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Old 07-11-2010, 04:40 AM
 
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I am researching a holiday (2 weeks to a month) to celebrate my 60th birthday in Feb 2012.

Requirements:
-not outrageously expensive
-temps max of 30, sun not too strong
-wide, white sandy beaches not crowded, not deserted
-clear, beautiful water
-want to swim, snorkel, and kayak in fairly calm water
-not rainy season

Does this place exist? So far I've looked at Lover's Key Resort in SW Florida. I know the temps will be nice, the beaches are nice, the water is okay but not perfectly clear. Not exactly exotic or diverse landscape or culture but we could stay for a month. We've been to the area before and know there are many places to kayak, see dolphins, see the Everglades.

We don't mind heat but prefer temps in the 20's - 70's to low 80's. The sun can't be too strong (like near equator) as my hub became sensitive to equatorial sun when we lived in Uganda.

Also thinking about Phuket, Maldives, Caribbean, was looking at Mauritius or Seychelles but sun may be too strong and Feb climate not good.

Recommendations?
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Old 07-11-2010, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I am researching a holiday (2 weeks to a month) to celebrate my 60th birthday in Feb 2012.

Requirements:
-not outrageously expensive
-temps max of 30, sun not too strong
-wide, white sandy beaches not crowded, not deserted
-clear, beautiful water
-want to swim, snorkel, and kayak in fairly calm water
-not rainy season

Does this place exist? So far I've looked at Lover's Key Resort in SW Florida. I know the temps will be nice, the beaches are nice, the water is okay but not perfectly clear. Not exactly exotic or diverse landscape or culture but we could stay for a month. We've been to the area before and know there are many places to kayak, see dolphins, see the Everglades.

We don't mind heat but prefer temps in the 20's - 70's to low 80's. The sun can't be too strong (like near equator) as my hub became sensitive to equatorial sun when we lived in Uganda.

Also thinking about Phuket, Maldives, Caribbean, was looking at Mauritius or Seychelles but sun may be too strong and Feb climate not good.

Recommendations?
The Florida Keys seem like they would be more your style
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:45 AM
 
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The Florida Keys seem like they would be more your style
Heard they didn't have much in the way of beaches. True? Would kayaking be in rougher water?
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Heard they didn't have much in the way of beaches. True? Would kayaking be in rougher water?
The water is very clear in the keys and the water is definitely calm, absolutely nothing like the pacific.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:17 AM
 
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British Virgin Islands.
We once spent 10 days there during January; it was heavenly.
Beautiful clear water, lots of wildlife, pleasant people, not as touristy as the American Virgin Islands.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:23 AM
 
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How about Eilat on the Red Sea in Israel?
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:56 AM
 
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The water is very clear in the keys and the water is definitely calm, absolutely nothing like the pacific.
But what about wide, sandy white beaches? That's very important to me. I can walk for hours on sandy beaches.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:58 AM
 
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British Virgin Islands.
We once spent 10 days there during January; it was heavenly.
Beautiful clear water, lots of wildlife, pleasant people, not as touristy as the American Virgin Islands.
I'd thought of that. I'll check it out. As long as it's not $5,000 a week.
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Old 07-11-2010, 07:01 AM
 
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How about Eilat on the Red Sea in Israel?
Googled it. Water looks nice, but the beaches aren't what I had in mind. Similar to the look of baby powder, if not the feel.
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Old 07-11-2010, 07:29 AM
 
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Check Negril, Jamaica. 7 miles of sandy white beaches. The keys are not that great....they are nice if you want to party but if you want relaxing, head to JA. You won't regret it.
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