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View Poll Results: Which honeymoon location?
Aruba 11 24.44%
Bahamas 8 17.78%
Barbados 5 11.11%
Belize 11 24.44%
Bermuda 1 2.22%
Costa Rica 10 22.22%
Hawaii 11 24.44%
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well we're trying to plan our honeymoon for March at the moment, and we've narrowed it down to 7 locations. We're trying to do either an all-inclusive for under $2000 each incl airfare, or a build your own for $1500 each which will leave money for food.

We want to snorkel, sit on the beach, swim, walk around little shops, and hopefully have some easy hikes/walking trails but nothing too crazy (if we want to go crazy we can do that in Alberta).

I'd love to hear what people think of any of these places, specific resorts, etc.! Last time I went south was in '94 and I was 13... Went to Acapulco and had fun, but again, I was 13.

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Edit: I should mention the wifey (to be) doesn't want to do Mexico, Cuba or the Dominican. And like casual says, gotta keep the wifey happy!

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Old 10-31-2013, 09:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I went to Maui and it has everything you just mentioned. Cool little shops, beaches on one side where you can snorkel with sea turtles, amazing jungle hikes and horse trail rides on the other side. Maui is pretty touristy, so you can go to another island if you want a less "tourist resort" feel. You will be sick of Mahi Mahi when you leave...

Everything is pretty pricey there... Never once was I like "oh this is awesome AND cheap" and I was with some people that have spent entire summers there for years. It is your honeymoon though... What I liked about it is that you could leave the resort and explore the town and still be comfortable. Some places I've been to like Costa Rica and and Turks and Caicos you didn't want to leave the resort too much...

If you are looking for cheap --> Tamarindo Beach in Costa Rica is nice, but not the safest place...
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I went to Maui and it has everything you just mentioned. Cool little shops, beaches on one side where you can snorkel with sea turtles, amazing jungle hikes and horse trail rides on the other side. Maui is pretty touristy, so you can go to another island if you want a less "tourist resort" feel.
Kauai. Way less touristy (basically just one main road around the island), amazing hikes (google Na Pali coast), some of the nicest beaches, and super laid back people. The north shore around Hanalei is as close to paradise as I've experienced yet, and that town is pretty cool too. However, you pay a premium for hawaii over a lot of other places but if you time it for low season it can be very reasonable.
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However, you pay a premium for hawaii over a lot of other places but if you time it for low season it can be very reasonable.
Amazingly it's cheaper than many of the others we were looking at. Partly because we can get direct flights for about $750 return...
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I've been to Kauai, it IS absolutely gorgeous! Now this was back in '85-'86! Absolutely awesome scenery. Na Pali coast is stunning. (we did it from the air in a helicopter!) The hotel we stayed at had a deal where you could take a brief scuba lesson in the hotel pool, and then the Dive Master could take a group of 5-10 out for a supervised dive! (limited to like 20-30 ft deep, but an actual scuba dive!) I had snorkeled a lot when I was in the service on rotation in Okinawa, but diving was Waaaay cooler!


They also have what they call "The Grand Canyon" of the pacific! I don't recall the actual name, but the drive up the road is amazing. It really is like a lush, lots of green, tropical Grand Canyon!! Bright red rock & verdant foliage. Really beautiful!

If you are considering Hawaii? Kauai is definitely way cool!
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Went to Maui for our honeymoon, pretty much everything Bigmountain said. It was nice but don't think we'll go back. Everything there is $$$$$.
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Just went to Punta Cana. $1500 each, all inclusive, 10 days and included airfare. Best vacation I've ever had. Stayed at The Melia Caribe Tropical. Food was fantastic, lot's of night life, casino, shows every night. I'd recommend if for sure.

Booked through cheapcaribean.com.

Edit: But excursions are extra....We did 3 in the 10 days. They were reasonably priced. Snorkling, atv's through the country side, and speed boat tour.

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Hawaii is nice, but the water will be cool that time of year. Not so cool you wouldn't be able to swim in it, but cool enough you wouldn't want to stay in for long. Certainly not balmy like around Caribbean. I'm also not sure you can do Hawaii on $4000 all inclusive during high season, it's not a cheap place. But if you find a deal go for it, Hawaii has everything you want and then some. Kauai is best.
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Just went to Punta Cana. $1500 each, all inclusive, 10 days and included airfare. Best vacation I've ever had. Stayed at The Melia Caribe Tropical. Food was fantastic, lot's of night life, casino, shows every night. I'd recommend if for sure.

Booked through cheapcaribean.com.

Edit: But excursions are extra....We did 3 in the 10 days. They were reasonably priced. Snorkling, atv's through the country side, and speed boat tour.
I've heard the snorkeling is pretty cool there.
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BELIZE!! Caye Caulker, to be specific.

I travel a fair amount, and that was one of my all-time favorite vacations. It could have something to do with the people I was with, but the location is pretty awesome.

Advantages: Relatively inexpensive, they use American $$ (not sure if that'll help you), they speak English, amazing snorkeling and scuba, everyone there is incredibly friendly and seemingly willing to incorporate you into their island life. For example, we saw our waiter from dinner later that night at another bar and hung out with him and his friends.

Disadvantages: ??

On another note, I went to Waikiki this summer and didn't love it. So incredibly crowded it was hard to walk on sidewalks, the beach and water were so crowded, bumper-to-bumper traffic any time of the day or night, no parking etc.
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