Post # 1
My FI and I were discussing our “must haves” for our honeymoon, and funnily enough, we really only had a few. We know we want an all-inclusive somewhere in Mexico/the Caribbean (we’re going in Dec 2014 to work around his school schedule), I *really* want the place to have a swim up bar (easy enough), and he *really* wants to go deep sea fishing.
My question is, have any of you (or your SOs) gone deep sea fishing, and if so, where and how was your experience? I’m not particularly interested in doing the fishing part myself, and it looks like some of the charters actually charge less for an observer rather than an actual participant. That said, if it’s awesome, I’d hate to miss out 😉
Post # 3
Not deep sea fishing, but we went fishing in lake erie. It was fun! I would totally do it again or go deep sea fishing. I recommend taking dramamine (the non-drowsy stuff). Those tiny boats can be thrown all over the place!
Post # 4
@BotticelliLove: It’s definitely awesome! I’ve gone twice and each time I didn’t have to pay (sorry I can’t help you out on the price).
The first time was on a huge charter with tons of people in the Atlantic.
The second time was just our private party- about 7 people all together in the Gulf of Mexico.
The second trip was definitely the best. We caught a bunch of bait fish (smaller fish) which we then used to bait our lines for the bigger fish.. and sharks!
We caught a couple small sharks- no more than 3 1/2 feet long, which were released. They were so cool to see up close and they faught so hard trying to reel them in. And we also caught some mackerel and one other type of fish that we kept. Then they crew (a father and son team) cleaned and filleted our fish for us when we docked. We took the fish home and ate it for dinner. It was DELICIOUS!
I love to fish, so I might be biased. But the girls who came with me on the second deep sea fishing excursion loved it as well, and a few of them had never fished before in their lives. We also saw dolphins and manta rays.
Definitely worth it!
Post # 5
I wanted to go deep sea fishing so badly, but we were there during hurricane season and there was never a day when the water was calm enough.
That being said deep sea fishing is apparently amazing (DH has gone several times, I’ve never had the chance). I haven’t heard about observes paying less. Everytime that we have been to Cuba/DR/Mexico the boat is a certain price and how much you pay depends on how many people actually want to go. We have always expressed interest to our hotel representative, but never actually had the chance to go, we’ve also tried to make friends and have them go, but again no avail.
Post # 6
Deep sea fishing is a blast. I used to go all the time with my mom and grandparents (they live on the east coast of FL) and we would catch fish, eat sandwiches, sunbathe… One time we saw a baby whale shark! It was magical.
Post # 7
@thenewmrsmax: Oh, that’s fantastic advice that didn’t even cross my mind. Note to self to load up on dramamine!
@GoldfishPie: Thanks so much for the input! It sounds like it would indeed be awesome 🙂 The observer discount was pretty minimal in the overall scheme of things, anyway (we were looking at shared charters instead of renting the whole boat). I just looked up some fishing calendars and it looks like we’d be able to hit a peak season for at least some fish regardless of where we actually end up for the trip, too 🙂
Post # 8
IF Fishing is important to you guys… you might want to consider The Florida Keys
Islamorada is known as “The Sportsfishing Capital of the World” offering a mix of both Offshore / Deep Sea and inland waterway choices.
Mr TTR & I love The Keys (we were married there over the Christmas Holidays last year)… a touch of the Caribbean right in the USA… so all the great stuff of the Caribbean, and the familiarity / convenience of the USA (such as cheaper airfare… and no issues with Language, Currency, Food, Passports etc)
Lots of wonderful Hotels, Resorts, Guest Houses & Condos (cheaper alternative) to be found thru-out The Keys
AND of course there is Old Key West… with all of its wonders and colourful past (and present).
Tons to see & do in The Keys. Definitely worth a look see IMO
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That said, most Caribbean Islands offer up some sort of Deep Sea Fishing Excursions. Just a matter of WHERE you want to go.
Post # 9
just got back from my honeymoon at Sandals Grande Antigua. Swim up bars and deep sea fishing were amazing. We only had to go out 12 miles and on a 5 hour trip we probably caught 20 fish.
Post # 10
@BotticelliLove: FI went deep sea fishing with one of our friends for the friends bachelor party, he was pretty miserable the whole time (he gets super sea-sick). But if you’re into that kinda thing, than go for it!
Post # 11
@BotticelliLove: do it!
Also, check if your resort will let you bring back your catch and prepare it for you. We were at Secrets Aura a few months ago and they let you do this which was neat! Talk about fresh
Post # 12
I went with the FI and it was A LOT of FUN.
Be careful about getting sea sick. I’ve been on boats before so I was fine. Just to make sure I would do the shortest trip and bring some dramamine also just don’t stare at one spot for long that helps haha. If the boat allows (some do) bring something light like crackers esp. if you are getting sea sick
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@BotticelliLove: Deepsea fishing and I do not go together because I get horrible motion sickness which includes sea sickness. There are plenty of places to honeymoon where he can deepsea fish while you shop or have a spa day.
If you simply must go I highly recommend going on one of the last days because it usually wipes me out for a few days afterwards.
Post # 14
I would just like to + a million the Dramamine advice!
Post # 15
Even as just an observer, that sounds like so much fun! Depending on where you take your honeymoon, you might also get to see some of the migratory fish and whales.
Post # 16
This is all great advice, thanks so much everyone! It sounds like I’d be sorry if I missed it (especially if he caught something cool) but I’m definitely going to stockpile Dramamine and I’ll make sure we plan it for the last day or two of our trip just in case 🙂