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Vacation planning! Need a tropical spot

The boyfriend and I are starting to plan a vacation this year to some place tropical. I think Hawaii would be nice (either Maui or Kauai), and he's talking about Belize. Anyone been to either of these places or have any other recs? We're looking for a place with nice beaches and clear waters, waterfalls, hiking, snorkeling, fishing, and just an overall relaxed atmosphere. We're thinking of going sometime between Sept-Dec and are trying to avoid high season for wherever we go (I know I'm not trying to pay double for hotels :shock: )
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Belize is BEAUTIFUL! You would LOVE it there if you want to do all the things you listed!!!

I've been to "weird" tropical places like Bonaire. There aren't too many beaches there, but the scuba diving is amazing. It's a very small island, but there's some stuff to enjoy there! we went on a boat ride and saw dolphins and got to snorkel and stuff with them! they were wild too so it was crazy!! the boat also took us to another island (not far away) that was all beach and you could hike around. it was neat!! Bonaire is also REALLY hot in the sept-dec time. I went in January and it was in the high 80's/low 90's! but soooo very worth it.

Puerto Rico is beautiful as well. I would definitely recommend going there. They have everything there... clear waters, hiking in El Yunque (rain forest), snorkeling/diving, fishing and it's SUPER relaxing. I stayed all over the place on that island (been there 3 times) but the best time was when we stayed at Copa Marina (http://www.copamarina.com/). It was super nice and lots to do at the actual resort. Plus, the island isn't TOO big, so you can travel all around. The first time I was there, we stayed closer to El Yunque. Had a REALLY nice place right along the beach... our back door was sand and it was so beautiful there.

Hope this helps in some way! LOL!

I've never been to Hawaii, so I can't really say if it's awesome or not!!


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Belieze is fucking GHETTO! They don't even have their own toilet paper, well they didn't when i visited about 4 years ago.  TP was a luxury for only the wealthy back then.  My vote is Cozumel Mexico,  largest reef next to the great barrier. 

Puerto Rico is cool, look into "Bioluminescence"  that crap is AMAZING!


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Personally I have a mental block against anything in Mexico/Central America. I think because my dad's been there a few times for work, but only in the poor areas, so whenever I hear about it I think "ew, Mexico, don't wanna touch that". I dunno, call me closed minded...

One of my co-workers recently went to Cozumel and also said it was really nice. I don't want to sound ignorant, but do they speak English around there?
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They sure do, and out the some 30 countries I visited Cozumel was the best hands down.  As for feeling unsafe, no way, there was armed guards everywhere with m-16s. But they didn't stand out to the point it made you uncomfortable, they blended in very well.


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[quote author=3driverPA link=topic=167142.msg3544404#msg3544404 date=1266004287]
Belieze is fucking GHETTO! They don't even have their own toilet paper, well they didn't when i visited about 4 years ago. TP was a luxury for only the wealthy back then. My vote is Cozumel Mexico, largest reef next to the great barrier.

Puerto Rico is cool, look into "Bioluminescence" that crap is AMAZING!

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I swam in that freaking place! holy crap it was NUTSSSSSSSSSSSSS. every time you moved, it would light up or "glow" all around you!! it was sick!!


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Cool, i was there in October about 3 years ago IIRC. It was about a 30minute trip outside of San Juan. We had to Kayak out into the ocean to get to the lake. I was drunk as hell in fell in like 3 times, it was a blast.

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[quote author=3driverPA link=topic=167142.msg3544423#msg3544423 date=1266005064]
Cool, i was there in October about 3 years ago IIRC. It was about a 30minute trip outside of San Juan. We had to Kayak out into the ocean to get to the lake. I was drunk as hell in fell in like 3 times, it was a blast.
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I took a tour boat thinger. it was so awesome. It was a beautiful clear starry night... and they said we could jump in, so we did! It was so much fun!!

We were thinking of getting a Kayak, but my grandparents didn't want to do all that... so we just took the boat.


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Cant blame ya there, the kayaking was pretty damn strenuous.

But as for Hawaii, i always wanted to go but could never bare to spend $3K+ PER PERSON. But then again I live on the far east of the US and a lot of that cost would have been hotels and air fair before we got to Hawaii.

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Re: Vacation planning! Need a tropical spot

Yeah, Gina lives in MD... so she's not far from us.

I also totally agree, Hawaii is super expensive. I've always wanted to go there, just never wanted to go on a 13 hour flight along with paying out the ass.


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