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virginia Aug 20th, 2010 10:14 AM

if grand cayman interests you there are loads of resorts on seven mile beach and more stuff than turks & caicos to do for teens. the weston is well reviewed. if you'd like to be away from the hubbub look at the reef resort. it's on the east end, ai & all condo, on a good beach with snorkeling. it is 45 mins to seven mile/georgetown area. you would have to rent a car.
we rented a house near rum point w/pool and liked it a lot but it was fairly secluded.

if you're really serious about being someplace with tons to do for young ppl 7 adults, then you should consider the maya riviera coast south of cancun. ai's in all sizes or good hotels or loads of condos & villas for rent on good beaches. something near playa del carman would be good. the town has fun duty free shopping and restaurants, etc. there is golf/tennis, snorkel/scuba, fishing deep sea/bone, ruins to tour, ziplines, caves/cenotes to explore, atv rides in the jungle, horseback & 2 fabulous eco marine parks: xcaret & xel-ha. for info on all locogringo.com is excellent.
if you're thinking ai look at riu & iberostar which both have numerous resorts in close proximity and share facilities. they also have teen only "nightclubs" - open at 9 or 10pm with music. kids can party without leaving the resort which is so much safer.

NM Aug 26th, 2010 06:54 PM

Our family goes to the Carib for Christmas each year. Generally, you have to start almost a year ahead--it's most expensive time for accommodations and air with some min. stay requirements. Villas on Virgin Gorda are likely already booked. We've spent Christmas on Anquilla, many times, Provo in TCI (it was not too cold) and Tortola. The Christmas winds can churn the water up in late December so that's something to consider. This year we're renting a villa in Akumal Mexico. You should try villa rental places in Provo look for villas in Chalk Sound and condo resorts on Grace Bay; Anquilla (mycaribbean.com)and Grand Cayman, also a very nice island, with fabulous 7-mile beach. Let me know if you have more specific questions.

TPAYT Aug 27th, 2010 08:52 PM

Our favorite is Grace Bay, TCI-----but as I posted above, Anguilla, St. Bart's or lower at that time of year. You're spending alot of money, I think you want WARM!

Caribzack Aug 29th, 2010 05:37 PM

TCI is hot enough at X-mas...

stmartinguy Aug 30th, 2010 05:41 AM

i would recommend the little known area of nettle bay in st-martin. it is quiet and safe. You are in France essentially with all the great food. Plenty of room for 5 people. Beach not crowded and civilization is down the road (6 miled) with its casinos, bars etc.... on the Deutsche size. it is one of the smallest island. similar to exclusif St-Barth.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-ren...tle-bay/r21269
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