Our honeymoon is scheduled at Bahia Principe…

posted 1 week ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

It is scary to think of. DR was on our list of possible places but we settled on Riviera Maya Mexico as we have several friends who have gone and had a good experience.

Good luck and I hope you find something. I dont blame you for being nervous. I was secretly relieved that we had chosen Mexico even though obviously there are risks there also.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I went to Sandals Royal Plantation for my first honeymoon. It was small and intimate, everyone was amazingly friendly and we had full access to the bigger sister resort next door. It was an amazing resort! This resort comes with a butler service which was surprisingly awesome haha. We’d come back to our room to find a bath drawn, snacks, special drinks, desserts. You name it. We also were able to contact our butler directly and he made any arrangements we wanted; excursions, room service, transportation, spa appointments. It seemed a little extravagant and not something I would have ever done if it wasnt included, but it was great! Plus, he was a super great guy and felt like a new friend by the end of the week!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

mel2 :  Can I ask what resort you chose in Mexico? That’s on our maybe list!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

This hotel is the only one I’ve seen deaths occur directly at. No way would I go there. My theory is that the cleaning staff is poisoning the mini-bar. Just speculation because of what I’ve read.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

Ocean coral and turquesa 

Charliejeorge :  

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Personally we ruled out most Caribbean locations for safety reasons. We’re also a same-sex couple so we have a lot more to fear when travelling.

We had our honeymoon in Hawaii for this reason and it was perfect! We stayed at Turtle Bay Resort and loved it. We also just returned from a trip to the big island and it was spectacular. Highly recommend the Fairmont Orchid there.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Would you consider a Carribean cruise? Norwegian and Royal Carribean offer excellent itineraries, you can vacation in the islands And return to the safety of the ship each night!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m sorry I might get flamed for this but there is no way I would go anywhere near the DR, it has never had a reputation as being a very safe place to vacation, most resorts are armed, large gates, etc. my friends vacationed there in 2004 and my one girlfriend was almost abducted (seriously) and another male friend had to beat a guy up who literally grabbed my girlfriend and tried dragging her away with him in broad daylight while she was walking and now with all this information about tourists dying from having a drink in the minibar at their supposed “safe” resort or getting almost beaten to death when walking around alone in a “safe” area in a “safe” resort it would be honestly stupid to go there and possibly risk your life, especially at the sister resort where now up to six Americans have died very suspiciously from there.

I of course realize that you can be killed in the US any minute of your life and the chances of that are even more likely but the difference is also that our investigative methods and laws are more legitimate and if god forbid something were to happen I would feel much more confident that the government wouldn’t attempt a cover up or not fully investigate a serious accusation/illness or whatever it is. The cause of death for all these people were either heart attack or fluid build up in lungs…. all very suspect and shady….

i second spilledmilk’s suggestion, 

we went to Maui HI for our honeymoon in Oct 2016 (this is a great time to vacation there btw) and it was amazing. I would highly recommend. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Cheekie0077 :  I’m with you, the DR is not safe and has not been safe for many years. I would not go to Mexico either. I live in Texas and there is a ton of crime against Americans (kidnapping, extortion, & more) that doesn’t hit the media because families just pay to get their family members back. (This info is straight from one of our two Senator’s offices, btw). 

 

For the Carribbean, Grand Cayman and some of the Bahamas (Exuma, Harbor Island) are some of the safer destinations.  I have also been to Aruba and felt safe there.

 

A lot of the countries who have made a big tourism business off “all inclusive” destination resorts are not very safe countries – DR, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, etc. 

Post # 13
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Newbee

Dominican girl here, truthfully DR isn’t a particularly safe country to travel to. Comparitively I don’t think it’s any less safe than usual. 

Just make sure you’re staying in the resort, expect to get diarrhea – the change in the water always makes my stomach sick. If you MUST leave the resort – make sure you’re doing legit excursions and not just a random person taking you out. Don’t be flashy, don’t haggle with locals, and you can definitely tell when you’re entering sketchy parts of town – so just keep driving. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

We went to the DR for our honeymoon last month and never felt unsafe. Everything went perfect and the experience was amazing. But in hindsight, we feel lucky now to be back and had no issues. 

Have you considered a cruise? It’s got that all inclusive vibe but you get to see multiple Caribbean islands. You can score some pretty sweet deals on cruises (just don’t go Carnival).

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

We are going to the DR. Yeah the deaths are not what you want to see, but when you see the number of visitors who return safe it doesn’t seem as bad. We will see I guess 🙂

 

Most travel insurances won’t cover cancellations based of crime increase. 

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