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My husband and I would like to go on vacation in late April or early May, mainly for some R&R. We are thinking about St. Kitts or Anguilla, unless we get another idea. The “problems” are 1) I recently suffered a leg injury and am recovering from knee surgery. I can walk, but am required to use crutches for now. I anticipate this will not be the case after a month, but I should still avoid physical danger/exertion. 2) We’re thinking 5-7 days for the trip so we don’t want to spend too much time from NYC getting somewhere and back. 3) We actually don’t want to go at this time, but are most likely limited to this window of opportunity until September or so when we usually go away, so we think we ought to take advantage of it. 4) Since this is a trip we really didn’t plan on (it’s a substitute for what we wanted to do but can’t, due to my injury) we don’t want to splurge, but just have a comfortably priced trip.

So our only idea is to go to the beach. My husband loves the beach, I don’t love it, it’s just OK for me. I really need other stuff to entertain me… sightseeing, eating, shopping, etc. Do you think St. Kitts or Anguilla is a good fit? We chose these islands because these are 2 we have never been to and we think are doable pricewise.

For St. Kitts, we can get decent airfare and we have connections that get us a very good rate at the Marriott, but I hear that the beach there may be rough – maybe too rough for my condition? Is it a hassle to stay at Marriott but go to the beach elsewhere? Is there enough besides the beach to keep us busy over 5-6 days? I expect we would day trip to Nevis, unless we really ought to spend a night or two there.

For Anguilla, air fares to SXM are very low and I’ve seen hotel prices about double what we would pay on St. Kitts. But is it better for beachgoing, and calmer waters for me? I get the impression there are fewer sights and activities to keep me occupied? I may enjoy the cuisine, but will the dinner bills really break the bank? Is the ferry service to St. Martin reliable – would we need to get there the night before the outbound flight to make sure we can catch our plane?

If you’ve been to both of these places and have any suggestions or thoughts, please share with me. Thanks.

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