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Top Spot: US Virgin Islands Pictures

Seasoned travelers Sean and Kristy Michael head to the US Virgin Islands for a 5-night stay. With a budget of $4,500, will they choose a beachfront resort, a villa in the hills or a private yacht?

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Beaches Negril Resort & Spa
The Beaches beachfront, located in Negril, Jamaica, is perhaps the most family-friendly, with room to spare for walkers, sunbathers, and water-sports enthusiasts without feeling crowded.
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Couples Swept Away Negril
On Negril's Seven-Mile Beach, Couples Swept Away resort -- for adults- and couples-only -- has guest rooms, restaurants and bars that line the beach. Vendors and musicians stroll down the beach with guitars and bamboo scrapers, playing reggae music requests for small tips.
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Couples Swept Away Negril
Ample non-motorized water sports are available on the beach, free of charge.
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Dreams Punta Cana Resort and Spa
The Dreams Punta Cana's cerulean blue waters, misty waves, and clean, soft, sandy shore are about as picturesque as it gets in the Caribbean. The steep drop-off and somewhat vigorous waves make it less than ideal for swimming.
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Zoetry Agua Punta Cana
The soft, wet sandbars make for perfect walking conditions.
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Beaches Sandy Bay
In Negril, Jamaica, Beaches has 2 large swimming areas surrounded by buoys, which are meant to protect guests from the occasional Jet Ski or motorboat. The water is shallow, calm, and excellent for young children to swim. Like anywhere on Seven-Mile Beach, there are people in the water at all hours, but the beach itself never feels crowded.
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Breezes Runaway Bay Resort
In Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Breezes Resort not only has enough space for lounge chairs, but it also has enough space for multiple trapeze sets and volleyball nets, but all this fun is exclusive to adults and teens. All guests of Breezes must be over the age of 14.
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Breezes Runaway Bay Resort
The beach here is extraordinarily active, and the hotel's entertainment staff tries to encourage guests to join in the games. You can still sip a cocktail in the nearby pools overlooking the ocean if you're looking for a more relaxing beach experience.
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Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica
The Gran Bahia, located in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, has 3 beaches -- a main swimming beach, a nude beach, and a snorkeling beach (pictured here).
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Iberostar Rose Hall Ranch
Montego Bay's closed, private beaches aren't as picturesque as Negril's, but the well-groomed sands at the Iberostar are better than at most beaches nearby. Low-lying palm shades create the exotic environment, and there's full drink service by the water.
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Riu Paradise Island - All Inclusive
The Riu Paradise Island has a prime location on Cabbage Beach in the Bahamas. The water is so clear, you can spy schools of fish swimming around your ankles, and the big waves make for great body surfing. This is one of the best beaches in the vicinity of Nassau, but hoards of cruise ship passengers head here as soon as their ships dock.
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Secrets Sanctuary Cap
The Sanctuary is in an indisputably beautiful location with a beautiful white-sand beach. It's located in on top of a cliff and in the middle of acres and acres of soon-to-be-developed land in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
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Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach
There are no local peddlers or vendors on the Wyndham's beach in La Romana, Dominican Republic. They're sticklers about this rule. It's a huge plus compared to many other beaches where guests are bombarded by people hawking cheap wares.
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Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado - Samana, Dominican Republic

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado - Samana, Dominican Republic

The Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado is the only resort with its own private island in the Dominican Republic. Soak up the sun at the scenic beaches and beautiful pools, and relax in the luxurious rooms with private whirlpool tubs. 960 1280

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Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado - Samana, Dominican Republic

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado - Samana, Dominican Republic

Located on the Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic, the Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado has two gorgeous pools with bars nearby and plenty of lounge chairs, and both are exceptionally clean. The snack bar at the beach pool offers a basic buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, rice, salad and selected entrees. 960 1280

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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows - Oahu, Hawaii

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows - Oahu, Hawaii

Relax in the hammocks on the quiet beach at Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, a charming but no-frills property on Oahu's picturesque North Shore. Oahu's most famous surfing spots are just down the street. 960 1280

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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows - Oahu, Hawaii

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows - Oahu, Hawaii

Location trumps luxury at these 11 beachfront bungalows. The lodgings are modest, with few amenities and minimal service, but a beautiful beach is just steps away. 960 1280

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Travaasa Hana - Maui, Hawaii

Travaasa Hana - Maui, Hawaii

Travaasa Hana has incredible service, a top-notch spa, excellent food and 77 rooms on acres of property. It may be hard to reach, but it's worth the trip. 960 1280

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Travaasa Hana - Maui, Hawaii

Travaasa Hana - Maui, Hawaii

The Travaasa Hana delivers rustic luxury in the middle of Maui's lush and secluded east coast. It's not directly on the beach, but it has two beautiful pools. 960 1280

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Jake's - South Coast, Jamaica

Jake's - South Coast, Jamaica

Jake's is a member of Island Outpost, Jamaica's trendiest hotel group. Guests come to unplug — there's no phone, internet or TV in the cottages. 960 1280

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Jake's - South Coast, Jamaica

Jake's - South Coast, Jamaica

Jake's is a particular favorite because of the on-site painting and yoga classes, the excellent food and the Driftwood Spa. The spa has several open-air treatment rooms that are built into cliffs overlooking the ocean. 960 1280

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Geejam - Port Antonio, Jamaica

Geejam - Port Antonio, Jamaica

The setting of the Geejam is gorgeous, the service is extraordinary, and one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches is only 10 minutes away. The hotel offers guests peaceful isolation, but one of its drawbacks is that there are no pool or spa facilities. 960 1280

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Geejam - Port Antonio, Jamaica

Geejam - Port Antonio, Jamaica

The Geejam is made up of only five private, high-tech cottages in the lush foothills of Port Antonio. Modern electronics in the rooms include 42-inch flat-screens, AppleTV, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi. 960 1280

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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort - St. John, US Virgin Islands

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort - St. John, US Virgin Islands

Caneel Bay sits on 170 acres of a protected national park, dotted with seven remote beaches. The largest beach also attracts non-resort guests, but the other beaches on the property are much more secluded. 960 1280

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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort - St. John, US Virgin Islands

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort - St. John, US Virgin Islands

Caneel's attentive service and gorgeous setting make it one of the Caribbean's best secluded resorts. The most notable of the hotel's four restaurants is Equator, which was built inside and on top of an 18th-century sugar mill. 960 1280

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