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Thread: Airfares sky high in August. Isn't August considered low season?

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    You would think Americans would be looking for cooler vacation destinations like Colorado, etc. in the Summer but as other posters have noted Caribbean travel is very busy July/August.

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    Lighthouse, "teachers r Amercians.' They are only off during the summer. This is the only time they can travel or families with school age children. Colorado does not have the Caribbean sea. Nothing like that in Colorado. Colorado is very popular in the winter actually, think Aspen snow sports etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lighthouse View Post
    You would think Americans would be looking for cooler vacation destinations like Colorado, etc. in the Summer but as other posters have noted Caribbean travel is very busy July/August.

    Interesting observation.

    We have friends who live just outside Denver and just returned from their Aruba "summer vacation". Forecast high in Colorado today is 85F/29C. They can escape to the high mountains for cooler temperatures, however...

    Aruba is popular for a family friendly "beach vacation" for those who cannot afford Aruba during high season in winter.

    When I was a kid, our family rented homes at the Jersey shore during the summer to escape the heat of North Jersey. Finally my grandparents moved there full time. One summer our family did 2 weeks in Colorado. We saw mountains and snow every day, the scenery was gorgeous. The beach is still my kind of vacation.

    Nowadays, even post Sandy, a rental "bungalow" will run you $1200 on upward. During the summer you can find accommodations in Aruba which are about the same cost as NJ. Resorts in Aruba have swimming pools. Unless you are paying big $$$ shore rentals do not have pools. Vacationing in Florida for a beach vacation is no cheaper and oh, there is always that threat of bad weather. Florida is notorious for their afternoon thunderstorms during the summer and fall.

    I personally would pay the extra cost of the airfare and have beautiful white powder sand beaches along with perfect weather in Aruba than take a chance on spending big $$$ on a shore rental where it very well may rain all week.

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    Arubalisa, boy you hit it out of the ball park on that one!!! I have often(years ago) went to the jersey shore paid a lot of money and it would rain the entire week or 50% of the time. That is why all the "shore" homes have all those family games to play! Being at the Jersey shore in the rain with children is horrible. Nothing to do.

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    we too as kids, were schlepped off to cape cod on friday afternoons til the wee hours of monday morning...
    and then for 3 weeks in august
    we endured...traffic
    questionable weather
    kids (brother and i ) fighting
    non beach days bring boredom

    when i look back at those years, my first memory is my brother and i fighting and my parents doing lots to entertain us.
    that is so unfortunate as i should be looking back at those days with fond memories.



    my husband and i had a small summer house in the lakes region of NH. we'd do the same thing that my parents did.
    we'd schlepp up there every weekend....spend much time getting settled...enduring rotten weather often, doing songs and dances to entertain the kid, spending much money on trying to keep us all happy.

    finally we sold the place....spent some of the sale $ on 2 weeks in aruba, timeshare weeks 33 and 34.
    good money spent!

    aruba........well the bad weather rarely happens and most memories made in aruba are awesome.

    a wonderful week in aruba once a year, imo far outweighs cloudy/rainy unpleasant days at cape cod, nh or jersey shore.
    most memories made in aruba are awesome.


    Quote Originally Posted by Diann24 View Post
    Arubalisa, boy you hit it out of the ball park on that one!!! I have often(years ago) went to the jersey shore paid a lot of money and it would rain the entire week or 50% of the time. That is why all the "shore" homes have all those family games to play! Being at the Jersey shore in the rain with children is horrible. Nothing to do.

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    LOL, I remember our family's first winter vacation to the Caribbean. I was 9 years old and we stayed at a hotel on the Condado strip in Puerto Rico. FIVE swimming pools to choose from for a kid my age was as good as winning the lottery. It was so great my parents took us again the following year and it rained the entire week. A rainy week in January watching cartoons in Spanish cooped up in a high rise hotel room. At least my parents could go to the casino.

    It was not until the early 80's that my parents discovered Aruba and began vacationing there 2 weeks each winter. By that time I was old enough to be left home, stuck running the family business. Yup, that was the week at the Jersey shore when we always had a HUGE snowstorm. I remember those days of shoveling snow fondly. <<not>>

    So moral of the story folks is if you can swing the extra bucks for the airfare, a Caribbean vacation in Aruba may be better than a cool rainy vacation in the mountains or at the beach anytime.

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