HELP: Honeymoon in Key West no more – Hurricane Irma; Need New Ideas ASAP

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 16
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Ugh I am SO sorry for you! My heart goes out to all the Florida honeymooners today!

Here are some ideas:

1 – Block Island, RI: along the same lines as the Cape Cod suggestion above. Weather will be in the 70’s so not pure beach time, but there are wonderful hikes and you can explore the island by moped or bicycle. It’s the cutest island – reachable only by ferry! No need for a car once you are there.

2 – Asheville, NC: super cute mountain town, lots of local breweries and art galleries to explore. Hikes everywhere. Amazing place. Although technically (possibly) in the Irma path I don’t know if you’d mind a little rain here. Never stopped us from having fun! You could still explore town and could even book a nice hotel with both an indoor & outdoor pool?

3 – Consider flexibility on your time zone requirement. That would give you options for places where you can really lay in the sun in hot weather out of the hurricane path. The time change is NBD – it’s actually great on the way there since you gain 3 hours more of your first day! I’ve done plenty of long weekend trips from the east to the west coast and it takes about 1 day to adjust on return. Worth it!

Post # 17
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Newbee

for 3k i would look into Malta. It’s an island in europe but is super cheap compared to greece, italy, or spain. The flights will be expensive to get there but the hotels are very cheap and food and drinks are also cheap. For my hotel I paid $100 (total, not per night) for a 5 night stay in a suite there that overlooked the mediterranean ocean from my balcony–it was divine! The beaches are superb (look up the blue lagoon in Malta!). Again, the flights will likely be the chunk of cash but if you flew through London I think it would be doable. 

 

Editing to add I am very sorry this happened to you!

 

editing to add one more time that the cape is great this time of year, although it will be chilly so if you have your heart set on laying out on a beach, I would skip it. I admire your determination to make a honeymoon happen despite the bad circumstances!

Post # 18
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Bumble bee

I’m sorry but Malta is an odd suggestion.  Their honeymoon is five days away.  Airfare alone would likely cost as much or more than their entire budget and require multiple connections.  Not ideal when honeymooners are already stressed with original honeymoon plan down the tubes and needing to handle cancellations/refunds.

Post # 19
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

IDK how warm it is, but I looooved Denver.

Estes Park was beautiful.

Another thing to throw at you: The Madonna Inn in Califormia. It’s on my bucket list. There would be hiking, cute shops, horseback riding, spa and its in wine country. Plus its warm enough in CA that you could lay out by the pool or take a day trip to the beach.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

If it were me I’d abandon the idea of a “vacation” style vacation, and head to the mountains for hiking, beautiful vistas, adventure, and cool/hip/arttistic towns. If that sounds like your cup of tea, definitely check out Asheville, NC. Another option would be the beautiful islands/coastal region of Michigan, but that is more difficult to reach and will likely be colder.

Post # 21
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Blushing bee

What about the hot springs in VA? For a mini-moon it might be nice!

https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/homestead-virginia

“Whether visiting in the winter or summer, The Omni Homestead Resort offers plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keep all guests happy. Two major hot springs flow onto our property, offering guests the opportunity to take in the mineral waters just as President Thomas Jefferson did in 1818. Our two-acre water park, fueled by crystal clear springs, features two water slides, a lazy river, a water play zone and a sandy beach for the kids, along with a cozy whirlpool and private cabanas with exclusive services. Golfers can challenge themselves on nationally ranked golf courses. Guests can step into the Spa at the Homestead for an exhilarating rejuvenation like no other. Thrill seekers can take an adventure on our new Ridge Runner Zip Tour and Red Tail Racer zip lines. 

Outdoor activities abound at our premier Hot Springs resort, with the mountains and valleys bursting with summer and winter activities such as horseback riding, snowboarding, paintballing, falconry and ice skating.”

 Its got hot springs (obviously), theres a waterfall about 15 miles away that might make a nice uber+hike or small drive, and lake moomaw. Might not be super warm, but I imagine the hotspring would feel nice.

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

ginniesueneverblue :  I just have to say — I hope that if I ever find myself in a situation like this, I have as much grace as you do. Serious kudos on not freaking out. I’m so happy it ended well!! 

Post # 24
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Busy bee

May I ask why you’ve ruled out Mexico? 

It’s the only place we go to a lot and we’ve had nothing but excellent experiences!

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

macpartyoftwo :  Well they had hurricane Katia,  an earthquake and now the drug cartels are starting to have their disagreements out in the streets of the resort areas…Cancun,  Playa Del Carmen, Acapulco and Los Cabos.  Mexico used to be my go to place.  Its not anymore.

Post # 26
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Busy bee

sablescorpion22 :  Apparently I missed reading about the updated travel advisory for Mexico. Just did, and my favourite place in the world is now cautioning people to avoid the area. That’s depressing 😔

Post # 27
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Helper bee

This was posted a week ago I see, what did you end up doing? Would it be an option to save your vacation days and take a trip next year (not during hurricane season)? Maybe take a small weekend trip somewhere off the bat.

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