Free Flights: Where Should we go?

posted 3 years ago in Travel
  • poll: Southwest/airtran flight destinations- which would you choose for your free roundtrip voucher?
    Cancun (Riviera Maya, Isla Mujeres) : (9 votes)
    12 %
    Aruba : (17 votes)
    23 %
    Bermuda : (7 votes)
    10 %
    Montego Bay, Jamaica : (9 votes)
    12 %
    Nassau/Paradise Island : (5 votes)
    7 %
    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic : (18 votes)
    25 %
    San Juan, Puerto Rico : (8 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    894 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Aruba – Bucuti and Tara.  That’s where DH and I went for our honeymoon and it was great.  It’s not quite all-inclusive (brunch/breakfast is included but not the other meals), but there are so many fun places to go to eat that going out is half the fun.  The resort’s food was really good though…I could have happily eaten there more than we did!  Aruba is expensive, though, so budget high for eating if you choose that option.  Also, great beaches and basically perfect weather.

    Post # 4
    2894 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @BeckyS0:  Lucky. I only ever get $50 vouchers.

    Post # 5
    6969 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I voted Jamaica before I read the whole post…whoops. I personally would not go to any of those destinations in July because I would die in the heat lol.

    Post # 6
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Oops! I voted Cancun before seeing you’d already been there!

    I’ve been to San Juan, and it is AMAZING–But I wouldn’t stay at an all-inclusive there! It’s SO safe, and the food is SO good! It’s worth going out and exploring.

    I’ve heard great things about Punta Cana!

    Post # 8
    144 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    @BeckyS0:  I was just in Aruba in July for 8 days with family.  It was a great trip, but more suitable for a shorter trip, say 4-5 days. I didn’t think it was all that expensive, but I didn’t think the food was that great either.  We stayed in a house we rented off vrbo and rented a car for the duration of the trip.  It has absolutely beautiful beaches but it is a small island and I think a short trip there would have sufficed to do everything we wanted to.  The jeep tour of the island (5hrs) was the best thing we did there, and we even stopped to swim in the natural pools which was definitely the best thing I’ve ever done on a vacation!

    Post # 9
    894 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @BeckyS0:  The resort itself actually wasn’t bad (for somewhere safe anyway); it’s everything else on the island that’s expensive.  We budgeted about $125/day for food, getting a snack for lunch and splitting an appetizer/entree/desert most nights and we spent it.  If you’re okay with Jamaica or Mexico though, you could definitely do cheaper.  

    ETA – ditto about the Jeep tour! Totally cool!


    Post # 10
    3018 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    @BeckyS0:  I had a die-hard travel acquaintance tell me recently that Puerto Rico is one of the most Caribbean places in the Caribbean… Not very Americanized at all, which is surprising! It’s a lot higher on my to do list now.

    Post # 11
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @BeckyS0:  The DR is hot right now and everyone I know who’s been and stayed at the AIC resorts has had a blast.  San Juan would be my second choice.

    Post # 12
    4655 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I’ve only been to Nassau and we recently got back from Punta Cana. I’ve been to Nassau twice and really enjoyed it. I was kind of dissappointed by Punta Cana but I think most of that was our cheaper all-inclusive, and I think my expectations were kind of high. On another note, I know you live in N.Cali. now, but saw you’re from GA. Idk where in Ga, but I’m from McDonough, living in Athens now because of school and looking to move to Portland,Oregon after graduation. How different was it moving across the country? The thing we are most concered about is the climate change and if we can handle it after growing up in the south lol

    Post # 13
    2261 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    @BeckyS0:  DH and I have been to Nassau twice and love it.  Granted, when we go, we are exhausted from life and all we want to do is be lazy on the beach.  This last time, we mixed up our trip with being beach bums, and then stayed several nights at Atlantis so we could see what that was all about.  We had a blast and given the chance, we would go back again…and again!


    Post # 15
    309 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @BeckyS0:  I love love love Puerto Rico but I wouldnt like to stay in San Juan in July as it would be too stiffling hot for me.  I’d look into Rincón maybe, or Vieques if I could swing it.  You could spend your last night before departure in San Juan to check out the forts, architecture & other sites there.  Puerto Rico is awesome.  

    Post # 16
    309 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @BeckyS0:  Just to add, one of the most memerable meals of my life was had in San Juan and a second memorable one was had just outside San Juan.  And I find PR very culturally rich & diverse & so interesting from a historical perspective.  The locals are fantastic.  World class beaches.  If heat doesn’t bother you then maybe you would be alright staying in San Juan or just outside of it at a beach resort.  It is safe to travel within PR btw.

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