Where can we go for 5-6k from the East coast?

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

I would say lots of places.  DH and I live in lovely landlocked CO and we were able to spend a week in a butler level suite @ Sandals Royal Bahamian for around $5k (including airfare).  We recently took another trip to the Bahamas and stayed at the Sheraton which averages around $180/night, so fairly cheap as far as the Caribbean goes.

Check out vrbo.com.  DH and I found an insane amount of affordable beach front condos in St. Thomas.  When we were planning our most recent trip, we had an insanely small budget and thought the Virgin Islands would be out of the question.  But you can find some pretty good deals on vrbo.com or even some of the smaller boutique hotels.

Watch livingsocial/groupon/any other discount travel site like a hawk.  DH wanted to stay at Atlantis for a few days, but it was WAY out of our budget.  I was able to snag a crazy good deal through one of those sites.

And lucky you for living on the East Coast.  You should be able to find some good deals on airfare!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@StL.Ashley:  for $5K and possibly up to $8 – you have a lot of options in the Caribean.

We are going to Paris and Spain and spent about $4800 for flights (round trip) and 3 star hotels. Europe doesn’t have all inclusive of course so we will need spending money so we will probably end up spending in total about $7K. we will be in Paris for 3 nights 4 days and 7 nights 8 days in Spain

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

You can go almost anywhere!  That’s a nice big budget!  Start researching places you want to go.  (We’re not beach people, so I don’t have any suggestions that are applicable to what you’re looking for.  We’re doing London & Paris for 2 weeks for $3500 plus meals and souvenirs).  My dad does a lot of beach/cruise stuff and he usually spends about $4K for a 1 week vacation.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@StL.Ashley:  St. Maarten/St. Martin is always my go to in the Caribbean.  I loved it there!  Temps are in the 80s and rainfall is low the time of year you want to go.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@StL.Ashley:  st. Lucia or Antigua. I loved those two islands. Or the BVI. Can you go out of jfk or Newark? That will give you some nice options. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@StL.Ashley:  a TON of places! we’re going to St Lucia for 5 nights for $2,300?

Post # 9
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Helper bee

@StL.Ashley:  I don’t have any great suggestions for international travel since I’ve never been anywhere but since you are moving to Jersey this is just a heads up for a potential future trip – we spent our honeymoon last month at the Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ and it was beautiful. We loved the pools, spas, restaurants and golf. There are things to do for all seasons so I’m hoping we can go back for snowtubing and skiing in the winter.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

commenting to follow, FI and I will be leaving from Boston! 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Leaving from the East coast opens up a lot of opportunity, ESP. with a budget of 5-6k! You pretty much can stay in any Sandals resort, would highly reco. Regency La Toc in St. Lucia!  Also Dom. Republic, Mexico, Bahamas, Bermuda.. Pretty much ANYWHERE in the Caribbean.  There are tons of All Inclusive options in the caribbean which ocean front rooms that would definitely fit your budget!  Good luck searching! 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We went to Costa Rica and loved it!  We did two different location – Arenal and Guanacaste.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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)

 

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@StL.Ashley:  Punta Cana, DR or St. Lucia would be my top 2 choices, I think.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We’re going to Couples Tower Isle in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, for $3,000 including airfaire (flying out of Washington, D.C.). The Couples brand has four other resorts as well, three in Jamaica and one in Barbados. All of them are all-inclusive, including some cool excursions like a trip to Dunn’s River Falls. We’re staying seven nights.

Edit: Oh, and the $3,000 also includes trip insurance.

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@StL.Ashley:  You have TONS of options.  Really anywhere in the Caribbean, Mexico, even parts of South America.  You can do Canada (I can tell you from experience that Quebec City is beautiful and probably the closest you’ll get to a European setting in North America.  I have also heard AMAZING things about the Canadian Rockies).  Disney World, if you’re into that. 

You can also look into lots of European destinations.  You can do Ireland, Iceland, France, Italy, Spain, whatever really for that amount of money.  Last year I went to Europe for a week and it cost me about $1500 for airfare/hotel.  You can even make it out to Hawaii on that amount, but only if you’re budgeting your accomodations correctly.

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