Where should 18 people go for a family reunion party?
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Jan 29, 2013 10:00 AM Last Post By: dkoucky
Jan 28, 2013 5:50 PM
Where should 18 people go for a family reunion party?My parents are very adventurous. They just came back from traveling around China on their own. Last year it was Argentina. They did the Annapurna circuit when they turned 60.
Their 50th wedding anniversary is next year, the whole family wants to get together someplace to celebrate. We figure it should be someplace adventurous. We also want it easy for everyone to hang out together.
Our constraints: People will be flying from Boston, Toronto, D.C., California, Nevada, and Alabama. Everyone should be able to get there reasonably easily. The price shouldn't be much more than $1000/person, and less than that is definitely better. At least 3 days, preferably closer to a week.
We are thinking a regular hotel wouldn't be that great, because everyone will be in separate rooms and the common areas often aren't that great for hanging out with family. Maybe a large vacation rental house, or maybe we could take over an entire small hostel. If a live aboard boat is cheap enough maybe that would be good.
Any suggestions for a place to go? Any suggestions for things to do?
Jan 29, 2013 9:51 AM
1I wrote these reviews for someone looking for a first time trip out of the country, but I think they can still be helpful when you are trying to find a Caribbean destination things in parenthesis were added for you:
(El Salvador- Great place with very friendly laid back people. We went to La Libertad and had an amazing stay surfing, swimming, horse back riding, but get out of San Miguel fast as it is pretty sketch)
(Nicaragua- Ometepe is a very cool volcano island on an inland lake with black sand beaches, hiking the volcano is beautiful and there is a really cool hostel on a coffee plantation that was like $10 a night. The Corn islands were very beautiful, but it was stormy the whole time I was there so I can't give a fair review)
(Suriname- no beautiful beaches, but some of the most remote jungle excursions you could ever experience and they might let you rent the whole place less the villagers for your family)
Jamacia-Very beautiful is you go to a smaller town I think we mostly stayed in Negril. Montego Bay and Ochos Rios have a way too dense population of drunk parrot heads. However driving here is a little intimidating as they are all stoned and driving like maniacs
Mexico- Cancun is pretty (It is very "fake", but I did not want to offend her friends who suggested she go there...) but it does not have any charm, head down to Tulum you can rent a car and drive in like 2 hours
Belize- Gorgeous and English is their first language check out Amberguise Cay (you can fly cheap to Cancun and get here in like 4 hours)
Honduras- The country is rough and undeveloped, but over on Roatan there is a ton to see and do for tourists and it has some of the best beaches in the world. (I think it may have been over run since I was there like 8 years ago)
Costa Rica- Beautiful and there are a lot of options of places to stay and things to do, if you go I would cross the border and spend a couple of days on the volcano island of Ometepe in Nicaragua (You can find adventurous options here, we rented a car and drove over to Limon, there were a couple of options for big houses to rent)
Panama- Remote "undiscovered" and beautiful Bocos del Toro is where you want to check out on the Caribbean side. on the way you can see the Panama Canal and maybe stay in the mountains one night for horse back riding and fresh picked coffee
Aruba Bonaire Curacao- nice, but not the best of the Carribean by any means. If you dive Bonaire is a must, but could get boring for more than 3 days or so...)
Trinidad and Tobago- Trinidad is industrial, but Tobago offers friendly laid back atmosphere and great beaches
U.S.V.I. and B.V.I.- great for sailing, but many of the best spots are only accessible by private boat and the trade winds can make beach going a little too windy at times
Keys- Fairly easily accessible so that can make them a party spot, but when it isn't loaded w/ drunk college kids there are a ton of cool little shops and the water is as clear as anywhere.
Jan 29, 2013 10:00 AM
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