Post # 1
I am getting married this October, and will be TTC in the months following. I’m very concerned about zika, and getting frustrated trying find a “safe” honeymoon destination. I understand that for many places, the risk is said to be low, and the chances of contracting the virus are slim – so many ppl I know, and many of the posters here, are saying it’s nothing to worry about, and I’m overreacting. I disagree, and it’s not a risk im willing to take – Im in my 30s and don’t want to have to wait 6 months before I can ttc, if God forbid my then husband gets it. (he is a scientist, and has actually worked in a couple of labs recently where they’re working with mosquito-borne illnesses. he mentioned my concerns to some of them and they said DO NOT RISK IT.)
A huge problem here is that we have been invited to a destination wedding (Mexico) for a very close family member, a month after our own wedding, and we have said we may not be able to attend bc of the risk and our plans. i made a pretty big fuss to stand behind my decision, and it caused a lot of hurt and problems. *I’m not looking for anyone here to scold me, insult me, or crucify me for my decision.*
Can anyone recommend some affordable tropical beachy honeymoon destinations outside of the Caribbean, South America, etc or give thoughts if you’re in a similar situation?
Post # 2
Hawaii? Not sure if that’s affordable but it came to mind. Or somewhere in Southern California or Florida? Not “exotic” to stay in the country but it may ease your concerns.
Post # 3
msbeee: thanks for the suggestions! we’ve actually been thinking about parts of California, and Hawaii has been mention – I’ll have to find out what the risk there is. Same with Florida. Im afraid that if we honeymoon in Florida, the family will react like “well, you wouldn’t go to Mexico, but you’ll go to Florida?!” Im worried about causing more problems I guess.
Post # 4
I don’t think Zika is in Bermuda yet. If you have the budget, maybe Australia? Not exactly affordable airfare, but you could find less expensive hotels.
If you can go in July/August – try Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, or even the North Fork of Long Island.
There are lots of nice beaches in the Carolinas and Georgia – Outer banks, Tybee Island, Hilton Head, Charleston, etc
I don’t think you are over reacting at all, I would do the same thing.
Post # 5
ab815: I’m newly pregnant and I live in Florida. My OB said, avoid mosquito bites if you can, use repellent, and definitely do not travel to Mexico or the carribean and obviously South America. Right now there have been no mosquito born zika cases in the US, so I would stick to staying here since you’re planning kiddos ASAP.
Post # 6
Look, anywhere beachy and tropical you go is gonna increase your risk for infection. Zika mosquito is probably already in US, and Florida, being so close to Mexico, is most likely already had those bugs. Use DEET repellant and avoid getting pregnant for 2 months after coming back from vacation. If anyone of you develops fever, rash, or other symptoms of concern, go to your doctor and ask to be tested for zika. You can’t just stop living because there is risk.
Post # 7
I would not go to Florida or Mexico unless absolutely necessary. I’d skip the destination wedding. They will have to understand. Family planning/health trumps attending a wedding.
Try Hawaii. I just went on my babymoon there. Didn’t see any mosquitos and there’s no Zika there.
Post # 8
Not exactly tropical… But some of the middle east has virtually no mosquitos. It is quite an interesting place with loads of nice things to see and do.
My honeymoon was in jordan. We did spend some days in Aqaba in the south at the beach in a 5* hotel, but we also visited the rest of the country: Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerash, Dead sea…
It’s a thought. You can always go to a tropical beach anytime, even with kids (done that with my parents when I was little). But some holidays you have to be older to enjoy and also because they are physically demanding.
Post # 9
I completely relate to your fears, am also getting married in October, and we are hoping for a honeymoon baby!
We have chosen Mauritius, as there have been no reports of Zika there, and the government has taken the precaution of refusing entry to anyone who has recently been to a country that is known to have the Zika virus.
Post # 10
Have you thought about going to Canada?
My Fiance and I will be travelling to South America to do another reception since he’s from South America. I feel like I’m kinda stuck. I don’t want to tell my Fiance that he can’t see his family again because of zika. So I figure the best thing to do is to go, be careful, and we won’t try for babies until a year later. (Which was our original plan anyway.)
With the Olympics happening in Brazil soon, I wouldn’t be surprised if zika spread to other parts of the world.
Post # 11
I’ve been freaking out about this too – just married in April, and we’re not “trying” per se, but we’re not preventing either. That being said, we haven’t taken a honeymoon because of all of this… right now, we’re considering the Canary Islands, possibly Iceland if we go next summer.
Post # 12
I don’t think you’re overreacting. There are plenty of nice beachy areas where you aren’t at risk for zika. Hawaii is beautiful, or the Big Sur area of California, Martha’s Vineyard, etc.
Post # 13
edited: Sorry, I don’t think I read the original post well enough. you weren’t looking for commentary on zika, just suggestions for safe honeymoon locations. Europe?
Post # 14
Is Mexico an area of concern for Zika virus too? My fiancé and I are going to Jamaica for our honeymoon and i know thats area of concern for the zika virus and our wedding is in October too. We aren’t worried because we are not looking to have kids anytime soon. Have you talked to your doctor and shared your concern?
Post # 15
tagerosan: Bad advice, since 80% of cases are asymptomatic.