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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, 02:55 PM
 
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Is one of you over 25? If not, rental car surcharges are going to eat a good chunk of your budget.
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Old 09-18-2014, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I've heard Cabo is nice this time of year
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Old 09-18-2014, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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I wouldn't head all the way down to Key West. Key West is beautiful. Key West has great old houses and great people and the sunset celebration and some of the nicest watering holes in America. But if what you're looking for is palm trees, fish shacks, juke joints and nice beaches, there are plenty of places that fit that bill that don't come with Key West's outrageous prices.

Islamorada gives the visitor most of what Key West does at less than half the price. Naples is even less. Tampa is even less than that. Key West is one of the most expensive places in the United States. Nobody sends budget travelers to Manhattan for the same reason.
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Old 09-18-2014, 03:23 PM
 
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8 hour drive from Tampa to Key West, longer if it's slow on Route 1.
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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!
Thanks, but no thanks.

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Is one of you over 25? If not, rental car surcharges are going to eat a good chunk of your budget.
We're both over 25 and the other traveler works at Hertz. Hopefully that works to our advantage somehow, but we're using Priceline. So I don't think so.

We're going to stay local domestic since Friday is the deadline (for us) to purchase everything. Islamorada sounds nice, and I am looking into this...but it's looking like New Orleans. Poll results seem to sway towards New Orleans also.

I'm a bit biased since I went to school there..so I was trying to consider other places. I'm also thinking New Orleans because the other traveler just mentioned he is iffy about showing the beer belly & not knowing how to swim. Many excuses he has come up with.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 09-18-2014, 03:25 PM
 
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Thanks, but no thanks.



We're both over 25 and the other traveler works at Hertz. Hopefully that works to our advantage somehow, but we're using Priceline. So I don't think so.

We're going to stay local domestic since Friday is the deadline (for us) to purchase everything. Islamorada sounds nice, and I am looking into this...but it's looking like New Orleans. Poll results seem to sway towards New Orleans also.

I'm a bit biased since I went to school there..so I was trying to consider other places. I'm also thinking New Orleans because the other traveler just mentioned he is iffy about showing the beer belly & not knowing how to swim. Many excuses he has come up with.

Thanks everyone!
If you choose New Orleans, skip the rental car. A cab from the airport is $20 and almost everything is either walkable or on the Streetcar line. You'll pay $25+ per night to park at any of the hotels near the French Quarter.
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Old 09-18-2014, 04:24 PM
 
Location: North Central S.A.
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I love love love New Orleans.
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Old 09-18-2014, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I voted for New Orleans as the most romantic. Orlando? Never!

However you can do much better for your money. I will subtract $200 for 2 passports and there are still dozens and dozens of romantic vacations to choose. Look at the cruises on the 90 day ticker. Discount Cruises, Last Minute Cruises, Cruise, Cruise Line, Cruise Vacation

Plus the passports are something everyone should have and they are good for 10 years now!
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Old 09-18-2014, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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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.
You can stay at the Dauphine hotel in the Quarter for about $250/night, the Ritz will cost $600/night and the Windsor Court will cost $325/night. Other than that, you can find decent hotels for between $150-250. Hotel quality drops fast when you're not staying at a luxury boutique or a nationally recognized luxury chain. I believe the Dauphine hotel has Tempurpedic beds still, and it's just off of Bourbon Street in a quiet part of the quarter.

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Is Key West in close proximity to Tampa, which is close to Clearwater? A car + driving around FL seem like the best vacation.
Key West is at least a 7 hour drive from Tampa...though that drive isn't bad, you can go by places like the Everglades and the southwest coast of Florida which is pretty nice. Going to college in New Orleans we spent a lot of time in Florida (played on the hockey team, most of our games were in Florida against FGCU, SFU, UF, FSU and a few others I forget) and it was usually pretty boring compared to New Orleans and the food was never close to as good until you get down to Miami and have the Cuban food.
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:40 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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This year I spent a week in St. Pete, which is in the Tampa Bay area and had a great time. Went to some of the tourist attractions like Ybor City in Tampa and the Sunken Gardens in St. Pete ... and yes it was romantic.
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