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Post by Brimstone » Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:23 pm

I am looking for ideas on places to vacation in April or May. I would prefer a spot to rent a house on the beach or close to it. The discussions have gotten out of hand at home and I need help narrowing it down. Ease of access is a concern as well. I will be flying out of Utah and would prefer to limit travel time as much as possible.

We have considered:

Puerto Rico
Bahamas
Belize
Cancun
Florida Keys
Virgin Islands

All my wife cares about is a beautiful beach nearby. I can be tempted by golf, scuba or snorkeling. Seeing other cool stuff like pyramids near Cancun would be a plus as well.
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Post by Chocodove » Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:32 pm

I did my honeymoon in Belize...beautiful country and friendly people. Great snorkeling, fishing, and Mayan ruins. However, if I was renting a house for myself there I would want to make sure it was pretty secure. If you haven’t already, read up (particularly the expat forums) and you’ll see what I mean.

I’m sure it’s the same most places though, even in the US.
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Post by Brimstone » Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:44 pm

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I did my honeymoon in Belize...beautiful country and friendly people. Great snorkeling, fishing, and Mayan ruins. However, if I was renting a house for myself there I would want to make sure it was pretty secure. If you haven’t already, read up (particularly the expat forums) and you’ll see what I mean.

I’m sure it’s the same most places though, even in the US.
Yeah, I have read some scary stuff about Belize. We looked at some places on VRBO that were near the tourist areas and seemed pretty secure, but it is still worrying me. I would be good with a resort, but my wife wants to be away from the crowds to a degree. I think we will run into similar problems renting houses in most of the places I mentioned though.
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Post by Chocodove » Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:51 pm

Brimstone wrote:
Chocodove wrote:
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I did my honeymoon in Belize...beautiful country and friendly people. Great snorkeling, fishing, and Mayan ruins. However, if I was renting a house for myself there I would want to make sure it was pretty secure. If you haven’t already, read up (particularly the expat forums) and you’ll see what I mean.

I’m sure it’s the same most places though, even in the US.
Yeah, I have read some scary stuff about Belize. We looked at some places on VRBO that were near the tourist areas and seemed pretty secure, but it is still worrying me. I would be good with a resort, but my wife wants to be away from the crowds to a degree. I think we will run into similar problems renting houses in most of the places I mentioned though.
If it’s possibly an option for you, there are private island resorts off the coast that are about as far away from touristy and crowded as you can imagine. I stayed at an all-inclusive that could only have about maybe 25 people stay there max (adults only) and was a 15 minute boat ride to the reef. Pretty sure there are others that are open to families. Stay away from Ambergris Cay if you want a less touristy experience.

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Post by JBZ » Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:54 pm

Hawaii?
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Post by Brimstone » Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:09 pm

Chocodove wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:51 pm
If it’s possibly an option for you, there are private island resorts off the coast that are about as far away from touristy and crowded as you can imagine. I stayed at an all-inclusive that could only have about maybe 25 people stay there max (adults only) and was a 15 minute boat ride to the reef. Pretty sure there are others that are open to families. Stay away from Ambergris Cay if you want a less touristy experience.

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That sounds pretty nice. My youngest is 15 which apparently everywhere considers an adult anyway for booking purposes.
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JBZ wrote:
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Hawaii?
We have another Hawaii trip already planned so wanting something different.
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Post by HapaHapa » Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:50 pm

I have heard great things about the Cook Islands in the South Pacific
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Post by toxicavenger » Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:58 pm

Guanacaste Costa Rica is my choice every time

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HapaHapa wrote:I have heard great things about the Cook Islands in the South Pacific
We considered that area, but flights are so long.
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toxicavenger wrote:Guanacaste Costa Rica is my choice every time
Wow...this has moved to the top of my list. Now to convince the wife.
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Post by HapaHapa » Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:06 pm

Brimstone wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:02 pm
HapaHapa wrote:I have heard great things about the Cook Islands in the South Pacific
We considered that area, but flights are so long.
Yah, I heard that detail too.
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Brimstone wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:50 pm
toxicavenger wrote:Guanacaste Costa Rica is my choice every time
Wow...this has moved to the top of my list. Now to convince the wife.
We stayed at the Rui everytime. We loved it.

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Post by BBK357 » Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:35 pm

Chocodove wrote:I did my honeymoon in Belize...beautiful country and friendly people. Great snorkeling, fishing, and Mayan ruins. However, if I was renting a house for myself there I would want to make sure it was pretty secure. If you haven’t already, read up (particularly the expat forums) and you’ll see what I mean.

I’m sure it’s the same most places though, even in the US.

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Post by Chocodove » Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:45 pm

BBK357 wrote:
Chocodove wrote:I did my honeymoon in Belize...beautiful country and friendly people. Great snorkeling, fishing, and Mayan ruins. However, if I was renting a house for myself there I would want to make sure it was pretty secure. If you haven’t already, read up (particularly the expat forums) and you’ll see what I mean.

I’m sure it’s the same most places though, even in the US.

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Chocodove wrote:
BBK357 wrote:
Chocodove wrote:I did my honeymoon in Belize...beautiful country and friendly people. Great snorkeling, fishing, and Mayan ruins. However, if I was renting a house for myself there I would want to make sure it was pretty secure. If you haven’t already, read up (particularly the expat forums) and you’ll see what I mean.

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toxicavenger wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:10 pm
Brimstone wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:50 pm
toxicavenger wrote:Guanacaste Costa Rica is my choice every time
Wow...this has moved to the top of my list. Now to convince the wife.
We stayed at the Rui everytime. We loved it.
Damn, that place looks nice. I will have to remember that one down the road.

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