Looking for a perfect small island

Sep 10th, 2003, 10:44 AM
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Looking for a perfect small island


Our requirements:
looooooooooong secluded beach with a white sand to take romantic long walks without seeing any or only a few people,

small inn/apartment/villa right on or near the beach,

very quiet with no nightlife sounds,

snorkeling right from the beach,

calm warm water for swimming and playing,

no mosquitos.

We would like to go in the end of April and are planning on spending no more than US $3,500 for accommodation, food, activities such as snorkeling, maybe car rental. Our air fares to get there are not included.

Where is such place? Does it exist? Please help us!! We thank you
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Sep 10th, 2003, 11:36 AM
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My husband and I spent the second week of our honeymoon on Bonaire in 2001 and it was pretty much exactly what you have described. We stayed at the Divi Flamingo - it was renovated very recently and has a lot to offer. It's got a great pier you can snorkel right off of and also has dive excursions if you prefer. They have a few restaurants, bars and a casino, but it definitely is not a crazy nightlife. The island has a huge park/nature preserve - we walked/drove for a whole day and never sawa another person. We hand fed iguanas & goats that were as tame as housepets! We did not encounter any bug problems at all in September, and my parents were there in April of 2002 and did not see any either. There are many good restaurants (It Rains Fishes was fabulous!) and there is a full service supermarket if you choose an apartment or villa and want to cook for yourselves. There are stretches of beaches and also Klein Bonaire, a small isle off the coast which you can reach by shuttle for a bit more privacy. If Bonair holds any interest for you, I'd be happy to answer any questions!
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Sep 10th, 2003, 12:36 PM
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You are asking for a lot but it can be done. Keep in mind that coral based islands will generally have long white sand beaches but not much in the way of the lush greenery of the volcanic based islands which usually have smaller darker sand beaches. In order to get "loooooong secluded beaches" at the price you are looking to pay you will also probably have to avoid upscale private island resorts which are outside your budget and most of the more popular (read crowded) destinations such as Grand Caymen, ST. Thomas, Antigua, and St. Martin (to name a few) and the amenities that go with them. Take it from someone who's traveled extensively in the Bahamas and the Caribbean - do your research and don't let others pick your island because what appeals to one person may not appeal to you. Based on your requirements I'd suggest you research the following places.

In the Bahamas check out some of the Out-Islands such as Long Island, Cat Island, Eluthera, Exuma. These islands are not very crowded and have beaches that stretch for miles.

Also check out Middle Caicos and Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos Islands (avoid Provo unless you are renting a villa because while Grace Bay beach is very long the "resort area" will be crowded by your standards). You can rent a cottage in your price range on a Middle Caicos that is directly on a 5+ mile long beach. There are less than 500 people on the entire island so your chances of encountering others is remote. Grand Turk is somewhat more populated but not very touristy which equates to uncrowded beaches.

In the Caribbean check out Anguilla (some of the best white sand beaches in the world) - this island can be a bit pricey since it has a number of very upscale resorts but there are several more modest places to stay in and dine that are within your budget. You'll have to do your homework. There are some long beaches and quite a few smaller ones but you'll encounter more people due to the popularity of the island. A rental car is a must if you really want to find all the hidden beaches. Also look at Anegada in the British Virgin Islands. There are only two small modestly priced hotels (more like motels) on the island but it has fabulous beaches, great snorkling, calm clear waters. You might find something to your liking on Barbuda, another island with long beaches that are pinkish instead of white.

Good luck in finding your perfect place in the sun.
 
Sep 10th, 2003, 01:46 PM
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Look at Carimar or Frangipani (packages) on Anguilla. You can get a car for $215/week; there is NO nightlife & they're located on Meads Bay, over a mile long & blinding white sand. Can't promise the mosquito thing but "Mosquito Milk" in the evening (the only time we find them) is magic. BTW, Meads Bay is one of 35 or so beaches & it's great fun to drive around & sample as many as possible!
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Sep 10th, 2003, 02:04 PM
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Here's another vote for Anguilla to possibly suit your needs.
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Sep 10th, 2003, 02:08 PM
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I haven't been here but this place looks intriguing and affordable.

http://www.tikaye.com/
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Sep 10th, 2003, 03:02 PM
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i have to 2nd turks and caicos. on provo, grace bay beach is 12 mileslong and really beautiful. there are a number of private villas available on provo. go to www.provo.net and www.oceanpointvillas.com and www.windowsalamar.com
opv has several houses on taylor bay beach and several that face sopidilla bay (ocean not beach front) windows is ON grace bay near turtle cave ( well away from all tha ai's) and there is a gorgeous house called the "channel house" out on the east end that i found in my research. windows is directly in front of snorkeling. while i hesitate to bring it up if you need to stay on budget you may wish to consider taking food with. we travel w/a cooler with appetizers, juices and meats to grill. also bfast and lunch stuff. however we eat out often as well. we are booked at windows nov 1 thru 14so can better report on this property after that. if anybody can make a "no mosquito promise" about any island PLEASE holler out!
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Sep 10th, 2003, 05:11 PM
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Thank you Shelby9201, Sunnyboy, MaryD, Statia, MoniqueU and Virginia. You gave us many great ideas to think about. So many fascinating places! Thanks



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Sep 10th, 2003, 07:19 PM
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I would suggest a small resort on Eleuthera as close to what you are looking for and the price will work as well. They have a good restaurant on site and are RIGHT on the beach.

The beaches on Eleuthera are deserted, you can walk for miles and not see a soul.

Try CocoDiMama, and I think the website is www.cocodimama.com.

Have a great time.
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Sep 11th, 2003, 02:39 AM
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Thank you Wantsomesun for another great suggestion. I will check them all out.
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Sep 11th, 2003, 03:05 AM
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You may want to consider Great Guana Cay in the Abacos ( Bahama Out Islands ). Would recommend Dolphin Beach Resort or rental cottage on beach. Dolphin Beach is featured in the latest issue of Coastal Living magazine-pg 108-112.
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Sep 11th, 2003, 04:35 AM
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I would suggest you look into Stocking Island, just off of Exuma, or Anegada (northernmost of the BVI's) or Cat Island. We found all three to be the epitome of seclusion, privacy and great beaches.
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Sep 11th, 2003, 04:45 AM
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With nods to Anguilla, the out islands of Bahamas, and St. John, which were already mentioned, I highly recommend tha you check out Palmetto Point on Barbuda, which is Antigua's sister nation. Barbuda has beautiful pink-white sand, the longest stretch of which is, I think, 17 miles. They offer FAP or MAP meal plan in the rates, but drinks are extra. There are some regular rooms and a handful of one bedroom cottages along the beach. I doubt you would need a car rental because the island is relatively small and flat--there are only two other hotels on it, plus guest houses and such. I'd guess that a local taxi driver would be your best bet for island exploration. Water sports such as snorkeling are included in the rates at Palmetto.

You might also want to consider a private island like Guana, which on luxurylink has had packages for sale for exactly $3500 for 7 nights, all meals and some extras included. Guana is an island left almost entirely in its natural habitat, as it is owned by conservationists and it doubles as an animal sanctuary. Very secluded, ultra quiet--maximum of 30 guests at any time on the whole island. THe cottages are on a hill overlooking the beach. The main beach is beautiful with great snorkeling just offshore. There are six or seven others on the island that you can get to by hiking or by having the staff drop you off by boat. In fact, the luxury link package includes
a castaway picnic on a deserted beach as well as a sunset cruise...
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Sep 11th, 2003, 07:12 AM
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Hi, if you go after Easter Village St Jean on st Barts has cottages available for around $1000.00 per week with a rental and tax and gratuity included, you have excellent romantic beaches, geat food and wonderful people on the island, we have gone 6 years in a row every summer and the two of us love it!
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Sep 11th, 2003, 11:07 AM
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Anegada would be perfect for you. We spent a day there and did not interact with one single person!

We walked in front of this lovely villa:
http://www.lavendabreeze.com/ right on Lobelly Bay. Rental rates for up to 4 people for the end of April are $2800 per week, but if you can go after May 1 they drop to $2000. So I think it will likely fall within your budget.

Frankly, at the end of our day in Anegada, I was happy to leave. I do enjoy interacting/socializing with other people and found Anegada to be too quiet and secluded, but if you seek seclusion, white sand, snorkeling and no nightlife, Anegada is perfect for you.
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Sep 11th, 2003, 11:13 AM
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Another option for you might be the more remote areas of Jamaica. As opposed to very small islands which are sometimes difficult to get to and expensive, Jamaica is easily accessible, very diverse and reasonably priced.

A villa on the South Coast/Treasure Beach may be worth exploring. Very few tourists, very quiet, great beaches, calm, warm water etc. would all be included in this area.
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Sep 12th, 2003, 05:49 AM
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Thank you Roberto, SusanLynne, ejcrowe, doncat, Mariarosa and CANJPH for all additional choices

So many choices. We still have time to decide but it will be one of the places you suggested. How do we decide? The easiest way to get there, the best airfares?
Thank you all for your great help
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Sep 12th, 2003, 01:25 PM
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I mentioned Cat Island, Stocking Island (Hotel Higgins Landing is fantastic!) and Anegada. As much as I love the places, I will be the first to admit they are not the easiest to get to, but they are worth the effort. For the seclusion, privacy and an untainted island feel, you will have to sacrifice convenience as far as getting there. Once you are there, enjoy. Just so you know, the Anegada Reef Hotel (the biggest on the island) there are no TV's or telephones in the room. There aren't any at Hawks Nest Resort & Marina on Cat Island either. And if memory serves me correctly, Hotel Higgins Landing does not have TV or telephones either. They are truly places to get away from it all! All the accommodations mentioned are directly on the beach. Hawks Nest and the Anegeda Reef Hotel have houses on the property for rent. All (we peeked inside while there) are nicely appointed and very private. Higgins Landing is a mix of "shabby chic goes to the islands," interiors are exquisite. Have a great time figuring out where to go ... it is never easy. So many places, so little time and money in my case!
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Sep 12th, 2003, 10:51 PM
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incognito -- You might consider Palm Island, a small island in The Grenadines. It is secluded, beautiful whit sand beach and NO night life other that which you can create.
Day time oyu can sit and vegetate or perhaps take a sailing trip through some other nearby islands.
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Sep 13th, 2003, 04:44 PM
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Susanlynne and mmr41, thank you so much. I'm checking them out
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