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  • Great Affordable Vacation Destinations

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    Looking for that perfect get-a-way this summer? Looking to go someplace relaxing, elegant and still affordable? Finding that perfect vacation destination is sometimes tricky on a tight budget. Here are some tips for finding great locations at an affordable price:

    Here are five countries where the dollar is stretching especially well this year. Some are bargains, and there should be something to suit just about any vacation style.

    1. NICARAGUA

    For a beach vacation with a little more character and authenticity than your typical Caribbean all-inclusive, head to San Juan del Sur, a quaint beach town on the Southwest coast known for its laid-back beaches, brightly colored buildings and sea turtle sanctuaries. The currency has crept down more than 4 percent in the last year to about 23 cordobas to the dollar. So staying here is an even better value than usual.

    Where to stay: Rent a two- to three-bedroom house on the beach for $850 or so a week, based on listings on Homeaway.com and VRBO.com. A room at a boutique resort with yoga, pools, ocean views and spa can be had for $180/night.

    What to eat: A seafood platter for two with lobster, squid, octopus, clams, shrimp and sides can be had for about $25, says a representative from the Nicaragua Tourist Board. Washing it down with a local beer will only set you back another $3 or so.

    What to do: A surfboard rental and lesson will cost about $35, according to Ryan Croft. Go deep-sea fishing for about $16. If you're in relaxation mode, a one-hour massage in town costs about $40.

    Read more at Yahoo

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