(Closed) Carribean Confusion

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It really depends on what you like to do. Do you want to scuba and snorkel, or just spend time in a great hotel and stick to their plans? Do you want great beaches or some interesting culture. To shop?

One of my favorite islands is St. Maarten, which is Dutch & French, and is gorgeous! The island is full of the coolest people and gourmet food.

A lot of people are honeymooning in St. Lucia lately, but if you were interested in traveling around the island (as opposed to spending most of the time at the resort), I would go elsewhere.

St. Thomas is beautiful and has some awesome beaches…and it is US territory, so lots and lots of Americans here! Bars everywhere!

Remember, too, that from many of the islands it is just a quick (and usually cheap) flight to anther one! I remember in Barbados seeing a sign for a flight to St. Lucia for just $40.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

This is a pretty helpful little guide to the caribbean…the list on the left gives you "best of" ideas. Check out what is the most important to you. I’m kind of biased because I really do love it there, but St. Maarten has a great nightlife, shopping, beaches (some topless!), food, and is amazingly clean. Casinos, too. It isn’t much for diving, though. On any island, though, if you stay at a resort, they will make sure you are entertained…all you have to do is ask.

http://www.frommers.com/destinations/caribbean/0217010001.html

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

We went on a caribbean cruise. I know that’s now what you asked for, but it gives you tons of options for one price and definitely will satisfy you in the no-boredom department! The food is amazing, you get to go to a variety of places, and there is always something to do at night. During the port stops you usually get an entire day to spend as you wish, and you can go out to do scuba diving or snorkeling, exploring, shopping, whatever you please. We booked all our trips on our own and had great experiences in Belize, Honduras, Aruba, and St. Thomas. What’s great is that what one island excels in it may lack in other departments and vice versa for other islands. So you get a chance to do the best thing any particular place has to offer.

At night on the ship there are shows, dancing, bars, casinos, laying by the pool, movies, you name it. In terms of sampling local cuisine, usually lunchtime is your only opportunity. But the two cruises I have been on have had awesome food on the ship, and it is so nice not to worry about where you are going to eat that night and how much it all costs. Another important factor is that we are not huge drinkers. Going to an all-inclusive resort would have cost nearly twice the amount of a cruise because of how we paid for our alcohol (buying a la carte versus as part of a package).

So I would recommend looking into a cruise :). Good luck!  

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

i agree with chelseamorning. i have been on 3 caribbean cruises and i am also going on another for my honeymoon. it’s a great chance to see different islands and you’ll never be bored. the excursions offered by the cruise line will make anyone happy, whether it’s snorkeling, ziplining, shopping, or just sitting on the beach. but if a cruise isn’t your style, then i recommend st. martin, st. thomas, or the bahamas. 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve been to the following:

*paradise island, bahamas:  LOVED it and have been back several times.  Always stayed at Atlantis..so much fun and the beach is lovely there!  Disneyland for adults.

*puerto rico:  went to el conquistador and loved it too!  Breathtakingly gorgeous scenery and lots to do.

*mayan riviera:  loved it, lots to do, although we didn’t choose that as of late for our trip (we’re going on one next week)

*jamaica:  WE’RE GOING NEXT WEEK!  Can’t wait!  We’ll give you a run down when we return..but I’ve been once before.  I loved dunn’s river falls btw.  We’re staying in MoBay at Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton.  One of the honeymoon villas (but it’s not our honeymoon!)

*my guy T has been to St. Lucia and loved it.  He stayed at the Jalousie Plantation (by himself poor fellow).  That was a few months before we met!  

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Luvbug—I wanted to respond to your fear of being trapped on a ship—cruise ships are enormous. The cruise we went on had 3,000 passengers (that’s about as big as they get), 16 decks, about 5 of which were full of things to do. Sometimes I feel claustrophic too and the ship is just so big I never felt constrained. Usually you can’t even feel the rock fo the waves, unless it’s really choppy. Just a thought. 🙂

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

we booked our trip next week on bookit.com and got a great rate!  Second closest rate was on cheap caribbean dot com!  Some great steals to be had right now w/the economy being somewhat depressed!

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