Hi @laureneliz87: When it comes to planning a Honeymoon… and finding something that works for you… reading & research is essential.
You said you’ve read some other posts here on WBee… not sure if you’ve seen this one (I will cut & paste here) where I sorted out AIs for antoher Bee
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Travel Nut here… Mr TTR & I are semi-retired, and able to travel quite a bit.
As a Canadian, we often find you can get good deals for AIs in Mexico – Cuba – Dominican Republic – and Jamaica
The thing is there are deals because all of these places have issues… be they political, economic or social… so in order to attract the much needed tourist dollars they build AIs and offer good prices.
The truth is in many of these places this isn’t going to be a world like the one you have at home… none of these are 1st World Countries… and at least one is 3rd World.
Safety is also a major factor… so if you are the type who likes to explore, you might want to think twice of going beyond the resort unless it is on a Resort Organized Tour
Not to say that the resorts are nice, cause many of them are… just that they are sort of Disney-like existence, where you are in an isolated world (walled, and often armed guards) seperating you from the rest of the locals.
For me, that isn’t a reality that I want any part of…
AIs elsewhere in the Caribbean are going to be more costly because those Islands don’t require this type of accommodations solely to attract tourists… consequently there is a lot more to choose from on each island (ie Aruba, Barbados, Antigua, Turks & Caicos, The Bahamas etc)
Personally, I prefer to spend my own vacation dollars in places like those… or Florida (the whole state is gorgeous… and a lot less less expensive than the Caribbean… and yet The Keys have pretty much the same vibe)…
Or we go on a cruise…
Mr TTR and I have done several cruises now… and some can be quite similar to the benefits of an AI Holiday (several cruise lines now offer Beverage Packages)… with the BONUS of waking up each day in a new Country / Island to explore. And nothing beats the pampering to be found on a decent cruise ship.
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January and you are safely out of the Atlantic Hurricane Season (June 30th to November 30th) so the entire Caribbean is yours to enjoy
BUT just like everywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere, January is the coldest month of the year… so if you want guaranteed great weather, you really have to go as far south as possible (the jet stream is the weather feature that drags cold arctic air south… it shifts up and down over Canada & the USA… if it dips low enough is what can bring snow to the Southern USA… or freezing temps / frost to places like Florida). When conditions are right it means that places like Florida – The Bahamas – Cuba – and even Mexico can see unseasonably “chilly” temps in the 40s, 50s, and 60s.
You really have to be south of the Greater Antilles and into the Lesser Antilles… Leeward Islands (above Dominca) or the Windward Islands (below Dominca) … or the Leeward Antilles (aka the Dutch Antilles… ABC Islands of Aruba – Bonaire – and Curacao which are off of South America)
Wikipedia – Lesser Antilles = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesser_Antilles
I suggest you start doing some research on Islands first… every one has a very different vibe, history, and stuff to do. (Wikipedia is always a good place to start for an Overview… as is TripAdvisor… and the individual Islands / Countries all have their own Tourism Websites as well)
And then worry about finding a place to stay…
Mr TTR & I have been to a good smattering of Islands, so I’d be able to give you some input (and I have replied to many posts here on the Honeymoon Board in the past too)
Hope this helps,