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1st time to Caribbean - recommendations, pls.

Posted by judes538 on October 20, 2010

...for our 25th anniversary. Primarly beach vacation. Prefer on the beach, sand and possible to swim in the sea. Privately-owned all inclusive, (food only) or restuarant on site. Kayak or snorkel would be nice. town within easy walking distance. Not intending to do much exploring or adventure trips.(Don't need entertainment, bars etc). appreciate the input.

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Reply by Princess00 on October 22, 2010

My recommendation - Pink Sands Beach on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. The island is one mile wide and three miles long. Pink Sands Beach runs the entire length of the island. Soft pink sand the texture of baby powder and crystal clear water. Beach is buffered by a coral reef offshore so there is calm water year round - very swimmable. We spent our honeymoon there in 2006. Absolutely splendid paradise that most people don't even know about. Small boutique hotels on the beach or the bay side. No all-inclusive hotels, but the restaurants are so close, it is not an issue to get around from place to place. Island is so small, you rent golf carts to travel from one place to the other. Dining is 5* amazing. Check out the Landing, Rock House, Coral Sands, or Pink Sands for dining and lodging options.

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Reply by Razial on October 26, 2010

I would recommend San Andres Island Colombia. I visited here 3 years ago. Loved it so much I retired and now live here. Married a Native Islander and live the best I have ever in my life. The local native people are the friendliest people I have ever met (I have worked and lived in many countries )weather never drops below 75 F, almost always 80 85 F The beaches are beautiful. There is a large tourist area in the North end but the middle and south end are mostly local community's. If you are looking for just peace and quite swimming kayaking snorkeling etc. This is it. Its very safe not like other Caribbean Islands. Island people speak English. There is a Hotel on the South end owned by a Islander named The Blue Cove. I spent several weeks there and had a great time. Its about 20 minutes from the airport (The Hotel van will come and get you if you tell them when you expect to arrive. Its Free) The rooms were clean with air conditioning, flat screen cable TV. The price included all meals,snacks during the day, all the Hard and soft drinks you can consume and a wonderful staff who are mostly" ISLANDERS" who speak English. (Most of the high price Hotels at the North end do not speak English and there staff are 95% Spanish speaking mainland born Colombians who prefer to cater to Colombians only. ) The manager of the Blue Cove Judy Ward will do almost anything to make your stay pleasurable. There is a Restaurant, a Sea side bar and a sea side pool. Its a small Hotel at this time only 44 rooms. They also have a dive and snorkel shop, Spa, and Kayak rentals. Buses stop in front and can take you down town shopping. (Bus cost 75 cents) The view and sea is the best on the Island. Also very quite. The best part is the price 90,000 pesos or about $45.00 US per day depending on the season.
It may be difficult to get here but in my opinion worth it. It is quite so if you are into disco hot night life and fast pace forget this place. Its kick back old Caribbean type Island. You can take a trip to are sister Island Provenience and be thrown back to 50 years ago
all local born no Colombian mainlanders no big tourist hotels pretty empty beaches great fresh sea food and the greatest people you will ever met. All speak English. Any question email me

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Reply by monkey100 on January 18, 2011

I'd suggest Hyatt Regency, Aruba Resort & Casino and Caneel Bay in
St. John, US Virgin Islands. They 2 of the best places when you want to celebrate your anniversary, or shall we say your honeymoon.


Reply by Slapshot7 on February 16, 2011

I'll second the vote for Harbour Island, we spent part of our honeymoon there in 2009. You really can't go wrong in the Caribbean. We also like Saint Maarten and the Cayman Islands.

Reply by jamaicatom on April 18, 2011

I highly recommend the El Dorado Maroma all inclusive resort on Maroma Beach in the Mayan Riviera. Great beach for walking, only 72 rooms, but has 4 dining options. There is a marina right next door.
Hope this helps,

Reply by samudev on April 25, 2011

Well rather than going on a private beach you can go to some of the best privately owed islands in Caribbean. Peter Island,Necker Island, Jumby Bay Resort, Young Island Resort as these are some of the well known privately owned islands. You will surely have great time there.

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