Post # 1
probably not my place to be posting this but a coworker of mine got married 2 weekends ago and was on his honeymoon all last week..He was supposed to be back at work today and didnt show. So i see on facebook a hurricane shut down the airport in belize and they couldnt come back (tough right? i wish an airport would close keeping me from work) but to top it off he was a victim in an attempted robbery! in belize of all places..pretty touristy..i guess when they say dont leave the resort, you really dont want to leave the resort! but oh man the stories they get to come home with…
Anyone else out there have a honeymoon horror story?
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
Gosh that’s horrifying! Thankfully, I don’t have any of my own to add!
Post # 4
Oh my gosh, that’s awful! We were in Belize on our honeymoon last month and we had a tropical storm. It wasn’t too bad, just windy, and then it was done and we went swimming that afternoon. The Belize City airport is pretty small though, so I can see that they would shut it down fairly quickly. Better to be safe than up in the air during a hurricane though! When the tropical storm was coming while we were there they Belizean Tourist Board was really great though and called our island to make sure we were okay, see if we wanted evacuation, and checked our citizenship so they could let the appropriate consulate/embassy know. I was really impressed by that.
Regarding the attempted robbery, sadly this can happen anywhere. Belize isn’t overly touristy, and I think that the standards the government is trying to push vastly differs from the reality of the country. While the people we met were lovely, generous people, the country itself is a bit rough around the edges (although I’ve been to worse). Our host on the island told us to be very careful if we were to ever come back to travel on the mainland. It sounds to me like Costa Rica is a bit more tourist friendly at this point, although Belize is working hard to get there. It just takes time.
I hope your coworker gets home safely and quickly.
Post # 5
@bakerella: i have never been to belize myself but my parents have often and absolutely love it there. I totally agree about the attempted robbery thing, that could happen anywhere..i wasnt trying to bash belize or anything…anywhere with palm trees and warm weather has a special place in my heart and i def plan on a trip down there eventually. 🙂
Post # 6
One of my best friends honeymooned in Jamaica in August 2008. I don’t remember which hurricane happened when they were there, but it wasn’t pretty. They only went for 3 nights since that was the max they could afford. They also had a 1 year old daughter at home (staying with my friends parents).
The hurricane hit the day they were going to leave and Jamaica was pretty much shut down. They were able to check back into their resort (one of the Sandals ones) but they didnt get any type of discount for the hurricane. They ended up having to have my friends father pay for the resort and her parents had to keep their daughter for almost a WEEK after they were supposed to be home. The ended up having to pay her parents back with almost everything that they received as gifts for their wedding.
They already struggled to get by so having a few thousand in their bank account was going to be huge for them. Her parents didn’t have much either so they couldn’t afford to not get paid back. Mother nature totally screwed them.
They weren’t able to do ANYTHING during the hurricane. They were running off of generators which didn’t do much in terms of powering a resort. She said they played board games pretty much all day long. I do think they were able to drink for free while trapped so atleast that was good!
All in all it was pretty terrible for them.
Post # 7
@totheislnds: Oh no no, I totally agree. It can happen anywhere and I didn’t read it as a jab at Belize or anything. Personally, based on what our host at the island said I wouldn’t want to go travel in Belize on our own. I don’t think it’s the most dangerous place in the world, but I think I would feel safer in other countries too. I think if I were looking for main land Central America travel I would prefer trying Costa Rica from what I’ve heard.