As I mentioned last week, we are trying to plan our next vacation. We’re thinking about going at the end of January or beginning/middle of February (to beat the spring break rush and price gouging).
We’d like to go someplace warm… at least warmer than here. By mid-winter, we really need a break from the cold. I’d love beach time, but it seems like that might not really be possible unless we go REALLY far away. So we’d be happy just going to a fun city, with mild weather, with a lot to do. We’re thinking we’ll have about 7-8 days. And we don’t want to spend a ton of money.
Here are the current front-runners:
1. South Florida
We’re thinking about flying into Miami (or Fort Lauderdale), spending a few days there, and then driving down to Key West and spending the rest of the time there. From my internet research, sounds like the average high temperature for this time of year is 75 degrees. Not exactly beach weather, but a hell of a lot warmer than it’ll be here. And even though I know there are other things to do, we keep asking ourselves… is it really worth going to Florida if you can’t go to the beach??
2. San Diego/Los Angeles, California & San Antonio, Texas
With this trip, we’re thinking about flying out to San Diego or L.A. (whichever is cheapest for airfare), spending 4 days there, then flying to San Antonio to spend 3-4 days there before heading back east. Average temperatures in San Diego/L.A. are only about 65 degrees. Not sure about San Antonio, but since they don’t have beaches, it doesn’t really matter all that much. I’ve been to SoCal (multiple times, actually), but it’s obviously beautiful, and Michael has never been. San Antonio is one of those cities I’ve always wanted to go to. But again, I ask… if you take the beach out of SoCal, is it worth going to? I’ve only ever been in the summertime.
3. Costa Rica
This one is obviously a lot more expensive than our other options. Weather should definitely be warm. Budget plays the biggest role in the decision on this one. Airfare alone is approximately twice as much as the other options. We might have a hook-up for a good deal on accommodations, but we’re really not sure. Anyone ever been? What did you do there? Where did you stay? Do you recommend?
4. Options yet to be discovered
Are there other places we should be considering? Originally, I really wanted to go to the Caribbean, but I researched a few places and they’re either really expensive, or the weather is iffy that time of year (or both). We really don’t want to go on a cruise… I’m not sure why exactly, but the idea of one has never appealed to us. Just not our “thing,” I suppose?
We’re obviously not really set on any one place. We’re open to suggestions and reviews. We’ll appreciate any information that can be provided by people who have actually been to these places. I’ve found this little blog community to be so helpful for past trips, so I figured… who better to ask? :)
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AboutI'm Heather. I just turned 30. I'm happily married, and mommy to the most beautiful little girl in the world (what, you're saying I could be biased?). Determined DIYer and homeowner. Sarcastic. A perfectionist. A bleeding-heart liberal. Frugal. Loves a little dog way more than many humans. Loves food, hates exercise (it's an ongoing battle). A loyal football fan. I love to laugh. Value family and friends above all else. Vie to be a world traveler.
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