Post # 1
Our honeymoon budget was just depleted BIG TIME. Thanks a lot intimate garden wedding that has now turned into a full scale affair! :/ Anyway, we are trying to book a honeymoon to Mexico for under 2000.00. We are hoping to go for a minimum of 4 nights/5days. Superfun sidenote: My birthday will fall on the last evening of the honeymoon- YAY!
So after a ton of researching and biting my lip (we had planned on doing a 7 day trip to Maui or Punta Cana…that’s out of the picture!) I have settled on NOW Jade Resort in Rivera Cancun. We can get the PC Oceanview Suite for 4 nights/5days with flights, trip insurance and transportation for around 1982.00! Whooh-hooh!! Right under budget 🙂 Has anyone been there? Looks nice enough enough for loungin’ and eating back all the pounds I will have lost to fit into a dress!
So, here is where I am stumped…
We can come up with the money just in time to go, but I’m nervous about waiting until last minute to book it. If we use a travel agent, could we do a payment plan up until the wedding or am I dreaming of that option? I have never used a travel agent but I keep seeing you ladies writing about using them…so I am assuming that is the way to go?
Also, I don’t have a passport! I am going to get one sometime next week, but it looks like it may take 4-6 weeks to get in. Do I need a passport before I can book an international flight? The reason I ask is because I was playing around on a few websites and when it got to the booking page, it asked for your passport information. We want to get this booked soon if possible!
Ladies with Iphones- did you need to add something to your plan while you were on your honeymoon (or any international vacation for that matter) to use your phone without astronomical charges? We will be calling home a lot as I have a little 7 year old boy that will be enjoying the week with his grandparents and will want to check in on him.
Lastly, any suggestions for alternative resorts to check out in this price range? I truly cannot go a dime over 2000.00 or my Fiance will rip his hair out even more than he already is! I’m on tripadvisor like mad and it seems like this may be my best bet- but I’d love to hear from you if you think otherwise! 🙂
Post # 3
You should probably call a travel agent to ask about payment options. They may want a deposit and then monthly payments or they may want everything all at once. No one is going to be able to tell you that because if probably differs from city to city/state to state.
Most airlines ask for passport info at time of booking but it should be optional. It’s not required until you actually have to get on a plane.
Call your phone provider. iPhone is on ATT and Verizon’s networks now so it depends on your carrier if you have to add an international plan.
Post # 4
Thanks for your help. I just sat on hold with ATT for over 30 minutes and said forget it and decided to include it in my post. 🙂
Good to know about the passport business. I was nervous! I am googling travel agents now to see what my options are for my area.
Post # 5
If you’re still exploring other options, I stayed at Iberostar Tucan in Rivera Maya for under $1500 (for two people) 6 nighhts, all-inclusive and flight from the east coast. We used Apple Vacations and loved them. You can travel to a few Mayan ruins from Rivera Maya which is a great plus.
As for your iphone, I would turn off your data roaming while you are there and make sure you buy an international plan through your provider.
Post # 6
Wow!! Checking it out now… Thanks for the head up!!
Post # 7
Have you looked into Privelege Aluxes? I’ve never been but it’s a very affordable resort that looks nice!
Post # 8
It depends how picky you are, because there are some people that do not like this resort, but the price cannot be beat…
My fiance and I LOVE the Royal Decameron in Bucerias. It isn’t a fancy resort, but it is SUPER clean, super relaxed, great service, and feels very authentic Mexican. Most of all, it’s fun. If you want to feel like you’re at home, this might not be the resort for you as they serve lots of mexican food and their clientele is >50% mexican. But, we hated the idea of feeling like ‘rich tourists’ on vacation and this place was great for that. The staff treated us so well. It was like food/drink/pool paradise, and we paid $1000 each for 10 days…. Including flights from Canada.
Post # 10
I am kind of in the same place you are now. I was looking at NOW Jade and really want to go there. Where did you find the package for that price?
Post # 11
I think I can answer your travel agent questions!
-An agent can book your international flights without a passport. But, you will have to make sure you have that passport before you leave!
-Some agents do allow payment plans. However, you would need to pay a downpayment, and the final payment would be due no later than 30 days before departure.
Post # 12
You dont need a passport to book your flights online, but you will need them when you are checking in and when you are going through customs. You can put a rush on your passport and have it within a week. But my suggestion is dont wait if you dont have too. The passport is good for 10 years. Now when you book you are going to be booking under your current name and not your married name. So make sure that you take a copy of your marriage cert, sometimes when you go to a resort they will ask for that if you are booking as a “honeymooner”. Just a precaution and it doesnt hurt. When you get back from you honeymoon and you plan on traveling abroad more, you will need to send in your passport with your marriage license get your name changed.
When you get to Mexico it can be overwhelming when you step through the gates and all these people come rushing up to you and asking you “Do you need a ride? Where are you staying? ” Best advise, walk past them like you know where you are going and head towards the outside to get to your ride. I do suggest that you pre book your transportation, that way when you are outside they should be holding up a sign with your name on it or at least a sign with where you are staying or the company that is transporting you. Just keep your eyes peeled for them. If you stop when they ask you – you will be spending 4 hours of your honeymoon at a “timeshare presentation”. Now there are benefits to going to those, they will ask you if you need a ride somewhere, tell them you already have transportation but you were interested in doing something on your honeymoon, let’s say….diving, fishing, snorkling, booze cruise, whatever, tell them that you are interested in those things, they can either get these items to you for free or you buy one get one free, or will get a discounted rate. They will ask you for a deposit to ensure that you attend, if you go to the presentation you will get your money back. Please note that these are very high pressure sales, and do not be hesitant to say NO at the end. DO NOT LET THEM TALK YOU INTO IT! I know that you are having fun and that you love the place you are looking at but are you really going to go each year? Do not listen to “oh you can trade here, you can trade there” it can be a pain in the butt. I know I have experience in all these areas.
Mexico is my favorite place to go, the Carribean side is beautiful, the people are nice and the water and sand are awesome.
I hope this helps.
If you have any other questions let me know. I am going to Cancun for my honeymoon in Nov 2011.
Post # 13
We did Secrets Silversands in Riviera Maya for 6 days, adults only all-inclusive, for $750 each INCLUDING our airfare from Ohio. The hotel was modern and GORGEOUS, the food was outstanding, and the resort was really well kept.
http://www.travelbyjen.com Freaking amazing deals on trips… check it out!!
Post # 14
We went to Fiesta Americana Veracruz for our honeymoon and it was amazing! The Fiesta Americana line of resorts are wonderful but they are not all-inclusive. All though the in resort restaurants are very reasonable. We were married in south Texas and just drove over to Reynosa, Mexico and flew domestic so we had a 5-day 4-night hotel saty, 3 meals a day (including mostly room service) with drinks, a full-day excursion to Cempoala, and another day at the Aquariuma and beach for $1300 total with flights.
And for the next 2-days, Livingsocial Escapes has a 5-Night stay for two with 25% off meals and drinks with a whole bunch of other discunts for $388. Completely recommend it for any budget honeymooners!
Post # 15
Ladies, I totally forgot I started this thread! I ended up booking our honeymoon this past Sunday for 6 nights at the Royal Suites Yucatan by Palladium right at my budget!
@mismikado: It is a Fiesta owned hotel, oddly enough!! Super excited!!
I appreciate everyone’s help. We ended up booking with cheap carribean and were able to pay a deposit amount on Sunday with the rest due 21 days before departure. Hopefully that helps someone else looking for the same info I was searching for! They had GREAT deals, you just have to make sure to do your homework on trip advisor before you book.
I ended up getting my passport in the mail yesterday, however I did not need it at the time of booking afterall.
I am so excited to go to this resort. It’s an hour and twenty minutes south of the Cancun airport, so I didn’t stumble across it in my initial searches- but I am THRILLED I found it. We will be staying in the adults only suites, however- we can eat, drink and play at any of the other 4 resorts on the property. A fan site was created for this resort (and the other palladium resorts) called http://www.palladiumaddict.net . That is where I found most of the helpful info. It appears we will be going during a low occupancy time which may be responsible for the great deal I was able to swing- but it’s def worth a look if you are trying to find something on a lower budget.
Again, thank you all for your help!!! 🙂
Post # 16
@Lala61111: When are you going? We’re also going to do our honeymoon at the royal suites… can’t beat the price!!! What did you end up doing with the travel agent stuff? I ask because we’re in a really similar situation, we’ll have the money probably end of August in total, but we want to go in October and it makes me nervous to wait that long! Were you able to find anyone who offered payment plans? Thanks for the info!
Edit… nvm, just saw the cheap carribean info! lol