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I was ready to give you my 2 cents about the Big Island as I've been in the month of February, but will save that for later.Looks like will try to divert the vacation to either the Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico, trying to stay within the US, due to covid.
Thanks!I was ready to give you my 2 cents about the Big Island as I've been in the month of February, but will save that for later.
Good choices on the other 2 locations. The water temps will be warmer if you choose to dive/snorkel. A couple of things to think about, as you're traveling with young children:
St. Croix and St. Thomas are smaller islands and may be easier to get around to see the sights, go places that have activities your kids would enjoy, or go to snorkeling beaches than in Puerto Rico. Of course, if you rent a car to drive, you would be driving on the left side of the road in the Virgin Islands.
If you are trying to stay on a beach, know the calm water side of the island (for example in St. Croix, it's the west side) or if you are near a protected bay (again as an example, St. Croix has Cane Bay) where you can enjoy the water.
Since a day of diving or shore diving was in your original Hawaii plans, a stay in St. Croix would give you some easy but great shore dives, the Frederiksted Pier being one of the better ones where you could probably find someone to dive with or go with a DM from one of the nearby dive shops.
Although Puerto Rico has Old San Juan to explore (probably not too exciting for young kids) and El Yunque National Forest, other things to see are pretty far apart. Depending on where you stay could lead to long drive times to get to a location where there is scuba diving. The USVI's (not including St. John) have a little more to do, IMO, than PR.