Post # 1
My fiance and I are looking to do something special for our honeymoon. We are not looking to go to an all inclusive in mexico, dominican etc becuase we have done that before. We want to go somewhere that is safe to travel around by ourselves, crystal clear water and special. It would be amazing to go to Bora Bora and stay on the water like you see in the pictures but that is out of our buget. I have seen so much that WE HAVE NO IDEA where to go
We started looking into Costa Rico but it looks like we could have amazing adventures but their hotels seem very ordinary….is it possible to have a mix of safe sights/adventrue and a great hotel that has a little more then your average?
Post # 3
Welcome to the Hive!
Have you looked into Turks and Caicos ?
Post # 4
@Yennifer: We did St. lucia and it was amazing. We did stay at an all inclusive but there are several different options there besides inclusive resorts.
Post # 5
What about Hawaii if you haven’t been there? It’s got the ocean and lots of other interesting things to visit.
Post # 6
@Yennifer: I would consider Puerto Rico. I think you could have a great trip with your budget, you could spilt your time between San Juan and a beach town or maybe Vieques (the bioluminescent bay – omg!) doing 4-5 days each town or however much time you have and can stretch your budget. It is safe, you do not need to stay inside an all inclusive resort. Puerto Rico is a great place to travel within.
San Juan is loaded with history, great food, amazingly friendly and beautiful locals and the architecture is wonderful. You can rent bikes (or electic bikes/mopeds) and do some touring of the neighboring suburbs and beaches as well. Then move to a beach town and hit up the El Yunque Rainforest en route!
I went to Puerto Rico for far too short of a stay a few years ago and it really surprised me, I loved that place, loved the people, food, music, culture, history. I can’t wait to go back and spend more time one of these days.
There’s a new W hotel on Visques that looks lovely! And I have browsed plenty of great vacation rentals (condos, apartments, independent villas) in all parts of Puerto Rico if you want more privacy and to make your money go further.
Of course this is dependent on what month you are looking to travel.
Post # 7
@Yennifer: Belize? I hear that’s an up and coming spot but I hear great things. It has beaches and clear water, but also has ruins and other things to check out.
And I’m pretty sure English is also their official language.
Post # 8
@Yennifer: You should definitely check out Groupon and Living Social for their vacations. They often have all inclusive resorts in great desitinations. I have used them to go to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, and around Europe. Especially if it’s in their low season, you can get great deals.
Post # 9
@Britt214: +1 St. Lucia is amaaaaaazingly beautiful, and we felt very safe.
Post # 10
I LOVE costa rica but it doesn’t really have the crystal clear water and white sand beaches you’re looking for. even the caribbean side, while pretty, is more coral-y. so if that’s what you’re after it probably wouldn’t be the best destination for you.
Post # 11
Have you thought about renting a condo? We rented a luxury condo in turks and caicos for less than half the cost of their hotels. It was beautiful, private and romantic. My sis recently went to Isla Mujeres in Mexico and said it was amazing. You could look at Holbox island, also in Mexico. What’s nice about these 2 places it that they are accessible and have great beaches, but are far removed from the typical ‘all-inclusive’ vibe.
Post # 12
Have you considered Greece or Croatia? What about the south of France?
Post # 13
@sourcandy: we are thinking of Belize! We want somewhere tropical but affordab/close ( we can only be gone 5-6 days)
@Yennifer: commenting to follow! We have the same budget 🙂
Post # 14
@lavenderstone: 🙂 already planning an anniversary trip we loved it so much. Wish i could afford Jade Mountain but that is not going to happen. Where did yall stay?
Post # 15
Hi @Yennifer: I see you are NEW to WBee… so a BIG Welcome to “The Hive”
Great info here from the other Bees… let me add some more.
If your Honeymoon is to immediately follow your Wedding (Date shown as August 30, 2014) then you might want to “skip” the Caribbean as that will be prime Atlantic Hurricane Season.
The season runs from June 1st to November 30th, with the largest portion of BIG Hurricanes happening in the months of August, September and October.
As it is late Summer, and still good weather for most of North America & Europe, it would be a great time to visit either continent… or take a Cruise thru the Mediterranean.
Tell us more about your interests, and maybe we can make more specific suggestions
Hope this helps,
Post # 16
I would suggest Hawaii. I went for my honeymoon in July for 10 nights….spent 7 nights in Maui and 3 nights in Honolulu. My travel agent arranged an island hopper package for both islands with the Hyatt and it included breakfast everyday. The breakfast was AMAZING.
Our best adventure was the helicopter ride where we toured waterfalls of neighboring island. But there are so many other things to do. For 10 nights in peak season in July we spent $6500. Depending on when you go the prices could be cheaper and you could save even more if you spent less nights.
prior to getting married I heard other brides say you want a honeymoon where you can relax. You can never appreciate the value of that advice until after the wedding. Hawaii was the perfect place of relaxation with fun things to do.