Post # 1
My fiancé has been really excited to plan our December honeymoon in Hawaii. It’s never been on my ‘must see’ list, but I’m still happy to go. That said, it’s looking like there be hurricane risks at that time of year, due to El Niño. I’m really interested to know of some other honeymoon destinations that meet the following criteria:
-no longer than a 12 hour flight from Toronto
-somewhere that is difficult/too expensive to go with kids
-not tons and tons of touristy things to do – we want to chill a lot after a very crazy year
-not your run-of-the-mill all-inclusive. We’ve done the 5 star, adults only thing in Mexico, and the food and activities got boring, fast
-golf and yoga available
Any thoughts? Budget isn’t an issue, but we’d prefer to keep it in the $10-12,000 range if possible.
Post # 2
I LOVE St. Johns in the US virgin Islands, which we went to a few years back. Its so beautiful and pretty remote! You have to fly to St Thomas and then take a ferry from there. My husband writes a blog and this is what he wrote about our experience. http://www.scoutingny.com/welcome-to-saint-john-us-virgin-islands/
Post # 3
- Wedding: Orlando Science Center
I’m not sure where you’re seeing hurricane risks to Hawaii, it is my understanding that Hawaii rarely experiences hurricanes – and besides, both the Atlantic and Pacific hurricane seasons end on Nov 30, so it would be a rare event indeed for a hurricane to make landfall in December!
But if you just really don’t want to do Hawaii, there are a bunch of places in the Caribbean, though few of the islands would be too difficult or expensive to do with kids.
Costa Rica might fit the bill, though I don’t know how far away you can get from the ‘touristy’ locations and still have golf available.
Post # 4
Toronto2014: i think you should go to hawaii. i went cuz ive always wanted too and it was amazing. DH never really wanted to go there but i got to pick this vaca and he ended up loving it! we got right out of the city and headed for rural areas. amazing! would go back!
Post # 5
souza_2005: What time of year did you go?
dancingfox: Thanks for the suggestion – looks amazing!
honeymoonhacker: El Niño affecting Hawaii this December made the news last week – my FI is really worried about booking there now. It’s a really long way to go to sit inside a hotel room for 2 weeks 🙁
Post # 6
Toronto2014: we went in feb and it was great. windy some days (they have the surfing comp. those times of year) but hot!! perfect for us. my friend is from the north shore and i dont hear of that many storms coming their way. it rained pretty little around that time but we were shooting for dec and had to post pone
Post # 7
- Wedding: Orlando Science Center
Toronto2014: Unless you manage to somehow coincide with a once-in-a-century type weather event, I seriously doubt you’d end up spending 2 weeks in a hotel. December is pretty much peak season for Hawaii, and EVERYONE wants to go then (who wouldn’t want to escape frigid temps for a tropical paradise?)
Yes, it might rain – but tropical rains are very different than what you are probably used to. Plus with the way the islands’ terrain interacts with the ocean winds, half of each island is usually very dry, while the other side gets the rain (and thus is more jungle-like).
You run the risk of encountering bad weather ANYWHERE you go – but I suspect Hawaii will have a lower chance than a lot of other places.
Post # 8
While it’s true that there are a lot of “run of the mill” all inclusive resorts out there, there are also a lot of all-inclusive resorts that have an amazing culinary scene. So I wouldn’t rule out an all-inclusive completely.
Have you considered St Lucia? It’s amazing how much this island resembles Bora Bora. On St Lucia a lot of the hotels offer a share program, so you can use one of their sister hotels during your stay. This helps to prevent things from getting a little too dull.