Hi, so my family and I have been planning a vacation for this summer to take as a family. We have my parents, and three teenagers (including myself; ages 19, 17, 17). Currently, our top destination is Hawaii but we're still unsure of which island, or if we even want to go there rather than somewhere else, like Puerto Rico or possibly even Mexico.
We are most definitely an outdoor family, so lots of beach access, great snorkeling, hiking, and other outdoor actives like those are a must (and a relatively safe community because my mom and I both run a lot and need safe streets to be out on). My parents also prefer an area that's not super overwhelmed with people, so nothing like Honolulu (my mom has actually already ruled out Oahu for the most part).
My mom, sister, and I went to Maui in 2012 and absolutely loved it. We stayed in Kihei and spent the majority of our trip outdoors. My dad has already visited Kauai, nearly 20 years ago, but said he enjoyed it a lot, and currently Kauai is are most likely option. We were looking at staying on the North Shore in the Princeville area and everything we've read about Kauai sounds amazing. But, basically for Hawaii it's still between Kauai and The Big Island.
On the other hand, we also want to try out something different rather than just going to Hawaii. That's why we've been looking at Puerto Rico or Mexico (those are just the top two, we're relatively open to most places in the Caribbean or Central America).
So anyway, I came here to try to get more insight into our possible destinations (or places we haven't even thought of that somebody might recommend). We live in Alaska so airfare can be pretty expensive to some places, so money is a factor. We want to stay somewhere for a little less than two weeks (something like May 26-June 6). My parents are rather frugal so accommodation (we want to rent a house or condo) can't be too expensive. Our budget isn't set and stone, my parents said they'd be lenient, but since I've pretty much been left to plan our whole trip I don't want to make my parents spend more money than they need to.
Please feel free to give me any insight on the places I've listed (or even ones you might think would be a good fit for us) and ask questions if you need to!