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St. Lucia vs St. Maarten vs Curacao or Guadeloupe...help!

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I am planning a trip for me boyfriend and I for the last week in March into April...roughly 6-8 days. I'm torn between these three islands although if someone has a suggestions I haven't mentioned please let me know, open to anything!

We've both done a fair share of traveling and aren't looking to plop down on a flat, small island for the entirety. We're both active and would like to do some snorkeling, hike, see a rain forest if possible, etc...We definitely don't want an over run Americanized island...although, we are definitely looking to have some nice meals and relax as well!

I'm very drawn to the lush topography of St. Lucia...the Pitons look stunning, and it seems it has a lot to offer aside from the beach. That being said when we are beaching it which we plan to do roughly half the time I'd like something really beautiful... perhaps a little tiki bar around or kayaks to rent....the water in St. Lucia seems a bit darker as opposed to the bright turquoise of some of the other islands. Can any one suggest a beautiful beach? I've also read about some complaints regarding the driving around the island. It seems things are quite difficult to get too....? Was also considering a day to the Grenadines...if anyone has advice on that. Also any budget accommodation anyone can suggest...the hotels are pretty pricey..

St. Maarten looks stunning as well and a day trip to Anguilla would be perfect. The beaches of SXM are exactly what I am looking for, my only draw back is the commercialization of the island...it seems a bit more touristy and rowdy? I don't want to feel bored after a few days....

Curacao has also intrigued me as the culture would be great and it seems a bit more affordable. I haven't done too much research into it yet. Same with Guadeloupe...

Thanks all!

Katie

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