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Island Vacation with Shade on the Beach?

Post by JSparks » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:13 pm

My wife has not had much luck finding a place for us to take a vacation this year. Though almost any island will do, we want to visit the Caribbean again but she has two criteria that we struggling to resolve. We'd like a quiet, uncrowded island like St. John (we've been there a couple of times and it's great) but since she has very sensitive skin, we're looking for an island that has shade (via trees or palapa's) on at least one beach.

Any suggestions for a quiet island where we can find some beach shade?

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Post by 123 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:50 pm

Maybe sleep inside during the day and be out on the beach at night ?
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Post by runner3081 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:40 pm

Why not something like this?

https://www.amazon.com/EasyGO-Products- ... 5325&psc=1

Or, you can do what we do on family vacations. Get up early, 8ish to the beach. Stay until 10 or so and then head inside or for other activities the rest of the day.

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Post by PoppyA » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:47 pm

Drummond island in Lake Superior. It won’t be crowded anywhere on Lake Superior. You will have sunshine, but it is so far north the suns affects are minimal.

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Post by fposte » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:55 pm

People get sunburned in the Arctic, and I had the worst sunburn of my life in northern Minnesota. Superior is lovely, but there’s no latitude that will substitute for shade.

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Post by Irisheyes » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:00 pm

I don't know the Caribbean, so can't recommend anywhere there.

However, you might have a look at Costa Rica, which has many beautiful beaches where the jungle/rainforest ends at the sand and so provides some shade.

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Post by mamboking » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:00 pm

I bought that very tent last year for our vacation to Myrtle beach. Got there and was told no tents allowed on the beach :(
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Post by brak » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:07 pm

Anguilla

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Post by quantAndHold » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:31 pm

Virgin Gorda. It’s beyond quiet, and the trees end right at the sand on pretty much every beach.

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Post by mrspock » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:47 pm

JSparks wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:13 pm
My wife has not had much luck finding a place for us to take a vacation this year. Though almost any island will do, we want to visit the Caribbean again but she has two criteria that we struggling to resolve. We'd like a quiet, uncrowded island like St. John (we've been there a couple of times and it's great) but since she has very sensitive skin, we're looking for an island that has shade (via trees or palapa's) on at least one beach.

Any suggestions for a quiet island where we can find some beach shade?
Easy as pie! Port Douglas, Australia (technically an island), about an hour north of Cairns. Go in July or August (“winter”), and you will have good swaths of the gigantic beach to yourself. The town is quaint, and just peaceful as you can imagine. Lodging is very reasonable as well and there are excusions is you like that sort of thing. Be careful though... you probably will want to live there after your visit!

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Post by TBillT » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:52 pm

We like Aruba. We were there twice, once at the Marriott which has a lazy river and beach and casino, and once near there in a rental home someone from Virginia owns and rents, or used to anyways. Just a little ways down from Marriott (short car or bus ride) to a snorkeling beach, I saw a baracuda posing for the movie Nemo. I was snorkling off the beach. It is a reef island so you do not get the open ocean, but no hurricanes get quite that far south. I mean Hawaii big island is our next thing, but Aruba is closer to East coast we'd try again.

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Post by bob60014 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:58 am

+1 regarding Aruba. We just returned from there and found it perfect for us. We stayed in the Eagle Beach area which is quieter and not as developed compared to Palm or Divi. Palapas (early birds get the worm) and umbrellas (rentals) are readily available. My wife is fair and sensitive to the sun and though it averaged 82 degrees and high UV, we left without a burn, just a nice tan using spf 70 -100 sunscreen spray, helped.

The only issue is when a cruise ship is at port as they have day trips to the beaches. Busloads descend here and the other beaches for 2-4 hours of beach time. It really didn't bother us but others were getting their shorts in a bunch over it, thinking they were on private beach. All beaches here are public.

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Post by AlohaJoe » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:10 am

letsgobobby wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:05 pm
Are there any beaches left in the free world that *don't* rent myriad shading devices such as cabanas, umbrellas, and palapas?
I was wondering the same thing. Even if there are some, surely it isn't that hard to find one allows it?

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Post by Jack FFR1846 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:17 am

I'll second Eagle Beach in Aruba. There's a grove of trees between the beach and the road that locals have family gatherings on weekends and holidays. On weekdays, it's pretty wide open with nobody there. If you want to go just south (bordering Eagle beach), stay at Costa Linda. There are some trees and shade between the water and the walkway around the resort. They have cabanas for shade, but you have to claim them very early (my mom used to go out at 6am to get her favorite). If you can get and afford it, get an end unit, nearest the beach and set up on the patio overlooking the beach. There's a slatted roof over part of the patio to get some sun protection from. I'm not a fan of laying in the sun and would usually wear a long sleeve shirt there if I'm going out in the sun. Remember to re-apply sun screen....it does not last all day.
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Post by 22twain » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:23 am

PoppyA wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:47 pm
Drummond island in Lake Superior.
Where you can do a polar bear plunge any time of the year, right? :twisted:

(added: now that I've looked at the map, I see it's actually not in Lake Superior. It's at the northern end of Lake Huron.)
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Post by lthenderson » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:30 am

AlohaJoe wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:10 am
letsgobobby wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:05 pm
Are there any beaches left in the free world that *don't* rent myriad shading devices such as cabanas, umbrellas, and palapas?
I was wondering the same thing. Even if there are some, surely it isn't that hard to find one allows it?
+1 I've been to dozens of beaches where one could either rent or bring an umbrella along.

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Post by wilked » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:31 am

Easy call - Aruba. I remember a few different beaches with lots of trees at the edge

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Post by Tycoon » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:34 am

Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:17 am
I'll second Eagle Beach in Aruba. There's a grove of trees between the beach and the road that locals have family gatherings on weekends and holidays. On weekdays, it's pretty wide open with nobody there. If you want to go just south (bordering Eagle beach), stay at Costa Linda. There are some trees and shade between the water and the walkway around the resort. They have cabanas for shade, but you have to claim them very early (my mom used to go out at 6am to get her favorite). If you can get and afford it, get an end unit, nearest the beach and set up on the patio overlooking the beach. There's a slatted roof over part of the patio to get some sun protection from. I'm not a fan of laying in the sun and would usually wear a long sleeve shirt there if I'm going out in the sun. Remember to re-apply sun screen....it does not last all day.
I'll add another vote for Eagle Beach.
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Post by finite_difference » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:53 am

Puerto Rico.

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Post by retiringtype » Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:54 am

Another vote for Anguilla. Beautiful beaches. Great food. Nice people. A lovely boat ride from St. Maarten.

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Post by dunkmachine » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:16 am

My recommendation would be go to Vieques.

Travel not as direct, but you can fly into San Juan, PR and then take very short flight to Vieques, or even take the ferry to the island. Numerous isolated beaches, each with a different atmosphere and unique identity, so surely you can find one that suits your needs. I would recommend Green Beach (aka Punta Arenas) for shade as there's ample trees around the beach plus some decent snorkeling. Man, talking about it makes me want to go back again....

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Post by fourwheelcycle » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:22 am

Manuel Antonio Beach, in Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park, is the nicest, least crowded beach we have ever been to. Small beach, beautiful sand, shade along the tree line. Go in March. Unfortunately, you have to walk several hundred yards into the park to get to it.

There is a big beach right at the town, but it is more crowded and much less scenic.

If you go, be sure to stop at the crocodile bridge over the Tarcoles river on the way from San Jose to Manuel Antonio.

If you want to add a truly luxurious experience to your trip stay at the Hidden Canopy Treehouses Boutique Hotel in Monte Verde for a few days. Then take the taxi/boat/taxi transfer to Arenal Volcano and Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

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Post by wilked » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:30 am

dunkmachine wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:16 am
My recommendation would be go to Vieques.

Travel not as direct, but you can fly into San Juan, PR and then take very short flight to Vieques, or even take the ferry to the island. Numerous isolated beaches, each with a different atmosphere and unique identity, so surely you can find one that suits your needs. I would recommend Green Beach (aka Punta Arenas) for shade as there's ample trees around the beach plus some decent snorkeling. Man, talking about it makes me want to go back again....
blue beach also has a couple nice spots with trees if memory serves right

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Post by flarf » Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:07 am

Tough to give recommendations without a budget in mind.

Vieques is dead quiet but that's partially because the largest resort was destroyed by Hurricane Maria and never re-opened. Last I checked, the electrical cable from PR still wasn't in service and they were reliant exclusively on solar and generator power. If you don't mind roughing it somewhat, it's a great spot, and they definitely need the tourism.

Turks and Caicos also has quiet places away from Grace Bay. Amanyara is off on a deserted corner of the island. Parrot Cay is on an even smaller island accessible via boat. Both are great, neither are budget friendly. All have plenty of available shade.

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Post by wilked » Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:56 am

flarf wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:07 am
Tough to give recommendations without a budget in mind.

Vieques is dead quiet but that's partially because the largest resort was destroyed by Hurricane Maria and never re-opened. Last I checked, the electrical cable from PR still wasn't in service and they were reliant exclusively on solar and generator power. If you don't mind roughing it somewhat, it's a great spot, and they definitely need the tourism.

Turks and Caicos also has quiet places away from Grace Bay. Amanyara is off on a deserted corner of the island. Parrot Cay is on an even smaller island accessible via boat. Both are great, neither are budget friendly. All have plenty of available shade.
This isn't accurate for what it's worth. I'm going to Vieques in a couple of weeks and looked into it.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g ... _Rico.html
The island has been back to normal awhile,, PR, Vieques and Culebra are in the tropics. Tropical storms are not unusual. Maria was a big one, but it is long gone
Vieques is not run by generators anymore, its back on the grid from the mainland.

things are back to normal.

many of the beaches look different, but are doing great.
We just went back to Vieques for the 5th time and first time since the hurricane and found Vieques to be . . .awesome! We got to all our favorite beaches, had amazing food at all the restaurants, had better than ever phone coverage with Verizon (Claro) which was awesome because our kiddo was home and very sick . . . We had a great time and didn't feel held back in any way because of any damage from the hurricane. In fact, many of our favorite places had done updates and renovations!

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Post by chrisam314 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:03 pm

While it isn't an island - Tulum is very nice. Easy /cheap flight from US and about a 1.5 hour drive. Jungle meets beach. Lots of shade/mexican hospitality/good food. Enjoy.

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Post by dogperson » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:53 pm

I just got back from the Barceló Maya resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico (kinda near Cancun). It’s on the Caribbean and there are palm trees on the beach that provide pretty good shade, especially if you’re willing to move the chairs as needed.

I need shade too and I found that a big hat and SPF 70 did the trick for me, plus covering up when lying out for a while. Another thing to consider in your choice is whether you’re morning or afternoon beach people, and whether the beach faces east or west so you’ll know what time of day the sun will be in your face vs. at your back.

By the way I would not particularly recommend the Barceló for the food. But the beach was nice and the palm trees were surprisingly good for shade.

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Post by Starfish » Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:04 pm

letsgobobby wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:05 pm
Are there any beaches left in the free world that *don't* rent myriad shading devices such as cabanas, umbrellas, and palapas?
Probably most beaches in the world?

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Post by wfrobinette » Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:32 pm

JSparks wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:13 pm
My wife has not had much luck finding a place for us to take a vacation this year. Though almost any island will do, we want to visit the Caribbean again but she has two criteria that we struggling to resolve. We'd like a quiet, uncrowded island like St. John (we've been there a couple of times and it's great) but since she has very sensitive skin, we're looking for an island that has shade (via trees or palapa's) on at least one beach.

Any suggestions for a quiet island where we can find some beach shade?
You're making this too hard.

All you need is an beach umbrella to make it happen. Buy one when you get there and give it away before you leave.

Resorts will have shade on the beach.

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Post by unclescrooge » Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:30 pm

JSparks wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:13 pm
Any suggestions for a quiet island where we can find some beach shade?
Anini beach in Kauai.
The almond trees shade a lot of the beach and in some places even the water.

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Post by mgensler » Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:01 pm

Long Bay Beach, Provodenciales, Turks and Caicos

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Post by ClaycordJCA » Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:45 pm

The Mana Kai resort in Kihei, Maui has a great lawn with palm trees and lawn chairs right off the beach. Move the chairs to keep them in the shade.

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Post by malabargold » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:33 am

Grenada.
The most famous beach Grand Anse has a few big shade trees
Other beaches have more

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Post by scout80 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:15 am

St. Lucia - https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g14 ... tions.html - one of the most forested islands in the Caribbean and it is very quiet and low-stress. There are multiple daily flights from several airlines. The resorts on the island are mostly small private resorts but even if you go to someplace busy like Reduit Beach you will probably not be overrun with people. If you don't want exposure to a true Caribbean island and its culture this may not be the best place for you but if you're up for an adventure you will not regret it. If you like Jazz there is a internationally-acclaimed jazz festival in May that is supposed to be incredible.

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Post by Rattlesnake » Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:32 am

Hmmm.... Shade on the beach.... I remember our hosts on Tortola saying to steer clear of the palm trees, the coconuts had a habit of falling... She said the cruise ship people always headed for the trees and there were a few casualties....

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mrspock wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:47 pm
JSparks wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:13 pm
My wife has not had much luck finding a place for us to take a vacation this year. Though almost any island will do, we want to visit the Caribbean again but she has two criteria that we struggling to resolve. We'd like a quiet, uncrowded island like St. John (we've been there a couple of times and it's great) but since she has very sensitive skin, we're looking for an island that has shade (via trees or palapa's) on at least one beach.

Any suggestions for a quiet island where we can find some beach shade?
Easy as pie! Port Douglas, Australia (technically an island), about an hour north of Cairns.
I mean, Port Douglas is one of my favorite places in the world, but it is not an island, it is not in the Caribbean (in fact, it's maybe 22 hours and three flights away!), and it does not especially have shade. Other than that, spot on! :)

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Post by flarf » Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:46 am

wilked wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:56 am
flarf wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:07 am
Tough to give recommendations without a budget in mind.

Vieques is dead quiet but that's partially because the largest resort was destroyed by Hurricane Maria and never re-opened. Last I checked, the electrical cable from PR still wasn't in service and they were reliant exclusively on solar and generator power. If you don't mind roughing it somewhat, it's a great spot, and they definitely need the tourism.

Turks and Caicos also has quiet places away from Grace Bay. Amanyara is off on a deserted corner of the island. Parrot Cay is on an even smaller island accessible via boat. Both are great, neither are budget friendly. All have plenty of available shade.
This isn't accurate for what it's worth. I'm going to Vieques in a couple of weeks and looked into it.
If the undersea power cable is working again, that's great, but I'm not sure it really changes anything else that I wrote. The largest resort was destroyed and hasn't re-opened, the island is a great spot, and I'm pretty sure they could still benefit from the tourism dollars.

Even pre-Maria any visitors were still "roughing it somewhat" -- it's not a luxurious island, which is part of the charm.

Have a nice trip.

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Post by Careful » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:13 pm

flarf wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:07 am
Tough to give recommendations without a budget in mind.

Vieques is dead quiet but that's partially because the largest resort was destroyed by Hurricane Maria and never re-opened. Last I checked, the electrical cable from PR still wasn't in service and they were reliant exclusively on solar and generator power. If you don't mind roughing it somewhat, it's a great spot, and they definitely need the tourism.

Turks and Caicos also has quiet places away from Grace Bay. Amanyara is off on a deserted corner of the island. Parrot Cay is on an even smaller island accessible via boat. Both are great, neither are budget friendly. All have plenty of available shade.
Vieques definitely has power. The W Resort hasn't reopened but there's plenty of boutique lodging options and shade on the beach and indeed not crowded. No roughing it needed, though you can camp on the beach and that would be roughing it!

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Post by GreenGrowTheDollars » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:55 pm

Not an island, but the Pelican Grand hotel on the beach in Fort Lauderdale has lovely suites with nicely shaded balconies overlooking the beach and a large covered beachside porch for meals/drinks. The beach staff were quite willing to set up a double umbrella arrangement so I could enjoy the beach without sun exposure. They had to move the umbrellas after lunch, but not a problem. I spent four days there without getting burnt.

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Post by wilked » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:37 am

Careful wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:13 pm
flarf wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:07 am
Tough to give recommendations without a budget in mind.

Vieques is dead quiet but that's partially because the largest resort was destroyed by Hurricane Maria and never re-opened. Last I checked, the electrical cable from PR still wasn't in service and they were reliant exclusively on solar and generator power. If you don't mind roughing it somewhat, it's a great spot, and they definitely need the tourism.

Turks and Caicos also has quiet places away from Grace Bay. Amanyara is off on a deserted corner of the island. Parrot Cay is on an even smaller island accessible via boat. Both are great, neither are budget friendly. All have plenty of available shade.
Vieques definitely has power. The W Resort hasn't reopened but there's plenty of boutique lodging options and shade on the beach and indeed not crowded. No roughing it needed, though you can camp on the beach and that would be roughing it!
I just got back from a week there, third time to the island. You could see the effects of the hurricane but in all practicality the island was the same as previous visits (from restaurants available to no power or water interruptions to the general feel of the island). And plenty of places on the beach to camp under a tree or gazebo area

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