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Please Help: Planning a Honeymoon

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Please Help: Planning a Honeymoon

Hi TA,

I need some help here. I'm planning to surprise my sister and her fiance with a honeymoon to Puerto Rico. I don't know anything about honeymoons or Puerto Rico.

They are in their early 30s and they enjoy beach life. My first thought is one week at an all-inclusive resort that provides sightseeing tours and other excursions.

My budget is $1200 per person. Is this enough? If not, can you give me a better idea of what I might need to spend? The point is for them to just show up, check in and do whatever it is young couples do on their honeymoon.

I would be ever so grateful if anyone could suggest a location and/or any ideas. Especially the budget, I have no idea how much is enough.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Please Help: Planning a Honeymoon

There are no all inclusive in PR. They are not needed and would cost to much. There is so much to do and different kind of places to stay. Metro San Juan is over 2 million folks. It has everything. Isla Verde is the nicest beach area and there are several hotels there. Some Directly on the beach. A few names. Intercontinental. El San Juan, Ritz, Courtyard. On on NE corner is the El Conquistador. Very nice resort, UP on a cliff with panoramic views. THey rented an offshore island which has a beautiful white sand beach. On the South Side is the Copamarina. Very quiet and peaceful, think they have a meal plan. Out West it the town of Rincon. Surfing capital of PR. 5 Star resort there too. Horned Dorset. Some of the residence there have a private plung pool for each unit. Good luck.

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2. Re: Please Help: Planning a Honeymoon

"My budget is $1200 per person. Is this enough? If not, can you give me a better idea of what I might need to spend?"

It all depends on the type of accomodations you want to book, and the travel dates. In other words, 4 and 5 stars hotels are more expensive than hotels with lower ratings, and the high season is more expensive than the lower season. There are no all-inclusive resorts in PR.

I suggest that you begin your plans by researching the island so you know which area they would prefer: big city vs a quiet beach town. You can also research the hotels. Once you have narrowed down some choices, come back and we'll provide suggestions. When you do so, please provide us with information about the couple:

What are their interests? Will they be interested in renting a car? Will the be interested in exploring/sightseeing? Would they prefer a super romantic setting and the kind of hotel room they don't have to leave for the entire stay?

Edited: 08 July 2014, 18:18
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3. Re: Please Help: Planning a Honeymoon

I've never heard of planning a surprise honeymoon. Perhaps you should let them plan and you pay for it.

In any case, if they want beach and relaxation, perhaps a stay in Vieques or Culebra would be nice. But I agree with the above. We don't know the couple, so we cannot give you any helpful advice -if you were planning my honeymoon and you sent me to an AI I would kill you :) Do some research and come back with specific questions.

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4. Re: Please Help: Planning a Honeymoon

Thank you, everyone, for your responses. I realise I did not give you much to go on. After consulting with my sister, I think I have more to provide you.

They are in their early 30s. They love beach life, but they don't want to just lay on the beach all day. They want to snorkel, jet ski, and any other water activity they can get their hands on. They also like the pool, but I guess most resort places have pools these days. They do not want to be in a private, romantic setting because they find this to be boring and lonely. They would like a thriving night life, but they are not interested in the Spring Break type lifestyle, if that makes sense. They do want to do some sightseeing but it's better for them if they do organised tours. They are not the type to get off the beaten path and figure things out on their own. It is also better that they did not have to rent a car. If they could just get a shuttle from the airport to their resort. Any exploration they do would be on foot within the immediate vicinity, or with a tour guide. My sister speaks pretty decent Spanish.

What they are not into is anything requires too much thought, too much research, or too much paperwork, which is why I'm planning this for them. The idea of my sister trying plan anything made me laugh for five minutes straight. I love my sister to death but she couldn't plan her way out of a paper bag, and she knows this. We joke about it a lot. She's the type that would arrange a hotel but forget to buy airfare, but show up the airport anyway and then be upset the airlines didn't already know she was travelling. He's even more clueless than she is. He would schedule the flight, forget the hotel and bring a pair of snow skis and nothing else. That's why they're perfect for each other.

It's a surprise, well, because, we're a family that likes surprises. I got the idea from a movie. The father in law surprised the newlyweds with a trip to Thailand. Thailand would be awesome but it's too expensive and they don't have passports (too much paperwork). We like random.

As far as budget, I don't want to spend a fortune but I don't want this to be the starving college student's trip either. I'm looking for something where I get a lot of bang for my buck. I see there are no all-inclusives, but wherever I can get things packaged together that would be great. I don't want them to come out their pockets too much, other than their own food and whatever souvenirs they choose to buy.

I hope I have given you a better picture. If not, please let me know where I'm deficient. I want this to be really nice for my sister. She has been through a lot and she deserves this.

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5. Re: Please Help: Planning a Honeymoon

Hi WBM, For Puerto Rico, I think you are looking at the El San Juan. Five minutes from the airport by taxi, It has excellent onsite nightlife, with live entertainment and a wild nightclub , several good to excellent restaurants a great pool and beach, with water sports and a casino. I'm sure that you can book a honeymoon package and I would try to get an Ocean lanai room. From the El San Juan, the happy couple will find it easy to explore Old San Juan or the Condado, ( accessible by bus or taxi) perhaps a trip to El Yunque, the rain forest or a snorkling excursion. ( tours available) Based on your description, I'm a little surprised that they haven't been to San Juan already. Chances are they'll like it enough to return.

Edited: 09 July 2014, 14:52
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I agree with prvisitor. Isla Verde and the place to be for fun and activity is the EL San Juan. Most hotels do not have shuttles unless they are a ways way from the airport and there is a fee. Cabs are the primary means to get to a San Juan area Hotel. Rates are by Zone. Airport to Isla Verde, $10/15 with tip. THere are many tour companies. To start your research look at Castillo Tours. Also look at the Que Pasa tourist magazine.

http://www.castillotours.com/

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7. Re: Please Help: Planning a Honeymoon

Another vote for El San Juan. It has everything you are looking for: a nice beach, beautiful pools, the best nightlife and the hottest club in town, and the location is the best: plenty of restaurants and shops within walking distance. Another option is Intercontinental, which is right next to El San Juan. I suggest that you compare these hotels on discount websites (Hotwire.com, Priceline.com, Kayak.com) for the best prices. I got both of these hotels for under $100 by bidding on Priceline.com (4-stars in the San Juan area).

As mentioned above, taxi is the way to go. Shuttle services are not available in San Juan.

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8. Re: Please Help: Planning a Honeymoon

Thank you, everyone! This has really helped. I think the El San Juan and the Intercontinental are exactly what I'm looking for.

I'm going to look into these excursion suggestions provided, and do some more research.

Thanks!

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