(Closed) Zika Concerns – honeymoon and destination weddings?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

ab815:  Try Greece, Portugal, Spain, Itally, France they all have awesome beaches. Or try aThailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka…. it’s cheaper to fly to Europe than Asia but the stay is more expensve… Flying to Asia is expensive but the stay is cheaper and local transport/activities. If you go to Australia or New zealand both the flight and the stay will be expensive!

Fyi flying to Europe in september is cheaper ath in the summer. 

I did a lot of reasearch re this as we were plannkng togo to Mexico but the Zika happened, so we are not going anywhere near any country with Zika… and are considering going to Europe if we can afford it… or Prince Edward Island which would be the cheapest beach optin for us as we are in Canada 🙂

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Just going to say this…. My sister lives in St. John, Virgin Islands. Came to visit in Atlanta, Ga in March of this year. Her husband and her are TTC. She was in town little over a week. She broke out with a weird rash while there. (I was down visiting from PA) It progressed. My mum is a nurse in Atlanta and knows a lot of people with the CDC. Long story short…. My sister tested positive for Ziyka. They can’t try to get pregnant now for a year. Also they don’t know if she can contfact it again or if or how it exactly passes on to the fetus etc. it sucks. She is 36. They live there because her husband and a partner own a restaurant on the island. I wouldn’t risk it either. I don’t know where I would recommend going for a honeymoon. I will just say this it is only a matter of time till we start seeing this disease here in the states. It freaks me out and it scary.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

There are tons of nice beaches on the east coast of the U.S.! I know Hawaii is pretty expensive but you can probably get an all inclusive resort! 

I actually never really thought the Zika virus spread so far, that kind of worries me now! Hopefully it does not spread any more by our honeymoon in June of next year!

Post # 19
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Helper bee

Heres a couple ideas from a few websites. There’s a bunch more if you google: zika free destinations. There’s a couple big travel websites that covering this. They’re mostly calling it babymoon. Also if you go to the US government website they’re also updating whenever there’s a country that’s zika active so if I was in your position I would verify that these travel websites are updating when the US government is so you won’t book a honeymoon and bam it’s zika active.

Anyways here’s the links. I wish you well!

 

 https://www.oyster.com/articles/51817-10-beach-destinations-where-you-dont-really-have-to-worry-about-the-zika-virus/

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/zika-free-destinations

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

ab815:  Ah I totally sympathise. I’m trying to find a honeymoon for next month and I’ve been to 5 continents, 40 countries so pretty well-travelled but as I’m from the UK, Mexico is one place I’ve never been and very exciting, however, I agree it is not worth the risk. I crossed it off my list with a big scowl on my face. My problem is worse than yours as I’m looking at weather problems in all the obvious alternative destinations. In your position, looking for Octobner not July, I’d feel spoilt for choice, so don’t despair!

If you want tropical and beachy in October, Europe is not really your answer! I wish people would read the original posts before they reply! The far south of Spain or Greece can be pleasant around that time but they don’t fit your description of tropical at all and many places will be out of season by September, let alone October.

I don’t know exact weather indications, but Asia generally gets nice at the end of the year so why not Thailand, the Phillippines, Bali, Malaysia? Flights will cost more than Mexico (assuming you’re in the US), but once you’re there it’s cheap. To keep it really simple, I’d advise you fly to Bangkok, spend 2 or 3 days in the City (even one night can be fun and worth it), then head to a nice Thai resort. We did Ko Samui which will be the wrong side of Thailand for weather when you go but just look up other islands.  That’s as accessible, easy, beautiful and honeymoonish as you can get really.

Post # 22
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Helper bee

I keep recommending New Zealand because we dont have the right mosquitoes for zika. Its beachy here. However its not exactly tropical, despite being part of the polynesian triangle.The north island is a bit more tropical and might work for a beachy honeymoon. 

Post # 23
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

ab815:  here’s the list of countries that have active infections.

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html

There are still a ton of tropical places that are affected. I would look into Grand Cayman. They are extremely diligent about controlling the mosquito population and so far have had no infections even though they’re in that area.

Post # 24
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

ab815:  Are you set on going somewhere ‘warm’ and how adventerous are you looking to be? If you want the ‘all inclusive’ style I’m not sure I know of anywhere outside of central america and the carribean which considering your concerns would be on the no-go list. There are a smattering of all inclusives popping up around Indonesia but that’s a long trek and since there is not a lot of competetion I think it would be quite expensive at this point.

If you aren’t set on warm Iceland is supposed to be amazing. I know from Boston you can fly roundtrip for about $350 per person if you catch it at the right time. In October you would have a chance of seeing the northern lights, and there are some really great hot springs. Most of the things to do would be self guided and ‘out-doorsy’. Not for everyone but maybe worth a look since it’s FAR AWAY from Zika. 

Another option MIGHT be the Azores. It’s a chain of islands in the pacific that are a part of Portugal. I’m not sure where you are flying from so that will change how affordable they are. I also don’t know as much about them as some other places but they look beautiful. Again, I don’t think they have all inclusives but you could check. I would also look into weather your time of year etc.

Depending on your ticket budget some options in Europe might definitely be an option as well (Portugal, Spain etc).

My only other suggestion would be to use the ‘Kayak Explore’ tool. You can put in your destnation and departure month and budget and it will pull up a map of places people have recently booked tickets for a location. You’ll need to then research on your own and search tickets for your specific date but it’s a really handly took when you aren’t quite sure where to go. 

Post # 25
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Helper bee

What about somewhere in Europe or North Africa like Spain, Italy, Greece, Morocco, Tunisia, etc? A lot of these places have amazing beaches and you can find some good deals. Lots of British people go on honeymoon to North Africa. You could also do Napa valley or Lake Tahoe in california or something 

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

PilotsLocal:  Your poor sister – that’s so awful. I’m 36 too, getting married in October and hoping for a honeymoon baby (we’re going to Italy) and we live in Texas – which is expected to have Zika by later this summer. I’m freaking out. I agree – it’s really scary. 

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

This map shows places in the U.S. that are known to have been populated by the type of mosquito that can carry Zika

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/zika-virus-outbreak/new-map-shows-where-zika-mosquitoes-live-u-s-n589021

I don’t know where you currently live, but if exposure is a major concern for you, most popular beach destinations in the US are going to be a no go. I don’t understand why everytone one of these Zika threads pops up people recommend Florida as a safe alternative. 

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Also, after the mass influx of tourists to Brazil for the Olympics this summer, unfortunately, I think we can expect to see the areas of the world with active transmission increase. 

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

My Future Brother-In-Law and his wife were supossed to go to South America this year for a trip before TTC, but went to Thailand instead because of the high risk. 

Go to Palawan in the philippines! That’s where we’re going for our Honeymoon. They were named the most beautiful islands in the world. Also, traveling throughout/to SE asia tends to be a lot cheaper. 

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We just got back from the Negril area of Jamacia.  No Mosquitos.  Apparently, the Kingston side of the island is the only place any are,spotted, and it’s still considered rare,mac cording to the residents I asked.  I’m from south Texas,,and thought we’d have mosquitos all over us in Jamaica, just,like at home, but no.  Also, we were right on the beach, so I think the breeze is a big deterant to the bugs.  We did not venture inland for zip lining or hikes.

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