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Hi all,

Looking for vacation ideas for about a weeklong trip in February coming from Chicago. I have loved Miami in the past, but we have gone there for our last two vacations and want to try something different. We are willing to try to rough it to a certain extent in terms of food, but are much more wanting to have access to kosher food to have a nice relaxing (and warm) vacation. We were looking into Acapulco because of the kosher restaurant at the "Hyatt," however the hotel is changing hands and has gotten some very bad reviews as of late. I wanted to go to Disneyworld but my husband is not big on the theme park thing. Any ideas?

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  1. Oh, and I know about shamash.org. I'm looking for people's experiences.

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    1. re: Pluckyduk8

      we had a great time in charleston, sc. there isa a great kosher b&b as well as a kosher restaurants and lots to do

      1. re: koshergourmetmart

        The B&B in Charleston SC is at http://www.charlestonkosherbedandbrea...

        I can't speak from personal experience, but I've heard great things about it, and the proprietress (whom I know from when she lived in NY) is a wonderful person and a great cook.

        1. re: zsero

          We were in Charleston 2 years ago in the winter and had a great time. The B&B was wonderful -- attractive rooms, delicious food. It is a 20 or so minute walk to the orthodox synagogue. There are a lot of historical sites to visit while in Charleston and shopping as well. We were there for 3 1/2 days, including shabbat, and could have spent another day or two touring. There was also a Kosher restaurant in town -- Israeli food -- shwarma etc that was quite good.

          1. re: zsero

            Warning: if you're allergic to kvelling yiddishe bobbes, showing off pictures of their einiklach, you might want to stay away for a while. Last week Hadassah's first grandchild was born :-)

      2. And by the way, I know about shamash.org, I'm looking for people's experiences.

        1. Charleston is wonderful. Holiday Inn in Orlando is going Kosher if you can convince your husband. I think there are options in terms of group vacations in cancun and the bahamas. I don't know the specifics. Why not bring your food and do the gulf coast of Florida. People rent villas down there with their own pools. There used to be a Minyan in the Keys. Check with Chabad. There was frozen food in the supermarket due to the large Israeli pop.

          1. I loved Los Angeles. Lots of kosher food there, plus all the Coffee Bean and Tea Leafs have kosher salads and sandwiches. There was tons to do in and around LA.

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            1. re: cheesecake17

              Go to The Caribe Hilton in San Juan and book a room with a kitchen on the property at at "The Villa's", Omar Rivera helps manage that area and he is top notch. Call the hotel directly. The only kosher food in the area is by Chabad but with the kitchen there, you're set and visiting the "El Yunque" Rainforest on one of the hotel's tours is not to be missed! No passport needed for PR travel from the US either. The resort and it's spa are gorgeous and the dairy activities (included) like Aqua Aerobics, Spanish lessons and Bingo-By-The-Beach are fun!

              1. re: chocolatebirthdaycake

                Is "Bingo-By-The-Beach" anything like Beach Blanket Bingo? Were Annette and Frankie there? :-)

            2. if you are feeling like you want to have some adventure and get out of your comfort zone, I recommend Costa Rica. Its amazing. The weather is great, there is so much to do, you can be really active or really relaxed and stay on the beach. In the capital you can find lots of kosher food (including burger king!) and a great warm, welcoming community. its great to arrive on Wed., do a rainforest tour on Thursday and then stay there for shabbat, and then head out to the beach. http://www.centroisraelita.com/centro...
              has all the info on the community. good luck and enjoy!!