Post # 1
Hey ladies. The Mr. and I are ready to start planning our honeymoon… have a relative idea of what we want, but have no idea how to go about finding “THE” place.
We’d like to stay on a beach… something neither of us have really gotten to experience. We want a fair amount of luxury wherever we stay. OTW bungalows would be nice, but most likely out of our price range. We’d like plenty of activities both on and off the resort… we’re picturing hikes, exploring, water activities, but want something that offers plenty of privacy. Oh, and an all-inclusive, adults only resort is a must, provided we go the resort route.
Fears: October means hurricane season in the Carribean, but I’m convinced there have got to be better areas than others. South Pacific means bigtime airfare and expensive resorts. The Fiance refuses to go to Jamaica, and there are plenty of other places to choose from that it’s not worth contending with him.
We’re looking to go for about 8-10 nights, and are budgeting about $5K, but only want to book for $4K and have $ left to spend.
Also, what are everyone’s thoughts on going through a travel agency? I feel like they might be able to say ‘I know just the place you’re looking for!’. Has that been anyone’s experience?
Post # 3
St. Lucia has a bunch of activities like zip lining, etc. Check out the Ladera resort!
Post # 4
That place looks amazing. I’ll have to see if I can find packages indirectly at a lower rate… they’re a little bit pricey, but the resort looks to be nothing short of breathtaking!
Post # 5
i dont know much about the resorts but costa rica is supposed to be beautiful. we looked before deciding on jamaica (boo on your husband, it was fabulous) but costa rica is supposed to be really pretty with lots of stuff to do from hiking to ziplineing, volcanos. but i want to say their beaches are black on the pacific side, and white on the gulf side.
Post # 6
Have you looked at Hawaii?Gorgeous beaches and great weather in October.
I would avoid Jamaica or St Lucia(or anywhere in the caribbean) during hurricane season. Costa Rica is a good suggestion as well if you want activities.
I’ve travelled all over the world and never used a travel agent. If you are willing to spend some time researching then it is fine to plan it yourself.
Post # 7
@pnytail01: They have a 3-night minimum; we were thinking about doing 3 nights there, then the rest at a less expensive beach resort. Now we’re going to Jamaica because it’s more affordable.
Post # 8
@pnytail01: The Caribbean & Mexico have some good options that would fit your wish list as well as your price range. Aside from your wish list, airfare will help you determine where to go. For example, air rates from the midwest to someplace like Mexico or the Caribbean generally run in the $400-$600 per person range; whereas, places like St. Lucia are in the $900-$1100 per person range. So if your budget is $4,000, a place like St. Lucia would, unfortunately, be ruled out off the bat b/c the airfare alone would eat up about half of your budget. Don’t let hurricane season discourage you b/c you should also add trip insurance that would cover you for that very reason. Also, some areas are more prone to get hit during hurricane season than others, not the Caribbean as a whole. Good luck!
Post # 9
Aruba doesn’t have a hurricane season 🙂
Post # 10
I am September Bride also worried about hurricanes as well, we are thinking Punta Cana, The paradissus to be specific, way cheaper then Aruba, luxury all around and weather is always great. We truly have not heard a bad thing about this resort, and air fair does not look too bad either, probably around $1300 for both of us round trip! not sure if we are going through AAA or not yet, pricing it out as well but we think it is the best bang for your buck… and you can beat all inclusive!
Post # 11
How about you go to a travel agent anyway just to find out what they recommend? They would be very knowledgable about activities, deals etc. You don’t have to book. Just listen.
Post # 12
@totheislnds: Costa Rica does look beautiful. I love that there appears to be so much available to explore off of the resort. It absolutely cracks me up (and definitely excites me!) when I read ‘wild parrot and monkey watching’. 🙂
I’ve just run a few searches, but I’m only coming up with a handful of resorts in Costa Rica… there’s got to be more not coming up in my searches. Has anyone heard anything good, bad, or indifferent about any specific Costa Rica resorts?
@2ndtime: You’re absolutely right, we should definitely consult with a travel agent whether we end up booking with them or not. I never thought of it that way.
Post # 13
We stayed at the Secrets Wild Orchid in Montego Bay, Jamaica. We paid a little under $4K for 8 nights/7 days, with all food and drinks included and airfare. It was luxary to the max. Wonderful people, great food and drinks, beautiful beaches, and plenty of activities. Darling Husband and I chose to stay on resort property, as we really just wanted to lay in the sun, drink, eat and have sex 😉 But there were TONS of fun activities to do both on and off resort.