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NBee: We went to Hawaii and you can definitely get your money’s worth for 10k, but if you’re looking for something outside the US, I’ve heard amazing things about Aruba, St. Barts (0 poverty on the island so maybe slightly more expensive, St. Maartin, Cancun (look at the Riu Palace….to die for and the water is ridiculous!), and Isla Mujeres.
Edit: Oh and St. Thomas!
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texasgal747: sheenagh: Sorry for the late response – we traveled around the country during our two week honeymoon.
The sunset is from an island called Malapascua. It’s famous for SCUBA diving with hammerhead or thresher sharks (depending on what time of the year you go). I don’t dive, so I just lounged on the beach and read books while Darling Husband went. We stayed at Ocean Vida. We LOVED Malapascua and want to go back. Not crowded at all and a really chill vibe.
The hut on the beach photo is from a resort called Apulit Island run by a company called El Nido resorts. They are all-inclusive, have the over-the-water huts, and the BEST employees that I have ever met. Everyone was incredibly friendly and they had lots of activities too (snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding, cliff rappelling, etc). They were the most expensive place we stayed, but we didn’t want to leave!
The photo of the palm trees is from a mini-trip we took called Tao Expeditions. It’s not for everyone, as its glorified camping, but you get to travel around on a small boat and stay on these remote islands. I didn’t see another tourist (except those on our tour) for 5 whole days!
We usually don’t like to visit places we have already been, but we loved the Philippines so much that we can’t wait to go back. Plus its a huge group of over 8,000 islands, so there is always something new to see 🙂
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NBee: I just went to the South Pacific for my honeymoon and it was amazing. We did the Cook & Society islands which is out of the price range you mentioned, but they have other cruises that go to Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Tahiti, etc… and they are well within your range and it is ALL INCLUSIVE which is the big thing for those islands- SO EXPENSIVE! We got to go to SEVERAL islands. Look into the Paul Gaugin- it also includes flights from LAX 🙂
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NBee: Another vote for Bali. We just got back last week and it was awesome! We stayed for 9 nights in a 1 bedroom villa with private pool (photo below), and with flights, paid about $3500 USD.
We did not stay in an all inclusive resort, although the island does have them. We were really set on having the privacy. For excursions, we went to a couple temples, rice paddies, a few villages, two beaches, and a coffee plantation tht had that coffee made from the beans found in the excrement of an animal.
When we stayed at the villa we made sure to take advantage of the spa! The massages were very inexpensive, like $12 USD for an hour long hot stone massage, but could be found for even less outside of the resort. The exchange rate is insanity. We exchanged about $400 USD and I walked out of the bank with over 5 Million IDR.
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MissJulianna: When you say All inclusive, does that include drinks?
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steen425: it includes absolutely everything. ALL unlimited everything- food, alcohol and includes all tips 🙂 the only thing you pay for is special excursions- the tender to the islands is free if you want to get off the boat. A lot of the deals also include a credit which you can use for the excursions 🙂
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Bali, the Reunion, Mauritius, Zanzibar!
Post # 39
Check out Belize! My fiance and I were also considering Bora Bora but found it to be very expensive. Hopefully an anniversary trip down the road!! We did extensive research and ended up picking Belize. There are some beautiful resorts with different packages and great excursions! The resort we booked with has been absolutely wonderful with everything so far! 🙂
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NBee: We just returned from 10 days in Turks and Caicos. Our budget was less than yours and we had a great time! We chose to stay in a VRBO condo and spent about $150/night on lodging vs. $300+ for the resorts on the island. There are all-inclusive resorts on Providenciales (the main touristy island of Turks and Caico), including Beaches, which is a Sandals resort, but we wanted to have some more privacy. The condo we stayed in was in a complex with a pool, about a 10 minute walk from the beach but we elected to rent a car and drive to different beaches around the island.
The people in Turks and Caicos are incredibly friendly and it’s pretty low crime (from what we could tell, we never felt unsafe), and the water is incredible. Food is pricey there, but we chose to buy groceries and cook some meals in the condo in addition to eating at restaurants. We splurged with the money we saved on a fabulous meal our last night on the island. The island is small, you can drive anywhere you’d want to go in less than 15 minutes, and there are tons of beaches to explore if you are a little adventurous. We are already talking about going back, and most of the people we met there visit year after year.