I know what I'm looking for

Jan 31st, 2002, 04:04 PM
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I know what I'm looking for

I have read so much about the caribbean islands but can't seem to find what I'm looking for. I have been to Jamaica, Sandy Lane in Barbados, Puerto Rico, the Alantis in the Bahamas, Villa Del Sol in Zihuatanejo and Carenage Bay in Canouan (small island in the Grenadines) I'm looking for some place new! I want it to be lush like St Lucia sounds but, I would like a beach like Turks, I think. Smooth clear water with no waves and white sand beach is important to me but, I don't want it to be isolated with nothing to do or no people around. Rain forests and monkeys sound cool but, will it have a great beach with calm water? I love great restaurants and junior suite amenities. Some nightlife would be nice but a great dinner and drinks kinda is my nightlife. Anyone have any suggestions?
Jan 31st, 2002, 05:54 PM
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SuZanne: Lay off the booze for a night or 2 & then re-post.
Jan 31st, 2002, 06:18 PM
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Other than the crystal clear water, no waves and perfect white beaches (ha ha) it sounds like Costa Rica is the place for you. The funny thing is that I haven't actually been there, but I have researched it extensively. The beaches are suppose to be beautiful, sounds like there's as much nighlife as one would want, lots of rainforests, hiking, volcano's and luxurious, yet authentic hotels. Check out the 'Latin America' message board.
Jan 31st, 2002, 06:28 PM
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Look to the South Pacific. Try the Bora Bora Hotel on Bora Bora. This particular place has everything you want. Book an over water bungalow. You cannot ask for a more beautiful place -- it is location, location location and it is expensive. Everything else is less than this on this island. From the hotel you can walk to some interesting action.
Jan 31st, 2002, 07:20 PM
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"Sandy" and "Louis" thank you for your reply. I suppose the "night life" is not that necessary. What we want is a beautiful beach, great water and relaxation. Great food it a plus as well.
Other wise, Louis Bora Bora is a bit out of our financial expectations, thank you though. We WILL go there, soon...I hope.
What really does "Mark" have to offer....? Not much except a lame sentence. Thanks for the info "Mark", I mean Rick...
Jan 31st, 2002, 07:56 PM
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I have a couple suggestions: 1) St. Barths -- incredible beaches, calm smooth water, and luxurious hotels/inns ... also, easily the best restaurants in the Caribbean ...

2) a little less expensive, but an island I love as much as St. Barths is St. Kitts .... monkeys, rainforest -- the most picturesque island I've been to. Also, many beautiful beaches (most within a few minute drive from the other), clear smooth water on the Caribbean side, outstanding restaurants -- and less expensive than St. Barts...

great snorkeling, and if you like to gamble, there's a casino... and there's golf... the people in st. kitts are the friendliest I have come across in the Caribbean.

Best of luck!
Feb 1st, 2002, 07:09 AM
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The poster who said Costa Rica was right on. I've been, and what you are looking for is Manuel Antonio, a national park in the jungle, with numerous beaches. Monkeys, etc., great food everywhere, and enough bars to keep you busy.
Feb 2nd, 2002, 03:13 AM
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you aren't going to find all that in an island in the Caribbean. Try Costa Rica or Hawaii(if you can survive without seeing monkeys).
Feb 2nd, 2002, 03:31 AM
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SuZanne:Check our MAROMA, an elegant upmarket small boutique hotel on the desired beach/waters you want -- about 50 km from Cancun,of all places,but thankfully way out of the thrash. Touring the old inland colonial haciendas, many now lavish hotels particuliers might round off great food/beach with lush green.
Feb 2nd, 2002, 04:48 AM
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Marmoa is a lovely property but no monkeys but lots of peacocks and peahens! Great convenience to Playa del Carment and Tulum, Cozumel and the other wonderful spots along the coast of Mexico. I wasn't real happy with Maroma and it disappointed as it was quite expensive compared to many of the other comprable properties and a bit over rated in my book . They were building a huge all-inclusive next door but don't know the status of that. Wonderful long pristine beach but if you go, make sure you are beachfront. The oceanviews have but a glimpse of the water. Might be #9 that is the most sought room but do NOT stay in the Rosa building. I also found that a few days there would have sufficed rather than an extended stay. Since Maroma means sumbersault in Spanish, it gets its name from the winds that can make the water choppy with lots of little white caps thus the name Point Maroma. Great area, wonderful people!! How did you like Carenage Bay?
Feb 2nd, 2002, 05:50 AM
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Thanks everyone for all the help. As for Carenage Bay, the room and staff were 5-star. We were upgraded to the best viila with the best view, it was beautiful! My only disappointment was there was no one there but my boyfriend, myself and maybe a few scattered guests. The isolation was great for the first few days but became kinda lacking toward the end of our stay. We made the best of it by playing with the staff! They were great. It is probably much better now, we went when it was brand new!
Feb 2nd, 2002, 05:59 PM
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You want 7 mile beach Grand Cayman. As far away from Georgetown as possible to the west on the beach
Mar 13th, 2002, 04:42 AM
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SuZanne sounds like me. I've been looking into Grenada, and Maroma in Mexico. Also Pink Sands in Bahamas.
It really is not easy to have the jungle/rain forest meet the beach, with great food and no hi-rise...
Mar 13th, 2002, 09:00 AM
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I would agree that Harbour Island might be just what you are looking for. It is a small island with several lovely resorts, some beautiful scenery and an amazing beach.

Pink Sands accomodations are lovely villas tucked in lush grounds, and it is right on the beach you can snorkle to a large reef right off the beach there.

You might want to look at www.wheretostay.com and the Harbour Island site www.briland.com for more info and pictures.

Have a great time.

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