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another one of these: Guadeloupe, Dominica, or Martinque?

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Hi! I'm travelling with a family of five: two very fit and active parents and 3 active children, 21, 18, and 16. We are very into hiking and usually, that's what we do for vacation: travel to national parks! But this year we want to try something different! We've never been to an island, let alone a beach destination. So I was wondering if any of you had any advice on whether we should go to Dominica, Guadeloupe, or Martinique? We will be there for about 7-10 days this June. We do not like being with other tourists too much, so we will probably rent a house or cottage through VRBO or Airbnb. We genuinely like attempting to have a 'local experience' by going to local markets or eating at local places like residents of the destination do instead of staying at all-inclusives and aren't concerned about luxury.
My primary concerns are:
We HAVE to have other quality activities than just relaxing on beaches otherwise, we will not enjoy the trip. But, we would like to have nice beaches and waters (better than Central American countries beaches) otherwise, that would defeat the purpose of coming to the Caribbean instead of going to Costa Rica or Belize.

So, I was curious which island would have the best balance of adventure (hiking, snorkeling, etc.), Caribbean attributes (nice beaches, blue water, island vibe) and potentially charming towns (this would be more of a bonus than a necessity). Also, anyone knows anything about the quantity of wildlife of the island, let me know- we really love animals.
if anyone can rank the priciness of each island, I'd be very grateful.

I also understand that Dominica suffered damage from Tropical storm Ericka. Does anyone know how much this would affect a trip there- nature, hiking, and beach wise?

I have seen contrasting posts between people saying Martinique is more 'touristy' but 'wilder' than Guadeloupe and that the people are ruder but, that Guadeloupe has a volcanic part and limestone part which makes it better to explore. Anyone have experience or a strong opinion about either?

The primary things that are holding me back from booking a trip to Dominica are: the potential that the storm damage took too big a toll on the environment and the french culture of Martinique and Guadeloupe has proven to be very enticing.

So if you have been to all three islands, two islands, or even one, please feel free to share your experience! If you think that I should island hop from any of these three and spend like five days each in two of them, please let me know your opinion!
Thanks so much, I appreciate your advice and time.

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