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Where Should I Honeymoon?
June 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm #132697
My wedding is Sep. 30th and I'm in charge of planning the honeymoon.
We have about 6-7 days as my fiancee is a professor and can only skip 1 week of classes.
Criteria/thoughts so far:
-Ideally direct flight (we live in Tampa)
-We like to hang out - for us a good trip is spending 2-3 days hanging around in downtown Athens, GA or Savannah or Charleston. Good food, walking around, check out a couple things.
Ideas so far:
-Islands - DR, Puerto Rico, Caymans, etc - no idea on what actually good or good places within
-Costa Rica or Belize
-Fall foliage trip - go up north - maybe Vermont/Montreal.
June 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm #132719
Already got one -
Steve, FWIW, I recommend Belize for a week: spend 2-3 days in the western mountains exploring Mayan ruins and the jungle, and then 2-3 days on Ambergris Caye getting the full Caribbean experience. Great country, great people, and English is the national language. Amazing snorkeling and diving as well."
June 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm #132717
I've been to Belize and did a Mayan cave adventure excursion (rock climbing, zip lining, hiking, etc.). Super fun. On the other hand, we were told on the trip not to drink the tap water... I'm only speaking for myself here, but I don't think I'd want to go to a place for my honeymoon without sanitary/drinkable water!
June 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm #132715
Steve, Riu Jalisco in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Book through Apple Vacations for an ALL inclusive (airfare, food, liquor, you name it) 1 week stay. Get the Junior Suite w/ocean view & jacuzzi. It is absolutely the BEST. Belize is OK but really can't compare to this (I've been 2 both places). The entire Honeymoon will cost $2326.00 You could save $550 if you went with a standard room, but hey, it's your honeymoon. Google Apple Vacations Riu Jalisco. While there, take a trip to John Huston's Las Caletas (it's extra but well worth it). There you swim with the dolphins, snorkel, hike up a mountain in a tropical rain forest, enjoy a luau on the beach. Unbelieveable!!Congratulations!!
June 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm #132713
Awesome - thanks Chris for the idea.
June 14, 2011 at 3:06 am #132711
Steve, ever consider a cruise? There are lots of cruises going out of Florida ports. Why not get pampered a bit and visit several islands? I recommend Royal Caribbean's Oasis or Allure of the Seas, but there are other ships and other lines as well Nice for a honeymoon. Congratulations!
June 14, 2011 at 4:06 am #132709
Donna L. QuesinberryParticipant
Um... you need to ask?
June 15, 2011 at 12:04 am #132707
I'd recommend Puerto Rico out of that list.
My wife and I found a deal online for staying at the Ritz Carlton on the Club Level. The hotel was fantastic and if you're interested in some night life, they have a casino at the hotel as well.
The club level is expensive, as is the hotel, but since we were going for our wedding anniversary we decided it was worth it. They offer snacks, drinks, late night cocktails. We were able to pretty much have breakfast and lunch, along with some snacks taken care of, and just really paid for dinner.
We were married in September as well and went for our wedding anniversary a couple of years ago, weather and service was great.
Have a great time and CONGRATULATIONS!
June 15, 2011 at 12:59 pm #132705
If I were investing in my 50 year relationship with my sweetheart-for-life I would create as emotionally and sensually experiential trip as I could by taking her to her favorite city, restaurant, sites, etc. If there is no clear favorite I might do a movie theme like Sleepless in Seattle and take her to New York City's Empire State Building, to a Broadway play, on the subway, to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, on the Staten Island Ferry, to Chinatown or Little Italy, and even Ground Zero. For me, the city would be Paris, but I don't recommend that you travel that far in a week. Although I am the kind of person that loves anticipation she may get even more out of it if you are bold and surprise her. You could just tell her to pack for a 70 degree city, or 60 degree hiking because you decided on Yellowstone. Maybe after you pick a place you can ask us for recommendations of where to visit, eat, sleep, avoid, etc. Best wishes, what song did you select, and when do all 42,000 of us get to virtually visit the bridal salon to "help" pick out the dress?
June 15, 2011 at 12:59 pm #132703
Montreal is one of my favorite cities. BUT I would say go somewhere where neither of you have been, that way it becomes a unique experience for both people remembered solely for being the honeymoon together. (yep I know I lost guy points for that answer).
June 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm #132701
Isn't Montreal the Paris of the West, or something like that? If so it sounds romantic and I am all for it. I agree that its a fabulous idea to go somewhere where both of you have never been before. Stephen, why would you think that you loose man points for that?
June 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm #132699
You're welcome Steve. One other thing. If you go and decide to go to Las Caletas, you can book the trip at the resort or online through Vallarta Adventures. It costs $85/person but includes the mini-cruise to get there, free drinks, entertainment on the way there, full use of the facilities once you get there, a paella cook out on the beach, kayaks, snorkel, equipment, scuba gear, plus instructors that teach you anything you might want to learn, including scuba and even cooking paella. The only thing you need to bring besides yourselves is gooding hiking shoes, a swimming suit and sunscreen. At hat might be a good idea as well. Huston filmed the "Night of the Iguana" with Burton and Taylor there. He liked it so much, he bought the place. It's only accessable by sea. http://www.vallarta-adventures.com/tours/las-caletas-day-trip. They have a day and evening trip. I took the day trip with the family but I hear the evening trip is more romantic.
Vallarta Adventures crew is fantastic. They take very good care of you and ensure you have a great time. They even film the entire trip. You can buy the video (DVD) for $50 at trips end. I'd HIGHLY reccomend it. It is very professional and you'll be AMAZED at how much YOU and your future wife will be in it. Again, Congrats!
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