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Sicily in March or Brazil in March: if have one vacation to take this year?

Nov 30th, 2010, 05:30 AM
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Sicily in March or Brazil in March: if have one vacation to take this year?

Hello, My husband and I love hiking, relaxing at beautiful beaches, and seeing historical sites and museums. We also love hanging out in bustling town centers for an evening drink and people watching. We love music and dance also. If we have one vacation to take this year, and it is in March, would we enjoy Brazil more or Sicily more? Thank you for any input! We want a wonderfully relaxing and beautiful two weeks!
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Nov 30th, 2010, 05:34 AM
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Our reservations with Sicily are: will it be too cold? Our reservations with Brazil: crime and ease of transportation. We have also considered Argentina (Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Patagonia maybe?) or Thailand. Thoughts?
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Nov 30th, 2010, 05:58 AM
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I was concerned about crime before going to Brazil but we didn't experience any problems. Ease of transportation in Brazil, as in most places, depends on where you're coming from and where you're going to. Rio's setting is absolutely gorgeous. For more about our Brazil trip see:
http://www.fodors.com/community/sout...-to-brazil.cfm
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Nov 30th, 2010, 06:57 AM
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I don't think March would be " beach weather" in Europe.
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Nov 30th, 2010, 07:17 AM
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Depends how you define beach weather. It was in the low 70s for much of last spring but that did seem unusual.

I wouldn't head for Sicily for the beaches, they are nowhere close to the best in Europe. The food, architecture and "cultural diversity" are worth a visit alone. We visited out of season in November and it was an experience. Not relaxing but an exeperience.

There again if you want relaxing head for The Exumas.
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Nov 30th, 2010, 07:26 AM
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"The beginning of May is the beginning of Sicily’s beach and swim season, but the seas are chilly in May. June is really a better start for the beach season, and depending on the year, the beach season could continue through October, and occasionally into the beginning of November."
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Nov 30th, 2010, 07:29 AM
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That's true, but I'm very fair so I cannot sit on a beach too long, just late or early in the day. That's why we need other activities: preferably cultural and outdoorsy - hike to a monastery or castle, for example
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Nov 30th, 2010, 07:32 AM
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Ok, so I guess we should not go to Sicily in March if we want the full experience. What about Argentina v. Brazil? I've heard you can get amazing food for very cheap in Argentina. Is it the same for Brazil? I know this is the "Europe" forum, but what do you think of Buenos Aires, Northern Patagonia, and Mendoza for a two week vacation?
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Nov 30th, 2010, 07:51 AM
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I posted some questions about Rio on SA board and got many helpful suggestions. You might try the same.
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Nov 30th, 2010, 08:05 AM
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Ok, thanks I'll do that. Have you also been to Buenos Aires? Travel+Leisure called it one of "Top 10 Cities of the World" but it looks so bland in photos.
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Nov 30th, 2010, 08:21 AM
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I have not been to SA yet. Planing Rio and BA for next year.
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Nov 30th, 2010, 08:22 AM
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BUT: I am worried that Rio / Buzios ? floripa will not be as prestty as Sicily . . .
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Nov 30th, 2010, 09:45 AM
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Well what about Sicily in the very END of March? We still can't swim? I was thinking about visiting the Aeolian Islands also, but I see the hotels are just opening for teh last week of March. Couldn't it be romantic to be there when it's so empty?
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Nov 30th, 2010, 09:49 AM
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If you are looking for beaches in Brazil, you should look at places other than Rio...while I liked Rio, I would not choose it if beaches were my main interest..

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/200...-brazil-top-10

I would not count on beach time in Sicily in March.
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Nov 30th, 2010, 10:33 AM
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I love that article! Thank you!! How do we get to Fernando de Noronha? It looks so remote. Can we visit Caraiva, Trancoso and Fernando de Noronha in one trip? Thanks
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Nov 30th, 2010, 10:39 AM
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"Couldn't it be romantic to be there when it's so empty?"

No it is bloody awful, like turning up to a party a day late and picking through the left-over food. There are little things in travel worse than Southern Med resorts out of season. We talk from 40 years experience. The sun in summer covers up a whole load of deficiencies.
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Nov 30th, 2010, 11:01 AM
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More on Trancoso including how to get there:


http://www.travelandleisure.com/arti...rancoso-brazil

I've never been outside of the Rio area, so cannot help more.
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Nov 30th, 2010, 11:46 AM
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Thank you! I think this article has succeeded in convincing my husband to go to Brazil. Trancoso sounds blissfully relaxing!
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Dec 9th, 2010, 03:53 PM
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OH MY GOD ARE YOU KIDDING? BRAAAZIL! Its Carnaval!!! I would highly recommend you go to a smaller city like Salvador to experience it because in Rio it sucks.. you just sit in a stand and watch the dancers. In Salvador everyone on the streets are part of the parade. Rio is extremely dangerous, everyone I know and myself have had probs there

Im planning to live in Florianopolis after I leave Buenos Aires.

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