Winter Family Beach Vacation
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My SIL is thinking that it would be fun to do a family vacation to a beach during the winter next year. So I need some good suggestions of places to go that would interest a variety of people. It would be my parents, brother, SIL, neice, DH, Madeline and me. We were thinking of renting a house for a week. My brother and DH would really like to snorkle, SIL and I are beach people and my parents just want to hang out with the grandkids. We're thinking of staying in the US, but aren't opposed to considering other options.
It was very inexpensive (@ $300.00 per week) to rent a condo on the beach in Gulf Shores...we were there in March of 1998, so prices may have gone up. [img]images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img]
The beach was absolutely beautiful! [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img] The whitest, cleanest sand I have ever seen, and it wasn't too crowded either, even though we were there during spring break season.
Also, we found plenty to do for our kids in the area. All in all, it was one of our favorite trips! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
What about California? It isn't that far from where you are. Key West is going to be a bit involved unless you fly into Miami get a rental drive down and dump it at the rental agency in Key West because you will have NO USE for it. We had a rental a couple years ago and it was truly a waste as we only used it a couple of times and had to pay ridiculous parking prices. Also if you have picky (children) eaters it could be challenging.
A friend of mine did this a couple of years ago in the North Carolina area but I think it might be chilly in the winter (they were there in June or July). They had the MOST amazing time though, I am sure you will enjoy yourselves! Good luck deciding!
We were kind of thinking Key West might be fun, buy a long way to travel. Especially with a five year old and a one year old along for the trip. Might look into S. California or Mexico too. I would love to go to Hawaii but DSIL thinks that would be too expensive. So, we'll see.
Elaine, We're considering just about anywhere at this point since we're just in the beginning stages of planning this.
DH and I will go just about anywhere and so will DB and DSIL. Of course if we go anywhere near Florida we might have to take an extra week to see the mouse. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] DH and DSIL were the ones thinking about Key West with the thinking that my parents would be more acceptable to a domestic location. See, they went to Mexico last year and hated it. So Mexico might be a tough sell.
I really need to talk to my parents more about it and see what they are looking for. I actually think a cruise might be more fun, but my mom said no way. [img]images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img]
DH and I went to Key West for an Adults only trip a few years ago, and it was fun, but definitely not for little kids....there wasn't much of a beach (especially if you are used to large beaches - you'll be disappointed [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] ), and most of the activities and crowds are adult oriented.
I think if your group likes to sit on the beach, and are interested in things for the kids to do, Key West may not be the place to go...
How about Key West? Some friends and I rented an apartment that slept 8 down there one year. We could walk to Mallory Square and Duvall street in no time flat and had a nice bike ride to the beaches. There is a good variety of things to do and the weather that far south is most likely to be good. (My family did go down one winter many years ago when it really was too cold to go in the water....but I think that was just bad luck). -HiddenMickey
Since Hawaii is one place you have considered.....take a look at Expedia and Travelocity for package deals. Seems like I see them a lot. You'd be assured for good temperatures and nice beaches and plenty of relaxing time together there. There are also timeshares that rent weeks and might be a better deal than hotel rooms for everyone. -HiddenMickey