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Help me choose an island ! About to give up :( Need your help !

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Two years ago I stepped onto one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been on in Tulum Mexico. I felt satisfied, at ease, It was amazing. I always told myself if I ever come back there I would come back with an amazing girl and share that with her. I’m a bit of a romantic :)

Flash forward to now and my girlfriend wants to travel. She wants to go to a beach. We’re on a budget similar to a trip to Mexico, but could go a bit higher for the right place. So why not go back to Tulum? Because I’ve become addicted to travel and every trip, I am trying to one-up the last beach I’ve been to. I love being on islands and that feel, but don’t need to be.

I’ve been spending a month and a half researching spots. And I’m getting frustrated with making my decision. I always like to go somewhere new. Puerto Rico Culebra would have been a good shot, but she’s not a citizen and would need a VISA— too complicated. So, I am about to give up. Before I book my trip to Mexico, I’m reaching out to you. PLEASE HELP ME !

Based on my research, I chose some other places. Ill list them below, along with some things that are holding me back.

Keep in mind, we are going late November to Early December. We’ll be there about a week or so. So I could always try a place that’s usually expensive if it’s technically their down season.

Important things :
1. To stay at a place on an unbelievable breathtaking beach
2. To experience either island, carribean, or latin culture; food, people, maybe some music
3. to be able to rent jet skis and maybe do a bit of water sports
4. Maybe, just maybe, a place we can get a good massage or go to a spa



1. Corn Islands, Nicaragua
1. This place seems cool to me and beautiful and cheap. But, doesn’t look like there’s much to do, at all, aside from the beach. May get a bit boring for a week, not sure.
2. Not sure about the weather in early december 

2. Cuba
1. This place is cool, but not sure how nice the beaches are and I’ll only have a week there. 

3. St. John
1. not sure, I don’t know much about this place

4. Aruba
1. The beaches, like Eagle beach, look unbelievable, but from what I’ve heard, that’s all there is. Not much culture or much going on 

5. Jamaica
1. This place looks amazing for island culture and music and food. Negril looks unreal.
2. Is Negril romantic? I also heard there are too many vendors on the beach to enjoy the surreal experience of being there, but not sure.

6. Grand Cayman
1. This place is amazing. I’ve been there for a day on a cruise
2. My concern is that this place will break the bank. Especially for food and alcohol. 

7. St, Maarten
1. Flight for her is a bit expensive.
2. Don’t know too much about this place, heard there is traffic and not much island culture. 

8. Barbados
1. Beaches look amazing,
2. Does any one know about the culture there?

9. Exumas, Bahamas
1. Not sure how cheap it is or what the culture is like.

10. Curacao
1. Not sure how nice the beaches are 

11. St. Lucia
1. This place may be too expensive

12. Dominican Republic
1. Not sure how nice the beaches are or what the culture is like.

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