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Old 09-05-2010, 04:41 PM
 
Location: VA
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Don't get me wrong, I love Hawaii but it's a wee bit too pricey for me to go this year. Anyone know of a nice cheaper alternative, a place with similar vibes along the lines of Oahu that won't bankrupt me? I'm planning to go somewhere sometime around Christmas.
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:07 PM
 
Location: on an island
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So you're in Colorado?
Maybe you could get a good airfare to go down to the Florida Keys.
When we were living in Denver, cheap Florida airfares did occasionally show up.
Not sure about Christmastime, though.
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Old 09-05-2010, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Miami
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Old 09-05-2010, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Chciago
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Anything that would truly replicate Hawaii is goign to be as expensive if not more expensive than hawaii. Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia adn a bunch of other islands in teh south paciifc are very expensive.

Not really a hawaii experience but I love Jamaica and you can get some really good deals. Its a third world country so probably nothing like hawaii in that sense but tehre's tons of outdoor activities, waterfalls, natural springs, mountains, etc.
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:57 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Mexico or Belize

BTW... I can't stand HI, I hope you have a better experience.

For a whole 'nuther option... consider the South Pacific (not cheaper but FAR superior). Some other great 'island' resorts in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia.
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Old 09-06-2010, 01:21 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Try doing Hawaii on a budget. Go with a hostel instead of hotel maybe?

An above poster mentioned Belize. My friend went there and really liked.
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:14 AM
 
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Try doing Hawaii on a budget. Go with a hostel instead of hotel maybe?

An above poster mentioned Belize. My friend went there and really liked.
Agree on both counts.
I *loved* off-the-beaten-path Hawaii, and it is not impossible to do it a bit more cheaply, but getting to most places from Denver is not always the easiest accomplishment.
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Old 09-06-2010, 01:48 PM
 
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I have the perfect place- more beautiful than any of the Hawaiian islands....but like the other posters have said, it's going to be more expensive. Hawaii is actually pretty cheap compared to alot of places.

A cruise would be your best bet. Carnival has cruises for less than a hundred bucks a day and that includes your lodging and meals...and entertainment.
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Old 09-06-2010, 03:20 PM
 
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I'd agree with others on Belize. They speak English, money pegged 2/1 to US dollar, much cheaper than Hawaii, lots of tourist things to do including some of the best snorkeling/diving around, and only a little over three hours from Houston airport.

Do the surf and turf.... a few days on the beach like Caye Caulker then a few days inland at San Ignacio. You can also jump into Guatemala to see Tikal Mayan Ruins on a day trip from SI.

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Old 09-06-2010, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Agree on both counts.
I *loved* off-the-beaten-path Hawaii, and it is not impossible to do it a bit more cheaply, but getting to most places from Denver is not always the easiest accomplishment.
You'll have to share your budget Hawaii stories. One day I want to fly out there, see Pearl Harbor, eat at a hot dog place I saw on No Reservations and then take the roads less traveled from there.
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