Another "which island" question... I know

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Jan 3rd, 2014, 09:40 AM
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Another "which island" question... I know

For whoever is following this, first the good news – we are no longer in the ‘spend’ freeze situation, so we can afford a little better winter getaway next year (Jan-Feb timeframe). This means a more generous budget of about 5000, maybe a little more, for a week (that includes the airfare from NYC).
We’ve been to (and loved them all): St.John, Virgin Gorda, Anguilla, Bonaire, Belize, Costa Rica. This time I am very undecided of where to go.

As much as I would like to go to St.Lucia, the robbery at gun point last year is a serious issue for us http://www.usatoday.com/story/cruise...bbery/2083533/. I would still consider it if the “incident” had happened in a non-touristic area, or if the tourists’ behavior was considered “not safe”, but I cannot say that.

So, don’t really want to return to any place we’ve visited before and don’t want to go to St.Lucia. A place where we could snorkel would be great (Curacao?) or where we could explore lush jungle vegetation (Dominica?). Please don’t suggest Roatan/Honduras, we are planning a longer trip in the future there.

We like renting a villa so a safe area fairly close to restaurants is important, and we usually rent a car. We prefer quiet islands or areas (no nightlife, no casinos) and safe. Other islands we are considering are Vieques, Jost van Dyke or the Grenadines, but I don’t know anything about any of them. Also, Turks and Caicos, but I heard the water is cold(er) there in Jan/Feb. What are you suggesting?
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Jan 3rd, 2014, 11:59 AM
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Have you looked into Nevis? Not great snorkeling but lovely and gracious island. We stayed at Nisbet Plantation and loved it.
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Jan 3rd, 2014, 12:56 PM
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Thanks Jimmie - Nisbet Plantation looks beautiful, but not what we are looking for. "Daily Rates Include full breakfast, afternoon tea and gourmet dinner"
We like to explore different restaurants...but I will include Nevis as an option, the island looks lovely, indeed.
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Jan 3rd, 2014, 01:56 PM
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St. Barts. Take a look at the villas listed by Wimco and other rental agencies. In spite of it's high priced reputation, there are reasonably priced villas and restaurants on St. Barts.
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Jan 25th, 2014, 03:31 AM
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went to curacao last year to snorkeling. snorkeling was great.felt safe most of the time. I would stay a little northwest of willemsted so you would be close city and avoid traffic. best snorkeling is northwest up near westpunt. need a rental car. i stayed south last year and had to drive through traffic everyday.
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