Is that "LONG ISLAND" beach bum...as in LI NJ? if so, trust me, as a phl girl having spent many night/day/weekend in LI...there is NOTHING in your past to prepare you for SP. Just come....you'll love it.
Yup, Long Island, NY. I've been lucky enough to have been able to travel a lot in my life so I've seen some pretty amazing places. I've said this in other posts too but Ambergris Caye really looks like the Caribbean of old. That's what really got me interested in the first place. It's not full of huge multi-million dollar resorts with a McDonalds or Starbucks on every corner. It seems pretty much unchanged for years which is becoming a very rare thing these days.
You've been to Long Island? I spend a lot of time over at Ocean Beach and Ocean Bay Park during the summers. Ever been there?