Beach or City or Cruise?

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Sep 05, 2013 1:15 AM GMT
    When you go on vacation and want to get away, do you prefer a beach vacation or are you more interested in exploring a city or going on a cruise?

    For me, a beach wins hands down. Sand, sun, salt water all adds up to the ultimate relaxing experience.
    I love Ft. Lauderdale and am going to try and go again in February. Was there last in FEB 2010 and it was great. Sebastian Street Beach(gay beach) is pretty cool.
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    Sep 05, 2013 1:33 AM GMT
    I like to explore Paris - again and again - and the french and italian countryside. I can only take beaches for a couple days - or I get bored.
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    Sep 05, 2013 9:22 AM GMT
    I've done all 3 vacation types and they're apples, oranges and watermelons. There are pros and cons to each type but what it boils down to is your preference. There are many guys on this site who hate the idea of a cruise and that's their right.

    Personally, I like all 3. The beach takes me on a quick, relaxing getaway (beach is 3.5 hours from where I live). The city expands my interest for multicultural exposure. And a cruise is a good way to travel, dine and be entertained for 1 price.
  • kew1

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    Sep 05, 2013 10:09 AM GMT
    None of the above - country.
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    Sep 05, 2013 12:24 PM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidWhen you go on vacation and want to get away, do you prefer a beach vacation or are you more interested in exploring a city or going on a cruise?

    For me, a beach wins hands down. Sand, sun, salt water all adds up to the ultimate relaxing experience.
    I love Ft. Lauderdale and am going to try and go again in February. Was there last in FEB 2010 and it was great. Sebastian Street Beach (gay beach) is pretty cool.

    We enjoy all of the above, PLUS country, contrasting with kew1's reply. Sebastian is still mostly gay, mainly because of its nearness to the gay guest houses. For an even more basic sand experience try Haulover, about 20 miles south of Sebastian.

    Legally clothing optional, a largely gay section at its north end, not overbuilt like Fort Lauderdale beaches, very fundamental with only a few vendor trucks allowed on the sand. But the sand is combed and they have county lifeguard stations identical to other beaches, the staff wearing regulation red suits on duty, but often stripping naked between shifts.

    Fort Lauderdale can give you all 3 of your criteria in one location, do it all. In addition to beaches, Port Everglades is home to the largest cruise ships in the world. Miami and Miami Beach are 30 miles away for your city component, with lots to do in each. Of course Miami Beach/South Beach have Art Deco architecture to explore, and naturally, more sand. And though no longer heavily gay, SoBe still has a few nightspots and is generally friendly, PDAs possible.

    So my husband & I do them all, just did a cruise in February, and we go up to New England for the country part. Please let me know when you're back down in Fort Lauderdale. paulflexes is returning to Hollywood, FL shortly, and he should be able to advise you about that beach, another of my favorites.
  • kew1

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    Sep 05, 2013 1:49 PM GMT
    Art, I didn't mean I don't like beach or city breaks , just that my preference was country. Cruising's out, I get sea sick on a rivericon_smile.gif
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    Sep 05, 2013 3:36 PM GMT
    kew1 saidArt, I didn't mean I don't like beach or city breaks , just that my preference was country. Cruising's out, I get sea sick on a rivericon_smile.gif

    Well, "none of the above" seemed kinda absolute. But I thought you made a clever & succinct reply, why I contrasted it against my liking "all of the above".

    There's a song in the musical Finian's Rainbow that addresses the fickleness of love, which the Leprechaun character is just beginning to experience as he becomes a mortal. I've often felt that what he expresses about females also describes what a lot of us feel about many other things in life.

    Often it's a case where proximity equals passion. So that when I'm deep in the woods I love the woods. When I'm basking under a palm tree on a Key West beach I enjoy that best. When aboard a cruise ship I wouldn't want to be anywhere else, and I come alive on the busy streets of New York City. Either I'm very easy to please, or I know how to thrive wherever I'm planted. A few of the song's lyrics:

    When I'm not near the girl I love,
    I love the girl I'm near.

    When I can't fondle the hand I'm fond of,
    I fondle the hand at hand.

    When I'm not close to the kiss that I cling to,
    I cling to the kiss that's close.

    When I'm not facing the face that I fancy.
    I fancy the face I face.


    Those words should also echo for gay men not only with their vacation choices, but also with their bar & club encounters. Beware when proximity is the actual source of passion. But as always, I digress... icon_redface.gif
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    Sep 05, 2013 4:30 PM GMT
    I'd take NYC over anything. I either like crowds of mostly locals....or total seclusion, like staying in a lake house off season.

    But you live in Chicago and you're going away in February? Yeah, Fort Lauderdale would be ideal for the warm weather if nothing else. I personally avoid crowded and touristy beaches, with all the vendors and kids.

    When you're in FLL....you may want to try Pompano Beach just up the road. Not gay, but a lot fewer tourists and nice clean restrooms and easy parking. Its where the locals go...its where I go.
  • KepaArg

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    Sep 06, 2013 3:29 AM GMT
    I mix of beach and city! Some of my favorite places Sydney, Barcelona, Paris, the French and Italian coastlines, Hawaii, Buenos Aires