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We’ve decided we’re comfortable paying $2,500 for our honeymoon, realizing this wont get us very far or the nicest resorts. Is our budget even realistic?
I’m thinking Cuba or Dominican would be our best choices. Has any bees been to both Cuba and Dom? I’m having a hard time deciding between the two.
FI thinks we should go with a travel agent, but I’m pretty savvy at finding deals online so I don’t think I’ll have a problem finding something great online.
Do you recommend last minute deals for travel, or purchasing earlier? I know both have perks price wise. We’re planning on travelling last week of November or first week of December.
Thanks for the help!
Post # 3
Check Groupon! I’ve been looking through their deals for ours and have found some great ones. Unfortunately most need to be used by November (as of right now) and we are going in December. Hopefully next month they will have one that we can use.
Not sure how long you’re planning on staying or what airfare is like for you but I found a 4-night all inclusive in Jamaica for $900. With airfare is came to about $2300 (just saw you’re from Canada though so I’m not sure if it’s more expensive). They have better deals than that as well so I definitely suggest checking it out!
Post # 4
@MrsBeck: I’ve been checking Groupon, Living Social Jaunt, Kijiji Deals etc. It’s much more expensive for air flights from Canada so you have to find an all inclusive that includes flights, otherwise it’s not a deal. I’ve been debating flying out of Buffalo though, thinking that might be cheaper and Buffalo is an hour drive from where we are.
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@Future_Ms.Bostonceltics: You should do research on your own but still use a travel agent. If you find something lower, you can always ask them to pricematch it. In the meantime, you have someone to fight for you if something goes wrong.
The DR has a lot of great, reasonably priced resorts and lots of activities. However, having worked the “emergency desk” at a large travel agency I can tell you- I HATE the Dominican. I’ve never been, but 50% of our calls came from there. Lots of people have a great time, but if there is a problem (you end up in the wrong room category, something is broken in your room, etc) it is close to impossible to get it rectified. That is where having a travel agent helps. Clients called our 24/7 emergency line and some poor schmuck like me got to call 5,000 different people to fix it for you. I ended up knowing people at every resort and could pull strings for clients.
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@MexiPino: Thanks for the heads up, good information. Makes me really lean towards a travel agency as well.
Post # 7
Have you thought about a cruise? I found flights from Ontario to Orlando (45 min away from port) for $445 per person
The actual cruise is on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas (we sailed on her for our honeymoon and loved it) and it goes to St Thomas, St. Marteen, and Coco Cay, which is a private island in the Bahamas. It sails December 1, 2013 for 7 days.
The cruise is $569 per person. Or $1,198 total.
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@Future_Ms.Bostonceltics: Go to Mexico. To an all inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen Like Barcelo or Dreams…..
Cuba to be honest is not that nice. The service is bad and so is the food. If you go on yahoo travel right now……for those exact dates you can book the flights and the Ritz Hotel ( fancy hotel) in a ocean front room for 700 Per person ….and with your budget you have sooooo much to eat do activities and enjoy…
or Just get an all inclusive for arround the same. I prefer non inclusive hotels because the food is better but you will love it.
I just went with my Husband we flew from montreal and we stayed at Dreams Riviera Maya and it was an amazing experience.
Post # 9
we swam with dolphins we went to chichen itza there is so much to do the “manglares are sooo beautiful too.
Our hotel was all inclusive…we went sailing kayaking belly dance lessons for me…we had sooo much to drink. I am super picky so I am not easily impressed….and the hotels are nice and new.
We also had the shuttle from the airline that took is directly to the hotel.
Post # 10
TO @Future_Ms.Bostonceltics: Travel Nut here…
Of the places that have been mentioned… Cuba and Mexico would be my choice over the DR (DR is a cheap destination, BUT that is because there are sooo many issues in that country that make it that way… economics, social, weather, security, health, etc… not a place I want to go. And Mr TTR says he WILL NEVER GO BACK… and to me that says oodles)
Cruising is a great way to enjoy a Honeymoon… pretty much an AI Holiday, and very posh and pampering (Cruising is one of my favourite ways to Holiday… cause it gives you sooo many options… Adventure, Sightseeing, Relaxation… Great Food, Entertainment, Unpack Once… and the world comes to you etc. Mr TTR & I went on a Caribbean Cruise for our Honeymoon)
Curious… are you looking for a Honeymoon Destination immediately following your Wedding (August 24, 2013) as your WBee Profile says ?
Because, if that is the timeframe, then I WOULD NOT be looking at any of the above suggestions as that is PRIME Hurricane Season in the Atlantic / Caribbean / Gulf of Mexico
Instead I’d be looking elsewhere… perhaps a Canadian Destination… or somewhere not too far in the USA (road trip ?)
Hope this helps,
Post # 11
@This Time Round: Were looking at travelling in December or February depending com what works best and where I can find the best deals. I would love to travel right away, but honestly the weather can be great here in August so we might go camping or to a cottage for a mini moon until our official honeymoon.
Post # 12
TO @Future_Ms.Bostonceltics: December or February for a warm weather Destinations will be great !!
For the record, the BEST Winter Travel deals are usually found for the 2 week period after New Years in early January… (the gap between Christmas Holidays & the Beginning Cycle of Education Breaks for Kids…)
Those 2 weeks are lower priced because:
(a) Not so many people travelling then
(b) They are historically “the coldest” 2 weeks in the Northern Hemisphere… but not a HUGE issue if your Vacation Destination is a warm & sunny one to begin with (like the Caribbean)
Personally… for an occasion as important as a Honeymoon, I wouldn’t put my faith into a program like Group-On… they are a “third party reseller”… and so it is basically a case of where you are buying something AS IS… and have no recourse if something goes wrong (or isn’t as it was stated when you bought it… pretty hotel pics when truly the place is a dump. And companies that are on the brink of going bankrupt often use these types of services to sell off stuff so they can get an immediate quick cash feed… yet by the time you want to access their services, they are long out of business). Not a good thing for a Honeymoon (money gone to waste… and NO RECOURSE)
My best advice is do your homework… that is usually the best way to save money… be educated on what it is you want to do, where you want to go etc. TripAdvisor is AMAZING for Vacation Planning (and their sister website Cruise Critic for cruising).
Scour the Internet for deals, then call the place directly to see if they’ll match the stuff you found on-line. Often they will… and the BONUS is you’ll be buying direct so have more protection if something isn’t right (a company will deal with you… rather than the middle man). Also pay by credit card… and buy Travel Insurance (Trip and Health).
Like I said, of the places you’ve mentioned… my first choice would be Cuba, followed by Mexico.
And a cruise would also be a nice option.
Hope this helps,
Post # 13
I would definitely check cheapcarribean.com they have really awesome all inclusive deals! Or a cruise would bRufus and reasonably priced.
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@Future_Ms.Bostonceltics: FI and I flew to Bermuda last Easter and it was the most beautiful place I’ve been to. Flights were silly cheap from Toronto, just $180 per person (Air Canada had a sale). Living expenses are high once you’re on site, but you can definitely get it down if you consider renting an apartment – at the very least, consider having breakfast at your room. We did that five days in a row, in bed, it was great!
Post # 16
@Future_Ms.Bostonceltics: not sure about prices for time of year you’re looking for, but for us I just finished pricing out an all inclusive trip to Varadero, Cuba at a 5 star place for $2200 total.