I have several questions for all of you, so first off, thank you in advance for any tips!
My FI and I are looking to go to an all-inclusive resort on a beach. Our number one requirement is that the water has to be clear and calm, so that we could snorkel (even if we don't see much wildlife) right off the beach. We'll probably pay to go on a snorkeling excursion, but we'd like the option to swim in the beach right off the hotel. My FI has never been to a beach with clear water, and I'm so excited for him to experience it!
Here are some more details of what we're looking for:
Leaving from St. Louis in July
Budget of $5000
Some shade available on the beach
We've been considering:
Jamaica (particularly one of the Secrets resorts or Couples Swept Away)
As far as resorts, I've heard good things about Couples and Secrets (my cousin went to a Secrets resort in Riviera Maya and loved it - she just said that the water was rough). We also have looked at booking through Apple Vacations or Costco.
I guess my questions are:
Are any of these locations good/bad for having calm beaches?
Any specific resort recommendations?
Do you recommend booking through Apple, Costco, or through an agent at all?
THANK YOU so much :-)