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Warm winter destination outside the box?

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Warm winter destination outside the box?

I've never been down to the warm destinations. Thinking about it soon. Any recommendations for beautiful beaches/scenery/calm, where I can get by with English (possibly French, depending, and learning Spanish).

So, yeah, of course there's the major spots, and likely they are the most reasonably priced with everyone going, but I'd want to avoid masses of people, and have some quality relax time.

So, places to go, and recommendations on where to book would be appreciated! Thanks much!
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bolthead wrote: I've never been down to the warm destinations. Thinking about it soon. Any recommendations for beautiful beaches/scenery/calm, where I can get by with English (possibly French, depending, and learning Spanish).

So, yeah, of course there's the major spots, and likely they are the most reasonably priced with everyone going, but I'd want to avoid masses of people, and have some quality relax time.

So, places to go, and recommendations on where to book would be appreciated! Thanks much!
St Martin- half of the island is French the other half is Dutch.

Islands like the Bahamas, Aruba, St Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, USVI, British Virgin Islands, Grenada and St Kitts are primarily English speaking.

I would not rule out places like Puerto Rico or Mexico- English is widely spoken throughout the tourist areas.
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Maldives, Bora Bora, Bali, Phuket etc...
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Bocas del Toro, Panama. It's what the Caribbean used to be before the influx of all-inclusive resorts and mass tourism.
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The Cook Islands. Less expensive than other South Pacific destinations and not crowded at all.
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I get away every year. The DR is recommended but this year I'm considering Haiti. Mexico is just too touristy for my liking.
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Montserrat, Dominica, Barbuda, St. Eustatius (Staas), They're all islands in the Caribbean, but you can only get there from another Caribbean island. You could look into some smaller islands in the Bahama's too.
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I recommend Exuma (chain of small islands in the Bahamas) very highly - very relaxed and few tourists! We had empty beaches when we were there in July. It was glorious!
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Go east, not south! Try Spain or Portugal, or you can get some great deals for Greece, Croatia (anywhere around the Adriatic).
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bertvl wrote: Go east, not south! Try Spain or Portugal, or you can get some great deals for Greece, Croatia (anywhere around the Adriatic).
While nicer than anywhere in Canada during the winter, none of these countries have anything close to "beach weather" during these months.
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bertvl wrote: Go east, not south! Try Spain or Portugal, or you can get some great deals for Greece, Croatia (anywhere around the Adriatic).
Those places aren't exactly warm in the winter months
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bertvl wrote: Go east, not south! Try Spain or Portugal, or you can get some great deals for Greece, Croatia (anywhere around the Adriatic).
Not beach weather.

OP Dubai/Abu Dhabi is a great option if you are looking for something different. You could easily spend a week there.
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Could you porvidde some insights asto specific date range and budget? This could help narrow things down...
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Belize? I know someone who goes there every year and speaks highly of it.

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