As I had previously mentioned, an October wedding had us connecting to TripAdvisor, Frommer’s, and The Travel Channel a heck of a lot more than normal to do digging about where we’d enjoy each other’s company and frolic in the surf on our honeymoon…during hurricane season.
We crossed off options due to cost, travel time, and the desire for something uber “tropical.”
After Cabo was nixed, I plead my case to Mr. Sweet Cream for a location that I just knew he would love. Thanks to some handy research, pictures of beautiful water (and fishing!), and some fellow bees on the message boards, we picked our ’moon locale.
For those bees out there who like a little bit of guessing, here are some clues for you: Dutch is the official language, the currency is the florin, and the average temperature is 81 degrees…
Image via Quality Travel Services
After Mr. Sweets and I become Mr. & Mrs., we are heading off to the gorgeous island of Curacao!
For those bees who aren’t familiar with the island, as I previously had not been, it’s near Aruba and Bonaire and is known for its scuba diving and underwater paradise. (It’s also known for that blue liquor that is found in bars across the county—and in this Blue Hawaiian. Yum-O!)
For whatever reason, Mr. Sweets was sure we could book everything ourselves without going through a travel agent. I know that this can be risky, but we were willing to take the risk. And hopefully it’s worth it.
Trip Advisor led me to this adorable little B&B in the capital of the country, The Scuba Lodge, where reviews poured in saying all kinds of nice things about this yellow 14-bedroom historic building owned by a Dutch couple. After even more research, we booked it!
The Ostrich Farm allows you to take a guided tour and hang with the big birds. My favorite: Zambezi Restaurant, where you can sip liqueur by a cozy campfire at night! / Image via Ants & Grasshoppers Blog
There are petroglyphs estimated to be 1500 years old left from the Amerindian Arawaks in the Hato Caves. / Image via Fun in Curacao
We are planning on mixing a little culture, pampering, and history (and really big birds!) in with lounging on a powdery beach and sipping drinks. We can do both.
I know that some family members are sad because they had their hearts set on getting us a gift certificate to a travel agent this past holiday as a present. And I know that we could wind up hating this fish-doctor spa. But Mr. Sweet Cream and I have always enjoyed a good adventure—even if it doesn’t turn out just right. And we have Caroline and Annalise at the Scuba Lodge who seem like they know a thing or two.
Did you go through a travel agent or do the digging yourself? Where are you going on your honeymoon? Is there one thing that might seem a little crazy that you absolutely cannot wait for (besides being on your honeymoon with your honey, that is)?
Have any bees been to Curacao and have a great tip (or three?) for me?