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tropical honeymoon

recommendations for a tropical honeymoon, clear aqua water, bike rides, vegetarian food...
3 years ago, June 12th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #138206  
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hello my fiance and i are deciding on a honeymoon destination. we are both musicians, artists, vegetarians, beer drinkers, girls. we are looking for a tropical paradise, fancy-ish bungalow/ boutique hotel/ unique spot right on the beach, private, flat enough for bike rides, dive bars, fancy massages, gay friendly (at least safe). we live in NC and are on a budget, however we want to do it up right for the honeymoon. can we find this close? do we need to travel far? drinks on the beach and starry nights and water so clear you can see your toes. do you know where this is? Reply to this

3 years ago, June 12th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #138220  

You did not mention which month you are planning your trip and that may impact my answer.
I have at least two suggestions for you.

You can find everything you have just described on Sanibel Island,Florida or Key West, Florida.
If you want to go to the Caribbean I would recommend Bonaire and Grand Turk.

KeyWest, Florida provides the most night life. Good diving nearby and gay friendly.

Sanibel is very laid back offers many fancy bungalows and condos on the beach. When we were there we had a nice bike bar crawl. Lots of nature and fine restaurants. Not a lot of night life but some.

Bonaire is the best diving. Take a look at Buddy's dive resort. It is a flat desert island so lot of easy bike rides. At buddy's they give you a car so you can do shore dives. You can tour the island. Eat dinner at Mona Lisa. ....gourmet food. Lot of Flamingos and nice beaches.

On Grand Turk we recommend staying at the Osprey Beach Hotel. The band lets musicians sit in with them. Great fun. Very nice diving and depending on the month you go you can encounter some whale watching. It cost more to get to this island but it is quaint and worth the effort. Fairly cheap once you get there.

Let us know if you want additional suggestions.
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3 years ago, June 13th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #138238  
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D MJ Binkley
thank you so much for the great response!
we will be traveling at the end of October/ beginning of November- not sure if this changes your
we had thought about the florida keys (key west), and might still consider going there if we find an off the beaten path/ unique place to stay.
my fiance has never been anywhere 'tropical' so i want her to experience the intensity of clear blue water and white sand beaches.
i spent the winter in St. Barth- one of the most beautiful places i have ever been, but too expensive, and void of the 'getting out of your element' experience.
i would take her there but it's not really our style, and i want to go somewhere new.

we love to have fun adventures, meet new people (with the hopes of a 50% chance of an intelligent conversation), laugh, drink cocktails, dance, explore.

your advice is appreciated- thank you!


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3 years ago, June 13th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #138240  

October is my favorite month in Florida.
In the Caribbean you will have a very low chance of hurricane. You are selecting a great time to travel.

2011 Oct. 21-30 is Fantasy Fest in Key West. The town will be flooded with gay guest. It is a wild and crazy time. A few will drink too much but it is a party. It will not feel off the beaten path at all. The first week of November in Key West is when all the Jimmy Buffet Parrot Heads descend on the town. Lots of great beach music in addition to all of the other regular places to listen to music.
If this is the location you select I would suggest the Southern Most Guest House.

I have not been to St. Barth so I cannot compare it to the other places we have been in the Caribbean.

You know you may want to consider Jamaica. From NC it will be a short flight and you can get some nice package deals. Beautiful beaches abound. You'll get plenty of steel drums and rum. Depending on where you decide to stay you could climb Dunn River Falls and go to the Botanical Gardens. If you are interested in an all inclusive they have many to offer. That way you know how much everything will cost before you go.
Jamaica may be a good option for you. Many of the resorts have many beach activities.

Let us know what you decide and please publish a blog.
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3 years ago, June 13th 2011 No: 5 Msg: #138275  
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oh jamaica could be great!
i will have to do some research- jamaica ideas anyone?

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3 years ago, June 13th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #138276  
If it were me I would select the Montego Bay area or Nigril. Nigril is known for its amazing beaches but both will make you happy. Reply to this

3 years ago, June 14th 2011 No: 7 Msg: #138286  
I have been planning a Caribbean trip for years, but it always gets delayed due to other places tempting me. Whilst watching the One Day Cricket World Cup on TV a few years ago, the local commentators were unanimous in their praise of St Lucia as the most beatufiul island of them all. Can anyone who has been there comment on this?

I've heard that St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and Saba (doesn't have the beaches though) are also beautiful. Again comments would be welcome.

Also, my research (and not practical knowledge) indicated that the French territories in the Caribbean were overall the most expensive, with the Dutch counterparts being cheaper and the British territories being the cheapest - but that doesn't mean it is actually cheap, but comparatively speaking it is. Of the places I listed above, Saba is Dutch, the rest were British territories. Reply to this

3 years ago, June 14th 2011 No: 8 Msg: #138337  
Caribbean Islands

Shane for the most part your research about the cost of the French, Dutch and British islands is correct. As you can imagine each Caribbean island has its own personality and flavor so they are each different in their own way. We love the Caribbean because of the friendly people and the great music.

We have not been to St. Lucia but have friends who have and we understand it is one of the more lush and lovely islands. The volcanic islands for the most part don't have the long white beaches that many people are looking for but they have a great deal to offer.

Here is our perception of a few of the islands we have been to: keep in mind some of our visits were a few years ago. We have found that on each island all budgets can be accommodated.

Bahamas- a group of many islands with distinct personalities. Most people are familiar with Nassau because it is the capital, the largest and visited by many on cruise ships. The smaller islands are quiet, quaint and unpopulated. The large island is a tourist mecca where locals tout their wares with smiling faces. Lots of development. Low end and high end hotels and restaurants. Rather flat topography with nice beaches.
Diving: very good-- we are hoping to go to San Salvador in the near future- one of the better islands for diving.

Barbados- one of our favorites (we have visited 4 times) It is a large island with an abundance of sugar cane fields, rolling hills and beautiful beaches. The place we stay is very simple and inexpensive but waterfront. Barbados offers lots of hiking, caving, diving, fine dining and road side roti stands. The water is an amazing blue. Bridgetown is full of trinket and jewelry shops. Many extremely good restaurants on this island. There are several private and high end resorts but plenty for the normal budget also.
Diving: not bad

Bonaire- It is a relatively flat desert island with parts of it looking like Arizona. It is a divers paradise. Many shore dives are a few feet off shore. Boat dives are ten minutes out. You can spend your time diving rather than on the boat. Very good restaurants on this island!
Diving: excellent

Curacao- is the island right next to Bonaire (one of the ABC islands) A beautiful downtown area and some amazing beaches. This island has a lot to offer and we think it is often over looked. The good thing about Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba is they are south of the hurricane path so they are safe from storms year around. This is one of the reasons their reefs are in such good shape. Very good food and again beautiful beaches.
Diving: very good

Grand Cayman- a banking and scuba diving mecca. A fairly flat island but lovely. World famous for its seven mile beach. Because of the banking laws this brings in a variety of businessmen. If you are looking to hide some money in an off shore account this is the place. Many high rise hotels and condos lining the beach. Some of the areas of the island are very pricey but budget accommodations can be found. There is a town called Hell where you can visit and have your photo to send to friends. Very good food.
Diving; excellent

Cayman Brac- not much going on this island except some diving. Small and quiet. Don't go to this island if you can't entertain yourself with walks on the beach, laying in the hammock, sitting and the bar sharing dive stories and adding a few more dives to your log. Nice accommodations.
Diving: excellent- Bloody Bay wall is amazing

Dominica- called the Garden Isle. It is beautiful, lush and green. Extremely narrow windy roads curving up through the mountains and hills. Be careful if you rent a car you could end up in a fairly deep ditch. Black sand beaches because it is volcanic. A million things to do if you love the outdoors- gardens, canoeing, some amazing hiking, waterfalls and diving. Not built up much yet so still feels off the beaten path.
Diving: very good

Jamaica- it is a very large island with a variety of topography. It is green and lush with hills and mountains. Beautiful botanical gardens, famous waterfalls, hiking and a water sport paradise. This island offers many all inclusive resorts and high end to low end accommodations. Depending on where you are some of the locals can be assertive in trying to sell their wares but we are good at saying no. Very good food available and you could go to Bob Marley's house if you wanted to take the time.

Turks and Caicos- Is a group of islands each with their own personality.Amazing color of water. We've been to Grand Turk and Salt Caye. We didn't go to Providenciales because it is built up and has casinos.
Grand Turk is stepping back in time. Many people rent golf carts to explore the island as It is small. A few nice beaches and some very good diving. Also known for whale watching in the winter. Salt Caye is tiny- don't go unless you like the quiet.
Diving: very good

St. Lucia is on our short list but I suspect our next couple of islands will be Bequia and Montserrat.
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3 years ago, June 14th 2011 No: 9 Msg: #138363  
Wow, that is a fantastic summary - thank you so much! Reply to this

3 years ago, June 15th 2011 No: 10 Msg: #138375  
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i did a bunch of research on jamaica, actually picked out a beautiful bungalow on the cliffs, and then decided to check if it was gay friendly. this is a quote from wikipedia:
'Jamaica has been described by human-rights groups as the most homophobic place on earth due to the hate speech and bias motivated crimes often directed at LGBT people'
hmm total bummer.
not the honeymoon paradise spot for us.
now to look for a new more loving location...
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3 years ago, June 15th 2011 No: 11 Msg: #138377  


I'm not encouraging you to go there after reading that review but I would check around for other reviews just to make certain that is up to date info. How long ago was that review written? Reply to this

3 years ago, June 15th 2011 No: 12 Msg: #138378  

I'm sorry is that you have to worry about these things. It makes me sad.
I've attached an article that may be of help to you.

Happy Travels,
Merry Jo

[Edited: 2011 Jun 15 00:28 - D MJ Binkley:42569 ]
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3 years ago, June 30th 2011 No: 13 Msg: #139492  
Hello, if you are looking for a romantic paradise, I definitly recommend you Brazil, specially in the north, which is called "the golden coast" Last year I went with my partner to Fortaleza and we had a great time. It's a place with a lot of native culture in dances, food, everything. We learned the Dança do Coco 😊 About the food, gastronomy is delicious, wonderful fruits and fishes that you can eat at the shore of its main beach, Barra do Ceara and if you want something more private, you have more than 25 kilometers of beaches starting in Iracema, with an incredible landscape. Here I left you the place where I get info for <snip> and other destinations in Brazil <snip>

Regards and have a great trip!
[Edited: 2011 Jul 01 08:53 - Jabe:6222 - No URL drops on forums, please.]
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3 years ago, June 30th 2011 No: 14 Msg: #139498  
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thanks mariel- i will check it out!
do you have the name of the hotel where you stayed?

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3 years ago, July 7th 2011 No: 15 Msg: #139784  
Hey Casey!
If it cannot be the Carribeans check out Zanzibar! It´s a spice archipelago including some islands just off the coast of Tanzania, Africa. If you want to show your fiance powdery white sandy beaches and a cristal clear and warm ocean, this is the right spot for you!
I live on Unguja Island since a year now and my friends from London spent their honeymoon here - the best ever 😉 If you want to enjoy time alone, the beaches are very calm and there are many lonely sandbanks in the Indian Ocean! In addition, there are many things to explore - even in one year I did not manage to do all! I definitely can recomment Zanzibar as a honeymoon destination! We even organized several weddings for the hotel guests here - all is possible!
To keep my text short, check out this website: <snip>. I work for it and you can find all of my further travel hints there - also great pictures!

Hope my reply did not come too late. Anyways, whish you both a nice wedding and honeymoon!

[Edited: 2011 Jul 07 15:51 - Jabe:6222 - No advertising on forums, please]
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3 years ago, May 21st 2012 No: 16 Msg: #156448  
don't think only beaches.. Crystal clear water n all..just go where you enjoy "PRIVACY" a lot and that is "Aliya Retreat" just realx yourself man according to me that's best place for u n ur soulmate afterall it's ur honeymoon..if u changed your mind from sandy beaches n visit some hidden town from city life..you will know more about <snip> thanks.
[Edited: 2012 May 21 10:06 - The Travel Camel:11053 - No link dropping on this forum.]
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