(Closed) Honeymoon – Caribbean Help Needed

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Honeymoon Location leaving from Southeast?
    St. Lucia : (24 votes)
    43 %
    Jamaica : (17 votes)
    30 %
    Cayman Islands : (6 votes)
    11 %
    Other (please comment if you choose this) : (9 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 32
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2018

    @WestCoast:  Really? I heard the 7 mile beach in Negril is amazing. That’s the whole reason we want to go.

    Post # 33
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Grand Cayman has TONS to do besides just laying on the beach… turtle farm, Stingray City… I went there on vacation when I was little and absolutely loved it. I’ve also been to Barbados, Cozumel, St. Maartin, Saba, St. Barths and have loved them all! My family scuba dives and usually that is how we decide which place to go to next, so if you are interested in snorkeling and stuff,all of these places are great 🙂

    Post # 34
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    st lucia body holiday at le sport- daily spa treatments, adult resort ,food was good, drinks were good

    Post # 35
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @SavBride:  I’m a travel agent, and I have been lucky enough to have don’t quite a bit of travelling through those arreas you listed. I have had conferences at the SANDALS properties in Jamaica several times, and I just love love love it there! The  properties are adults only, and are pretty much gered to honeymooners, every 2nd person you meet will be on their honeymoon. And if you want, you can even have a butler! I had my 29th birthday there, and I had a butler suite, and on my birthday we came to our room and he had set a bath for us with hibiscus flowers and had champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, it was so special! 

    And of course I’ll tell you to book through an agent, you will not have to pay any more, and agents are trained on these properties all the time. I would just suggest you shop around and find an agent you like, and they will be a great help to you!

    Post # 36
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @This Time Round:  I’m a travel agent, and I will tell you honestly that when it comes to a package like this, you will never pay anymore that what you find online. There seems to be this belief that online websites are operating out of the kindness of their heartys and not making a proffit for EACH BOOKING they make, the truth is that travel is booked through wholesalers, and those wholesalers pay me comission so I don’t have to charge a mark up. I think there are agents out there that are rip off artists, and so this is why you go off word of mouth, and visit some agencies and find one you feel good about. I give my clients refferal discounts, so I have built my business from giving good service, doing the work for clients, and by NOT charging a mark up, and I am very successful. So I get my back up when I read/hear things like what you’re saying because you are painting every agent with the same brush based off one or two experience. I’ve been a travel agent for 10 years, and I have travelled all over the world, and I have alot of first hand experience with the locations people ask for, and I’m not affraid to bust out my photo album to show people what they’re looking at, and I think that booking with an honest person with first-hand experience who is willing to save you the HOURS and HOURS of research is totally worth it. Rant over.

    Post # 37
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    TO @nambi_pambi: Rant heard.

    And that is great…

    BUT as you say yourself it is important to KNOW YOUR AGENT and what they have to offer, their experiences etc (lol, would LOVE to see your Photo Album… and hear your first hand experiences… because to me, that is exactly what I’d be looking for IF I was shopping around for an Agent)

    BUT I still stand behind what I’ve said… many Agents ARE out to sell a particular product over all the others.  So ya not all TA’s are like yourself … infact, I would wager that your style would be in the minority.  Which IS WHY I am not a fan of Travel Agents in this the 21st Century.

    The world is a lot smaller than it used to be because of the Internet and the freedom of info available… I don’t need a TA to “sway” me in one direction… if I’ve done my homework, and KNOW what it is I want to purchase.

     

    Post # 38
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    Buzzing bee

    @NaijaPuertoDorian: I’m planning a week long trip in Puerto Rico before heading out on my Celebiryt cruise. Is there anything that youl would recommend / not recommend?  So far we are staying in OSJ at Villa Herencia & will do a ‘Flavours of San Juan’ tour.

    We will be wanting to stay at The Rainforest Inn, close to El Yunique, maybe a trip over to Culebra, ATV tour, rainforest hike, bio bay tour.

    I’m excited!!

    Post # 41
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @WestCoast:  Funny, I found the opposite Lol !! 

    @This Time Round:  Well I guess Like anything, how you purchase something is  a matter personal choice. You obviously have the time and will to do your own research (as evidenced by your 17 paragraph reply, lol), and you obviously enjoy the process, so you might not be a person who would book with an agent. But you would never pay more booking with me that you would online. Many people really do not enjoy the process of booking online, or don’t have time, and so they like having someone do it for them, to each their own.  There is something to be said about booking with an experienced professional with longstanding business relations with travel providers in the event of travel interuptions/cancellations. 

    Jamica has tonns to do! Even more than St. Lucia I thought, we did river kayaking,  rum factory tours, swam with dolphins, hiked in the blue mountains, climbed waterfalls, zip linned, snorkeled and scuba dived! I found ST. Lucia had better scuba and snorkeling, but non water activities were kinda petestrian. The only thing I would not recommend for either place is the horse back riding, those horses are in HORRIBLE shape and I don’t condone that kind of treatment to animals.

    In the even that you have won the lottery between now and your booking Check this place out:http://www.jademountain.com/   CRAZY BALLIN’!!

     

    Post # 42
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @Nic01:   you will love it! The biobay is totally worth it; if you don’t mind high seas on a fast catamaran (electric boat). We went with East Island excursions, they were great! It came with dinner and unlimited rum drinks, but if you are prone to seasickness id suggest refraining from bith. My poor husband puked like crazy on the way back! If you can, take a day trip to St. Thomas, you won’t regret it. Another neat thing if you are being careful on finances is the bacardi factory. There isn’t really anything I wouldn’t suggest. One thing I regret not doing was Toro Verde Adventure Park, they have like all these ziplines that go through the forest,  so cool!

    Post # 43
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    Buzzing bee

    @NaijaPuertoDorian:  I’m so excited! We are actually thinking of going through Kayaking Puerto Rico as they have these mini boat excursionthroughout the little island wehre you drive your own boat
    ! (They are only tiny) I would LOVE to do ziplining & the such but Fiance is too much of a scary cat lol

    Bacardi is onthe list, although i have not heard too many good things about it. We’ll see!

    Re St Thomas, we will be going, but as a stop on a cruise – did you recommend anything in particular there?

    Post # 44
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @Nic01:  yeah the biggest thing about the bacardi trip is that its free, we went because of that lol. In St. Thomas we went to swim at Magens Bay, which was gorgeous. , and we went to coral world, which is kind of a dinky sea world.  But my husband got to swim with a sea lion, which was neat.

    Post # 45
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    TO @Nic01: Re – St Thomas

    We’ve been to St-T twice on a cruise.  As you only have a few hours in port, you really are limited to how much you can do.

    Thru the ship you could do an all-day excursion, or 2 half-day ones.  This last trip we spent half our day on our own (R&R onboard the ship… including eating breakie while taking in the magnificent scenery of the harbour and the FABULOUS yachts to be found there… and then some shopping) and the other half on a sightseeing excursion with the ship (Celebrity # STI-16 “St Thomas Panoramic Drive”).

    But you’ll find that the cruise line offers TONS of options for things to see and do in St Thomas and nearby St John… and most will be in the Sightseeing or Water Sports categories (lots of great things to do here in the extremely clear turquoise waters)

    The first cruise, we set off on our own because I’d done some on-line research with Cruise Critic / TripAdvisor and got some great advice on where we could go snorkelling without the crowds.  We took a taxi to Secret Harbour, and then rented snorkelling equipment from the Beachside Dive Shop and had a glorious day in the sunshine.

    In the daylight hours, St-T is relatively safe and carefree.  So no worries there. 

    Hope this helps,

     

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