Narrowed down honeymoon locations…which one is best?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 16
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Bumble bee

andersonmn :  Is there any way you could do a Europe trip package? If it were my choice I would go to Italy, i always wanted to go there and I live in the U.K. So would be ruled out to me anyway. 

Post # 17
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

andersonmn :  I have not been to any of those places but I would suggest looking into the Zika warnings for each (specifically St. Lucia) if you are planning on TTC while on your honeymoon or within six months. I’ve had a few friends cancel travel plans recently due to the suggested six month wait to TTC after going to an area where there have been reported cases. 

I haven’t read up too much on how realistic that wait time is but just thought I would throw it out there in case you haven’t considered it.

Post # 18
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Busy bee

Once in a lifetime… I think i’d go Greece! 

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Ive been all over Italy, been to England, Paris and Champagne (for our honeymoon) and am dying to go to Greece. I prefer to go to Greece in September when the water is warm and the tourists have left. I loved Paris and we did it relatively inexpensively with some planning. We found the UK to be significantly more expensice (and we were in North Yorkshire, not London). For a once in a lifetime trip, I say Italy. The food, coffee and the history is fabulous and there are few places more romantic. As PP mentioned Florence is to die for. Florence is a couple hours train ride from Rome, which is another train to the Amfali coast. Florence is also on the edge of Tuscany. You could spend several days in Florence (see Tuscany), then head to Rome and the Amfali Coast. You can lay on a beach and play in the sand when you have kids…..

In our travels in the US and abroad, we have started using Air B&B instead of hotels. You can get some great locations and a whole house or apartment for less than a hotel. We have had great luck so far. It also allows you to get some light groceries and make breakfast/snacks. Not only does it help with keeping costs down, you get a better taste of what it is to live like a local and the local cuture. 

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

andersonmn :  Greek Islands!!  

Post # 21
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

While I have never been to Greece I’m dying to go there….

italy was fabulous. Absolutely amazing. I would suggest seeing the Amalfi coast & Ana Capri….I also loved the town of Sorrento, I think it might be my favorite place on earth… Rome (very much a city), Venice and Assisi were great too! If I were you and I had to pick from all of those choice I would choose Italy or Greece.

Post # 22
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Helper bee

CarolinaJames :  Agreed!!  It does come down to personal taste, but I’ve been to Italy, Portugal, Greece, Spain, and France, and my all time favorite destination is Italy (Greece wins the close second).  Florence is my favorite city that I’ve ever travelled to in the world (considering North America, Europe, and Asia).  The food, the architecture, the art, the shopping, the people – it’s so absolutely incredible.  I can’t wait for an opportunity to go back.

St. Lucia is also on my bucket list, but I haven’t made it there yet.  We did Italy and Greece in one trip (3 weeks), it’s the best vacation I’ve ever experienced!  Our honeymoon was Portugal and Spain – wonderful, but not as incredible as Italy and Greece were together!

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I would do a Med cruise, where you’ll be able to see a few of the countries on your list (could likely do Spain, [France], Italy and Greece in on itinerary) without having to pack and unpack and move around, which eats up so much time! Hard to beat touring during the day and getting moved from place-to-place overnight. We just did 11 nights from Barcelona-Venice this past fall and it was fabulous! Feel free to message or PM if you have questions.

Have fun!

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

andersonmn :  Out of the places you listed, I’ve only been to Ireland and Spain. We went to Spain for our honeymoon and it was amazing. We stayed in Barcelona for 8 nights and then drove up to Costa Brava for 2 nights. That said, we went in July and it was really hot. I like the heat and obviously we were able to enjoy the the beaches in Costa Brava, so I’m not sure how fun that would be for you since it won’t be as warm there in March. I think Barcelona could be really nice in March though because you won’t be as hot just walking around. There’s plenty of great places to eat, shopping, and museums.

I also enjoyed Ireland, but I did not like Dublin. There’s a lot of beautiful scenery, castles, and cute pubs. 

It really depends on what kind of honeymoon you’re looking for. How long are you going for and what do you and your fiance like to do? I think that would help with narrowing your choices down.

Post # 25
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Honey bee

Can you do a London/Paris/Rome trio? I’ve been to London twice, so I absolutely love it. But I’m an Anglophile; it’s definitley a personal taste thing.

One of the favorite cities that I’ve ever visited is Florence. Again, personal taste as I love historic architecture, furnishings, and art.

My daughter honeymooned on one of the Greek islands. Between 2 flights and time zone changes, it took 20 hours to get there, so it took days to get used to it. 

P.S. My mother in law took a 1-week cruise to Bermuda yeasrs ago. She only got off the ship once, to visit the shops in the city. She loves slot machines and the island doesn’t have gambling. Personal preference ….

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I loved Ireland, we visited for the first time in September, and highly recommend it! But, wouldn’t be my pick for a honeymoon in my opinion. It’s a beautiful place to travel to and travel around, just not very romantic/honeymoonish in my experience and we were there for a wedding (which was lovely in a castle, so that part was quite romantic really). We spent most of the time travelling to see everything, you commute a lot, by train, plane, car, it’s all great, but you spend a lot of time on the go with not much in between places of interest.

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