Help Picking an Island

Aug 27th, 2002, 11:09 AM
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Michele
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Help Picking an Island

I am starting to plan a trip to the Caribbean for later this year. Are there any good sources to go to help pick the best island for me?

My desires:
Nice beaches
Good snorkeling (preferably from beach)
Some trees & vegetation (ie, not too dry)
A variety of restaurants - up to medium level of dining (don't want to eat at the same place every day)
Wildlife or Mountains - optional
Moderate price
Cities or other non-beach activities available
Night life - not important

Thanks,
 
Aug 27th, 2002, 11:19 AM
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Nancy
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Michele,
I'd suggest St. John based on what you're asking for. It has most/all that's on your list. You can do day trips to hit anything not available on the island. Have fun!
 
Aug 27th, 2002, 03:56 PM
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I would suggest Negril, Jamaica. While Jamaica does seem to get bashed due to crime and poverty, we have been numerous times and continue to enjoy ourselves each time. Negril inparticular is really the better part of the island - more low key, some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, great attractions to see of the resorts, excellent local food, good off shore snorkeling and the mountain ranges are beautiful. Good cliff diving too.

Good site on Negril is www.negril.com
 
Aug 27th, 2002, 04:57 PM
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I'd recommend St.Martin...be sure to stay on the French side. Fabulous white sand beaches (clothing optional, if you wish), great variety of restaurants at various price levels, shopping, nightlife. You'd believe you were on the French Riviera. We've been going there for 20 years.
 
Aug 27th, 2002, 05:20 PM
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dmotl
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Visit isla-mujeres.net
 
Aug 27th, 2002, 05:20 PM
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Chris
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I completely agree with Nancy about St. John. St. John fits your criteria. I've been to St. Maarten and Jamaica and I believe that St. John offers better snorkeling, beaches, lush vegetation and great activities.
It sounds like it fits your needs perfectly.
 
Aug 27th, 2002, 05:30 PM
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Bill
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I'd suggest St. Croix, USVI. It is a mixture of the other 2 USVI, St. John and St. Thomas. You have lots of nature and some very good restaurants and shopping, but on a small scale.
 
Aug 29th, 2002, 05:32 AM
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St. John
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St. John!!! gorgeous!!! Beaches are phenominal!
 
Aug 29th, 2002, 01:27 PM
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I'd go with St Martin (French side). I liked the Meridien. The deciding factor could be the short taxi ride to Grand-Case which is famous for it's restaurants.
 
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