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Old 10-28-2014, 04:35 AM
 
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Read carefully what they want in exchange for free lodging.
Some even give meals.

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Old 10-28-2014, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Not luxury but affordable. Manasota Key is below Siesta, doesn't draw the spring break crowd and hopefully it never will

Manasota Key House Rental: Beachfront - 3 Cottages Super November Special | HomeAway

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p553611vb

Most of these vacation rentals have washers and dryers which means you can pack light
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Old 10-28-2014, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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There is also Matlacha (mat la shay) other side of Cape Coral, you would fly into Fort Myers

Old style FL and doesn't draw the spring breakers.....I'm telling you my quiet secret places in FL...lol

Pine Island Cottage Rental: Bayfront Cottages - Great Fishing, Kayaking, Pool, Boat Dock. | HomeAway


http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p210039vb
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Old 10-28-2014, 01:35 PM
 
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You could also consider driving. Gulfport is only a 10 hour drive. Nice beaches, and less expensive. You could drive it easily in a day each way--it would be maybe $200 in gas. That would leave you $1000 for a rental and $100 a day in spending money.
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Old 10-29-2014, 05:20 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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You could also consider driving. Gulfport is only a 10 hour drive. Nice beaches, and less expensive. You could drive it easily in a day each way--it would be maybe $200 in gas. That would leave you $1000 for a rental and $100 a day in spending money.
Gulfport MS ?
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:30 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I'm guessing the Gulf Coast tourism is still hurting from the oil spill, so you may be likely to find a reasonably-priced, high-end place somewhere along there.
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I'm guessing the Gulf Coast tourism is still hurting from the oil spill, so you may be likely to find a reasonably-priced, high-end place somewhere along there.
Actually, in part because of BP paying for lots of advertising outside the region's traditional drive-in market, the northern Gulf Coast has been seeing record tourism numbers, and lodging prices are higher than they've ever been, especially during Spring Break season when the OP's dates are.

Panama City Beach isn't even going to bother to market to college kids for Spring Break 2015 because they feel like they don't need to.
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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Yeah on VRBO the prices for the gulf coast areas were not as cheap as I thought.

I'll see about possibly driving down somewhere, although still would prefer flights though to save some time.

I'll wanna do more looking around the FL area.
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Yeah on VRBO the prices for the gulf coast areas were not as cheap as I thought.

I'll see about possibly driving down somewhere, although still would prefer flights though to save some time.

I'll wanna do more looking around the FL area.
See my posts above # 32 & #33 and check out Manasota Key and Matlacha, both on gulf coast of FL and below Sarasota so should be warm last week in March and neither place a Spring Break Magnet
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Old 11-09-2014, 03:39 PM
 
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End of March is a good time to get a bargain on the West End of St. Croix, U S Virgin Islands ... a tropical island in the Carribbean AND under the US flag.

Given your high priority on scenic and quiet, not depending on drinking and partying for a good time .... you might find these well worth checking out and within your budget.

Closeby .... Miles of beaches each with a different character, and several of our personal favorites are on the western shore and walking distance of the following very affordable links (below). They all have kitchens or kitchenettes so you can fix many meals yourselves (a huge dollar saver no matter where you go), but also walking distance to a good beach side cafe restaurant and other mom & pop eating options. Includes walks on pristine beaches of US wildlife refuge, where famous sea turtle nesting grounds are protected. The migration might be active during March!! Includes snorkeling and scuba diving options close by ("world class" at the Frederiksted pier closeby) and other water sports.

Very low key ... and NOT a overly touristy feel. You can experience diverse cultural differences if that appeals to you, up close and personal, or not. You can have some genuine cross-cultural adventures or just multi-beach relaxing, all in easy reach.

For example, there is a large group of young WWOLFer-type homesteaders expanding organic farming in the rainforest closeby. (Look up farmers market pickup weekly near Frederiksted Pier each Wed afternoon before you go ... you can order organic produce online starting each Sunday morning, or just go meet them at pickup time for the weekly bumper crops.)

Of the three US VIrgin Islands, STX is the most rural and least touristy, least expensive, most laid back. Not for everyone, but your description of what you want leads me to sent you our best bargain links and names:

Sugar Hill by the Sea: St Croix Inn Frederiksted Hotel In St Croix Rentals St Croix Lodging
Sand Castle on the Beach
Cottages by the Sea | Vacation in St. Croix US Virgin Islands | St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Oh yes, if rustic rainforest (but need a car to get to beaches, but not very far... maybe 15-20 minute drive on jungly roads) seems interesting, then lookup Mt. Victory Camp ground. Another young homesteader couple run it .... graduates of the well known Tracker School in NJ and able to teach how to live off the land .... literally!!

If you want to explore the island, renting a car is a good idea ... as little as $250/week .... at Centerline Car Rental, who have an airport booth and good service. There is also very informal taxi service ... ask locals about how it works.

Airport code is STX so you can check airflight costs, often through Miami, Puerto Rico, or maybe a seaborne plane hop from St. Thomas island. Airfares from midAtlantic have cost us between $450 and $650 for years, with little rhyme or reason, so we stalk fares starting about now (Nov/Dec) for Feb tickets, which is smack dab in the middle of high season's higher prices. You might do better in late March .... and certainly if even further off the high season.

We go to STX every winter and always find new adventure. By midMarch there are more available rentals, since the most crowded part of high season runs through mid-March. Perfect timing for you. We know the owners of the rental links personally, and have many mainland friends over the years be very pleased at an economical taste of the Caribbean island escape from winter!!

Good luck, where ever you end up!!
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