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Unread 10-09-2013, 07:41 AM   #16
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My vote is Punta Cana...I have never been but this is where my wife and I are planning to go.
From the stories that I have heard if you stay at one of the many resorts....a couple dollars goes a LONG way....
This ^^^. My wife and I spent our honeymoon in Punta Cana and absolutely loved it. We plan to go back once our youngest is a few years older. The resort we stayed in was made up of 5 large hotels. If you stayed in the largest, called The Palace, you had full access to the other 4 and all that they offered. If you stayed in one of the 4 smaller resorts, you could use all 4, but not the Palace. The beaches are spotless with small crews coming by several times a day to rake up any seaweed or other litter. Absolutely free food and drink 24 hours a day and tipping is discouraged. Gratuity is part of the "all inclusive" part of the resort. The market vendors are forbidden on the resort beaches so you aren't being hounded to buy something. Tons to do either on the resort properties or away. One other thing, the beaches are European influenced and while full nudity was rare, there are plenty of topless visitors there. (bought a pair of mirrored sunglasses the first day on the beach)

The two of us spent just over a week there for a couple grand, including airfare. You'll spend nothing at the resort and anything away from the resort properties is dirt cheap.

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Unread 10-11-2013, 10:40 AM   #17
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Unread 10-16-2013, 07:04 AM   #18
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This ^^^. My wife and I spent our honeymoon in Punta Cana and absolutely loved it. We plan to go back once our youngest is a few years older. The resort we stayed in was made up of 5 large hotels. If you stayed in the largest, called The Palace, you had full access to the other 4 and all that they offered. If you stayed in one of the 4 smaller resorts, you could use all 4, but not the Palace. The beaches are spotless with small crews coming by several times a day to rake up any seaweed or other litter. Absolutely free food and drink 24 hours a day and tipping is discouraged. Gratuity is part of the "all inclusive" part of the resort. The market vendors are forbidden on the resort beaches so you aren't being hounded to buy something. Tons to do either on the resort properties or away. One other thing, the beaches are European influenced and while full nudity was rare, there are plenty of topless visitors there. (bought a pair of mirrored sunglasses the first day on the beach)

The two of us spent just over a week there for a couple grand, including airfare. You'll spend nothing at the resort and anything away from the resort properties is dirt cheap.
Looks kind of cool.....we considered Punta Cana before, when it was just the two of us. I think it would be too much for little eyes though. His dad would probably get in trouble too.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 07:05 AM   #19
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Very nice.....but I don't think you can get any further away from my starting point. That would be like an eternity on a plane. Maybe someday.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 07:18 AM   #20
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St. Augustine was another place that came up in my quest. But those beaches look like they are huge, like crossing a football field to get to the water.

Since you've been to both, can you point out some of the places you stayed?
I lived in St A so I don't have any recommendations. I know the San Marco in downtown St A was nice and in the center of old town. Up and down St A beach there are a ton of hotels.
The Last I went to Sanibel/Captiva it was during the layover for a work trip so I stayed in Ft Meyers at a Hampton Inn. Not resortish just a decent cheap room with a breakfast.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 12:31 PM   #21
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Ever consider going on a cruise? We love them. We took our two year old last year and she had a blast. The price for a balcony room was only like 600 per adult for a 6 night 7 day cruise. Really reasonable for what you get. Just sneak aboard your own booze to avoid the ridiculous cost

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Unread 10-21-2013, 06:34 AM   #22
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Ever consider going on a cruise? We love them. We took our two year old last year and she had a blast. The price for a balcony room was only like 600 per adult for a 6 night 7 day cruise. Really reasonable for what you get. Just sneak aboard your own booze to avoid the ridiculous cost

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We've often talked about a cruise....the wife really wants to try one and I'm curious. I, for some reason, just get nervous feeling trapped if something goes wrong. Like someone gets sick or you have to head home unexpectedly. I'm new to the whole having a kid thing. So, I don't have the confidence to abandon the "we can leave at anytime" idea. A week in the Outer Banks this past summer was the first time we've ever been anywhere away from the comforts of home. And I was actually quite surprised how well we did and easy it was. But on the last day, my wife herniated a disc and could have been a disaster if it were the first day. Thank God she was able to tough out the 12 hours sitting in the car on the way home.
But I still want to consider a cruise when I'm more confident and have a couple more "safe" trips under my belt.
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