Honeymoon Help

Old Apr 13th, 2000, 06:02 AM
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Honeymoon Help

We are looking for a place to go on our Honeymoon at the end of October. Any suggestions on the best place to go? Where will have the best weather? All Inclusive or
not? We have never been to the Caribbean islands and would love any sugestions!
Old Apr 13th, 2000, 06:41 AM
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Molly, given the fact that you will be going away in late October, I would suggest Aruba for your honeymoon. At that time of year, there is still a threat of hurricanes, which is not a concern in Aruba because of its location.

There are many wonderful resorts on the island, ranging from the high-end Hyatt to the Holiday Inn and everything in between depending on your budget. The restaurants, casinos, nightlife and shopping are superb.

Hope this helps.

Old Apr 17th, 2000, 05:35 PM
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Tell everyone more about what you are looking for and I am sure you will get many replies. Hurricanes are an issue at that time of year (I have had my share of plans dashed by their occurrence) but such is life. To escape them consider going down to the Grenadines (real safe bet that a hurricane would miss you there). By the way, since its your honeymoon I would skip the all inclusive resorts.
Old Apr 18th, 2000, 05:47 AM
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Molly: I agree with Aruba as your honeymoon destination.

The weather is consistent all year long: warm, sunny and dry.

A few thoughts: Aruba is not cheap, but nowhere worth going to is and it is certainly less than Bermuda. Palm Beach is the best with many hotels ranging from the Holiday Inn to the Marriott. The beaches are beautiful and the options on what to do are many.

You can walk from hotel to hotel, stopping for a swim, a drink or lunch. You can book a snorkel tour on one of the many catamarans moored right on the beach. You can do the same for a "sunset cruise", also. You can jet-ski, parasail, whatever. The island is 19 miles long and six miles wide, so rent motor scooters at your hotel and go out and see the island. You can visit the lighthouse, Baby Beach, the Casabari rock formations, the Natural Bridge and on and on. For dinner, head into Oranjestad by bus (in front of each hotel) and choose from many great restaurants (some along the way).

Don't go all-inclusive. The island is safe, friendly and offers so much. The down side is it is not lush. It is more like a desert with Divi Divi trees, cactus and aloe everywhere. It is arid, but it is beautiful. October is perfect.

A year ago, I suggested Aruba for a honeymoon destination to someone I know in my neighborhood. They didn't like it. I was puzzeled and needed to know 'why'. I found out that they went all-inclusive at the Americana, never ventured off the property, and stayed drunk for seven days. I told her they could have saved money and stayed home and did that. It all depends on what you would like to see and do. If you like to explore, have fun in the sun, see new things, taste new foods and like a little romance along the way, then I would certainly suggest it to you.

I don't much care for tanning booths, but it may be a good idea to go once or twice before leaving so you don't get burned. Watch the sun between 11:00-1:00 as it is hot.

Congratulations and good luck.
Old Apr 20th, 2000, 04:45 AM
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Very good advice, all the above. The hurricanes in October are coming out of the mid-Atlantic just W of Africa. So the northern islands of the Caribbean are affected. Stay to the South such as Aruba.
If you don't want to go south, such as to save on airfares, then buy trip insurance that covers cancellation fees at resorts. You'll know a week in advance whether or not there is a significant risk to any given island, but why take the chance.
Definitely avoid the all-inclusives. They tend to be stockyards for sunburned neophytes who lack the imagination to step off the property. Might as well be in the Catskills.
Old Apr 20th, 2000, 05:20 AM
Will Fike
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If you have the time, I suggest you also
look into the South Pacific. There are
some great deals these days in Fiji,
Tahiti, etc. However, you really need
10-14 days available to really unwind
and enjoy the experience.

Regarding all-inclusives: some are great
and some are terrible. I would not use "all-inclusiveness" as a criteria in selecting a resort.
Old Jul 17th, 2000, 11:09 AM
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What about Tobago?

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