In late May 2008, my wife and I will be celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary. We decided to take a trip to the Caribbean. We decided we want to go somewhere a little different than the regular Caribbean destinations. That means no Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, etc.
Here's a little bit about us:
-We will both be in our early 30s. (Me 30, wife 31)
-We'd like to stay 4 or 5 nights, and we will probably be flying out of O'Hare in Chicago.
-Our budget (including airfare) is about $2,500 for the trip.
-Our trip will be limited to the summer since my wife is working on her graduate degree.
-A great beach is a must. Beautiful natural scenery is also a must.
-Friendly locals are also very important.
-Nightlife is somewhat important. I don't drink, but I like to have a good time socializing with others.
-Neither of us are into fine dining or arts/museums. Instead, I'd rather dine where most locals eat out. I'd prefer not to pay more than $50 (U.S.) for a meal between the 2 of us.
-As far as excursions, hiking, snorkeling, and horseback riding are our interests.
Okay, can anyone recommend a place to go? This should lead to some interesting discussion. We were thinking of places in the southern Caribbean along the lines of Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, etc., but I'm open to all suggestions. Thank you ahead of time.