(Closed) Married bees.. honeymoon do's & dont's?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
6341 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

Do you mean in general, or in terms of Cancun?..

Re Cancun, my do’s would be:

Visit at least one of the ruins; my favourites were Coba, which you can still climb, and Chichen Itza, which is just really interesting. Didn’t really rate Tulum; it’s in a pretty location, but baking hot and not all that interesting.

Consider visiting the monkey sanctuary in Playa del Carmen; I’ve not been, but it’s really highly rated.

Bring plenty of suncream, as it gets HOT!

Have fun getting dressed up in the evening; my OH and I love dressing nicely in the evening, it makes every night more of an ‘event’, almost like a date 🙂



Swim with the dolphins; it’s very cruel, and I did it in the DR and MASSIVELY regret it.

Go to Coco Bongos; it’s MASSIVELY overrated IMO. Show isn’t anything to rave about, its super-packed, and full of drunk, sweaty teens.

Post # 4
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Don’t plan too much so that if you want to sleep in or take an afternoon “nap” you can.  My first husband and I cruised for our honeymoon and I felt like we tried to fit too much in so that we really didn’t make it much of a honeymoon.  If you’re going to make plans only plan one major activity per day and try to do it either in the morning or the afternoon so you can spend the other part of the day relaxing and doing what honeymooners do best.  Wink

Post # 5
1868 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Honeymoon’s are awesome! Where are you staing in Cancun?

I would suggest bringing bug spray, lots of sun screen, and a cheap waterproof watch. Resorts aren’t usually full of clocks so its good to have one on you!

I think you should make a trip to Xplor. We booked it through our hotel and it was awesome! Mrs. Sunhat blogged about her trip there if you want to read about it.

I would also say to get up early and take naps if you are tired. Some days we slept way too late and I felt like I missed out on a lot of fun!!

Post # 6
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Is upgrading your room an option? We have only gotten to take a mini-moon so far but we upgraded our room to a suite and it was sooo worth it.  In a regular hotel room I’m usually itching to get out of there but just hanging out in our nice big suite still felt like vacation.

I’ve never been to Cancun, but I’ve spent my life near beaches and don’t forget the baby powder for getting wet sand off of your body! We also use an insulated cooler bag at the beach, way easier to carry than a cooler but still keeps drinks and snacks cold.    

Post # 7
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Wear lots of sunscreen. Try not to think too much about how much you are spending (while making sure you don’t spend more than you have, of course); let yourselves splurge. Take lots of pictures with the both of you in them. If you don’t know how to use the self timer on your camera, now is the time to figure it out!

Post # 12
362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We just got back from Playa del Carmen which is only about an hour south of Cancun. It was so amazing!!  We took a catamaran tour to Tulum and then had a tour of the Mayan Ruins there.  If you go, I would recommend taking a tour (ours was through Bleu Magic).  Our tour guide was awesome and we learned so much!  We decided against Chichen Itza and Coba because it was SUCH a far trip.  Chichen Itza was 3 1/2 hours EACH WAY and Coba was 2 1/2 hours.  We didn’t want to spent 7 or 5 hours on a bus on our honeymoon.  If you’re intereseted in the ruins, Tulum is a great alternative but I would def recommend a tour.  We also went to Xel-ha and swam with dolphins there.  I wouldn’t recommend that place.  It was kinda cool but it was a day trip and there wasn’t enough stuff to do to fill the time.  

In terms of general tips…  I would recommend NOT over planning.  We went for 9 days and only planned 2 excursions.  It gave us plenty of time to relax and enjoy the resort.  I’m also going to echo one of the PP’s and say to take your nights and enjoy getting dressed up.  We were at an all-inclusive resort so we saved the fancier restaurants for dinner and only went to the buffets for lunch and breakfast.  It was like a date night every night!  Take a morning to wake up early and watch the sunrise.  It was so beautiful!  Make sure to take LOTS of pictures and just have fun!!

Post # 13
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@X0JLYNN03:  Baby powder will dry out the wet sand and it will just fall off your body like magic :).

Post # 16
2889 posts
Sugar bee

Get one of those cases to make a digital point and shoot waterproof or invest in a waterproof camera (also resistant to sand). We were in St. Lucia but has so much fun taking photos in waterfalls, bringing the camera snorkeling and just taking some photos and video in the pool on a rainy day when there was nothing better to do. We also went parasailing and I was not worried to bring the camera on the boat. Seriously so much fun and the resulting photos really captured our beach honeymoon!

Also, check the ressort’s website to see if they offer any honeymoon benefits. In our case, the ressort provided champagne upon arrival and a special breakfast in bed but you needed to email or fax them a wedding invite in advance. Our travel agent never mentioned this, just noticed it days before the wedding and it was a nice benefit. 

Finally, I would avoid stupid upsells. It seems AI ressorts always have a candel light dinner on the beach or other such option aimed at honeymooners. There’s usually a significant upcharge to do such a private dinner and you’ve already paid for dinner in a restaurant so my perogative is to make the dinner reservations early and enjoy the restaurants. I also like to watch the sun rise over the ocean so maybe I’m not typical 🙂

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