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Sep 22nd, 2015, 08:18 PM
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Help picking Caribbean honeymoon destination

Hello everyone!

My husband and I just got married last weekend, and we are planning our honeymoon for October, and having a hard time finding the right island. We are wanting to stay anywhere between 7 and 10 nights, and are willing to split the time between two resorts if it makes sense. Perhaps a few days with a beachfront room/all inclusive and a few days at a place which fits some of our other (loose) "requirements". Just an idea. Overall, we are really looking for some honeymoon-esque downtime on the beach sipping adult beverages without a care in the world, but would also like to have options for excursions and exploring if we are all beached out. Any input, direction, opinions, etc. would be very appreciated! Here are the top things we are looking for:

Bright blue water
Good snorkeling and diving
Swim-up bar
Some nightlife (no need for clubs, but someplace to go out, enjoy a meal and a few drinks, music would be awesome - can be on a resort, doesn't have to be "downtown" or anything)
Would like AI if possible, but at least breakfast inclusion would be a good compromise
Beachfront room, would settle for a beach within walking distance
Non-beach activities - historical sites, hikes, fishing, etc.

I know that's a long list, but again, we are willing to compromise on some. Thanks in advance for any help!

Erin
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Sep 23rd, 2015, 05:39 AM
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I think the key qns is what is your budget for the 7 nights.
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Sep 23rd, 2015, 06:45 AM
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Also, if your budget includes airfare where are you flying from.

On the plus side, October is Low Season in the Caribbean so you'll find some of the best room rates of the year. On the minus side, many resorts are closed in September and October so your hotel/resort choices will be somewhat limited. Same with restaurants and excursions operators - they may be closed or operating under reduced schedules and/or fewer staff.

For All Inclusives look at resorts in the Dominican Republican, Jamaica, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel - those are the AI "capitals" of the Caribbean.

If snorkeling is a high priority then look at resorts/hotels in the USVI's, BVI's, and on the island of Bonaire(but the beaches on this island leave a lot to be desired). You'll also find decent snorkeling on most of the Bahamas Out-Islands and the Turks & Caicos but many of the best areas on these islands are accessible only by boat.
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Sep 23rd, 2015, 10:45 AM
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Thanks mnag and RoamsAround. We'd like to keep the budget around $5k, with flights included in that figure. We are flying out of Denver - but we are also willing to fly out of LAX if there is a much better deal and/or accessibility from there, as we can most likely get ourselves to LAX for free with points. It seems like Playa del Carmen and Cozumel keep coming up based on our priority items - most of them can be found there. Not quite the Caribbean cultural experience we had in mind, but they are major contenders since they meet (almost) all of the items on our wish list.

Any insight as to where to stay on USVI's or BVI's in terms of beachfront, or walkable beach access?

Thanks again!
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Sep 23rd, 2015, 01:14 PM
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Wherever you wind up thinking about, check recent TripAdvisor reports on the seaweed situation at those resorts. it's been a big problem throughout the Caribbean, but it can really vary depending on which part of the island you're on. I read that it's been quite bad in the Mayan Riviera, which is a shame since it's a good fit for you and an easier flight from Denver.
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Sep 25th, 2015, 08:01 AM
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Check out Frenchmans morning star beach resort. Its reasonably priced and the rooms are right on the beach. The beach itself is very nice. Also you can do a day trip (short ferry ride) to St John to explore its many lovely beaches.
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