Which Island? Please Help!

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Jan 13th, 2006, 08:28 AM
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Which Island? Please Help!

We are still deciding on which island to go to...

A nice beach would be a plus but not a necessity. A hotel/condo with a great pool, especially if it has a geat view, is plenty for us. We are not ones to spend hours lying on the beach. We like to be active during the morning and then sunbathe in the afternoon.

We are looking for an island with lots to do. But not really casinos or night life. We like snorkeling, watersports, hiking, taking excursions, or driving around an island.

I had really wanted a lush, green island, maybe with volcanoes or rainforests. However, if other islands had more of what we were looking for, I would be willing to try a new experience.

Everyone's thoughts would be very appreciate since we are going the last week of April.
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Jan 13th, 2006, 08:44 AM
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Well, there are many islands that would satisfy your requirements. In fact, your description is so general and your flexibility so great that just about every island could qualify.

That said, the first places that comes to mind are Nevis and St. Kitts (neighboring islands), and especially their wonderful plantation inns. Some of these inns are located on the beach and other's are up in the hills (but usually available with transportation to the beach). These islands are lush and beautiful with rainforests, good hiking trails, and nice beaches. They're not so great, however, for snorkeling. But if you want to experience the Caribbean in a beautiful location and a romantic ambiance, it would be hard to beat Nevis and St. Kitts.
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Jan 13th, 2006, 08:57 AM
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Laby, you are the first to say that I was being general and flexible. Thanks. I keep getting suggestions from friends, and I kepp says that i don't know. Are St Kitts and Nevis expensive islands? Also, will it be expensive to fly there from NY/NJ? I am looking for $400-500 airfare per person and $250 or under for lodging.
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Jan 13th, 2006, 09:23 AM
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St. Kitts will be less expensive to fly to than Nevis simply because more airlines fly there and the competition helps hold down the rates. Yes, I think you can find airfares for that rate to St. Kitts. It will probably cost a bit more to fly to Nevis. As far as hotels are concerned, you can certainly find hotels below that rate at the end of April. I'd check out the Marriott which is very nice (it has a casino if that's an issue). Ottley's Plantation Inn (http://www.ottleys.com/) (not on the beach but with beach transportation, fabulous cuisine, a great pool, and first-class personal service) is the nicest place on St. Kitts in my view but it will run you a little more than you're looking to spend. Ottley's packages do include breakfasts and several dinners though so that has to be taken into account when you consider their rates. If it's doable for you, I'd recommend it.
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Jan 13th, 2006, 10:17 AM
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Jan 13th, 2006, 11:59 AM
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I'm sure I am openning up a can of worms, but which is better...St Lucia or St Kitts/Nevis? I mean, which is greener, has more activities, nicer people, more choices of lodging in various price ranges? Is there enough to do on both islands for 7-10 days?
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Jan 13th, 2006, 12:35 PM
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St John also fits - no volcanos but pretty much everything else. Great snorkling, hiking, excursions, plenty of restaurants and a fun island to drive around on too.

In the off season April 15-December 15 you should be able to find air and lodging in your price range.

I live in NJ and fly to St Thomas for around $400 in low season.
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Jan 13th, 2006, 12:55 PM
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It's difficult to tell you "which is better". There's no "better" or "worse" there's just different. St. Lucia is bigger than the other 2 and therefore by definition will have more places to stay and more things to do. St. Kitts is mid-sized and Nevis is the smallest. As far as price ranges for accomodations go you'll find varying prices on either of the islands and there won't be a significant difference between islands for the particular price range you are interested in getting. Likewise you'll find similar price ranges for restaurants, rental cars and activities. Like anywhere else, you get what you pay for so don't expect one island will have 5-star accomodations for 3-star prices.

St. Lucia will probably be a bit "greener" but that will depend upon how much or little rain there has been in the weeks just prior to your visit. As for friendliness of the people, I think Nevisians are the friendliest in the Caribbean (but I have a home on the island so I'm a little predjudice). Actually, the people of St. Kitts are also very friendly as are the citizens of St. Lucia. A lot, of course, will depend on your attitude toward the people you meet.

You can do daysails, hiking, exploring on all three islands. As for snorkeling, St. Lucia has better snorkeling than the other 2 islands but it pales in comparison to the snorkeling you'll find elsewhere in the Caribbean. There's certainly enough to keep you occupied on either of the islands.
 
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Jan 13th, 2006, 01:58 PM
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St. Kitts!

Breathtaking views, secluded beaches, fun beach bars, friendly and helpful locals, rainforest tours, catamaran excursions, snorkeling, golf, fishing, sister island of Nevis and so much more!

Visit www.discover-stkitts-nevis-beaches.com for more information.

St. Kitts - the Caribbean's best kept secret!
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Jan 14th, 2006, 12:54 PM
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My husband and I just returned from an 8 day cruise in the USVI and BVI and it was wonderful! The ports are fresh in my mind, so here are some suggestions: First, if you like snorkeling and hiking I would definitely suggest visiting "The Baths" at Virgin Gorda - whether that means staying on Virgin Gorda or taking a water taxi from another Virgin Island to it. Our (small) cruise ship docked at Leverick Bay Resort on Virgin Gorda, which has a restaurant, pool, beach, and spa. I got a massage right on the beach. From there we took a 15(?) minute taxi ride to "The Baths." They were by far my favorite place of the entire cruise. You climb over, around and between rocks that were formed from a volcano. The hike to the Baths was as fun as the destination itself - I'm not much of an outdoorsman but did just fine. If I can do it, anyone can!! Once there you can snorkel, swim, or lay out on the white sand beach.

Another destination I'd highly recommend is St. John. This was another port of call on our cruise, and a repeat visit from a previous vacation. The last time we were here we stayted at the Westin Resort on St. John. You can fly into St. Thomas and take a 3 minute taxi ride from the airport to the Crown Bay Marina where you pick up a ferry directly to the Westin. If you have to wait for the ferry, stop in Tickles bar right there for food/drink on the water.

The Westin is absolutely beautiful. They have incredible food, beautiful grounds, onsite Spa, an incredible pool with a bar, hottubs, and water activities. We went snorkeling, parasailing and took a hobie cat out on the water.

You can take a taxi to Cruz Bay, St. John for shopping. In particular, my favorite spot is Mongoose Junction at Cruz Bay. It's a beautiful cobblestone area that makes it easy to pass an afternoon wandering from shop to shop.

If you go to Cruz Bay in St. John, be sure to take a 5-10 minute taxi ride up the hill to Trunk Bay Beach. It was rated the second best beach in the world. The sand feels like silk under your feet and it has an underwater snorkeling path you can follow. There grounds are nicely equipped with showers, bathrooms, a bar and of course! a souvenier shop. We got a great bloody mary here.
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Jan 14th, 2006, 02:46 PM
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travelsheila, Your vacation sounded wonderful. The Virgin Islands are one of the places that I have been thinking of going to. The Baths look lovely from what I've been seeing. I have also wanted to figure out how to see the US and BVI all at once, even if it is not to every island. A cruise sounds like a good way to go. Can you give me more information about your trip? What cruiseline did you take? Where was the original departure site? Where did you book the trip, travel agent or internet?
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