Post # 1
So I am very lucky and my grandpa is paying for our honeymoon. But I have no idea where I want to go! We both want a relaxing but an adventure type of honeymoon… Originally we were thinking Hawaii but I’m kinda like ehhh about it now…
Then we were really into Costa Rica and I found a great place to stay.. but after some more research… August isn’t the best time to go…
Now, I’m looking into puerto vallarta… but i really need help! has anyone stayed there? what is there to do? any recommendations?? I’m really looking for something more secluded and less touristy. Also all inclusive 🙂
Is there a good website to search all inclusive vacations??
Post # 3
I have never personally been to Puerto Vallarta but I would suggest looking on http://www.cheapcaribbean.com and look at their running specials for that area. We used this site to book all-inclusive trips to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic and it worked out well both times. Cheap Caribbean seems to have the lowest cost and most of the listed resorts are all-inclusive plus round trip airfare. Also http://www.Tripadvisor.com has reviews to help with the decision-making process and http://www.Oyster.com has under cover reviews/photos of different large all-inclusive resorts at Puerto Vallarta along with other major beach destinations. As you can see I did my homework when planning our last few trips. Good luck!
Post # 4
@Melissa920: We had the same problem and ultimately decided on the riviera maya. It looks adventurous and relaxing 🙂
Post # 5
I’m not sure where you’re from, but around here Puerto Vallarta is kind of where you go for the cheapest vacation possible. I’ve never been but Fiance refuses to go back, apparently he associates it with partying teenagers/people trying to hook up with random people. The beach on that side of Mexico isn’t as nice either, it’s more rocky and the ocean is more muddied and grey. I think for Mexico, the east coast has a better reputation. Mayan Riviera is supposed to be awesome with more adventurous stuff to do like temples, ruins, etc. The beaches are more tropical feeling with white sand and blue/turquoise water.
You said you were interested in Hawaii. Fiance and I are going to Maui and Kauai. We also like adventure vacations mixed in with some relaxation. On Maui we hope to hike the volcano and drive the road to Hana, a twisty turny highway along the coast. On Kauai there is an attraction which looks like the Grand Canyon that we want to visit, there’s also a backpacking hike that you can do. I’m not sure if we’ll hike and camp or just do the day hikes but it sounds like there’s a lot of jungle to explore. Just some things to think about 🙂
Post # 6
It really depends upon what kinds of things you want to do while you’re there, and how much time you want to spend on a plane. The Rivera Maya is great, and there are some wonderful adult only, all inclusive resorts. Jamaica also offers a lot of fun things to do. Hawaii is amazing, but you won’t find any all inclusive resorts there.
Post # 7
Oh we love Costa Rica. We have actually gone several times now and I think the summer months are some of the best times to go. It is not as humid as the April -May time and it is before the rainy season. Its beautiful in August. The days were sunny and beautiful and the rains came late in the day or at night. I wouldn’t rule it out if your heart isset on it. This place we stayed was all inclusive and might work for you. [Link removed]
It had adventure, relaxation, and No tourist.
Another possibility is Jamaica. It is not that touristy and no that far.
Post # 8
Puerto Vallarta is absoutely gorgeous and its not a ton of partying and college students, thats more of Cancun. Check out Dreams Puerto Vallarta on trip advisor, simply amazing! =]
Post # 9
Not sure if you’re wliling to travel this far, but have you considered Bali? Unsure what Grandpa’s budget is, but we’re going to Bali for 2 wks for similar price to what the nice Caribbean all inclusives wanted for their honeymoon suites. We’ve got private pool villas everywhere, and you can spa all day for under $100. Basically once you pay for airfare, it’s cheap for what you get!
We live in Hawaii so we’re always being asked where we’d go….we also love a mix of adventure and tropical, with a little culture, Bali is absolutely this perfect mix.
We’re staying on the beaches for one week (Nusa Dua and Sanur) and in Ubud (rainforest/mountain region) for another week.
Whitewater rafting, volcano climbing, world class diving, biking in rice paddy fields, or laying on the beach or at your private infinity pool – you can do it all.
PS, i wouldn’t get hung up on something being all inclusive…a lot of times this costs more than paying a la carte and you are eliminating the majority of the world this way since all inclusive is generally speaking, unique to cruises, caribbean, and latin america. Many destinations outside this area and the US do a partial inclusive (but don’t call it anything) – ie you get breakfast and afternoon tea/pastries/cocktail hour. You can get buy most places putting it on the room if carrying cash is the issue.
Post # 10
Make sure you leave early in the morning for the drive to Hana! Actually, I’d suggest going on a tour because I’m sure you know, the roads are unmarked and very thin, blind corners and you really don’t know where anything is. If you don’t want to do that, get one of the “Road to Hana” cds that explains what you’re seeing and where to stop. And bring food, there really isn’t anything on the way except a couple fruit stands and Hana has one or two restaurants… There’s nothing really there. The road after Hana, to the park and the sacred pools, gets worse and the locals are not scared of driving it, so be careful. 🙂
If you’re interested in diving or snorkeling, go with Four Winds or Trilogy to Molokini and Turtle Town. But make sure you snorkel “black rock”, right by Whaler’s Village, and other parts of the island! And go to a luau! 🙂
OP: I’ve heard great things about the Rivera Maya, Bali and Costa Rica. I’ve been to Belize and would like to go back someday. Cozumel isn’t bad either, but I’d go to the Rivera Maya before going back. I’m not so sure I would go back to the Cayman’s or Honduras… But I DEFINITELY want to go to Fiji and Turks and Caicos!
Post # 11
Have you thought about Belize?
There are great beaches, snorkeling, and scuba diving as well as great adventure activities like hiking, horseback riding, etc.
I’ve been twice and loved it both times. One beach vacation and one jungle/horseback vacation.
Plus, they have a fixed exchange rate with the US which makes buying thins easy and the official language of the country is English.