Need help picking a destination

Old Jan 5th, 2020, 02:34 PM
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Need help picking a destination

Hi everyone! I'd like help choosing a Caribbean vacation destination. Always wanted to go, finally have the time to do so. Parameters as follows:

Female, mid 20s, solo trip. No real concerns over safety. Can exchange pleasantries in Spanish & French. I've been to Cancun & Cozumel via cruises/AIs, looking to do something more immersive.

Flying out of Texas, would prefer total travel time (each way) to be under 12 hours. This would likely be a summer trip.

Ideally somewhere not inundated with tourists.

Main reasons for going: really good food (regional preferred over international), and opportunities for amazing photographs. I want pretty blue waters, but also like craggy, jungle-y beaches with interesting rocks and plants. Good snorkeling is a bonus. 7 to 10 days including travel time; looking to keep costs around $2500 or under.

All suggestions welcome and appreciated, even those that eliminate items from the dream list. I'm flexible & just want an adventure.

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Old Jan 5th, 2020, 03:10 PM
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St. John in the US Virgin Islands will tick off all your boxes except it might be a little difficult to do 10 days there for $2,500 but it is worth checking out as summer time has the lowest room rates of the year. Also check out Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost Ban Duke in the British Virgin Islands They too will have all you are seeking but youíll have to search to see if you can find places to fit your budget.

If you donít mind giving up a bit on the quality of snorkeling you might consider St. Kitts or Nevis as they will have everything else on your list.
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Old Jan 6th, 2020, 05:30 AM
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Look into Puerto Rico. There is plenty to explore there....history, rain forest, etc.
Also check out Costa Rica for that jungle feel you mentioned.
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Old Jan 6th, 2020, 10:55 AM
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It sounds like the Caribbean coast of Mexico. You can easily do something more "immersive" there since you've only been via cruises and all inclusive resorts.

One thing to watch for the Caribbean or Mexico either one, is your mention of summer time. That's rainy season in many places in those areas.

Also I found Negril Jamaica to be OK for a solo trip.
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Old Jan 8th, 2020, 02:36 PM
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Martinique. Excellent food and all the rest.
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Old Jan 8th, 2020, 05:03 PM
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Guadeloupe or Martinique, they both have what you are looking for.
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Old Jan 9th, 2020, 09:57 AM
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You might also consider a small, relatively unknown island like Saba, where we have owned property. It is one of the safest and friendliest spots anywhere. It has a rain forest (and the highest peak in the Netherlands) and few beaches, but it is a photographer's dream. Its extensive and well maintained hiking trail network is world class but, even in season, has few users. There are 6 or 8 places with great food. It is more a dive destination but there are some limited snorkeling options. If you are looking for an adventure, but an easy one, it will begin with the 12 minute flight from St. Maarten and a fun landing on an aircraft carrier size runway (smallest commercial runway in the world). The extra airfare will add a couple hundred dollars but there are numerous inexpensive lodging opportunities that should keep you within budget. A nice, very quiet alternative to the usual tourist spots. ◊
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Old Jan 10th, 2020, 07:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Odin View Post
Guadeloupe or Martinique, they both have what you are looking for.
with people being nicer in Martinique. And food better.
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