which islands have what I am looking for?

Aug 7th, 2006, 09:08 PM
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which islands have what I am looking for?

My fiancee and I are looking for an island to go to for our honeymoon next June. We both want to go to a less commercialized island, one with more local culture. We have been to Grand Cayman and had a great time, but we want something a little less touristy this time around. Any suggestions would be much appreciated
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Aug 8th, 2006, 02:30 AM
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Dominica, Bonaire, Saba (but no beaches there but great diving), Statia.
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Aug 8th, 2006, 04:48 AM
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St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Depending on your budget - Young Island at www.youngisland.com or PSV www.psvresort.com
Or St. Lucia - lots of great places to stay there. Best value is Ti Kaye Village Resort www.tikaye.com
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Aug 8th, 2006, 06:15 AM
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I second St. Lucia for a less touristy, more cultural destination for honeymoon. Lots to see/do if you want, but just as nice a place to chill, enjoy the views and do nothing.
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Aug 8th, 2006, 06:18 AM
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Sorry, I meant less commercialized (not less touristy) and forgot to mention that you can take a side trip from St. Lucia to the St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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Aug 8th, 2006, 06:22 AM
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Great suggestions from the other folks so far.

Depending on what else you're interested in for your honeymoon (beaches, snorkeling, island exploration, hiking, etc), I would also suggest the following:

The island of Bequia, which is part of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. It's a small charming island with small guest houses, inns, and villas with small-scale sustainable tourism. You can easily take the ferry to St. Vincent for daytrips (hiking, diving, waterfalls, island tours) and you can take daysail trips to the Tobago Cays for out-of-this-world beautiful water, good snorkeling, and general isolation.

The island of Grenada. This island is beautiful, lush, and still retains much of the old Caribbean feel while providing very modern ameneties of world class restaurants and hotels.

(I just returned from two weeks in Bequia, St. VIncent & Grenada and you can easily find my trip report here for more information than you could possible want!)

St. Lucia as Scubamom suggests is also a beautiful island. Ti Kaye would be a great place to stay, but it is pretty isolated. The hotel can of course arrange any number of activities or day trips, but you would be a long drive away from the two main centers of activity on the island. On your honeymoon, that could be either a pro or a con!

I think Nevis, or a combo of St. Kitts & Nevis might also be a good choice. This two-island nation is known for its old plantations that have been converted into very comfortable inns. These islands also provide a nice sense of old world feel, with Nevis getting a slight nod over St. Kitts in my opinion.

With respect to Scubamom, both PSV and Young Island are private island resorts and don't seem to be what you're looking for, as you seem to be seeking more of a local culture. However, if you want a nice tropical feel and don't mind being insulated from the "real world", both places look wonderful. I personally hope to visit PSV one day, and I had the privilege of dining on Young Island last month and seeing a bit of it. With Young Island you would have free transport back & forth to the "mainland" of St. VIncent for exploration. Scubamom didn't mention it, but if either of these places looks appealing, you should check out her own websites for them: www.ScubaMom.com and then click on the Caribbean and then the Grenadines links.

If you give us more of an idea of what you're looking for in your honeymoon, we can jump in with better suggestions for you!
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Aug 8th, 2006, 10:26 AM
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Nevis is still an adorable island that is not commercialized at all and has lots of local culture. The water is a deeper blue than what you saw in GC and the beaches are more of a brown rather than a powder white, but if that's not important to you, you will love it there.
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Aug 8th, 2006, 10:50 AM
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Also consider Curacao, a less visited sister island of Aruba.
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Aug 8th, 2006, 10:51 AM
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Forgot about Tobago.
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Aug 8th, 2006, 11:14 AM
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I love all of the Caribbean islands that I have visited and struggle to find a favourite, but Guadeloupe and Martinique are high on my list. The mix of French with exotic islands, local culture and nature is wonderful.

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Aug 8th, 2006, 11:22 AM
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When you were in Grand Cayman did you drive out to the East End or Cayman Kai areas ?

It is most certainly not commercialised out here... it is idyllic and tranquil, yet with the ability to drive a relaxed and scenic 45 minutes to the main Seven Mile Beach strip.

Just a thought
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Aug 8th, 2006, 12:29 PM
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I agree with Tom.The only part of GC that I thought was commercialized was Georgetown/seven mile beach area.
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Aug 8th, 2006, 12:32 PM
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Ditto the suggestions of:
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Saba
Dominica
I have visited Saba and SVG, Dominica is on the todo list hopefully in the next year or so.

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Aug 14th, 2006, 12:40 AM
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Check out Peter Island in the BVI. Upscale resort, beautiful island/beach. Get a room overlooking their primary beach, not on the 'boat docking' side. Lots of hammocks in and amongst the trees on the beach. There is only one resort, so no crowds. Close for day trips to Virgin Gorda, Tortola, St. John.
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