(Closed) destination wedding Cabo, Jamaica, Hawaii or Bahamas???

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We chose Kauai because it’s beautiful, safe, and more laid back. There’s a ton of outdoor things to do and because it’s so mellow in Kauai, there’s not a big nightclub culture. If you don’t drink, I’d highly suggest NOT going to Cabo as it has more of a party atmosphere (though the water IS warm) and is quite touristy.

I can’t comment on Jamaica or the Bahamas but they look beautiful in photos!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Ive been to Jamaica (montego bay) and wouldn’t recommend it for a honeymoon spot. While it is beautiful, we didn’t feel secure and never left the resort. I’ve been to Aruba, which is beautiful and you can venture out, the locals are the nicest people! And the weather is always perfect!!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

FI and I have been to all the places you listed. Jamaica…we were only there for less than 8 hours (cruise stop), this is where FI proposed, so I would like to vacation there one day. Our favorite vacation out of the 3 has got to be the Bahamas. But, this is mainly because of the drinking. When comparing the beach/ocean, our favorite was in the Bahamas. When it comes to safety, I’d choose Kauai. We didn’t do anything after dark in the Bahamas; we barely left the resort in Cabo. 

When looking for wedding locations, I considered Oahu, parts of Mexico, and the Caribbean. Didn’t choose Oahu because it was expensive (I think I got up to almost $10k without hotel/flight/food for the rest of the week, car, photo/video, flowers, don’t remember what else). Also, if we wanted chairs on the beach for the ceremony, we’d have to find a private beach $$…public ones don’t allow chairs, structures, etc. Didn’t choose Mexico..the really nice parts (Caribbean side) had risks of rain/hurricanes, so I didn’t want to risk ruining my wedding. Plus, some of the resorts I was considering performed the ceremony in Spanish only (with a translater there) Decided to go with the Caribbean…Aruba, it’s below the hurricane belt. From what I’ve read, the island is pretty safe to travel around, so we won’t be doing all-inclusive there.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Mine is gonna be in Hawaii, on the Big Island. My sister is a big time wedding planner there. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We are doing ours in Roatan.  I haven’t been there yet but I know several people that have.  I have e-mailed a couple of wedding planners and the price seems super reasonable.  We are staying at the Infinity Bay Spa Resort on West Bay beach.  If you love snorkeling or diving you would love it there.  The reef is only a few yards swim from the beach. Roatantravelguide.com has tons of info on the Island if your interested.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@heathie1:  We’re planning our wedding in Roatan early next year. Still deciding on our wedding date, but likely the last week of February. It sounds like we will be destination twins!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Slaid:  Yay! I’m so happy to have found a destination twin. We have set our date for June 2014.  Have you picked a wedding location yet? We are considering the Infinity Bay Spa Resort.  But we haven’t locked it in with our wedding planner yet.  Ours will be very small with only about 15 or so guests.  Are you using a planner or are you putting it together on your own? It took me forever to find a planner on the island and since I haven’t visited Roatan before I really needed someone with knowledge of the island. I’d love to hear details of your wedding if you’d like to share. 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@heathie1:  We will be getting married at the Xbalanque Resort with about 40 guests. Since the resort is smaller, we will be doing a resort buy-out so it will just be us and our guests. We don’t have a third party wedding planner, since one of the owners of the resort is helping to arrange everything. She is fabulous and has great design ideas for the wedding. So far, I am on board 100% with everything she has recommended. She is making my job very easy (which is one of the main reasons I wanted a DW). Keep me posted on your plans! I’d love to hear more as you nail down your details.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Slaid:  Xbalanque looks so pretty!  I looked at having ours there too but I think it is a bit out of our price range.  We are trying to keep some costs down since we are paying for the entire wedding ourselves.  Also wanting to stay two weeks on the island. One with our family and friends and one with just the two of us. I will keep you posted on my plans and I hope that you post some of your wedding photos on here after your  wedding.  I can not wait to visit Roatan.  The Island looks so beautiful! Happy planning! 🙂

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mr TTR and I are semi retired, so we travel a lot.

We also had an Elopement to a Destination Wedding… just the two of us exchanging our vows on a Beach … it was in The Florida Keys… followed by a Caribbean Cruise for our Honeymoon.

L♥VED IT !!

Of the list you’ve suggested I’d rank them as follows:

#1 and the clear WINNER

HAWAII – Exotic, a far distance… most people only ever get their once in their lifetime if at all.  Not a cheap holiday… but one definitely worth the extra effort !!

# 2 = BAHAMAS – Gorgeous… Caribbean Lite… a great intro to the Caribbean without a lot of the added expenses cause it is sooo close to America.  Perfect for a Honeymoon as there are sooo many options.  Hotels, Resorts or All Inclusives.  You could even go there on a Cruise… I LOVE Cruises cause they are the perfect combo of Activities and R&R… PLUS great pampering… a good value for your dollars.  And the nice thing about Cruising is you unpack once and the world comes to you.  On the otherhand, because the Bahamas are so close and affordable, it is the type of vacation that you could manage easily at some other time.

# 3 = CABO – Mexico Lite.  All the good bits about Mexico without the bad stuff (generally speaking).  Tends to be good value for your money… as Mexico has a lot of reasonably price All Inclusives (or you can do it on your own… Hotels or Resorts).  Again, the type of vacation that can be done anytime.

 # 4 = JAMAICA – Not a big fan… this Island has changed a lot in recent years.  It isn’t as safe as it once was… and there are political & social issues which also effect it.  Great place for well priced All-Inclusives… but not to explore on your own.  Which is sad.  Airfare also tends to be quite expensive to get to Jamaica.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our wedding will be in Maui – we decided on Hawaii because we’ve been there before and just want to relax (and not worry about too much sightseeing).

If you’re from the Midwest, I bet flights to the Caribbean are less expensive than those to Hawaii/West Cost of Mexico… I’ve been to many (many!) Caribbean islands, and I just love the USVI and the Dominican Republic. St. Thomas and St. John don’t require a passport, have gorgeous beaches, beautiful scenery, and a variety of locations for travel. (We were considering  having our wedding in St. John, but Hawaii was more practical for us at this time).

I agree with some other bees about leaving resorts. There are some places where you will probably feel safer if stay at a resort and plan on not leaving. I guess it is just your preference!

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