- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
La Jolla California. This is a view from La Valencia Hotel. Our friends had their wedding and honeymoon there and loved it. The cove is beautiful.
Have you thought of Costa Rica?
Fiance and I are going to Aruba for our honeymoon. We are going the last two weeks of October. We chose Aruba because August, September and October is hurricane season in the Caribbean, and Aruba is outside of the “hurricane belt” meaning it is not ever affected by hurricanes. Aruba is also the culinary capitol of the Caribbean — apparently there are fabulous restaurants in Aruba, so an all-inclusive would probably not be the best choice, unless thats what you’re looking for….
Another suggestion is St. Lucia. There are plenty of excursions and things to do and see on St. Lucia. That was our original pick, until we decided to go to Aruba bc of hurricane season.
Good luck!! Choosing our honeymoon was a really difficult decision for us. It involved lots of research and asking around.
What about Hawaii? All of the islands have great golf courses and everything else you listed. Except I don’t think you’re allowed to drink alcoholic drinks on the public beaches…
It sounds like Hawaii would be pefrect for you, but it might be difficult to do for $5k.
Maybe try Maui? There are cheaper hotels than Oahu, but they still have all the wonderful waterfall hikes and swims, local attractions, AMAZING snorkeling (Molokini Crater) and great food. You CAN do it for cheaper, but the airfare will kill you.
Pros – there are a lot of Grorupon, LivingSocial discounts for around the islands. You also don’t have to get a passport. And everyone speaks English!
Cons – Airfare is expensive. If you don’t go to the right places (non-tourist), you will end up spending a lot of money. They really take the tourists for a ride at restaurants and “traps”.
Go to Maui! It has everything you want! We went last year on a vacation stayed in Kaanapali which has the most gorgeous golf course. We also zip lined, did a catamaran/snorkel cruise to a secluded island, and tons of snorkeling at Black Rock right by the hotel. It’s super laid back, great drinks, tons to do and tons to just not do if all you want is to lay on the beach and relax. It’s the perfect vacation spot!
My Fiance and I are looking for basically the same thing. Our #1 so far is El Doramo Maroma. Supposed to be great food, and is all inclusive. It is a smaller resort, but El Doramo offers some other resorts that are a bit larger. All of them are in Mexico.
Hawaii!! Maui and Kauai are our favorites and I think you could do it for around $5k if you don’t choose to stay in super expensive hotels. I live on the east coast and a few weeks ago I saw flights to Oahu for $600!!! That is an amazing deal. Depending on where you live you might find an even better rate
Hawaii is where we thought would be the best fit, but we are coming from the Boston area and we don’t know if the long, expensive flight and time change will eat up too much of our trip and budget!
@minipenguin – We have heard that there is a lot of outdoor activities in Costa Rica, but I have no idea where to begin or even what side of the island to look at. Do you have any experience going there?
@starz88962 – So far we have liked what we have seen on St. Lucia. We love how lush and beautiful it looks. We have also looked into aruba as well, but fiance is worried it is too “commercialized”, but I am keeping it on our list!
@Laurali0315 – I am going to look into El Doramo Maroma right now!
We are going to Couples Swept Away in Jamaica which has AMAZING reviews and came highly reccommended by our travel agent. It has everything you asked for except a golf course. However, I assume to ship golf clubs to Jamaica would be quite pricey, so maybe it wouldn’t be worth it even if there were? They are definitely in their price range. the message boards on their websites has multiple people who are discussing their 20th+ trip to Couples Resorts….Has to have something right going on!
The Caribbean is more expensive than vacationing in the USA.
Have you considered staying on in the US South…
Within a few hours of one another are some of our favourite US Beachy Destinations… and historic / cultural cities.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is one of America’s Best Beach Destinations. And there are like a 100 golf courses for him within an hour’s drive… and zillions of things to see and do for you… including excellent shopping, entertainment etc.
About 45 Minutes south of MB is Georgetown. A very pretty historic small town… with interesting houses dating back to the 1700s. And some great Cafes & Restaurants for lunch.
Another Hour and 15 minutes south is gorgeous Charleston. And the heart of the US Low Country. Lots to see and do in Charleston… from Historic sites to pretty Plantations. Fabulous Hotels and Wonderful Restaurants.
Two Hours to the south (or so, depending on what route you take) is glorious Savannah. With all the charm of the old south… and so much great things, that you’ll fall in love all over again, and probably never want to leave !!
Two Hours and 45 Minutes south of Savannah is the marvellous city of St Augustine Florida. The oldest city in the continental USA. And filled with wonder. St Augustine is fascinating because there is both the old city… and the whole other world that afronts onto the ocean (St Augustine Beach).
As well, just outside of the City is the World Golf Hall of Fame… which is worth a visit for any lover of the Sport. And it is surprisingly not that expensive to visit / tour / or even take a lesson there. There main focus is to promote golf, so they aren’t super cut rate.
For us ladies, there are the nearby Outlet Malls… right along the I-95.
Honestly, this road trip could be amazing… And take in some of the BEST of the American South and the Eastern Seaboard.
Total distance Myrtle Beach to St Augustine is under 400 Miles and about 6:45 Hours travel time.
GOOGLE MAPS (US Low Country) = http://goo.gl/maps/ai0B3
Personally if you have a week or so, I’d divide it up with a couple days in each of the major locations… Myrtle Beach – Charleston – Savannah – St Augustine. If you are flying… you could go into one city… and out of another
For more info on this tour of the “US Low Country”.. check out these cities individual Tourism Websites… as well as their entries on TripAdvisor. Here are some links to get you started…
Myrtle Beach Tourism = http://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com
Charleston Tourism = http://www.charlestoncvb.com
Savannah Tourism = http://www.savannahvisit.com
St Augustine Tourism = http://www.oldcity.com
World Golf Hall of Fame = http://www.worldgolfhalloffame.org
Hope this gives you some inspiration…
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As someone else said, August – September – and October are the biggest months in the Caribbean for Hurricanes.
So that means prices will be lower… the air will be hotter / more humid… and that having your vacation upset (even if just by rain) is a REAL Possibility.
The US Coastline, has some of those concerns as well… but certainly not to the same extent.
If you are focussed on the Caribbean, then like another Bee said, I’d look at the ABC Islands that lie closer to South America and therefore are out of the path of Hurricanes.
Hope this helps,
@This Time Round – Thank you for the Southern US suggestion. My fiance lived in Myrtle Beach for a short time so we have already spent numberous weeks exploring there as well as the surrounding areas from North Carolina to Georgia. It is definitiely a beautiful are and we love hilton head for the golf and all of the small coastal communities for the charm, but we would like to go somewhere new & tropical for our honeymoon.
We have been all over FL and lived in Naples for a bit so we want to rule out Florida as well (possibly Key West, but it would be low on our list).
I just looked into flights to hawaii and the cheapest I was able to find was $1800 for the two of us, once we add in baggage fees I’m sure it will be closer to $2000 (plus 13 hr flight there and 15+next day arrival back). So we would really only 5 days there. I don’t want to feel rushed or crunched to stay within our budgets so I am thinking that Hawaii will be a trip we can save up for after we the wedding and when we are able to go for closer to 10 days.
Any other ideas?
Riviera Maya, Mexico.
We were between Jamaica and Mexico and a few things swayed us to Mexico. 1) You can’t just walk around Jamaica off-site. The majority of safety issues in Mexico are up by the border and on the west coast and Cancun and Playa Del Carmen both offer shopping, night life and the ability to wander safely. 2) EXCURSIONS! Jamaica has Dunns River Falls, some snorkeling, catamarans etc… but Mexico has so much more…tons of golf, some of the best snorkeling in the world, Mayan Ruins and my big attraction, the cenotes! I CAN’T WAIT to visit the cenotes. I *think* you will be going during the time when you go schedule snorkeling with whale sharks (something I really wanted to do). And you can get all-inclusives from anywhere WAY below your price range to WAY above; there are TONS of resorts between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen. We chose an eco-friendly one but the Valentin Imperial is well-priced and adults only.
Costa Rica! We spent 9 days there in August. You could definitely make it work on your budget.
4 days in Arenal: We went hiking, ziplining, white-water rafting, & waterfall rapelling. All awesome. No beach bars, but our hotel had a pool with a swim-up bar that we frequented 🙂 Stayed at the Nayara Arenal, which was AMAZING.
5 days in Guanacaste at the Westin Playa Conchal. All-inclusive resort. They have a 18-hle golf-course on-property. We went on a catamaran/snorkeling/sunset booze cruise. They had swim-up pool bars too. Beach was good too, but not the best, and they didn’t have drink service on the beach. Good restaurants on property. We spent a day in Tamarindo (25 minutes away) too learning how to surf and hanging out at the bars along the beach and shopping. I’d probably stay at the Four Seasons if I went again and could afford it!
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