I like Puerto Vallarta, but I really like the Riviera Maya side of Mexico, a little ways south of Cancun. very calm, lush, beautiful beaches, lots to do (Xplor!, Tulum) and I didn't get hassled on the beach either. It'll definitely cost more than Varadero though.
The Dominican is one of the most beautiful places I've seen in the world, but I found the people and staff to be unpleasant and rude, or trying to rope you in on some shady deal and can be really pushy on the beach, so I don't think I'll be going back there anytime soon. gorgeous beaches though!
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Too soon, too soon.A.T.R. wrote:Ferguson seems very warm right now.
If anyone met Erin (formerly with Blue Line Magazine), she might know some really nice warm places!
She's sailing the seas in the land of warm places in her new role on the Love Boat...
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A.T.R. wrote:Ferguson seems very warm right now.
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I speak several languages but I only like to travel to places where I speak the local language, helps one stay that much safer.
I'd suggest former British colonies or commonwealth countries first, then Dutch possessions (like St. Maarten) or former Dutch colonies (although Indonesia is starting to heat up), other Eurpoean former colonies (except Africa), and last Spanish speaking countries (except for Spain), as they tend to be a little iffy.
When things get worse, I take comfort in knowing they can only get better.
Holguin, Cuba is very nice and relaxed. Beautiful beaches with no vendors or jet skis. I think that the food is better than the reputation. Very safe off the resort. It's one of my favorite places. If you do think about Mexico, Cozumel is off the mainland and safer, great fun to explore especially the east coast. Beach quality varies a lot depending on the resort. Roatan, West Bay, exceptional beach and usually very calm. Great restaurants. You can literally walk right off the beach a few hundred feet for world class snorkeling. You need to take some care if you like to get off the beaten trail.
End of September-early October is the best time of year to go because it's the slow season. Oh yeah...the rum is cheap and delicious!Ziggy Stardust wrote:Roatan, West Bay, exceptional beach and usually very calm. Great restaurants. You can literally walk right off the beach a few hundred feet for world class snorkeling. You need to take some care if you like to get off the beaten trail.
Same, we had a tripped planned for there and Hong Kong and cancelled because of the risks.meathead1 wrote:I would avoid Indonesia at all costs.
Clear warm water, greats reefs, and lots to see underwater.
Lots of great operators on the island - Blue XT Sea, Aldora, Scuba Club, Blue Angel, etc.
Locals are friendly. My only complaint is all the hawkers that are trying to sell you something.
Had one who tried to sell me a hash pipe, then some hash, and finally his sister Told him
no thanks I wasn't interested.
I've been to Scuba Club Cozumel four times now, and am going back in March. Check out their
website at http://www.scubaclubcozumel.com
Stay safe !!
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