Cool, looks like a local trip would be in order! For me, it is just as quick to go to Hawaii as the Caribbean, but I haven't done anything close at all. I don't really want to go to Mexico by myself. Already a bit concerned about the safety down there.
Hey, Amy. The stories reported by the American press regarding travel to Mexico are GREATLY EXAGGERATED!!! I've been going down there from 2-12 times per year since the mid-60's. As I've stated on this site, before, just as in anywhere else in the world, including the good ol' US of A, if you are looking for trouble, you are going to find it!!! I don't dwell in the border cities & avoid travel at night, just like I always have. What the people of Mexico need most is our patronage. Unless you are a Coyote or Narco, chances are that you will never run into an issue down there. Of course, there is always a possibility of getting caught up in some random act of stupidity (just like on the streets of Chicago or Anywhere, USA). Let us prove it to you!!! We'd love to show you how safe Mexico really is, as a general rule.
I agree with you that it is easier to get to Hawaii than the Caribbean. However, it's like comparing apples & oranges. Both are great, for different reasons. The water temps & macro-fauna are what draw me to go East. I never pass up an opportunity to dive in Hawaii, however, even though it tends to run quite a bit cooler there. Ya just never know what you'll stumble upon...