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h2oskifreak
09-21-2012, 09:12 PM
My wife is turning 50 in July and wants no part of it. Matter of fact, she has made it very clear she is not to be in the Country (US). So, I need help; we have been to Costa Rica, Jamiaca, Barbados, Mexico (tons of times and Puerta Vallarta next Jan.) so Mexico is out.
St. Thomas, Cayman and a few other places. We like travel and have been together only 3 1/2 years.

I am more extreme than her as far as adventure, neither one of us is certified to dive, but we love snorkel. Skiing isn't something I need to do while on this trip either. We love nature, the beach, tropics and good resorts. I personally don't care for Hawaii (I know, I just don't like it)

Budget is always important, but this needs to be somewhere special and we expect this not to be a small budget trip. I should mention we have thought about Bora Bora and French Polenesia but that pushes our budget a little as airfare alone is $3,500 per person. We would like to go for 7-10 days and spend $8-11,000. Or, of course saving money is always good.

I respect this forums opinion and don't want to Facebook my plans or the wife will get word. I'm pretty safe here.

Thanks in advance for your time and out of the box suggestions.

CC2MC
09-21-2012, 09:31 PM
You can usually get a good deal on cruises this time of year. I know my wife wants me to start to plan a Mediterranean Cruise for our 10th in the next two years. You can find deals that are within your budget with airfare included, depending on where you wanted to go.

h2oskifreak
09-21-2012, 09:44 PM
You can usually get a good deal on cruises this time of year. I know my wife wants me to start to plan a Mediterranean Cruise for our 10th in the next two years. You can find deals that are within your budget with airfare included, depending on where you wanted to go.

I should have mentioned besides Hawaii, cruise's aren't our thing. We want couple time, don't mind dressing for dinner but we won't dine with others. I know you can meet nice people, but that isn't why I'm on vacation. I want a "table for two" and terra firma. Thank you for the suggestion though. Besides, don't people dissappear, get raped, or catch some infectious disease on Cruise Lines, just kidding.

2RLAKE
09-21-2012, 09:47 PM
I would take her hunting ... i am sure that deep inside she really wants to goto Argentina for a dove hunt or New Zealand for red stag! If not ... take me!

Traxx822
09-21-2012, 09:48 PM
Road trip it to Canada for some poutine :cool:

2RLAKE
09-21-2012, 09:48 PM
I do love Italy ... absolutely wonderful in the summer .. or Tuscany or anywhere on the Mediterranean ... could be very romantic ... nothing better than a romantic get away

petermegan
09-21-2012, 09:51 PM
How much are airfares to New Zealand for Snow Skiing. Just an idea. It is cheaper for us Aussies to ski there than here in Australia. Nice place

bbymgr
09-21-2012, 10:01 PM
Azores are nice and affordable. My wife and I went for a week 10 years ago and spent less than the bottom of your budget. There is a very nice reef for snorkeling and the town of Ponta Delgada has some very nice shops and tourist destinations.

91tri190
09-21-2012, 10:15 PM
Try Dominican Republic. Close and inexpensive. If you want to get creative, maybe back door it into Cuba though either Canada, Mexico or many Latin American countries. Make sure you have separate air tickets and dont forget the Seegars.

h2oskifreak
09-21-2012, 10:37 PM
Azores are nice and affordable. My wife and I went for a week 10 years ago and spent less than the bottom of your budget. There is a very nice reef for snorkeling and the town of Ponta Delgada has some very nice shops and tourist destinations.

I have to learn more. How is the climate in July and what language is spoken there? Hunting very far off the table and anything without a beach is out.

bbymgr
09-21-2012, 10:44 PM
The official language is Portuguese, but if you know any Spanish you'll be fine. If I remember, everyone spoke English(somewhat). I didn't go in July, but I remember being told that it never gets really hot. Online it shows an average July high of 74.

GoneBoatN
09-21-2012, 11:49 PM
Maybe consider Belize. From Wikipedia:

A combination of natural factors—climate, the Belize Barrier Reef, over 450 offshore Cayes (islands), excellent fishing, safe waters for boating, scuba diving, and snorkeling, numerous rivers for rafting, and kayaking, various jungle and wildlife reserves of fauna and flora, for hiking, bird watching, and helicopter touring, as well as many Maya ruins—support the thriving tourism and ecotourism industry. Of the hundreds of cave systems, it also has the largest cave system in Central America. Development costs are high, but the Government of Belize has designated tourism as its second development priority after agriculture. In 2007, tourist arrivals totalled 251,655 (with more than 210,000 from the U.S.) and tourist receipts amounted to $183.3 million.

Although like much of this region of the world you would need to be careful of crime. Seeing the Maya ruins would be really cool.

fstaslp
09-22-2012, 12:13 AM
Marbella, Spain. done.

Cmpdman
09-22-2012, 07:24 AM
Italy, France or Slovenia. All 3 places are a lot of fun. Slovenia is inexpensive has a lots of outdoor things to do. One of the coolest places. France & Italy- northern Italy is nice. Venice on the coast - you could drive a boat around Venice. :). On the western side, you have Cinque Terre. Some of our friends really liked the Mediterranean cruises. We prefer to get a rental car and drive from country to country. Wherever you go, we hope she has a great birthday.

h2oskifreak
09-22-2012, 10:29 AM
Maybe consider Belize. From Wikipedia:

A combination of natural factorsóclimate, the Belize Barrier Reef, over 450 offshore Cayes (islands), excellent fishing, safe waters for boating, scuba diving, and snorkeling, numerous rivers for rafting, and kayaking, various jungle and wildlife reserves of fauna and flora, for hiking, bird watching, and helicopter touring, as well as many Maya ruinsósupport the thriving tourism and ecotourism industry. Of the hundreds of cave systems, it also has the largest cave system in Central America. Development costs are high, but the Government of Belize has designated tourism as its second development priority after agriculture. In 2007, tourist arrivals totalled 251,655 (with more than 210,000 from the U.S.) and tourist receipts amounted to $183.3 million.

Although like much of this region of the world you would need to be careful of crime. Seeing the Maya ruins would be really cool.

I like this suggestion (and Azores). I have friend who owned a place there for 4-5 years, they could be a good contact. We went to the Yucatan 18 months ago and saw the ruins of the Mayan culture, very good stuff. Caves and Cenote's are very cool and I like the idea of tropics as stated prior. Can't see a european thing right now either. Spain is on the list, but a few years down the road.

Jason.H.
09-22-2012, 12:09 PM
turks and caicos islands is the prettiest most relaxing place i have ever been. Best for snorkeling too. check it out. tahiti is where I have always wanted to go but out of budget for me.

Capt. Jack
09-22-2012, 01:45 PM
I have been to many parts of Africa over the past few years for work, I have also traveled extensively in South America although both have unique cultural differences I have promised to take my wife to South Africa. The culture and scenery in my opinion are simple brateh taking and awe inspiring. You can find a number of trip deals that include Cape Town with vineyards and Jo-burg where you can visit a game park and hold a baby lion cub like a 40 lb. house cat. The only downside is the cheapest way to get there is a direct South African Airways flight that is about 16 to 20 hours depending on head wind and the lone fuel stop in Dakar. Good luck and Happy 50 th.

barefoot
09-22-2012, 06:58 PM
Maybe consider Belize.


I thought the same thing when I read the thread.

Xjet2011
09-22-2012, 07:06 PM
Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Then to Capetown. S Africa?

SPSinclair 190
09-22-2012, 07:06 PM
Consider St Croix

h2oskifreak
09-22-2012, 07:10 PM
I am keying in on Beleize. There is a high end resort and the Honeymoon Suite 10 Days is $400/Nt. inc. breakfast. I will check my time share as well, but July being off season should upgrade the resort a lot.

atlfootr
09-22-2012, 07:51 PM
Give her whatever she wants and take her wherever she wants to go ... what more could she ask for.

CantRepeat
09-23-2012, 08:27 AM
You can get PADI scuba qualified pretty easy.

My wife and I are both advanced open water certified. I was station in HI back in the 80s and we both really enjoyed diving there.

https://www.padi.com/scuba/learntodive/?tid=WaterskiMagAd

shepherd
09-23-2012, 08:53 AM
How about chartering a yacht in the Caribbean? If you don't have experience with large boats, some charterers have instruction packages. Check out moorings.com . They even have power yachts for charter.

CruisinGA
09-23-2012, 05:00 PM
New Zealand...

gid
09-24-2012, 01:40 PM
Saba
Very small island. Love it there; no cruise ships, no casinos, no beaches. But the best views.

TxsRiverRat
09-24-2012, 02:24 PM
Have you been to Ambergris Caye, Beliize?

I just did 10 days there and we spent about $4500. That included: airfare from DFW to BZE, the puddle jumper to the caye, private condo, 4 days of 2 tank scuba, 1 blue hole dive trip, zipline/cave tubing, food and drink, and 2 days golf cart rental.

And it was a badassss trip...

MC

TxsRiverRat
09-24-2012, 02:26 PM
Try Dominican Republic. Close and inexpensive. If you want to get creative, maybe back door it into Cuba though either Canada, Mexico or many Latin American countries. Make sure you have separate air tickets and dont forget the Seegars.

Please - stay out of Cuba. Thank you

aquaman
09-24-2012, 02:45 PM
Turks and Caicos is nice....they even have water skiing there...and great beaches.

Belize is best for fishing or diving......water is typically very rough due to currents + wind.


Sounds like you have had plenty of Beach trips......try Italy.

TxsRiverRat
09-24-2012, 02:48 PM
Belize is best for fishing or diving......water is typically very rough due to currents + wind.

Eh? Currents and rough seas in Belize? Um, not while I was there two weeks ago.

Cozumel can be that way, but not usually in Belize.

aquaman
09-24-2012, 02:59 PM
Eh? Currents and rough seas in Belize? Um, not while I was there two weeks ago.

Cozumel can be that way, but not usually in Belize.

yep...ocean side is known for lower visibility due to currents and rough water.......not so much though in the bonefishing areas between keys. maybe the calm you saw was seasonal.....

cozumel has better visiblity for diving.....

TxsRiverRat
09-24-2012, 03:03 PM
Maybe in some parts. I was in Ambergris and had calm current-less waters i'd say 90% of the time.

Yes, Cozumel is better in visibility. However, Belize kicks its butt when it comes to the marine life. We saw 10 ft sharks, whales, dolphins, eagle rays and manta rays while there... things I had not seen in cozumel in over 23 years as a diver.

Ambergris in 2012 reminded me of what Cozumel was in 1990. Simple. Easy. Fun. Exclusive.

aquaman
09-24-2012, 03:14 PM
Maybe in some parts. I was in Ambergris and had calm current-less waters i'd say 90% of the time.

Yes, Cozumel is better in visibility. However, Belize kicks its butt when it comes to the marine life. We saw 10 ft sharks, whales, dolphins, eagle rays and manta rays while there... things I had not seen in cozumel in over 23 years as a diver.

Ambergris in 2012 reminded me of what Cozumel was in 1990. Simple. Easy. Fun. Exclusive.

true...belize has more because the dive sites are on the oceanside.

if you want to see what Cozumel was like in 1970....go to Roatan, Honduras. best dive spot in the caribbean in my opinion.

TxsRiverRat
09-24-2012, 03:18 PM
Turks and Caicos is nice....they even have water skiing there...and great beaches.

Belize is best for fishing or diving......water is typically very rough due to currents + wind.


Sounds like you have had plenty of Beach trips......try Italy.

true...belize has more because the dive sites are on the oceanside.

if you want to see what Cozumel was like in 1970....go to Roatan, Honduras. best dive spot in the caribbean in my opinion.

Anthony's Key Resort is on the top of my list. :toast::toast::toast::toast:

g-Dog
09-24-2012, 05:36 PM
Bora Bora...baby! :D Went there on my honeymoon about 9 years ago. Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, and Bora Bora. Everytime we just looked around I remember saying to myself "Are you bleepin' kidding me? It doesn't even look real".

swardco
09-24-2012, 05:48 PM
Spent a week of our honeymoon on Ambergris Caye and enjoyed it. Of course that was twenty some odd years ago, so probably not much relevant information.....

Voodoo
09-24-2012, 06:35 PM
Patong Beach, Thailand -- we had a blast there. You'll pay a fair price for accommodations and next to nothing for everything else. Arrange your travel itinerary to pass through Hong Kong and spend two days there -- best city on the planet.

Voodoo