Now you are retired and have more time for vacations, a great vacation for seniors’ idea is the long stay vacation experience.  You no longer have to rush off for a one or two week vacation, you have the leisure time available to take a holiday lasting one month or more.  I found one company for you that offers such vacations, called Merit Longstays.  I received this from my retiree association so thought I should share it with my readers.

Merit Longstays vacations offers complete package vacations with no hidden fees to such a great variety of vacation destinations including Australia, Spain, France, Portugal, Mexico, Costa Rica, South Carolina, and Texas.  All you have to do is decide how much money you can afford to spend, where you want to go and for how much time you would like on your senior vacation and then don’t forget to buy your seniors travel insurance.  Also, make sure your passport is up to date.  These holiday packages are great values for one or more months especially now you are retired and don’t have the deadlines or limited vacation times of the younger generation.

A long stay vacation with the Merit travel company offers packages for the mature traveler who wants to escape the winter cold and wants to experience life in their vacation destination, explore the culture and get the real experience.  The plus of these long stay vacations is that the prices are lower on a day to day basis than a short term stay.  The hotels rates are great, the condos feature kitchens where you can cook your own food and include hotel taxes, service charges and car rentals.  You won’t find any hidden costs. Their prices are based on double occupancy, so you will travel with your spouse or friends.  Merit offers superior accommodations and you get a wonderful cultural experience.  Tours in your vacation destination are also available and can be arranged.

Long stay vacations to U.S. destinations include Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, Galveston Island, Texas and Tucson, Arizona.  All the USA long stay vacation packages include your return flight, 29 nights of accommodation and the 30 day rental and taxes of a compact car.

In Myrtle Beach, you could be staying on the beach for 29 nights in a newly constructed 1 bedroom suite with a kitchen and balcony with great ocean views at the Avista Resort.  You won’t have to do any housework because housekeeping comes once a week.  There’s a beachfront pool, hot tubs and a fitness center at the resort and you are not far from Oceanfront and Ocean Drive.  I’ve traveled to Myrtle Beach a couple of times and stayed for a long term in another condo-hotel and it’s a great winter escape and very relaxing and peaceful during the winter months.

Galveston Island in Texas is a 19th historical town with 32 miles of beaches, restaurants, shops, antique stores and art galleries.  In Galveston Island you’ll stay for 29 nights at the

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham.  You will enjoy your long stay vacation in your 1 bedroom apartment with a kitchen and living area, and a balcony with on the Gulf of Mexico.  While there, you can relax in one of the two swimming pools, enjoy yourself in the two spas and the fitness center.

If you were to choose Tucson, Arizona for your long stay vacation, you’ll stay at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains at the Greens at Ventana Canyon, close to the Sabino Canyon.  Hiking and shopping are some of the activities you can enjoy here.

Caribbean long stay vacations include Puerto Vallarta in Mexico , Guanacaste in Costa Rica and St. Maarten.  The Caribbean and Central American long stay vacations include your return airfare, your airport transfers, 28 nights’ accommodation in some of the most beautiful resorts of the area.  Where will you be staying?  You’ll be staying at the Villagio Flor del Pacifico in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, where you can visit the Arenal Volcano and also enjoy a canopy tour and the hot mineral springs.  Read more about Costa Rica in my article on my vacation Costa Rica for seniors.

A long stay vacation at the Casa Iguana Suites in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico will find you enjoying a two bedroom suite between the Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay.  You can enjoy an eco-tourism adventure, great beaches and old world charm in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Or else, you can enjoy the luxury boutique resort of Princess Heights on Dawn Beach in St. Maarten with many unspoiled beaches, a sophisticated culture, world class restaurants and a casino.  For the 29 nights, you will enjoy staying in a one bedroom, ocean view.

If you’d like to stay awhile in Europe, there are long stay vacations to European destinations to the Algarve & Obidos.  You can stay in a modern apartment centrally located in Albufeira.  For your convenience, it is close to the market and shopping center and a few minutes to the beach.

There is also a long stay vacation available in Algarve at the Estrela Do Vau Apartments.  The Estrele Do Vau Apartments are situated between two beaches, the Vau and Prainha Beach.  If you have a passion for golf, you’re in luck because you’ll be surrounded by the Alto golf course.

Also in Portugal, you can have an excellent vacation at the Praia D’El Ray Golf and Beach Resort by Marriott in Obidos.  A 33 night stay – imagine staying for over a month – on the Silver Coast, close to the beaches, fishing villages, wineries and the countryside!

If you would rather take a long vacation to France, you could stay for almost a month on the French Riviera, on the Cote d’Azur in Cannes.  Take your long stay vacation at the Cannes Beach Resort, located in the Cannes La Bocca quarter, three km from the charm of La Croisette, 50 metres from the beach and nearby shopping.

Another choice European destination for a long stay vacation is Costa del Sol in Spain where you’ll find stunning beaches, white washed houses, other nearby small towns on along the Mediterranean coastal area.  Add a tour in Barcelona where you’ll be able to see the magnificent architecture of Gaudi.  Take a Mediterranean cruise and visit the Canary Islands while you are there – after all on a Costa del Sol Longstay Cruise vacation of 26 nights, you will have the time.  Also be sure to visit Granada, Cordoba, Ronda and Alfarnatejo – Spanish towns which are near the Sol Don Pedro Hotel resort.

With plenty of time on your hands now you are lucky enough to be retired, you could also take a longstay vacation to the Gold Coast of Australia.  Merit Longstay vacations offers a beachfront location at the Mantra Coolangatta Beach Resort on the Gold Coast where you can enjoy the warm weather, glorious beaches and many rain forests.  It’s a long flight to Australia, but I took a vacation in Australia a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed myself.  However, I booked the entire trip myself and took the train on my travel adventure to Australia.

These are just some ideas for you if you are looking for great ideas for senior holiday travel.  You could always stay longer at some of these resorts, condominiums and hotels or you could rent an apartment in any place overseas.  All it takes is a little searching on the internet and you can find lots of available apartments to rent for a longer stay holiday.  What’s so great about this type of vacation is that you can almost feel as if you live in the place, you can meet people, do your shopping in the local markets and really experience a new culture, something you couldn’t do when you were younger and always having to rush around on a one or two week vacation.  Yes, there are definitely benefits to being a pensioner and you’ve now got the time and so many places to go for senior holiday travel.  The world is now yours.

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  2. I wanted more info about the places that are available for a long stay within Portugal. When I googled I kept getting this uninformative page which doesn’t provide any good links to the actual places.

  3. Hi Win,
    Sorry you feel that way. I try to write about ideas for seniors to travel to. So far, I’ve managed to write one article about long stay vacations in general. More will be coming. Senior Holiday Travel’s purpose to provide travel tips and give ideas to people who are senior citizens on where they can travel. Sometimes there are links to sites and businesses that are more specific to your search on the individual pages. Eventually, we’ll write in more detail on individual long stay vacation packages in different countries. I have some very detailed articles on vacations for seniors to places like Costa Rica, Panama, Australia, but haven’t done Portugal yet. Probably not in time for your vacation, but I can’t write about Portugal yet in more detail. I hope you have a good vacation in Portugal. Let me know what you find out and discover.

  4. Hi Win,

    Just wanted you to know, we’ve now got an article on long stay vacations in Portugal and it is now possible to book a hotel or villa in Portugal for an extended stay vacation.

  5. We would like more information specific to the Algarve area long stay mentioned above at the Estrela Do Vou apartments, beach, Alto golf course, etc., availability, costs, etc. Thank you.

  6. Hi Penny,
    When are you planning to go there? The Estrela Do Vou apartments get great reviews by former guests.

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