Savvy October 2016

Honeymoon Suggestions in Florida or California

Taylor, on July 13, 2016 at 1:31 PM Posted in Honeymoon 0 14
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Hey everyone,

So my fiance and myself have had the most difficult time finding somewhere to honeymoon.. We wanted to go to the Bahamas but the prices are a bit much for us. Then we thought about going to Vegas, but I am not sure if that's really somewhere you wanna go for a honeymoon. Does anyone have suggestions on places to honeymoon in Florida or California? We would like something near the coastline preferably, because we both love the beach. We are trying to stay under $3000 for room and flight if possible. Any advice/ideas are much appreciated! We have just been completely down in the dumps at this point since we are having a hard time finding anything that isn't very pricey or somewhere we don't think we'd enjoy.


Latest activity by Sarah380, on July 13, 2016 at 2:40 PM
  • JillR
    VIP September 2016
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    Tampa/Clearwater/St. Pete in FL would get my vote!

    Can't answer the CA section though Smiley smile

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  • Punkin Beer
    Master October 2017
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    Cruise is the answer. Very affordable and fun.

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  • SarahStillwell
    VIP September 2016
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    San Fran, Santa Cruz, Napa.

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  • Jessinlove
    VIP November 2016
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    We are going to San Francisco Smiley smile Wine, close to the coast, lots to see

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  • Meghan S.
    Super June 2017
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    I don't know what the prices would be, but I live in Florida. I love going to the keys off Sarasota: Siesta Key and Longboat Key. Prettiest sand IMO!

    Other great places are Amelia Island, St. Augustine, Cocoa Beach, and the Keys/Key West. I have never been but heard great things about Destin.

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  • OG Brittany
    Master December 2016
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    I second the St. Pete/Tampa area. I am also biased because it is my home, but there is a lot to do here, and an infinite amount of beaches. We have some of the best beaches in the country, and have tons of stuff to do in the area. St Pete is becoming well known for microbreweries and is a foodies dream.

    A cruise from Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, or Miami would also be pretty cheap. Tampa will have the oldest of the ships since our port is not deep enough to host the newer ships, and the Skyway limits height limits of ships too. So, not sure if that would be of importance to you?

    Port Canaveral would also be great because it is about an hour or so from Orlando, so you could hit all the theme parks if you want one day, and Cocoa and Daytona Beach aren't too far away for a beach day either.

    ETA: St. Augustine is another great coastal city by Jacksonville. It is quaint and historic, and a 5-10 minute drive to the beach. They also have some of the best B&B's in the state.

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  • Deb
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    I don't know much about California, but everyone who mentioned the Florida locations had great ideas. I live in the Tampa area. I'm partial to St. Pete, Siesta Key and Sanibel. Key West is pretty amazing too.

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  • Bethyonce
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    California has a lot of options. I would recommend a coastal tour, if you have the time.

    Start in Carmel, beautiful BnB's; you can take a morning trip to Monterey Bay then slide down to San Simeon and visit Hearst Castle. Spend a night in Cambria/Cayucus and pop over to Paso Robles and do a bit of wine tasting. On your way south pass through Morro Bay (visit the Rock and you can stay at the Inn at Morro Bay - were I got engaged Smiley smile) Keep moving down San Luis Obispo and visit the mission. Keep going south and finish in Santa Barbara. They have a ton of wine tasting and beautiful buildings to enjoy. Just a heads up, the water along this part of the coast is not the warmest. If you want to lay on the beach and play in the water, I'd start in San Diego and work your way north until you hit Santa Barbara. Be sure to hit Catalina Island.

    If you decide to go this route, let us know and we can exchange emails and I can send you some restaurant and sightseeing places to try.

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  • Lily
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    Florida!!! I live in the Bay area but to me Cali is fun but Florida sounds more like a vacation destination.

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  • Nancy Taussig
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    I lived in CA for a year before moving to FL. If you like to swim, I found the Pacific to be cold year round. The Gulf is pretty warm year round (maybe 70 in the winter, 90 right now).

    www.VisitSarasota.org has a lot of info.

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  • TaylorMade2016
    Super October 2016
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    I live in Florida too and everyday is like a vacation here! I recommend anywhere on the gulf side as the water is just gorgeous! There are different resort type hotels that offer water activities and such and you can also just relax on the beaches. FH and I are planning a few days at Disney World and then we're going to save up for a big hurrah sometime in 2017, but we're hoping to travel abroad.

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  • Alicia
    Super November 2016
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    Destin, FL. It's absolutely stunning there. Clear water and white sand. It's where I'm getting married!

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  • Sylvia751
    VIP November 2016
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    The Paso Robles/San Luis Obispo/Cambria area has always been a nice, romantic, relaxing getaway for FH and I.

    Also, the wineries in Paso are so welcoming and tasty. Cambria has Hearst Castle.

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  • Sarah380
    Devoted September 2016
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    I would absolutely recommend Siesta Key in Florida. My FH and I vacationed there in April and it was the most relaxing & romantic vacation we have been on. We simply enjoyed the beautiful beaches, the great food & each other. It was very affordable. We stayed at Tropical Beach Resorts. I cannot say enough good things! We can't wait to go back.

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