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Just Said Yes May 2010

Honeymoon in South America or Europe?

kelrice81, on March 27, 2009 at 1:05 PM Posted in Honeymoon 0 14
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I have a year to plan, but wanted to see if anyone has done either locations. I would like to do Greece/Italy, but I am worried it will involve too much sightseeing. Plus with the Euro I was curious to see if Brazil or Argentina had interesting vacation spots. I want to be able to have some relaxation time after the wedding. Any suggestions?

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  • Caren Jeanty
    February 2020
    Caren Jeanty ·
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    All four places involve lots of siteseeing, unless you stay at a resort. That way you can relax as much as you want and if you feel like doing more you have that option as well.

    I just got back a week ago from snowboarding in St. Anton and the euro exchange was not as bad as a couple of months ago.

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  • Tammy & Mark Toung
    February 2020
    Tammy & Mark Toung ·
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    I think you need to approach this first by deciding what is your budget.

    After that then you will have a better picture of what will your budget buy you in both locations and then decide.

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  • Stefanie Impeduglia
    February 2020
    Stefanie Impeduglia ·
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    A few things to keep in mind in reference to your decision is the weather. If you are not aware, when it is our summer in the States, it's winter in South America. Staying on the subject of South America, basically Brazil, I do not recommend venturing out on your own. Rio de Janario is not safe. Argentina would be the better choice. But in all honesty, Greece or Italy would make a wonderful honeymoon. It's up to you how much sightseeing you wish to do...basically I would very much like to relay more information so to help in your decision making, therefore having some knowledge of your travel date is important. If you want, kindly contact me, Stefanie, Best Cruises and Travel, **********@***.***

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  • Edgar Chacon
    February 2020
    Edgar Chacon ·
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    Hello Kelrice81,

    Here is one more place to consider. It is in the Costa Rica rain forest. Near Manual Antonio State Park. Lots of eco-tours and things to do. Very romantic!

    www.mytropicalhoneymoon.com

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    Savvy January 2010
    Dewtrell ·
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    My fiance and I are big travelers, and we just got back from South America two months ago: we went to Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

    First off, you have to have your wits about you in Rio but it is safe - we had no problems at all and we didn't have a guide, you don't need one. We stayed in Ipanema Beach at the Ipanema Plaza Hotel, a block away from the beach, and popular Post 9 is right ahead. You can walk from Ipamena to Lagoa, lots of restaurants nearby, and there is a fab street fair on Sundays.

    We stopped off in Rio again on our way way to the US, we stayed at the Copacabana Palace Hotel and it was worth every penny. However, Copacabana is not as nice as Ipanema Beach and I think there's just more to do there, although I preferred the Copacabana Palace Hotel over the Ipanema Plaza.

    Argentina was amazing, we went to Igazu Falls, Buenos Aires and Mendoza. The dollar is very strong, we had 5 star dinners every night and never paid over $100 US dollars.

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    Savvy January 2010
    Dewtrell ·
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    Since there is a limit on the post, it's hard to get in a lot!

    I haven't been to Greece but we did Italy last year and it's great. The exchange rate is much better now, but it's not South America, where your money goes very far, and Buenos Aires - some of it looks like Paris, but it felt like Rome too because most are descendants of Italians, and the drivers are much more crazier in BA than Rome.

    Italy is much more easier to nagivate, the train system is very easy and South America is not set up for that, although flights to Iguazu Falls and Mendoza are just under an hour.

    I your biggest concern is relaxation - Greece is great for that and some parts of Italy but Europe really is a place where you hit the pavement. If you're looking for relaxation, I'd go with Argentina just because there isn't the must-see spots and you're not waiting in long lines to see a chuch, painting, statute, etc...

    If you have any questions, just ask me.

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  • eggburt
    Just Said Yes April 2009
    eggburt ·
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    My husband and I just got married last weekend. We are waiting until August to go to Ireland on our honeymoon. I have been in contact with myguideireland.com and although we haven't used them yet, they have been very helpful in the planning process and I expect it to be a fun honeymoon.

    I'm a big traveler and the most relaxing places I have visited are Venice, Italy; Corfu, Greece; and many of the Germanic countries: Lucern, Switzerland; Austria; Hopfgarden, Germany

    I've also heard that Belize is good place to go, but I've never been.

    Enjoy and congratulations!

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  • Mindy Gilbert
    February 2020
    Mindy Gilbert ·
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    Both Europe and South America make wonderful honeymoon destinations but a lot depends on the time of your that you are going. The "season" in Greece for the Greek Islands is quite short- May-September. I have sent many honeymooners to Greece for a combination of relaxing in the Greek Islands and a bit of sightseeing in Athens. Italy is always fabulous but if you are looking for warm weather you are again limited to the May- September time frame- although the rest of the year is still comfortable but not swimming weather.

    You might want to consider a Mediterranean cruise that might combine a bit of relaxation with sight seeing and many go year round.

    South America- Argentina and Brazil will give you much more value for the money. Weather in Brazil is moderate year round but Argentina's seasons are reversed from ours.

    For a weather cheat sheet, check out http://www.myvacationlady.com/travelresources.aspx

    and scroll all the way down.

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  • Eugenia
    Dedicated July 2010
    Eugenia ·
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    I think argentina is a better place... the dolar is very strong down there, so you could have more/better things for less money!!

    n it depends on whens ur honeymoon... if you go in winter, u can even go to Bariloche... its a beeeeeeeautiful place... even Bill Clinton went there once to ski, n Bill Gates bought some land down there too...

    im even thinking of changing my honeymoon destination now!!! hahahaha

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  • Ryan  Dennis
    February 2020
    Ryan Dennis ·
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    I 100% agree with cakecontessa. I've never been myself but I've known six different people who have traveled to Brazil and they all had only positive things to say, and such beautiful pictures to share. Hope you have fun wherever you choose to go.

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    Savvy June 2009
    Brianna ·
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    I would imagine that europe would be more of the sightseeing and on the go vs south america can be more of relaxing type trip. So it really depends on what you guys what to do and how much time you have. I have not been over to Europe yet. I plan to go shortly though. But when I go I know I want to see alot of different places and don't think I could fit it all in, in just a week. I would like to relax on my honeymoon and relaxing with my new husband.

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  • K
    Just Said Yes May 2010
    kelrice81 ·
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    Thanks for the insight.

    I am starting to lean towards more of Greece or Italy. I just did a cruise and hated being stuck on the boat at night, although its a fantastic way to see a lot of places. Plus the cabins are so small its a nightmare.

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  • Jennifer Sherman
    February 2020
    Jennifer Sherman ·
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    As a member of the Armed Forces, I will tell you that South America is very unstable. Greece is beautiful and Italy is kind of scary when it comes to driving/siteseeing but fun. I would choose Greece or even Germany is beautiful. You might even want to consider Puerto Rico so you would not have to deal with the dollar vs other problems. We did a cruise and it was the perfect combo of sightseeing and special time together.

    Best Wishes,

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