Hello, thanks for the benefit of your experience. I've been reading the Virgin Gorda forum here, lots of great advice in other posts.
I (55) and DH (65) are retiring and looking for a Caribbean island destination for a month, mid-December to mid-January. Our lodging budget is $3,000 for the month. We like using VRBO and have found suitable 1- or 2-bedroom cottages on Virgin Gorda and elsewhere in the Caribbean, such as Eleuthera and Green Turtle Cay. We don't want a hotel or package. We like to make our own plans, explore, not follow a script.
Our wish list: Great snorkeling from the beach, no boat needed... no/few biting bugs... good fishing from shore... spectacular natural beauty, both beaches and hills/mountains/cliff/rocky shores, for my landscape photography hobby... birds and other wildlife a plus... hiking and bicycling also good... good local fare and seafood restaurants. And did I mention great snorkeling?
We could do two weeks in one place and two in another.
So, destination experts, where do you recommend? And when should we go? We could wait, if the weather's iffy in Dec-Jan, or the water's too cold, or the bugs are bad, or restaurants and stores are closed then... Though I really want to jump on a plane, tomorrow! Thanks again.