Looking for warm, beachy honeymoon destination in November 2010. Live on east coast so not really interested in Hawaii. We've both been to Aruba and trying to go someplace neither of us has been AND avoid hurricane/monsoon season issues. I love the spa and he love gambling. We both like fine dining. ANY ideas are welcome!
Staying away from Aruba and lookign for east coast warm spots, for Marriott properties, you will have a few choices. I'll try to give a quick description for each that I have been to in the past.
St Thomas - Frenchman's Reef or the Vacation club. Both are great properties and there is literally tons to do in/around the island. One of the top 10 most beautiful beachs there (Magans Bay) and you can get to St John and the BVI by ferry for day trips. Of note, neither of these properties has a casino. Fine dining can be found around the island fairly easily. Easy to get in and out of the airport by jet from the SE regional airports and is serviced by most major airlines. A rental car might be worth it here, though taxis can get you anywhere just as easy and parking can be a pain at times.
St. Kitts - Marriott resort and vacation club. Its a nice property and they have their own big pool, spa, beach, etc. Getting into and out of St Kitts will require a flight to San Juan then prop plane to the island. There are limited carriers that service the island, so book early to get a good rate. American Airlines is one of the few US carriers that provides service, though they only have 2 flights a day I think. They also have some fees for entry/exit just so you arent surprised. You can use the taxis for most anything you want to see here, I would not recommend renting a car. They have some great scuba diving and other touristy things offerred by the resort. They do have a casino here. Fine dining is less available, though the resort does have a nice resturant and there are some nice local places on the beach not far from the resort.
Another option is San Juan in Puerto Rico. Lots of options here to fit various budgets of $$ and points. There are all kinds of things to do in PR. The Bacardi tours, rainforrest tours, walking around Old San Juan, exploring different areas of the city, etc, not to mention the resorts themselves. There is a good public transportation system here so renting a car is not necessarily required but depends on where you want to go/see/do. San Juan is serviced by most major airlines from the east coast.
Having been to all of these places, I will say I prefer the USVI but each has its own flavor and style. I think San Juan offers the most choices as its the biggest of all the islands listed. If you do more Scuba Diving and like exploring other islands, USVI is the place. If you want a more "island" experience that you'll spend more time at the resort, exploring through tours, etc, St Kitts is great. Of course dont forget that from San Juan, you can probably find some very cheap air fare to other islands if you wanted to take a quick trip or do an overnight at another property.
Hope this helps, let me know if you have any questions or want more info :)
I just used my Marriott Rewards to stay at the Marriott Grand Cayman. Great time! Everyone on Grand Cayman is nice. I had my 4 yr old daughter and she enjoyed it immensely. We bounced back and forth from pool to beach and back again. Food (on property and off) was good with generous portions. Don't waste your time at the Turtle Farm. They had themed food nights and buffets on the beach each day. George Town was over crowded with Cruise passengers. Not much worth shopping for there. Other friend just returned from the Westin on Seven Mile Beach, too, and they enjoyed it.
More Puerto Rico threads:
Courtyard Aguadilla http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1121
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Courtyard Isla Verde Beach Resort http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1198
Courtyard San Juan Convention Center http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1347
San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1349
La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1350
The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1351
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