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SWIMMING AND FOOD...WHICH ISLAND TO CHOOSE?

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I've been going to Islamorada for a few winters now but want to try the Caribbean for next winter. Probably prefer to travel anytime from February through early April.

My priority is to swim off a pretty beach in clean, warm, calm waters. Just as important is an island where there are interesting options for eating great local food in non-fancy settings. Shacks are ok for meals. No place where I have to get dressed up for dinner.

Prefer an island where the local language is other than English, and which is not inundated with American tourists. Never been to Jamaica and might consider given the right beach and right hotel.

My visits to Caribbean have not been too many and these were long ago; been to Peter Island, USVI,
DR, Nevis and St. Kitts, Puerto Rico. Can't think of anywhere else.

Hotel budget is generous but not wanting to spend $1,000 on a room for two. (What DO I need so spend on room and breakfast in high season???) Prefer to be able to walk to restaurants outside the hotel, or take a not-too-expensive taxi to restaurants outside hotels. Open to very casual dining. Would consider renting car but find it more relaxing when I do not have to do that.

A hotel with a warm swimming pool suitable for laps would be a huge plus, in case of poor weather in the sea.

Not interested in all inclusives and probably would want small beachfront hotel not huge resort. Much prefer to be directly on the beach, or at least with hotel shuttle.

Grenada
St. Lucia
Tortola
Guadeloupe
Martinique
Virgin Gorda (Little Dix?)
St. Vincent


For one reason or another those sound enticing and I am sure there are many others...open to just about anything and willing to take connecting flight or flight/ferry. Would be departing from south Florida.

Please offer any and all opinions!!

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