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Caribbean Destination for Family with Teenage Girls

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My family (girls will be 15 and 12) wanted to take a trip somewhere Caribbean or nearby (Hawaii or Costa Rica, etc.) What destinations would have good hotels/restaurants and fun activities like swimming, snorkeling, wildlife, etc.?

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    Honestly, you can find "good hotels/restaurants and fun activities like swimming, snorkeling, wildlife, etc." on almost every island in the Caribbean. The one caveat is a few islands have limited snorkeling so we need more information to help steer you in the right direction. Tell us:

    1) Where you are traveling from - that will help us define what you mean by "nearby"?

    2) When will you be traveling?

    3) How long a trip are you planning?

    4) What is your tolerance level for travel time and ease or lack thereof to reach your final destination? Are you willing to take one or more connecting flights and/or ferries to reach your final destination or are you looking to get there non-stop from your nearest International Gateway airport?

    5) How many beside the 2 girls are in your "family"?

    6) What is your budget for airfare, accommodations, food and excursions? Give specific dollar range not nebulous terms like 'affordable", "won't break the bank", etc. as we have no idea what you can afford.

    7) Define what you mean by "good hotels"? Are you looking for 5-star luxury or something more basic like a Holiday Inn? FYI - Don't expect to find 4 or 5 star hotels for 2 or 3 star prices that's simply not realistic! Most islands have hotels/resorts in a variety of price ranges that can suit most people's budget (if that budget is realistic).

    8) Same with restaurants - do you want gourmet dining or to you does "good" mean a place with big portions and low prices? Most islands have plenty of restaurants/beach bars in various price ranges. If fine dining is your highest priority consider St. Martin, Anguilla, or St. Barths as those islands are noted for having some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean.

    9) Define what you mean by "wildlife? You'll find lots of birds, lizards, donkeys, goats and sheep roaming free on most islands but they'll normally be found in the less populated areas. The more mountainous islands may also have monkeys but those islands generally lack good snorkeling. If you really want to see "lots of wildlife" consider doing a trip to the Galapagos Islands - those islands are teaming with exotic wildlife - seals, sea lions, penguins, iguanas, giant turtles, hundreds of species of birds, water fowl - all roaming around free and you can get as close as a few feet from just about every one of them as the animals have no fear of humans. You can snorkel on reefs filled with all types of tropical fish while the sea lions swim along side you. There's no place like it in the world.

    10) How important is snorkeling to you and your family? If snorkeling is high on your list of priorities look at destinations like the US or British Virgin Islands, Grand Cayman, Bonaire, Providenciales as those islands have some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean.

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    roamsaround has very patiently given you good food for thought in narrowing down your overly broad questions.

    I am still stuck on your statement that Hawaii is "nearby" the Caribbean and Costa Rica.

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