Hi @StL.Ashley: that sounds like a great plan !!
$ 5 to 8 K is a good sized budget for a Week to 10 Day Honeymoon. You can go sooo many places on that kind of money.
Be that an All-Inclusive on one of the better islands (NOT Mexico – Jamaica – Dominican Republic)… but somewhere awesome like:
The Bahamas – The British Virgin Islands – Sint Maarten / Saint Martin – Antigua – St Lucia – Barbados etc.
L♥VE em all !!
OR you don’t even have to do an AI, you could pick and island (or two) and explore on your own.
OR you could go on a cruise… for our Honeymoon that is the choice Mr TTR and I did.. well that and some ashore time post Wedding / pre Cruise (we got married in The Keys)… but then went onto Miami and flew off to San Juan for a few days before the cruise
We cruised the Southern Caribbean, for 7 Nights… and it was GLORIOUS. You cannot beat a cruise for fresh air, great vistas, pampering, wonderful food, nice people, and the fact that you unpack once and everyday you wake up in a different country is incredible.
We went with Celebrity (but there are plenty of other lines)… Celebrity is part of the bigger Royal Caribbean family of ships…
We upgraded our experience to a Sunset Balcony at the rear of the ship overlooking the wake (fabulous for privacy, bigger balconies, INCREDIBLE Sunsets & Sunrises). We went Concierge Class… vs Regular, but have been tempted to try Aqua Class as well.
Both are much cheaper than a Suite (those are crazy money)… but have a lot of nice touches to them. Just not the one-on-one Butler Service.
We left from San Juan on Saturday Night… Sunday at Sea – Monday in Barbados – Tuesday in St Lucia – Wednesday in Antigua – Thursday in Sint Maarten / Saint Martin – and Friday in St Thomas… back to port in San Juan on Saturday Morning.
If you wanted you could add a day or two on at either end to explore Old San Juan … which is very interesting as well.
Lol, we LOVED our Honeymoon on this particular Itinerary sooo much, that just this morning over coffee we were looking at the possibilty of maybe booking again… OR going back to further explore one of the Islands that were new to us this trip (we’d never been to St Lucia or Antigua before)
Hope this helps,
PS… I am not the only Bee here who’s done this particular cruise… so you may here from some others as well. Weather for us in January was incredible… 80s and 90s every day… warm not crazy hot & humid. Nice ocean breezes. We went sightseeing, snorkelling, and touring. Some days we used the Ship Board Excursions (for the more complicated islands) but a lot of the time we just ventured out on our own. It was a total blast. Cruising is a great vacation no matter your age… or what you want to do… there truly is something for everyone. And you certainly can’t get bored. (Lol, I say this because Mr TTR and so many others have made those remarks as a fear before they ever cruised… trust me isn’t going to happen… if anything you will wish you had more time to enjoy ALL the ship has to offer… which is no doubt WHY we are planning to go back again)