(Closed) Need tropical vacation suggestions!

posted 4 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Honey bee

 

Any budget or passport constraints? Island or mainland?

 

If you haven’t seen Rio De Janeiro yet, I’d highly suggest it. It’s probably my favorite “non island” tropical location, so far. But Sept. 2016 may be a lousy time to try to go there.

 

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

Turks and Caicos is by far the most picture perfect “yes-it-really-looks-like-that” destination I’ve ever visited. I travel quite a bit and never like to go to the same place twice if my option is to choose something and exciting. That rule doesn’t apply for T&C though – it’s absolutely magnificent. 

Otherwise, Belize City is pretty and you can day trip out to Geoff’s Cay which has lovely water and white sand beaches (get there early before the tourists) and/or the Blue Hole if you like to dive. 

Roatan (island off Honduras) is casual and not pricy – super laid back attitude  and friendly people. Honduras itself though can be quite dangerous so I would recommend staying just on the island. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

If you do end up going to Hawaii, skip Oahu and Honolulu. Fly into Maui instead. They have a great beach bum attitude and you can walk so many places. Trip Advisor named two restaurants there in the top 25 list for the US: Mama’s Fish House and Lahaina Grill. Both are excellent and affordable!

Post # 6
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Honey bee

Gsxr06:  

I loved Rio. I’ve only been twice but it’s not for lack of desire to return. There are plenty of other wonderful places along the Brasilian coast but the bay is breathtaking. I felt safe enough, beaches are lovely, and the interior attractions are great, too. If you don’t have workable Portugese or Spanish, you may prefer to stay in Rio where you’ll find more English speakers. With the Olympics, though, it may be problematic. Then again, it could be the perfect time to arrive right after the rush.

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Post # 8
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Newbee

Costa Rica is wonderful. I went last year with a group of friends and it is not only beautiful, but also very safe and filled with some of the nicest people ever. There is a lot you can do there. We went to a surf/yoga resort. Surfed all morning, relaxed or hiked in the jungle during the day. Lots of volcanos, waterfalls, and wildlife too!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

I know I’m biased because we got engaged and will be getting married in Hawaii…but there is NO comparing it to Punta Cana. We were actually disappointed by Punta Cana, but that could’ve just been us.

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Newbee

Ignore – double posted.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by  frankiecake.
Post # 12
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Newbee

All of these answers seem to recommend locations in the Americas…I’d personally recommend South East Asia. Ridiculously cheap, the people are incredibly lovely and generous, the food is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Bali is a bit of a tourist trap, but Indo has plenty of other beautiful locations.

My personal favourite is Thailand. Holy moly…I go back almost every year I love it so much. Some of the best scuba diving in the world, can hire a scooter for $5 a day, massages $5 an hour, pristine beaches and interesting culutre. We paid $2.60 per night in Chiang Mai for a place outside the main city wall, air con, cable TV, breakfast all included. This time we are staying in Khao Sok national park in a floating bungalow on the lake, its $11 per night, all water craft actvity stuff included – and its just the most beautiful place. Although I always eat and eat because Thai food is so yummy, I always manage to loose weight because the food is so fresh and healthy. I’ll stop rambling now! 

Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos are pretty cool too! 

Post # 13
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Honey bee

frankiecake:  

I totally agree on the Asian tropics. Lovely. Less expensive. Excitingly exotic. I also think the Thai beaches, especially, are some of the best on the globe. And as a bonus you can hop from east to west coast for sunrise or sunset easily, like an island, but you don’t have island pricing or logistics. 

It’s just so so humid! Darling Husband and my languages are in the romance family (no pun intended) so I think we’ve just plain enjoyed those places more, all things considered.  

 

 

 

eta: I also wanted to suggest the Gold Coast, Australia, and stretching north to Cairns. The Great Barrier Reef is on my bucket list. One day, one day!

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by  NFLwidow.
Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

St. Maarten/Saint Martin is amazing! Fiance and I were there on a cruise in March and decided that we loved it so much we wanted to go back (normally we try to not go to the same place twice). The people were so nice, and the public transportation (which is actually a rickety old van, but that’s the adventure in it all) only costs $2 to go anywhere on the island. You have to check out Maho beach, which is the beach right in front of the landing strip at the airport, it really feels like the planes are going to land on you, but obviously they don’t. It’s also neat because there is the Dutch side and the French side, so you really get to experience two different cultures.

Also, we loved Grand Cayman. Just a nice clean island. We didn’t do anything other than rent Jet Skis there though so I don’t have much else to add to that one.

I would not recommend Jamaica, it’s just really not a nice place. It’s pretty dirty, and other than the resorts, it’s ridden with crime and poverty. 

 

Post # 15
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Newbee

NFLwidow:  Glad to find someone else who shares my excitement over the Asian tropics – such a vibrant place! But humid, yes! I am used to it though 🙂

Its funny you say “I also wanted to suggest the Gold Coast, Australia, and stretching north to Cairns. The Great Barrier Reef is on my bucket list. One day, one day!”

…I’m an Aussie who used to live on the Gold Coast, and moved up to Cairns 3 years ago. I’d never see my own backyard as a tourist spot, I’m always trying to escape it. It’s weird how the mind works! I honestly think the Gold Coast is pretty boring, run down and a bit….trashy? Lots of nightclub scenes, strippers etc. Good surf beaches though and lovely white sand!

Cairns is lovely. Not the town itself, but all the beautiful places within easy access. Fitzroy Island is only a ferry trip away and is seriously stunning. Cape Tripulation is also gorgeous – the only place in the world where two world heritage areas meet, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. The downside is though that Australia is generally very expensive. Hence me taking off overseas all the time 🙂 If you ever decide to visit let me know, I can recommend some local spots!

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