort satisfies most of these interests and does it with high quality and unfortunately comparable costs. Tennis is plentiful on beautifully maintained courts. Racquets are free and court costs are reasonable. Water sports are catered at excellent value. Dining, although outstanding, is limited to a few spots. Golf instruction is first rate. The medical school is on the Atlantic side of the island.

The neighboring island of St. Kitts and its new resort offer excellent availability of water sports. Dining is more varied than in Nevis but with the availability of Basseterre, more plentiful. There are gambling facilities. I have no feel for the quality of golf instruction. Prior to the current renovation, the course offered excellent instruction. Hopefully the same personnel are still available. The medical school is located in Basseterre.

Martinique, of all the islands, excels in shopping, dining and golf instruction. Shopping is abundant with French flair. The same is true of the many excellent restaurants on the island. Water sports are readily available. Golf instruction is more organized than elsewhere in the islands with the Ledbetter school adjacent to the golf course.

The golf course on Dutch Sint Maarten cannot be recommended in its present condition and its relatively high cost. Professional instruction is not generally available. However, the extra elements are present. Gambling is popular in the many casinos on the Dutch side of the island. Dining is especially good on the French side of this ethnically divided island. Similarly, French clothing styles are exquisite and plentiful.

There are some 32 excellent beaches available. Horses are readily available for riding. The medical school is adjacent to the golf course.

The new resorts on Tobago and Canouan will probably satisfy all requirements of our significant others with the possible exception of gambling.

For complete information about 26 Caribbean golf courses - purchase the full-color guidebook "Golf Courses of the Caribbean" - also available as an eBook at www.caribbeangolfbook.com. I personally played every course reviewed in the book. There are aerial maps and hole-by-hole descriptions of every course, island maps and travel information and more to help you plan the perfect Caribbean golfing getaway. I invite readers to contact me regarding information that is needed for clarification. Send your inquiries to advice@caribmedschools.com

David T. Rowlands Jr., M.D., Author of Golf Courses of the Caribbean


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