|W E Ray|
I'm wondering where to book my next vacation.
I'm looking more for "the local experience" than "the tourist experience." I love looking at architecture and atmospherically awesome small towns. I love hiking through a rainforest with others or maybe taking a train through one. I wouldn't mind a beach nearby though it's not the biggest priority.
I'm looking for somewhere where my US dollar will go far.
A typical US citizen, I only speak English. Sorry.
I want somewhere relatively safe but not so Americanized that I may as well be in Miami. (I lived in Miami for two years already -- not what I'm looking for.)
I can schedule pretty much any time so I'm thinking early November: starting to get cooler sorta, and before the big rush of tourists in late Nov through late January.
San Juan, Puerto Rico ....may as well be in the US
Kingston, Jamaica ....sounds fun
Belize City or the Capital of, Belize ....British Hondurus could be great
San Jose or Tortuguero or Playa Azul, Costa Rica ....best federal Constitution in the world today and a few friends from there convince me
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic ....my early first choice
Tampico or La Paz or Acapulco, Mexico ....picking names off the map
Guatemala City, Guatemala ....a country that is a big volcano & a million sinkholes -- but two friends in the past are from there, great city
Tegu City, Honduras ....hmmm
Port au Prince, Haiti ....don't laugh, half the price and after the earthquake of 2010, more westernized and tourist friendly, right?
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago ....ahh calypso music
Carracas, Venezuela ....maybe not right NOW but in 6 months?
Bogota, Columbia .... possible
Lima, Peru .... also possible -- I do love food
Rio de Janiero, Brasil ....maybe too expensive and I don't want to get sick
So, where are you from and what can you tell me about your suggestion?