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Loved 1 mo on Sanibel Island...where to go this year?

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Loved 1 mo on Sanibel Island...where to go this year?

Our family (two boys ages 9 and 11, mom and dad) spent a July 2008 in Sayulita, Mexico and July 2009 on Sanibel Island, Florida. We want to spend July 2010 in a town in central america/mexico/southern US.

We enjoy family friendly, surfing crowd, artsy feeling places. We are looking for a condo/house on or right near a sand beach. We are looking for a place with a pool. We are open to renting a car, but really like being able to spend a month walking places, shopping in small grocery stores and hanging out on the beach. We aren't looking for a big hotel resort for this trip.

July is our only travel month due to school schedules and don't care if it is super humid or super hot. Any reccomendations for where to go this July?

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1. Re: Loved 1 mo on Sanibel Island...where to go this year?

Sounds like you are describing Key West!

haines, alaska
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2. Re: Loved 1 mo on Sanibel Island...where to go this year?

Except for "surfing crowd" and near a "sand beach"......After reading some of the posts about the Keys on this forum, I would not want to spend an entire month there with a family.......Hopefully someone can come up with better suggestions for you......

Cummington, MA
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3. Re: Loved 1 mo on Sanibel Island...where to go this year?

You might want to post on the beach vacations forum

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4. Re: Loved 1 mo on Sanibel Island...where to go this year?

We really enjoyed Costa Rica. The area near Manual Antonio National Park on the Pacific side was lovely. Peaceful country.

Another thought would the west coast of Puerto Rico in the surfing town of Rincon.

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5. Re: Loved 1 mo on Sanibel Island...where to go this year?

http://www.blogthebeach.com/

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6. Re: Loved 1 mo on Sanibel Island...where to go this year?

I should have added this guy also..... http://www.beachhunter.net/

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7. Re: Loved 1 mo on Sanibel Island...where to go this year?

I'd really recommend checking out Vieques, Puerto Rico. I go down there every year for a week. It has everything you asked about, including surfing. There's another trip advisor forum dedicated entirely to Vieques that has tons of great info. Its the only place I've ever been that has nicer beaches than Sanibel. Its not as well manicured but thats because tourism is relatively new to the island. Here's a good site to start with but you'll get all your questions answered here on TA:

www.better-flats-fishing.com/vieques.html

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8. Re: Loved 1 mo on Sanibel Island...where to go this year?

I second Vieques, much more beautiful than Rincon imho, but surfing? where?

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San Pedro, Belize

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10. Re: Loved 1 mo on Sanibel Island...where to go this year?

I think you just described my next vacation - San Juan del Sur Nicaragua - haven't been yet, but will be going soon

http://www.sanjuandelsurguide.com/