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Top Spot: US Virgin Islands Pictures

Seasoned travelers Sean and Kristy Michael head to the US Virgin Islands for a 5-night stay. With a budget of $4,500, will they choose a beachfront resort, a villa in the hills or a private yacht?

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Half Moon
Half Moon's Sugar Mill, an upscale Caribbean restaurant housed within a centuries-old, dramatically lit sugar mill in Montego Bay, Jamaica, features high-quality entrees and excellent ambiance.
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Half Moon
Sea Grape Terrace offers a popular "full Jamaican breakfast" buffet, which includes a mix of ackee and salt fish (the national dish), fried bread dumplings, grilled bananas, yams, and mixed vegetables.
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The Caves
The intimate Caves eco-boutique in Negril, Jamaica, features fresh, seasonal ingredients and inventive Jamaican-focused menus. Highlights include pumpkin ginger soup or saffron crabcakes served over spicy tomato salsa and drizzled with a herb-mustard vinaigrette.
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The Caves
The Caves is located in a prime spot. Travelers can gaze at the beautiful sunset on the coarse rock cliffs or by candlelight inside a natural cave.
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Royal Plantation
There's no buffet at Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, but there are 2 excellent a la carte restaurants for dinner -- French cuisine at Papillon and alfresco Italian at Le Terrace.
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Royal Plantation
Royal Plantation also offers made-to-order breakfasts, a fresh, beachside grill for lunch -- which offers some of the best jerk chicken in Jamaica -- and 24-hour room service. In addition, guests can make special menu requests of the French chef.
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Iberostar Rose Hall Beach
Fried cheese balls and raw juice smoothies are just a few items offered at the Iberostar. It has one of the largest, most elaborate buffets in Jamaica.
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Iberostar Rose Hall Beach
The 4 internationally-themed, a la carte restaurants are even more popular. Standouts include the Benihana-style Samurai restaurant, which offers such treats as perfectly cooked plantain-and-zucchini tempura or fresh, Jamaican-spiced shrimp and octopus.
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Riu Negril Club-All Inclusive
The Riu features 11 restaurants and a international buffet restaurant called Green Island. The spiced meat is actually spicy, and the breakfast menu is particularly generous, with ackee and salt fish, three kinds of French toast, and a cereal bar.
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Riu Negril Club-All Inclusive
The Riu's all-night snack bar, Luigi's, serves pizza, salads, fruit, and dessert. The resort's 3 a-la-carte restaurants, the "gourmet" Sir Andrew, Shadows Steakhouse, and Churrasceria Rodizio -- have to be booked well in advance, but the four kinds of Brazilian churrascaria-style meats at Rodizio are not to be missed.
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Iberostar Bavaro
The Bavaro's main buffet restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has a huge buffet station as well as plenty of made-to-order stations, like the pasta and the omelet bars, where chefs can cut and cook food right in front of you.
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Iberostar Bavaro
No need to worry if you end up sleeping through breakfast. Los Bohios, a steak restaurant by night, is a snack bar throughout the day, with a selection of fruits, yogurt, burgers, hot dogs, pancakes and more. You can even get a drink at the neighboring Los Bohios Bar.
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Be Live Hamaca
Oasis Hamaca offers a solid breakfast selection, including a hot bar, an omelet and egg station, fresh fruit and juices, waffles and pancakes, cereal, and an exhaustive array of breads. An abbreviated version of breakfast is served at Mango's, a buffet located near the beach.
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Natura Park Beach Ecoresorts
La Cana, the resort's buffet restaurant, is open most hours of the day. The buffet spread, located in 3 rooms, is pretty impressive and includes a huge dessert table.
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Natura Park Beach Ecoresorts
There are plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables and enough variety to satisfy picky eaters. You can also get omelets and pasta made to order at several counters around the buffet.
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Gran Bahia Principe Ambar
Palmyra, the Ambar's buffet restaurant, has a different theme every day, including Italian, Caribbean, or American. It also has 24-hour room service.
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Gran Bahia Principe Ambar
The Porto Fino restaurant serves the best all-inclusive cuisine in the Caribbean. The food is served without the usual over-reliance on salt and spices. The dining environment is spacious and elegant.
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Tamarijn Aruba
Opting for the all-inclusive pass at the Tamarijn is highly recommended. The steep a-la-carte rates will add up to much more than the all-inclusive charge. Hibachi enthusiasts at the Palm Grill can survey the crowd from a platform hovering over Cunucu Terrace.
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Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Samana Peninsula, Dominican Republic The Gran Bahia Cayo Levantado is the only resort with its own private island in the Dominican Republic. Soak up the sun at the scenic beaches and beautiful pools, and relax in the luxurious rooms with private jacuzzi tubs. Read the Gran Bahias review 960 1280

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Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado
Samana Peninsula, Dominican Republic
The 2 gorgeous pools have bars nearby and plenty of lounge chairs, and both are exceptionally clean. The snack bar at the beach pool has a basic buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, rice, salad and selected entrees.Read the Gran Bahia's review
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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows
Oahu, Hawaii
Relax in the hammocks on the quiet beach at Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, a charming but no-frills property on Oahu's picturesque North Shore. Oahu's most famous surfing spots are just down the street.Read the Ke Iki's review
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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows
Oahu, Hawaii
Location trumps luxury at these 11 beachfront bungalows. The bungalows are modest, with few amenities and minimal service, but a beautiful beach is just steps away. Read the Ke Iki's review
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Hotel Hana-Maui
Maui, Hawaii
The Hotel Hana-Maui delivers rustic luxury in the middle of Maui's lush and secluded east coast. It's not directly on the beach, but it has 2 beautiful pools. Read the Hana-Maui's review
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Hotel Hana-Maui
Maui, Hawaii
Hotel Hana-Maui has incredible service, a top-notch spa, excellent food and 77 rooms on acres of property. It may be hard to reach, but it's worth the trip.Read the Hana-Maui's review
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Jake's
South Coast, Jamaica
Jake's is a member of Island Outpost, Jamaica's trendiest hotel group. Guests come to unplug -- there's no phone, internet, or TV in the cottages. Read Jakes' review
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Jake's
South Coast, Jamaica
Jake's is a particular favorite because of the on-site painting and yoga classes, excellent food and the Driftwood Spa. The spa has several open-air treatment rooms that are built into cliffs overlooking the ocean. Read Jakes' review
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Geejam
Port Antonio, Jamaica
The setting of the Geejam is gorgeous, the service is extraordinary, and one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches is only 10 minutes away. The hotel offers guests peaceful isolation, but one of it's drawbacks is that there are no pool or spa facilities. Read the Geejam's review
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Geejam
Port Antonio, Jamaica
The Geejam is made up of only 5 private, high-tech cottages in the lush foothills of Port Antonio. Modern electronics in the rooms include 42-inch flat-screens, AppleTV, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi. Read the Geejam's review
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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort
St. John, US Virgin Islands
Caneel Bay sits on 170 acres of a protected national park, dotted with 7 remote beaches. The largest beach also attracts non-resort guests, but the other beaches on the property are much more secluded. Read Caneel Bay's review
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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort
St. John, US Virgin Islands
Caneel's attentive service and gorgeous setting make it one of the Caribbean's best secluded resorts. The most notable of the hotel's 4 restaurants is Equator-- built inside and on top of an 18th-century sugar mill. Read Caneel Bay's review
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