10th anniversary trip - where to go?

Sep 16th, 2007, 10:54 AM
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10th anniversary trip - where to go?

My husband and I are looking for suggestions on a week-long trip somewhere in the Caribbean to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We are looking for a place with good choices of restaurants and activities - places to walk around, etc but prefer somewhere not overly touristy or overdeveloped. Possible day-trips would also be great.

We don't like spending all day at the beach or poolside and would like somewhere that is NOT geared only toward the twenty-something drinking crowd. Casinos don't interest us either. I suspect all-inclusive isn't for us either.

We've never traveled to the Caribbean (but went to Kauai and Maui for our honeymoon and have lived and traveled in Europe) and I don't know much about the different island so I don't even know where to begin... any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
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Sep 16th, 2007, 11:17 AM
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every island has a flavor of its own. some flat scrubby with gorgeous beaches and diving/snorkeling. some lush and hilly. the further south you get the more "island" flavor you might expect to find - in general.
suggest you don't head too far south as it will eat up a day+ of travel time each way.
barbados might be a possibility for you. beautiful beaches but lots of other things to go see and do.
look at http://www.barbados.org/
and http://www.fodors.com/miniguides/[email protected]
jamaica is another island with tons to see/do. more touristy than barbados but more "island" vibe.
congrats on 10 years!
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Sep 16th, 2007, 11:50 AM
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Take a look at St. Barth, just off the coast of St, Martin and Anguilla. Those two islands are each a good day trip from there. St. Barth's has everything you spoke about. Depending on what time of year you are considering would make a difference as to in season and off season rates. Check sbhonline.com or just tpye in on your search engine. It's a French island so lots of restaurants, beautiful beaches, shopping, nice hotels and villa rentals and lots more.
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Sep 16th, 2007, 01:40 PM
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Nevis would be a great setting for your anniversary. A very good choice of restaurants. For something fancy- I recommend going to dinner at Montpelier (go to their Sugar Mill). The food at Bananas is also good.
And Nevis has some of the friendliest people we've run across any where. We've been up and down the Caribbean and have never found another island like Nevis. Not at all touristy. You can take the ferry over to St. Kitts for a day trip. The island is nothing like Aruba with young kids and the casinos. We stayed at the FS, which we loved, but there are also the plantations.
Congratulations on your anniversary!

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Sep 16th, 2007, 02:26 PM
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I forgot to mention when we are planning to go - March... thanks for the ideas so far!
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Sep 16th, 2007, 05:15 PM
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Consider parts of Mexico too. Keep in mind that March is Spring Break for college students and Easter this year, so many areas will be full of tourists. You may want to look into Tulum or Isla Mujeres. Playa del Carmen is a nice area, but it is somewhat touristy (with what you decribe you want....We are looking for a place with good choices of restaurants and activities - places to walk around, etc...it is going to be somewhat touristy) Playa reminds me of some european towns. There are great excursions to the ruins, ziplines, jungles, cenotes, jungles, etc.
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Sep 17th, 2007, 10:41 AM
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I would highly recommend Anguilla. It is a wonderful place and some place very special for an anniversary. There are over 30 different beaches to explore and over 80 restaurants to eat at. IMO some of the best dining in the Caribbean. You could do a day trip to St. Martin which is only a 20 minute ferry ride away. Or you could day trip to a little island called Scilly Cay where they have a restaurant that grills lobster, chicken and the likes.
Go to www.anguillaguide and you can research the entire island. I highly recommend the Cuisinart as a resort you would enjoy.
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