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Advice for a resort for newly married 60 yr old couple.

Advice for a resort for newly married 60 yr old couple.

Old Jan 6th, 2021, 01:57 PM
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We went to Negril during March few years back. It was slightly too cold for us, the water was cool, air temps comfortable but could have been a few degrees warmer. Based on that experience, I would not go back to Jamaica, T&C, Bermuda or anywhere like that between Jan-Apr. Snorkelling is not great in Jamaica. Grand Cayman would be a great option, warm, great snorkelling, beaches are beautiful, good dining choices. West Coast of Barbados is the best area of the island, south and south east of the island has rough seas. OK for walking on the beach but not ok if you want to swim. Anguilla & St Barts would be great choices but they do not fulfill the criteria of easy/short journey from NJ. Places that require more effort to get to can be more rewarding however.

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Old Jan 6th, 2021, 02:19 PM
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Negril

Thst must've been where you went with other couples (thought it was hawaii). They were all 60? Interesting. I liked Rick's a lot. The seven mile beach was nice but a lot of street oeddlers.
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Old Jan 6th, 2021, 05:01 PM
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No of course everyone wasn't 60 -haha- but a few significant birthdays is what got the reunion trip idea started.

The thing about 7 mile beach is to be at a hotel or beach club for the day, not sitting out on the public beach stretch. That is if you want to avoid vendors approaching you (assuming that's what you mean by "street peddlers"?). I was at Charela Inn and the vendors were only allowed to approach if you signalled for them to come over (which I did to buy banana bread!). There was hotel staff sitting discretely to the side keeping an eye on things.
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Old Jan 7th, 2021, 02:44 PM
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The US Virgin Islands (St.Thomas, St.John, and St.Croix) are not all-inclusive destinations. I agree with RoamsAround, resorts in Mexico, the DR, and Jamaica would suit you.
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Old Jan 8th, 2021, 03:25 AM
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I would not suggest DR to anyone, let alone for a honeymoon. Several beaches and hotels are on the Atlantic side, rough waters. Thats the least of the issues. Jamaica would be ok if you don't mind risking the water temps if going early in the year (ie Jan to Apr).

There is no need to limit options fo so-called AI destinations. Several islands who do not come under the category of AI destinations have hotels that offer AI meal plans as well as having dedicated AI hotels. Antigua has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, white sand and blue water. Same with Barbados, also has several hotels with AI options. Grenada has several great hotels eg Spice Island Resort (AI), right on Grand Anse beach. St Lucia is also an option but the sand might not be white enough. Ti Kaye used to offer AI option, it has a lovely beach although you need to climb down many step to get to it. Anse Chastanet hotel is on a stunning beach with sparkly sand and an area for snorkelling. AI option is available at this hotel.Lots of options.
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Old Jan 8th, 2021, 08:39 PM
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I also am no fan of the Dominican Republic. I've only been there twice (Sosua for a month, Puerta Plata & Santo Domingo the other trip) but it's one of the few places I've vacationed that I would not return to.

Has anyone suggested Hawaii? Have you been there?
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Old Jan 9th, 2021, 06:36 AM
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Since they requested "As little traveling from NJ to the destination as possible", I still think the Mexico's Riviera Maya is a good location. Again, look into Royal Hideaway Playacar. Very low key adults only all inclusive on a beautiful beach. Great service and good food.
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Old Jan 9th, 2021, 09:36 AM
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Ah good point. And yes Mayan Riviera is definitely worth considering. If they want "an island" could check out Isla Mujeres or Cozumel.

I've not been to "the other side" of Mexico yet as I frequent Puerto Vallarta, but those places look very interesting.
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Old Jan 9th, 2021, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by zebec View Post
Port Antonio in Jamaica is definitely worth a looksee. It has a market, at least one superb nearby beach (Frenchmans Cove) and proximity to daytrips such as blissful river rafting and attractive waterfalls. Ya mon, 'da Roof Club in PA is also a fun place to visit for dancers and music fans. Our experience was that da' 'erb in PA was of a premium quality. As to its resorts mi cyan comment 'pon 'dat.
I am done. The end.
Frenchman's Cove back in the day was FABULOUS. The beach still is, the hotel, apparently not so much.

Managing the Corona situation and researching quality of hospitals would be a BIG factor in my planning.


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Old Jan 10th, 2021, 06:01 AM
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We like the look of Palm Heights on Grand Cayman.
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Old Jan 10th, 2021, 10:04 AM
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Isn't that going to be a bit over the budget once you get outside of hurricane season?

The Caymans would meet your criteria other than budget, if you want to be on the water. Assuming of course that they will no longer have a 14-day quarantine and open up travel to outsiders by the time you go.
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Old Jan 10th, 2021, 10:41 AM
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Puerta Vallarta

Puerta Vallerta is one of the most popular places to visit!


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Old Jan 10th, 2021, 12:17 PM
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Cozumel really doesn't have any sandy beaches, it's more of a snorkel/dive place.

I try not to comment on places I've never been. Not sure of the situation on Mujeres sandy beaches considering they were hit by Hurricane Delta, as was Cancun/Playa.

The big resorts on the mainland Caribbean coast have more resources for sand restoration. Be sure to check out the timing of the Sargassum season which is generally from May to September.

I've been to Puerta Vallarta twice and it really isn't white sand country. It appeals more to people who like to drink and party but you can find ocean views. More like California beaches than Caribbean soft white coral sand.
I don't think it's worth travelling there from New Jersey. You may as well go to Fort Lauderdale. Honestly, I'd rather go to Acapulco!!
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Originally Posted by pja1 View Post
Traveling late 2021 or early 2022.
Leaving from NJ.

As little traveling from NJ to the destination as possible.
Five nights.
An ocean view from our room or deck or patio.
Close walk to the beach.
No land based activities or excursions needed.
Just nice stretch of white beach and blue water.
Water activities... swimming in the ocean and a couple of pools. Maybe kayaking. Snorkel maybe. That’s about it. She’d like a pool with swim up bar.

relaxing and swimming and walking along the beach. A few dining options. No nightlife really needed. A bar. Maybe a show.
Okay. These are the desires of the OP. They aren't interested in learning about the island they visit. They don't want a do-it-yourself vacation. Like many first timers, they want to sit on a beach, go to a "show", have someone fix them a frou-frou drink at the pool bar, etc. I don't like the DR. I don't like Jamaica, either, but these and Mexico would fulfill their desires and probably their pocketbook.
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{been to Puerta Vallarta twice ... It appeals more to people who like to drink and party}

Simply not true. That is an incorrect generalization. Old Town PV is very laid back. There aren't even "resorts" there. I've been to Puerto Vallarta 30+ times and I never "drink and party". But I do agree it doesn't fit this request because: (1) not white sand beaches (2) not an island (3) not easy to get to from New Jersey.

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