Which Caribbean island is right for me?

Old Dec 18th, 2013, 08:30 PM
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Which Caribbean island is right for me?

I'm looking to book a 5 day trip to a Caribbean island in Febuary, but I'm a little lost on which island to pick.

I'm looking for a smaller hotel directly on a beach that is fairly groomed and not overly crowded. I plan to spend the bulk of my time on the beach or in the water so this is key. We would love a place that has some snorkeling or scuba. Also, being able to check out various restaurants within walking/biking/short driving distance would be great. I love food so exploring different restaurants or little bars at night would be great.

The hotel doesn't need to be five stars, but I'm used to staying in boutique type hotels that are clean so this is my goal. I'm having a hard time finding a hotel that's smaller or has a more intimate feel for less than $600 a night. Maybe eco chic in Caribbean high season for $400 or 500 a night is too much to ask? I hope not!

Looking for:
small, chic hotel
great beach
scuba or snorkeling
maybe a spa

What I'm looking to avoid:
all inclusive properties
strips of high rise hotels on the beach
chain restaurants
casinos

don't care for but could live with:
shopping
nightclubs

Thanks to anyone who is still reading and has some ideas!
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Old Dec 19th, 2013, 03:08 AM
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Check out some of the boutique hotels in the Grand Case area of St. Martin - good beach, nice town with lots of excellent restaurants within walking distance, some scuba diving and snorkeling around the island, and spa treatments available - in short, you'll find everything on your wish list.
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Have you considered Seven Mile Beach on the Grand Cayman Island? We've stayed at two places there: Sunshine Suites which right across from the Ritz, but you had to cross a main street to get to beach. It was a very nice place to stay though and reasonably priced with a free breakfast for guests.

The second place was the Harbour Heights which is a condo development that has rentals. This was right on the beach and the beach was not crowded at all. Even had a small reef for snorkling right on the beach.

They do not have any All Inclusive places on Seven Mile Beach that I know of. We rent a car when we stay there and drive all over the island with no fear whatsoever. They have virtually no crime there. Driving on the left is hard to get used to though.

FYI: I am not an expert on the Islands though. I have only been to Grand Cayman and Aruba, so you should look for other suggestions.
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Try www.slh.com and you might find something there. I thought about Cuisinart or Cap Jaluca but they may be too big. Grand Cayman does have such a beautiful beach (Seven Mile) and Grand Cayman Beach Suites may work or there are plenty of condos. Also, we stayed at the St. Regis Bahia Beach in Puerto Rico and it was fantastic. If you can get a good rate there, or save on air and apply the difference toward that hotel, it's a great one.
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Old Jan 26th, 2014, 05:31 AM
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There are a few resorts in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, that might fit your wish list, but neither of them are very fancy or chic. They are: The Sands, and Ocean Club West.

Both resorts are on Grace Bay, one of the top beaches in the Caribbean, and not too far from Coral Gardens, which is a very good snorkeling spot.

And if you would consider Jamaica, look at Coco La Palm in Negril, Jamaica.But only if they have upper level rooms/suites. Or, off the beach, on the cliffs, Tensing Pen or Rockhouse.

I think you should also plug in your dates to Expedia, etc., and see what- if anything- is available for February. As you know, that's prime time in the Caribbean!
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Here are a few places I would suggest based on your criteria:

Mount Cinnamon on Grand Anse Beach in Grenada :
Beautiful beach-no high rises, other restaurants available, close to the town

Pineapple Fields Eleuthera, Bahamas:
beautiful beach, has a beach bar and restaurant, not developed at all

Gallows Point, St. John Cruz Bay,
Beautiful units right on water, amazing snorkeling off the dock, easy stroll to the great little town of Cruz bay. you would need a car to get to all the wonderful beaches, there are many to explore! Can also take a day trip to BVI...
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Old Jan 29th, 2014, 07:14 PM
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Looking for something similar, so interested in knowing what you decided on.
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