Persnickety Travel Planning
January 19, 2012 10:55 PM Subscribe
Birthday trip + picky girlfriend = need for all the advice metafilter can offer! I plan to take my girlfriend on vacation for her birthday, but am having trouble finding the perfect place that meets her characteristics for the perfect vacation. Persnickety details below...
While she normally is very accommodating and up for anything, because it's her birthday I'd like to give her a vacation designed around her. We'll be going away from February 10-15, and leaving from NYC. Ideally, wherever we go will only require one direct flight. This is what she's looking for:
Local, not touristy dancing and nightlife
Local, not touristy restaurants
Horseback riding (on the beach)
Small villages to walk around in and towns; real local feel; corner bread shops; local stores
If ruins/museums, keep them short and sweet
Local music (mariachi in mexico, salsa in colombia, etc.)
Sat and read at cafe
Ability to do something; not just sit around on beach
Swimming, ocean is fine, but only if just part of trip
Ideas that have sprung to mind are small town mexico near a major airport, like playa del carmen, or something like that. Or some other great place in central america or the carribean. She really does not want a pure beach, relaxing vacation. She wants local feel and character. And frankly I'm up for anything. It would be great if it's a 3-7 hour direct flight from NYC, but that's really my only criterion. Cold/hot, both are fine. Any suggestions you have I'd greatly appreciate!!