where to go to get away from it all?

Old Feb 15th, 2001, 12:47 PM
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aimee
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where to go to get away from it all?

i'm a single female in my late-20s planning my first trip to the caribbean, in march or april.

what i'm looking for: beautiful beaches, a place to relax, nice scenery [tropical?], not *too* expensive. basically, i just want to relax in the sun and de-stress, get away from everything, maybe rent a jeep to see the area, or try snorkeling... what i don't want is casinos or big resorts. no spring break ft. lauderdale type place either.

anyone have any suggestions on where to go? or where NOT to go? i'd appreciate any advice
 
Old Feb 17th, 2001, 04:00 AM
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After ruling out islands with a lot of big resorts, here's my opinion:

The most beautiful islands for tropical scenery, by far, are Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, and Dominica (practically no beaches on Dominica but it is absolutely gorgeous - the most beautiful of all). Some islands with beautiful beaches are arid and lack that tropical beauty. They'd include places like Anguilla and St. Barts. Both are expensive, though.

St. John in the USVI, and Virgin Gorda or Tortola in British Virgin Islands, might be a pretty close combination of scenery and beaches. There are many quiet spots to be found on them, as well.

 
Old Feb 17th, 2001, 01:19 PM
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Eleuthera is a great place to get away from the traditional island vacation. There are small quaint resorts spread far between each other so there is never a crowd at any of the beaches. Tarpum Bay is a great place to stay on Eleuthera. Friendly folks and fresh seafood for sale at the local docks each day. This is truly an island getaway. Enjoy!!!!
 
Old Feb 19th, 2001, 06:05 PM
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Consider Isla Mujeres--a small island 10 miles from Cancun. Safe, very inexpensive, great beaches--especially Norde beach--which has a great spot for beginner snorkeling. We spend a lot of time on the island and keep up a home grown brouchure which you can request by e-mailing us. Also see isla-mujeres.net dan and ginny
 
Old Mar 1st, 2001, 09:37 AM
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aimee
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thanks for all of the advice! any other suggestions?
 
Old Mar 1st, 2001, 09:43 AM
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Our motto at Barrymore Beach Club, Runaway Bay, Antigua is "away from it all - but not far from it all"!
Runaway Bay is a very peaceful beach, but the beach immediately to our north is Dickenson Bay, the most developed beach on the island. Our guests can enjoy the peace and quiet that our beach always has, or wander over to Dickenson Bay and experience the "other" type of vacation. E-mail me if you want further info or look at our page on <wheretostay.com .
 
Old Mar 1st, 2001, 10:26 AM
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What happened to the "no sales pitches" on this site?!?! Fodor's frowns on plugging your own places!
 
Old Mar 1st, 2001, 01:43 PM
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Hi Aimee -
Any luck? I'm late-20's, single, female - looking for the same thing. A quiet and peaceful getway for a couple days. Any recommendations - aside from these salespeople?
 
Old Mar 2nd, 2001, 06:17 AM
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I would recommend St. Lucia. I got back from nine days at the Hilton Jalousie about two weeks ago. We had an amazing time. It's an absolutely beautiful island, with a rainforest interior, and that resort is on the south side of the island tucked into a hillside, with an amazing beach. You can snorkel right off the beach or take a water taxi somewhere else. There are some less expensive resorts, like the Hummingbird and The Still closer to town, Soufriere. This is pretty far from the Spring Break vibe of Ft. Lauderdale and Cancun! I don't know that I would have felt comfortable wandering around the town on my own, but if you had a local guide you would be totally fine. And the only places you're gong to feel totally comfortable wandering around on your own are built-up, touristy places like Aruba.

Hope this helps - good luck. If you have any other, more specific questions about St. Lucia, you could do a search, or just post them and I'll check back.
 
Old Mar 2nd, 2001, 12:26 PM
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I ditto the Jalouise Hilton in St. Lucia. It was paradise. The resort was beautiful and the snorkeling was great. Make sure to get a villa overlooking the ocean.
 
Old Mar 2nd, 2001, 01:30 PM
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You may want to take a look at Bimini...It is definately not a resort..and absolutely not fancy..but serene..natural..and laid back ..yes.
 
Old Mar 2nd, 2001, 03:12 PM
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Aimee, I had exactly the same goals as you when I started looking for an island and a resort. I chose Tortola because it has all the scenic hills and mountains I like to see in an island, it has tiny bays that one can visit that are empty of people and resorts, it has no big resorts at all and will not allow a structure to be built of more than 2 stories, the people are very friendly and unspoiled by the tourist trade, crime is nonexistent, and I found a resort that gives me total relaxation while being very laid back and unobtrusive.
The resort is Frenchman's Cay. It has only 9 units, each is a stand-alone building of 2 stories with a covered porch that has a PHENOMENAL view. Actually, I seldom leave the porch except to grab a cola out of the frig. Small beach, usually with no one on it. Small open-air restaurant with very personal service from the same 2 waitresses that have been there for at least 8 years. Great cook. And management is a couple, Terry and Pam, who are on duty 24/7 and ensure things are right. It's on a point so there is no other resort within a half mile. It faces windward so you get constant breezes---no need for a/c. Price is moderate. I've paid more elsewhere but never got such a liesurely, nice experience as I get at Frenchman's on Tortola.
Oh! One more thing, if you get a bit stir-crazy, the ferry to St. Thomas and St. John is about a mile away and you can grab a day trip over to those busy islands for about $40 and a 40 min ride... but you'll be glad you chose Tortola at the end of the day.
Feel free to write me direct if I can help further.
 
Old Mar 9th, 2001, 09:33 PM
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the allution islands in alaska in january,great ice fishing no crouds,and trust me this is no sales pitch
 
Old Mar 10th, 2001, 06:23 AM
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My wife and I stayed in Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera for a week in Feb. The island is safe, the beaches are spectacular and deserted, the snorkeling is great, and the islanders are very friendly and accomodating. We stayed in a cottage, owned by Iris Cartwright, located just a few feet from the Carib. Very quiet. I'd recommend renting a car for at least one day of your stay to see the rest of the island, particularly going north toward Harbour Island. Contact Dennis Delancey for some kayaking and snorkeling - he's in adventure tourism. You will relax if you try Eleuthera.
 
Old Mar 14th, 2001, 06:29 AM
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I agree with CY, Thanks for the recommendation of Dennis, he was a great tour guide for me as well on Eleuthera. I saw caves and private beachs that I would not otherwise have gotten to and as always, Cartwright's Cottages is a great place to stay with great hospitality and comfortable cottages. I recommend them to amyone who wants to leave the worry of life behind if only for a few days.
 

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