Post # 1
We’re selecting a spot for our January honeymoon. Has anyone been to any of these places? Where would you recommend going? Here’s our criteria for whatever location we pick:
Offers plenty of outdoor activities: hiking, kayaking, etc.
Interesting natural environment, wildflife
Offers some chance for relaxation and feels a bit like a splurge (without having to actually BE a splurge). Our trips are normally very adventuresome; this time we want something of an “easier” vacation.
We don’t care much about fancy restaurants.
Post # 3
What’s your budget? We really wanted to go to St. Lucia and stay in one of the hotels with the missing fourth wall that they have but St. Lucia turned out to be out of our budget. We were wanting to hike, scuba dive, zip line, etc though while we were there.
Post # 4
costa rica! january is supposedly the best moth to go there, because it’s the beginning of the dry season. and you can still have a little adventure there, like ziplining in the rain forest.
Post # 5
Our budget’s flexible at this point. We’re planning to put all our wedding cash toward the honeymoon, and we both have some money saved up for it–but of course, if we don’t have to spend all that money, all the better!
Post # 6
I would agree out of those three with Costa Rica but check St. Lucia out too. I think it’s a bit more expensive though than Costa Rica (from what I’ve heard).
Post # 7
I’ve been to Belize a couple of times and wasn’t impressed. The neat thing there for me was getting my hair braided?
Costa Rica is GORGEOUS!!!! I love white water rafting, so I’m going to have to recommend them for that. And the volcano and ziplining…. I’ve been a couple times to both coasts, but I would recommend flying into San Juan and then going from there to whatever you’d like to see.
Post # 8
I might be biased bc we just booked here… but look at Kauai!
Post # 9
I would say either Costa Rica or Belize. I haven’t heard a bad thing about Costa Rica and I know they have lots of adventure trips. I don’t think you could go wrong there.
We had our HM in Belize, but we didn’t venture off our island, so what I experienced is limited. The snorkeling there was beautiful (second largest barrier reef in the world). Apparently the jungles are gorgeous and there are some really great “tree top” type resorts. The jaguar reserve is supposed to be beautiful as well. One thing our host on the island did tell us is that in Belize there are a lot of really beautiful places, but you never know what’s next door. It’s still developing its tourism side, so things can be really hit and miss. We really enjoyed our experience, but I appreciated his two cents should we want to return to Belize for a trip to the mainland.
Post # 10
I have been to belize twice and it was fantastic both times (and I want to go back).
The first time I went for spring break with my equestrian team in college. We stayed up in the jungle in little huts. There was no electricity so we got up and went to bed with the sun.
We would spend the days on the trails on horseback and saw SO much from rainforest jungle up to airid pine forrest as well as waterfalls etc. At night we’d come back, have delicious home cooked food and drink/party until we stumbled our way to our huts.
The second time I went we stayed at one of the beach resorts. We had to take a tiny little plane to get to the resort area (although we stayed mainland and didn’t go out to one of the islands). The view from the plane was phenomenal, crystal blue water and gorgeous.
The resort was fantastic and also had a lot of “outing” opportunities. We did a hike into the jungle and rapelled down 300 feet into a huge sink hole. It was rigorous but so much fun. We did a zip lining and tubing trip, snorkling, AND a resort course in scuba diving.
We got to go on 2 40′ dives without being certified. The resort had a swim up bar and they did couples dinner on the beaches. There was a wedding one the beach while we were there as well as many honeymooning couples.
That being said I have also been to Hawaii (Maui & Oahu) several times as well as spent 6 weeks in costa rica.
I would vote Belize all the way, but can give you info on the other two if you’d like.
Post # 11
Costa Rica – it’s VERY VERY easy to travel there, lots of adventure travel/activities, very safe, great infrastructure, very easy to get to from most of the US, no jet lag, and easy to get around in a short period of time. It is VERY touristy in a lot of spots so if you want something off-the-beaten-path, do some research (and skip places like Arenal and Manuel Antonio). If you want touristy, go to those two places. Tabacon (in Arenal) is a great place for a few nights on a HM – spa, hot springs, very luxurious (but you pay U.S. prices for it). After that you’ll be ready to zipline and be in the jungle! 🙂
Post # 12
I’ve been to Hawaii 5 times – Oahu (Waikiki) and Maui. I think Hawaii is ver commercialized and has even become busier in the past few years. It has some good excursions, but I’ve been to better places if you’re looking for outdoor activities.
I would reccomend the Carribean. Search around and see what kind of deals are going on. In March of 2009 we found an amazing deal to go to Jamaica (Montego Bay) and I would highly reccomend it. Really gorgeous beaches and tons of hiking etc.
For an even more rustic/relaxation feel try St. Lucia. This has by far been my most favourite vacation destination. I think 100% this would be my vote for a honeymoon location. The island is hardly developed (except for the city area) and the beaches are the most beautiful I have ever seen (I’ve been to 8 countries). We got to do a lot of outdoor activities here and when we wanted to relax the beaches weren’t crowded at all. Tons of hiking, waterfalls, rainforest, historic tours, etc. If you can afford it go this route otherwise try one of the other Carribean Islands (like Jamaica, Barbados, St. Thomas..)
Post # 13
Costa Rica! I’ve travelled around a large portion of the country and Costa Rica is just beautiful! There are tons of adventure type activities – hiking, ziplining, white water rafting. There are hot springs near the volcano, tons of wildlife and the weather is prefect.
Post # 14
I don’t think you could go wrong with any of those locations.
Personally, I just got back from Maui and it was AWESOME. Had everything you mentioned you were looking for.
Post # 15
Thanks everyone, this is all really helpful! I’m going to research Costa Rica and Belize some more–both sound fantastic.
Post # 16
I just got back from 12 nights in Hawaii and it was the most Amazing time ever…there are different Islands to choose from (Maui and Kauai is what we did)..I would recommend it to anyone! We did the Road to Hana (hiking, waterfalls, Garden of Eden), Ziplining, Snorkeling, Surfing, the beach…all 3 hotels we stayed at were amazing! I would go back to Hawaii in second!