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Old 02-22-2016, 11:35 AM
 
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I am planning a trip in summer time and want to know which is the best place to visit where ill get the most of my money. I want a mix of nightlife, beaches, culture & food. and ofc price.

So out of mexico, cuba, costa rica, Jamaica..which is the best to travel to for a vacation ? Btw this plan is with friends and not with family.
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Old 02-22-2016, 11:40 AM
 
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Out of your list, Mexico will tick all your boxes, plus it is on the continent so will offer you the most variety and value.
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Old 02-22-2016, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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For the nightlife and culture I'd say either Mexico or Jamaica. If you're coming from the US, getting into Cuba could be a little trickier than you might think. Costa Rica is beautiful and if you were going with family it'd be my top choice, but not with friends looking for a good time.
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:13 PM
 
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Where are you travelling from? Where is your original starting point? Is cost a factor?

I've heard many raves about Costa Rica and Panama, if you're looking for something that will give you opportunities to get off the beaten path. If you really want to party, probably Jamaica or Mexico. Cuba is actually pretty tame compared to most Caribbean destinations, and the food gets consistently poor reviews from people I know who've visited.
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Old 02-25-2016, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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Where are you travelling from? Where is your original starting point? Is cost a factor?

I've heard many raves about Costa Rica and Panama, if you're looking for something that will give you opportunities to get off the beaten path. If you really want to party, probably Jamaica or Mexico. Cuba is actually pretty tame compared to most Caribbean destinations, and the food gets consistently poor reviews from people I know who've visited.
Based on your name you are from Canada? Just curious, do Canadians have a difficult time with immigration upon entering the country as I've read many Americans do from what you've heard from people you know that have visited?
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Old 02-25-2016, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Based on your name you are from Canada? Just curious, do Canadians have a difficult time with immigration upon entering the country as I've read many Americans do from what you've heard from people you know that have visited?
If you're talking about Cuba for this Canadian the answer would be no.. I've been to the country 3 times and never had any issues with Immigration.. Two of three times the officer didn't say one word.. The other time the officer said my name and nodded. Easy peasy..

Havana is a really fun city.. Great vibe, old cars, Spanish Colonial architecture and if you know where to go some good food. The people are an absolute riot.. Just so easy going.. Cheap rum too. Its easy to find some Cubans who will show you where the party is at

Another thing - its very very safe!

This is a great site for all things Cuba:
http://www.cuba-junky.com/

They even have a special section for USA travellers.
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Old 02-26-2016, 01:34 PM
 
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i would be travelling from canada..with costa rica, dont ppl suggest to live in a resort but with that, dont you have to stay in the resort where its limited things to do. I want somewhere where i can explore as well as find decent places to stay closeby to the beaches/nightlife/good people...

i feel like mexico is more popular..
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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If you're talking about Cuba for this Canadian the answer would be no.. I've been to the country 3 times and never had any issues with Immigration.. Two of three times the officer didn't say one word.. The other time the officer said my name and nodded. Easy peasy..

Havana is a really fun city.. Great vibe, old cars, Spanish Colonial architecture and if you know where to go some good food. The people are an absolute riot.. Just so easy going.. Cheap rum too. Its easy to find some Cubans who will show you where the party is at

Another thing - its very very safe!

This is a great site for all things Cuba:
Cuba-Junky - All About Cuba Traveler's information and reviews

They even have a special section for USA travellers.
That's cool. I'd love to visit Cuba as soon as it's open for easy US travel. With the airlines being granted access to do daily flights there it's coming soon hopefully. My pause was a recent story I read where they sent 3 Americans to Cuba and they documented not only the country but also the horrendous process of entering the country and the hours spent in immigration. Certainly not something I want to experience firsthand! lol
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Old 02-27-2016, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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i would be travelling from canada..with costa rica, dont ppl suggest to live in a resort but with that, dont you have to stay in the resort where its limited things to do. I want somewhere where i can explore as well as find decent places to stay closeby to the beaches/nightlife/good people...

i feel like mexico is more popular..
Absolutely no reason that you must stsy in a resort in Costa Rica! Rent a car and explore.
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Old 03-02-2016, 05:06 AM
 
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Jamaica can be fun, but remember that they drive on the other side of the road if you rent a car. It can be dangerous if you find yourself in a bad area (from what I've heard), but many countries can be dangerous if you don't use your head and stick to populated areas.
Cuba was no problem for us to enter, but the food isn't good at most resorts. The people are SO friendly though. The beaches are gorgeous!
Mexico and Dominican Republic, I found them similar in beaches and people (friendly) DR is dirty, and the merchants on the beach can pester you. Mexico is much cleaner and more modern.

Have you thought of going to the US Virgin Islands? We went to St Croix and loved it. Oh, and it's another place that drives on the other side of the road. We rented a car and drove all over the Island. Beautiful!
One thing I found though were the vets that were homeless junkies. They approach you in the supermarket parking lots begging for money.
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