/ Honeymoon destinations - advise please
We have looked at thailand, but unfortunately, it's monsoon season when we are getting married at the end of August, and honeymoon first 2 weeks of September, so we have looked a few other destinations.
We have narrowed it down to a couple (after doing a search on here for "honeymoon") but I would like some first hand recommendations relating to the general areas, and also the climbing.
At the moment, we have narrowed down to Gozo, Malta or Sorrento, Italy.
One of the reason being, I also consider beach and sea a big part of honeymooning and would like to have a go at scuba diving and other water sports.
Has anyone been to either of these locations or both and can offer some advise on resorts/locations?
Thanks in advance
SORRENTO!!! I went there some years ago with work - a week long conference and it is beautiful. Beach nearby at Positano is awesome. Boat trip to Capri. Visit to Pompeii. Definitely. From memory, stayed at Bristol Hotel but it was a long time ago.
But I've not been to Malta so can't provide the comparison unfortunately. X
Surely you could have just waited until tonight to tell me that!!! ;-)
italy or malta?? absolutely no decision...if you want good food, good wine and pretty girls/boys then it has to be italy :)
Early September may well turn out to be a bit too hot for a lot of sunny Mediterranean locations. I've been to Gozo in May and it was fine but I think it would be a scorcher in early September; however, you're clearly not going to be climbing all day every day so I daresay some of the cliffs will be refreshing, and there is always some DWS around the inland sea and that huge long DWS low traverse.
Haven't dived Gozo apart from a brief little excursion around the Azure Window.
A place where I CAN recommend both climbing and beaches/diving, is northern Croatia. I stayed in Istria, at Brsec near Moscenicka Draga, but many people recommend the islands (Hvar etc) which sound excellent. Pula looks an interesting city too though we never went into town.
You can pretend it's 1982 based upon the ubiquity of the Renault 4, they are EVERYWHERE (used to produce them in large quantities in Yugoslavia)
If you haven't found it already, I asked a similar question here: http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=524764&v=1#x7067080
We had our homemoon in Thailand in Monsoon season. We were there for 5 weeks in total and went climbing an average of twice a week managing to visit locations in north, central and southern Thailand as well as a few islands. It was great as we were never tired and could always climb well. When it did rain it was very heavy but never for more than an hr or 2 and it was pretty obvious when it was on the way. We just nipped into a bar for a break then went back out after. Lovely time, would recommend it. If I was to do the trip again though I would spend more time at Crazy Horse (we did 2 days there). Highly recommend the downhill mountain biking at Chiang Mai too.
Sea, sun, caves, excursions into undiscovered nature, hospitality, folklore, archaeology, climbing: This is Cala Gonone.
Cruise in boat of one day: beach Cala Luna – beach Cala Sisine – beach Cala Biriola – beach Cala Mariolu – beach Cala Goloritzé. Rent boat.
For accomodation to Cala Gonone: firstname.lastname@example.org
I've not climbed at either, but Malta is ace (although their driving is terrifying), and Croatia is beautiful. Italy is full of Italins, but once you get past that, it's great :o
We went our honeymoon to Vegas and San Francisco. My partner does not climb but I took the chance to go up Mount Charleston which had good scrambling and scenery.
We went to Lofoten. Roadside climbing, mountain walks and scrambles, twenty-four hour sunshine. There were some nice beaches but only the Norwegians were tough enough to get in the water.
Tanzania? We married on Zanzibar then split honeymoon between there and safari on the mainland. We met another couple who had married in the UK then had the first part of their honeymoon climbing Kili, then the second part as a beach / diving trip on Zanzibar. Sounded a great idea.
UKC posters are ace. You ask them one question and they answer a completely different one!
For my first honeymoon we went to a small island north of France - Canvey Island in April!
For my second, I suggested another island, this time my (2nd) wife and I went to Nusa Lembongang (near Bali) in August - perfect doesn't begin to do it justice! (especially if you like snorkeling, diving and surfing)
We got married 20 years ago on August 28th.........we spent the first two weeks of September in :
For a mixture of laid-back beach and activities Thailand, Mexican Caribbean and Hawaii take a lot of beating, but for the time of year you are going (September), the Med is about at its best: still warm, practically all facilities still open, and only about one tenth of the tourists compared with the high season. The weather can be really good - last September I had perfect weather in southern France, Italy and Croatia for a whole month. For a honeymoon, the Greek or Croatian islands are AOK. The only snag with Croatia at that time of year is a dominance of aging German tourists. This is not a prejudiced comment. Any nationality that so out-numbers the rest would get tedious!
We went to Thailand a couple of years ago in September and climbed both at Railay bay and on Phi Phi. Great fun and tremendous weather.
Gozo has fab diving but crap climbing and will be really hot in early September.
I have been so tied up with other stuff, completely forgot that I had posted this, thanks for all the responses, I will, when a get time, have a wade through and see what I can come up with, see if it helps any further with decisions, or just gives us more to think about.
I am more than happy to test out all the venues for you. At your cost, of course. You can come with me if you like :-)
Good nearby scuba diving with English speaking instructors at Nautica (Santa Maria) or you can get the boat to Cala Mariolu, again English speaking instructors in first half of September.
Kayaking is very nice to do. We had some kayakers stay recently, we thought their bags looked big for a 4 day stay, turned out after they'd stayed they had gone over to the other side of the island to get married, suits and dresses were in the bags. They combined getting married and honeymoon.
In first half of September it will still be hot, you would be best climbing in one of the areas at 600 - 1000 m amsl in the shade in the afternoon.
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