Post # 1
My fiancé and I have been working with a travel agent to find us an adventurous and romantic Caribbean honeymoon location. We’ve narrowed down our options to four, but would like some feedback from other honeymooners/travellers that have visited these areas. Which would you recommend (and why)?
Riu Palace Bavaro – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Sandals Grande Antigua – Antigua
Riu Palace Aruba – Aruba
Sandals La Toc – St. Lucia
Post # 3
@kMaCc88: Honestly, they are all almost exactly the same. It really won’t matter where you pick. They will all be great.
Post # 4
I voted for St. Lucia as that is where we honeymooned and we really liked it. Major plus is the 3 Sandals properties and the bus that runs between them. Sometimes one has a better evening event or better weather. At the very least you have more pools, restaurants and watersports. Also, we went snorkeling with each property and got to see 2 totally different locations. We stayed at the Halycon and agreed that if we were to do it again we would return or go to the Grande, La Toc had a very spring break meets honeymoon vibe in that it seemed everyone was there on a honeymoon and was a bit overwhelming for us but they have great restaurants and we enjoyed hanging out there midday.
Post # 5
Can I suggest the Pacuare Lodge in Costa Rica?? We have been to both Jamaica and Costa Rica and love both – but the Pacuare Lodge was just above and beyond romatic and adventurous. It was so incredibly memorable!
– you have to white water raft in, lodge is right in the middle of the rainforest
-Suites are all gorgeous – ours had a private infinity pool, outdoor/indoor shower, bath, loungers, hamock, huge king size bed, living room…INSANE.
-There is no power so you are totally unplugged. There are so many activities to do though – rapelling, ziplining, hiking to waterfalls to swim in….
-The staff lights your room with hundreds of candles each night while you are at dinner
-The meals were 5+ star, best I have ever had.
-It’s tiny (can hold up to 50 people) and the staff there is AMAZING – they treat you like royalty.
Absolute. Heaven. I wish I could go back 🙁
-If you are set on the caribbean, though – we loved all of the sandals properties we have tried (whitehouse x3, grand riviera) – a bit cookie cutter but fun nonetheless.
Post # 6
My sister had her honeymoon in st. lucia from Sandals and raved about it. No matter where you go of your choices, it will be beautiful
Post # 7
Hi kMaCc88: ok, this is coming from an Older Bee (over 50) who travels a ton…
These are all All-Inclusive Resorts I believe… so for the most part, they are going to be pretty much the same experience.
And that is fine
If your plans are to sit tight in the resort, and NOT explore farther afield, then which one you pick will make very little difference (especiallly so in March which is a GOOD Weather Month)
BUT if you see yourself venturing off the Resort then the differences between each of these Island Destinations will be far more dramatic
Antigua, Aruba and St Lucia are mid to upper tier Caribbean Islands… and all realtively modern, safe etc.
The Dominican Republic is one of the poorest islands in the Caribbean (shares a land mass with the Caribbean’s POOREST island… Haiti). And as such, there is a REASON that incredible deals can be found in DR… it clearly isn’t on the same scale as the other islands or the USA… as a poorer island it is particularly UNSAFE to adventure beyond the bounds of the Secured Resort (you can check stats on-line for violent crimes in DR if you want proof).
Personally, I am the mindset that I want to go the places that have more progressive governments etc… so that I feel relatively safe when I visit.
As such… the DR, Mexico and Jamaica (all the cheap places to go right now) are not on my radar
For more info about Travelling Destinations I suggest that you check out links such as Wikipedia (general overview)… or your Federal Government’s Website for International Travel / usually the guys who issue Passports (in Canada that would be the Department of Foreign Affairs… in the USA it would be the State Department for recent Travel Advisories… info that EVERYONE as a Citizen should check BEFORE making reservations… so you know what are the recommended requirements for travel to a foreign country… and what support you have abroad, if there should be an issue in regards to travel, etc)
CANADA – Dept of Foreign Affairs (Travel Advisories) = http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/menu-eng.asp
US – State Department (Travel Advisories) = http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html
Hope this helps,