Post # 1
We wanted to go to Costa Rica. It seemed like the best of both worlds! Tropical with a beach for a few days of relaxing before lots of hiking and exploring the rain forests and volcanos! However, our wedding is in October which is the “green season” in Costa Rica (read: rainy season). Coasta Rica is out.
We aren’t the type to be content relaxing on a beach all week, although we do want SOME relaxation. I feel like the typical “honeymoon destination” consists of tropical resorts with only beach and water activities. All other ideas we’ve thought of sound so stressful and not at all relaxing (european tour).
Where can we go in October that will give us the variety we’re looking for?
I don’t want to “settle” for a honeymoon location. It will cost a lot of money and I don’t want to go somewhere for the sake of going. Our other option is to postone our honeymoon until Costa Rica dries up a bit in November.
I need some ideas!
Post # 3
If you take a cruise it will allow you to go to multiple locations. Granted, they are all beach-like in nature, however, there is a great deal of variety in the excursions offered through various cruise lines not to mention always something different going on on the boat. All-inclusive (with the exception of alcohol) and reasonable, you can’t go wrong!
Post # 4
I agree with you, I feel like everytime I ask a couple where they are going for their honeymoon, it is always somewhere tropical. I think its because tropical locations are much more afforable. Unless you are going somewhere like Bora Bora, Hawaii or Fiji. Those are on my bucket list!
FOr our honeymoon, we are going to Paris and Spain. We are leaving Sept. 17 and returning the 28th. There will be a lot of walking, and dining, and just seeing the beauty of Paris and Spain.
I think you can still have fun in Costa Rica during rainy season because its not a place you go to just read a book on a beach, there are a lot of activities. Research and see what people do during rainy season! 🙂
Post # 5
@Mill: What’s your budget? All honeymoon locations are not created equal
Post # 6
This is where hubby and I went for 7 days, around October, perfect timing too.
The Royal in Playa Del Carmen, see link…
Post # 7
@cruziiq: We hadn’t thought much about cruises. Neither of us have ever been on one! It could be a good option though- thanks!
@Daizy914: We’ve been thinking about Hawaii- it’s on our bucket list too! We’re trying to price it out but I’m not sure it will fit into our budget.
@Nona99: We’re trying to stay around 3K- although there is some wiggle room. We are paying for a lot of the wedding so our honeymoon budget isn’t as robust as we would like.
@HappyBride827: That looks beautiful! The FI has given a strict NO on Mexico though.
Post # 8
@Mill: what about hawaii?
i just saw what you wrote about how it might not be in your budget. I’d also suggest st. Thomas. You can go to the beach there and there are plenty of things to do there. Also from st. Thomas, you can take the ferry to visit st. Johns or Tortola (BVI). There’s a lot of nice things to do there and the beaches are wonderful.
Post # 9
We spent 16 days there a few years ago and it was one of the best vacations I’ve had. We had 8 days in the tropical forest and then 8 days on the coast. There are fantastic Mayan ruins, caves, horseback riding, etc.
Belize is also noted for the best diving/snorkeling spots in the region.
The hurricane season ends in mid-October, so the timing is OK–still some rain in the south. Stick to the northern regions.
Post # 10
@Mill: i was just reading online that its hit or miss. You can get lucky in Costa Rica and get some sun, or it can just rain all the time. I don’t see anything wrong with you waiting until Nov. there are alot of couples that do that. I knew someone who had to post pone her honeymoon bc she had just started her internship. And you can definitely go to Costa Rica for $3K
Post # 11
@wabanzi: I’ve been hearing really good things about Belize! For some reason my brain goes right to $$$ but I have absolutely no idea how much a trip there would cost! Would it totally break the bank?
Post # 12
@Mill: The Belize dollar is tied to the US Dollar (2 to 1 US). It was one of the most affordable vacations we took. Places to stay are rather cheap. We stayed right on the beach in an efficiency 1 bedroom for $40 per night, and in the heart of the jungle near Xunantunich for about $60 per. The meals were about what we pay for eating out in the US (maybe a little less), and then transportation/drivers (plus tips). Our whole December 16 day vacation was under $3000 including airfare. I would go back in a second I loved it so much, but we still have new places to explore.
Just stay out of Belize City if you go. Everyplace else the people a great.