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Looking for suggestions for 7 day getaway in February

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean Looking for suggestions for 7 day getaway in February

1. Posted by mwinkler (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Hi All - pleased to have found this forum - this is my first post

Myself, my wife and two other couples have begun breaking up the winters by going somewhere warm for seven days in late January/early February each year. This will be the third year - so far we've hit Ocho Rios (Jamaica) and Playa del Carmen (just south of Cancun, Mexico). We have done a little research and spoken with a few travel agents but for some reason the discussion keeps leading back to a return trip to Playa del Carmen, even the same resort from last year...

As pleased as I was with our experience last year, I find it difficult to go back to the same place. So, my question to the board is:

Does anyone have any destinations that we should consider this winter? My only prerequisites are warm weather, scuba diving program nearby -- and quality lodging on the beach -- all-inclusive resorts optional - travel budget is roughly $5k/couple.

More info - we are all in our late 20's, early 30's with no kids (yet). I am told that these types of getaways become more difficult when you start reproducing - more reason for my hesitation to repeat a vacation spot.

Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer :)

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 6y

Since no one has replied so far, I might as well name a few places although without my own experience though.

Cozumel, Mexico and Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles. Good for diving!

3. Posted by mwinkler (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Utrecht - thank you very much for your reply. I'll definitely check these out!

4. Posted by waterlover (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

One of our best vacations every was a multi island charter on a private yacht with captain and chef. Cost was about $1,800 per person all inclusive and we saw everything from little party bars to remote places. If you love the ocean why not live right on it for a week? We used to be cruise ship people but will never do that again after seeing what we have been missing. The food was incredible, drinks always flowing and incredible scenery.

5. Posted by mwinkler (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Thank you for the suggestion, one major benefit of the cruise ship over a smaller vessel is the stability in the water. I tend to get sea sick when on the ocean in smaller boats. The chance of this happening would be enough to deter me from risking my vacation on something like this.

I really appreciate the contribution to the thread though - if it weren't for my weak stomach, it would be an interesting option.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Aug-2010, at 08:28 by mwinkler ]

6. Posted by rborzillo (Budding Member 84 posts) 6y

My girlfriend and I spend 8 days in Belize (with a day trip into Guatemala) and we loved it! For the first 4 days, we stayed on Caye Caulker and had a blast. We stayed on the nicest hotel on the island, and it was only $105 nightly. We both got our scuba certifications there and I highly recommend choosing Belize for diving.

For a change of pace, you could always split your time between Caye Caulker (laid back) and San Pedro (more touristy) - both are only a 25 minute boat ride apart. The best part about Belize is its only a 2 hr flight from the US. The remainder of the trip we spend exploring the Cayo and seeing the Mayan ruins as well as ATM cave.

You betta Belize it!

Rob

7. Posted by waterlover (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

Quoting mwinkler

Thank you for the suggestion, one major benefit of the cruise ship over a smaller vessel is the stability in the water. I tend to get sea sick when on the ocean in smaller boats. The chance of this happening would be enough to deter me from risking my vacation on something like this.

I really appreciate the contribution to the thread though - if it weren't for my weak stomach, it would be an interesting option.

People rarely get sick on a catamaran and the islands of the BVI are so protected wave action can be avoided. I get sick on sports fisherman and powerboats that bob around. A sailing catamaran is very stable and there is rarely a problem. In fact the slow large movement on a cruise ship can be more nauseating then a smaller stable catamaran.