Grenada or ???

Jul 31st, 2007, 07:30 AM
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Grenada or ???

HI,I posted here three years ago and got great advice on St.John![we loved it]Now I am planning a trip for next spring or smmer,have to plan in advance in order to know budget and save.My inlaws will be traveling with they are vey outgoing and like adventure they are also very well traveled.Had originally thought Belize but Wow tiket prices have really gone up!So started looking at Caribbean islands.We can fly from Orl.to San Juan for about $300 and then take liat out.Ok here is what we are looking for.
great beaches don't have to be long I live on Gulf in FL.[just palm trees]
Culture,would go back to ST.John if not for this.
snorkeling,diving,hiking,I understand grenada is limited on snorkeling are there a few spots?
LAID BACK!!!no highrises,casinos
Grenada really seems to fit the bill.Just wanted to know what more exp.travelers would suggest.Soryy thtis is so long.


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Jul 31st, 2007, 08:01 AM
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Try the Four Season's Nevis. You and your in-laws can rent a two bedroom villa with private pool for about the cost of two bedroom suite. Plan on going after high season for value. There is plenty to do on Nevis. And History! Alexander Hamilton was a Nevisian, Lord Nelson married Fanny Nisbet on Nevis. The Bath Hotel is the oldest (not operating) hotel in the caribbean. St. Thomas is the oldest Anglican church in the Caribbbean (1656, I think) The city of Charlestown is almost 400 years old. For adventure there are guided hikes (easy to over-the-top / literally) on the extinct volcano and/or through the rain forest, the beaches for lazing around, the old manors and plantations for exploring and the wonderful people to make your vacation memorable.
If not the 4S, I'd also suggest one of the mountain Plantation resorts (no beach but cooler air) like Hermitage, Golden Rock or Montpellier.
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Jul 31st, 2007, 01:27 PM
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Nevisian,thank you,I have been looking at Nevis and would love to do any of these however this year we are on a pretty tight budget.I recently decided to stay home with our 4 children.So we are one income short.Still feel blessed just to be able to go!The inlaws could certainly afford it but they are still quiet frugal.The Golden Rock coul work.
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Jul 31st, 2007, 04:08 PM
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Nevisian,thank you I would love to stay at any of these however golden looks like the only one we can swing on our budget.I recently decided to stay at home with our 4 children,so we are one income short.The inlaws could definetly stay at any of these but they are still rather frugal.Nevis was already on my list I just didn't know if it was affordable[looking to spend $2,000 not incl.air]
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Jul 31st, 2007, 04:13 PM
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Sorry about the repeat I am rather rusty!
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Jul 31st, 2007, 06:18 PM
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I think Grenada would be a great choice, but do keep in mind that airfare there can be REALLY high. We paid almost $700 per person this May to go from the northeast.

The snorkeling in indeed limited, but there are a few decent spots to go. The best I found was in front of the Aquarium restaurant on Magazine Beach, with decent snorkeling found in front of LaLuna hotel. North of St. George's there is a new snorkeling site where someone has done an underwater sculpture installation. The pictures I've seen look really cool. They'rein about 25 feet of water. If the sculptures are still there next year I'll definitely check them out.

You can very easily chill on the beach in Grenada. There are also lots of activities if you want to get out and do things--visit the market, hike to a waterfall, take an island tour, tube down the river, or take a daytrip to sister island of Carriacou.

Don't know what your budget is, or whether you want to self cater, or whether you must be on the beach, and how much you want to take into account your inlaws' budget...but here's what I suggest:

www.lasagesse.com for a small intimate hotel right on a beautiful beach. Very tropical, lovely, and extremely secluded. Perfect for relaxation. Good restaurant and bar right on site. One of the best values in the Caribbean, in my opinion.

Blue Horizons Hotel (can't think of website, sorry!)
Not on the beach, but across the street from it. Sister resort to the very posh Spice Island Beach Resort, where you'd have charging and beach chair privileges. Self catering cottages recently renovated. Very nice and charming, good price range.

If you're REALLY on a budget, consider the Spice Tree Suites at US $500/week for their introductory offer of a two bedroom apartment that's a 5 minute walk to the closest beach.

Or consider bidding on www.SkyAuction.com for either the Flamboyant Hotel or the Lanse Aux Epines cottages, both fronting a beach.

Give us an idea of your personal vacation taste/style and your budget and we'll chime in with suggestions tailored to your request.
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Jul 31st, 2007, 07:05 PM
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ejcrowe,I'm glad you replied I was already entertaing the idea of Grenada when I read your trip report I was sold.In a vac.I like just that some adventure with some relaxation .I love to meet new people and see how the world lives.Would like for lodging budget to be around $700-$800 for the week.We can fly from Orlando to San Juan for $300 then take Liat to Grenada for about $3-400 for both r.t.
I do like a little nightlife not crazy club just good local music.I saw that you recently went to Virgin Gorda how does it compare,not the actual island they are like people each unique more the exp.and people if you have any other suggestions let me know Thank's
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I also should say I like off the beaten path
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