I just wanted to get some opinions about how you feel about taking a beach vacation, or heading to a beach resort during the off-season. I am thinking about doing such a thing with my boyfriend this November, but wanted to get some feedback on this idea.
In my opinion, it seems cheaper, but yes it is colder so the actual swimming part is out of question.
The beaches iin the Caribbean and Mexico are warm enough to swim in November. My parents often go to Cuba, for example, the first week of December. The nights are a little cool but the days are fine. If you have the money and the time, you could also head somewhere in the southern hemishpere (Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, etc.), where it would be the equivalent of late spring or so.
If you're looking to stay in North America, it may be a little cool to swim, but plenty of snowbirds head sounth for a six-month escape starting around November.
Off-season in the Caribbean and Mexico are the summer months. October to mid-January are usually considered their high season and prices for accommodations will be increased. I can't speak for Cuba as you and I are not allowed to visit there. But, I have made many trips to the Caribbean during high season and prices can triple. You may be able to find some good deals for Florida in November, but again, all of the "snowbirds" from up north start heading down around September - before the snow even thinks about flying.
You may be able to find some good pricing for the Caribbean if you book by the end of July. But, from my experience, most accommodations don't even post their winter rates until later in the year.
If you can find cheap airfares, I would consider S.E. Asia.
Good luck with your planning!
In Nov in SE Asia that should be the end of the wet season and starting to pick up so definately a good bet. Again l will extol the virtues of Thailand make it 2 centre Bangkok and then down to Phuket or Koh Samui or similar, great for diving or snorkeling.
You could come to the beaches in N Ireland you will have plenty of spaces - its usually raining and baltic cold!! Very pretty though!!!!!!!!