Post # 1
Ugh. I picked our venue in a day, my dress was like the fourth I tried on, and I knew my colors right away. But the honeymoon has been a months-long ongoing back and forth between me and Fiance. We’ve been all over the map with this and finally narrowed it down to two places: Anguilla and St. Lucia.
Some things about us/honeymoon plans:
-We have about 8-9 days.
-Our budget is about $5K (including spending money) Both of these places seem to be well within our budget.
-We do not want to stay at a Sandals-type all-inclusive resort. We definitely want a more intimate hotel.
-We want somewhere lively enough, but not mobbed with tourists.
-We are open to splitting our time between two areas/hotels.
-We love beaches and snorkeling but are definitely open to some adventurous activities as well (hiking, ziplining, etc.)
So anyone with opinions on either of these places, I’d love to hear them :o)
Post # 3
Well, Anguilla is flat, with a ton of beaches but there is honestly not going to be a lot of activity- day or night. You can take the ferry to St. Martin, but that is about it. I was thinking that Anguilla wasn’t really big on the AI, so I think that might be a good fit. You really wouldn’t need to switch hotels as the island is easily driveable (and taxis are expensive). There are so many wonderful restaurants on the island, you would never get bored with trying all the different places out, even the beach bars had great lunches. I wish I had pics from when I was there one February, beach everywhere, and like 10-15 other people. There were huge stretches where there was no one, except for the people walking the beach. If you wanted a little adventure, you could take the ferry over to St. Martin.
St. Lucia is absolutely gorgeous, very lush, but very mountainy, so you have to have someone who has the stomach to drive the roads. Travel is slow, so it will take you to get from one area of the island to another. There are a few amazing hotels on the island, but I would probably stay put. I was in St. Lucia for a shorter time, so I can’t comment on the restaurants so much. The beaches I saw were nice, but St. Lucia was better. I’m guessing they’d have more to offer activity wise, especially since it is a cruise port. I don’t know that I saw anything amazing in the water at either location, but sometimes a few fish are ok too.
Either island- the people are friendly and take a moment to get to know some locals. They can fill you in on the good stuff. Just me, while St. Lucia is beautiful, the roads make me feel ill and so I feel like I’m confined to where I’m at. Anguilla I had more freedom with driving, and I’m a beach lover, so I’d go back to Anguilla first.
Post # 4
Thanks for the comments :o)
We’re really only planning on switching hotels in Anguilla because we are planning on staying at Cap Jaluca half the time, and we can’t afford to stay there for the entire 8 days haha. We’re not looking for too much crazy nightlife…we live in NYC, so we can do the nightlife thing whenever haha.
Thanks for the tip on jetting over to St. Martin….we were considering doing that one day.
Post # 5
We were looking at Anguilla for a while and chose it over St. Lucia. I was told by a travel agent that the beaches in Anguilla are much nicer than St. Lucia. I’ve heard wonderful things about Cap Juluca – I think it’ll be awesome!
Post # 6
@all – what hotels are you excited about in St. Lucia & Anguilla? We are planning a warm weather vacation and I have been spending a lot of itme looking at St Lucia but now am intrigued by both 🙂
Post # 7
Cap is gorgeous and no kidding about the nightly rate. If you go to Blanchard’s for dinner, the cracked coconut is amazing for dessert, I make it to impress company and it always works. I had a great dinner at Mango’s, listening to the crashing waves, as well. There is a great artist on the far end of the island, near the turn to Blanchard’s, her name is Carol. And if you run in to Raymond, the beach rental chair guy on Shoal Bay (whose job inspired my next career), say hello and make sure he gives you a good rate, even though you already have a beach companion!
Post # 8
We’ve booked Anguilla, but we’re staying at Frangapini instead of Cap Jaluca. And then Ambia for the other half of the trip. I’m really excited :o)
@Janna: Fiance did never-ending research on Anguilla, so PM me if you want info.
Post # 9
Hey! We are debating on St Lucia vs Anguilla as well. Have you already went on your honeymoon? If so, I would love to know what you liked and disliked about Anguilla and Frangapini.
Post # 10
Wow..i’m jealous. I’ve heard Anguilla is beautiful!!
Post # 11
Ladera in St Lucia is amazing!! I would highly recommend it. And Jade Mountain has been #1 on Travel & Leisures Gold list for a couple of years.
Another more affordable option would be Anse Chastenet. We’ve used it several times, and the guests always come home happy.
Post # 12
This is helpful info. I too am curious for those that picked Anguila – did it work out? Were you happy with your choice? I’m looking to book in November 2012, so i’m also wondering whether the weather in St Lucia vs. Anguila would be better in November.