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So we just got back from our 5th trip to St. John and we're still feeling the withdrawal! I was just asked by my in-laws to plan a multi-family trip next year to celebrate their 50th anniversary. They want to go to the Caribbean but unfortunately St. John won't work for them, mainly due to some physical limitations. I need someplace that we can fly directly to from the east coast. We'll be a party of 12 ranging in ages from 10 to 75 so finding something for everyone all ages is important. St. John is the ideal island vacation for my family, but this trip is going to need to be different. We'll need a place with a nice resort that's directly on the beach, big pool and jacuzzi, and restaurants and shopping close by. Basically, plenty to keep everyone busy. Problem is I'm seeing so much of what looks to me like an Las Vegas Hotel/Casino on the beach or too quiet with not enough to keep a our teenagers interested. I just can't get into that. Can you recommend anyplace that will fulfill the extended family's wishlist but still include some of that magic that we love about St. John? Any ideas for islands, areas, or specific resorts to check out world be so appreciated!
There is my favorite alternative St. Croix! Something for everyone I'm sure.
I have a friend who loves to go to Sandals Resorts. From what he tells me they are very similar to the resort you are looking for. The only draw back is they do not have the quaintness of St. John.
You may be happy in Turks & Caicos. The main island has lovely beaches, nice places to eat and you can volunteer at Potcake Place-taking rescue puppies to the beach or just out and about. You can fly there direct from a number of East Coast airports. Grand Cayman might work for you, although it is quite like Miami Beach on an island. Plenty to do, good food, great beaches and nice places to stay. It is a huge cruise ship stop so be prepared for massive crowds several days a week. St Lucia is really nice and you can fly direct. Lovely beaches, complete slate of eco-tourism opportunities and nice people.
We have taken multi-generational trips to Mexico (Xcaret, Playa Car and Cozumel) and Provo, T & C.
The nicer all-inclusives in Mexico can be a great value. There is a whole "style" to an AI vacation that some people love (my parents) and others tolerate (me and hubby) but there is typically a lot to do. Depending on your idea of dining out and shopping, the areas I mentioned might not fit the bill, they didn't for us but we did enjoy the family time together.
On Provo, we rented at http://www.aquamarinebeachhouses.com/ Its directly on the beach and there is a reef out front and a few others that you can easily walk to. There are many, many low rise style condo/resorts on Grace Bay Beach. Be prepared for very high food and drink prices on the island, the country's main (and maybe only) source of revenue is import duties. A couple of years back, cheap beer was $50 per case and a basic burger was $18. The island has some very good restaurants, be prepared to drive everywhere as there isn't a town like Cruz Bay where you can park for the night and walk around.
Virgin Gorda is great but doesn't fulfill your transportation, shopping and activity requirements.
Are a pool and Jacuzzi a must have? I ask because we stayed at a fantastic place on Barbuda in January with tons of activities included.
Have you considered Puerto Rico? Very family friendly and there are resort option within a reasonable drive from the airport. We hired a private van and transfers were a breeze. Old San Juan is very interesting.
Never been myself but the in-laws loved Punta Cana, Dominican Republic AI resorts. I believe they went to Hard Rock but there are others.
To answer your original question...stay home saving up for the next STJ trip
St. Thomas has all of the things you are looking for and is an easy ferry ride to STJ for any of the group to visit.
I agree with Exit Zero..It's a win-win for everyone.
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