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Old 09-16-2016, 09:24 PM
 
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Hawaii is more romantic.
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Old 09-17-2016, 02:45 AM
 
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I've only been to Maui (Kaanapali) in Hawaii and it was decades ago. Also have been to Cancun and Cozumel. I think for a romantic honeymoon Hawaii wins hands down. Maui was just beautiful, breathtaking. Cancun (and the Mayan Riviera in general) costs less and you have the all-inclusive options there. Just going on memory meals in Hawaii were very expensive, but if I were a newlywed just starting out I'd go for Hawaii. I really hope to get back there one day, much more than wanting to return to Cancun.
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Old 09-17-2016, 06:13 AM
 
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Here's a typical "Cancun or Hawaii" thread.
I've searched a lot, and I would like personal views of each, since both seem very intriguing to me.

We are both in our mid 20's, and will be getting married the beginning of May, 2017. We will be going on the honeymoon within 2 weeks after the wedding, so towards the end of May.

We are both adventurous, and love scenery/things to do.
The 3 biggest things we are looking for are:
1. Beaches
2. Relaxing
2. Things to do/activities
3. Scenery

Not 100% set on Cancun (for Mexico), open to other locations in Mexico.

We would love a beachfront room.

Things we would like to do (not all, most as possible)
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Hiking if possible
Swimming with dolphins
Ziplining
Possible Jet Ski's
Nightlife
Jungle/Open Top Jeeps
Shopping

I'm big on History and culture, so if there is any cool history things/monuments to check out, that would be cool.

NOW, for the things I've looked into for both places, this is what I have came up with.

CANCUN:
No specific resorts looked at, but I have a few questions.
Does "all inclusive" really mean all inclusive? Like transportation to resort, food, drinks, activities, snack bar, etc.?
Is it typical to rent a car in Mexico? We would be willing to drive to locations to do certain things if needed.
A resort that I noticed seemed good was Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Villarta.
Any suggestions on good all inclusive resorts would be greatly appreciated!
Is the Chichen Itza worth visiting? It seems interesting

HAWAII:
I was torn between deciding which island to stay on, between Oahu and Maui.
The things I've looked into that interest me:
Diamond Head Peak, along with other hikes and climbs.
Bamboo forests.
Kokohead
Pearl Harbor Memorial
Volcanoes National Park
Stairway to Heaven in Oahu, from what I've read its illegal? But I've also read that many people do it anyway and that they don't care really, any info on that?
A resort I have noticed to be intriguing is Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, but I haven't looked at them all. I am open to suggestions on any resorts you recommend!

Our budget is around $2,500-$3,000, including flight. I noticed some of the options for Cancun included the flight, so that is more investigating I will be doing.

Any information or suggestions is greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much!
Jordan

Have you compared prices for both? By that I mean actually sat down, checked how much flights, hotels, activities, etc. would be at that time. I would be worried about sticking to my price point, especially with Hawaii. (And depending on where you're flying.)

Some all-inclusive hotels include activities like snorkeling, others will not. I stayed at an all-inclusive that included a free SCUBA lesson, which was AWESOME, but if you are not certified you're pretty much limited to that and certifications will cost you a few hundred each.
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Old 09-17-2016, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Our budget is around $2,500-$3,000, including flight. I noticed some of the options for Cancun included the flight, so that is more investigating I will be doing.

Any information or suggestions is greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much!
Jordan
I don't think you have the budget for Hawaii.

Your airfare will eat up at least $2000 of that budget.

Mexico is much easier and cheaper to get to.

The Pacific Coast of Mexico will give you mountains, terrain, and ocean.

Cancun will give you so much more bang for your buck.
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Old 09-17-2016, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Telecommutes from Northern AZ
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I know many people who have been brought up a certain way have this idea that they MUST have a fairy tale wedding and honeymoon. If you can afford it (or if your parents can afford it) go for it. Most now a days can't. There is nothing worse than starting off your life together as a young couple coming out of the gate together with a large debt hung around your necks. Later on when your income goes up you can make trips. To some this may not be an issue, but to the ones that it might be who read this thread think on it. My wife and I skipped the fairy tale in part due to financing, and now through wiser money management we are in a position to do some traveling without mortgaging our futures. We just got back from Bulgaria and we loved it.
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Old 09-17-2016, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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OP..Hawaii hands down, but your budget calls for Cancun. You get what you pays for.
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Old 09-17-2016, 01:45 PM
 
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Hawaii--explore the Islands

Cancun--stay in a resort
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Old 09-17-2016, 02:31 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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It's strange how people are comparing all the Hawaiian islands to the tourist city of Cancun as if that's all there is in all of Mexico. A more apt comparison would be Honolulu vs Cancun ... certainly OP can afford a Waikiki honeymoon pkg that's comparable to Cancun. The Yucatan has virtually all of the same activities available in Hawaii -- snorkeling, fishing, diving, trekking, ziplining, etc -- in its own natural beauty as well.
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Old 09-17-2016, 03:49 PM
 
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Originally Posted by JordanCarlson13 View Post
Here's a typical "Cancun or Hawaii" thread.
I've searched a lot, and I would like personal views of each, since both seem very intriguing to me.

We are both in our mid 20's, and will be getting married the beginning of May, 2017. We will be going on the honeymoon within 2 weeks after the wedding, so towards the end of May.

We are both adventurous, and love scenery/things to do.
The 3 biggest things we are looking for are:
1. Beaches
2. Relaxing
2. Things to do/activities
3. Scenery

Not 100% set on Cancun (for Mexico), open to other locations in Mexico.

We would love a beachfront room.

Things we would like to do (not all, most as possible)
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Hiking if possible
Swimming with dolphins
Ziplining
Possible Jet Ski's
Nightlife
Jungle/Open Top Jeeps
Shopping

I'm big on History and culture, so if there is any cool history things/monuments to check out, that would be cool.

NOW, for the things I've looked into for both places, this is what I have came up with.

CANCUN:
No specific resorts looked at, but I have a few questions.
Does "all inclusive" really mean all inclusive? Like transportation to resort, food, drinks, activities, snack bar, etc.?
Is it typical to rent a car in Mexico? We would be willing to drive to locations to do certain things if needed.
A resort that I noticed seemed good was Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Villarta.
Any suggestions on good all inclusive resorts would be greatly appreciated!
Is the Chichen Itza worth visiting? It seems interesting

HAWAII:
I was torn between deciding which island to stay on, between Oahu and Maui.
The things I've looked into that interest me:
Diamond Head Peak, along with other hikes and climbs.
Bamboo forests.
Kokohead
Pearl Harbor Memorial
Volcanoes National Park
Stairway to Heaven in Oahu, from what I've read its illegal? But I've also read that many people do it anyway and that they don't care really, any info on that?
A resort I have noticed to be intriguing is Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, but I haven't looked at them all. I am open to suggestions on any resorts you recommend!

Our budget is around $2,500-$3,000, including flight. I noticed some of the options for Cancun included the flight, so that is more investigating I will be doing.

Any information or suggestions is greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much!
Jordan

Go on an inexpensive camping trip. Then put $2,500 into an investment account (put it in a conservative fund, or Vanguard S&P Index Fund, which has returned an avg of over 7% for 15 yrs). Add $10 to that account every month for 40 years, until you are 65.

At age 65 you will have over $60,000 from that $2,500 and $10 a month addition, assuming an avg return of 7% over the years, which is reasonable (taking into account recessions and years where the returns are significantly higher). And that doesn't take into account your 401k or other savings and assets, like your home.
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Old 09-17-2016, 08:09 PM
 
Location: State of Denial
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What about Costa Rica instead of Hawaii or Cancun? So much to do and see there.
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