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Old 12-23-2015, 07:40 PM   #1
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Winters out of the USA

I love NY (despite the taxes)...the climate is much to my liking, except for 2 or 3 months per year when I would like to be warm.

I'm looking for ideas for places outside the USA to enjoy January-March.

Experiences?
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Almost anywhere north of Antartica and south of the Equator. Argentina is nice though they might be in the middle of an economic collapse (good or bad?).

S. Florida of course is warm too (not technically outside the US but it's a long way from NY).

Most of the Caribbean islands are moderate in the winter.

Mexico. Mexico City for example is very temperate year round. Some of the central highland areas do get chilly in winter.
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Old 12-23-2015, 08:50 PM   #3
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We like to go to Mexico. We were hoping to be leaving in a few days to spend the entire winter there. However we just sold our house so we have a lot to take care of, therefore that trip will have to wait. We go to Puerto Vallarta, others here also spend the winter in that area.


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Hawaii is pretty nice. It is (sort of) part of the USA, so you get the benefits of the USA...

Or come to Minnesota for December, after that, your own hometown will seem tropical.
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I love NY (despite the taxes)...the climate is much to my liking, except for 2 or 3 months per year when I would like to be warm.

I'm looking for ideas for places outside the USA to enjoy January-March.

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S. Florida of course is warm too (not technically outside the US but it's a long way from NY).
Some parts of South Florida are definitely outside the U.S.

This is a 2-3 month visit, so you will need to rent a house and have access to public transportation. Mexico City sounds like a good option.
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Some parts of South Florida are definitely outside the U.S.

This is a 2-3 month visit, so you will need to rent a house and have access to public transportation. Mexico City sounds like a good option.
On another thread about expats it was strongly suggested to learn Spanish.
Probably a very good idea if I am to pursue this line of thinking, eh?
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If you like the big city life, Buenos Aires would be a good choice. For American, try Puerto Rico.
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Some parts of South Florida are definitely outside the U.S.
First time I was in Miami, (actually the last time too, if you don't count arriving at the cruise terminal), in 1966, we went into a small supermarket to ask directions.....none of the staff, and none of the customers, spoke English........plus ça change...etc, etc....
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On another thread about expats it was strongly suggested to learn Spanish.
Probably a very good idea if I am to pursue this line of thinking, eh?
Yup. Opens lots of doors, figuratively and literally.
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If you like outdoor activities, the south island of New Zealand is great. Likely best December - February
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On another thread about expats it was strongly suggested to learn Spanish.
Probably a very good idea if I am to pursue this line of thinking, eh?
Every Spanish-speaking country has language schools. Most will arrange for homestays (living with a local family) if you want that. The cost varies significantly depending on the economics of the country. I spent a few weeks studying at a language school in Costa Rica, and another time at a language school in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico.
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Belize hasn't been mentioned yet. English is the country's official language but when we visited there most locals seem to be bilingual.
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On another thread about expats it was strongly suggested to learn Spanish.
Probably a very good idea if I am to pursue this line of thinking, eh?
You'll probably be fine in Mexico City with limited Spanish - it's very metro. S. Florida on the other hand - I imagine some proficiency with Spanish would be very helpful.
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You'll probably be fine in Mexico City with limited Spanish - it's very metro. S. Florida on the other hand - I imagine some proficiency with Spanish would be very helpful.
C'mon! We winter in S. Florida and many people speak English there!
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C'mon! We winter in S. Florida and many people speak English there!
There are certainly pockets where plenty of folks speak English.
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C'mon! We winter in S. Florida and many people speak English there!
Sure - counting the snowbirds. Many French speakers as well - snowbirds from Quebec.
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Learn Portuguese and you'll be nearly fluent in Spanish as well. Brazil is practically half the continent and another great country to enjoy (providing you have dollars, especially these days).
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Last year we left on New Years Eve and came home at Easter. Thailand, Malaysia, Oz, NZ. This was our second winter vacation in Thailand.

We are going back again this winter. This time we will head north north to Cambodia and Vietnam. Home in mid April. We very muck like Thailand and the Thai people. Side trip to Cancun for a wedding before we go.

Next winter will probably be South America as it is high on our list. Mexico is also in the mix.



We have also spent winter time in Costa Rica. We would like to go back at some point.


We have been to Florida, AX, TX, etc a few times but find it boring boring. We prefer somewhere completely different but with great beaches and a very reasonable cost of living. The plane trip is a bear but worth it for the length of time that we are going.
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We like to go to Mexico. We were hoping to be leaving in a few days to spend the entire winter there. However we just sold our house so we have a lot to take care of, therefore that trip will have to wait. We go to Puerto Vallarta, others here also spend the winter in that area. Sent from my iPhone using Early Retirement Forum
Here's another vote for the Puerto Vallarta area. Specifically we stay in the Nuevo Vallarta area just north of PV. It is home to a large expatriate community of Americans and Canadians. The Mexican people are wonderful. The beaches and climate are near perfect in the winter. The price point is very favorable and the peso/dollar exchange rate has been increasing in recent years.
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