My mom loves snorkeling so I want to take her to the Caribbean for her 60th birthday. There is a LOT of information out there, and filtering is difficult. I'm hoping if I describe what I am looking for, someone (or all of you!) will come through with some suggestions:
-- We want to go to a safe island with stable economy (IE: no one with guns--either attacking or protecting us)
-- Likely to travel in February but we do not want to where wet suits, so water temps must be very comfortable year-round!
-- Snorkeling off beach with *healthy* reef
-- would like to stay in small town, with slow pace of life and lots of local culture, but not so far off the beaten path that it is super expensive and difficult to reach.
I have been looking at Soufriere, St. Lucia (March/April is sort of budget-friendly & I like the idea of being a mountainous island)
...are places like this safe and clean?? http://www.thedowntownhotel.net/ ?
Curacao has a few packages at $750/person in Feb. (love the architecture and history, but not sure about the vibe in Wilamsted or staying elsewhere on a flat/dry island)
Thanks for your help!