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1 Week In February, Good Vacation Places?  
User currently offlineB6A322 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 291 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5239 times:

Hey everyone, happy belated 2011!

In February, I will have a week off during which I would like to travel. Preferably some place warm, and preferably in the same or a similar time zone as New York.

The Caribbean immediately came to mind, but, since I've never been there before, could someone please suggest a good place to visit/stay?

Other ideas for destinations are welcome as well.


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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5233 times:

Same time zone as NY? Hmmm. I assume you mean outside of the US.

How about Colombia, Peru and Ecuador (although I don't know if they have daylight savings) where it will be summer? Have you visited Machu Picchu or Lake Titicaca? Within an hour or two you have the rest of the South American continent. You could perfect your tango in Buenos Aires, or strut your stuff on the beach in Rio.

You may need vaccinations for things like yellow fever for some places and they need to be taken some time before travel, so that may limit your options.

I would suggest coming to Perth (it's nice and warm here - 35 degrees C today) , but a week is just too short for travelling all the way from NYC and we are definitely not in the same time zone. Big grin

[Edited 2011-01-09 07:50:19]

User currently offlineB6A322 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5213 times:

Thank you for the fast reply! I'll definitely look into some of those places! South America (as a continent) is a place I have yet to visit!

Quoting Quokka (Reply 1):
I would suggest coming to Perth (it's nice and warm here - 35 degrees C today) , but a week is just too short for travelling all the way from NYC and we are definitely not in the same time zone. Big grin

I was actually considering visiting Australia at some point in July or August of this year, but that sounds like the perfect weather! Besides, If I flew much further I'd end up back in my own time zone 



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3025 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5202 times:

If you're a member of a.net, and want to visit the Caribbean, there is only one destination for you:
SXM
 
Never having been, I don't know if there's enough to hold you for a week, or maybe combine it with anothe island?

signol



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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5199 times:

Quoting B6A322 (Reply 2):
I was actually considering visiting Australia at some point in July or August of this year,


I certainly hope that you are able to come down to Australia at some stage. July and August is winter here, though it might not get as cold as it can in NY state in winter. We might get some snow in the Snowy Mountains (where else?) of New South Wales and neighbouring Victoria, but you can expect a fair amount of rain in places like Perth at that time of year.

Travel in the north of Western Australia (WA) and the Northern Territory is good during those months. It is the dry season and the humidity is much lower than during October to February. If you wanted to visit Kakadu National Park or Litchfield (my preference) out of Darwin, July or August is a good time to do it as the roads will be open. During the wet, if the roads are closed, the best way to travel might be by helicopter but that gets a bit expensive. If you like natural landscapes, a visit to the Bungle Bungles from Kununurra in WA is a must.

I appreciate that coming from the US places like Sydney and Melbourne are easier to get to, but feel free to contact me should you decide to come to WA. If you decide on a visit to what we in Perth unceremoniously describe as "the Eastern States" I am sure fellow Anetters in those states will also be happy to provide information.

Best wishes, Quokka.


User currently offline747girl From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2008, 31 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5192 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 3):
Never having been, I don't know if there's enough to hold you for a week, or maybe combine it with anothe island?

There's definately enough to do to fill a week; if you hire a car, you can see the whole island. You could also take a short boat ride to the beautiful island of Anguilla.


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5147 times:

Quoting B6A322 (Thread starter):
The Caribbean immediately came to mind, but, since I've never been there before, could someone please suggest a good place to visit/stay?

Traveling to that area will mean quite some variation in overall spending, depending on place.
It therefore could be easier for us to recommend a place, if we were aware of the range of your budget. And the type of vacation you are seeking ...
Just relax ?
Any sports ?

-HT



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User currently offlineB6A322 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5138 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 6):
if we were aware of the range of your budget. And the type of vacation you are seeking ...
Just relax ?

The vacation would be for relaxation, no particular sports of any kind.
As for the budget, flights+accommodations for 2 people should preferably be under USD $6,500.



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5110 times:

Quoting B6A322 (Reply 7):
The vacation would be for relaxation, no particular sports of any kind.
As for the budget, flights+accommodations for 2 people should preferably be under USD $6,500.

Okay, that information gives something to play with ...

I take it, that you prefer a land-based stay over a cruise ?

While not in the Eastern time zone ...What about Mexico ?
You can either dip your toes into the Atlantic Ocean in places like Cancun or Cozumel (the area offering the option of a tour to the pyramids at Chitzen Itza) or into the Pacific Ocean at Puerto Vallarta or Acapulco.
Apparently, lots of U.S. tourists go to all these places, which can be a positive or a negative thing.
(Personally, I found it difficult to distinguish Cancun (the resort area) from any given place in Florida ...)

Other options could include Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic (consult weather charts, as weather on the Northcoast tend to be contrary to the Southcoast in terms of rain). And, of course, most of the smaller islands around.

If ou like some European touch, consider the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) or, as mentioned by another poster, Saint Martin / Sint Maarten.

If politics would allow, also Cuba and Venezuela could be options, both being countries with a lot to see.

Costa Rica is said to boast a very rich nature, make it ideal for exploring rain(y) forests and the likes.
The coast off Belize is said to feature some of the best scuba diving spots.

As you are allocating only a single week here, I am not sure if any longer flights would be a good idea. A distance like to Venezuela might be the farthest to look ...
-HT



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User currently offlinetravelR From Australia, joined Sep 2010, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5054 times:

Quoting Quokka (Reply 1):
Have you visited Machu Picchu or Lake Titicaca?

These places are lovely. Having just visited them, they are so much nicer in person! Wouldn't recommend travelling February though as I think they have their bad weather then. I think in February last year there were floods in Aguas Calientes (the town before Machu Picchu).

Quoting Quokka (Reply 1):
You could perfect your tango in Buenos Aires

I'd agree Buenos Aires would be an excellent place to visit. Really cheap and great steaks! I would combine it with Iguazu Falls but again, the weather may be really hot. Maybe Santiago in Chile would be another place to consider?

Quoting Quokka (Reply 4):
If you decide on a visit to what we in Perth unceremoniously describe as "the Eastern States" I am sure fellow Anetters in those states will also be happy to provide information.

Well being in the 'eastern states', mainly Sydney, it is lovely here in winter as not too hot but you still get usually nice weather. Sydney is a great city with the harbour as its backdrop. There are lots of things to do including going to the Blue Mountains, checking out the wine in Hunter Valley, and if you're really bored, our wonderful capital of Australia, Canberra. I would highly recommend the Bridge Climb if you're visiting as you the most spectacular views from there.

Cheers,

Rob



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