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After reading through some guide books, it appears there are several highly regarded resorts that take up an entire island (Petite St. Vincent, Palm Island). The idea is very appealing. Anyone have any thoughts about any of these? We like the idea of avoiding the tourist scene, so the abscence of shopping, nightlife, etc. is a plus rather than a minus. We would be traveling from Baltimore, and some of these places look like 4-hop journeys. Any info would be appreciated.

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    We have been to both Palm Island and Young Island but not Petite St. Vincent as the weather turned bad while we were in the area. We like Palm Island very much--we walked around it every morning. The family that owns the island are nice. There is a couple of sailing excursions that you can take from there. Snorkeling is so-so. I have heard nothing but good things about Petite St. Vincent. It is a hilly islands as compared to Palm Island which is mostly flat with, you guess it palm trees. Petite St. Vincent is vegetated and rooms are scattered around the hill sides I think. It is a larger version of Young Island. It is hard to get there and Palm Island. Check Liat for there explorer fares flying out of San Juan. At one time a 21 day fare with up to 6 stops was $199.
    You can try 800-468-0482 or 800-253-5011 and see if they still get Liat. Out of San Juan Liat covers just about every Caribbean island. Since we always use senior coupons from San Diego to San Juan, that is our connecting point to the rest of the Caribbean. Have you considered any of the private islands or almost private islands in the BVI area. These are Guana Island--I would choose this first due to its unusal flora and fauna --Mosquito Island, Peter Island, Cooper Island, and Jost Van Dyke. You can look over Cooper Island at www.cooper-island.com and most likely Guana Island has a web site. It is much easier to get to the BVI from Baltimore and much less expensive. The places mentioned have a broad range of rates. All of the British Virgin Islands are very friendly and tranquil. If you haven't tried them out, go there first before going all of the way down to St. Vincent. If you have specific questions e-mail me direct. Over the years we have been to all of the places mentioned and more.

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    I was curious about the current rates at both Petite St. Vincent and Guana Island including meals service and tax--always that added 17%25. It apprear that Petite St. Vincent is asking $840 high season and $675 in low season. Guana Island is $790 high and $605 low which also includes wine. Couldn't find a rate for Palm Island. You can see Guana Island at www.guana.com..

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    We went to Young Island and Petit St. Vincent in December 96. We were not at all impressed with Young Island the beach was small, there was a lot of boat traffic which made it quite dangerous for swimming and we were up to all hours of the night due to the noise coming from St. Vincent (200 yards away). During the day the noise was from boat traffic and vehicular traffic at night the constant pounding from the nightclub across the water kept us up. Our initial accommodations were not satisfactory and we requested a room change. Although we were much happier with the beachfront accommodations we dreaded the thought of another sleepless night. Breakfast was very good as was dinner. The pool and vegetation on the island are beautiful. As for PSV we would return in a split second. It is first class and the staff really respects your privacy. The food is excellent as is the service. The beach is tranquil and beautiful. It truly is a place to get away from it all. The only thing I missed at PSV was a swimming pool. Please feel free to e-mail direct for more info.

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