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View Poll Results: New Orleans, Tampa, or Orlando?
New Orleans 20 71.43%
Tampa 6 21.43%
Orlando 2 7.14%
Voters: 28. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-18-2014, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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If you were planning a romantic vacation for next month, which one of the cities would you go to? New Orleans, Tampa or Orlando?

This will be your first vacation together, so of course you want it to be special. But you also want to have fun and partake in "vacation" activities.

You'd also like to get the most bang for your buck.

Um, no contest. Tampa and Orlando are dumps, New Orleans is a romantic and historic city with tons to do and see. The only thing that makes Orlando worth visiting is Disney/Epcot.

If you do go to NOLA and want a romantic dinner, go to Irene's Cuisine in the French Quarter, it's a local's favorite restaurant that is known as the best kept secret in the city. Also, try Cafe Adelaide for the most delicious dessert in the city, the White Chocolate Biscuit Pudding.
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Old 09-18-2014, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Guam and St. Croix are not "outside the US." They are outside the continental US, of course. But I thought you were referring to the long-ago days when people could travel to the Bahamas, Mexico and Canada with only a driver's license.

You would be AMAZED how many people still think this is true. I have neighbors who just got shafted out of a cruise because they tried to go to Vancouver without a passport.
Neither is Puerto Rico "outside" the US, just not attached by land, your sentence said there is no where outside the US you can go without a passport except Puerto Rico, and you would be surprised the number of people who do think Puerto Rico is outside the US, they think it's part of the Caribbean, it's own country....

Yes it is nit picking but for people that are newbies to travel we should get the facts straight. American Samoa is another place you don't need a passport but doubt that place is on anyone's radar for travel, lol.

IMO anyone thinking about travel should invest in a passport, they are good for 10 years for adults.

I assume your friends cruise was going to Alaska and they opted for Vancouver over Seattle where they would not have needed a passport.

"There is absolutely no place outside of the US which does not require a passport. They can go to Puerto Rico. But the airfare will eat up most of their budget."

On a different note, nice pics of Tampa you posted
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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Neither is Puerto Rico "outside" the US, just not attached by land, your sentence said there is no where outside the US you can go without a passport except Puerto Rico

Yes it is nit picking but for people that are newbies to travel we should get the facts straight. American Samoa is another place you don't need a passport but doubt that place is on anyone's radar for travel, lol.

IMO anyone thinking about travel should invest in a passport, they are good for 10 years for adults.

I assume your friends cruise was going to Alaska and they opted for Vancouver over Seattle where they would not have needed a passport.
I assume (perhaps incorrectly) that Americans should know what constitutes "America." (I'd love to see the Kure atoll, for instance). "Inside the US" even constitutes Diego Garcia and Guantanamo Bay. (But good luck visiting either place with or without a passport.)

And you assume correctly -- despite the fact that my neighbors both have passports, it slipped their minds to bring them when they flew to Seattle and then tried to go to Vancouver to board their Alaskan cruise.
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Southern, NJ
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For a Romantic vacation on your budget--St. Augustine, Fl. then drive down to Key West. You will see a lot and have a wonderful time.
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Old 09-18-2014, 01:11 PM
 
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Even less, especially this time of year. Me and the girlfriend went to the Bahamas this past May, everything included (airfare, etc), all inclusive for about $1600. I assume prices to the Caribbean are dirt cheap b/c of hurricane season. And you can spend $100 of that $2500 on an expedited passport (we're talking within 5 days).

If I had to pick, I would say New Orleans but if it's not too late, I'd seriously consider looking into a passport and Caribbean trip.
That's the thing. Too much to decide by this weekend which is when everything will be bought and paid for (tickets & hotel)..especially since we are cutting in a bit close.

Thanks! These are great links. Already started checking out the TravelZoo website.

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Um, no contest. Tampa and Orlando are dumps, New Orleans is a romantic and historic city with tons to do and see. The only thing that makes Orlando worth visiting is Disney/Epcot.

If you do go to NOLA and want a romantic dinner, go to Irene's Cuisine in the French Quarter, it's a local's favorite restaurant that is known as the best kept secret in the city. Also, try Cafe Adelaide for the most delicious dessert in the city, the White Chocolate Biscuit Pudding.
Thanks for the great suggestions in New Orleans. Do you think the $2,500 will be fine for a hotel in the CBD or French Quarter? Even the Hilton Riverside is about $1,200 for two people.

For Orlando, the amusement parks are so expensive. And I really wanted to go to Discovery Cove but it's $600 for two people.



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For a Romantic vacation on your budget--St. Augustine, Fl. then drive down to Key West. You will see a lot and have a wonderful time.
Is Key West in close proximity to Tampa, which is close to Clearwater? A car + driving around FL seem like the best vacation.
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Old 09-18-2014, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Cost of first time expedited passport is $195-$210 per the State Department web site. Whether this comes out of the travel budget is your call.

I'm in the minority, but I did not love New Orleans and didn't really find it that romantic of a place. Just didn't click right with either of us.
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Old 09-18-2014, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Southern, NJ
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NJ21 [b]Tampa/Clearwater to KW is a 7 1/2 hr. drive.

Now, I am assuming you are from NJ? Depending on where in NJ, KW is a 24 hr. drive. I would make this a road trip adventure, stopping in different States along the way.

PM me if you would like some information on different rests., ect. for a trip down. [B Fantasy Fest is the last week in Oct. in KW, & you won't be able to get reservations for this year, & the prices triple. The first 2 wks. in Oct. are fine.
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Old 09-18-2014, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, KY
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In reply to your earlier question Key West is not even close to Tampa and Orlando. It's the far southern tip of the Florida Keys, if even a long drive from Miami!
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Old 09-18-2014, 02:53 PM
 
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Yes, New Orleans and Tampa are at the top of the list. Thanks for the information about Centro Ybor, and I had no idea Clearwater was close by..

This makes Tampa a somewhat better prospect.



The Caribbean is a great idea. One person needs to get their passport, unfortunately. No clue what he is waiting for.
No passport required for Puerto Rico or St. Thomas...
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Old 09-18-2014, 02:54 PM
 
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That's the thing. Too much to decide by this weekend which is when everything will be bought and paid for (tickets & hotel)..especially since we are cutting in a bit close.



Thanks! These are great links. Already started checking out the TravelZoo website.



Thanks for the great suggestions in New Orleans. Do you think the $2,500 will be fine for a hotel in the CBD or French Quarter? Even the Hilton Riverside is about $1,200 for two people.

For Orlando, the amusement parks are so expensive. And I really wanted to go to Discovery Cove but it's $600 for two people.





Is Key West in close proximity to Tampa, which is close to Clearwater? A car + driving around FL seem like the best vacation.
8 hour drive from Tampa to Key West, longer if it's slow on Route 1.
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