Help Please: Overwhelmed by the Islands!

Old Apr 24th, 2013, 12:02 PM
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Help Please: Overwhelmed by the Islands!

Hi guys,
I've been following this forum for a while and trying to take in as much information as possible(on top of other places), but I feel like I need more help deciding which island to go because it is so overwhelming!
My girlfriend and I (In early twenties) are planning on going to an island in early June for 10-15 days.
While I care about my interests, I would actually care more about what her interests are:
Our budget is probably around $2000-3000 (not including airfare).
She would prefer beautiful water/beaches with medium-low tourist congestion/feel, loads of things to do (Hiking/snorkeling, taking day trips to other islands or places,diving), not alot but some night life with young people.
Some places in the running are: Antigua, St. Martin, UVI, St. Lucia, Turks & Caicos, Grana, Barbados, Bahamas, St. Kitts & Nevis
This does not mean that others out of the picture, just that I don't know enough about the other islands.

Thanks so much guys!!
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Old Apr 24th, 2013, 02:00 PM
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If your budget is for 10-15 days, you may have to only consider Mexico and Dominican Republic.

Your choices are about $3000 a week. Also keep in mind, the less congestion the higher the cost (usually).

Now there are a couple of Out Islands, or Salt Cay in TCI that would fit that budget. But these places are off the beaten path, rustic, and very low congestion! (although they are filled with charm and quirky and have stunning beaches)
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Old Apr 24th, 2013, 03:36 PM
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Hmm I See, what if the budget was $2000-3000 (excluding flights and hotels). Would that be possible for 10-15 days?
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Consider the Marriott Resort in St. Kitts. Beaches on the island are decent and the island offers zip lining and hiking as well as numerous water sports. Mr. X's Shiggity Shack is within walking distance of the resort and attracts young and old and locals for a real feel caribbean hangout on Frigate Bay Beach.

You can also take a catamaran trip to the island of Nevis and hang out at Sunshines beach bar of Pinney's beach. Reggae, Killer Bees ( mysterious rum drink that rocks) and enjoy a fun filled day with music and cocktails onboard the catamaran.

There are also fabulous hiking trails on the island of Nevis including a guided hike to the peak of Mt. Nevis.

The prices at the Marriott fit your budget requirements.
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There was a recent sale at the Marriot (St Kitts) of rooms for about $120 a night, plus the 20% tax. I will see if I can find the add. Everything ads up fast: food, car rental and activities. Do take it all into consideration. I go to St Kitts because of family, but it is expensive. Don't know about costs on other islands.
By the way, you are a real jewel to say her interests are more important than yours! I guarantee with that attitude, your interests will be met.
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I think the first thing to do is pin something down, to give you a starting point. It sounds like your budget would be a good place to start. Decide what your limit is, and work from there.
Then, look at where you can get to from where you are. You don't say where you're leaving from, but some islands are easier to travel to - does that matter to you? Or are you okay with the possibility of losing a full day of your vacation each way, because of flight connections?
Subtract the airfare from your total budget, then remember that you'll need to pay for meals, transportation, drinks, and activities. We wind up spending (roughly) the same amount/day on those things as we do on our room. That will give you a starting point for pricing your accomodations. Hope that helps a little!
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How about a place on St. John, USVI?
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Here's just the studios or you can go bigger. Rent a jeep and you'll have all the beaches, snorkeling, hiking, exploring you can imagine.
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I second St John. Its off the beaten path, lots to do, safe, snorkeling, hiking, nice restaurants.
You should get good deals on accomodation in June.
If you get bored you can always spend a few days on St Thomas, or daytrip over to Virgin Gorda, Tortola or Jost Van Dyke.
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