Post # 1
We are planning our wedding in DC next March and have already projected our expenses at about $8k for 50 people. I am mentioning this because we really wanted it to stay under $6k and still woul dlike to take a honeymoon. Most recently we have been to all inclusives in Punta Cana, DR and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. There were instances in Jamaica where I was really uncomfortable by comments made to my more masculine fiance. Can you all suggest any places to get away after the wedding? We would prefer an all inclusive.
Post # 3
Have you guys been to Key West, Florida… one of the most inclusive, welcoming and tolerant places I’ve ever been on any vacation.
And besides all that… it is a beautiful small city, and has a lot of interesting things to see and do (sure there is the world famous Duval Street… but there is also Water Activites, Theatre, Music, Cultural Events, Historic Sites, Good Food etc)
March will be lovely there (March average Daytime HIGH is 79 F, Daytime LOW 69, and Water Temp at aprox 72 F). And as it is in the continental US (but feels like the Caribbean) things generally are cheaper than going away away… and you can set up your own deals vs having to go with whatever is thrown at ya by some Travel Agent etc.
Wikipedia – Florida Keys = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Keys
Wikipedia – Key West = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_West,_Florida
Key West Tourism = http://www.fla-keys.com/keywest/
TripAdvisor (Key West Tourism) = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g34345-Key_West_Florida_Keys_Florida-Vacations.html
Hope this helps,
Post # 4
cabo san lucas! we got a great last minute deal on an all inclusive at the intercontinental. great food, quiet, but close enough to los cabos if you want a livlier scene…
Post # 5
@This Time Round: Thanks. I didn’t think about Florida as an option, but will certainly consider it! It will be more cost effective traveling from DC also. We are planning to jsut get away for a quickie honeymoon after the wedding and plan a longer vacation for later in the year.
Post # 6
TO – shanelovesshan: You are welcome, glad to help.
If you decide to go to Key West and do it on your own, I highly recommend that you check out TripAdvisor… they have Discussion Boards like these here on WBee (they call them FORUMS) where you can post Questions and get help from Locals and those who travel to a Destination often.
The guys and gals on the Key West (and the Florida Keys) Forums are great… they can give you tons of info, ideas and tips to save you money etc. All ya gotta do is ask.
Mr TTR and I travel a lot (we are semi-retired) and I rely heavily on TA since I found that website, because of all the great info I’ve gotten there… I usually just read thru the FORUMS and learn as I go, do research, make plans etc. You can learn sooo much from reading even other people’s topics when planning your own vacation.
Hope this helps,
Post # 7
Puerta Vallarta is very gay friendly, they even have several all inclusive gay resorts (granted they are mostly men). There are other resorts that are very gay friendly and close to the gay district. http://www.gayguidevallarta.com/
Post # 8
Increasingly travel locations that are more inclusive are starting to advertise as such. Have you heard of IGLTA? It’s a travel association that specifically caters to LGBT travellers and you can find both places that specifically/exclusively cater to gays and lesbians (if that’s what you’re interested in) or places that are welcoming and friendly to all.
It might also be easy to find places if you google “place name gay friendly.” It’s definitely an extra layer of research to ensure y’all will be treated with as much respect and have a great time.
Post # 9
@shanelovesshan: $8K for 50 people?! We need to talk! I need help getting our expenses waaaaaay down. Sorry, I don’t have any honeymoon recommendations.
Post # 10
My fiance and I have been discussing honeymoon options for quite some time now. We have decided to only honeymoon somewhere that same sex marriage is either legal or recognized. We came to this decision after I decided to look up the laws in several places of interest and learned that we could either be arrested or killed for even demonstrating affection towards one another there. We also decided that if we honeymooned in the U.S. we would not honeymoon in a state that vehemently opposes same sex marriage. We just don’t want to funnel our “lesbian” money into a place that opposes who we are fundamentally, as human beings. We have been leaning towards Hawaii, Belgium, or Spain.
@shanelovesshan What type of honeymoon do you want? Do you want a relaxing beach honeymoon? Do you want to go on tours/excursions & maybe learn about the local culture? Are you big on nightlife (dancing/shows/clubs)? Do you want a tropical honeymoon or do you love the cold/winter and a cabin/skiing is something you would like? I think that once you and your fiance figure out the type of honeymoon that you want, and the budget that you have to work with it will be easier to pinpoint a location.
I personally would NEVER honeymoon in Jamaica. Although it is legal there for women to engage in same sex activity it is illegal for men to do the same and can result in 10 years of hard labor. If I can find the link with the stats I found I will post it to this thread.
Post # 11
Some of the places listed here are obvious:
This site is great if you want to narrow in on a particular region of the world because it provides a map and color coded key: