What's an inexpensive tropical getaway for an extended visit?
February 8, 2012 10:39 PM   Subscribe

I am looking for an reasonably inexpensive tropical place to spend 6-8 weeks or so this coming spring. This would be more working sabbatical than full-on vacation. In a perfect world, I'd be able to rent an apartment or villa and be able to do my own shopping, cooking, etc.

My only requirements are out of the US, and not so far off the beaten path that I can't get somewhat regular internet access. A nice beach is definitely a major selling point.

Sidenote: My plan B is Roatan. Which is awesome, but I've been already, and am looking for someplace new. Been doing lots of research, but figured I'd see if anyone here might suggest a place I hadn't heard or thought of.
posted by billyfleetwood to Travel & Transportation (5 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Have you looked at Dominica? It's like a trip back in time.
posted by halfbuckaroo at 4:46 AM on February 9, 2012

Bocas Del Toro, Panama. Reliable Internet, groceries, currency and transport. Idyllic beaches.
posted by minervous at 4:58 AM on February 9, 2012

I have vacationed on Grenada, and have always wanted to spend a couple of months there in the way you describe.
posted by Sidhedevil at 11:47 AM on February 9, 2012

If you're willing to go further afield, Bali is fantastic. Good beaches, great culture, amazing people, wonderful food. I'm preety sure there's a decent amount of longstay accommodation to be had. It can be very inexpensive if you stay away from the luxury stuff.
posted by Ghidorah at 3:56 PM on February 11, 2012

Just to follow up, my final destination was Siargao Island in the Phillipines. Amazing place, highly recommended, fit my criteria perfectly.
posted by billyfleetwood at 1:12 AM on June 21, 2012

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