Post # 1
- Wedding: October 2018 - Stone Rows Farm
Hi my bee’s 🙂 🙂 🙂
My Fiance and I are attempting to plan our honeymoon, and its really not as easy as it seems. We have never been out of the country before. We are from New Jersey and would like to go somewhere warm and tropical. We want a place with activities ( zip lining, waterfalls) and ofcourse privacy and exclusive. BUT we dont want to be on a plane for 17 hours to go to places like Bora Bora (although that would be the most incredible time of our life) we just cant swing that type of honeymoon. Listed below are some things we want
6 hour or less plane ride
great food (where i wont get sick)
romantic and not hotelish.. we would like our own villa?
Somewhere we will be safe from hurricanes bc we are going August 26- Sept something.
Let me know guys if you have any suggestions or tips.. Thanks ladies 🙂
Post # 4
@kim14410: Have you checked out Belize?
I’m not sure about going during hurricane season but it seems to fit all the rest of your requirements.
There are great activities to do from ocean activities (scuba, snorkeling, etc) to zip-lining, hiking, cave tubing, horseback riding Mayan ruins and local villages to explore.
The food is good but it is a country where you can’t drink the water, so make sure you drink bottled water only and only eat raw fruits and veggies where the skin can be (and has been) removed.
I have been been to Belize twice and loved it both times.
Post # 6
I’d definitely look into the Caribbean. Great beaches, some islands have really cool activities, and the plane ride is totally manageable. I know for sure that Jamaica has zip-lines and things like that, and several options if you want to stay in villas. Check out http://www.visitjamaica.com/.
Post # 7
- no passport needed
- same currency (US $)
- Beautiful waters, beaches, etc.
- super short flight!
- cheaper than most other flights (I got my ticked for $300 – 2 years ago)
- you get best of both worlds:
- awesome beaches
- historical sites and town (San Juan)
We stayed at La Concha a Renaissance hotel just outside of San Juan, and it was abosilutely beautiful!
Post # 8
Oh, forgot to mention about Belize.
They have a fixed exchange rate with the US meaning you can use US currency almost everywhere.
The official language of the country is English, so almost everyone speaks English.
Post # 9
I hear they have villas at St. lucia’s! Or look into Turks and Caicos!
Post # 10
I’ve been to St. Thomas, USVI several times. I live in NC (RDU area) and the flight was only ~4 hours (about 2 hours to Miami, 1.5 hours from MIA to USVI). It’s a smaller island, and to the best of my knowledge there are only a couple of big resorts (the Westin being the most well-known one). During our visits, we rented a villa and I highly recommend this if it’s in your budget. One villa was perched on the side of a mountain/hill, with AWESOME cross breezes, amazing views, and pool from which you could stare out at the bay. During our second visit, the villa we rented was on at the bottom of a mountain, right on the water. Less breeze, a more limited view, but would could step right into the clear water from a little private beach that was right off of our back patio/pool area. The island has some great restaurants and shopping, but really is mostly for doing little more than lounging and relaxing. And it is breathtakingly beautiful. There is an abundance of homes and private villas that are for rent, I highly recommend it!!
Post # 11
Bermuda!! It’s a 2 hour plane ride from NYC and just about the most amazing place that I’ve ever been. DH and I took a cruise there for our Honeymoon last month and had the most amazing time. So good that we’re actually going back in May but flying in and staying at a resort.
The beaches are to die for. Horsehoe Bay was voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world and I believe it. As far out as you can walk it’s just sand and small fish. Not a seashell or rock in sight. The other beaches are just as amazing.
Food on the island is great but pricy. Our lunch set us back $65 for just a burger and a fish sandwich (both were fantastic, though). I imagine a nice dinner would run you around $200 or so but there are lots of less expensive places that you could dine if you’re on a budget.
Most activities on the island are water related. If you’re into scuba or snorkeling, Bermuda is the place for you. The island has quite a few shipwrecks available to explore. We didn’t get a chance to see any of them on our Honeymoon but we definitely plan to when we go back.
August/September is still hurricane season in the Caribbean but the good thing about Bermuda is that it’s so far north that they’re hardly ever affected. The island only sees a hurricane once every 8 years or so and they hardly ever do any real damage (just lots of rain). We went at the end of October and the weather was gorgeous (high 70’s/low 80’s and sunny).
There are a number of resorts on the island that have beachfront villas. You will spend quite a bit more than you would for a hotel room on the same property but if you want the seclusion and the villa feel, they are available.
Bermuda is so safe and clean. We’ve had family and friends vacation in other tropical locations where they couldn’t even leave the resort. Bermuda is not one of those places. The whole island is just 22 miles long and it’s so easy to navigate. The Bermudians are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met and they genuinely want you to have a great time while you’re visiting their island.
Post # 13
We went to Secrets Maroma Beach Resort in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico. It was amazing. The beach that the resort is on (Maroma Beach) has won travel awards for the best beach because the sand is so powdery soft and super clean and it never gets hot! The ocean is gorgeous without any sharp rocks or anything. The resort itself is a hotel but it felt so private and it was immaculate. The food was to die for and we’ve never had such amazing food in our lives. We felt that the resort was very romantic (especially the spa that was included in our honeymoon package).
There are tons of amazing excursions to do there. Unfortunately it rained the day we were supossed to go snorkling on the reef but that is supossed to be a fantastic day. We went on a day long excursion to Coba, one of the Mayan ruins. It is one that you can still climb up and that was such an incredible experience. We went ziplining and repelling into a cave after that and then went to the cenotes which are the underground caves where you can go swimming. That was the coolest thing ever!
Post # 14
It’s very safe (in regards to both food and crime) and it’s outside of the hurricane belt. It has the usual activities… snorkeling, skuba diving, swimming with sea turtles, etc. The weather there is beautiful year-round.
You could get a villa, though it probably wouldn’t be right on the beach unless it’s a villa within a resort.
The people there are very friendly but also will respect your privacy. Barbados was a British colony, so it has the laid back culture of the caribbean combined with the politeness and privacy of the British culture.