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    Hey all of you travellers out there. We are looking for somewhere to spend the dismal winter months of Jan/Feb. Ideally somewhere that has weather in the mid 70's to low 80's and minimal humidity. Preferrably a cute town somewhere not too far from home, and on the water i.e. hawaii, southern cal but are willing to go farther for something really nice (Italy? Spain?). Any ideas? We want to rent an apartment/condo for the time we are there. We are going to do a bunch of research but were hoping that someone here already knows the perfect spot Thanks!

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    It might be a bit long to stay, but I would include a stop in Catalina Island. Lots to do. A throwback in time to a bygone era. Take the inland island Unimog Tour "Cape Canyon Tour," see a movie at the gorgeous Art Deco theater in the Casino, visit Wrigley's Masoleum and botanical gardens. etc. They do have vacation rentals, but if you want to stay at a hotel, only stay at the Pavilion Hotel. Just steps from the beach.
    Oh, and don't forget to go on the Zip Line. It was a blast!!
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    We'll be in Catalina the second week of October. Looking forward to it!
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    cool, thanks We're looking for more of a place to live for two months rather than a holiday - somewhere where Tom can work during the day and then we can walk to bars/restaurants at night. If it's in the US we might even ship our Z8 there Of course having cool places to visit with the Z8 would be a plus

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    Hey all of you travellers out there. We are looking for somewhere to spend the dismal winter months of Jan/Feb. Ideally somewhere that has weather in the mid 70's to low 80's and minimal humidity. Preferrably a cute town somewhere not too far from home, and on the water i.e. hawaii, southern cal but are willing to go farther for something really nice (Italy? Spain?). Any ideas? We want to rent an apartment/condo for the time we are there. We are going to do a bunch of research but were hoping that someone here already knows the perfect spot Thanks!
    My wife and I just spent a week in Spain and rented a house. Not a tremendous amout to do there, but we just wanted to escape and stare at the Mediterranean. The house was perfect. The pictures are correct. An english couple owns it and the transaction was all via paypal. You can fly into Alicante or Valencia on AA and rent a car. We used Avis. Check it out. casawindlenook.com.

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    January/February in Southern California is not particularily warm unless you are in the desert. Along the coastal areas temps often don't go above the 60's and it can get fairly wet depending on the year. Palm Springs/ Scottsdale would be good SouthWest locations and Hawaii is also nice that time of year.

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    I was going to recommend Sedona, AZ, but the temp during that time of year is more like 50-60 degrees. Those are about the coldest months around here and there is a possibility Sedona could experience the occasional snowfall because of their elevation. The good thing is the area is beautiful with plenty of short/medium scenic drives for the Z8 - Oak Creek Canyon, Sunset Crater, Mt Humphreys, Meteor Crater, Montezuma's Castle, etc. With regard to being on the "water", Oak Creek is about all they have. Scottsdale and Phoenix are about 1.5 hours away in case you need more (and warmer) activities.
    Not sure that really fills the bill for you though.

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    thx but we're definitely more beach than desert people We're looking into Sydney right now - though we'd have to leave the Z8 at home for that one. Found some really nice places on the harbor there. Still looking so keep the ideas coming!

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    I love Sydney, food is amazing, Tamarama Bay is lovely, that gets my #1 pick for a glorious place to stay for being in the center of all the great beach life, but if you want a slightly quieter, more away from it all spot, but with direct ferries into downtown you can't beat Watsons Bay.
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    For something closer to home you could look at Key West - there is a ton of stuff going on over the winter months as the "snow birds" are in town . You can most definitely walk to everything. There is not much use for the Z8 being that the island is so small - but the drive down is nice though. Plus you know your dollars will go further as there is no exchange rate to content with.

    We have a house in Key West and know the island well.

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    We love Anguilla in the Carribean near St. Martin and St. Barts. Very laid back with great restaurtants. We go every January or February with the whole family and rent a great Villa. The weather is always perfect and the people are great.

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    You should consider Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The weather is fantastic and the people extraordinary. Renting a house there is not so difficult they are used to us cyclists being there during the winter months.

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    I've never been to Tenerife, but hear it is a pretty nice spot too. Also I always fancied going to Bermuda, seems an interesting place.

    The fashionista brigade all go to St Baarths in the Caribean, if you fancy a bit of glamour.

    Sydney is tremendous, I love it there, and Fiji is simply gorious if you like diving, its one my fav spots anywhere.
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    we were in Bermuda in January - it was fun We already have a trip planned to Fiji in May lol you're hitting some of our favorite places. We'll look at Tenerife and St Baarths. We may be breaking it into two shorter trips now for various reasons. Thanks for all the ideas everyone!

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    How about a whole different direction. I say go to Punta Del Este, Uruguay. Beautiful beaches, and very cosmopolitan with a European flavor and South American accent.
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    I have a few friends from London who have moved down there, they love it!!
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    is it warm in January/February?

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    Yes, it's their summer.
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    It's perfect for what you are looking for. It's the middle of Winter in the U.S., but the middle of Summer in South America. Also, Buenos Aires and Montevideo are close enough to visit for a couple of days. Both are on my bucket list, just make sure you hang on to your purse tightly in Buenos Aires or the street thieves will run off with it.
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    I agree with St Barth or the Balearic Island, for 2 months in St Martin is too much in my opinion ,but is true that the food in the french side is very good, You an go BVI especially Virgin Gorda is a great place, you may check that .Either Bitter end or Biras creek that is my favorite .Or if you want an island that looks like the caribbean 40 years ago, with little to do nice people , but with the best snorkling you shoul try Bonaire.
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    Our favorite place on the planet is Staniel Cay, Exumas, Bahamas. It's 80 miles south of Nassau and Thunderball, James Bond movie was filmed there. The weather, water, fishing, snorkeling, people and tranquility are amazing. Flip flops are the rule, check it out.
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