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Aug 17, 2006
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Vacation Where the Dollar is Still Strong

Check out these 7 places where the greenback is worth a lot more than the paper it's printed on


Why spend thousands in France when you can find the same vibe here? Buenos Aires (a.k.a. the Paris of South America) has embarked on a dramatic turnaround since the 2001 collapse of the Argentine peso — but the place is still amazingly cheap.
Chic hotel rooms, nights out dancing and fabulous food and wine cost half what they do across the Atlantic. A huge thick-cut steak dinner? Rarely more than $25.

With the dollar holding steady against the Indonesian rupiah over the past year, Bali has become one of the best island values in Asia.
Luxury bungalows nestled in lush hillsides can be had for $100 to $200 a night. At countless stone temples you can often see shadow-puppet performances for free or a small donation. And half-hour massages typically cost less than $15.
Costa Rica

Incredibly, Americans now have about a third more buying power in this natural wonderland than they did five years ago — a dollar equals around 500 Costa Rican colones today vs. 360 then.
You can explore beaches good for surfing, then go snorkeling in coral reef-filled bays.Don't miss the rainforests, which teem with wildlife — including rare quetzals with spectacular plumage.

With the peso/dollar exchange rate steady over the past couple of years, Mexico remains a prime bargain destination.
The hottest area now is arguably Mexico City, booming with new museums, a historical architectural revival, and a vibrant music and arts scene. Entry to the city's huge Museum of Modern Art, where you can see works by Frieda Kahlo and Diego Rivera, costs just $2.

Though the Moroccan dirham has strengthened a bit against the dollar in the past year, in the ancient cities of Casablanca, Fez and Marrakech many café meals still cost less than $5.
Classic budget hotels in atmospheric narrow streets, such as the Hotel El Muniria in Tangier, where Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac stayed, cost around $30 a night. Plenty of luxury hotels are available too.

This small country boasts mountains, rainforests, 1,500 miles of coast (your pick of the Caribbean or Pacific) and — of course — the magnificent canal, where you can gawk at giant supertankers being raised and lowered through the locks.
Forget exchange rates: Panama's currency, the balboa, is pegged at parity with the U.S. dollar, and the dollar itself is accepted virtually everywhere.


There's never been a better time to visit one of Asia's most fascinating countries, with pristine beaches and unique crafts: The dollar goes further against the Vietnamese dong than it did three years ago.
You may have enough left to splurge on a fivestar hotel, such as the new Park Hyatt in Ho Chi Minh City ($290 a night vs. up to $675 for a comparable room in Chicago).


Mar 18, 2006
I've heard Buenos Aires is just lovely- my neighbors are thinking about going there or possibly Phuket instead of Europe beacuse of the weak dollar/euro exchange.

La Vanguardia

Dec 21, 2005
^^ Yes, I think Eastern Europe is also a fantastic place to visit. I've been to Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Russia and truly enjoyed the experience. Also, if you do not go to the touristy restaurants, you can stretch your budget more. Even in St. Petersburg and Moscow, you can find fantastic places at a reasonable price, more so in other Russian cities.

I've also been to Buenos Aires several times and I absolutely love the place.
Jun 25, 2007
Im going to Costa Rica in June. Im so happy to here that the dollar is very strong there, because when I went to Ireland where the dollar wasnt worth much of anything, especially in Northern Ireland where they use pounds. To this day I despise the European pound.


Lovin' Life!
Apr 21, 2006
^^^ oops, do you mean the British Pound or European Euro??


Jan 9, 2006
Chicago, IL
My FI & I saw this article too... we were talking about how we would like to go back to London soon, but how we just can't rationalize it right now. The weak dollar has definitely made us reevaluate some of our vacation plans. I'm headed to Buenos Aires with a friend in about a month, and I'm so excited. Everyone I have talked to who has been there has loved it. And it is CHEAP! And for other coming up in 2008 we are probably going to stick to domestic or Canada, maybe Mexico... but we're cutting back on our travel a bit. It is hard!! Oh well...


Jan 3, 2008
Ive been to most of the places on the list- Those are the sorts of places I prefer for my vacations so I guess I am lucky dollar wise! We may go to Vietnam this summer.
Bali is the most amazing place on earth and incredibly cheap. I loved Morocco too- I wish I had done more shopping when I was there. We went to Zihuantenejo, Mexico last summer which is a great town if you are looking for a less touristy alternative to acapulco or Cancun. If anyone decides to vacation off of this list pm me for info (havent been to Argentina)


Mar 31, 2007
Where I am right now, Guayaquil, the dollar goes a LONG way. A few bucks in Guayaquil or Quito, where I was last week, gets you a few beers, a hot, filling meal, a full tank of gas, and a nightclub excursion or shopping. LOL. I'm about to go around the city with only $20 in my pocket!!! :yahoo:

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