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posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Grand Cayman is nice.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Out of all of those I’ve been to Turks (11 years ago) and it was beautiful!  I’d love to go back.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

From what you list, Costa rica sounds like a really good fit! They have AIs and condos. If I were in Costa rica I’d probably look at a condo in a nice building or a place with its own pool. Then you can still relax (though sadly have to make your own drinks!) but have the privacy and freedom. 

That said, even when I stay at AIs I try to hit up the local restaurants too. You don’t HAVE to stay on resort 24/7. We still get our moneys worth through the liquor haha. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I got to “birds and monkeys” and immediately thought Costa Rica! Unfortunately, I don’t have anything else to add, since I’ve never been to any of those locations. Sorry! laughing

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

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msmeow13 :  We didn’t find it hard to stay in budget while we were there. If it’s a major concern you might look at all inclusive resorts.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Costa Rica is great.  I went a long time ago, but my coworker just went to the Santa Teresa area and it sounded amazing!!  He said it was beautiful, cool scene but not toooo touristy, jungle and wildlife and surfing and gorgous long beaches and yummy food, etc.  His flight was also surprisingly cheap, like $400 something round trip (from Denver).  https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/17/t-magazine/travel/santa-teresa-costa-rica-travel.html

Personally, I detest resorts – why travel so far just to be surrounded by gringos in a gringo-like setting?? – so I would 100% rent a vacation house or a cabana at a locally owned hotel/resort.  You get an actual taste of the culture that way.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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msmeow13 :  It wasn’t an all inclusive if i remember correctly, and i don’t remember it being super unreasonable.  Sorry it’s been so long I’m having trouble remembering 🙈 But the beaches are gorgeous!  

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I have been to Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. 

If you are new to world travel and tend to be generally timid of find traveling stressful, I would recommend an all inclusive. You can still see the culutre, you aren’t locked into the resort. We have stayed at AI’s and picked up a cab, rented our own car or went for a walk to town. 

But based on what you are looking for, Costa Rica sounds like it will be up your alley. You will find both relaxation and advnetue go hand in hand there. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

I’ve been to all of them you mentioned and I would say Costa Rica ticks off more of your boxes. I loved it and would go back again. One time I went and we rented a house specifically to surf and it isn’t as touristy, its more pure – I have no idea if that makes sense. We ate at little places, there was nothing super fancy where we were and it was pretty inexpensive. The other time we stayed at the 4 seasons which was amazing and luxurious but more touristy and expensive. I really loved Turks and Caicos, the water was that “blue” you expect, it was lovely there and I enjoyed it, the restaurants were amazing. I HATED Dominican Republic. Curacao was nice, but I like Aruba better.  

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I loved Aruba. It’s more of a desert than you’d expect. Arid. Mosquitoes were an issue. 

We did an all inclusive in Mexico last year. Definitely didn’t get any of the culture on that trip, but it was pure relaxation.

I’ve been to Mexico, Grand Cayman, Cancun, and many of the Caribbean islands, etc. You get what cultural experiences you actively seek.

DH and I want to go to Costa Rica and have been considering an all inclusive. We might try the vrbo route, now.

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