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  posted on 1/11/2008 at 04:47 PM
So I fell azzbackwards into a bucket of money. I'm looking for a place to take 9 other family members, age ranges from 5-79. Would prefer a house on a beach. Mexico, the Keys, the Caribbean, Jeckyll Island are places I'm considering. Central and South America are Ok too- been to Brazil, NOT going there (as a married man!!)
Anyone have any neat places they've been to that would be quiet, safe and a ball for a big family?
Thanks for any and all suggestions.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2008 at 04:53 PM
Key west

 

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  posted on 1/11/2008 at 04:59 PM
wait a lil bit and go to Alaska....ya seen one beach ya seen em all....Alaska has one of a kind beauty.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2008 at 05:21 PM
goldtopper - my son is getting married sometime and was talking Riviera Maya area down in Mexico (flights into Cancun). I've been thinking the best way to go from family standpoint would be renting a place on the beach and there are some good deals to be had on some beautiful places when you think in terms of price per person - private beaches, plenty of room so that nobody ends up killing each other , many places come fixed with kayaks and snorkeling gear, close to pyramids and other archeological sites, lot's of eco-parks, ability to swim with dolphins, kid-friendly activities. Here's a link to some stuff I was looking at but there is a lot of stuff available on web. Good Luck!

http://www.rivieramayavillas.com/villas_glance.html

 

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  posted on 1/11/2008 at 06:13 PM
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goldtopper - my son is getting married sometime and was talking Riviera Maya area down in Mexico (flights into Cancun). I've been thinking the best way to go from family standpoint would be renting a place on the beach and there are some good deals to be had on some beautiful places when you think in terms of price per person - private beaches, plenty of room so that nobody ends up killing each other , many places come fixed with kayaks and snorkeling gear, close to pyramids and other archeological sites, lot's of eco-parks, ability to swim with dolphins, kid-friendly activities. Here's a link to some stuff I was looking at but there is a lot of stuff available on web. Good Luck!

http://www.rivieramayavillas.com/villas_glance.html



Cool! Thanks and congrats on the wedding.
I've been looking at www.vacationrentals.com and there's a few on Key West and in Costa Rica that are wickedly nice.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2008 at 06:17 PM
Wildwood, NJ where every day is Saturday night go every summer for about 4 decades now.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2008 at 06:19 PM
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Cool! Thanks and congrats on the wedding.
I've been looking at www.vacationrentals.com and there's a few on Key West and in Costa Rica that are wickedly nice.
Thanks! And keep me posted if you find something in Costa Rica that looks really good. Have always wanted to visit there because of the beach and ecoparks and although decision is entirely up to son and fiance they are not yet solid on plans so I wouldn't be shy about offering up some ideas.

 

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Cool! Thanks and congrats on the wedding.
I've been looking at www.vacationrentals.com and there's a few on Key West and in Costa Rica that are wickedly nice.
Thanks! And keep me posted if you find something in Costa Rica that looks really good. Have always wanted to visit there because of the beach and ecoparks and although decision is entirely up to son and fiance they are not yet solid on plans so I wouldn't be shy about offering up some ideas.


This is what I'm likely gonna do. Huge Deal!!!
http://www.vacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/5632.html

 

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  posted on 1/11/2008 at 09:43 PM
How much would you like to "rough" it? I'm guessing from your post probably not much. But, I camped one time at Maho Bay on St. John, USVI. What a cool place. Excellent beach at the site and all along the north coast. Rent a Jeep at Cruz Bay. Fantasctic snorkeling & hiking. Plus, there is good dining & shopping in Cruz Bay & it's not a long drive from Maho Bay. Probably the coolest place I have ever been to.

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http://www.maho.org/

It looks like they have spiffed it up some since I was there. Not a bad thing.

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  posted on 1/11/2008 at 09:58 PM
I have a house in Hilton Head

 

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  posted on 1/11/2008 at 10:17 PM
We were knockin Hilton Head around too. My wife dearly wants to see Charlseton and I wouldn't mind a day trip to Savannah- maybe drop in on Gregg? He's probably think I'm the lawn guy!

 

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To me, there's no place like Negril, Jamaica................
And if memory serves me right, Little Feat are playing there multiple nights very soon!

 

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  posted on 1/11/2008 at 11:43 PM
I spent some great times on Outer Banks,NC. Had a house that fit 20 comfortably. Needed 4 wheel drive but basically spent the week with ourselves, dolphins and wild horses.
 

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  posted on 1/14/2008 at 12:57 PM
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Cool! Thanks and congrats on the wedding.
I've been looking at www.vacationrentals.com and there's a few on Key West and in Costa Rica that are wickedly nice.
Thanks! And keep me posted if you find something in Costa Rica that looks really good. Have always wanted to visit there because of the beach and ecoparks and although decision is entirely up to son and fiance they are not yet solid on plans so I wouldn't be shy about offering up some ideas.


This is what I'm likely gonna do. Huge Deal!!!
http://www.vacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/5632.html


Thanks for this link goldtopper! Beautiful!

 

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How much would you like to "rough" it? I'm guessing from your post probably not much. But, I camped one time at Maho Bay on St. John, USVI. What a cool place. Excellent beach at the site and all along the north coast. Rent a Jeep at Cruz Bay. Fantasctic snorkeling & hiking. Plus, there is good dining & shopping in Cruz Bay & it's not a long drive from Maho Bay. Probably the coolest place I have ever been to.

Here's a website:

http://www.maho.org/
It looks like they have spiffed it up some since I was there. Not a bad thing.

This has been on my with list for a long time - love camping and I have done some reading on the camphuts available in VI (isn't there also a Nat'l Park Reserve there?) Thanks for the link, mmertens!

And watkinsglen - Yes to Negril!!! Haven't been there for quite awhile but loved it when I was there. Don't know how much I would enjoy some of the all-inclusive spots that are on the beach now but I like the straw huts further up the road by Rick's Cafe...seem to be fairly private and not so commercial as the all-inclusive's (although the all-inclusive's would probably be good for families)

 

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This has been on my with list for a long time - love camping and I have done some reading on the camphuts available in VI (isn't there also a Nat'l Park Reserve there?) Thanks for the link, mmertens!
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Something like 75% of St. John is national park. There are hiking trails across the island and an old, abandoned sugar plantation you can hike to. There is even an underwater park at Trunk Bay.

Cruz Bay is the only town, and the only road goes across the north shore to Maho Bay. In between the road winds along cliffside views of the ocean and there are several great beaches, all with great reefs you can snorkel to.

It is truly an incredible place. If you have an opportunity, you should definitely go! Looking at those pictures makes me want to go back. It's been 20 years since I was there!

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 08:58 AM
I agree with St. John. That was going to be my suggestion, before mmertens beat me to it. If you do choose St. John, you will most likely fly to St. Thomas (although St. Croix could be an option I suppose) and take a ferry over to St. John. My suggestion is to get the ferry closer to the airport, rather than taking a shuttle across St. Thomas to take the shorter ferry ride. The longer ferry ride (by the airport) is more expensive, but easily offsets the cost of the shuttle vans. The ride across St. Thomas is the pits....

Rent a Jeep on St. John and you're good to go. Very easy to get around. Safe. We also stayed at eco-tents, but we stayed at Concordia rather than Maho Bay. Concordia is run by the same folks, but is newer than Maho Bay. Concordia is also more remote, which has its trade-offs as well.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 08:58 AM
More on the eco-tents:
http://www.maho.org/

There are also several very nice resorts on St. John, if eco-tents aren't your style.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 09:05 AM
Interesting article in the AJC about the USVI and its Danish connection. But more importantly, with pictures too!

Article:
http://www.ajc.com/travel/content/travel/otherdestinations/us_stories/2008/ 01/10/trcarib_0110.html

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http://projects.ajc.com/gallery/view/travel/otherdestinations/trcarib0110/

 

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To me, there's no place like Negril, Jamaica................
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my wife and i went there in 2000, great place to go and not to much money

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 09:51 AM
aruba! guaranteed good weather. excellent dining. safe. warm beaches. great water. aruba!
 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 02:37 PM
Anywhere in the Carribean!
 

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Aruba is very nice.. we've been there quite a few times... but my favorite Carribean Island is St. Martin.. has a french side/ dutch side and mountains and some breath taking beaches I have been all over that Island " Go tell it on the mountain "... I can't count how many times over the years from the 70's to mid 90's we've been there..
Also 2nd would be St. Bart's ... fabulous... very private... luxurious beaches

 

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So I fell azzbackwards into a bucket of money. I'm looking for a place to take 9 other family members, age ranges from 5-79. Would prefer a house on a beach. Mexico, the Keys, the Caribbean, Jeckyll Island are places I'm considering. Central and South America are Ok too- been to Brazil, NOT going there (as a married man!!)
Anyone have any neat places they've been to that would be quiet, safe and a ball for a big family?
Thanks for any and all suggestions.


9 family members, plus yourself is 10, ages 5-79?

that's one big bucket.

 

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