Post # 1
Wondering if anyone can help with suggestions for offbeat and not necessarily mainstream honeymoon destinations. While we’d love to travel to Hawaii someday, we don’t want to go on a honeymoon. We’re looking for a place that isn’t necessarily all honeymooners, but would be a wonderful honeymoon experience- if that makes sense?!
We were originally thinking of Belize, but recently heard a couple not so awesome reviews from friends. Nightlife is pretty non-existent after 9pm, not TONS to do, etc.
We’re looking for a place that has some great food and culture, beach/ocean, opportunity to relax and also opportunity for adventure. We’ll be traveling in October.
Thought of Costa Rica… it’s a possibility, but trying to think of something not so common, but still not a 12+ hour flight (from Boston).
ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Oh, and we’ve done the Caribbean before, so looking for something different! Barbados is one option though.
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
I was going to suggest the Ice Hotel, but I noticed you said you wanted tropical. What about one of those treehouses out in the ocean? I have no idea where they are (haven’t done a lot of research on them because I knew we couldn’t afford that!) but they always looked like a great deal of fun. I went to Kyoto recently, and that was pretty great.
Post # 4
@megabrooke: I was looking at this when I got married:
Retreat to mysterious Marrakech
If you’re looking for an exotic and mysterious location, then Marrakech is your oyster. The Marrakech Medina is the old city where you’ll find endless winding narrow streets, souks or shops selling all kinds of goods, ancient mosques and more. The Djemaa El-Fna is the largest and busiest night market and square in the world, full of snake charmers, music, mischievous monkeys, acrobats, and street food. On the other hand, Gueliz is Marrakech’s new district where modern shopping and restaurants are found.
Post # 5
We were kind of the same way for our honeymoon – in that we wanted to be “of the beaten path” and completely secluded, so no all-inclusive resorts for us.
While I don’t think where we went will be what you are looking for (not too much adventure and no exotic food) but it is a little off the beaten path. We stayed at a resort in Acapulco that had rooms up a mountain. Each room had a private pool and daybed outside. The only way up and down the mountain was to call the front office and they would drive a jeep up the mountain to pick you up and take you down. The best thing is that nobody can see into another person’s pool area, so we spent a lot of time laying by the pool in complete privacy. We only left the room twice to go to the beach and out to dinner haha – lots of room service!
In terms of other places that won’t be bombarded with honeymooners I would look into the Greek Islands. When we went we did run into a few honeymooners but it wasn’t ridiculous or overly crowded. Very beautiful and lots of culture!
Post # 6
Morocco is a good suggestion. West Africa could be cool, too — there are some really nice resort spots that are also interesting and not honeymoon-y. Senegal and Ghana are both easy to get to and have some nice spots. Or you could check out South America — Ecuador is nice (you could go to the Galapagos?), and I’ve never been to Colombia but people say it’s gorgeous and easy to travel through.
Post # 7
Bermuda is a great place to go to, and it’s relatively close to you. We went there last Easter and it was one of my best vacations ever, and not only because FI proposed!
My FSIL goes to Uruguay at least once a year and loves it, so that might be a good place to go as well.
Post # 8
Barbados is gorgeous… lots to see and do. But it is not a cheap destination.
Lol, and it is very mainstream… not really off-beat at all.
You might want to look at neighbouring St Lucia… a little more rustic, and what Mr TTR refers to as his “mind’s eye of what a Caribbean Island should look like” (tropical, rugged, etc)
Only thing is October is an iffy month for the Caribbean & Mexico… in regards to Hurricane Season.
Have you considered the idea of saving the Ocean / Beach for a different time of year… and maybe looking at other types of non-traditional spots for October ?
Post # 10
We had some issues bc of traveling during october (monsoon/hurricane season, etc). We looked into Brazil (Rio de Janiero and then a beach resort).
We decided on South Africa for a safari then to an island off of Mozambique for beach/relaxation.
Post # 11
My fiance and I are going to go to Iceland for our honeymoon! We did a tropical location last summer (Curacao, but we went before the bachelorette was filmed!), and didn’t want to repeat so soon. When we’re going in June-early July, it will be peak whale watching season! Can’t wait!
I’ve also been to South Africa, and it was amazing and very romantic! Capetown, Jeffries Bay, and Krueger Park are all great places. I’ve also had friends go to Tanzania and loved it. Turkey has gotten great reviews too!
Post # 12
We went to Costa Rica and I can’t speak highly enough about it, but yes, there were a lot of honeymooners there. (Plus it is about 6-7 hours from Boston.)
Some “offbeat” places we want to go to at some point are Iceland and the Azores. You can get to the Azores non-stop from Logan in about 4 hours. Neither are really beachy vacations though.
Post # 13
@futurewife327: Oh my gosh, we are going to Iceland too! Have you planned it all? We just decided and haven’t planned at all yet, but I can’t wait!
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn
We have similar parameters for the honeymoon – someplace warm but not too tourist-y. Some ideas we looked at:
Go to Buenos Aires or Santiago for the “city” portion, then take a short flight to Patagonia or Iguazu Falls for the “adventure” portion.
Cape Town (flights are very expensive though)
Post # 16
@megabrooke: the Galapagos??
If you don’t mind cold and rain and whisky you could come to Scotland!!!! 🙂 lol