Post # 1
So, I posted earlier that I won money today (yay!) which prompted me to look into booking our flights for the honeymoon. I chose a small town on the Baja penninsula because there is a direct flight there from Sacramento. Except, I realized there isn’t one on the day I want to leave. And the flight on the day before is very inconvenient. The flight the day after we want to leave is also inconvenient, and would mean we would have a rather abbreviated ‘moon (4 days without travel).
Sigh. Mo’ money, mo’ problems.
So, I’m seeking advice on honeymoon ideas. Here is our criteria:
– we have a week
– we don’t want to spend two days traveling, so Asia and Africa are out
– we do not enjoy highly structured resorts or cruises
– we would prefer something relaxing
Any thoughts? We’re well traveled in the US, but I am open to a domestic destination. My ideal would be if someone has gone to a lovely, small place in Mexico or Central America that wouldn’t drive to non-resort people crazy that they would recommend. Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
We’re doing ten days in French Polynesia, which only takes one day to travel to and you can get there direct from LA, and it’s only a two-hour time difference. Super relaxing, non-structured alone time is our goal in Moorea (next to Tahiti). I could see lots of destinations working out for you in Mexico, Hawaii or the south Pacific.
Post # 4
Have you thought about Sayulita, Mexico at all? I stayed at a place called Villa Amor for a friend’s wedding, and it was gorgeous. My room was awesome– no real walls to the outside, just open to the gorgeous view.
Post # 5
Have you looked into flights to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo? There’s some really nice places a short distance up the coast from the big resort area, and the whole area is really laid back and not crazy touristy. You can also go via mexico city, but that might be more travel than you want to deal with.
You could also fly into Acapulco area, and drive from there. I think your best bet might be to go someplace near, but not in, a big resort town.
Honestly, in the middle of the summer, you might want to look into going north rather than south – small coastal town in British Columbia or even Alaska? Mexico is going to be hot and Central America is going to be rainy. Although western Costa Rica is a bit drier, and lovely.
Post # 6
If you are looking in Central America, I really recommend Costa Rica. I am NOT a resort type of person, and I LOVED it there. If you only have a week, I would recommend a little place on the Peninsula de Nicoya, called Montezuma. It was relaxing, beautiful, and inexpensive. All the locals recommended it. Here is a link to the website:
Post # 7
@ historienne Zihuatanejo is one of our favorite places, so we looked there first. It is so out of season, that the flight was pretty expensive. 🙁 But I’m going to look into Alaska and BC, nice ideas.
@jhphi Sayulita looks like a slice of heaven.
Post # 8
Ooh @LittlestBirds, we are trying to go to Bora Bora!
We were looking at one of the Tahitian islands or Fiji, and our travel agent explained to us that Fiji was much more “commercial” and geared toward night life, etc.
She said that the Tahitian islands were laid-back. There were plenty of activities if you choose that route, but the islands are much more quiet/intimate. (Also it was 2 hours less of flight time than that of Fiji-bonus!)
Post # 9
Edited: I didn’t read the rest of your list, sorry! >.<
Post # 10
Belize! Our best vacation ever. They’re really used to tourists and it’s easy to organize trips once you get there but it’s not resort-y at all. Check tripadvisor for the best places to stay. There’s lots of historical stuff to see and lots of wildlife (birds inland, fish if you go snorkeling).
Post # 11
I second Costa Rica! We flew from San Francisco, and even with a layover in Phoenix it was about half a day of travel time each way. You can also totally avoid the resorts if that’s not your thing. My fiance and I stayed at mid-range hotels in Arenal and Cahuita and had a blast. The place we stayed in Cahuita was $60/night for a private cabin directly on the beach! Loved every second of it 🙂
Post # 12
I’ll second Cahuita! My sister used to live in Costa Rica and that was our favorite place to go when I visited. Beautiful black sand beaches and now touristy at all. Also a really great Thai restaurant.
Post # 13
I second Belize! Francis Ford Coppola’s properties are amazing! http://www.coppolaresorts.com/blancaneaux. You can do a highly structured package there, but you don’t have to. Actually, if you just show up there, you get 25% off their room rate, but of course that’s risky on your honeymoon.