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Bahamas or Caribbean

Discussion in 'Bahamas' started by LynnB, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. LynnB

    LynnB Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Savannah Georgia
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    Hi my son his gf and a few other couples want to do a trip this summer....
    they want someplace with nice uncrowded beaches and option for a few good dives.
    Something with easy access from Atlanta with condos to rent.
    I know this is Bahamas thread but are open to any suggestions for Caribbean also.

    thanks
     
  2. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
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    Hi Lynn. My only experience diving outside the US is Bonaire and that doesn't sound like what they are looking for. I'm sure there will be lots of good options given by fellow SBers.

    Actually, I've also done Aruba. Not as good for diving but lots of nice beaches and other things to do.
     
  3. drrich2

    drrich2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
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    Nice beaches and diving don't usually go together from what I'm told. Of course, a boat that could take them aways out could reach some good sites perhaps. Obviously Grand Cayman is known for both '7 Mile Beach' and scuba diving, for example.

    It's said the best Bahamas diving is by Live-aboard, due to distance from the main islands. If you check into Bahamas diving, be mindful that they'll be doing strictly charter boat trips (since the group in question doesn't sound like live-aboard material right now).

    Any idea what all they want to do besides dive? Drink & party? Wander around town & shop? Dance? Take a jungle tour? See Mayan ruins? Parasail?

    Richard.
     
  4. jameseg

    jameseg Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Minnesota
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    Lynn, check out Turks & Caicos. Delta flies there direct from ATL. Providenciales has one of the top beaches in the world, Grace Bay Beach. The diving there is fantastic, if you don't mind taking a slightly longer boat ride out to West Caicos or French Cay (about 45 minutes, I think). I did those areas via liveaboard two years ago and loved it.

    The only thing I'm not sure about is the condo situation. I expect there are some, but my only experience on land was at one of the hotels on Grace Bay beach.

    James
     
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  5. Coconut Divers

    Coconut Divers Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Cancun Z.H. km 5.8
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    Hey Lynn,

    how about Cancun Mexico. Cheap flights and lots of options what to do on your vacation. Check it out


    Coconut Divers Cancun
     
  6. diversteve

    diversteve always tired Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I agree with everything James said. And there's condo complexes. vrbo.com lists some:
    VRBO® is Vacation Rentals By Owner - Providenciales - Condo+Villa rentals

    Also many nicer resorts and a few AI's also. It can be a little pricey though. I'd much rather go there than the Bahamas - the diving is better - equal to or better than Cayman since they have similar deep walls. It's also a very pleasant, laid back place with some nightlife if desired.
    Beautiful by Nature - Turks and Caicos Islands - Turks and Caicos Tourist Board
     
  7. LynnB

    LynnB Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Savannah Georgia
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    they don't want Mexico
     
  8. bigdave1969

    bigdave1969 Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Dadeville, Alabama, United States
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    Tried pm ing you back your box is full.
     
  9. kokanee

    kokanee Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Reno
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