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Honeymoon Suggestions? Jamaica or Dominican Republic, All-Inclusive...?

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Not sure where we should go. I posted in the Lounge, but I'm hoping this forum may have some more advice Smilie

I've visited a lot of the Caribbean, but my fiance has not. He has only been to Cancun. And although Cancun was awesome, and it is affordable, we would prefer going somewhere new. The other places I've visited were on a cruise, so we didn't stay at the ports very long, and I didn't really get to see a whole lot, so I'm excited to visit and stay longer somewhere.

It looks like our best bets might be Jamaica or the Dominican Republic. I've been trying to research Couples Resorts, Excellence Punta Cana, and Iberostar Grand Rose Hall. Having trouble deciding. So I'm hoping someone here has visited some of these locations, or has had other trips to all-inclusives that they loved and would recommend.

The preferences:
  • Preferably under $5k (including flight)
  • Adults Only
  • Flying out of either CVG or SDF (in Kentucky)
  • All-Inclusive
  • No dates set yet - some time at the end of September through October.
  • 7 nights (if we can afford more, then that is even better! Big Grin )

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Jamaica and DR (as well as "all-inclusives") are way overpriced/overrated for what they are. Costa Rica and Belize are good alternatives. I have been to them all.

If you REALLY want to go somewhere new, especially since this is a once in a lifetime event, Thailand (or any of SE Asia really) is definitely feasible on your budget. Could spend 2-4 weeks there depending on accommodations.
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Check out sandals resorts. Adults only, all inclusive, many many carribean locations. Find one that works for you/airport
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Jamaica and DR (as well as "all-inclusives") are way overpriced/overrated for what they are. Costa Rica and Belize are good alternatives. I have been to them all.

If you REALLY want to go somewhere new, especially since this is a once in a lifetime event, Thailand (or any of SE Asia really) is definitely feasible on your budget. Could spend 2-4 weeks there depending on accommodations.
Well, the goal isn't so much to go somewhere awesome, but to relax. Originally I planned on Hawaii. We also talked about Japan. But after a friend got married and went to an all-inclusive this year for her honeymoon, we realized this would probably be best for us.
I have to empty my apartment and end the lease two weeks after the wedding. So we will go on the honeymoon after that, and we really just want everything taken care of so we can relax Happy

Otherwise, we would definitely love to go somewhere awesome and far away.
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Check out sandals resorts. Adults only, all inclusive, many many carribean locations. Find one that works for you/airport
For some reason, I get a bad feeling about Sandals, so I'd prefer a different resort. I guess because they have so many commercials and ads everywhere, I just dislike them. Dontknow They just irritate me. My sister and another friend went to the same Sandals resort in Jamaica and they both loved it on their honeymoons. I just don't know... I guess since it seems like everyone goes to Sandals, so it sounds boring and predictable.
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Well, the goal isn't so much to go somewhere awesome, but to relax. Originally I planned on Hawaii. We also talked about Japan. But after a friend got married and went to an all-inclusive this year for her honeymoon, we realized this would probably be best for us.
I have to empty my apartment and end the lease two weeks after the wedding. So we will go on the honeymoon after that, and we really just want everything taken care of so we can relax Happy

Otherwise, we would definitely love to go somewhere awesome and far away.

For some reason, I get a bad feeling about Sandals, so I'd prefer a different resort. I guess because they have so many commercials and ads everywhere, I just dislike them. Dontknow They just irritate me. My sister and another friend went to the same Sandals resort in Jamaica and they both loved it on their honeymoons. I just don't know... I guess since it seems like everyone goes to Sandals, so it sounds boring and predictable.
I guess it depends on your location/Island. I went to St. Lucia. I found it ideal because it fit my criteria (small island with nothing to do - post wedding - so all i wanted to do was sit, eat, drink, rest). They make traveling easy. Heck just tell people you went to St. Lucia, i dont believe many people ask which resort. my 2 cents.
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I guess it also seems like Sandals is overpriced compared to other places. I think that's the other reason I've been so negative about them.

I'll do some research though. Smilie I've been procrastinating this so long, I definitely need to make a decision.
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I guess it also seems like Sandals is overpriced compared to other places. I think that's the other reason I've been so negative about them.

I'll do some research though. Smilie I've been procrastinating this so long, I definitely need to make a decision.
if you are flexible w locations, you deffinately can find some decent ones.

i believe from Los Angeles to St. Lucia 7 days (medium range property) 3500?
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Did you get to check out the site I linked the other day?
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At that budget your options are nearly endless.

I do realize that planning is the last thing you want to do, but with that budget you could stay in many countries for a month without sweating anything. You might want to get a travel agent. They know what's a good deal at that time and will do all the leg work. All you have to do is say is yes or no.

I would skip the all-inclusive part of any resort. It's nice not to have to think about meals, but that is such a small part of the trip. And the included alcohol is usually shite.( I did that in Ocho Rios a few years back)

Belize is nice. Especially Caye Caulker, San Pedro(inspiration for Isla Bonita by Madonna), and Ambergris caye(pronounced Key). Belize city is a dump. It had to be said.
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My vote is Jamaica all the way. DR is good if u stay on property but otherwise very boring. Jamaica is tons of stuff to do and see.
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Just a word of warning on Jamaica, there has been some violence and muggings there and was warned by a few others that go there that it seems to be picking up -- take that for what it is worth.

I took my honeymoon to Playa del Carmen, Mexico and loved it.

You won't have a bad time anywhere, just be safe and cautious with money as is always good advice.

I personally believe all-inclusive will be more your thing -- especially for the type of trip you are wanting to relax. You won't regret it. Last thing you want to do is have to do too much thinking and hunting to make the trip cost effective. Have fun and RELAX!
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I loved Cozumel for all inclusive. We went for around 1200 per person for 6 nights, all inclusive airfare included. We stayed in a nice place, but if you want the best places look at 2k per person.
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My vote is Jamaica all the way. DR is good if u stay on property but otherwise very boring. Jamaica is tons of stuff to do and see.
I second this.
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Take a look at Excellence resorts in the cancun area. For the money in an AI it is a tremendous value imo. Many AI try to tier the people at the resort and this adds to the cost. At Excellence there is a tier system but it's for suckers. You get all the same food and drink access and basically lose an ocean view if you care about such things.

We did an AI to couples in negril once and excellence is roughly the same price and is WAY better.

You would be looking at 200pp at a base room in excellence just to compare around. Secrets is more like 250 in the same area. Some people hit two AI in the same trip or do an AI/Boutique combo.

If you want to really save money rent a condo down in PlayaDelCarmen and DIY more of the food stuff. Really renting a condo anywhere you can stretch your vacation money way further. It's just a matter of whether you want to be cooking/cleaning and hauling your crap around all the time.
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El Paso Texas, I spent a month there one night.
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