favorite carribean island

LYNN4March 2, 2002

Would love to go the carribean. Not sure about a cruise or just hit one island. We are family with 2 children (8-12). Have been to Cancun, and although it was a fun trip, didn't care for the all the hotels lined up one after another and all the crowds. For those who have visited carribean islands, which would you reccommend? WE enjoy snorkeling and the beach, but would also enjoy seeing some beautiful scenery, etc. and not quite so busy! Thanks!

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We've been to St. Croix in the USVI three times over the last 15 years. It's a great place to snorkel. You can usually walk into the water and find small coral reefs within a few feet of the shore and in 3-5' of water. You don't need to take snorkel tours to see a lot but there are lots of tours you can take to see even more. Most of the hotels are on the beach which is a big plus for us. Not a huge amount of nightlife but enough. I haven't been back since the casinos went in so that may have changed. The people have always been friendly. This is nothing like Cancun! We're trying to figure out when our next trip back is!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2002 at 2:38PM
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Turks and Caicos is a wonderful island for snorkling! The bluest, cleanest, warmest water there is!
We just got back from a family vacation ( 6 yr. old boy, 4 yr. old boy, two 15 yr. old girls) and had a wonderful time at Beaches all-inclusive resort.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2002 at 5:15PM
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Marcia Thornley

Barbados is our favorite. We have been there 10 times is the last 12 years. A small island, it offers many different faces. The east coast, the Atlantic side is rough,rugged and offers beautiful scenery, the west coast offers miles of sandy beaches and clear water for snorkeling or swimming and the south coast has restaurants and night life. Renting a car and exploring the interior of the island is a lot of fun. We have found the people there very friendly and have never felt unsafe. A great place in the Carribean for a family vacation. Accomadations run from modest cottages and apartments to luxury hotels. All beaches are public so you can visit them all.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2002 at 10:04AM
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I agree I love Barbados as does my husband. I do think though a cruise is nice because you get a taste of several islands during the week. My personal opinion is a week is too long on any island unless your going to a BIG resort!

    Bookmark   May 19, 2002 at 8:26PM
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Aruba is our favorite Caribbean island. Spent 17 days there. Didn't rain once. It's out of the hurricane belt. Beautiful beaches, sand and sun. No unemployment, felt very safe there. I would feel safe there travelling as a single woman too. Stayed in a timeshare , accomodations were great. I'd go back tomorrow if I could

    Bookmark   May 25, 2002 at 2:33AM
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Definitely St. John in the US Virgin Islands! We got married there two years ago. Very little nightlife, no big cities, just small, friendly towns and beautiful beaches. It is safe and friendly, and can be explored with a jeep. There are great sightseeing places, and it would be perfect for the kids.

There are two main hotels but renting a villa is much cheaper and gives you the option to cook or eat out.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2002 at 4:08AM
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Aruba! We've been there twice and are considering returning in the spring. We've looked into other islands but none seem to measure up to Aruba. No rain, no hurricanes, little crime, gorgeous beaches, lots of great casinos, fine restaurants, shopping and the hotels are fab! Stay in the Hyatt...you won't be disappointed, believe me.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2003 at 12:17AM
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Visited Aruba on a cruise and enjoyed it, but I also enjoyed Grand Cayman (same cruise). We swam with the sting rays which was a thrill. Didn't get to see much more of the island but what I did see was beautiful. Seemed to be very lush and clean. Would love to go back again.
On the last cruise, visited St. Thomas and it is beautiful. Took a tour of the island.
San Juan was a disappointment when the tour guide drove thru residential area and there were bars on the windows or barbed wire on the fenced yard.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2003 at 9:42AM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

I know this is an ancient thread, however, I want to add to it for refernce.
By far my favorite place is the french island Martinque.
It is completly different in feel than the other islands I've been to, about a dozen or so, and I love the french influence.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2005 at 6:55PM
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I like Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos. It's small but scenic and very unhurried and perfect for snorkeling. And cheap cheap cheap.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2005 at 6:49PM
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I hope the original poster of the message has been to the caribbean many times since they asked this question 3 years ago...LOL...but here is my vote: Tortola! It's incredibly beautiful with plenty to do and a great range of lodging choices, from beautiful resorts to private villas to more modest accommodations. My husband and I have been to Barbados, Anguilla, St. Thomas and St. John and although we loved different things about each island, Tortola is hands-down our very favorite!! I'm anxious to visit some of the places listed here, I think Grand Cayman next year. We're going to Old Bahama Bay on Grand Bahama this June for a short 3-night, 20th anniversary trip, it's a direct flight from Atlanta so no all-day travel needed.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2005 at 1:46PM
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