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1. Posted by Jezmund (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

I haven't done much traveling in the Caribean and am in need of some suggestions. My fiancée and I will be going on our honeymoon in November 2006. Our budget is in the $3,000-$4,000 price range (will spend more if it's worth it).

What are some thoughts on all-inclusive vs. non?

I would like our destination to be comfortable but not touristy. We'd both like to stay away from the cruise ship crowds if possible. I'd also like to be able to get away from the crowds and do some hiking, the more remote the better. Any other more adventurous excursions are a plus.

My fiancée on the other hand will demand great beaches and a good bar.

We will both want to snorkel; so close shallow reefs would also be a plus.

I was considering Grenada. Any and all thoughts are appreciated.

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Hi David!

Congrats on your upcoming wedding!!!

I have not been to Grenada so I can not comment on it. But, I can recommend a couple of all-inclusives that will suit your needs.

Sandals - Couples Only Resorts

We have stayed at the:
Sandals Antigua Caribbean Village & Spa
Wonderful amenities and spa! Hiking in Antigua is not a highlight and the snorkeling right from the beach is non-existent, but, they do take you out to the reefs for that. We are divers so we spent most of our time on the dive boat - also included. The Antiguans were wonderful and we had a great time.

Sandals Montego Bay (Jamaica)
We've been to Jamaica numerous times and snorkeling from the beach at this resort was very good. Again, great amenities. Hiking in Jamaica will be much better, but get recommendations from the tour operators there. Just hiking alone in the mountains is not recommeded on many of the islands. The people who live there will know what areas are safe and which ones are not.

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island (Jamaica)
This one is located by Ocho rios, Jamaica. It may be too close to the cruise ship crowds for your liking but the snorkeling was great.

Breezes Resorts - Adults Only

Breezes Runaway Bay (Jamaica)
I can say the same things about this one as I have above. The snorkeling average - if memory serves. (Been awhile...)

We like all-inclusive vacations. We like not having to budget for every meal, drink and activity. With only 2 weeks worth of vacation time a year, it's nice to be pampered a bit here and there. We also take travel vacations, but if we're going for diving - it's all-inclusive every time.

3. Posted by Jezmund (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y


Thanks for taking the time to send post comments. We appreciate it.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Isadora

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island (Jamaica)
This one is located by Ocho rios, Jamaica. It may be too close to the cruise ship crowds for your liking but the snorkeling was great.

Correction: Royal Carribean is located outside of Montego Bay. My mistake!!! It's been about 5 years since our last Jamaica trip. We did the trip to Antigua 2 years ago. My apologies - but I still recommend the resorts. ;)

5. Posted by ptezoe (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

How about Dominica? Not the Dominican Republic, but the Commonwealth of Dominica. Also called the "Nature Island", it is a perfect honeymoon spot! No tourist crowds there, the island is mountainous and covers with rainforest, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, and yes... some nice beaches too and some great rhum punch for your fiance. You should be able to find a nice rainforest honeymoon suite in your budget. Go to for some ideas.
All the best!;)

6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

Or St Lucia might be a possibility - my gf used to sell holidays in the Caribbean and St Lucia was her favourite - look at:

The Ladera:

The Anse Chastenet

7. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 420 posts) 11y

St. Martin is a pretty spectacular island and easy to get around on. Tons to do, great restaurants, beautiful beaches, and not terribly expensive (reletive to your budget). It's very european in flavor (for a Caribbean island) and very sophisticated. What's really cool is that it's close enough to Saba, St. Barts, St. Kitts, and Antigua to do some day trips (usually less than $100 rt).

Saba is one of the most beautiful non beach islands you've ever seen. Good rainforests, great diving, very small (pop. 800), a magical place but not a ton to do unless you love scuba.

St. Kitts has a lot of cool things, the Brimstone Hill fortress, diving, secluded beaches, great hiking up to the extinct volcano.

St. Kitts is much more undeveloped and will offer a lot more rough outdoor type activities - it'll also be a lot cheaper.

8. Posted by Jezmund (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Wow, Thanks guys for the recs!

9. Posted by cruisegirl (Respected Member 244 posts) 11y

If you try St Martin, be sure to stay on the French side, the Dutch side is usually swarming with Cruise ship passengers (I have been there with as many as 8 big ships).

My favourite island is Grenada. Low key, relaxed, great food and drinks, wonderful people. They did get nailed hard by Hurricane Ivan a couple years ago, and are a bit slow at recovering (I haven't been there in about a year, so I am not sure on the status).

Dominica is also a wonderful suggestion, and if you do go there is tons of hiking and walking....don't miss the Emerald Pool (easy walk) Trafalgar Falls (a little more difficult) Middleham Falls (harder, but very worth it). I've been to Dominica at least 20 times, and I made sure that every time I was there, I went out to enjoy the island and all it has to offer.

10. Posted by mumu1978 (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

I just lived in Saba for 2 years.

I would totally reccomend going to that area.
Anguilla is an amazing island, beaches like I have never seen, not crowed at all, we used to be the only ones on the beach.
St Barths is amazing too. SO clean, so nice!
St Maarten is pretty touristy but awesome.
IF you want to see pics send me an email I will help with whatever you want.

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