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Honeymoon destination - opinions wanted

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I posted awhile back about a honeymoon destination but we never booked yet and we've doing some more research. Based on what I've been finding, I have a few more questions, if those with experience would be so kind to give their opinions...

BACKGROUND: We will be taking our honeymoon over Thanksgiving week (roughly Nov 25 - Dec 2). We'd like to stay around 4K or less for both of us (including airfare) if possible. Doesnt have to be a couples only resort, but we're not really interested in going somewhere with tons of kids and families either. We're both 30.

We want to go the All-Inclusive route. We're not too terribly picky on location...my fiance would like a place with a good weather that time of year, nice beach, swimup bar, maybe a few activities nearby (swim with the dolphins, snorkel, local sightseeing/landmarks, etc). We're not picky eaters and we know that going AI means we won't have top-notch food all of the time, but that's not a huge deal for us. As long as it's decent.

We are also curious about safe water? It doesnt sound like there are too many places you can actually drink the water, but how bad actually is it? Can you have ice in your drinks without worrying? Are some places better than others?

Location of the resort to the airport would also be of interest. I've read some stories about some places that you have to take a 2 or 3 hour ride from the airport to get to.. we're not crazy about something like that.

WHAT WE'RE NOW CONSIDERING:
I think we want to narrow our search to just the big resorts. While some of the small, private resort areas seem very nice, we'd feel more comfortable in the bigger, AI resorts. Here are three that have sparked our interest:
- Royal Playa Del Carmen (read good things about this place on this board, Mexico also seems to be a bit cheaper?)
- Excellence in Playa Del Carmen (read good reviews about this one too)
- Jewell Dunn River Falls in Ocho Rios (know a couple that went here and they had a great time)

All in all, we just want somewhere that will be relaxing yet fun and exciting at the same time. While we'll do some serious pool time, we don't want to be stuck doing that all day, every day.

Lastly, with the Thanksgiving holiday falling during our trip... how long would you recommend waiting to book? I've read other posts on this message board about folks waiting until it gets within 2 months to get the best prices, but do we risk getting burned doing that since we're dealing with a holiday?

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