This winter, I want to go somewhere warm and sunny, say late January or February. My husband and I had hoped to charter a sailboat in the British Virgin Islands. That will not be happening.
Do you have any suggestions?
Cost is the largest issue. We could sail the BVI, but don’t want to spend that kind of money right now. We also know a wonderful place in the Bahamas, but that will have to wait. Both of those trips run around $5,000 total for two people.
I have a slight hankering to include scuba diving on this trip. If we do that, I would like to keep total trip costs to about $2,000 total for two people.
I am open to cheaper places, even non-water places. I just want warm and sunny.
We are not cruise people. We prefer smaller crowds. A bit rustic is OK. Heck, camping would be completely acceptable. We live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, which happens to be a Delta Airlines hub. If it helps, we have Delta frequent flyer miles that we are willing to use.
Side note: did you know there are ocean front campsites in the Florida Keys? They are so amazing you have to book them a year in advance. We narrowly missed our window for this winter.
So, what suggestions do you have for a couple seeking winter warmth and sun? Please let me know in the comments below.
*Photo credit: Alexander von Halem (barockschloss on Flickr), Creative Commons License
Hey, we’re up in Winnipeg and looking for very much the same thing! We’re trending towards Barbados (done BVI and it’s fantastic) this winter. Pretty much resorted to spending the $4-5K tho. You only live once! GL with your search.
Astrid Bryce says
Thanks Mark for the suggestion. It is good to know that other northerners like to retreat south for an escape in the winter, and the price range you’ve found. I’m still hoping for something cheaper. Or maybe we will win the lottery and then we can join you in Barbados.
Haven’t picked yet? We’ve settled for St. Lucia this spring. Cost for two coming in right at your budget!
Astrid Bryce says
Thanks for sharing! This winter we’re headed to the Florida Keys, but I’m still collecting ideas for future winters. It’s good to know where other people like to go, and if it’s in our budget. Thanks. Enjoy your trip.