Another 'which island?' S.O.S.

Aug 29th, 2018, 05:34 PM
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Another 'which island?' S.O.S.

Looked a bit for an existing thread, but realized this question is individualized anyway. Much thanks to anyone for any help in advance.

We've got four people: couple in the second half of their 40s, a son who'll be about to turn 14, and a mother-in-law in her early 70s. Probably February vacation or maybe April vacation.

I am trying to recreate the vibe of a trip the four of us took a few years back. We stayed on Tortola for a week, at a tiny boutique-type resort called Frenchmans that was just perfect. We went to Virgin Gorda a couple of times, St. John once, and had a little time on St. Thomas on our way there and back. We rented an SUV and drove into Road Town one day, to beaches on a few others.

We would be looking for an island with more to do than beach activities alone, though we will hit a few beaches over the course of a week. Here are some other activities we've enjoyed in the Caribbean:
  • Jet skis
  • Sightseeing (e.g., forts, Arikok on Aruba)
  • Glass-bottom boat
  • Horseback lesson for Junior
We'd also be open to most activities that appeal to kids/teens -- turtle habitats and other opportunities to get close to animals, for example.

We'd prefer a place we haven't been yet. Here are the places where we have:
  • Dominican Republic (La Romana)
  • Bermuda
  • Bahamas
  • St. Thomas
  • St. John
  • Tortola
  • St. Martin
  • Aruba
  • Curacao
We'd be happy with two or three islands that are close together, making a base at one and taking a ferry to the others on a few days -- happier than we would be staying on one island and feeling by midweek like the only places we hadn't seen yet were more beaches. We're not great at chilling.

Thanks again for any advice.
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Aug 30th, 2018, 12:33 AM
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Riviera Maya, Mexico. Plenty of things to do other than be on a beach.
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Aug 30th, 2018, 03:08 AM
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I was going to suggest the same thing. The Riviera Maya would give you beaches, cenotes to explore and snorkel, ruins to visit, zip lining, ATV adventures, etc.
If you stay in the Playa del Carmen area you could ferry over to Cozumel for the day for a change of scenery.
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Aug 30th, 2018, 05:17 AM
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Why don't you try Guadeloupe. It's a French island and very different from many of the others you've visited. Plus, it's an archipelago, so there are a lot of places to reach quickly and easily by ferry. You're going to have a very different experience and costs if you go in February (highest of high season) vs. April (shoulder after Easter). Keep that in mind while planning.
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Aug 30th, 2018, 07:15 AM
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Check out St. Kitts & Nevis - easy ferry (45 minute trip) or short (7 minute) water taxi between the two - has everything on your wish list except glass bottom boat plus plenty of great hiking through lowlands, mountainous rainforests and even to the top of volcanos on each island. FYI - St. Kitts is home to the Fortress at Brimstone Hill, a World Heritage Site that is one of the best forts in the Caribbean and there are the ruins of two other Forts on Nevis. On both islands you'll also find scores of ruins of old Sugar Plantations, some dating back to the early 1600's on that you can explore.
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Aug 31st, 2018, 05:45 AM
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Thanks very much; will check all of these out. Appreciate the expertise.
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Aug 31st, 2018, 11:52 AM
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Yes, Rivera Maya is a great place to do a lot and different water activities. Another option could be San Blas or Bocas del Toro in Panama.
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