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Captain Larry

Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

by Captain Larry »

Here's what I'm seeking:

1. Four consecutive weeks, mid-January to mid-March

2. Self catered accommodations, or perhaps bed and breakfast

3. Climate does not have to be hot, but at least significantly warmer than a Western Pennsylvania winter

4. Beach in easy walking distance from accommosations

5. Other locations of interest in walking or relatively short driving distance (or public transportation)

6. Relatively safe area (I know guaranteed safety is not available)

7. Can be in USA or any other country that is reasonably accessible and in which I can communicate in English or in a combination of languages and signs

8. Cost of accommodations and food low enough that I do not have to hock the family jewels

If you have any suggestions please give me enough information to allow me to look it up on the Internet. I am somewhat familiar with the Costa del Sol in Andalusia, Spain, having spent such a month there. Barring better suggestions from you experts, I will probably continue to look at Costa del Sol, since it fairly well fits all my criteria.

Thank you.

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blindbutterfly

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

by blindbutterfly »

How about Puerto Rico..  great beaches excellent food..friendly people and  you can rent a apartment ..stay in sanjuan or the west side ( puerta del sol)  nad take sides trips if you desire

you can fligth to aguadilla aiport and stay in Rincon  or Cabo rojo with its beutiful beaches and "local" feel 

http://www.seepuertorico.com/destinations/porta-del-sol

 

http://gopuertorico.about.com/od/planningyourtrip/u/WhatToDo.htm

 

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Captain Larry

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

by Captain Larry »

Thank you. That is a good suggestion. I have not been to the Carribean except on a couple of cruises. Well, I made several trips to Guantanamo Bay and one to Vigues while I was driving a US Navy ship. Most of what I have read about the Carribean leads me to believe it is not for me. But Puerto Rico could be a different story. I'll look into it. Thanks for the links.

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Captain Larry

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

by Captain Larry »

Well, I think it's going to be the Costa del Sol again. Like everywhere else it has some "goods" and some "bads". The area is so much overbuilt in lodging facilities to cover the influx of summertime tourism that the winter rates are deeply discounted. In order to fill as many as possible of the rooms and efficiency appartments the establishments charge barely enough to cover the wages of the workers. From my point of view, that's a "good".

You can't get to Malaga from anywhere in the USA. You have to go somewhere else to start. Three of my least favorite airports for changing planes are Heathrow (London), Barajas (Madrid), and Charles DeGaule (Paris). There are very few itineraries from the USA to Malaga that do not require a plane change in at least one, and frequently two, of those airports. That's a "bad"

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blindbutterfly

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

by blindbutterfly »

Captain larry that is the trip I am planning rigth now.. i am going to costa del Sol.. I am going to Malaga with day trips to ronda,Jerez & Granada..and  that is the issue I am dealing with ..I really hate the stop overs....so far the easiest  I think is

US to Madrid them to malaga...

however if I find a good deal ( I am not going until May 2014) on a round trip to madrid  i may  take it and take the train to malaga from madrid..on return  i am going back to madrid 2 days earlier to enjoy  a little time  in Madrid .. that way I am only dealing with  1 plane ride  :-) the AVE train from Madrid to Malaga is only 2 & 1/2 hours

please continue providing feedback as I am still on the planning stage

I was cheking the  stopover in London but it seen you have to change airport in london

 

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Captain Larry

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

by Captain Larry »

bb, I hadn't even thought about the train. When in Costa del Sol before we considered taking the AVE to Madrid just to add a little of Madrid to the trip. However, I really need to fly out of Washington Dulles Airport and there are no flights to Madrid from IAD. Our previous trip to Malaga went Washington Dulles to New Your JFK and then to Madrid. And then to Malaga. To complicate matters, there was a blizzard in Madrid that delayed our takeoff.

Our friends went Philadelphia to Paris to Malaga. They had a short turnaround in Paris. If not for one of them needing wheelchair assistance they would not have made the connecting flight. On their return they were delayed in Malaga because CDG was not accepting incoming flights. It was experiencing the blizzard that time. They missed the flight to Philladelphia so they flew to Atlanta and then to Philly. So they are kind of opposed to flying through Paris again.

I even found one flight, the cheapest one, on Turkish Air. However, there were plane changes in Istanbul and Paris, and the elapsed time from leaving Washington until arrival in Malaga was 36 hours.

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blindbutterfly

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

by blindbutterfly »

I  can leave from  Phila. So they do have  non stop round trip ...my issue  is from  madrid to Malaga.   I do not want to get in another plane if I don't  have to :-)   So the train maybe a choice for me.   Unless I find  a deal on a connection that I can't refused.   Good luck with anything you decide.  

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kringenwally

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

by kringenwally »

The train only takes 2:20 (the fastest), up to closer to 3 hours for some with more stops along the way. But first you have to get from the airport to the Atocha station of course. If you can book your flight from Philly all the way to Malaga on the one ticket, straight through, with a reasonable time for switching planes in Madrid, then you win. But if it's not through-ticketed, then you're in trouble if the first flight gets in too late for you to catch the corresponding one.

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blindbutterfly

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

by blindbutterfly »

yeah.. that  is my plan.. i been monitoring the fligths and i seen good deals  on  trip to malaga from PHL  but is too ealy for my dates ..so I have to wait... at less i have the option

the ride from  madrid airport to atocha  is not that bad... less than 45 minute in the airport bus ( and around 10 euros)  

but if I can get the  fligths  it saves a  lot of  time...

 

 

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Captain Larry

RE: Lazy Winter Month in a Warm Beach Community

by Captain Larry »

A discussion on the Italy and Malta forum started by someone who will have one day in Malta and wanted to know where to go and what to do caused me to start thinking of Malta as a possible destination for a month in the winter. The climatic conditions are very similar to the Costa del Sol with perhaps just a bit more rain expected. The cost of lodging is about the same as Spain but there are a couple of all-inclusive resorts that might be worth looking into. Airfare and flight arrangements is another story. I said you can't get to Malaga from the USA -- you have to go somewhere else to start. That goes double for Malta! I feel like I need to get Phileas Fogg as a travel agent.

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