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Paul May 29th, 2000 08:29 PM

Best Beaches?
 
I just returned from Caneel on St. John and I am looking for another location with beaches as nice with resort type service on the beach, but hopefully not just totally overrun with kids in Spring time. Suggestions?

Bill May 30th, 2000 05:06 AM

<BR>Timothy Beach Resort in St. Kitts is the only resort on the calm caribbean waters. It has everything you are asking for. www.timothybeachresort.com

F. Raab May 30th, 2000 06:31 AM

I have been to many of the islands. I beleive Crane Beach on Barbados is probably the prettiest.

rich May 30th, 2000 09:18 AM

Try Petit St. Vincent Resort. Nice secluded beaches (whole island is just a resort). Cottages are large, a bit rustic but very comfortable. Food is good. High end type resort. I didn't see any kids there the last time we were there. Very secluded and quiet. <BR>Can get cottages on the beach (a bit windy) or on the hill-some have a beautiful view. <BR>We were also at Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda. Beautiful resort with single large nice beach (different than Caneel)but I think too many kids even in the off season. (they are "child friendly" now and they mean it--we were there in May.) <BR>

Paul May 30th, 2000 05:51 PM

I appreciate the responses and I looked at them at all of your suggestions and although the beaches look nice, all of the resorts seemed a bit "rustic" for lack of a better term. I am looking for something like a Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton with a nice calm beach and where good snorkeling can be found.

April May 30th, 2000 10:58 PM

How about Anguilla? (I don't know what resorts are there nowadays, but the beaches sure are beautiful.)

Karen May 31st, 2000 04:39 AM

For Spring time, you may want to look at Parrot Cay on Turks/Caicos - nothing "rustic" about that and I bet they have beach service. Anguilla has CuisinArt. Antigua has Jumby Bay. Both Cap Juluca (Anguilla) and Four Seasons (Nevis) are hoping to reopen this Fall and hopefully Four Seasons will somehow "make" a better beach! Maybe Rosewood's Martineau Bay. You should also check out Young Island and other spots in the Grenadines.

Sandra May 31st, 2000 12:46 PM

Paul- <BR> <BR>Did you try looking into Anse Chastanet in St. Lucia? The snokeling and scuba diving is supposed to be great. Or possibly Jalouise Hilton in st. Lucia.

Kim Jun 2nd, 2000 08:45 PM

NEGRIL 7 MILES OF BEACH ITS HEAVEN!!!!!!

Penny Jun 3rd, 2000 07:07 AM

Paul-We love Caneel Bay and have been there 3 times. We also have loved Little Dix Bay,Jumby Bay,Cap Juluca and Cuisinart.Since there is now a baby boom all resorts have some children in the spring. It has never been a problem. I recently found the web site for the Cotton House in Mustique-that looks very interesing. Good Luck!

chris Jun 10th, 2000 01:05 PM

Anguilla, hands down. There are so many. The islanders are friendly and all beaches are public access. No large jets land on the islandnor any cruise ships. It's heaven.

Chris Jun 14th, 2000 06:55 PM

Grand Lido Negril in Jamaica. Get a room on the non-nude beach side. It's a gorgeous stretch of beach. It's not surrounded by other hotels or condos like other stretches of Negril beach. It has the beach service you want and is groomed every morning. No kids - couples only.

Robert Jun 18th, 2000 11:58 AM

The British Virgin Islands, Tortola, has beautiful beaches, especially along the northern coastline. However, they don't cater to four-star hotels, and actually have a law that no building can be constructed which is higher than the nearest palm tree. Renting a 4-wheeled vehicle and touring the roads with hairpin turns offers beautiful scenes atop the hillsides. The BVI locals describe Tortola as nature's "Best Kept Secret" and they're right. You know you're someplace different. Robert

Valexander Jul 12th, 2000 06:10 PM

I have to agree with the folks who have recommended Anguilla and Negril. On Anguilla check out the Cap Juluca Hotel which is reopening in October. Their website is www.capjuluca.com. It is definitely in the same category as the Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons and has one of the best beaches in Anguilla.

Keely Jul 13th, 2000 06:15 PM

If you wouldn't rule out the Bahamas, I would recommend the Ocean Club on Paradise Island. I was turned off by the idea of that location in 1993 when we first went, being a fan of more exotic locations. But the beach is magnificent and most important, the resort has few if any kids and no teenagers - they simply can't afford it. It is a quiet and elegant luxury resort in the very best sense. The jetskis are prohibited from coming too near you on the beach, and you can lie on your chaise lounge next to the aquamarine water, raise the little green flag next to you, and a waiter will come scurrying over to take your order. Full of the nice little touches, like marble bath with bidet and every room with a balcony or patio. Atlantis is down the beach about 1/2 mile if you want activity. In the other direction is a usually deserted beach area for snorkeling or a secluded picnic. Mostly couples, with families staying at Atlantis or elsewhere. Very quiet, plus beautiful grounds.

Greg Jul 14th, 2000 04:56 AM

Greetings Paul, Suggest you look at Eleuthera, 52 miles South East of New Providence Island (Nassau). If you don't like pink sand beaches, excellent accommodations, great service and enjoyable hosts, you'll have to seek another suggestion! <BR>Cheers <BR> <BR>

CMB Jul 17th, 2000 10:58 AM

Re the person looking for a four seasons or ritz with calm beach for snorkeling--Cuisinart (cuisinartresort.com) on Anguilla is ideal. We've been there twice--and have often stayed with RC and 4Seasons... <BR>you would love it

luci Jul 17th, 2000 08:04 PM

To the gentleman that visited Cuisinart, <BR>Do you have a good resource for discounted rates at Cuisinart? Sounds lovely, but a bit expensive.

Jim Jul 30th, 2000 04:36 AM

Take a trip to Grenada and Grand Anse Beach. Two mile crescent of white sand and turquoise warm water with clean sand bottom backed by coconut palms and low rise resorts which are just in front of lush hills and mountains. A perfect beach for a perfect vacation.

doc Jul 30th, 2000 08:33 PM

Go to Anguilla. The beaches are even nicer than St. John...there is no Spring Break crowd. The restaurants are EXCELLENT and if you stay at one of the 4 major resorts on the island there is real beach service, another thing glaringly lacking at Caneel.


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