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Jul 30th, 2005, 06:58 AM
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Fournadeau:
I see that you have narrowed the search down to Maui and Kauai.For accomodations on Kauai..check out the Marriott and the Hyatt.The Hyatt was voted a really good family resort by the Travel Channel.
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Jul 30th, 2005, 12:48 PM
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We've stayed at an AI in Playa del Carmen with our two sons and we had a great time. We went on a charter with GWV and we stayed at the Iberostar Quetzal. The grounds were gorgeous and there was plenty to do. In the afternoon to get out of the sun for a bit, we could paint pottery by the pool. This was fun plus we were able to paint/make souvenirs that had special meaning! We also took some day excursions: to Xcaret, ATVs to the cenotes (sunken caves in which you can swim), a trip to Cozumel and we really splurged and flew up to Chitzen Itza! This splurge was worth every penny - seeing the Mayan pyramids and learning more about the Mayan culture really intrigued my boys. Basically, there was/is a TON to do or not do in Playa del Carmen. It's a really beautiful, fun place.
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Jul 30th, 2005, 04:42 PM
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I can also recommend the Mayan Riviera of Mexico which is south of Cancun. Therre are some wonderful AI resorts there. I can personally recommend the Barcelo Maya resort and we have had 3 family reunions there with ages from 8 to 70s. There is on site snorkeling, pitch n putt, mini golf and all kinds of water sports included along with great land sports included. They have a great disco and a the best theatre in the area along with the best beach in the area. If you want more information or to look at tons of pictures of this resort and area take a look at this private website for this resort. It even has a discussion forum to ask questions if you want.
http://www.unofficial-barcelo-maya.com/

There is so much to see and do in the area with the Mayan ruins to explore, cenotes to swim in and eco/water parks.

We have been to a fair number of islands in the Caribbean, but so far this resort and this area of Mexico is our favorite.
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Jul 31st, 2005, 04:45 AM
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The Timothy Beach Resort in St. Kitts has received good reviews and you can rent a jeep to tour the island. You can also sail to Nevis on a day trip.
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 04:45 AM
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Sorry, haven't had time to check the talk line lately. I was excited to get more info from everyone. This is such a great tool for planning a vacation. I think we are probably going to do the Mexico thing. I am a little concerned about the water because that would stink to get sick. I would love to do Hawaii but it's too long of a flight. I want the kids to get one long flight under their belt before that one. I will be looking for an AI resort and when to go. The kids are in year round school and only have DEC, March, June, and Sept.off. I have good memories of spring break in my 20's but I DO NOT want my kids to see any of that yet! I think Dec. might be a little cool and June a little hot. I am left with Sept. which is smack dab in hurricane season. What month do ya think is the best out of those? I had done research on XPU-Ha Palace.Does anyone have a thought on which AI is the best one. I mean great location (beach) and good food. We are somewhat easy to please.
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 02:42 PM
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Personally, I think you are on the right track with the Mayan Riviera. You can't beat it for the price and activities. We adore a little place called Akumal, about an hour south of Cancun. It has wonderful snorkeling right in the main bay (swimming with turtles is almost guaranteed) and is a great "jumping off point" for Tulum ruins, Xel-Ha park, and many authentic Mexican experiences.

We love this little community because it is well located, with a couple of small grocery stores, 6 or so restaurants and friendly people. Lots of beach snorkeling also which is our favorite thing to do. There is one nice hotel on the bay, reasonable rates, called Hotel Akumal Caribe and lots and lots of condo choices with kitchens,etc.

The best place to learn more on this area of Mexico is locogringo.com. The message board is specific to that area and very very active. Also, I wouldn't worry about an AI because of the water - every hotel and condo is going to supply you with bottled water to drink. And the food is wonderful - please venture outside of your hotel and little and experience it! There are many many great restaurants that you can get recommendations for if you are concerned.

Enjoy!
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 03:33 PM
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The XPU-HA Palace is next to the Barcelo Maya resort and the beach at the Barcelo Maya is one of the best in the area. Don't worry about the drinking water too much as most of the newer all inclusives in the area have on site water purification systems and also provide free bottled water to drink. We have travelled to Mexico a number of times and have never gotten sick, but always take precaution when off resort and drink only factory bottled drinks, eat only fruits or vegetables that are either cooked or can be peeled and other foods that are cooked. Cancun is more party central and very Americanized now, but the Mayan Riviera area is more like old Mexico with wonderful new resorts.
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Aug 5th, 2005, 05:26 AM
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thanks for more info. I am going to check out the website. I know I have narrowed the weeks we can fo to the last week in Sept, first week in Dec, or first week in June. I am not sure what week is the best weathere wise. Is Dec too cold in the water?
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Aug 5th, 2005, 06:47 AM
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Here is a weather site that will give you recorded weather averages for each month of the year for Yucatan Penisula area of Mexico. It will give you an idea of what to expected in the way of temperatures, rainfall, etc. If you go to the home page of this site, you can almost look up most travel destinations.

http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/w...efer=&units=us

I had a site for ocean temperatures, not sure if I can find it, but if I do, I will post it.
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Aug 5th, 2005, 07:29 AM
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Here is a site for diving water temperatures. It is not perfect, but will give you an idea of water temperatures you can expect for different area for each month.

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homep...ps.htm#florida
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Aug 8th, 2005, 04:35 AM
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thanks so much for the weather guide. It's amazing how much people know out there!!
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