Post # 16
I have traveled pretty extensively in the Caribbean and a couple other of my favorites are the British Virgin Island (I just recently returned from my second trip there), Anguilla and St. Barths. For what you are looking for, St. Barths is actually probably perfect…great beaches and somewhat mountainous for hiking, etc. Or split your time between Anguilla (amazing beaches and food) and St. Barths. The BVIs are another solid option, but ideally you would charter a boat (not sure if that is an option for you). The Exuma islands of the Bahamas were not affected by Dorian and they are absolutely magical! But they are mostly beaches, so if you are looking for something more along the lines of nature and activities, it might not be the best fit. Dominica (not to be confused with Dominican Republic) is also lovely for hiking, waterfalls and rainforests over beaches, but they were hit by a storm a couple years ago and I am not sure how well they’ve recovered. I would skip and St. Martin, Mexico, Jamaica and Dominican Republic (all too commercial, Americanized and/or might be safety risks). Antigua is fine if you like all-inclusives and they have beautiful beaches, but it wasn’t really a favorite of mine. Aruba is okay too, but very Americanized (we rented a car and had some fun off-road adventures there). The thing to remember is if an island is mountainous, it won’t usually have the best beaches, but will have mor hiking, waterfalls, etc. If an island is flat, it will usually have better beaches, but not a whole lot in the way of hiking, etc. So considering you and your husband want the best of both words, splitting time between a couple nearby islands might be a good options. GL!
Post # 17
i loved st. lucia. there is great hiking there, and we did a lot of outdoorsy activities while were were there (amazing hiking, plus sailing, snorkeling, kayaking). we also did a really fun dune buggy tour.
Post # 18
motogal : I have to echo other PPs with the Exuma Bahamas recommendation. It is spectacular! I’ve been a handful of times and have loved it every time. It was not affected at all by Dorian (it is farther down south on the island chain). The water is truly astounding and the people are lovely. The Cayman Islands are also in my tops. Stunning water, clean, safe, a ton to do, but it tends to be a little more expensive than some of the other islands. But there are deals to be had if you look!
Post # 19
St. John is really laid back with gorgeous beaches and lots of forest for hiking. It’s also a short ferry ride away from St. Thomas and a fairly short ferry or charter boat ride to the BVI so there’s lots to explore in the area.
Post # 20
Barbados! No question about it.
Post # 21
Such great advice! After this thread, we’ve done more research and are currently leaning towards Exuma (which we hadn’t even had on our radar, so I’m glad I asked)! I would love, love, love to go to St. Lucia, but the flights are pricey. Seems like that is the issue we keep running into — really expensive and/or long flights.
Exuma is a shorter flight, and it’s less expensive, too. There are some great deals on rentals through VRBO, also.
Thanks for all the wonderful help!
Post # 22
- Wedding: October 2020 - Oak Brook, IL
I highly recommend St. Kitts and Nevis. It’s relatively inexpensive to stay at the Marriott St. Kitts Resort, which has access to the beach and great pools with a swim-up bar. They also have good bar food so you can avoid going to the expensive restaurants. There are some lower priced restaurants around the island that are fantastic also, and little cafes where you can get a great meal inexpensively. The island has its own currency, but mostly everywhere will take USD.
Also, it has a TON of hiking since it’s a mountainous/hilly island. The population is around 60k, so it’s very low key. They are used to tourists, though, since many cruise ships stop there.
EDIT: Didn’t see your post about Exuma. In any case, good luck! Maybe St. Kitts will be on your radar for next time. 🙂