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Looking for our "next" island, been to Bermuda and liked it a lot.

Looking for our "next" island, been to Bermuda and liked it a lot.

Old Oct 5th, 2001, 01:51 AM
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Looking for our "next" island, been to Bermuda and liked it a lot.

We're looking for our "next" island.
We have been to Bermuda this summer and came back very satisfied. The island was just breathtakingly beautiful and SAFE in our opinion. It is not a 3rd world country and we weren't afraid to go for a walk late in the evening. We did like the wide, pink beaches with green/blue waters a lot. We also appreciated the historical sites very much.
Would like to find something similar. Some reports here seem a bit scary, especially when it comes to safety. Please help with suggestions. Thanks !
Old Oct 5th, 2001, 03:14 AM
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Grand Cayman would be an island you should check out. It's not 3rd world, and it is also very, very safe. Beautiful beaches, and breathtaking water! The people are very friendly, and there's tons of things to do. I think you'll find, it's exactly what your looking for!
Old Oct 5th, 2001, 06:51 AM
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I agree, Grand Cayman.
Old Oct 5th, 2001, 07:47 AM
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If you liked Bermuda then you may want to consider Harbour Island in the Bahamas. HI reminded me of a low-key, more laid back Bermuda. It's alot smaller but it has a wide lovely pink beach, blue-green water, it's safe, you can put around in a golf cart (no scary scooters) and there are a variety of good restaurants and resorts.
Old Oct 5th, 2001, 10:26 AM
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Bermuda is also one of our fav islands followed by Kauai and St. John as far as spectacular natural beauty, uncommercialized, wonderful snorkeling, pristine waters and lack of crowds. Everyone is looking for something different in the way of vacations, however, if these things appeal to you, give it a try.

I will probably suffer a lot of grief for this statement, however, we were not that fond of Grand Cayman. It is very safe, however, we did not find the snorkeling to be that spectacular and we found Bermuda to be a bargain compared to Grand Cayman as far as the prices of food, liquor and lodging. Also, we did not find the people to be exceptionally friendly, but they were accommodataing. We feel there are many other islands that offer much more than the Caymans for the price, but again, just my opinion.
Old Oct 6th, 2001, 06:01 AM
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Bermuda is one of our favorites too! Its a unique little gem, an elegant island with some of the best beaches I have seen, charming homes with their white tiered roofs and winding lanes full of flowers. No other caribbean island that I have been to comes close!
Yet, we have fallen in love with St. John, and Anguilla. Both very different but they have fantastic beaches and lots of nice restaurants.
A few years ago we tried Barbados, I had heard it was like Bermuda. It is much larger, and it does have some charm
and the Highlands are beautiful. Yet I never felt as safe, especially with guards with M16 rifles at each end of Sandy Lane Hotel-no they did not stop you , you could walk the beach freely But!!!I would go back to Barbados but its not my first choice.
On my list is Harbour Island it may fill the bill, if I can tear myself away from my favorite 3!
Old Oct 7th, 2001, 07:04 PM
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I would not hesitate to recommend the British Virgin Islands. What they did in Bermuda they did with a Caribbean flair in the BVI. That's to say that the people are very charming and have that English accent. Main industry is offshore banking. It specializes in small, laid-back resorts. In fact, large resorts are nonexistent. Non of the big chain resorts. Nothing flashy. Everything is proper in the English sense of the word, but with that Caribbean spice.
Crime is very low; in fact, the only murder in recent years was about 2 years ago and it was an American killing another American. I can offer these recommendations and I know them all well. For upscale small there is Biras Creek on Virgin Gorda, for upscale larger there is Little Dix Bay also on Virgin Gorda. Midrange (which I prefer) I would choose Frenchman's Cay (one of the best small resorts in the Caribbean imo) on Tortola or Olde Yard Inn on Virgin Gorda. Both of these resorts are intimate, very friendly, provide excellent dining, and have much else to commend them. In the case of Frenchman's you get your own small villa with just the most beautiful views of a chain of islands. With Olde Yard you have a stunning beach. I believe they all have websites. Should you want any particulars, feel free to write me.
Old Oct 12th, 2001, 07:15 PM
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Thanks for all the great suggestions !!! I'll start checking them out in a minute.

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