(Closed) Beachy honeymoon ideas

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’m doing Costa Rica which has a direct flight from LA.  Beach, wildlife, jungle, and budget-friendly 🙂

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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sunshadebride :  I booked everything myself.  It’s a bit of work as there isn’t really an all-inclusive culture there, but it was fun to research.  Trip Advisor and their forums were an awesome resource!

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Busy bee

Im leaning towards Maui for 3 days and then island hop to Kauai for 3 days. Expedia has some really good deals right now.

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

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sunshadebride :  I was just in Cancun at Secrets Playa Mujeres and had an absolute blast. I’ve never visited an all inclusive before and it was great knowing we wouldn’t be spending much more money after the initial booking. This hotel had a bit of an older crowd (we felt young at late 20s) so it wasn’t as much of a party feel, rather, it was very relaxing. However, there were still tons of activities and we had a blast meeting other people staying at the hotel.

The beaches in Turks and Caicos are absolutely gorgeous. I think they spoiled most other beaches for me because I haven’t seen any that compare. It is a bit more pricey there than Cancun but if you can find something within your budget I highly recommend it.

ETA: Since we got back I have been eying going to Punta Cana, especially when I realized they have a Secrets resort there. I haven’t been there but it looks beautiful and doesn’t seem like a budget buster.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

Definitely Hawaii!

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

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sunshadebride :  There are two Secrets hotels in the area. We stayed at Playa Mujeres which is about a 40 minute ride from the airport vs. the 20 minutes to the one right in Cancun. I think it was worth the extra drive time because you’re not surrounded by other hotels and it was kind of a secluded area but I guess it depends what you’re looking for.

We spent most days at the hotel except for one day when we took a bus tour to Chichen Itza to see Mayan ruins and then make a pit stop at the cenot Ik Kil. To me it was the perfect amount of relaxing and laying around with one “cultural/local” day thrown in. We arranged the tour through the hotel so we had a shuttle pick us up. They had tons of other tours/activities that could be arranged as well where you would be picked up. If you’re interested in leaving the resort, it might be better to stay right in Cancun vs. Playa Mujeres. Uber is also very cheap. I checked out the price to go to the airport (40 mins) and it was only about $16 which is unheard of by me so that’s another option if you want to leave the resort/explore.

The hotel itself had tons of activities. My husband played beach volleyball a few times a day everyday and I did the bike rides and zumba classes. They also had Spanish classes, mixology classes, wine tastings and cigar rolling classes so there was always something to do. They also have water sports available (snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding) but it was too windy the entire time we were there to take part of any of it. They also have enough restaurants that we visited a new one for dinner every night so we didn’t get bored of the food.

I saw someone recommend staying away from all inclusives but I think it really depends what you want out of the vacation. If you are planning on traveling to local attractions on multiple days it might be best not to go to an all inclusive. If you are looking at one or maybe two days of tours/sightseeing and spending the rest of the time relaxing and at the resort I think an all inclusive is worth it.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

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sunshadebride : not sure how much you looked around but they are right next to their sister resort which you are allowed to utilize as well which adds a lot more restaurant options.

We didn’t do Preferred Club but that’s only because our travel agent didn’t mention it at all so I didn’t know about it until it was too late. Our friends did it though and highly recommended it.

Also, we did not have a swim out but we did have a jacuzzi on our balcony. Our friends didn’t use their swim out at all so if you don’t think you’ll use it, I recommend one of the ocean view suites (garden view is pretty too) because we got more use out of the jacuzzi than we would have gotten out of the swim out.

They had a ton of options to go see the Mayan ruins ranging from an afternoon to all day. There are some very close to the hotel but we chose to head to ruins about 2.5 hours away because Chichen Itza is considered one of the seven modern wonders of the world.

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