Post # 1
My fiance and I are going back and forth on where to go for a honeymoon. We found a couple places in USVI that look reasonable, but we found one place in Belize that we both love and looks like a dream honeymoon. The only problem is that the Belize trip would cost at least $1000 more and we are not exactly rolling in the dough right now.
Has anyone been to either Belize or the Virgin Islands? He is really hesitating at the extra cost. I feel like if we’re already going to spend $2000, might as well spend $3000 and really enjoy it! To give a little background, we are normally VERY frugal, especially when we travel. Just looking at the resort we both like in Belize makes us feel a bit uncomfortable because of its lavishness!
Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
As you can see, we’re leaving it to the last minute here o.O
Post # 3
I haven’t been to either place, so can’t help with which place may be better. But…are you planning on going directly after your wedding? If so, have you considered the fact that it’s hurricane season in the Carribean? You may want to check what the hurricane history is for both places. I know it would make a difference in my decision to know whether or not to expect a hurricane!
Post # 4
Yeah I have thought about the Hurricane thing, but this is kind of what makes it a bit more affordable for us! Belize has had some pretty big hurricanes, last one being in 2001 I believe. Both places are in the Caribbean, so to be honest this actually isn’t a huge factor in our decision. If we get hurricaned, we get hurricaned!
Post # 5
A friend of mine is going to Belize this summer and one of the factors in their decision to go there is that tourism (especially from the US) is down due to the economy and weak dollar. They are looking forward to getting a more realistic and less touristy experience. Not sure if this helps you but my vote is to go for Belize, if you both love it you would not want to regret it and maybe you can cut $500 from something else to split the difference in cost. I’m also planning a honeymoon during hurricane season so I know how you feel with the limited options.
Post # 6
I was in Belize earlier this year and I loved it! But I have to say that it really depends on what you expect out of your trip. Belize is a very casual place where it might be hard to find let’s say a super nice fancy restaurant. It’s more adventurous, laid back place that you’ll meet lots of people frm all parts of the world. I recommend that you don’t stay in Belize City as it can be dangerous and pretty shady but pay a little extra to travel by plane (20 mins) or boat (70 minutes) to the islands where it’s more peaceful and tourist friendly and right on the beach!
Things aren’t cheap in Belize but eating locally will help a little. I opted to make breakfast every morning to save a little and only eat out for dinner. It helped A LOT! Also, book excursions from here beforehand and be in communication with the company before you head there to confirm. It’s 50% cheaper to book frm here than with your hotel. Be careful though and do research on reviews because we booked a tour on our last day and they never showed up!
I hope this helps but if you have any questions regarding Belize, feel free to PM me.
Post # 7
They both are in hurricane prone areas – so that is definitely something you want to consider – however some areas are more prone during certain month – so check the national weather service website & they tell you which months are worst in each area.
Where in USVI – We were in St. Croix recently for a wedding – and unless you are a snorkeling/diving junkie – this place really doesnt have much to offer. As for the other islands I havent heard much but I assume there is more on St. Thomas since many people island jump and check all the islands out including St. THomas.
Ive never been to Belize – but I have heard it is not all that – so for less money I would stick with USVI – if you like snorkeling, then St. Criox if not St Thomas or St John – or look into island jumping for a change of pace 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 8
I’ve never been to Belize, but I’ve been plenty of time to the USVI. The beaches are gorgeous and you can go island hopping as well.
My recommendation would be to stay in St. John’s.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2009 - Church Ceremony/Reception at The Waterford House
Belize is gorgeous. We stayed on the Amberguise Caye (in April ’06). If you are looking for beaches, southern Belize is probably better…. there really wasn’t much of a beach on the caye. I think we did 2 or 3 excursions and were there for 5 days, with the first and last day spent mostly in travel (which we didn’t really account when planning). We didn’t do any diving or snorkling, but if you love either one of those they have good places to do that.
Post # 10
Go to USVI. We’ve been there several times and every time has been great !!
Post # 11
Umm wow — I dont even know what to tell you … but my heart is going with Belize!! I have been to both — the only two vacations my fiance and I have been on — and they were both absolutely amazing, but Belize, well we just loved it there because it was so different. We stayed on Ambergris Caye as well — and it was so so perfect and peaceful and just wow, I’m jealous! I would say Belize is not extremely expensive once you get there — also – where are you staying? We stayed at an amazing place – Coral Bay Villas – I would recommend that place to anyone. We also didnt scuba but we did snorkle. I agree that you should do your research before you go … but honestly, it was so great. Feel free to PM me, I know more about Belize becuase I did the research myself, the virgin islands are just as beautiful for sure.
Post # 12
Belize. Belize. BELIZE.
Go to Al Tun Ha (pretty sure I spelt that wrong) and go cave tubing with Major Tom. AMAZING.
Post # 13
I have done an extensive amount of traveling, although I never made my way to USVI. I did recently visit Belize and out of the 19 countries I have been to Belize is on the bottom of the list. We stayed in Ambergise Caye (San Pedro) and the best way I could describe it was it was like a shanti town. Don’t get me wrong the water is gorgeous, but there aren’t any true; lay your towel on the sand and soak up the rays type of beaches. Unless the resort/hotel/or Condo that you are staying in has ownership of its own dock that you can lay out on. (Luckily ours did!) The locals use golf carts as their means of transportation and drive them on the small strip of sand one would call a beach. You don’t feel safe at night. We also visited Caye Caulker which was very laid back but not much night life. It was more of a backpackers haven. I hope this helps…
Post # 14
Wow! Thanks so much for all the answers! Now I feel like we have a bit more to consider while making our decision. We both enjoy sight seeing and adventure more than lounging on beaches, so I think we might be leaning towards Belize. My fiance (and I!) would love to see the Mayan ruins o.O!
Post # 15
I went to Belize on vacay two and a half years ago on a cruise; from the entire cruise, I can’t remember anything at all about Belize; literally. Not sure I’d shell out an extra thousand for a place I personally can’t remember at all….
Post # 16
msk – if you prefer adventures to beaches then Belize is no doubt they way you want to go … the Mayan Ruins at Lamanai was the best day trip one could go on … there is also a day trip deeper into the jungle that we didnt manage to fit in but heard it was beautiful. We are not big snorklers but were told we had to do it and both of us were swimming with sharks by the end of the day! (Nurse sharks that don’t bite, but sharks nonetheless!)
I would agree with sania when she said the beaches aren’t that beautiful though there are hammocks everywhere and docks at almost every resort with plenty of places to relax and lay in the sun and read a book.
And no, I wouldnt suggest you walk alone at night along the beaches, but this is your honeymoon, I imagine you’ll want to be with your new husband! I wouldnt walk outside at night alone in most places in the united states, let alone a foreign country, so as long as you keep your head on your shoudlers and have your husband with you, I had no safety concerns either.
I’m jealous! have fun!