(Closed) Honeymoon – We have *nothing* planned while there!

posted 6 years ago in September 2012
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

The hotel staff will probably be very helpful in suggesting things to do and they may even be able to schedule things for you.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Meh…we don’t have anything “planned” either for Hawaii.  Well, we do have tickets for the Pearl Harbor tour, but that’s it out of a week and a half trip.  We keep saying things like “I want to go snorkling” or “wouldn’t it be cool to go on a helicoptor ride?” but that’s the extent of it. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We attended a destination wedding in Hawaii and were in the same boat. There were enough brochures and stuff in the hotel lobby that we were able to arrange plenty of stuff. You might not find the BEST deals or be able to get into the most exclusive places but we managed to get a luau, snorkeling trip, volcano bike tour and a parasail with no issues. I’d assume st marten is set up just as well for lazy planners 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Take a DEEP Breath…

The GOOD NEWS is you’ll be fine.

Mr TTR and I travel quite a bit… as long as you have Reservations for your room, you’ll be fine (even in the Caribbean)

The island of Sint Maarten (Dutch Side) /Saint Martin (French Side) is lovely… the first couple of days post Wedding (that is if you are going right there after the Wedding) and you’ll no doubt be quite exhausted and just looking to relax. Probably hang out at the Hotel, Resort, Guest House. (Have to admit I am curious WHERE you are staying)

The balance of your vacation and you can do as much or as little as you like (exploring on your own is totally do-able on this island). The island being 2 countries… does have a lot to offer, and it is quite different from one side to the other in that regard.

There are all the usual great things about the Caribbean… fabulous resorts, beaches, dining, sightseeing, history, and natural sites. And tons of water based activities… snorkelling and scuba are worth exploring if you haven’t tried those before. Lol, and as well there is “the sport” of plane spotting… at Maho Beach(pretty radical thing to do… GOOGLE for UTube Videos). AND there is also world famous Orient Beach, which has in addition to a regular beach (clothes on / topless) a “clothing optional” area.

As well there is the very exclusive island of Anguilla that lies to the North of St Martin (you can take the ferry there from Margot)… Anguilla is a British Island, where many Rich & Famous folks live / vacation… EXPEN$IVE Island, but worth a day-trip.  They also have some of what are regarded as the best beaches in the Caribbean.

Here are some useful links to get you started…

Wikipedia – Sint Maarten = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sint_Maarten

Tourism Sint Maarten = http://en.vacationstmaarten.com/

Wikipedia – Saint Martin= http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Martin

Tourism Saint Martin = http://www.stmartinisland.org/

TripAdvisor (Sint Maarten / Saint Martin Tourism) = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g147346-St_Maarten_St_Martin-Vacations.html

Hope this helps,

TIPS

1- There are countless Jewellery Stores in the Caribbean, and this island is no different.  Diamonds & Watches being the biggest draws.  My advice is to KNOW what you are buying (switching merchandise is not unheard of)… OR realize that anything you buy could not be worth totally what you believe it is… (sometimes a too good to believe deal is just that).  So KNOW your pricing info (ie Pandora) BEFORE you travel, and KNOW how much of a risk you are willing to take (I personally won’t spend more than $ 200, because I feel that is how much I am willing to lose on “just a souvenir” in the worst case scenario).

2 – Don’t know how much travelling you’ve done abroad… but you’ll need to pack your Street Smarts.  This is a relatively safe country for the Caribbean… but still you need to keep your wits about you.  Tourists get robbed because they are careless (or flash it around).  So protect your stuff… don’t put it down casually like you might at home (ie keep your purse / beach bag on you, or between your feet in a restaurant for example).  And don’t take anything to the beach you wouldn’t have a problem losing… I can give you more TIPS if you like just send me a PM

 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re going to Tokyo and Hong Kong and have exactly one thing planned in each city — a new years eve countdown cruise in Tokyo, and sunset river cruise to view the Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong followed by dinner. Both booked for us by the hotel concierges, and we’re just going to wander into everything else. It’s our favorite way to travel 🙂

You’ll be just fine in St Maarten without a preset itinerary!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@LaurenKK:  I hope your wedding went great this past weekend and you’re enjoying your honeymoon! We’re headed to Saint Martin in November for our honeymoon, so once you get back and settled, if you have any recommendations, I would appreciate them! We are staying in a private residence, so I too am a bit worried about not having anything planned to do.

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