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akmtman2
10-02-2007, 19:41
I need some help from all you experienced travelors.

I have been polling my family and there seems to be unanimous agreement that rather than have a traditional Christmas (with gifts), a Christmas family trip would be prefered.

Myself, DW, and four children between the age of 15 and 7. Only my DW and I dive so I need to go someplace warm and sunny that in addition to diving for us we can do things as a family and the children will have some fun also. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

One other thing, my DW says I can't sell the house or any children to pay for it, so reasonbly priced. (I know that "resonably priced" is subjective, but Fiji and the likes are out of the question.)

Again, any ideas would sure be a help.

Flatliner
10-02-2007, 19:47
I need some help from all you experienced travelors.

I have been polling my family and there seems to be unanimous agreement that rather than have a traditional Christmas (with gifts), a Christmas family trip would be prefered.

Myself, DW, and four children between the age of 15 and 7. Only my DW and I dive so I need to go someplace warm and sunny that in addition to diving for us we can do things as a family and the children will have some fun also. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

One other thing, my DW says I can't sell the house or any children to pay for it, so reasonbly priced. (I know that "resonably priced" is subjective, but Fiji and the likes are out of the question.)

Again, any ideas would sure be a help.

1.) What is DW?
2.) I would recommend the Keys.

akmtman2
10-02-2007, 19:53
DW is Dear Wife - at least I feel that way. It could be somthing else but that could be trouble.:smiley5:

I looked at the Keys online. Lots for divers and snorklers, what about kids? Disney World is a longggg drive.

Flatliner
10-02-2007, 20:02
How old are your kids? We did 4 days at Disney and 4 Days in the Keys. My kids (13, 11, 8, and 3) liked the Keys better. However, my DW (sure, dear works) doesn't dive so I had built in child care.

BTW, we stayed at a hotel with a private beach but there are several things to do like swimming with the dolphins, museums, etc.

akmtman2
10-02-2007, 20:07
Did you go in December?

Also, where did you get to swim with dolphins? My daughters would kill to do that.

Flatliner
10-02-2007, 20:11
No, we went in May so it would be a different experience. I have never been in the winter, but I don't think it will be THAT much cooler.

http://www.dolphinsplus.com/

DevilDiver
10-02-2007, 20:11
Cheap ! Great Diving!! Pleanty topside for the family!!!
Check out the link below......:smiley20:

http://www.bayadventures.com/cozumel/rates.htm

Flatliner
10-02-2007, 20:17
Cheap ! Great Diving!! Pleanty topside for the family!!!
Check out the link below......:smiley20:

http://www.bayadventures.com/cozumel/rates.htm

THAT LOOKS FUN...It may be time to get the kids their passports.

DevilDiver
10-02-2007, 20:31
Cheap ! Great Diving!! Pleanty topside for the family!!!
Check out the link below......:smiley20:

http://www.bayadventures.com/cozumel/rates.htm

THAT LOOKS FUN...It may be time to get the kids their passports.

Total blast!! I might have talked myself into ditching the holidays and taking a dive trip!!:smiley32:
:ferie:

And YES it's a good idea to get the kids a passport. You never know when you might have to leave the country in a hurry...........:smiley2:

Capt Hook
10-02-2007, 21:08
Just the fees and taxes flying 6 people to Cozumel would be over $1200, it seems this could get "unreasonable" very fast with lodging and meals and airfare.
Not trying to be negative, just looked at flights and those numbers popped out at me.

Capt Hook
10-02-2007, 21:10
My wife just suggested a Disney cruise, they know how to entertain children AND you could still get some diving in.

akmtman2
10-02-2007, 21:51
How/what are Disney crusies? Would I end up with 4 chumming children hanging over the side?

Capt Hook
10-02-2007, 23:28
No, Disney has a Cruiseship line, large ships like Carnival or Norwegian.
I suppose if were really rough you could get seasick.

divingmedic
10-03-2007, 08:22
All Inclusives are the way to go with kids. Most have "kid camps". They are a bit more pricey but worth every penny. There is a place in Jamacia called FD Resorts and then there are the "Beaches" resorts, Beaches cost a ton of money. Cancun has some good AI resorts also, plus Cozumel is getting more. I think you might be able to get better airfare than 1200 bucks.

dallasdivergirl
10-03-2007, 08:29
I know in Roatan that Anthony's Key has a dolphin program for the kids. I saw tons of families there.

Brickhead
10-03-2007, 10:32
Cheap ! Great Diving!! Pleanty topside for the family!!!
Check out the link below......:smiley20:

http://www.bayadventures.com/cozumel/rates.htm

I agree with DevilDiver
Cozumel or Cancun Playa Del Carmen are all recovering from hurricane damage quickly and need the money so they will have some real deals. The Mexicans recover faster than any others from storms!

There are houses or all inclusives
Brickhead
I stayed in Casa Las Flores - great house and great price - at Christmas it will be a little high but the island is warm and worth it... check out gocozumel.com

http://www.gocozumel.com/island-map.htm