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Need help deciding: Akumal, Belize, Puna Cana, Grand Cayman or St. Lucia?

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I would greatly appreciate some help in choosing my “caribbean” destination. I’m not too concerned with price as of yet as that is really the only objective piece of information that is easily obtained and I can compare that against the more subjective info I can hopefully get from anybody kind enough to answer my questions.

On the list as of right now: Akumal,Mexico. Ambergris Caye, Belize, Punta Cana, Domincan, Grand Cayman, and St. Lucia.

I am trying to plan a trip for 3-4 couples for 5 nights ranging in ages from 26-33. 2 of us are hardcore divers/snorkelers, the rest are up for watersports, but would get bored pretty quickly. We at least need a place with some nightlife. I’m not looking for Spring break, but some fun bars would be nice. I really want to visit a place with decent snorkeling off the beach(within 150yards). That way us snorkeling freaks can still keep ourselves entertained while the sit-on-a-beach freaks can do their thing too. Here https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B0WiTBgxxGpmMjJnU0l4QnZaOE0/edit is an album of the beach snorkeling from my trip to Jamaica. As long as it’s as good or better than that. I’m cool. Everyone in the group is pretty adventurous and is up for every other activity too. I’m trying to stay away from crazy touristy or uber luxury.

From what I’ve read these are some of my observations. Please feel free to confirm or correct me.
Mexico: Cheapest, Akumal has off beach snorkeling, not so great diving or snorkeling off shoe due to hurricanes, lots of other things to do.

Belize: ugly beaches, no beach snorkeling, best off shore snorkling/diving, very laid
back, no nightlife, nothing else to do if staying on the cayes, very “off the beaten trail” type of vacation

Punta Cana: pretty beaches.. that’s about all I’ve been able to find. What about nightlife, snorkeling/diving, and “other things to do”

Grand Cayman: received mixed information about beach snorkeling, pretty beaches, pretty water. Haven’t seen anything else to do besides water sports, nightlife?

St Lucia: mixed information about beach snorkeling, not sure about “pretty beaches/water”, don't’ know much about off shore snorkeling/diving, good nightlife

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