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My fiance and I are all over the place in trying to plan our honeymoon! I would love to do Italy or Croatia because I love the culture and, due to being very Type A, I find it being very hard to sit in one place. I love relaxing on the beach, but I need other stuff going on. We are in our early- to mid- thirties and are both very active.

My fiance wants a beach honeymoon and we've decided on the Caribbean because we can use airline miles and not have to worry about flights, and we won't have to spend an entire day or two traveling. Any suggestions for islands and hotels? We don't need an all-inclusive because I'd prefer to go out in a town and experience different places, however I don't want to have to spend another $5-6k on food. We are looking to spend about $7-8k (not including flight).

We want a more boutique, romantic feel. I really, really don't want to go to any Beaches or Sandles type resorts.

While we are open to suggestions, some that we are considering are:
BVI - Little Dix Bay
Antigua - Hermitage Bay, Carlisle Bay and Galley Bay
Anguilla - Cap Juluca or Viceroy
St. Lucia - Ti Kaye, Calabash Cove, Anste Chastanet

I love the idea of St. Barths, but I'm not sure it's budget-friendly.
Please help! I tried to work with a travel agent, but she hasn't been the most helpful.

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    If you want to be near a town, I would not recommend TiKaye or Anse Chastanet. They are both quite remote but beautiful for a honeymoon. You will need to travel to go to restaurants. Calabash Cove is nearer to Rodney Bay where you will find restaurants within walking distance of each other, but you will still need transportation. Not sure what the beach is like at Calabash. We stayed at Choc Bay which didn't have a great beach. Anse Chastanet and TiKaye are much better choices.
    There aren't any towns to speak of in Anguilla although many excellent restaurants. Galley Bay is on a glorious beach but far from a town and even then, Antigua doesn't have great restaurants IMO.
    The hotels you picked will have the best dining options.

    Have you considered Barbados? Somewhere like Cobblers Cove is very romantic, they have a great restaurant and it easy enough to get to other restaurants. There are several boutique type hotels and there are things to see around the island.

    St Barts is beautiful and chic but expensive. You have a good budget you should be able to find something that meets your requirements. What time of year are you travelling & where from? Why didn't you consider Greece instead of Croatia if you were after culture?

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    I adore Antigua having stayed at those three resorts which were all excellent. I know many people who rent a car and zip around the island to many very good restaurants. Take a look on Trip Advisor where there is tons of information on all the resorts you mentioned. If you are adventurous there is snorkeling, a zip line through the rain forest, hiking, history and nightclubs (Abracadabra and The Coast). There are quite a few museums, an Animal Nature Park and boat trips. Adventure Antigua has a gorgeous sailboat, speed boat and eco-tour as well as Creole Cruises. Blue Waters is another favorite and their restaurant, The Cove is on a bluff with a gorgeous setting.

    I also think you should look into Anguilla. There are many amazing restaurants (Blanchards is gorgeous) and beach bars. It is very easy to get around in a rental car and there are two islands that you could take a day trip (Sandy Island and Scilly Cay) as well as a ferry ride away from St. Maartin. I wouldn't call The Viceroy a boutique hotel, it is quite big but beautiful and very minimal and modern. We stayed at Frangipanni which is on the same beach as Viceroy and many restaurants that you could walk to. We were treated like family by the owners as well as the staff.

    Congratulations and let us know where you choose!

    Albee

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    Thank you, Odin & albee. We will be traveling from Chicago and traveling towards the end of June 2015.

    My fiance is against going to Europe for our honeymoon (for what reason, I don't know) so I didn't even bother mentioning Greece to him.

    It sounds like - for our desires -- we should stay away from BVI? Also, if we go with Antigua which houses mostly all-inclusives, I shouldn't be afraid of the all-inclusive because we'd likely want to dine at the resort restaurants, correct? And maybe we should throw Barbados into the mix?

    I love Jumby Bay on Antigua and if were more budget friendly, it would be a done deal. I contemplated doing a few days at a lower end place, like Galley Bay, and then ending our honeymoon at Jumby Bay, but my fiance doesn't like the idea of moving around.

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