Post # 1
My fiance & I are planning a July 12, 2013 Wedding and are looking for a honeymoon the week after. We are a young, fun-loving, and very active couple! We don’t want to sit on the beach for a week. We have a few criteria we are hoping that our honeymoon location will meet:
3. Lots of activities (snorkeling, zip lining, parasailing, etc..)
4. And we would like to keep it under $4000
I have been looking at travel sites (Travelocity, and Expedia) and as soon as I find something that I like I read the reviews and change my mind! I would love some advice from places you have been and the overall service and if it met your expectations?
I loved St. Thomas, so that may be a top qualifier. Has anyone ever been? Where did you stay?
Post # 3
July is the hurricane season in the Carribean so keep that in mind when you’re looking there.
July is technically rainy season in Belize and Costa Rica but they are both relatively cost efficent options, beautiful and cover all your list. I went to Belize in June and stayed on one of the Cayes. Yes, it did rain for about an hour each afternoon but that still allowed us plenty of time to enjoy the beach, fish, snorkel (Belize has amazing snorkeling and reefs – google image search ‘blue hole belize’), tube, spelunk, go zip-lining, etc. We rented a private house right on the water and the caretakers would take us out on the boat daily and cook us up fresh meals based on what was caught that day (snapper, conch, spiny tail lobster). PM if you want the info on where we stayed.
Post # 4
we haven’t gone yet so i can’t tell you how it is, but if you want somewhere tropical i would look into staying in the dominican republic. we are staying at an adults only, all inclusive resort on the beach for 6 days in punta cana and are only spending $2,200. that price includes roundtrip airfare, trip insurance, shuttle service from the airport, and the resort itself. they have tons of excurions like snorkeling, zip-lining, parasailing, ect.
the riveria maya in mexico is also very reasonably priced.
i booked with cheapcaribbean.com and they were awesome!
Post # 5
Costa Rica ! It is technically rainy season but July sometimes have some dry days, and if it rains, it is usually just in the afternoon. Also, there are no hurricanes in Costa Rica either. And additionally, this rainy season is expected to be quite dry in Costa Rica.
You can combine your trip with some rain forest/mountain areas (Monteverde, or Arenal are great options) with an all inclusive beach resort (these usually have options for fun side trips too).
Post # 6
I have been to St. Thomas a few times and would recommend the Marriott (Frenchman’s Cove).
We will be honeymooning in Maui because we wanted a beach location with tons of activities, we are an active couple too! There is plenty of snorkling/zip lining/parasailing/hiking/outdoor adventures. We will be there for 9 nights, so we decided to rent a condo at Honua Kai Resort. The condo is much larger than a standard room and comes fully stocked with beach supplies, washer and dryer, and more! Our honeymoon, which also includes 4 days in St. Thomas for a friend’s wedding, is within your budget.
Post # 7
I agree with pop suggest Dominican republic punta cana. We honeymooned there in October and it was the best vacation of my life ( and I’ve traveled all of Europe etc) it has all your requirements. So many all inclusive options which is the way to go!
Post # 8
My first thought when reading your criterias was Maui. You can zipline, snorkel and parasail there.
Post # 9
@mrs_brownie: what resort are you staying at?
Post # 10
@missashley884: we are staying at the catalonia royal bavero. it has a sister resort attached (that one is not adults-only though) but you get to use all their restaurants and bars too. also, for extra money you can get a room with a private pool, but even the most basic room comes with a 4-poster bed, jacuzzi tub, a balcony with a hammock, and 24-hour room service 🙂
Post # 11
Puerto Rico! It is the most awesome mix of city/nightlife, culture, beaches, and outdoor activities/adventures.
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@meghin16: St. Lucia or St. Maarten/Martin hands down. I like St. Thomas but the island seemed a little dirty to me. St. Maarten was extremely clean and felt like a resort. My dad really enjoyed St. Lucia and said the all-inclusive there was fantastic.
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
It’s going to be super hot in the Caribbean in July and many vehicles don’t have A/C so pack accordingly and make sure to drink tons of water since you’re not used to that kind of heat. I live in Florida and I was dying and vowed never to return to the Caribbean during June, July, or August.
Post # 14
We booked through Cheap Carribean and loved it. We are likely using them again.
We stayed at Secrets The Vine and it was wonderful. That area of Mexico has a lot of excursions available..swimming with dolphins, Mayan Ruins, boat cruises, etc.
Post # 15
Summer in the Caribbean is HOT and HUMID (you are getting to be very very close to the Equator)
And as mentioned, it is also in the midst of Hurricane Season
These “discomforts” are the reason you will find cheap vacations in that area of the world at that time of year.
Personally, I’d save the Caribbean for another “more hospitable” time of year
Summer is an ideal time to visit the northern coastline of North America… you might want to look at Canada’s Atlantic Provinces (New Brunswick – Nova Scotia – and Prince Edward Island) LOTS to see and do… including watersports and “active” sports (cycling – sea kayaking etc) … also amazing scenery, history, great food and resorts.
Here are some websites to get you started in your research
New Brunswick Tourism = http://www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca
Nova Scotia Tourism = http://www.novascotia.com
Prince Edward Island Tourism = http://www.tourismpei.com
Hope this helps,
Post # 16
My travel agent highly suggested Couples Resorts in Jamaica and now Barbados. We are going to Couples Swept Away. It looks absolutely beautiful, in budget, and has great reviews. Remember to take everything you read on trip advisor with a grain of salt. The Couples Resorts has their own message board, and many mnay people on there are gearing up for their 10th+ trip. The way I see it, that many repeats can’t be wrong! If you have any questions about them, feel free to send me a message, I did A LOT of research before making the decision.
(We are going July 14-20)