Post # 1
We have probably about 10 days (between 1-2 weeks) for our honeymoon, but we have NO idea where to go and can’t seem to agree on the perfect place. We want somewhere warm with beaches, good food, and culture, but can’t come to a decision. We’re on the East coast and ideas we’ve had are Hawaii (FI is from the west coast and doesn’t think Hawaii is that special, although he hasn’t been), Italy (concerned about too much driving around around since I’ve already been to the big cities and would want to do countryside and Tuscany this time), Greece (any advice on that one?), Thailand or Maldives (do we have enough time?!).
We’ll probably go sometime between end of August-November, depending on when is best weather for the place we pick. I want to book ASAP so we can try to get some good deals!
Where did you/would you go? Any places I’m missing?
Post # 3
I love the idea of Greece. But it’s an awful long flight to anywhere in Europe or Hawaii. Are you willing to give up 2+ days on travel?
If you want culture I would go to one of the smaller carribean islands and avoid the big resorts. Or maybe South America?
What about Southern California or the islands off the coast of Oregon??
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
Our honeymoon/first anniversary was to Disney (Orlando) and then Bermuda. Bermuda stole my heart and I look forward to going back in the future, so I would highly recommend it! This year we’re doing a Western Mediterranean cruise with stops in France, Mallorca, and Italy. We are beyond excited! Since you’ve already seen a lot of Europe, I would try something new like Greece.
Post # 5
What kinds of things are you wanting to do on your honeymoon? I know you said beach and culture, so are you mostly wanting to lay around on the beach and explore the area? Do you like adventure activities?
I’m all for a 2 week honeymoon – we spent 12 days in Vail, CO during ski season for ours. We spent the time skiing everyday, relaxing in the hot tub, tubing, snowmobiling, etc. That being said, DH’s job keeps him in primarily tropical international places most of the year so we wanted something different than we already do multiples times throughout the year.
For me when it comes to Europe I think it’s one of those places best suited for traveling all around, not just sticking in one place for 2 weeks. For that reason I think it really depends on what you want out of a honeymoon. CO was the perfect mix of adventure/relaxation for us because each night we came back to our townhouse, had dinner, relaxexd in the hot tub and by the fire. I think with Europe we’d be on the go constantly.
Hawaii would be a great idea for 2 weeks, and really I think you’d need it coming from the East Coast. We considered it for ours, and doing a little island hopping but in the end decided not to.
Personally I LOVE Costa Rica and think it’s one of those places that is super versatile when it comes to vacations. With 2 weeks I’d suggest spending the first 5-7 days up in the Arenal Volcano area….you’ve got the hot springs, rafting, hiking, waterfalls, rainforrest, all the adventure. Then spend the second week back down at the beach. There you can relax and get in your beach vacation.
Post # 6
August-November is prime hurricane season so keep that in mind if you are looking toward the Carribean, Bahmas, Bermuda, or any area around the gulf coast.
Post # 7
Greece is fantastic, as are the beaches, but you have to make sure you go in the summer, as the winters are rather cold.
The coast of Spain could be another good option for you.
We rather enjoyed the waters in Turks and Caicos.
Post # 8
I’d avoid anywhere likely to get hit by hurricanes and other big storms.
Thailand is a lovely place with great food (tad biased, my favorite cuisines after living and traveling in 3 continents is still Thai and Italian), culture, beach life. Other than flying in, it’s also relatively cheaper than most of the other places given the currency exchange and the average cost of living there.
I’m personally a huge fan of SEA beaches (Phillipines, Thailand, Vietnam all give a massive variety) – in particular I’d recommend Krabi province, Thailand. Choosing a country closer to the equator also gives you more flexibility around travel plans, given that Italy can drop to as low as 7C in November and Greece has an average of 15C in November.
Post # 9
Croatia would be my pick. Has everything, is very inexpensive, less crowded with tourists than its neighbor Italy. The sea, the food, the incredible natural beauty, the national parks, the hill towns, the many UNESCO sights to explore, the dynamic history and culture, the ease of travel… It’s heavenly.
Post # 10
Never thought about Bermuda, but worried it won’t be the best time for the months we’re looking at!
Europe is a pretty easy flight from where we are, but Hawaii would definitely be longer. We’ve traveled extensively through the US (and Fiance is from the northwest), so hoping to adventure out of the country for the honeymoon!
Yea, someone recently suggested Greece, and I hadn’t thought about it at all. I am from the Mediterannean area, but have never been to Greece. Worried the timing won’t be great for Bermuda due to Hurricane season!!
Post # 11
Our trips are usually go-go-go, so hoping for a little more R&R this time, but we want to do more than just sit on the beach the whole time (but I love beautiful scenery and beaches and do want to spend a significant chunk of time doing that). Fiance and I both love food and love the idea of experiencing new cultures through food and the extent of adventure maybe being some hiking.
For Italy, we were thinking avoiding big cities and sticking to Tuscany and beaches on the coast, but I definitely don’t want to do to much picking up and moving around. I haven’t thought about Costa Rica, but I’ll look into it! I wonder when the best time to go is…
Gah I know! Definitely planning to avoid the Caribbean!
Greece would def be August-Sept. I just don’t know where to go in Greece. Neither of us have been to Spain – any recs?! I love Turks and Caicos, but we just went last year!
Thanks for the suggestion! If we did Greece or Italy, we’d do Aug-Sept. If we did Thailand, our friends said November is a good time to go. Would love recs for places to visit in Thailand if you have some suggestions… sounds like you’re pretty familiar with the area!
Croatia sounds amazing. We thought maybe we could do a combo of Italy and Croatia if we had time. I’ll get back to you if we end up going that route… 🙂
Post # 12
What about the Azores? You can fly directly from Boston (and soon Newark). Since it is technically part of Portugal, I’m sure the food is amazing. It has UNESCO-protected sights, beautiful beaches, and amazing hikes. Plus – it may be less expensive than some of the other options!
Post # 13
We are going to Hawaii for our honeymoon and are planning on island hopping (but we also have more time off than you two). We are going to Oahu, Kauai, and Maui. I absolutely love Hawaii, so your Fiance is completely wrong when he says it’s nothing special. How would he know if he’s never even been?! Amazing sites (both hiking and driving), waterfalls, helicopter tours, catamarans, volancos, diving, great food, culture, etc.
We’re on the east coast too so yes, the flight is a pain but in my opinion it’s so worth it once you’re there. And yes, those all-inclusive Caribbean resorts are nice too but, we knew we’d get bored. I always end up getting cabin fever after a few days. But, it really just depends on what you two are looking to do on your honeymoon and your budget (cause Hawaii ain’t cheap). Are you the couple that is more into relaxing or adventuring? Or maybe a combination of both?
We liked that Hawaii offered the best of both worlds while remaining a relatively safe area and allowing us a little more freedom (when I went to Jamaica we always had to get clearance to leave the resort). We also considered Europe, but it just seemed like too big of an endeavor to take on right after our wedding. Croatia is beautiful but can get a little sketchy.
Post # 14
If you did northwestern Croatia, Slovenia pairs really well with it. The Julian alps if you have time, Ljubljana and then hit a charming, bohemian seaside town on the drive into Croatia, following the coast. If you did Dalmatia (mid-Southern) end of Croatia that would pair we’ll with the Puglia region in Italy, you can ferry from Bari to Croatia. Also could access Montenegro from there.
Post # 15
Santorini, Greece is stunning and very romantic. Crete, Greece also has good beaches but more family oriented. Naxos, Greece is a sleepy coastal island, beautiful!
For Spain, I’d check out Illas Cies in Galicia or the Island or Mallocra, amazing place.