The Cove at Atlantis or Turks and Caicos??

Aug 14th, 2007, 12:51 PM
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The Cove at Atlantis or Turks and Caicos??

Family vacation for a long weekend from New York. Snorkling, beach, and activities for 18-23-year-olds.
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Aug 14th, 2007, 05:59 PM
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For this age group I'd probably choose Atlantis. There's more nightlife in Nassau and Paradise Island as well as beautiful beaches. But if everyone isn't a party animal, then choose Provo. Over all, I think it's a nicer place to vacation, and there's plenty to do there during the day.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 07:39 AM
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thanks for helping! where would you suggest staying in Provo. Also, if we did go to the cove, do you know if we can snorkle off the cove's beach?
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Aug 15th, 2007, 08:06 AM
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No snorkeling off of most any beach in Nassau / Paradise Island. Over use, bleaching and construction have destroyed the reefs surrounding the island.

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Aug 15th, 2007, 08:24 AM
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i'm having such a hard time finding a place that will have something for my 19 & 23 year olds, but also some snorkling & beach walks for my husband and myself. we just wanted a long weekend trip with some family time. turning into a bad time for me.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 08:47 AM
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Have you considered Grand Cayman? It might be a good compromise between the activity of Nassau/Paradise Island and the tranquility/beautiful beaches of Provo. Snorkeling on GC is supposed to be pretty good, I think,

I've only been to Provo. I loved it, but I think it might be kind of boring for some in their late teens/early 20s (not much nightlife). In terms of accommodations, there are many good choices, but it is impossible to make a specific suggestion without knowing more about your budget and preferences. Many of the resorts are condo style resorts, so you have a kitchen/kitchenette and can get suites with one to three bedrooms.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 08:59 AM
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we are from NY, and need to stay within a 3 hour fly to our destination and can only stay 3 to 4 nights. we are celebrating our 25th anniv. My wish was to have a long weekend swimming with my kids then in September maybe a second trip, just the two of us (thinking maybe St Lucia for 4 nights.) the family time is the hard one, trying to make everyone happy. they're not kids anymore and sitting with mom on a beach is not a good time.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 09:14 AM
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You didn't say when you are going, however, my teenage sons and daughter (14, 18 and 19) always find things to do in T & C. If it is during a school break then there are always kids (teenagers, young adults) around. We stay at The Sands when they are with us. It is centrally located to restaurants, bars, the reef, and they offer non-motorized sports for free. This past March my kids went with ton's of kids to Bambooz, which is a short walk. They met so many kids, and then meet up with them on the beach during the day. They parasailed, snorkled, fished, and went diving. (My son is certified) If you are going during a school break T & C is not too quiet for kids, and perfect for you to walk the beach and read under an umbrella.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 09:20 AM
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we only have a window on 8/24-8/27. I'm worried about bad weather also. My husband and daughter are certified divers. I love to snorkle. My son loves a party crowd.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 12:52 PM
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Check out the Barcelo resort in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. It is an all inclusive and has a wonderful beach with snorkeling right there. Being an all inclusvie, they have activities throughout the day for everyone.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 12:58 PM
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Bermuda is less than 2 hour hop from New York, and snorkelling and diving are pretty good here. There are beautiful beaches here and the sea is crystal clear.

BUT - it's expensive here!
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Aug 15th, 2007, 04:59 PM
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the 18 - 23 year olds can get a pass to Club Med at nights. (T&C)

I'm currently at Harbor Island, and will be in Atlantis on Sun-so weather didn't stop me! (Nor possability of hurricane Dean!)

Atlantis is over the top fun, but the beaches , snorkeling, and water excursions, T&C can't be beat. As a matter of fact, T&C has awesome off the beach snorkeling in some parts of the beach.

the older ones can go walk to Danny Bouys Pub with pool tables, and Bambooz nightclub at T&C, if you stay around the Palm's-Sands resorts areas. You get the long (12 miles) of walkable gorgeous beach.

T&C is basically a de-stress relax kind of island.

Of course, Atlantis is filled with incredible water slides and activities, and has nightlife and a glitzy casino.
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Aug 19th, 2007, 03:36 PM
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Is it warm enough in T & C, Bahamas and Bermuda to vacation there in mid March? Like, high of 80 or higher?
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Aug 20th, 2007, 04:35 AM
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I'd estimate that temperatures are mostly in the mid to upper 70s during the day in March in the Turks & Caicos and Bahamas (but possibly somewhat warmer in the T&C since they are further south). These islands are just south of Miami and have similar weather. Bermuda is at about the same latitude as North Carolina, and I doubt that most days would reach 80 in March.

I'm sure there can be periods of much warmer weather, particularly in the Bahamas, by later in March.
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Aug 24th, 2007, 01:59 PM
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Thanks so much for your response.
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