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Brianna Hansen

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January/February 5 nights on a budget in the U.S. or Caribbean

Need suggestions for a 5 or 6 night, winter warm weather vacation on a budget, with culture, adventure and relaxation, in either the US or Caribbean with my husband. 

Thoughts on Costa Rica and if you can do it on a budget? Dominican, St. Maarten, unique islands, etc.? Would like a trip under $2,500 for 2 people. 

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  • James H.

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    Have you thought about taking a Cruise? Cruising allows you to get a lot more bang for your buck and to see different locations. I would seriously check into using a travel agent too because they can hook you up with more amenities and they are always up on the latest deals! Like for example: taking a cruise, they can book you into an already existing group cruise and you get whatever amenities that were offered to that group, like onboard spending money or spa treatments! · (0 likelikes)

  • Ross S.

    Ross S.

    I'm the opposite! on a cruise your trip is spent on the boat, not hanging with locals! wile spending 90% of your time on the boat with senior citizens and small children, you can pay the boat for drinks or anything else fun? then when you reach your destination (usually the most tourist crammed, un authentic area in the country) you are only aloud to be there from 8:00am to 1pm?! and i don't know about you but if I'm on vacation i don't want to be up at 8!!! i want to spend some slow time getting to know the area not Walt Disney's americanized version!! · (1 likelikes)

  • Ross S.

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    me and the wife are doing 5 nights in Cabo san lucas in december. airfare, hotel, and all food and alcohol for $417 each!!!! BOOM http://wanderingross.com/ · (1 likelikes)

 

					
					
					
				

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  • Ross Sparks

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    look up "vacation express" you can do a hole lot for that budget. why the US or Bahamas? your flights will be about the same but your dollar goes way farther any were else!

    for a first trip i would check out the Tulum area of Mexico!General Trippy MediaTulum hits all the marks you asked for and can be done under budget!

    Costa Rica is also a great choice. i love the Montezuma area as well as Quepos, and Dominical!

    i am very knowledgeable in this part of the world, so if you have more questions let me know or check me out here

    http://wanderingross.com

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    • Brianna H.

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      Thanks Ross, the Bahamas don't really interest me, just other parts of the Caribbean I haven't been, but maybe Tulum. We were avoiding Mexico because we've both been there so many times. We are open to anything really, just want WARM. Originally wanted to go big like Thailand, but can't spend the money and we don't have the time off for that right now; at least the way we want to do it. · (0 likelikes)

    • Ross S.

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      ya we are doing cabo for the warm also! i to have done a lot in mexico. oohhh how about this puerto viejo on the Caribbean side of costa rica, then 3 days in bocas del toro to finish in style?! · (1 likelikes)

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  • Scott Stegenga

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    While this may sound obvious (really sorry to preface it that way), but a vacation rental from Vrbo.com or Air BnB is the way to really see St Maarten. Hotels can seriously get expensive there with very little amenities, even the cheap ones like The Travel Inn.

    Supermarkets there are really cheap (bring your own bags) and alcohol is way cheap thanks to the entire island being duty free. The Le Grand Marche in the center of the island has the best selection of just about everything you can stock into your apartment rental.

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      Great answer, Scott! This sounds like it would be a seriously awesome trip! By the way, I'm a community manager here and I've helped you highlight the places in your answer on a map! In the future, you can do this yourself as you answer a question by simply typing the @-symbol followed by the name of the place. Take a look at your map next to your answer :) · (0 likelikes)

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      Thanks Scott. Good to know that even these small islands have vrbo. Sometimes the obvious is not so obvious. Ha! · (0 likelikes)

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    I think a lot depends on where you are flying out of when you are talking about this trip. Look at the cost of flights, first and then move on from there. If you are flying out on MN, it may make a huge difference. Puerto Rico or St Maarten can be fairly easy to get to places from MN. You are looking at about $600+ per person just to fly to St. Maarten. The cruise lines are battling for customers and seem to be dropping prices. But if it will be too costly to fly to a port, that would cancel that out. Miami, New Orleans, Tampa, Galveston along with the usual Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando (Port Canaveral) as ports to fly in to. Some might have great rates from MN.

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