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Old 08-08-2016, 05:22 AM   #1
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I'm getting married in September and trying to plan a two week honeymoon for late September/early October and we have no idea where to go. Scrolling around the globe on Google was pretty awesome for a few days and now I'm exhausted. Suggestions?

-Wife-to-be wants to be tanning on the beach in another country
-Budget is $5,000 for two weeks
-I already speak Spanish (not a requirement but would be a bonus)
-looking to avoid hurricanes, Zika, crowds
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Stay away from the typical honeymoon spots.

We did a week in Aruba dropped almost $6500 then a week in Vermont and spent around $2000.

In Aruba, we were just another couple, in VT they seemed to treat us special since we chose to go to VT for a honeymoon which is not that common.

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I'd stay with Deckhead...treat them to dinner every night and bring home $3000

Man...if you'd left beach-time out of the mix, I could come up with a bunch of ideas.

And not to put a negative in the mix....September and October is prime hurricane season in a bunch of areas that are close and "beachy".

Me? I'd be up in the mountains on a secluded lake watching the leaves turn color next to a roaring fireplace.
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I'd stay with Deckhead...treat them to dinner every night and bring home $3000



We're brainstorming here, every idea goes on the list!

I suggested we do a long weekend away and spend $4000 on the house. Almost had to find a new bride.
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I've never been on a "real vacation". I spent time living and working in Bolivia, which I told people was a vacation because I wasn't making any money, but it wasn't.

I'm oddly not opposed to the beach vacation or resort vacation. Maybe I can be one of those guys who can just sit around with a book and drink...or maybe I'll find a part time job during the trip.

We did look at some of the typical spots like Aruba and Ibiza but I got skeptical just because it's such a popular option. But also maybe anonymity isn't so bad on vacation?
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Extended cruise?
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Hadn't even considered that. I bet you get a lot of bang for your buck on a cruise.
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I'm getting married in September and trying to plan a two week honeymoon for late September/early October and we have no idea where to go. Scrolling around the globe on Google was pretty awesome for a few days and now I'm exhausted. Suggestions?

-Wife-to-be wants to be tanning on the beach in another country
-Budget is $5,000 for two weeks
-I already speak Spanish (not a requirement but would be a bonus)
-looking to avoid hurricanes, Zika, crowds
Hawaii...

It's just a blast... and a great time of year to go... boating, snorkeling, heli-tours (not as expensive as you'd think), GORGEOUS sunset dinners/drinks on the beach (awesome food), pig-roasts, beaches, streams, water falls, pools, luaus, fire-jugglers, whale watching (we didn't do it), etc... some great memories of that trip...

We did one week on Kauai and then one week Maui... we did it in that order to decompress and get into the swing of things as Kauai is more laid back and Maui more party like (at least when we were there decades ago)... lots to do and fits all your criteria... Something you might want to consider is looking to book a timeshare condo for each week (ends up less than a hotel)... one price for the week, and you have a furnished place as opposed to a room, which makes it easier to relax, come and go as you please, fridge, laundry (so you don't have to pack as much)... and not every meal needs to be at a restaurant...

The romantic aspect for the ladies can't be understated...

Plus you can look up DirtyWhiteBoy if you end up on Honolulu but I'm sure if you PM him, he'll give you the local secrets...

As to a cruise, just did one... it was our first and while we loved it and will do it again, I wouldn't recommend it for a honeymoon... but everyone is different... unless you go for the suite, most rooms are adequate and the showers aren't really meant for two...

Wherever you decide to honeymoon, kudos on the decision to do two weeks (you'll know what I mean after being away two weeks), and congrats on the pending nuptials...



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Also, consider taking a few days off after the honeymoon... we actually did two and half weeks in Hawaii, returned mid-week and went back on the following Monday... gives you time as newlyweds outside of the honeymoon and work...
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I ended up going to Hawaii for two weeks after what I consider to have been a pretty exhaustive search of options that pretty much fit your exact criteria.

Hawaii is extremely typical for a reason. It's awesome.
Obviously incredible natural stuff you can do. Amazing hiking, surfing, swimming, snorkling, loafing.
Food is great. Beaches are great. There's a couple different areas that are great for spending a few days. I wouldn't spend all my time in Honolulu or even on Oahu.
We hit right around 5k for two weeks. If I had it to do over, I think I could knock that down to 3k, keeping in mind that plane tickets are the bulk of that. Skip Royal Hawaiian or Surfrider. No bet is comfortable enough to justify $250/night. You can still hang out in the lobby and drink at the bar without getting a room.

My runner up was Croatia. I've never been there, but it looked great and the price was right. My upstairs neighbors actually just got back from their honeymoon there and they said it was a blast.

Last option I'll throw out there is Italy. Amalfi coast is, again, very typical for a very good reason. Beaches. Romance. Shopping. Best wine and food on Earth. There's also cool hiking and local stuff you can get into if your new bride is dead set on shopping and tanning the entire time. That's sort of how my wife and I operate. She posts up on the beach, I say, "Hey, I'm gonna run to the car real quick." I then circumnavigate the area and do a whirlwind tour of the entire nation, eating, drinking, adopting local custom, making friends, making enemies, etc. I get back to the beach and she doesn't even remember that I told her I was going to the car. She has no concept of time when at the beach.
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Also, consider taking a few days off after the honeymoon... we actually did two and half weeks in Hawaii, returned mid-week and went back on the following Monday... gives you time as newlyweds outside of the honeymoon and work...
This is probably the best advice you're going to get out of this thread.
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Make a break for southern Argentina. We were going to do it but my wife had one rule (she'd probably break it now) which is no pooping in a hole in the ground. Patagonia is one of the prettiest places on Earth. It will be their spring. Make it adventurous.

If you want to stay here I should have my boat by then and I'll take you fishing. This gives me an excuse to fish and not work. We have a room with its own bathroom that we leave open for visitor's
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Wife and I spent two weeks on Oahu when our Air Force boy was stationed there. Weather's about as perfect as it gets, though you'll stand out if you don't put a sweatshirt on when the temperature drops to 70°.

Make no mistake, you can easily drop a wad of cash there--but you don't have to. I had a blast hiking some of the mountain ridge trails. Spectacular views, and not a speck of litter anywhere.

And DirtyWhiteBoy is an excellent tour guide.
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Hadn't even considered that. I bet you get a lot of bang for your buck on a cruise.


I hope so. It is, after all, a honeymoon.



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Hadn't even considered that. I bet you get a lot of bang for your buck on a cruise.
It's your honeymoon, you should be getting a lot of bang, period.
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OOB?
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Thee are some beaches outside of Austin that are OK. You'd probably want to stay out of Hippy Hollow, though. Plenty of good food and night life.
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A young lady I know went on her 2 week honeymoon about a month before she got married. Broke up the stress of getting married, plus if the honeymoon was bad, you get a chance to change your mind...
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I did West Coast (Monterey). Carmel is a nice area too, but you can choose the location for the temp and activities you want to do. Plus it doesn't rain every day like Hawaii.
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