My wife has a two-week window of opportunity to dive over Christmas and New Years and I was thinking of heading to a Caribbean dive location. We've been to Coco View twice and Utila once. However, I have my own stock photo business and topside scenery is paramount - blue blue waters, white sand beaches, palms, etc. Roatan wasn't that scenic topside, so I thought I'd reach out to the people here who have traveled all over the Caribbean for advice. We really want the laid back style, beach diving like at Coco View, and not the hotel style diving. So I guess I am asking for advice on a place like Coco View but with more scenery. We will be going to the Scuba Show in Long Beach but wanted to take a list of 2-3 options so that we can and vett them further there.
Again, if it makes any difference in where you recommend we go, the plan is to depart the week before Christmas and come back the weekend after New Years.