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My brother and his fiance want to go to the beach for their honeymoon, as my brother's fiance has never seen the ocean. Fellow fish, where should I send them?

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Context - my brother and his fiance are both wonderful people who have had very tough lives. My brother has a mild type of muscular dystrophy - growing up his conditions were more severe and he unable to go to high school. He eventually got his GED and an associate's and now works as a developer. His fiance has her own health problems and has a very tough home life - her whole family has already passed away and they left her with absolutely nothing - she would have been homeless had she not been dating my brother. They have the biggest hearts and would never ask for this in a million years, but I have the money and airline miles so I want help them out. They live in Indiana and I have my miles through United.

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Can’t help with your question, but good on you for doing this.

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Can’t go wrong with Hawaii if they’re looking for beaches. Beautiful but not too exotic. Also, you’re an awesome person.

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First of all, you are a great person. Lots of respect. What time of the year are you looking for their trip?

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They'd be going in May most likely.

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San Diego’s also great if they want a shorter flight than Hawaii

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Eh, California’s water isn’t clear and is usually really cold. If at all possible, I’d suggest somewhere other than the west coast unless it’s Mexico

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Turks and Caicos. Shitty flight but best beaches on this side of the world

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Love T&C!

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South Florida, Puerto Rico or somewhere else in the Caribbean would be nice. Also, OP: you seem to be an amazing person. May you be blessed with even more.

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If they need it, start a Go Fund Me page for the trip. I’ll chip in to make sure they have a great trip. Good on you OP.

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I will too. If they sre sent to Clearwater Beach, as I suggested.. I'll even take them to dinner!

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The Maldives so all future experiences can’t compare

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Florida should work nicely

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Clearwater beach.. been rated best beach in the US. We are an hour from Orlando if they want to do Disney, 20 minutes from busch gardens, 30 minutes from crystal river to kayak with manatees, etc....

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I live here and travel back and forth almost daily.

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How mobile are your brother and SIL? My sister was on crutches for two years and beaches can be really hard (lots of walking + sand). I’d recommend Cancun - direct flights from Indy, easy transportation (to/from the airport and into town), and most places you can walk right onto the beach. I went on two trips with my sister and it worked out great. So kind of you to do this for them - I hope they have a great trip!

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They're mobile and have no problem with the day to day of doing chores, going to work, etc. but they can't do anything like hiking.

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That is such a wonderful idea to help them get to see the ocean! Are there nonstop flights from Indiana to certain places? Miami would be warmest this time of year in US of course but panhandle of Florida is also beautiful if need to stay in US/can wait until it warms up a bit?

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They'd be going in May most likely, so weather isn't a big issue.

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Key West. Book a hotel there for a couple of days. Even better if they're able to drive from Miami to Key west.

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Ummm, beaches are absolute garbage at Key West. Small, not great smelling, hard to access. I love Key West but you go there to drink and dive, not use the beach. West coast of Florida is the right answer here. Fly into Ft Meyers and go to Naples or Sanibel Island. Destin outside of Pensacola is really nice too.

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Not sure what are direct destinations from Indiana, but I would do any of the Caribbean destinations or Mexico with all inclusive resorts. Those are usually literally on nice beaches, there’s pick up to/from the airport and a pick of easy day trips if they choose to do it. There are some really nice ones in Aruba, Dominican Republic, Mexico ... If they need to stay in the US, I would second Florida. In Miami you have some really nice hotels on Miami Beach, and if they drive they could rent a car and spend a day or two at the keys

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I’d recommend either flying into Fort Meyers, Florida and staying around Naples, or flying to St. Thomas. Both great places that are fairly low key and not incredibly crowded Also, this is an excellent idea, well done!

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Hawaii or the South Pacific. Ocean as far as the eye can see with beach for miles

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What about Virgin Islands?

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Cancun won’t disappoint.

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Vietnam

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Good on you for doing this! I grew up in Puerto Rico so I’m spoiled by nice beaches. PR has amazing beaches, particularly on the islands of Vieques and Culebra. They could use the tourists now, too. Also in the Caribbean, Anguilla is a wonderful place to go, and possibly the only beaches I’ve seen nicer than Vieques. If you want an easier trip stateside, the beaches near Pensacola in the Florida coast are the nicest I’ve visited in the states. I’m sure whatever you choose is going to be amazing! Best wishes to the couple!

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