Ask the Expert: Quick Warm-weather Getaway

26 01 2010

Sunset in Hawaii. Photo by Ed Salvato

I think I’m going to need some quick sun by March — I’m really feeling a bit run down. Could you recommend a place for a long weekend (three or four nights maximum)? Probably mid-February. I don’t want to be a slave to a car. International is always preferred but not necessary. I started ot look on Travelzoo and Farecompare but then realized I have no idea where I want to go. (By the way, I’m straight.)

— Linda A., Brooklyn, NY

As for a warm long weekend in Mid-Feb for 3 o 4 nights max that doesn’t require a car and is international… Hmmm. That eliminates Tahiti and Hawaii (since they are so far) and most of S. America (since you probably don’t want to fly 11 hours each way only two spend 2 nights there).

That leaves places like Cancun and Acapulco, which I wouldn’t really recommend to a solo traveler. In Mexico, maybe Puerto Vallarta. It’s a gay man’s dream getaway in a lot of ways but it’s even more popular with straight travelers (US and Mexicans).

Then there’s the Caribbean. You could find an all inclusive in the Dominican Republic or Jamaica. Not sure how you feel about those, but it could be a way to not have to lift a finger and possibly meet other single folks. There are some that cater to adults more than families. There’s the newly renovated Club Med Ixtapa that is fabulous (and recently voted the number-4 all-inclusive resort by TripAdvisor).

You may want to consider San Juan, Puerto Rico or even Vieques, a quieter island getaway in Puerto Rico. San Juan is a good choice if you are looking for some nightlife and good restaurants; Vieques if you want to just escape. Both are doable with only 3 or 4 nights.

You could try St. Thomas (not my favorite) or the eco-lodges on St John. Closer to home you really only have South Beach, Key West or possibly San Diego/Del Mar though it can still be cool in the winter there and it’s a schlep for only 3 days.

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