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Costa Rica, Belize or St. Lucia??

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Costa Rica, Belize or St. Lucia??

Anyone been to all 3? My bf and I (mid30s) along with my parents, are planning a vaca for the 2nd wk in july. I am the one in charge of picking the perfect destination, and planning everything. I'm happy to do it, since I'm somewhat of a control freak. Lol

we are trying to stay around 3k per couple on booking expenses. I do prefer all inclusive (we are drinkers when we vaca), but its definitely not a must.

Things that are a must:

Decent beach

Nice pool

Good fishing


Good weather in july

Things we like, but dont have to have:

All inclusive

Casino (or somewhere near by)

Good food




Adults Only

3 1/2 star ++

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks :)

I realize most adult only ai are in mexico or dr, but they are not open to that.. pretty much narrowed it down to these 3 spots.

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1. Re: Costa Rica, Belize or St. Lucia??

That's going to be a bit difficult.... I would say Costa Rica but July is in their rainy season, as it is for Belize also. St Lucia does not have as much of a rainy season, but July is the beginning of the hurricane/tropical storm season so you could get some bad weather that way.

Ignoring the weather aspect, which seems to even out, I'd recommend one of the AI resorts in the Guanacaste (North Western coast) of Costa Rica. Not sure if there are any adults only AIs there, but a good chance. Plenty of things to do for everyone. Snorkeling is not great on the Pacific coast, but lots of other activities (nature parks/hiking, ziplines, active volcano, hot springs, cloud forest) within day trip distances.

We recently returned from Ambergris Caye, Belize, which is the most popular destination in Belize. There are very few AIs in Belize, and Ambergris Caye does not have much in the way of nice beaches. There is some good snorkeling and probably fishing. Haven't been to St Lucia.

You might want to check my trip reports on our trips to Belize and Costa Rica, both with lots of photos. Check www.hammocktree.us/ms/trips.html and look for the Belize trip (latest one) and Costa Rica a couple of years ago.

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2. Re: Costa Rica, Belize or St. Lucia??

Amateur gave you some good advice.

I don't know of any adult only AIs in Costa Rica. If you are set on AI in CR, I would look at the Westin Playa Conchal. It sits on a pretty white sand beach (a rarity in CR) and is close to many activities.

I think St. Lucia might be your best bet for this trip. It meets almost all of your requirements and has plenty of AI resorts.

In terms of weather, none of your chosen locations will have guaranteed good weather in July. It's pretty much either the rainy season or hurricane season in all three places. However, CR has a small break in rain the last week of July and first week of August (this is a known phenomenon). Maybe you would get lucky :)

You may also want to look at Roatan. I think you would like it.

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3. Re: Costa Rica, Belize or St. Lucia??

I think AmateruGO and Luv4travelNJ provided a lot of good advice. I have only been to St. Lucia, so I cannot do a comparison. I agree that St. Lucia meets most of your list but did want to point out one area where it might not meet your expectations: "decent beaches". St. Lucia is a volcanic island so it lacks the white sand/turquoise water beaches typical of many coral based Caribbean islands. St. Lucia's beaches are mostly beige sand with darker blue water. There are some pretty beaches (mountains in the background and beaches in smaller coves), but not among the best in the Caribbean IMO. Also, if snorkeling is important and something you want to do frequently at/near your resort, choose carefuly since some areas are better for snorkelling than others. Other than those points (and weather considerations which will apply anywhere in the Caribbean in July), I think St. Lucia is a good fit for most of your criteria. There are three Adults (couples) only Sandals resorts as well as several other AO and/or general all inclusive resorts in St. Lucia. If avoiding kids is a high priority, check the specific age policies at resorts you are considering (anywhwere) I stayed at the Body Holiday at LeSport when I went to St. Lucia several years ago, and at that time they reduced their minimum age from 16 to 12 during the summer.

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4. Re: Costa Rica, Belize or St. Lucia??

As a St. lucian my natural instincts is to promote my own island but I like to be someone whose fair. Something to keep in mind 2nd week in July is carnival in St. Lucia and the island will have an influx of people. With that said St. lucia does accommodate most of your list and I would like to believe we are very friendly people.

I can't speak on Belize , have never been but its on my list, however Costa Rica is truly a beauty with activities and diversity for all. Like someone said , your better bet is Guanacaste fly into LIR, better weather over there and again your list should be covered. We stayed in a private villa so I would look into something similar.


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