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which island to choose?

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which island to choose?

traveled to manyparts of the Caribbean alrady. Looking to relax on a beautiful beach with beautiful water, some sightseeing, snorkel, maybe island hop (shopping is not important) in August." I'm from NYC so I don't want to go anywhere with a lot of hussle bussle.

Here are my chocies:

St. Thomas (visit St. John)

Turks & Caicos

St. Kitts


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1. Re: which island to choose?

St. Kitts is a good choice. You can visit historical Brimstone Hill, various plantations, the Batik Factory, southeast peninsula, Black Rocks, etc.

Very laid back island, great for R&R, and many friendly locals. You can snorkel at the various beaches, have a delicious West Indian meal, meet the locals, enjoy a day trip to Nevis, or hike the volcano or enjoy rainforest tour.

Visit www.stkittstourism.com and www.discover-stkitts-nevis-beaches.com for more information on this beautiful island.

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2. Re: which island to choose?

Perhaps this will help:

St. Thomas - very good to excellent light sand beaches with lots of natural vegetation, calm bright torquoise blue waters, excellent duty free shopping, many opportunities for sightseeing, hundreds of very good to excellent "off beach" and "off shore" snorkeling sites, interesting flora and fauna, hilly terrain, moderately lush environment, easy access by ferry to numerous nearby islands (including the BVI's chain) and cays which all offer great beaches and very good to excellent snorkeling. Parts of St. Thomas can be a bit crowded but other nearby islands are uncrowded.

Turks & Caicos - (assume you mean Grace Bay on Providenciales where 98% of the resorts in the chain are located) - fantastic 11+ mile long brilliant white sand beach lapped by bright blue calm water, only two or three places with good to very good "off-beach" snorkeling plus a few very good to excellent "off shore" sites, difficult, but not impossble,to get to other nearby islands in the chain (need private water taxis or fly). No shopping to speak of, flat scrubby island with little natural vegetation and not much in the way of sightseeing.

St. Kitts - mountainous terraine, lush rainforests, smaller darker sand beaches (some on the southern penninsula have light beige sand), water is a darker steel blue, some decent duty free shopping, lots of sightseeing opportunities (fortresses, old ruins, natural lava flows, historic buildings, etc), snorkeling is limited to a few sights and is bleow average to average when compared to other islands in the Caribbean. Easy ferry access to nearby Nevis, other islands accessible only by plane (the exception is about once a month there is a day trip by ferry to St. Eustastia).

Antigua - hilly but somewhat arid, 365 light sand beaches (some quite small but many very picturesque), bright torquoise blue waters, very little "off-beach" snorkeling, a few good "off-shore snorkeling sights, some shopping, some sightseeing, access to Barbuda (excellent beaches and wildlife preserve) by catamaran or plane, access to other islands only by plane, decent shopping, lrgely uncrowded island.

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3. Re: which island to choose?

If you are only looking for beaches and water, then Providenciales (Turks & Caicos) would be a great choice. If you want more than that, I can only recommend St. Kitts. To me, this is the perfect island to unwind, relax and still be able to do some activities. In August it is usually very quiet here, so not to many people around.

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4. Re: which island to choose?

St. John.

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5. Re: which island to choose?

CaribSurfer's rundown is pretty thorough. T&C is the only one of the four we have not been to.

But I would have to go with St. John. Skip St. Thomas and go for the good stuff. Great beaches that are not too crowded, excellent off-beach snorkeling, hiking trails and plenty of island hopping available in the BVI.

In August, though, consider going farther south to minimize the possibility of hurricanes. St. Lucia is nice -- the only thing you might not be able to do is any island-hopping.

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