Post # 17
@ bestforlast: There wasn’t a beach right on the resort b/c the whole resort faces the lagoon. But, you can take a cab ride about (15mins) to the beach. So although it wasn’t right in our front lawn we still got to experience the beach 🙂 Not ideal, but we were at our pool more anyway, lol.
Post # 18
I agree with St. Lucia or this place, Ixtapa, Mexico – it’s breathtaking! My coworker’s friend recently honeymooned here and she said it was absolutely, without a doubt, everything she wanted!! 🙂
Post # 19
@Pansyshell – other than the color of the sand, what are the differences between the Pacific side and the Caribbean side?
@Annie – Thanks!
Post # 20
How about Belize? Check out Coppola Resorts: http://www.coppolaresorts.com. They have all-inclusive packages, but you have the option to dine in town vs. on the resort…
Post # 21
I read recently that Grenada is an often overlooked but really beautiful island. I haven’t been there myself, but the descriptions I’ve read make me want to visit. I’m jealous you just got to go to St. Lucia–it’s on my dream list!
Post # 22
@bestforlast: I haven’t been to the Caribbean side in Costa Rica but it’s going to be smoothy and less rough compared to the Pacific. i.e. bigger swells, better surfing on the Paciific side. It has to do with the formation of the contidents and would be a similar difference as in the East and West Coasts of the US. I would imagine both would be just as lovely with natural beauty and the will both have rainforests so it’s really more color of sand and the type of beach…calm vs rougher waters.
Post # 23
We were in Belize for our honeymoon at the Royal Belize which is a private island. It was HEAVEN. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. BUT as a heads up to what you suggested, our host there told us that if we came back to Belize to do mainland stuff to be very careful of where you choose. He specifically said that the Coppola resort was really beautiful, but outside of the property lines was next to some…. unsavory property…. There are a lot of issues within Belize and although the government is working really hard to push tourism, I’m not 100% sure the rest of the country has caught up to the standards the government is setting. The people were lovely, and where we stayed was beyond our dreams, but I’m glad our host gave us a few tips in case we had a return trip. I would definitely research any hotels in Belize thoroughly.
Post # 24
@bakerella: Good to know! I’ve been to Jamaica several times, and I’ve always heard the same thing, but I’ve never had a problem. Same in Bali, too. In both places, the resort staff were very protective of their guests and provided lots of guidance on what was safe or not, which I found very helpful.
Post # 25
How about: Belize, Turks & Caicos, Antigua
Post # 26
Trinidad and Tobago 😀
its in the caribbean, warm and sunshiny but not the typical touristy spot
Post # 27
Great ideas, everyone. Thanks. I’ve got a lot of research to do now. Keep the ideas coming.