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Where to honeymoon?

Hello,

I need some help. My fiance and I will be getting married in September and my job is to plan the Honeymoon. Normally our type of vacation would include boating in upstate NY, kayaking, hiking, mountains, etc., but she requested that we go somewhere "warm and with a beach" to relax. We are not the tourist type and enjoyed a month long trip on the Erie Canal, Champlain Canal and Lake Champlain--not exactly touristy.

Hawaii's less touristy islands sound ideal because of the diversity of activities, but its a long trek from Upstate NY for a 7 day trip (Sunday to Sunday).

Is there a place that you would recommend in the Caribbean/bahamas/?? area that has more than a beach, but is not a tourist trap? The reason I am asking on sailnet is that I would like to rent a boat and do a little sailing for 3-4 days. Ideally we could sail to a secluded bay, anchor and explore the shore, read, etc., just as we do on our own boat.

My original idea was to charter a bare bones boat for the entire trip (perhaps not the first/last days), but what about huricane season (Sept. 19-26th)?

Thanks,
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It is a long flight but Hawaii sure is nice. I used to live on the Big Island and I would recommend it. Where else can you spend the morning on the beach and go to the top of a nearly 14,000 foot volcano for sunset?
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I'd recommend not going to the Caribbean...Greece would be a better choice, as would Hawaii. Both will have areas that fit your requirements.

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I was afraid you were going to say this. I guess we just may have to waste a day to flying. The shortest flights to Hawaii are in excess of 12 hours and during daylight hours on the way out.

I think we just might need to do it regardless. So much for a 7 Day trip, now we are down to about 5 usable days after you consider getting there early everything else. I'm sure we'll make the best of it. Thanks again.

Anyone know a a place to rent a boat (day or overnight) to do a little exploring in Hawaii?
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A few ideas:

September is a Perfect time of year to go to Napa Valley California.

If you like the country, I would try St Helena or Calistoga. Lots of great food, wine, hiking, biking, nearby Redwood Trees, etc etc. If that thought appeals to you I can make further recs.

Another thought closer to home...would be Cape Cod. It's quiet that time of year the water may still be warm, and you can have the beaches to yourself.
Wellfleet is my favorite town on the Cape. Great little harbor.
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Back to the Caribbean, the island "Carriacou" may suit you... deserted beaches involving a bit of a hike, certainly the possiblity of a non-mainstream-charter type of rental. Not a cruise ship destination and so we quite liked it. Do a little googling..... (generally south of the Hurricane belt too!)

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Hello,

I need some help. My fiance and I will be getting married in September and my job is to plan the Honeymoon. Normally our type of vacation would include boating in upstate NY, kayaking, hiking, mountains, etc., but she requested that we go somewhere "warm and with a beach" to relax. We are not the tourist type and enjoyed a month long trip on the Erie Canal, Champlain Canal and Lake Champlain--not exactly touristy.

Hawaii's less touristy islands sound ideal because of the diversity of activities, but its a long trek from Upstate NY for a 7 day trip (Sunday to Sunday).

Is there a place that you would recommend in the Caribbean/bahamas/?? area that has more than a beach, but is not a tourist trap? The reason I am asking on sailnet is that I would like to rent a boat and do a little sailing for 3-4 days. Ideally we could sail to a secluded bay, anchor and explore the shore, read, etc., just as we do on our own boat.

My original idea was to charter a bare bones boat for the entire trip (perhaps not the first/last days), but what about huricane season (Sept. 19-26th)?

Thanks,
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Given that you are only taking a week I would not loose 2 days flying. From the east coast doing either Hawaii or Europe really need 10 day+ trips. I would look at the Bahamas/Caribbean. However you do have a risk with 'canes' the season is starting to wind down at that point but big ones happen in Sept. I would definitely sign up for travel insurance and you have lots of choices depending on your price point. One thing to look at is the Bitter End Yacht Club if you want to combine beach with activities. Other choices abound. If you want to be really lazy you could even do a cruise...
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Wow...thanks for your help.

I never even thought of California, but that may be the best...A day or two at a southern beach, then drive north hitting a place or two every day until the San Fransisco Area. This would mostly be be away from the water, but I'm sure she would have enough after two days sitting at the beach. We are not the "sit-still" kind of people--kind of like why we like boating, a different place each night.

Thanks for the thought on the southern Caribbean, my parents love Aruba and gave the same suggestion because it is so far south. I think this is starting to narrow the trip down. Either California (more like our usual trips) or Southern Caribbean (more once in a lifetime for us). Either way, we should get 7+ full days in which really trumps Hawaii or Europe.

Thanks again!
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Wow...thanks for your help.

Thanks for the thought on the southern Caribbean, my parents love Aruba and gave the same suggestion because it is so far south.
Just to be clear... Carriacou is NOT Curasou, not part of the "ABCs"

Carriacou is the island immediately north of Grenada, a lovely quiet spot away from the Cruise crowd. - Still generally south of the Hurricanes for the most part.

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Mooregm5,

If you're thinking of California, and can work the flights affordably, I'd rent a car ( convertables are fun) in SF...head to Napa Valley for a day or two, then work your way down the coast....Monterey, Big Sur, Huntington Beach?...then fly home from Anaheim......I've done this trip in 7 days and didn't feel rushed. Get an early flight out and a late flight back...

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