Post # 1
Im trying to find an inexpensive (under 2500) all-inclusive type deal for our honeymoon that’s NOT in mexico. Is this even possible? Lol. I started looking into a few specific south American countries including Brazil and Venezuela but was a little taken aback because when I researched Venezuela, I found that websites said lots of the women are products of plastic surgery (same for Brazil), and then there were plenty of pictures of model-esk, tan women on beaches. I don’t think im bad lookin’ at all but I don’t stand up against these foreign women who apparently all look like Adriana Lima : p. I suppose I would feel a little insecure with all my pale glory and my normal non-surgically enhanced bossoms hanging out on a beach with the locals lol. Am I being completely silly about this? Does anyone have any experience with either of these locations and what the reality of the resort scene is? Any bees got some suggestions for honeymoon locations in South America? : ) Thanks!!
*note* I have nothing against plastic surgery or tans or women with both : ) I simply have neither lol
*I should probably ad that my FH’s top honeymoon picks are all in Mexico…um no thanks. Not with all the violence ive been hearing about lately!!
Post # 3
First of all, the violence isn’t in the all-inclusive results. It’s in the border towns – do research to avoid writing off an entire country. There was one – ONE – incident that was a mistake on a drug cartel’s part. I can assure you that countries that depend on their tourism to survive don’t mess with the resort areas.
Second, does that budget include airfare? If it does, you will be hard pressed to find anything (sorry)
Post # 4
I spent a year in Brazil and in all MY pale non-enhanced glory, never once worried about the other ladies on the beach. I wouldn’t write off an entire honeymoon destination just because you are worried about how you look compared to the local women. I loved it there, but agree with crayfish, you’re probably not going to find something that cheap if you throw in airfare.. to Brazil alone it’ll run you about $800pp on a cheap day.
Post # 5
Well, in answer to your question, yes, you are being “silly” about all this. For starters, we just got back from a mexican honeymoon and it was beyond fabulous! There was no risky times or any even moments of worry. We even traveled inland a bit to see Chichen Itza. It was beyond amazing and it you stick to the Cancun / Playa del Carmen tourist areas you’ll be totally safe.
As for South America, I don’t even see how you can do that on your budget. Have you tried other Caribbean destinations or cruises.
Post # 6
Try http://www.cheapcaribbean.com This website may look a little cheesy, but Fiance and I have taken many vacations through this site.
How about Puerto Rico or something in the Dominican. I can tell you that I didn’t want to go to Puerto Rico and Fiance insisted that we do. Thank goodnes one of my favorite vacations ever. Totally outranked Hawaii!
Post # 7
what about the bahamas? Fiance and i went last year for our annual vacation and stayed at the wyndham resort. we loved it! and it was pretty reasonably priced. i highly suggest all inclusive here because we spent a TON of money just trying to eat. a burger was like 20 bucks.
We are doing all inclusive to costa rica its about 3500 all inclusive so above your price range but i hear costa rica is pretty cheap for food and stuff once you are in the country so you may be able to get away with a non all inclusive resort to bring down the price
i wouldnt write off mexico either, if you stay in a touristy area you should be ok.
Post # 8
Go to St. Lucia or Aruba, both have very upscale all inclusives
Post # 9
So… $2500 pp is too cheap? Sheesh im in trouble! Also, the State Dept. has a whole list of places that are considered dangerous in Mexico at the moment. It stated the following ” including the kidnapping of non-Mexicans, continues to occur at alarming rates. So-called express kidnappings, i.e., attempts to get quick cash in exchange for the release of an individual, have occurred in almost all of Mexico’s large cities and appear to target not only the wealthy but also the middle class.” (source: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html). It also has a whole section on just the “resort Areas” and what kind of crimes have been happening there lately. Seems like im not being “silly” about Mexico. Seems more like im being “safe”.
Post # 9
Check out Barbados too! There are several all-inclusive resorts there and you might find something that fits your budget! There are direct flights from NYC that I’m aware of – there might be some close to you too!
Post # 10
@totheislnds:Costa Rica looks beutiful! its actually my top choice and im trying to get FH to consider it : ) Looks like I have a whole list of places to check out now just based on y’alls responses. Sweet!
Post # 10
@pvaultingirl:ahh yes $2500 pp is doable for all inclusive. I thought you meant $2500 total before. I would check out Belize or Costa Rica if you are against Mexico. Both are beautiful. Also, we are staying at Sandals St Lucia and you can definitely get something under 5k there. I wouldn’t worry about how you stack up next to anyone else. You are honeymooning with your new husband and you will be the only woman he is focusing on.
Post # 11
@Saeliz:I’ll def look into those places. I think Mexico would be a really beautiful and fun place to visit, just not at this point in time. I think there’s plenty of other couples who would be brave enough to go there right now but the more I look into trip advising websites, I seem to find a lot of people discouraging travelers from going there at the moment. : (
Post # 12
South America is beautiful but you’re not going to get there on your budget. My Fiance is Brazilian and we just got back and tickets alone we $900pp. Also, depends on what time of the year you want to go. Your wedding is in June and it’s winter down there and, depending on where you go, it could be cold — so just keep that in mind. I was down in the very south of Brazil and it was Spring when I went and it was in the 60s and 70s.
I’d check out the Carribbean if you don’t want to go to Mexico.
Post # 13
Honestly, if I were going all the way to South America I would not stay in an all-inclusive. A couple of my friends have honeymooned there recently and they stayed in very fancy hotels but not an all-inclusive but also chose like 3 diff places to go to during their 2 week stay so they could see some of the country. I do think they spent over 2500 though. I just don’t think it would be worth it to spend all the money to travel to South America if you just want the all-inclusive experience though. Costa Rica or Belize might be good options, I loved it when I was there.
Post # 14
@pvaultingirl: I would note that the DOS website also points out that the government makes a concerted effort to protect foreign visitors in tourist areas.
The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors traveling to major tourist destinations. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major drug trafficking routes.
There are risks, though, and if you feel uncomfortable you should skip it. Just be aware that millions of people travel to Mexico every year without incident.