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United States, The Caribbean, Dominican Republic, St Maarten, Costa Rica

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. 

3 Answers

top answer by
Ross from Fort Collins

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!Tulum 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      

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While this may sound obvious (really sorry to preface it that way), but a vacation rental from 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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answered by
Sue from Daytona Beach

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.  

Good Luck!

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