(Closed) Where to honeymoon? Halp! :)

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@sugarcube:  If you like Paris, why not Montreal?  They speak French and there is a lot of European flavor to the food and architecture.  You could even fly to Montreal to stay for a few days and then sail back to Boston on a cruiseship.  I have heard this passage is beautiful (whales, puffins, Anne of Green Gables house, etc…)

http://www.hollandamerica.com/find-cruise-vacation/FindCruises.action?cfVer=2&destCode=N&dateCode=5_2013&durationCode=

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Costa Rica is pretty cheap and nice. We are looking into going to hot springs, rain forest tours, beaches, and seeing volcanoes. FH’s uncle who is very well off and travels a lot recommended it.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Puerto Rico is beautiful if you’re looking for a beachy type vacation with lots of cool sightseeing.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@sugarcube:  Have you thought about San Diego or New Orleans? Those were our two favorite places we went last year. San Diego has amazing food, a beautiful beach, zoo, and lots to do. We had a blast and it felt like it was as different from our corner of the country as possible.

New Orleans was beautiful, great food that I can’t get in DC, and a lot of fun. We had a lot of fun, but no pressue.

 

 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@beachbride1216:  +1. If you were considering Paris then I second looking into Montreal.

 

In regard to Europe, you can find good deals here and there, but you really have to stay on top of checking fares. Last year I found tickets to Istanbul for $520 per person including taxes and fees! That is a steal and a half! I have flown to Italy for less than $600 a few times, too. Paris is almost always expensive to fly into.

 

How about England? You can visit London, some smaller English towns and take the Eurostar to Paris for a couple days. If you fly in and out of London its generally cheaper than Paris. No matter where you decide, I would just track rates for a while since you have so much time to purchase

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ireland!  It’s a fairly close flight, and you can easily google for driving tours of Ireland.  Little planning, relaxing, scenic, and not too touristy I think.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I second Puerto Rico – looks amazing with so much variety! You could then hop on a cruise & visit any other islands (& lay on a beach) – there is so much to do!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Some suggestions of places that Fiance and I LOVE:

-Costa Rica: Adventure activities to keep you busy, beautiful scenery, but somewhat touristy and somewhat average food (but AMAZING fruit!)

-Amsterdam: Beautiful city, lots of great food, cultural things to do, but somewhat pricey. Can be combined with Belgium or London

-Iceland: Beautiful scenary, fun vibe, lots of things to do. Could be a good stopover too (usually free on Iceland Air)

-Ireland: Beautiful scenary, lots of pub food & drink, lots to do

-Drive down the California Coast from San Fran to San Diego

-Portland, Oregon: AMAZING restaurants, beautiful scenary along the coast, great hiking, lots of fun activities

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@sugarcube:  San Diego is great!  I’ve been 3 times.  I stayed in the Westin downtown, the Marriott on Coronado, and a best western in Old Town.  Staying on Coronado is more romantic & vacation-y but secluded and requires more cab rides.  I wouldn’t stay in Old Town again.  The Westin downtown was fine, and centrally located, but nothing special.  Some things to do:

– San Diego Zoo 

– Visit the beach & have brunch at the Hotel Del on Coronado Island

– Shopping & eating in La Jolla

– Shopping & drinking in the Gas Lamp District

– Surfing & beach vibe in Mission Beach

– Touristy stuff in Old Town (wild west type atmosphere)

– Harbor Cruise

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@sugarcube:  We went there to see the zoo. It is totally worth doing. We stayed at the Dana on Mission Bay which was walking distance to the beach. We loved tge Gaslight district (bars and restaurants) and bunch at the Coronada is a must. We also drove to Tiajuana which is safe on a Sunday afternoon (walk across the border and take a cab). There are tons of taco shops and it was some of the best food I’ve had.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@sugarcube:  if you have minimum 2 weeks, i would suggest london.  it’s wonderful.  there is so much to see (if you want).  i love the old pubs there.  we also took the eurostar to paris.

if you only have a week, the possibilities are endless.  you will have to sit down with your fi and decide what you really want out of your honeymoon.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@sugarcube: Hi! Thought I would comment on this one! πŸ™‚

We’re actually going to Paris as the first stop on our honeymoon, but we’ll already be in Sweden for the wedding so that won’t be an expensive flight for us. If money is a concern I would stay more local to Boston (not Montreal, it’s not a worth substitute for Paris – although that would bring you closer to Toronto for a visit!) – perhaps fly to PEI (always wanted to go there since I read about Anne as a kid) or go to Bermuda. We spent last Easter on Bermuda & the place is magical – so pretty & perfect! There are beaches sure, but lots of other things to do as well & it’s close. It took us less than 3 hours to get there from Toronto (and the Air Canada tickets were ~$180/person!).

If you’re set on Europe, & not concerned about flying with certain companies for points, go with Air Iceland. It’s a lot cheaper than most other airlines, they are nice & professional & the flight hours are reasonable. As an example, when we go to Stockholm – it takes us ~5h to get to Iceland followed by ~3h to Sweden. That’s much better than having to spend +8 hours to go from Toronto to Frankfurt & then spend another 2 hours to go to Sweden. Also, if you go via Iceland – you can do a stop over for up to 6 days. We’ve done shorter stop over’s twice (24h & 12h) & it was great. Horseback riding, hiking, warm pools. From there, I would head to Italy. I love Italy!

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