My wife and I have vacationed on Anguilla frequently for the past 19 years and we just returned from Anegada in the British Virgin islands. We're looking for two new island destinations that are both inhabited by friendly people who are very laid back. Since we are animal lovers, we would prefer to vacation on islands that are animal-friendly.
We're planning a 2 week vacation for July, and would prefer to split our time at two different destinations; one week on Great Exuma and the other week spent on another island that can be reached by ferry or a "puddle-jumper aircraft, will offer many of the same attractions.
We are NOT strong swimmers so we prefer calm, warm, turquoise waters. We have snorkeled various Caribbean islands and have not found any of them to be a snorkeler's paradise. We'd love to snorkel reefs that are in shallow water and that are relatively close to the shoreline; reefs that are teeming with marine life and beautiful live coral heads.
We are not fancy people and do not prefer to stay in a luxurious resort populated by several hundred guests. We would rather rent a very comfortable cottage that is on or very close to the beach. We would prefer this cottage to be within a 15 to 20 minute jeep drive to 3 or 4 restaurants serving very good food. We would also love to listen to a live band and do some dancing during our vacation.
Can any of you Great Exuma specialists make recommendations to us that will suit our needs or are we being unrealistic with our "laundry list" of amenities and requirements? Thanking you in advance for your suggestions! Zabar