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Help: Beginning honeymoon search

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My fiancee and I will be honeymooning late July/early August 2003 and will consider the carribean. We live in the northeast USA, and are fairly well travelled in the US and Europe. We know nothing about the carribean, and are at least trying to learn what "the story" is with each island in the carribean and the types of resorts. I've read through a lot of posts but am hoping that you guys could get me focused more quickly based on your experiences and our preferences, and perhaps suggest some islands to start looking into more deeply. Some of what we're looking for:

1)I've always done a lot of planning on our vacations to find the best restaurants, hotels, shows, etc. but it is very cumbersome and we always seem to be running late which is why I seriously want to consider an AI. We're not huge drinkers but do our fair share when on vacation.

2) Excellent food is a must, we like everything from French to Italian to Asian, we both love fish - big time. Not into prime rib and the like.

3) We'd like somewhere with extensive natural beauty, lagoons, waterfalls, tropical jungle, etc. I'm already thinking Aruba is not for us based on other posts here. We want to be able to see natural wonders not availabe in the USA.

4) We don't SCUBA dive but I think snorkelling among fish would be fun. Fishing from a boat would be nice too. We would both be into water based activities other than SCUBA - jet skiing, boating, etc.

5) We want it to be relaxing but also have some nightlife - not into discos every night but maybe once or twice. Would like shows/ entertainment (kinda Vegas-like) if that stuff is available.

6) We're not into high-end shopping but definitely into local goods and customs - i.e. would rather by one-of-a-kind silver jewlery made by a local craftsman than walk into a jewelry store and buy gold or watches.

7) Accomodations - we'd like something a little luxurious, not pretentious. For anyone familiar with Vegas, we love Mandalay Bay and something like that would be perfect - Bellagio would be a little pretentious. FYI, we're getting married in Vegas so that's why we're not honeymooning there so try and resist the temptation to ask - "Whay don't you guys go to Vegas?" ;)

8) We like casinos, but like I said we'll be getting married in Vegas so we can live without it but it would be a slight plus.

9) Budget-wise, we're looking for something affordable but it IS a honeymoon. From what others have told me, I think some of the Sandals resorts might be a bit out of our range; but they don't seem too popular here anyway.

10) We don't feel the need to rent a car and see all of the island, but I would like some activities outside of the confines of the resort and would like to encounter some of the "local flavor" and native residents. Perhaps somewhere with a shuttle to a downtown market area would be a plus.

We always go on metropolitan vacations where everything is planned out and we're on a strict schedule and always seem to be late. I'm definitely looking for a relaxing departure but I also get bored just sitting on a beach all day long. I can handle a few hours but then I have to be doing something. I'd appreciate any advice you can give like pointing out islands which are definitely not for us or ones that our interest sound very similar to. Also, if any AI resorts sound like what we are looking for please respond.

Thanks,
Mike

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