Post # 1
Hello! This is my first post–but I have been lurking around these boards for about 1.5 years now! Anyways, I’m hoping that someone can help me decide on a honeymoon location! I have it narrowed down to:
Riviera Maya: Secrets Capri or Valentian?
Jamaica: Couples San or Couples Tower Isle!
I have read reviews on here, read reviews on tripadvisor, and still cannot make up my mind!
I have never been to an all-inclusive or anywhere ouside of the U.S., so I’m sure I’ll love it at any of these places!
Any advice? I would say we are most looking forward to an awesome beach…so what would your recommendations be?
Post # 3
@dev4216: I’ve only been to Jamaica of your two choices there.
Jamainca was ok. The water was really nice compared to some of the other islands but the island itself was really not that impressive. Seemed like there were armed police on every street corner, locals grabbing your hands trying to lead you away and get in their “cab”. If yo plan to stay in the resort and not leave then that’s fine. However around all the resorts we passed by, each one had really tall fence walls, some with razor wire on top, crazy, but I was told that it’s purpose it to make the guests feel safe.
To be honest. all it did for me was make me wonder what the hell is out there that they need the walls and razor wire for.
As far as adventure stuff to do, there wasn’t a ton to do, besides snorkeling (which was great because of the water) the market place is not very safe for tourists, don’t go alone and don’t let the locals corral you into a shop or in the back of anywhere.
People like to play the dangers down, but it happened to a family on out tour group. Someone had been proposidioned to purchase weed, he declined. They will send small children up and plant it on you then run to the police and turn you in for a reward, either way if you buy or don’t buy they get money. The family almost had to leave their teenager at the port authority for the duration of the cruise.
If you choose Jamaica, do your research. But having experienced it already I’d go to Riviera Maya in a heartbeat. However, I did not stay at a fenced off resort.
Post # 4
I spent a week in Negril, Jamaica, last June and loved it. I felt safe the entire time. My fiancé and I walked the beach and streets after midnight at times and never were uncomfortable. We did not stay at an all-inclusive, but enjoyed eating at local places and mingling with the locals. As for activities, you can snorkel, parasail, rent four-wheelers, zipline, hike, go on party boats, climb waterfalls…so many more things. I have never been to your other choice so I can’t comment. Good luck!
Post # 5
I vote Jamaica! Clearly the PP did not stay at a Couples’ Resort! Jamaica is absolutely beautiful. And (as someone who has stayed in a hotel-not a resort- in MoBay and stayed up in the mountains volunteering at an orphanage), I can tell you it isn’t as bad as it was made out to be. Yes, there is crime. Yes, there is drugs. Yes, it is a very poor country. But not once did I or anyone in our group- or actually, anyone in the history of the group going there- has ever been mugged, hurt, or otherwise hurt by a local. Yes, the locals will stare at you. Yes, some of them will call out to you. But I have not had any negative experiences with them. My travel agent HIGHLY recommends Couples over any other resorts. Thats what we are going with. Couples Swept Away July 14-20. Good luck in your decision!!