I'm posting in Barbados forum because I couldn't figure out a way to post in a general Caribbean forum. Anyway, my wife and I want to go away next winter somewhere hot, safe and cheap(relatively). We DO NOT want to stay in an all-inclusive resort - possibly a small one if it met certain criteria. We don't like crowds and neither of us like doing a vacation that 'everyone' does.
This is our ideal vacation - we have a little cabin near (bonus points for on!) the beach. We walk to the local market for fresh fruits/vegetables to bring back and cook ourselves. Be able to sit on the beach in relative privacy. We both steer clear of any tourist-y places as a general rule. We would like to go to local shops, etc if it was safe.
We're thinking of travelling in February, if that makes a difference. Budget is a big concern (the travel places are telling us around $4,000 Canadian for everything. I can find most return flights for the two of us for around $1500, and we kinda want to do this ourselves) I'm hoping we can live down there for 10 days at around $100/day. Hawaii is not off the table, but it seems staying there is not cheap.
So - does anybody have any suggestions? We're having our 15th wedding anniversary this winter and we've never really gone on vacation more than 2 days and usually to visit family a few hours away. We never even went on a honeymoon because we couldn't afford it😜. This winter it might just be in the budget, so we're trying to plan early for it.
Also, my wife has health concerns so adventure type-stuff is probably not in the cards, but she loves swimming and is at home in the water - so snorkelling and possibly scuba diving would work. And - she has arachnophobia (spiders)- we know it's the Caribbean and somewhat unavoidable, but the less chance of seeing one, the better😉. Thanks for any and all suggestions! I really do appreciate it!