I asked a question in this forum earlier this week looking for help finding the perfect destination. In summary, we are looking for a beach vacation for about a week in April 2014. Ideally, we want someplace with the right balance of seclusion and also being somewhat close to places to eat etc., clear water for snorkeling right off the beach, but also a place with something to do other than lay on the beach, swim and snorkel. We like to explore and don't want to be stuck at a resort. Not necessarily looking for something fancy. We are traveling for Southern California.
So far, this is the best I've come up with: http://www.atlanticbeachfrontvillas.com/
Affordable villas in Turks & Caicos. I like that the place comes with kayaks and bikes for exploring. There seem to be a number of restaurants nearby. The villas are along a popular beach, but I like that the beach is long and so we can walk a bit if we want to get away from crowds (although these villas are outside the main resort area.) In looking at some of the other islands, it seems that those with steeper mountains have much smaller beaches, making it harder to get away, if that makes sense.
My only problem is that there doesn't seem to be much to do on Provo compared to some other islands around the world. No mountain hikes or waterfalls, no real wildlife other than birds and some iguanas on nearby keys. Other than that, it looks just about perfect.
We've been to Hawaii and think it's great, but wanted to try someplace else for this trip (unless someone knows the perfect place in hawaii that is outside the main areas and has calm water.)
Looked at Moorea/Tahiti, which looks beautiful, but doesn't really have many beaches, it seems like we would be stuck at the resorts. St. Lucia looks like it has potential but, like I mentioned, didn't seem to have a bunch of secluded beaches that are easily accessible where we can explore. Some places in Fiji looked nice but difficult to get to and expensive. We are trying to stay around/under $2,000 a person including airfare.
Anyways, any suggestions of someplace that might meet our criteria a little better?