Post # 1
Hi Bee’s! My fiance and I received 2 free roundtrip tickets from American Airlines from Houston to anywhere in the US, Mexico or Caribbean. We are in our 40’s and want to go somewhere really fun and beautiful for our honeymoon. We are not interested in flying all day long, however, we are willing to do connections. Any advice???
Post # 3
Mexico or the Caribbean would be easy to get to from Houston; you might have a connection in Miami for the Caribbean though. I’m not sure how long the flights would be but couldn’t be more than 5 hours.
Maybe try looking at the vacation packages on Expedia for inspiration?
Post # 4
Mexico is gorgeous, my Fiance and I stayed at the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya in December last year, and would definitely go back. I flew from Canada, and it was 4 hours, no layovers. I imagine from Texas it would only be a couple of hours, tops.
Post # 5
Tripadvisor might be a good place to start looking too. I’ve been thinking of Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands. I’d love to not have to drag along a passport.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@TxTornado: Panama and Costa Rica would be less than 2 hours. Mexico would be around an hour depending on where you fly. I always vote for Costa Rica. Beaches and rainforests.
Post # 7
2.5 hours from IAH to Montegp Bay Jamaica. lots of resorts not far and Ocho Rios is a couple hours drive.
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
We went to Turks and Caicos with my DH’s family in December 2011. It was a beautiful place and it definitely had a good mix of hanging out on the beach and adventure/ecotourism. Plus, if you’re a fan of all-inclusive resorts, there are a few of them on Turks and Caicos.
Post # 9
My fiance and I just booked our honeymoon to San Juan, PR. Nonstop it is 5 hours, with one stop it is 6. Not too bad.
Post # 10
We fly AA and live in Dallas, so I can help. 🙂
From Houston the shortest/ most direct flight is to Mexico, specifically Cancun/ Rivera Maya, as I believe it’s two flights to get to Cabo.
Since you want the shortest flights, I would rule out the Caribbean because all AA flights will transist out of Miami to go to the Caribbean, no direct to Carribean from TX.
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
My fiance’s family has a timeshare in Grand Cayman and I would recommend it, hands down. Some awesome things to try:
Stingray City Sandbar: Waist-deep and you’re completely surrounded by caribbean blue water, can barely see land in the distance. Lots of stingrays come explore your group looking for food (depending on your tour group, you can feed them). They’re gentle and let you hold them. They are not scared of humans at all so there’s no aggressiveness or skittishness. They just “fly” all around you. Really neat.
Bioluminescence tour: At night, you kayak out toward a bay filled with bioluminescent algae. When your paddle goes through the water, the water glows bright green. You can also pop your paddle on the ground, and you’ll see a bunch of sparkles – those are a tyle of bioluminescent “disco shrimp”.
Queen’s Garden: A really great hike (all paved sidewalk) through really gorgeous plants and flowers. There are blue iguanas EVERYWHERE! Really really pretty animals. Don’t touch them, they bite. Hehe. Nice gazebo with chairs near a pond partway through to rest in.
We went to the Turtle Farm but I didn’t like it. Very small tanks for too many turtles each. I would recommend staying on the east end of the island if you can. It’s quieter and more private. We had a beachfront 1st floor room that hardly had any other guests using the beach so it was almost a private beachfront room! The snorkling was great near the dock (the restaurant drops their leftover food there, so lots of bright colored fish live under it). Georgetown isn’t so bad for nightlife and restaurants. There’s no language barrier since it’s a British island and it’s a very rich island so there’s very little crime to worry about. In Jamaica I worried for myself a few times, and the street venders were so pushy, but in Cayman it was fine.
Post # 12
@AnnieAAA: I went to Cabo last May, and there was a direct flight from Houston. (We didn’t fly out of Houston, but it was our connecting city.)
We stayed at Dreams Los Cabos. The resort was beautiful and the rooms were very nice, with a beautiful balcony. The only thing I would have changed was the food. It was just ok.
Post # 13
@CurlyTop24: Thanks, yeah I couldn’t rember if Cabo was one or two flights, so good to know.
Post # 14
@aggie2010: this is where we were going originally! Where did you stay?
Post # 15
When I was looking at flights last night to Nassau, Bahamas, I remember one from here that connected in Houston. Might be something to look in to also!