what island do you think would be best for us?

Old May 13th, 2009, 02:30 PM
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what island do you think would be best for us?

Just curious what people think would be a good island for my husband and I (in our late forties). We have been to two islands so far in the caribbean, Barbados and Turks and Caicos. Barbados we went to first, we met the most amazing people there, friendly, helpful, felt totally safe there. Something was missing though, for me, with the beaches. So we last went to the Turks and Caicos, because I had heard such wonderful things about the beaches and the clear water. That part is definitely true! But I have to say it was the complete opposite feeling there about the rest of the island compared with Barbados. (please remember, just my opinion). So now I am kind of on a quest to find an island that combines the best things of both of these islands put together, people, beaches and not too overpopulated. We would like it if it had a golf course. Don't need alot of nightlife. Just mostly about the beaches and the feel of the island for me, hubby would like to golf. Money not too much of a problem, we are not super rich but could probably afford most places. Any suggestions ? Thanks ahead for any info. =)
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Check out Anguilla. Beautiful Beaches, great dining, really wonderful people. It's our 2nd fav island ( behind Turks & Caicos, lol ) Check out Cuisinart or Cap Juluca -both great resorts!
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perhaps you would like virgin gorda. dh would have to ferry to play golf on st. thomas at mahogany run. very pretty beaches, good snorkeling with clear water. resorts include little dix bay, biras creek and the bitter end yacht club, and tons of villas. very low key island.
for clear water - grand cayman!
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You're almost asking for an oxymoron, wanting an island that isn't "too overpopulated" with a golf course, too. If you can forgo the golfing, however, I agree with Caribzack that Anguilla would be perfect for you. That island is all about the warm welcome, fabulous beaches, and fantastic dining.
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We had nice beaches, good dining and friendly people in Grand Cayman. Really liked the island and would highly recommend it. Lots of options on hotels (chains: marriott, westin, ritz) or condos.
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Virgin Gorda. Very quaint and has a wonderful island feel. Pretty nice beaches. Another option would be harbour island in the bahamas. Again very quaint town, ride around in golf carts. Wonderful beach. Smaller than both turks and Barbados.
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I have been to both islands you have and agree completely with your evalution. T & C beautiful beaches, some nice restaurants but overall not a wonderful island feel with friendly people (we found service to be poor) and away from the water the ugliest island ever (sorry T & C lovers). Haven't been to Barbados in quite some time but everyone I know who has gone recently talks about how expensive it is and the service hasn't been great and even very high caliber resorts. My husband is a golfer so all islands we have visited have golf. Antigua has been one of the best all-around destinations and the first island we have repeated two years in a row -- beach sand not white white but beaches very nice, golf (Cedar Valley) not world class but fun and very inexpensive. Some of our love for Antigua has been because we have stayed at Galley Bay which is now our overall favorite resort. Don't be put off by the high rack rates, they are having great sales and absolutely everything is included in the price, even water sports, service and tax. Aruba also has a great long beach (we prefer quieter, wider, Eagle Beach) and the golf course there is very good (better than Antigua) but some people find it too built up and Americanized. What's nice to me about Antigua is it's all cove-style beaches (although GB's is quite long) so many resorts have their own beaches and you don't get that "lined with resort" feel you get on Aruba and T & C. We also liked Curacao but the beaches there are not quite as nice as Antigua and Aruba.
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