Affordable Winter Travel Destinations

Discussion in 'Surf Travel' started by mattinvb, Sep 19, 2017.

  1. ukelelesurf

    ukelelesurf Well-Known Member

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    Apr 25, 2007
    Good thread thanks for bringing it up. As far as budget goes we have wayyyyy different standards....150$ a night seems crazy expensive to me but maybe I've spent too much time in Mex/centro/Indo where everything is cheap as flop. Wife and I went to Escondido for the holidays last year. Stayed in a really sick place w pool, hot tub, ocean view, great bar and food for 25$ a night butttttt....the surf wasn't great. Never got under chest hi and was usually head +....even had two pretty big days. On the first day only five or so guys were out and the second day it was a little smaller....caught a bomb but also caught a massive set on the head and literally almost died. The problem is at that time of year the swell is too West and there's crazy rips and backwash making it really hard to find a good one. I've spent time there in the summer and when there was no swell (read: chest to Head and half) it was an epic barrel fest up and down the beach....on the other hand, you are guaranteed surf and PE is a great place to hang.

    I was thinking SW Spain could be cool....like Cadiz and such....or Morocco. What could really be sick is Northern Peru.....insane left barrels as well as some hidden spots. Should still be pretty cheap. Also just a short trip up the West coast from Cabo gets really good in the winter but a suite is needed.... Let us know what you do cheers
     
  2. Kanman

    Kanman Well-Known Member

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    May 5, 2014
    I was a little off in my calculation but not much. I just rechecked what the price was and it was $800 per person for 6 days though, not 5, and it was double occupancy. Hard to beat for an all inclusive location near good breaks.

    Never felt sketched out down there, and we did a lot of walking. At one point though we saw this guy who was in downtown San Jose with a buck fifty scar on his face; if you don't know what that is, think the Joker. Did a few day trips and saw both of the Cabo cities. It was a good experience. If you like surfing rights you'd like it there. The water was warm in June and very blue. People were friendly. Locals weren't crazy. If I went back I'd probably rent a car. There were some breaks just too far to walk or cab it.

    Next trip will probably be CR...
     

  3. Toonces

    Toonces Well-Known Member

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    Apr 25, 2016
    I guess I'm looking at this differently.

    If you're going solo, 5 days, $650 including airfare.

    Let's call airfare an even $300, which is a great rate anywhere outside CONUS, including bag and board bag fees.

    So, $350 for 5 days/ 4 nights = $80-100/day.

    How you can go all-inclusive at that rate I don't even know.

    To do that rate anywhere in a hotel/motel/resort/ seems high to me. Possible, but high.

    I only have a little experience traveling as a civilian. But, considering a trip to the north shore of Puerto Rico, our food was certainly in the <$30/day range, but add lodging, gas, rental car, etc...I'm not sure that $300 would have covered, and that's per person. I was bunking with a buddy; solo, definitely not possible.

    If you go tents, buddy-up, etc, it can add to savings. Puerto Escondido...maybe but do the math. None of this is a yes/no answer.
     
  4. Toonces

    Toonces Well-Known Member

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    Apr 25, 2016
    So you're talking $800/6 or ~$80/day per person...lodging and airfare, or lodging only? Airfare including board bag fees? They add up.
    All inclusive or paying for food, drinks, cars, rides, etc.?

    Do the math...it adds up fast.
     
  5. Kanman

    Kanman Well-Known Member

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  6. Toonces

    Toonces Well-Known Member

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    Apr 25, 2016
    When it works out, send me the details because I want to go. Those pics gave me a woody...and not the surfboart kind.
     
  7. Kanman

    Kanman Well-Known Member

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    May 5, 2014
    Airfare and lodging and all you can eat food and drinks for $800. Rented a board for cheap and did not include pricing for our excursions etc.
     
  8. Toonces

    Toonces Well-Known Member

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    Apr 25, 2016
    In fact, just a "Toonces for $1300 you and your wife can do this, no additional "surprise" expenses" sells me, and I don't even care if the surf is good provided the sun is warm, beer cold, and potential for surf exists. Sell me, Kanman!
     
  9. Toonces

    Toonces Well-Known Member

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    Apr 25, 2016
    We're posting like 15 minutes apart...work your magic, bruddah.
     
  10. Kanman

    Kanman Well-Known Member

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    May 5, 2014
    Hah. Something like that. If you went 5 days you (and the wife or surf buddy) could expect to pay about $1350-$1400 total with all expenses included, including transportation. Bring a couple bucks for a board, taxis and tips. Where I stayed I could get to three different breaks within two miles.

    We may have just scored a deal idk. Went in mid June. Our flights were only low $300ish. Resort was Barcelo Gran Faro and it was dirt cheap at that time we booked it.

    Just booked your 4 night 5 day stay for you @ $800 total. Just buy your cheap airfare bruh.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. mattinvb

    mattinvb Well-Known Member

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    Sep 9, 2014
    No problem. It's good to hear about all of the places that are good potential trips. I had no idea you could score escondito that cheap!

    Thus far I have been bringing my wife, and she wants to stay in nicer places - since I'm surfing all day and I like not being b!tched at and getting laid, I try to keep her happy. we stay in more upscale places and I pay her bar tab. That and I haven't been to places that are cheap on the level you are talking about (yet). It's just now getting to the point that I am able to leave her at home with the kids and I wont be served divorce papers upon my return.
     
  12. ukelelesurf

    ukelelesurf Well-Known Member

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  13. oipaul

    oipaul Well-Known Member

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    May 23, 2006
    Cabo needs summer souths, winter you gots to head to the pacific side.
     
  14. eatswell

    eatswell Well-Known Member

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    Jul 14, 2009
    I wanna do Barbados or Rincon next year. It would have to be sometime between Late April or early May and Labor Day, due to work schedule. I wonder if I can realistically do it with only $3-$4 grand? I'd be splitting costs with at least two friends. I'd pay for my own plane tickets back and forth, roughly a third of the lodging and food for myself. We've also discussed the idea with 34 other friends, so it might be 6-7 of us, if we can plan this thing right. One of them has already been to both places and another has been to just Rincon.
     
  15. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Are you talking about Rincon, PR? If so, your time span of May to Labor Day can guarantee you one thing...FLAT. Take snorkeling gear instead. And a chain saw--they may still be cutting up downed trees.....
     
  16. eatswell

    eatswell Well-Known Member

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    Jul 14, 2009
    LOL that bad, huh? I was already told that it wasn't the best place for the team we could go, by one of the guys who has been there before. I tried to do Costa Rica or Rincon last February, when I had 4 days off, but the flight schedules just really sucked and made no sense. Flights out of JFK at like 2:30 AM. The flight back to JFK would have landed just hours before I needed to be back to work, which wasn't enough time. And if I came back a day earlier, it would only been like literally 2 days there with all that flying.

    I gotta find somewhere to go for next Spring/Summer.
     
  17. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    The flight times into Aguadilla typically will be red eye but where we stay it's not an issue. Bobby at Mar Azul will accomodate. He will be there to let you in no matter the time. Just call him as you're driving up the hill and he'll be outside waiting to unlock the place and let you in. Super nice dude. He understands.
     
  18. Toonces

    Toonces Well-Known Member

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    Apr 25, 2016
    Man, this is bumming me.

    While I've taken a few day trips, I don't know if I've ever actually gone somewhere without the family purely to surf. I'd like to try it...this thread has given me some ideas.
     
  19. eatswell

    eatswell Well-Known Member

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    Jul 14, 2009
    Thanks! I just wished I didn't have to be so rushed. I'd be cool with red eye flights if I had 6-7 days to spare. I take red eye flights all the time for work. With my off time in February, it's really only about 4 full days. I also have about 3 other consecutive days off, just a week or two earlier at the end of January. I really wish they were consecutive days off, combined with the 4-5 days in February.
     
  20. LongIslandBro

    LongIslandBro Well-Known Member

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    Jul 21, 2017
    In this order (cheapest to most expensive):
    Puerto Rico
    El Salvador
    Nicaragua a
    Costa Rica
    Barbados
    Hawaii