Southern Caribbean Getaway Advice

Old Nov 17th, 2017, 12:55 PM
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Southern Caribbean Getaway Advice

My wife and I (older couple - 60s) are looking for a 7 - 8 night January getaway to the Southern Caribbean, somewhere in the Martinique, St Lucia, Grenadines area and are unfamiliar with these islands or neighboring ones. We like to relax and hire local transportation to get around for sightseeing (and not rent cars). Our best experiences have been renting a car and driver to go around and get the feel of an area. We have done this successfully in Aruba and Curacao. Any advice about the personalities and style of these islands, or any neighboring ones?
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Old Nov 18th, 2017, 06:22 AM
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Well, you really haven’t given us much to go on. You can “relax and hire local transportation to get around for sightseeing” on any island including the ones you mentioned.
By the way, the islands you listed are completely different in topography, size, and vibe from Curacao or Aruba so there is nothing to compare other then they are “islands”.

Martinique has a very French influence so consider that if you want a European feel to your visit.

St. Lucia is the largest of the islands on your list. It is also very mountainous with lush dense rain forests. For the most part beaches there have much darker sand than you found on Aruba and Curaçao,

The Grenadines are a series of small islands that are a bit difficult to travel between unless you are going by sailboat or other private charter. Scheduled ferry service is not very frequent. Some islands are so small you can tour them in less than a day. The best way to see them is by taking Week or two week long sailboat charter.

Nearby islands of St. Vincent and Granada are mountainous and larger than any of the Grenadines but small than St. Lucia. Grenada has more and better beaches than St. Vincent.

You’ll probably find it easier to get to St. Lucia than any of the other island you mentioned. Depending on which of the Grenadines you select you could spend 3 to 4 travel days getting to/from the Grenadines.
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Oops! Hit “submit” too soon. Meant to add, based on what Lyle info you’ve given and of the islands you mentioned I’d put St. Lucia at the top of the list as the Grenadines don’t really offer what you are probably seeking. While not part of the Grenadines I would put Grenada second. So concentrate your search there.
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Thanks for the info, RoamsAround. Appreciate the time to reply.
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