I wasn't able to find a travel thread, so hopefully I'm not being redundant.
This year I really want to take my family (or maybe just my wife and I) to someplace tropical. We have always wanted to go to Hawaii, but the cost might be an issue. We live in Seattle, so I'm hoping there might be another alternative that is cheaper/closer but will still give us a nice tropical experience.
I would prefer something more along the lines of cottages/cabins/huts near a beach as opposed to a big hotel or resort. Simple living vs. extravagance.
Thanks in advance!