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Bruco
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Any different islands I should check out?
Trying to plan my spring Caribbean getaway. Anguilla is my favorite but I’m going to give it a year to rebuild after Irma. I’ve been to following (listed below), so trying to find somewhere new, if possible. I care about good beaches, good food, and limited crowds. Not a baller, but I’m cool with about $1,000 a day for two people for lodging and normal meals. Obviously looking for another place that wasn’t obliterated by the hurricanes.

Anguilla
St Thomas
St Martin
Grand Cayman
St. John
Virgin Gorda
Tortola
Harbour Island
Eleuthera
Providenciales
Cozumel
Isla Mujeres

Should I repeat one of these or try something new? Anyone been to Grand Exuma? Been eyeing that one a bit.
This post was edited on 12/28 at 7:22 pm


Tyga Woods
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
Turtle Beach, Barbados.


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VABuckeye
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
1,2,3,5,6 and 7 from your list were devastated by the hurricanes. I’d be looking at the others you listed.

Isla Mujeres is an Island I visit at least once a year. It’s that good and it’s an incredibly good value. Providenciales is exactly what you want but it’s $$$ and don’t stay at or next to Beaches Resort which is teeming with families. Cancun would be the lowest on the list for me unless you want to spend nearly all of the trip on the hotel strip or at an all-inclusive. Harbor Island and Eleuthera are high on my list. I know they’re expensive but they look fantastic. Other than St. Vincent and the Grenadines they are the next islands I want to stay on and explore. I’d also like to spend more time on Anguilla but now isn’t the time.

St. Kitts and Nevis are fantastic. The only drawback is that St. Kitts doesn’t have the best beaches. Other than that it’s fantastic and nearby Nevis has some very good beaches plus it was the Caribbean getaway for the royal family for decades.


BDE
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
Don't have time to write much, but I've been to most of those islands on your list and Exuma has everything you're looking for and more. It's an incredible island - Coco Plum Beach at low tide is the best I've ever been to and you won't see hardly a soul at the beaches. It's crazy. Very uncommercialized and great people. Very safe. We rented a house in February Point and it surpassed expectations.


Bruco
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
The ones I listed are the ones I’ve been too. FYI I really like Harbour Island. It’s small with only one beach (though fantastic). It’s got great food and cool Bahamas architecture. It was fun to just tool around in a golf cart. All low rise development, which I prefer. Pricy but great. I recommend it. Eleuthera is much more rustic, but we stayed at Ths Cove and really liked it.

I’m considering going back to Provo, but it’s a little more developed than I prefer.

I’ll do some research on St Vincent. Haven’t looked at that one much.


Bruco
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
Cool. I’ll definitely spend more time researching Exuma. I like the look of it.


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VABuckeye
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
You could VRBO on Salt Cay on Provo. Roatan is worth looking at as well particularly if you dive or snorkel.


BDE
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
Yeah, we went back to Provo this past March for the first time in 7-8 years and it has gotten much more developed than our first visit. Beautiful place but for us, Exuma was way better. Everyone has different tastes but being able to go to a different beach each day without seeing more than 5-10 people is incredible. We rented a boat one day and hit Chat N Chill and a bunch of other beaches along Stocking Island which I highly recommend.


BlackenedOut
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
Any reason why you would avoid places damaged by Hurricanes?

Every island is different. Some are back up and running, some have some areas hospitable, some still devastated, but "open for business" Think of it as doing good. Plus can probably get some great rates on properties via villa rental or VRBO as many are laying fallow.


ColoradoAg03
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
Roatan, off Honduras. Especially if you like diving.

ETA: VABuckeye beat me to it. I would definitely look into it if I were you.
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Bruco
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
I’m not ruling out going back to Anguilla this year. The place we stayed at last year just got power and re-opened. I’m waiting to see feedback and trip reports before committing. The SXM airport is still a bit of a mess, that’s a concern.

I’m certainly cognizant of those islanders needing tourists back and I’ve donated money to help as well, but I’m not willing to spend $10k on a vacation until I’m confident that things are at least close to normal.
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Bruco
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
Exuma definitely sounds like my kind of Island based on that description. I’ll get researching. Thanks


hoppinnissan
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
Turks and Caicos has some of the nicest beaches and water out off all of the Caribbean destinations I have been to. Check out some of the other beaches on the island other than Grace Bay and you will have it to yourself. My wife and I had a stretch of beach to ourselves all day and decided to lose the bathing suits since it was so empty.


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VABuckeye
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
The islands that were really hit bad need help, not tourists. I have a lot of friends in the USVI and the BVI and tourists are not what they want to see. Maybe in several months or later. For instance Caneel Bay and the Westin on St John are down until sometime in 2019.

Also, many rentals were gutted and are under repair. It isn’t the mainland. There’s a huge shortage of skilled labor to do repairs and rebuilds ina t8mely manner.


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Springlake Tiger
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
Check out Palm Island resort in the Grenadines and thanks me later. Just got back and it was great. It is very comparable to the BVIs. All meals and alcohol is included. Excursions are priced very reasonably (100 per person per excursion which includes food and alcohol). We did a trip to Mayreau and the Tobago Cays. Also did a trip to Mopion Island and Chatham Bay on Union Island.

A tip is to book it through an express deal on Priceline where you select 4 Star all inclusive. Total with tax and all service charges/gratuity was $3200 for a week in December. On top you have to book a flight to Barbados and the resort will coordinate the flight to Union Island which costs $200 per person round trip as the resort funds part of that.


CohibaLady76
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
Agree - the pink sand beach on Harbour Island is just amazing. I have rented homes on Eleuthera and drove to Harbour (got on the ferry) which is more affordable than you think. Complete opposite of more traditional tourist places in that it is more laid back and relaxing.

The Atlantis is a cool vacation spot with lots to do.

I'd recommend checking out Young Island which is a private island off of St. Vincent. Great food cooked by an executive chef daily and very secluded with only a handful of people on the island at any one time. Actually the first time I ever went topless was here due to the small crowd of adults only and some very strong rum punch lol. Even your bungalow has an outdoor shower and completely open on 3 sides shielded only by forest canopy. However if you aren't into just chilling, sunning, romance, and maybe some snorkling you might get bored here after 3 or 4 days.


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Scooba
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
Just got back from Ambergris Caye. Loved it. If you dive, check it out. Sounds like you could use some more western Carib islands.


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Saskwatch
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
[img]Exuma definitely sounds like my kind of Island[/img]

I've been to both Exuma and Provo (Turks). I found that Exuma had better water based activities. Snorkeling may not be as accessible as the reef right off Grace Bay though. As long as you are ok with forgoing the nice restaurants that you would find on Turks then I would 100% recommend Exuma.


Mahootney
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
Roatan/ Ambergris caye/ Bonaire - Diving

Aruba/ St. Lucia/ Barbados - Relaxing


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Bruco
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Member since Aug 2016
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re: Any different islands I should check out?
Yeah, the food on Exuma certainly appears to not be at the level of a T&C or Anguilla or Harbour Island, but that’s not a deal breaker for this trip. We’ll likely be back to Anguilla in 2019. I can live with casual dining, especially since we’ll almost certainly have a kitchen in wherever we rent (if we choose there)


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