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DC Gmen Fan : 2/12/2018 8:04 pm
Have vacation in June - looking for beach destination - Zika free areas. Something that would be good for a 3 year old as well. BBI is better than tripadvisor. So what do you guys recommend?
Aruba  
MookGiants : 2/12/2018 8:05 pm : link
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Aruba has Zika  
DC Gmen Fan : 2/12/2018 8:09 pm : link
Anyone been to Cayman?
California or Hawaii  
EliIsEliteX2 : 2/12/2018 8:18 pm : link
Zika free + beaches
Outer Banks  
Jim in Fairfax : 2/12/2018 8:35 pm : link
No Zika.
Antarctica  
superspynyg : 2/12/2018 8:40 pm : link
Best ice beaches. Not a mosquito for 1000 miles
Starting a family this Year?  
Bill L : 2/12/2018 8:42 pm : link
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RE: Starting a family this Year?  
DC Gmen Fan : 2/12/2018 8:47 pm : link
In comment 13830475 Bill L said:
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Been trying to add-on for a couple years now..
We've narrowed it down to  
DC Gmen Fan : 2/12/2018 8:47 pm : link
Bahamas (Atlantis) or Grand Cayman. Shorter travel from the East Coast and Zika free.
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I am Ninja : 2/12/2018 8:51 pm : link
We are going to the Hard Rock in Punta Cana. We usually do HR in Hollywood for a week while visiting friends. This looks like it blows FtL out of the water and is all inclusive. $4800 for all 4 of us for 6 nights, including airfare. Im pretty pumped up for it.
you'll go broke in grand cayman  
gtt350 : 2/12/2018 9:19 pm : link
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Ok so Cayman is out now  
DC Gmen Fan : 2/12/2018 9:54 pm : link
because we don't care for diving. And we hear Atlantis is cheesy and overpriced.
Been going to Hard Rock  
rsmith32 : 2/12/2018 10:04 pm : link
in Punta Cana for years.

One of the biggest casinos in the Caribbean, excellent restaurants, great spa and gym, top shelf liquor, 24/7 room service included...Really has everything you need, and tends to have great deals with $ resort credits to use for spa, gym etc
go to Jamaica Santabel resort caters to kids  
gtt350 : 2/12/2018 10:04 pm : link
I believe in Ocho Rios. Don't worry you will be safe.
also banana bread, Royal Jamacian cigars, Rum, Jerk Chicken, Blue mountain coffee. The all inclusives which this particular resort is is like being on a cruise on land with plenty of water sports and activities.
Just my two cents
RE: Ok so Cayman is out now  
Bill L : 2/12/2018 10:05 pm : link
In comment 13830559 DC Gmen Fan said:
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because we don't care for diving. And we hear Atlantis is cheesy and overpriced.
it is. But I had way more fun there than I expected.
How about the Azores?  
Jim in Hoboken : 2/12/2018 10:08 pm : link
Cheap cause it's an underrated destination, similar to Hawaii in scenery, just a hassle to fly there.

Not my official recommendation  
Bill L : 2/12/2018 10:08 pm : link
But, the Zika outbreak is waning so, so long as youíre moderately careful, you might be okay in expanding your search.

Otherwise, in June I would think that the southern US would have nice beaches. And, Bermuda has always been safe.
RE: Not my official recommendation  
DC Gmen Fan : 2/12/2018 10:11 pm : link
In comment 13830569 Bill L said:
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But, the Zika outbreak is waning so, so long as youíre moderately careful, you might be okay in expanding your search.

Otherwise, in June I would think that the southern US would have nice beaches. And, Bermuda has always been safe.


Any Bermuda recs?
I donít get all the love Aruba gets on this board.  
Crispino : 2/12/2018 10:36 pm : link
Ugly island, no snorkeling/diving. No downtown area, windy to a fault.
The food is great, and the people are very friendly, but I found it a huge snoozefest.
I think thatís the point  
UConn4523 : 2/12/2018 10:37 pm : link
itís super clean, remote, and relaxing. I love Aruba.
food is great  
MookGiants : 2/12/2018 10:44 pm : link
beaches are nice. Plenty of nice hotels, people are very friendly. Incredibly safe so you arent stuck at your resort the entire time. I'd go tomorrow if I could
RE: RE: Not my official recommendation  
Bill L : 2/12/2018 11:10 pm : link
In comment 13830572 DC Gmen Fan said:
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In comment 13830569 Bill L said:


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But, the Zika outbreak is waning so, so long as youíre moderately careful, you might be okay in expanding your search.

Otherwise, in June I would think that the southern US would have nice beaches. And, Bermuda has always been safe.



Any Bermuda recs?
sorry, iíve Never been. Iíve heard good things though and I know that they have never been a zika area. Ugly shorts though.
Belmar, NJ  
8 Ball : 2/12/2018 11:28 pm : link
No zika, maybe just some herpes.
I've heard North Korea is nice this time of year  
jnoble : 2/13/2018 12:50 am : link
And they have quite the sense of humor about American tourists flipping off or mooning one of the many statues to their Dear Leader
Weíre going to club med ixtapa Mexico  
Les in TO : 2/13/2018 6:24 am : link
With our little ones. They have both a kids club for our older one and a little kids club for our two year old so we can have a break. Have only heard great things about the resort and staff
Beaches in Turks  
johnnyb : 2/13/2018 7:02 am : link
Awesome beaches, great resort for kids. Pricey but worth it.
Provo was worth every  
mikeygiants : 2/13/2018 8:13 am : link
dime for us. Very quiet, great food, amazing beaches, great snorkeling...
Anybody ever been to the Ocean Blue all inclusive resort....  
Britt in VA : 2/13/2018 8:21 am : link
in Punta Cana?

My wife and her best friend are travelling there for a belated 40th birthday trip in a couple of weeks....

Safe, etc....?
Meant Bahia Principe Ambar Blue in Punta Cana....  
Britt in VA : 2/13/2018 8:23 am : link
reviews are middle of the road, but it was affordable for them.
Santa Barbara  
BigBlueDownTheShore : 2/13/2018 8:51 am : link
California, no mosquitoes there.
RE: Beaches in Turks  
Bobby Humphrey's Earpad : 2/13/2018 8:52 am : link
In comment 13830650 johnnyb said:
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Awesome beaches, great resort for kids. Pricey but worth it.


How is Turks & Caicos after the hurricane? Heard it got slammed.
Any Hawaii recommendations?  
mmf551 : 2/13/2018 8:54 am : link
Wife and I want to go out there for 10 days in the summer, was thinking Oahu/ Maui split. Seems like hotels really fluctuate in price out there
RE: Any Hawaii recommendations?  
YAJ2112 : 2/13/2018 8:57 am : link
In comment 13830695 mmf551 said:
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Wife and I want to go out there for 10 days in the summer, was thinking Oahu/ Maui split. Seems like hotels really fluctuate in price out there


I'd recommend spending most of your time on Maui. You can get away with just 2-3 days on Oahu, or even just a day trip depending on what your are looking to do there.
RE: Any Hawaii recommendations?  
Les in TO : 2/13/2018 9:03 am : link
In comment 13830695 mmf551 said:
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Wife and I want to go out there for 10 days in the summer, was thinking Oahu/ Maui split. Seems like hotels really fluctuate in price out there
theyíre having cesspool issues impacting drinking water so be careful
RE: Santa Barbara  
TyreeHelmet : 2/13/2018 9:56 am : link
In comment 13830692 BigBlueDownTheShore said:
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California, no mosquitoes there.


One of the nicest places one earth...
RE: Weíre going to club med ixtapa Mexico  
Ron from Ninerland : 2/13/2018 10:50 am : link
In comment 13830642 Les in TO said:
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With our little ones. They have both a kids club for our older one and a little kids club for our two year old so we can have a break. Have only heard great things about the resort and staff
Ixtapa ? You can see Scarface, the live show.
I would be hesitant to bring a 3 year old on flight to hawaii  
beatrixkiddo : 2/13/2018 11:30 am : link
from D.C (I'm assuming). That's going to be an entire day of travel. I personally wouldn't worry about Zika, My wife and I went on our honeymoon in late September to Curacao and mosquitoes weren't an issue anywhere (Granted the ABC islands are all arid). It was a 4 hour flight, and even though you need to go through customs, depending on the time of year your going it doesn't take very long to get through. The Caribbean is loaded with excellent beachs, really it all depends on what your looking for amenities wise, but I'd lean that way if traveling with a young child.



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