All inclusive vacation to celebrate first year of marriage!

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We love cruises! Lots of locales, SO MUCH FOOD, constant entertainment, and WAY cheaper than most all-inclusives!

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@riss519:  The Bavaro and Occidental (sp) chains are nice and reasonably priced. If you aren’t American, then Cuba is a great option for beaches (not necessarily much else though – depends how picky you are).

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@BrandNewBride:  Alcohol is extra though, ma’am. Plus you are trapped on a boat on the ocean rather than having the freedom to be IN the ocean. I’ve never been on one, but I don’t think I ever would either (unless it was Alaska).

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@riss519:  where will you be flying from?  if you are going to mexco, i would suggest the riviera maya coast, just a bit south of cancun itself.  they have wonderful ai resorts that are reasonably priced.  i have been to many that were wonderful. 

cuba and dominican republic are also budget friendly vacation spots.  i have visited those countries numerous times as well.

if you are going in april, i would suggest not going during easter week.  it will be incredibly busy.

is this budget including flight?

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MrsPanda99:  You get to stop at LOTS of beaches! The boat generally moves at night, and you have the days to explore the islands.

And you could always get the drink package.

And my husband is one of those awful people who need to do something EVERY SINGLE SECOND of vacation, so laying one the beach all day just isn’t in the cards for me! (Sigh, cry.)

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yes, cruises! We did a second honeymoon in April on Celebrity, and they had a special going on where you the option to get a free drink package, which we of course did. You have plenty of time to keep an eye out for that!

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@riss519:  the ocean coral & turquesa is a nice budget friendly resort.  the layout is great, nice clean rooms, great views and they have 4 pools.  i like the selection of restaurants and the food is good.  i have found a few great deals with them on expedia as well as booking.com and local mexican websites. 

there are so many choices to from.

i would suggest researching different hotels and their locations.  keep in mind the travel time to and from the airport.  i always go to the newer hotels because i find that they have better ammenities and the rooms are much cleaner and fresher.  when hotels claim that they recently renovated, that may just be a coat of paint for them so be particular when choosing.  fyi, a 10-15 year old hotel in mexico does not hold up as well like one in the states.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We also went away on an all inclusive in Mexico to celebrate our one year! After our honeymoon, we decided to plan to do that for every anniversary if we can.  Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend the resort we stayed at, but I’d recommend the city. Puerto Vallarta was amazing, and has tons of affordable resorts!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@riss519:  We stayed at Golden Crown Paradise Resort.  Our travel agency had it rated as 4.5 stars, but it was more like a 3. It was OK  for what it was, we were just expecting something different. =)

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I second a cruise. You can go on a nice one for $3000. I have been on 3 weekend cruises and had a blast!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I know you said you don’t like the idea of a cruise, but I would definitley think about it. We love cruising and it always ends up being cheaper every time we look into going on vacation. We priced going to Vegas for 4 days and it was cheaper to go on a cruise to St. Marteen, St. Thomas, and the Bahamas for 7 days.. We’ve actually got one booked for those ports in December for 7 days as our Christmas present to each other. It’s only $1000. We have $500 of excursions planned. The only thing extra you have to pay for is drinks and excursions.  There’s no way you could spend the extra $1500 you have left in your budget on drinks. They also have a drink package for unlimited alcoholic drinks for $50 per day if you’re big drinkers. We got this package on our honeymoon though and we would have spent less if we bought it drink by drink. So, we won’t get it again. Most drinks are between $6-$8. That’s pretty reasonable I think. In our area a glass of wine can be $8-$10.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@riss519:  Two months after we were married we booked our one year wedding anniversary trip, so I totally know the feeling! haha. We’re heading to Rivieria Maya, Mexico for 10 days & I can’t wait. $3000 is definitely a good budget, I suggest checking our Expedia for deals.

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