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Need Help Choosing Honeymoon!

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Hi! My hubby-to-be and I are frequent travelers and and have done the Bahamas & Mexico thing a bunch of times (its so cheap to go from S. FL), and we're going to Puerto Vallarta in November so we are looking for other suggestions for our end of January honeymoon! We are hoping to go for 10 or so nights, and our budget kind of maxes out around $4500 but of course we'd love to keep it as inexpensive as possible.

Our must-haves are:

All-inclusive
Romantic luxury for honeymooners
Adults/Couples only (unless its a more remote island with few kids expected)
Tropical, pristine turquoise beach
Numerous bars/restaurants at the resort
Prefer a smaller/more condensed resort rather than these massive ones with tons of different room blocks
Swimup bar
Prefer a swimup room but ocean view is fine too depending.

We are in our 20s and are looking for a mix of poolside/beachside entertainment (for him, ie: pool volleyball, polo etc) and quieter relaxation. Our typical trip is me laying by the pool with a drink, watching him play his water sports, and I'll occasionally partake in playing but I'm pretty uncoordinated so I'm much happier to observe and read :) At night we enjoy socializing at the hotel bars or taking in shows and usually end up in bed early - we're not really ones to go off the resort at night.

We like to snorkel and explore new places and love to go "where the locals go" but feel safe and welcomed. We're hoping with 10 days, it will be enough time that we can leave the resort and check things out without feeling like we need to absorb every second of sun at the pool like we've felt on past 5 day trips.

We went to the Dominican Republic last year and probably won't go back, our resort was swarmed with hundreds of locals on our long weekend trip and kind of ruined the whole relaxation part of vacation when it got so overcrowded so I don't really think we will even consider there. We'd love to check out a new island we've never been to and have been thinking about Curacao, St. Lucia, Barbados, USVI, and Jamaica (which I didn't especially like but we only stopped quickly on a cruise), or trusty old Mexico where we know we can get what we want for the price (Secrets or Excellence Resorts). We'd LOVE to go to Turks & Caicos, Anguilla, Antigua or anything like that but I think it's a little too pricy for us right now.

So, thank you for taking the time to read this, and any suggestions, good or bad about certain islands would be great. Feel free to suggest any other places I may not have mentioned! We'll be traveling from Ft. Lauderdale or Miami, FL if that helps. Thank you!!

**Also, if you suggest an island or resort and have any good excursions to recommend that is much appreciated too!

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