(Closed) need opinion on my honeymoon choices, please!

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Where should we go in December?
    Sandals resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica for only +$3000 during xmas week : (4 votes)
    8 %
    another all-inclusive resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica for less than $300 xmas week : (6 votes)
    13 %
    Hawaii, but it is overpriced...could be over $5000 if wanting to stay in a nicer hotel/car rental, : (9 votes)
    19 %
    Mexico....for a cheaper, more all-inclusive option (between +$2-3000 : (9 votes)
    19 %
    somewhere else in Caribbean...suggest place below. : (8 votes)
    17 %
    Tahiti......worth the +$4-5000(what I would be paying for Hawaii) : (12 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Being from the east coast and having spent a LOT of time on vacations in the Caribbean, if you can do it, go to the South Pacific – it’s way way nicer than a place like Ocho Rios. Others may have different opinions though as I only know the cruise ship ports and some more ‘well-traveled’ areas.. if you can find something off the beaten path there, it’ll save you money, but I don’t know where that would be.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I would suggest Belize. There are many small island resorts as well as coastal resorts that are all inclusive and fantastic. There is also a wide variety of activites from ziplining and horseback riding inland to scuba diving and snorkling in the ocean. Plus the exchange rate is fixed at 2 belizian $ to $1 us and the official language is english.

    They are big on ecotourism and both times I’ve been the trips have been fantastic.

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Ooh yeah good suggestion – lots of places in central america that are better bang for your buck and closer (Costa Rica, Panama)

    Post # 6
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @MissBoston: Costa Rica is FANTASTIC too. I’d highly reccomend that as well. I didn’t spend a lot of time on the beaches when I was there, but the rainforrest area is phenomenal. And there is SO much wildlife.

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    My hubby and I just went to Mexico (Riviera Maya) for our honeymoon and we LOVED it!  We stayed at the iberostar grand, and it was BEAUTIFUL! The service was amazing, the rooms were beautiful, the shows were awesome and the food was INCREDIBLE.  We LOVED it and can’t wait to go back again.

    Not sure if you are looking for resort ideas, but just in case….

    I did a search (on the iberostar website) of what the price would be around Christmas time.  It looks like it’ll come out to right around 4700.  I’m sure you could find it a bit cheaper on funjets or applevacations or through a travel agent. Here is a link to the page, just in case your interested. http://isecure.visitus-inc.com/BookingNet/DisponibilidadHotel.aspx?hId=b8e1f751-4bfe-469b-aa5e-e7e87ea25a4b&fe=634284000000000000&no=7&adH1=2&niH1=0&beH1=0&adH2=0&niH2=0&beH2=0&adH3=0&niH3=0&beH3=0

    I’ll attach some pictures below.  Sorry, you may not even want all this information…. I guess I’m still just overly excited.  But, I would really recommend Mexico, and especially this resort! : ) Hope that helps some!

     

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    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I’ve been to Hawaii, Mexico, Jamaica & other parts of the Carribean. I would reccomend the Carribean as it is so much nicer than the beaches in Hawaii or Mexico.

    We had a lot of fun in Jamaica. It seemed to have more of a party atmosphere to me though…maybe because the locals are so fun-loving and easy going. We found a really great deal for one week all inclusive there for about $1800 per person for a 4+ star resort. If you have a littlemore money to spend then I would reccomend St. Lucia or St. Thomas for a honeymoon. I’ve said in multiple posts how much I love St. Lucia and would highly reccomend it. 

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @mrs.peters.to.be: Have you been to St. Lucia lately?  We heard it was unsafe for tourists before we went on our honeymoon, so we didn’t go there.  I’m curious how true that is? What are your thoughts on it lately (if you’ve been lately)? I’d love to go sometime soon!

    Post # 10
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Tahiti = horribly long nightmare flight. Seriously. If all you want is beautiful beaches and a nice resort, there are so many places closer! I’d do Mexico or St. Lucia.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We are planning on Mexico. It is much cheaper and the resorts are just as amazing and you get alot more for you money. Plus, I really want to swim with turles… don’t ask, it has just always been something I have wanted to do and it has been just barely out of reach for me since I was a kid….

    Post # 12
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I just returned from our honeymoon in Tahiti today.  We spent the majority of it on Moorea which I would actually say was cheaper than Tahiti itself and would definitely reccomend not staying on Tahitit.  There are MANY islands in French Polynesia, and the smaller ones have much more natural beauty, they are less touristy and more natural (with the exception of Bora Bora which is majority tourist).  However having been to Hawaii (Maui and big Island]) last November I would say the culture itself is very similar.  Both options are expensive (I didn’t pay for Hawaii so I can’t totally compare)…but the opportunity for a variety of excursions is more in Hawaii than in French Polynesia.  If you do splurge for French Polynesia or Hawaii I would reccomend getting a condo (through a timeshare is how we saved TONS of money), and buying groceries to cook yourself dinner (pack spices…salt, pepper, seasoning, etc) rather than spending money at restaurants and such.  If you have any specific questions feel free to message me.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    As for Jamaica, I have personally never been there, so I’m only commenting on what I’ve been told…but, I have never heard good things about Ocho Rios.  Everyone that I know that I have been there would not recommend it.

    I loved Hawaii, but I prefer the caribbean (St. Thomas/St. John). 

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee

    I’ve never been to Hawaii or Tahiti but they seem to be a bit more expensive than what you want to spend.

    I’ve been to Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Jamaica and my favorite one by far was Costa Rica.  Very safe with very friendly people and set up great to see and do many things.  We never did resorts so it might depend a bit on what you’re looking for.  I don’t know that I’d go to Jamaica though. We went to a very off the beaten path place and I had a lot of fun and felt very safe and met a lot of great people but from everything I’ve heard there there are just some places I wouldn’t really want to travel there.  And I feel like a lot of the resort areas there you kinda should stay in the resort, which might not be what you’re looking for. 

    If you’re looking for beautiful place with lots to do, definately Costa Rica, if you want relaxing with lots of sun, I’d say a resort at one of the other Carribean Islands. 

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    This is my current debate too!

    Interesting what people say about “if you want beaches and sun go to the caribbean” – we can’t decide on this question either.

    On one hand, when else are we going to have the excuse to fly all the way to Fiji? On the other hand – if it’s really “the same”, is it worth the extra expense?

    I dunno! We’ve done a lot of central america already so don’t want to do that.. we’re like the cultural experience more than just the all-inclusive resort.. don’t mean to hijack the thread here but I have the same questions 🙂

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee

    I went to Jamaica when I was 15 (my parents 20th wedding anniversary and they were married In Jamaica) and we stayed at an all-inclusive place “Club Ambiance” and I remember loving it. It was secluded enough and smal enough that you really didn’t feel cramped with people. The food was great and so was the staff. I think you can have a nice honeymoon without breaking the bank.

    The trip was 10 years ago, so I can’t promise that the place is as awesome now. I can only hope.

     

    However, Tahiti is probably gorgeous and something you would never forget. Jamaica should always be there and Mexico too. And Hawaii. So, if youre looking for an unforgettable trip, defintely Tahiti.

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