(Closed) I need honeymoon location ideas!!

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Ocho Rios, Jamaica!  Plus you can go to the waterfalls while you’re at it.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@ Melissabegins: which resort there do you recommend?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

i have been there once, and we stayed at Riu.  It was built in 2007, so it’s new.  It’s pretty big though.  I thought it was fun for us b/c we went with a couple other friends, and there were games on the beach and contests and other fun activities.  If you are into total quiet and stuff, this may not be the right one. But it had a huge gorgeous pool, great pool bars, bocce, horseshoes, yummy food.. 🙂 We took an excursion that included a snorkel boat, rum punch, and Duns River Falls. We hiked to the top of the waterfall – awesome.  There is a place very close to there to swim with dolphins, but we didn’t visit – we’re total bums on vacation, and one day of excursions was ENOUGH! ha. Last year and this year we went places that were a little more intimate, b/c we were vacationing alone. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Snorkling is usually included in all-inclusives, but swimming with dolphins and horseback riding are generally not included in all-inclusives.  Are you looking to have everything included due to financial considerations?  Or are you hoping to avoid traveling far for these activities? All-inclusives or cruises have a concierge desk where they can arrange these activities for you.  There are tour companies that will pick you up and bring you to the dolphin cove, and bring you right back to your hotel.  If you want to save money on a cruise, you can visit tripadvisor.com and learn about reputable local tour companies and book tours yourself.  You can do exactly the same activities at lower prices with a smaller group.  

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Honestly, I think swimming with dolphins is going to be super costly no matter where you go. We are looking at Sandals resorts in Jamaica right now, and I think you should still consider them. If you book before Nov. 25, you can save 65% off, and since it’s all-inclusive you can get some great deals. Yes, the excursions (including swimming with dolphins) cost extra, but if you consider that extra cost into your original budget and plan how many days and such accordingly, I think it could be done (at least I hope so, because that’s what I’m trying to work out right now.)

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

yes, I feel that the dolphin thing is always $$ if you’re a tourist.  Look into what exactly each All inclusive hotel offers, so maybe you can find a good compromise.  Example – Riu charged for snorkeling trips.  Couples in Negril i *think* includes this for free, in addition to a few other water sport activities.  It costs a little more per night, but if you use the extras, ends up being a better value.  Heck they even will certify you for basic scuba for free.  Just pick places you think look beautiful, then make a spreadsheet with the criteria and weigh them against each other.  Best of luck! You are making me more excited for my wedding next month 🙂

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

i hear that the dominican republic is pretty amazing as well…and well priced, too! never been, but would love to go.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My husband and I got back from Moorea and Bora Bora (Tahiti, French Polynesia) less than 2 weeks ago.

On Moorea, there is a dolphin center, where you can actually swim with a dolphin. I paid $200 to do it (there was a promotion going on at the time. I think it’s normally closer to $300), and it was amazing. If you just want to pet and cuddle with the dolphin, the price is  lower, but the thing I did was actually swimming underwater with the dolphin.

Snorkeling was awesome on both Moorea and Bora Bora – probably better in Bora Bora because the water there is nicer. We went snorkeling everyday until our saliva tasted salty.

I didn’t look into horseback riding on the beach, but I think there are horse ranches on both islands. Not 100% sure though.

And since you are getting married in the summer, it’ll be perfect time for you to go to there. Their peak season ends in October.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Royal Caribbean just came out with a new ship, the Oasis of the Seas, and is now the largest ship in the world. We came back from our honeymoon a few weeks ago which was on the previous largest ship, the Freedom, before the Oasis set sail and it was awesome. The cruise director we had is now on the Oasis and he was a quite a good time. It will be sailing in the Caribbean though not Hawaii, but you might be able to get the same type of excursions you are looking for.

Also it was worth the money. If we would have stayed in the states and paid for travel, hotel, food, activities and the same number of shows we saw (we saw one every night and the quality of the performances was unbelievable, I was really shocked some of them weren’t in New York already) we would have spent WAY more than we did on the ship.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@melissa..thanks so much for the ocho rios tip, we are going there on our honeymoon in may!!! 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

I’m not sure about horseback riding, but you can definitely go snorkeling and swim with the dolphins in Oahu.  It’s very much a tourist attraction and cheaper than Maui and there’s a lot to do there.  We were there for almost two weeks and didn’t get to finish everything we wanted to.

Snorkeling is probably only about $18 each but swimming with the dolphins is expensive (close to $100 each).  There’s lot of shopping, Waikiki, surfing lessons, jet skiing, parasailing, amongst other things.  If you’re looking just to look at each other and get bored, then I’d try Maui.  But just make sure to bring very comfortable flip-flops because there is TONS of walking you’ll have to do when you get there.

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