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    Safe, Warm Places to Travel To?

    Hi All,

    I want to plan about a week long trip in December to somewhere warm. Does anyone have suggestions for wheelchair friendly destinations for someone wanting to travel alone?

    There are so many places I want to travel to, but most of them are places I would like to spend an extended period of time exploring, so right now, I'm just thinking of a warm getaway after exams.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiranA View Post
    Hi All,

    I want to plan about a week long trip in December to somewhere warm. Does anyone have suggestions for wheelchair friendly destinations for someone wanting to travel alone?

    There are so many places I want to travel to, but most of them are places I would like to spend an extended period of time exploring, so right now, I'm just thinking of a warm getaway after exams.

    Thanks!
    Vegas! Very wheelchair friendly, warm, good food, craps tables...

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    *cough* Charleston, SC *cough*

    We might have lows in the '40s in December; highs between 60 and 70. Not warm enough, unfortunately.
    ...it's worse than we thought. it turns out the people at the white house are not secret muslims, they're nerds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t8burst View Post
    Vegas! Very wheelchair friendly, warm, good food, craps tables...
    X2.

    It's quite accessible and there's a lot to do. Lots of shows,
    casinos, restaurants...

    See Blue Man Group if you choose Vegas.

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    Sorry, but Las Vegas in December at night can be bitterly COLD as can most desert areas. Even during the day, it may not be warm enough to go without a light jacket.

    How about Hawaii?? Safe, part of the USA, so has pretty good accessibility. Also whale watching season starts in mid-November and runs through March. You may have a little more rain in December, but it still remains shorts and bathing suit weather there in December and January. Lots to do, many options depending on which islands you may visit. (I just came back from a wonderful week in Maui myself).

    (KLD)

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    There's a new resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. I can get the name if you're interested. PdC is on the mainland, it's connected to Cozumel via a 30 min. ferry ride. An AB friend claimed this resort was v. accessible. (you never really know w/ ab assessments, tho.) I think some of the newer, high-end resorts on Cozumel itself probably are ADA compliant, but you will have to let somebody carry you from the jet. Fiesta Americana, an old standby hotel from my first trips to Mexico, is nice but not really new, always looked accessible to me when I was looking thru ab eyes but thinking of my hemiplegic mom. I have seen a para man there alone, he seemed to be fine.

    Coz is some of the best scuba diving in the world, true fact. (Hint, hint. ) The snorkelling at Fiesta Americana is incredible, or it used to be.

    In Mexico generally, you need to ask a senor for help, por favor. They really are the best. I've had 2 good trips to 2 totally inaccessible places in Mexico post sci. The cab drivers will put your chair in the trunk if necessary, if you show them how to break it down. Again, $2 well spent.

    If you're interested, let me know. I have lots more info on the Yucatan peninsula. I doubt it ever gets below 70 degrees F. The water is quite a bit cooler in Nov than July, obvs, but it's pretty darned tropical year round.

    Due to the unrest in Mexico these days, I'd suggest an island destination. I had hoped the cartel bs would miss the Yucatan, but I read they found 18 headless bodies in a cave in Cancun. If you avoid bad neighborhoods and bad company, it should be safe, but I think an island like Coz or Isla Mujeres is the safest bet. A resort in PdC would surely be safe...it's leaving the resort that would bother me.

    Of course all of Honduras was always that way and I never got killed there LOL. Gotta say, in Honduras I was careful to be back on the heavily guarded resort property before sundown...town was interesting but scary. I had some friends get shot at there, and that was in the 90's.
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    By myself I've been to St. Martin, Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, and Acapulco. None were perfect, but all were doable. Orlando, San Antonio, Los Angeles, and San Diego in the US.
    Let me know if you want more info.

    If you're going somewhere tropical try a large resort where all the architecture and landscaping is planned together. US chains usually have several offerings in each country and all should be close to ADA standards since they know US travelers are a bulk of their business.
    If you're more of a city-exploring-type like myself, then it's a big crapshoot.

    If you're looking for a real adventure, come on up to Minneapolis. Our Decembers are awesome.

    Good luck.
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    as long as Joran Van derSloot's in jail, I think you're like... 200% safer to travel south of the border, K
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    We like Bermuda, but it can be rather chilly and rainy, just when you don't expect it to be.

    All the best,
    GJ

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    dont come 2 chicago ;]
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