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Post by ltuxl » Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:21 pm

Hello,

I am currently planning a trip to the Caribbean for my Honeymoon later next year. Planned dates for the honey moon are late October into early November. I am planning on 9 days (2 for travel/jet lag). I have done some research and based on that research and a few conversations with people who have previously visited the Caribbean I have narrowed my choice down to the following two islands: Aruba, and Anguilla.

I saw a similar thread on this website but I saw little mention of the two islands that I have narrowed my search down to. Please feel free to recommend other islands although unless I am presented with overwhelmingly convincing evidence I will probably stick to my guns.

Here is what my fiance is looking for:
- Exotic place that is "not as easy as our local beach to get to"
- Beach, beach, beach :)

Here is what I am looking for:
- Clear blue water and a new experience.
- Relatively cheap place. I know some places are more expensive than others to stay/eat than others. I should be able to get free plane tickets with my United points so the majority of my money spent will be on the hotel/all-inclusive.

I am looking to suggestions. Has anyone been to either of those islands? If so, how was your experience and would you recommend it? Also if you have additional websites or resources to check out other than tripadvisor and cheapcaribbean please let me know.

Thanks in advance!
- Mr. Tux

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Post by stan1 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:48 pm

Given your fiance's criteria (beaches) I'm surprised you've eliminated St. John unless you want something more developed for tourism. Since you arrive via ferry from St. Thomas its definitely as easy to get to as your local beach. Most of the island is a national park. There is a wide range of accomodation on the island, but what you won't find is cheap, mass market hotels. If you can't swing 7 nights at Gallows Point there are also many rentals. Beaches are amazing (just search for st. john beaches). Great if you want to rent a jeep and drive around the island stopping at beaches or casual dining restaurants on your own schedule. You can take day sails over to the BVI, such as Jost Van Dyke.

I think your wife would love Petit St. Vincent, but your wallet probably won't.

There are a lot of people (tourists and locals) on Aruba. There are many hotel choices but the word "intimate" is not going to come up. If you plan to go to an all-inclusive and spend most of your time at that same hotel I'm sure you'll find that in Aruba at many price points. My suggestion would be to read reviews carefully if you decide on Aruba.

Keep in mind your proposed dates are in the middle of hurricane season. You'll get lower rates -- but there's a reason! If you have flexibility I'd suggest going in early December when weather is more predictably great and rates are still low.

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Post by telemark » Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:52 pm

There are two kinds of islands in the Caribbean: coral reefs and volcanos. As you might guess, the coral islands are flat while the volcanic islands often have some respectable heights inland. I've been to Aruba, which is coral and barely rises above sea level. My personal opinion: after seven days there I'd be working on a raft, Castaway-style, to escape. But tastes vary and the beaches are indeed very nice. I've never visited Anguilla, have no opinion there. My favorite island is Dominica, which is volcanic in origin. Grand Cayman also has wonderful beaches but isn't cheap.

The sea water is amazing anywhere in the Caribbean. You think "that can't be real" but it is.
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Post by The Wizard » Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:24 pm

If you insist on doing Arube, then the Divi Aruba is pretty good for an AI. It's in the low-rise hotel section, not the high-rise.
I normally go to Bonaire or Curacao in that area, but we're scuba divers...
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Post by The Wizard » Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:26 pm

Though it's not on your list, you might want to consider the Couples resorts in Jamaica for your honeymoon.
We're hitting Couples Negril in mid November, but for the first time there...
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Post by happyisland » Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:53 pm

I'll chime in with a couple good points about my home Island of Aruba - it's very easy to get around, and it is VERY safe, especially compared to the rest of the Caribbean. I concur with some of the other sentiments on this thread that Aruba is not the most exotic destination, and it is thoroughly developed.

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Post by lululu » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:04 pm

happyisland wrote:I'll chime in with a couple good points about my home Island of Aruba - it's very easy to get around, and it is VERY safe, especially compared to the rest of the Caribbean
Natalee Holloway.

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Post by happyisland » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:16 pm

lululu wrote:
happyisland wrote:I'll chime in with a couple good points about my home Island of Aruba - it's very easy to get around, and it is VERY safe, especially compared to the rest of the Caribbean
Natalee Holloway.
Let me guess, you watch a lot of cable news?

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Post by 7milehi » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:16 pm

I agree with stan1 , you should give St.John a good look . St John has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world just look at Trunk Bay , Turks and Caicos is very nice also . I would definitely stay away from Punta Cana and Jamaica but that's just my opinion .

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Post by chaz » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:33 pm

lululu wrote:
happyisland wrote:I'll chime in with a couple good points about my home Island of Aruba - it's very easy to get around, and it is VERY safe, especially compared to the rest of the Caribbean
Natalee Holloway.
+1.
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Post by chaz » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:35 pm

DW and I enjoy visiting via a Princess cruise.
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Post by happyisland » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:40 pm

chaz wrote:
lululu wrote:
happyisland wrote:I'll chime in with a couple good points about my home Island of Aruba - it's very easy to get around, and it is VERY safe, especially compared to the rest of the Caribbean
Natalee Holloway.
+1.
I am kind of shocked that the normally level-headed and evidence-based members of this forum are worried about visiting an island with a single missing persons case, going back decades. Just curious, where do you vacation? Any missing persons cases there? Where do you live? How's the crime rate there?

This seems like the exact same type of risk misperception that we as bogleheads are constantly striving against. :oops:

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Post by cfs » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:43 pm

Caribbean Islanders.

The Caribbean rocks! Good places, St Thomas USVI, St Croix USVI, St John BVI, San Juan/Ponce/Fajardo PR, Curacao, Barbados, Aruba, Bonaire, Martinique, Dominique, St Martin, don't stop there, here is more.

http://travel.usnews.com/Rankings/Best_ ... Vacations/

Good luck and say hello to my Caribbean Islander Compadres.

Thanks for reading.
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Post by sarahjane » Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:54 pm

Grenada!

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Post by Iorek » Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:04 pm

Visited Vieques recently and it is fantastic if you want beaches and clear blue water (but, like St John, limited lodging options aside from house rentals).

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Post by astrohip » Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:43 pm

Love the Caribbean. Have probably been 15-20 times over the years. First trip was Bahamas* in 1977 or so. Most recent was St. John last year.

For what you want, almost anywhere works. None of the Caribbean is like "going to a local beach", it's all exotic to those of us from continental US. I always agonize when it's time to pick a new island to try, and research it to death, and it ends up not mattering. Because they're all great. :D So almost anywhere you pick works.

The big difference in price is not only what island you're on, but what kind of place you stay in. All the islands have some cheap places, and some not-so-cheap places. And don't overlook travel time. Much farther to Aruba & Curacao than Caymans.

My favorites are St. John, Turks, Martinique, Caymans. Aruba was ok, not so special I would go again. Never been to Anguilla.

My favorite of all these is St. John. Absolute best beaches. In. The. World. And being set on an incredibly gorgeous island doesn't hurt. Great honeymoon spot, our daughter & SIL spent theirs there. Turks is a close second; also incredible beaches, but the island is just 'meh'.

The only island I really didn't like was Jamaica.


* yeah, I know the Bahamas aren't really Caribbean, but for the sake of this thread...
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Post by js12337 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:56 pm

+1 St John

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Post by Watty » Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:17 pm

I am planning on 9 days (2 for travel/jet lag).
That is a relatively short trip. I would give a lot of priority to a destination that you can get a direct flight to. That will save travel time and will reduce the chance of flight disruptions due to weather.

For example if you have to catch a connection to a smaller island in Miami, and there is only one or two flights a day to that island, then you would need to worry about there being a hurricane or tropical storm at Miami too. A destination that has lots of flights going to it is also good since if your flight is cancelled it will be easier to find another flight.

It might not be your first choice but the Mayan Riviera which is south of Cancun has the advantage that from much of country you can catch an early flight and be on the beach by dinner time. On your return you might not need to leave until after lunch so combined you might be able to get the better part of an additional day of beach time compared to a less easily accessible destination. There are lots of all inclusive resorts that would be good for a honeymoon and you can take day trips to the Mayan ruins.

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Post by Tarkus » Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:32 pm

Going to St. John with our two elementary-school-age children over New Years week. It will be our second trip. It is so easy to get there from Minnesota, with a direct flight to St. Thomas on Sun Country Airlines. After you arrive at the airport, it's about 90 minutes of travel time to the island via taxi and then a very nice, pleasant ferry ride.

The weeks of Christmas/New Years are the highest of the high season, so it will be quite an expensive trip for us. October/November is the low season, so you are going to have much lower rates and still wonderful weather. Apart from the airfare and accommodation, you will need to rent a 4x4 jeep. Expect to pay $500-$600 for a week. You drive on the left, which I was worried about initially, but I got the hang of it very quickly.

There are only two hotels/resorts on the island -- The Westin and the Caneel Bay resort. Instead, we rent a villa and have had great results at http://www.caribbeanvilla.com

This way you can cook your own food. The groceries on the island are very expensive -- we pack some staples into an extra bag so we don't have to buy so much when we get there.

It is a magical place. Unlike the rest of the Caribbean islands I have visited, it is unspoiled by resorts and commercialism. About 2/3 of the island is a protected national park. Amazing wildlife, great hiking, fantastic swimming and snorkeling, stargazing... I just can't get enough.

The only place I've been to in the region that compares is Costa Rica. If I could alternate winter vacations between Costa Rica and St. John every year, I'd be super happy.

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Post by DFWinvestor » Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:03 am

Tarkus wrote:Going to St. John

There are only two hotels/resorts on the island -- The Westin and the Caneel Bay resort. Instead, we rent a villa and have had great results at http://www.caribbeanvilla.com
My wife and I stayed in St. Thomas but took a day trip to St. John, stopped in at the Caneel Bay resort. It was incredible. Next time we go I want to stay there. Talked to some guests from the hotel and they had nothing but good things to say. Very secluded.

The highlight of our trip though was a day trip on a boat to Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke (both are BVI). Felt much more remote than the two USVI we visited, although all are wonderful. I'm also not sure how much tourism they have there or if the snorkeling is as good as St. Thomas and St. John.

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Post by DireWolf » Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:34 pm

St. John

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Post by Flobes » Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:55 pm

Playa del Carmen or Akumal, Mexico.

Beach, beach, beach. Exotic. Caribbean. Affordable. Romantic.

Side trips to ancient Mayan ruins. Snorkeling. Scuba diving. Caves. Jungle.

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Post by letsgobobby » Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:20 pm

chaz wrote:DW and I enjoy visiting via a Princess cruise.
We're doing a 14 day cruise this winter to Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia, St John/Antigua, Basseterre/St Kitts, St Maarten.

In each port we have a full 8-10 hours. We get to see a bunch of islands and the price is really surprisingly affordable considering this is a holiday cruise over Christmas and New Year's. We booked a year and a half ago but it's only $2500 per person double occupancy. And you only have to pay to fly to Miami instead of internationally.

Since we've never been to the Caribbean we're thinking this is a good way to visit for the first time. If we find a place that really endears us we'll fly back for a week some time.

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Post by jodydavis » Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:12 pm

I've never been to Aruba, but visited Anguilla a few years back. If you like beaches (i.e. the classic Caribbean crystal clear water, white powder sand, shallow), then you will love Anguilla, as the beaches are absolutely amazing. It's a pretty small island and relatively flat (i.e. not one of the tall volcanic islands). Easy to get around. And did I mention the beaches? Absolutely amazing.

In terms of exoticism, it' did feel reasonably exotic, insofar as it's less developed than Puerto Rico, Caymans, etc. Had a relatively "small town" feel. No real big town center or anything like that. When I was there, I think there were only one or two traffic lights, but there may be more by now. It certainly feels a bit more off the beaten path than more popular islands like St. Johns, etc.

That said, it's not cheap. It has some amazingly high-end resorts (e.g. Cuisinart, etc.) and frequently hosts celebrities, etc. On the plus side, this means that it has some really terrific restaurants. Overall, the food quality is very high. But as I said, it didn't feel inexpensive (though there must be some less expensive places to stay).

We stayed at a resort right on Rendezvous Bay Beach, which is still one of the most amazing beach I have ever been to:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_R ... uilla.html

The place we stayed at is, unfortunately, no longer in existence, as it was washed out by a hurricane (though I believe they are rebuilding), but it was a perfect spot, with a room literally steps from the beach. Also, there were absolutely no crowds. In fact, it felt like we had almost the entire beach all to ourselves.

Good luck picking a spot! And congratulations!

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Post by tadamsmar » Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:25 am

Vieques is nice. Inn on the Blue Horizon is a romantic place to stay. The beaches are great, the Inn is seaside but does not have a great beach, so you need a rental car if you stay there. You could probably stay in Esperanza and not get a rental car, but we always get one because exploring is fun.

Love Beach in the Bahamas is nice. We stayed here: http://www.vrbo.com/467499

Isla Mujeris is nice. There is a long beach on the west end.

The least expensive Caribbean vacation we has was a rental at EastWind Condo in St. Thomas. Or cruises tend to be inexpensive: http://www.vactionstogo.com

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Post by swaption » Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:36 am

happyisland wrote:
chaz wrote:
lululu wrote:
happyisland wrote:I'll chime in with a couple good points about my home Island of Aruba - it's very easy to get around, and it is VERY safe, especially compared to the rest of the Caribbean
Natalee Holloway.
+1.
I am kind of shocked that the normally level-headed and evidence-based members of this forum are worried about visiting an island with a single missing persons case, going back decades. Just curious, where do you vacation? Any missing persons cases there? Where do you live? How's the crime rate there?

This seems like the exact same type of risk misperception that we as bogleheads are constantly striving against. :oops:
Agree, and surprised. Went to Aruba with my then 1 year old. Safety and access to health care, hospitals, etc. were among the factors. At the time of the Holloway case I remembered thinking how unfortunate it was that this might tarnish the reputation of the island. Agree it is not exactly what I would call intimate. Great for wind surfing, if that makes any difference.

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Post by riderdie4life » Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:20 am

My in-laws have owned a home in the BVI for 25+ years, so we've been fortunate enough to visit many of the islands in the Caribbean. Personally, I would stay away from the USVI. They are very touristy and modernized for my "escape and relax" mentality.

I love staying on Tortola and being able to take the ferry to other islands every day. I am bias, as this is where they have a home, but it's easy to get around and see things. Beaches/bays there are beautiful--Cane Garden is the best for water and view, but gets packed if cruise ships are in, Brewers has big waves in the winter months, but is more "local", Long is about the same as Brewers. For day trips, I'd ferry to Virgin Gorda and see the Baths...google it. You can take a ferry to Anegoda, very cool day trip. I would line up a ride/boat to Jost Van Dyke and hit White Bay and Great Harbor. The must see's there are Soggy Dollar bar and Foxies.

PM me if you want more info or suggestions...

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Post by flyingaway » Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:45 am

I agree that Aruba is safer than other places. I rented a car to drive around in Aruba. In Jamaica, I just stayed in an all-inclusive hotel and did not get culture experience. Puerto Rico is also safe, I have been there 3 times. I like a place with beaches (day activities) and casinos (night activities), combining Hawaii and Las Vegas.

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Post by lululu » Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:52 pm

happyisland wrote:
lululu wrote:
happyisland wrote:I'll chime in with a couple good points about my home Island of Aruba - it's very easy to get around, and it is VERY safe, especially compared to the rest of the Caribbean
Natalee Holloway.
Let me guess, you watch a lot of cable news?
No, actually. I got rid of my television several years ago. You'd have to be living under a rock not to know about her case.

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Post by happyisland » Sun Aug 31, 2014 3:04 pm

lululu wrote:
happyisland wrote:
lululu wrote:
happyisland wrote:I'll chime in with a couple good points about my home Island of Aruba - it's very easy to get around, and it is VERY safe, especially compared to the rest of the Caribbean
Natalee Holloway.
Let me guess, you watch a lot of cable news?
No, actually. I got rid of my television several years ago. You'd have to be living under a rock not to know about her case.
I agree that it was hard to avoid the highly sensationalized media circus surrounding a single missing persons case from 9 years ago. Where I think we might differ is on whether or not that is in any way germane to one's choice of a vacation destination.

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Post by island » Sun Aug 31, 2014 3:24 pm

Ahhh Anguilla and Aruba, 2 of my favorites and been to both several times.

Anguilla is really laid back, nothing to do except hit the beach which is fine for us, more deserted the better. Fine dining. Not a budget island at all. You'll need a car if you want to get around easily.

If you want some variety in activity, accommodations, restaurant options, and some shops to stroll, go to Aruba. We've been there several times over Thanksgiving and the weather was very good. Supposedly Aruba is outside the usually path of hurricanes which is why we chose it for that time of year. Each time we stayed in the Tara suites at the Bucuti Beach Resort and loved it. It's on Eagle Beach so a little removed from Palm where there are more larger properties and restaurants nearby.

Also check out the islands of the Turks and Caicos. We stayed at a resort on Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales and it was another gorgeous beach with crystal clear water.

Please come back and tell us where you end up. Best wishes.

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Post by bberris » Sun Aug 31, 2014 4:09 pm

lululu wrote:
happyisland wrote:I'll chime in with a couple good points about my home Island of Aruba - it's very easy to get around, and it is VERY safe, especially compared to the rest of the Caribbean
Natalee Holloway.
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Post by ltuxl » Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:45 am

Thank everyone for your replies.

I have decided two things based on the information that you all have provided:
1.) Do more research
2.) Add St. John to the list. This place had to many recommendations on this thread for me to ignore it.

Thanks again!

- Tux
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Post by avalpert » Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:09 am

lululu wrote:
happyisland wrote:I'll chime in with a couple good points about my home Island of Aruba - it's very easy to get around, and it is VERY safe, especially compared to the rest of the Caribbean
Natalee Holloway.
Yes, because single bad events are a great reason for irrational reactions...

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Post by hexagon » Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:40 am

quote="Iorek"]Visited Vieques recently and it is fantastic if you want beaches and clear blue water (but, like St John, limited lodging options aside from house rentals).[/quote]
tadamsmar wrote:Vieques is nice. Inn on the Blue Horizon is a romantic place to stay. The beaches are great, the Inn is seaside but does not have a great beach, so you need a rental car if you stay there. You could probably stay in Esperanza and not get a rental car, but we always get one because exploring is fun.

+1 on Vieques (also heard good things about neighboring Culebra). We honeymooned on Vieques 25 years ago.

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Post by Sanhew » Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:10 am

OP has narrowed his list to two islands, but has kept the door open for consideration of other Caribbean locales. Of all the locations we've visited (St. John, St. Croix, Thomas, Aruba, Dominica, St. Maarten, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Mexico, BVI, among others), the single most beautiful beach we have found was in Providenciales, in the Turks and Caicos. The beach in Provo, Twelve Mile Beach, is just stunning. There are numerous sections where you will be virtually alone, if that's your perference. The waters are amazing shades of turquoise and blue, and the snorkeling off the beach is among the best we found. If you've already researched and ruled out T&C, so be it. But if it wasn't among those you looked into, do yourself a favor and check it out. Provo has a wonderful beach and is a wonderful Caribbean locale.

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Post by poker27 » Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:37 am

Since we are on the topic...

My gf is wanting to book a vacation to the Caribbean in Jan. Right now we are heavily looking into Punta Cana due to the ease of getting to (direct 4-5hr flight from Chicago, VS. multiple stops to St Johns and ect). We have been to Mexico multiple times, but she is looking for something a bit more exotic (nicer beaches and clearer water). Has anyone been? Any reviews?

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Post by Iorek » Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:21 pm

poker27 wrote:Since we are on the topic...

My gf is wanting to book a vacation to the Caribbean in Jan. Right now we are heavily looking into Punta Cana due to the ease of getting to (direct 4-5hr flight from Chicago, VS. multiple stops to St Johns and ect). We have been to Mexico multiple times, but she is looking for something a bit more exotic (nicer beaches and clearer water). Has anyone been? Any reviews?
I've been to Punta Cana to an AI resort and I will say that we didn't leave the resort so you could conclude from that either I am an unreliable source, or Punta Cana isn't a great place to go if you want exposure to local culture. The beach was nice but not fantastic and I don't think the water was particularly clear (my recollection is much of the Mayan Riviera doesn't have great beaches, so it might be better than those, fwiw).

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Post by island » Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:00 pm

Sanhew wrote:OP has narrowed his list to two islands, but has kept the door open for consideration of other Caribbean locales. Of all the locations we've visited (St. John, St. Croix, Thomas, Aruba, Dominica, St. Maarten, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Mexico, BVI, among others), the single most beautiful beach we have found was in Providenciales, in the Turks and Caicos. The beach in Provo, Twelve Mile Beach, is just stunning. There are numerous sections where you will be virtually alone, if that's your perference. The waters are amazing shades of turquoise and blue, and the snorkeling off the beach is among the best we found. If you've already researched and ruled out T&C, so be it. But if it wasn't among those you looked into, do yourself a favor and check it out. Provo has a wonderful beach and is a wonderful Caribbean locale.
Agree completely. I mentioned Provo also. So beautiful we didn't even leave our resort for the entire 2 weeks there because we couldn't pull ourselves aay from that beach from sun up to sundown. OP be sure to include it in your research!

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Re: Trip to the Caribbean - Suggestions

Post by littlebird » Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:26 pm

lululu wrote:
happyisland wrote:
lululu wrote:
happyisland wrote:I'll chime in with a couple good points about my home Island of Aruba - it's very easy to get around, and it is VERY safe, especially compared to the rest of the Caribbean
Natalee Holloway.
Let me guess, you watch a lot of cable news?
No, actually. I got rid of my television several years ago. You'd have to be living under a rock not to know about her case.
I guess I must be living under a rock, although I listen to my local NPR station most of the day, most of the week. I either never heard her name, or I've just received the first signal of diminished cognition. Or I live under a rock.

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