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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. :dizzy:

Thanks!

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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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! :thumbsup:
 

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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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Well... here's two.

Dominican. I just spent my honeymoon there at Sanctuary Cap Cana (15 min from Punta Cana). As far as a honeymoon goes it was awesome, the resort is about 5 times nicer than any other resort I've been to (I'm comparing other 4-5* places).

Sanctuary Cap Cana Golf and Spa Resort

The only issue is it's a bit quiet and secluded, its about 15 min from the more saturated resort areas. Personally that is what I was going for (It's a honeymoon not a party vacation) and all the excursion places will come pick you up anyways. You can walk the beach for miles either direction and hardly see anyone which is 100 times better then getting hounded by locals trying to sell you everything on the punta cana beach and being way overcrowded. You might be able to get a nice room there for $2k each and the service at this place was above anything I've experienced. It's all inclusive, just tip about $20/day.

Costa Rica - I went to Tamarindo (surf town - west coast). This is a super fun place if you want adventure but not many hotels real close. We stayed at Barcelo Langosta beach which is like 3-4*. I liked it, nothing special but the location was just amazing and the grounds were nice. The beaches were killer, surfing was rad (like 7 breaks in the area). There is a lot to do and tamarindo has lots of really cool shops and little restaurants. Expect to pay the same for food and drinks as canda once you leave the resort though. I thought this place was super rad but for a honeymoon I wanted sometihng higher end and more romantic since you only get one.... it's all about the wifey.

http://www.barcelo.com/BarceloHotels/en_GB/hotels/Costa-Rica/Tamarindo/hotel-barcelo-langosta-beach/general-description.aspx

Seriously consider Sancuary Cap Cana, it's not like anything I've ever seen. I met a lot of cool people there, a few on their honeymoons as well and they all agreed.
 

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Where to go? Maybe to a different thread. What does this have anything to do with snowboard travel? :icon_scratch:
 

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Where to go? Maybe to a different thread. What does this have anything to do with snowboard travel? :icon_scratch:
What's wrong bro? Are you 40+ single and jealous? Why else would this upset you. I think no need to comment unless you're helping... this is a perfectly valid thread.
 

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These places all sound nice... But I don't think any of them have snow Pout. I think Island Lake Catskiing would be a preferable destination. :unsure:

On a serious note, I'd pick Hawaii.
 

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fuck Hawaii

get out of the states. (yea I'm including Canada)

I voted Belize.
 

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These places all sound nice... But I don't think any of them have snow Pout. I think Island Lake Catskiing would be a preferable destination. :unsure:

On a serious note, I'd pick Hawaii.
Thanks man! I actually wanted to do Island Lake! I told her that for what we'd pay to sit on a beach for a week, we could be heli/cat boarding some of the best terrain the world has to offer, and staying in an awesome lodge and eating fantastic food every night. I think THAT would be an unforgettable trip.

But the wife has to be happy, and she's apprehensive about avalanche risks.

Also we were talking last night about maybe learning to surf just to keep a "board element" to the trip. Oh and the wedding is at Lake Louise, right on the hill, and the cake topper is a snowboarding couple! :yahoo:

Thanks all for the feedback. I'm leaning to either of the mainland countries (Costa Rica or Belize), I think she's leaning to Hawaii or Aruba. Maybe separate vacations?!? :giggle:
 

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Kaua'i. It's perfect. Stay away from Poipu and it doesn't feel Americanized at all, yet you have none of the hassle of international travel. I'm a total snow and mountains guy, but I'd move to Kaua'i tomorrow if the opportunity presented itself.
 

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One couple I know went to Hawaii for their honeymoon, and did some surfing. No experience but wake boarding, and had a blast.
 

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If you go to Kawai though you're going to be paying well over $100/day for food + more for drinks. I mean based on the budget numbers you showed I'd be looking for an all inclusive resort.
 
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