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Non-touristy Caribbean destination

Heredia, Costa Rica
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Non-touristy Caribbean destination

My family wants to travel to the Caribbean, but we do NOT want to the experience of staying on a resort. Last year we went to Costa Rica and absolutely loved it. We know that we won't find the exact same experience as we found at CR (nor do we really want to because we'd like to experience something different), but I wanted to know if anyone knew of anything comparable on the Caribbean islands. Basically we'd like to find a place the has beautiful beaches to explore, good snorkeling/diving, opportunity to experience some of the local culture, and not a party scene (although places to hang out on the beach are nice).

In my research, it looks like the islands that would be the best match are Dominica, St. Lucia, or BVI. However, we are also open to going to somewhere along the Caribbean coast of Central America, such as the Bay Islands (I know the Belize would be a good option, but I've already been there). Basically, I wanted to know if anyone had any comments on the places I've listed, or any other ones that may fit the bill for what we're looking for.

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Are you looking for a large island where you can go exploring? Costa Rica is much bigger than most of these islands and there is so much more to do on Costa Rica. You might be dissappointed if you want to find the same type of adventure you found there. That being said, I vote for virgin gorda. It has got nice beaches, local culture, it is quiet, and you can dive with Dive BVI. Just remember, even though Virgin Gorda is the second large British Virgin Island, it is small. You may even like St. John, USVI.

You may also want to look into Anguilla. It is a small quiet island with beautiful beaches and relatively easy to get to.

I haven't been to the caribbean coast of central america, so I can't comment. Good luck and happy travels!

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Anguilla has beautiful beaches to explore, local culture, some good beach bars but not a party scene. The snorkling is good, not great. The people are great. it is one of the flat, arid islands, not lush and mountainous like St Lucia or BVI

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We alternate between BVI and St Croix because they both have most of what you describe.

They are not touristy, both have beautiful beaches, great snorkeling and diving and St Croix has the best restaurants in the VI. Also there is a lot of history there and the local people in both places are great if you take the time to engage them. Neither are party destinations and there is a lot to do on both.

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We have been to Anegada three years in a row. Small island but a wonderful island. We rented Lavenda Breeze. Great home and very private. Rent a jeep and you are good to go....provision through Bobby's on Tortola an it comes over on the ferry. This is the most non touristy of any island we have been to. Happy planning.

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