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We will be taking a cruise out of Miami to some caribbean islands in August, and my dd will be 13 month old. We plan to take the car seat for the airplane ride to miami, but how does it work once we get to each island? Im just wondering what people do, do they take the car seat off the boat, get into the taxi, install the car seat, and take it with them to the beach, etc? I dont feel comfortable riding in a taxi without a carseat, even if that is what the islanders may do with their babes. Has anyone had any experience with traveling with their babe and a car seat to the caribbean?
 

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I think that most people do not use carseats once they get on the island.<br><br>
We went on a cruise whem my dd was about 18mos old and we went to Key west and the Bahamas. We didn't use a taxi in the Bahamas...we just walked around.<br><br>
I really don't even see how it would be possible to lug the carseat around with you while you were walking around. Maybe you would just walk?<br><br>
I hope you find a solution that works for you soon, before you go.
 

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I figured that, but I know we needed to take a taxi to the beach on a few islands when we took a southern caribbean cruise 3 years ago, it was too far to walk. Im going to call the cruise line and ask them what people usually do. Thanks
 

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Well, I'm probably a horrible mother, but we've taken our children on several vacations and required the use of public transport and we've NEVER taken our carseats. We don't even use them on the airplane. If we are going to be renting a car we take our seats and check them with our luggage (IMHO, carseats are such a hassel on the plane, and having the empty seat to play in during the flight is so much nicer.<br><br>
We are taking both of our kids (they will be 4 and 13 months at the time), to Italy this summer, and we have no plans for carseats.
 

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Can you talk to your agent or look at your itinerary and figure out if you're mostly walking or driving on the island?<br><br>
When I went to DC with my daughter (and she was 13 months old), we used a Baby B'Air while in the car. Even then, when we had a sudden stop, she definitely got a little baby whiplash - but she didn't go anywhere else (it belts onto you, and then you're in your seatbelt). Still, it was a bit scary.<br><br>
When we went to the Bahamas, we did notice drivers go quite slowly, if that makes you feel any better. And much of the city is walkable.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, I'm probably a horrible mother, but we've taken our children on several vacations and required the use of public transport and we've NEVER taken our carseats. We don't even use them on the airplane. If we are going to be renting a car we take our seats and check them with our luggage (IMHO, carseats are such a hassel on the plane, and having the empty seat to play in during the flight is so much nicer.<br><br>
We are taking both of our kids (they will be 4 and 13 months at the time), to Italy this summer, and we have no plans for carseats.</div>
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yup-same with us. I never knew what else to do as its hot and Im not lugging that thing every where we go<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Maybe I'm weird and overprotective, but we took a cruise when my DDs were 1 and almost 3 (before DS was born) to Mexico and to the Caribbean, and we did bring and use carseats every time. I am just paranoid I guess. Not judging anyone who doesn't do it, just saying - if you would feel better about it, it IS possible to do it. Yeah, we got some odd looks from people when we were installing carseats in taxis (we got REALLY fast at it though! lol) and yeah, we had to pay for "standing time" while the taxi driver was waiting, but taxis in those places are generally so cheap anyway, it wasn't that bad. We tried to walk when we could, but when we had to drive somewhere, we put the carseats in those backpack-style carseat carry bags, and it really wasn't a big deal.
 
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