Four week holiday in the USA all we have so far is Orlando

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1. Posted by Beninperth (Budding Member 4 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Hi we are coming from Peth Australia we are planning to stay for four weeks
So far all we all we have planned is a 2 weeks in Orlando at theme parks
We also are interested in
A few days in the snow
a beach holiday
cruise ship holiday
any other ideas will be appreciated
Thanks
Ben

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2909 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

I think starting a second thread for the same thing is going to be confusing, particularly as you're still actively posting to the first one. Why not keep it all over there?

3. Posted by longterm54 (Budding Member 6 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Since you're going to be in Orlando, you could easily get to a Florida Gulf coast beach.

You could also consider jumping on a Disney cruise, although they're not inexpensive.

Seeing snow will depend on when you're there; you won't find hot beaches and snow at the same time of year, although you CAN find both:

Go to Cancun for 4-5 days; the beaches are beautiful, and the all-inclusive resorts offer a lot for families or couples. Then, get on a plane, fly to Colorado for snow.

Consider spending a few days at a ski valley, take basic snowboarding lessons, experience the slopes. So much fun! You'll need to pack heavy jackets, gloves, caps, etc., but you can rent almost everything, including ski suits.

So:

Orlando - 14 days

Disney cruise - 5 days

Cancun - 5 nights

Colorado (Winter Park, Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge are a few to look at) - 5 nights

There you go--that's 29 days!

4. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 266 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Why should they fligh to Cancun for a few days on the beach? There are so many beaches in Florida also.
But what I'm wondering about: why 2 weeks for Theme Parks? Do you know how expensive this is? And I could imagine after 4 or 5 days you'll be fed up.

5. Posted by longterm54 (Budding Member 6 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Cancun would be an alternative to the Gulf beaches (which I mentioned), and if they wanted to see more locations, that might be an alternative.

We've stayed on the Florida Gulf coast many times in the past, but dollar for dollar we've found that we can stay at an all-inclusive in Cancun for less money. Granted, there are inexpensive places along the Gulf, but to get the same level of luxury, we found Florida much more expensive. Plus, the snorkeling in Cancun and Cozumel is excellent, and there aren't as many great reefs to be found along the Florida Gulf coast (someone will correct me if I'm wrong about that).

I agree about Orlando; 2 weeks there is a LONG time. If it were me, I'd say 3 or 4 full days there would be enough.

[ Edit: Edited on 22 Nov 2023, 22:02 GMT by longterm54 ]

6. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 266 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Ofcourse, you are right about the prices. But you have to add the cost of the flight. And as Cancun is Mexico it could need more papers, maybe Visa, for Australien people. But I don't know this.

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2542 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Quoting longterm54

Cancun would be an alternative to the Gulf beaches (which I mentioned), and if they wanted to see more locations, that might be an alternative.

We've stayed on the Florida Gulf coast many times in the past, but dollar for dollar we've found that we can stay at an all-inclusive in Cancun for less money. Granted, there are inexpensive places along the Gulf, but to get the same level of luxury, we found Florida much more expensive. Plus, the snorkeling in Cancun and Cozumel is excellent, and there aren't as many great reefs to be found along the Florida Gulf coast (someone will correct me if I'm wrong about that).

I agree about Orlando; 2 weeks there is a LONG time. If it were me, I'd say 3 or 4 full days there would be enough.

They are going to be here in the winter. The Florida beaches will be cold in January. And it will be less expensive then. The only place I know on the east coast that they might be able to do the beach where it would be warm would be Key West, and that would be expensive.

Since it is winter, they could ski on the east coast - from Maryland to Vermont.

Or they could do two weeks in Florida and do Orlando and a short cruise to the Bahamas for the beach stuff, and then fly to the west coast and do the snow skiing

Or from LA or SF, they could take a 15 day cruise to Hawaii

8. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 266 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Here are the average water temperatures during the year. And I think, water is not too cold.
https://seatemperature.info/florida-water-temperature.html

9. Posted by longterm54 (Budding Member 6 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

[quote=longterm54]
They are going to be here in the winter.

Cancun & Cozumel are fine in December; we go every year, are going in a couple of weeks, in fact. The water's not cold, definitely warm enough for swimming, and the weather is perfect for lying out on the beach, which we always do.

10. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2542 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Quoting BeateR

Here are the average water temperatures during the year. And I think, water is not too cold.
https://seatemperature.info/florida-water-temperature.html

I have lived in various places in Florida for 6 years and visited for the winter in many more years, and I can testify that the water is sometimes pretty cold. Too cold for my husband - he will put his foot in and opt out for anything under 75 deg F. And sometimes too cold even for me, although I can dive there with a wet suit. - 70 deg F is cold, unless you are from Maine.

I don't know what the people from Perth consider to be too cold to swim.

[ Edit: Edited on 23 Nov 2023, 15:57 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]