(Closed) Honeymoon Decision! Desperately need YOU.

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@KRasco928:  You’ll definitely get a lot of variety out of Hawaii and depending on which island you go to you can do tours/activities.

Bahamas/Carribeans also offer the same thing but you’ll have to figure out which islands you want to go to.

PV – I wouldn’t consider since I’d only stay at an AI at PV.

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

If you are wanting a lot of activity, go with Hawaii! There are TONS of things to do there other than lay on the beach all day!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@KRasco928:  Hawaii.  The rest are easy, inexpensive trips for another vacation.  Hawaii is an iconic honeymoon.  There are plenty of sports other than mountian climbing.  There is biking, surfing, scuba diving, ziplining, etc…  The others are mainly going to be beach escapes.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Even though I live in Hawaii (so obviously think it’s a great place), from reading your post I thnk you’d LOVE Puerto Rico. Hawaii has very little in the way of night life, except in Waikiki, which is a gawd-awful place to spend any time. Around here, we pretty much roll up the sidewalks at 9 p.m.

I made my first trip to Puerto Rico a few months ago to meet my FI’s family there, and i LOVED it. So much to do, we didn’t even get close to all the things we had wanted to – and the night life is nothing short of amazing – salsa dancing all night long! The beaches are gorgeous, and the food is wonderful.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We are saving up for Hawaii!  I think there is so much do to between the different islands.

Post # 8
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Worker bee

Can’t speak for Puerto Vallarta and the rest of the Caribbean but a few thoughts:

 

1. The Bahamas, if you go to the Out Islands, has mind-bogglingly beautiful beaches. I’ve been to Hawaii and the popular beaches in The Philippines but the water in The Bahamas is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. The aerial views alone are out of this world. Having said that, the one we went to was a bit sleepy and I don’t recall seeing exotic animals. I suppose it’s really more for beach bums though they offer a good deal in history and culture too.

 

2. Hawaii is, hands down, my favorite destination thus far. It’s got everything you’re looking for though I can’t really vouch for the nightlife part since we didn’t check that out. Still, several parts of Oahu are cosmpolitan enough, I can’t imagine them not having the nightlife you’re looking for.

 

But my vote goes to The Bahamas but only if you’re going to the Out Islands. Only because it’s more expensive and in your case, if someone else is footing the bill, then that’s a wonderful deal. Hehe. ;D

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

I totally vote for Hawaii – in fact I would do a cruise.  Here is the one that we went to: http://cruise.expedia.com/Itinerary.aspx?item=435052&tpid=1&eapid=0 

You can choose all the excursions you want to do and get to see all the islands in 1 week. Also, its pretty cost effective way to see the islands.  I recommend extending the trip to stay in Honolulu (waikiki beach) for a couple nights to see the city. There were a lot of fun things to do there! 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

At that time of year, Hawaii is the only one where the climate won’t be kind of hellish. I would stay far, far away from the Caribbean/Mexico from April – October. Hot, humid, rainy, and infested with mosquitos.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

In terms of tropical locations Hawaii is my absolute favorite. I have been to the Bahamas, many islands in the caribbean and Puerto Vallarta. Maui and Kauai are specifically our favorite islands of Hawaii. Maui is probably a better choice if you’re looking for nightlife. Kauai doesn’t have a lot of inhabitants – its mostly natural beauty and beaches. There is a highway that circles the entire island and there were days when all we did was drive around the entire island, stopping here and there to explore sea caves and beaches. The Na’ Pali coast is absolutely stunning!!!!

If you make it to Maui definitely do the Feast at Lele luau. Its not one of the cheesy ones with a buffet and 1000 people. Its intimate, with a 5-course seated dinner that is absolutely delicious. The show is amazing and it was the highlight for us on the island.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@KRasco928:  i would go on a cruise its all inclusive and you get to go to 4 islands on a week cruise ; ) thats what were doing for our honeymoon we love the ship there’s so much to do and love the excursions on each island you can do stuff or lay on deck and do nothing we love it so many options on the ship clubs, sports bars, comedy clubs shows just everything and last but not lease great food and cocktails with lil umbrellas ; ) in pineapples and coconuts….

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

DO A CRUISE! I know they’re getting bad press now, but I’ve been on a BUNCH of Carnival cruises, and I SWEAR by them! They’re cheap, clean, ALL the food is all-you-can-eat (including formal dinners!)

They have MULTIPLE bars, MULTIPLE pools, a HUGE waterslide on most ships, a casino, a dance club, shopping on-shore, the adventures…

There is something going on EVERY second of every day!

I am a cruise WHORE!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

Also voting for a cruise, but I’d say splurge a bit & go down the lines of something like Celebrity – known for their service & food.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@KRasco928:  The beach and ocean are better in the Caribbean than in Hawai’i.  Don’t get me wrong, Hawai’i is lovely, but the Pacific is not the Caribbean Sea.  If you want crystal clear warm water, excellent snorkeling, and the feeling of being in another country, the Caribbean is the way to go.  I’ve been on several cruises and stayed in resorts, although never all-inclusive.  I agree with the vote for Puerto Rico, it is very nice there and does have a variety of activities.  We went night kayaking in a bioluminescent bay which was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. 

 

Cruises are also excellent, I’ve been on three and it is a great way to see a lot of the caribbean.  Every island is so different and offer many different kinds of activities. We have hiked through rainforests, seen beautiful waterfalls, ruins, gone on river cruises, 30+ different snorkeling sites, seen forts, and a variety of island tours.  At night the ships have comedy, casinos, contests, fantastic dinners, art auctions, shopping, and broadway style shows.  I’ve been on Carnival and Holland America.  Carnival is lower quality, but there is something going on pretty much every single hour and is more of a party atmosphere.  Holland America is classier, but everything stops very early.  I’m sure there are cruise lines that offer an in-between experience, I just haven’t been on them yet.

 

I can’t comment on the Bahamas or Puerto Vallarta because I have not been to either place.  Nevertheless, it sounds like you have many excellent choices and I’m sure you will have a fantastic time no matter what.  🙂   Good luck!

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