My wife and I are planning on celebrating our 5th anniversary this June or early July. We have a son who is 1.5,that we will be taking with us for a week long beach vacation. We saw pictures of the Pacific Resort Rarotonga, which looks spectacular. It seems to give sort of the Bora Bora experience in terms of beaches, at a much, much more reasonable cost. Is this a fair comparison?
We live near San Francisco, so anything other than Hawaii or Mexico would involve a layover. However, as you can imagine, it is challenging flying with a toddler. We really, really want to stay somewhere with beautiful beaches and a place we can just relax and unwind with our child.
Can anyone comment on Rarotonga vs Caribbean? Is it really that much more spectacular to where it would be worth a little longer flight with a toddler? Some of the beaches in the Caribbean have beautiful water as well, but they just don't seem quite at Rarotonga's level. Also, we're really not into overcrowded mega-resorts. We like nice (not over the top) boutique resorts and don't want to spend $1,000/night for that experience.
I'm interested in the feedback of others.