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Bumblebea Jul 19th, 2005 10:03 AM

Which Caribbean Island in March 2006
I want to surprise my husband with a trip to the caribbean for his b-day. I don't know which island to choose. I want something super-romantic, great beaches, luxury but not breaking the bank account.
Please help!

A_Traveller Jul 19th, 2005 11:14 AM

Try to be more specific - a statement like "luxury but not breaking the bank account" is meanngless unless we know what your bank account is. You can spend $300US per day or you can spend $2,000 a day. Give us a budget range and let us know if it includes airfare and meals. Telling us where you are flying from is also helpful, especially if airfare is part of your budget. Describe what you mean by Luxury - tell us some places you've been to give us an idea of your likes and dislikes. By the way, don't expect a 5-star resort for 3-star prices - it just doesn't happen. Tell us what kind of island you want - a) flat coral based islands that are arid and scruffy with long white sand beaches, b) volcanic based islands with lush foliage, rain forests, waterfalls, and smaller palm tree lined darker sand beaches, c) hilly islands, with modest vegetation and small cove like golden sand beaches. Do you want an island with a decidedly American feel and the relative comforts of fast food places or would you prefer a more European feel with sophisticated fashion shops and gourmet restaurants? Or prehaps you want an island with an old world Caribbean flavor? Do you want access to casinos? Do you crave an active nightlife? Are you looking for an island with lots of great restaurants or do you prefer to stay at your resort? Do you want all-inclusive? Is snorkeling, diving or watersports important to you? Do you mind taking several different airplane and/or ferries to get to your final destination or do you want to get there non-stop from your gateway city? Do you want to be with people your own age (if so tell us how old you are)?

No one island is going to have it all so the more you can tell us about your ideas the easier it will be to make meaningful recommendations.

Bumblebea Jul 19th, 2005 11:43 AM

Want to stay in a 4-5 star hotel. Thinking about AL, never tried. Heard good things and bad. Nightlife would be nice but not necessary. No casino! Spa would be nice. Snorkeling also.
Don't care what kind of beaches, just as long as the water is turquiose. I want to stay in a place that's luxurious, not cheesy looking. Will probably be traveling from Philly. Not interested in flights right now. I just need ideas.


Sunnyboy Jul 19th, 2005 12:12 PM

For upscale resorts with spas check out the websites for Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda or Sandy Lane on Barbados. Four Seasons, Nevis has one of the best spas in the Caribbean but the waters surrounding the island have a decidedly "steel blue" appearance rather than the bright blue turquoise tint you are seeking this is due to a combination of the depth of the water and darker sandy bottom. any of those resorts should give you the romantic feel you desire

blamona Jul 19th, 2005 12:46 PM

try Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos
Cusinart in Anguilla
Four Seasons in Exumas, Bahamas
Pink Sands in Harbour Island, Bahamas
One and Only, Paradise Island, Bahamas

crest332 Jul 19th, 2005 12:49 PM

My fiance and I will be staying in a very private villa in St. John for our honeymoon in May.

Lots of beaches, seems to have a good selection of restaurants, and you can't get more romantic than just the two of you enjoying the pool and the gorgeous sunsets from the deck of your own beautiful villa!

We got a 4 hr nonstop flight from Philly to St Thomas, then we'll take the ferry to St. John.

mjulius Jul 19th, 2005 03:52 PM

Two of our favorites are Curtain Bluff in Antigua and Cap Juluca in Anguilla. Both super-romantic, great food, great beaches, luxurious accomodations. Truly 5-star. Try one of these and you can't go wrong.

christiegr Jul 19th, 2005 04:49 PM

Another vote for St John USVI's :)

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