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My fiancee (mddirtgrl) and I are getting married this June and we're searching for a honeymoon destination that meets the following criteria (not necessarily in this order): 1) good mtb 2) good hiking 3) beautiful and scenic 4) plenty of outdoorsy activities 5) cozy cabins or similar accommodations. We originally looked into a Kauai honeymoon, based on recommendations from several of our non-biking friends, but before locking into an island vacation we want to consider some other options closer to home. Ok, now let's hear your suggestions!

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My wife and I went on a cruise for our honeymoon, which I don't recommend. We had fun...just didn't like being stuck on the boat. The good thing about the cruise was we got to go to alot of different places. Belize is awesome. We spent a day there.

The good thing about Belize is there's ALOT to do, and it hasn't really turned into a tourist trap yet. We had the option of going to the mainland and going mountain biking (my wife doesn't ride dirt), but we opted for snorkling along the barrier reef instead. I know they have trails, I just don't know how many/how good. I also don't know what your options would be as far as bike rentals go. If you DO go to Belize, I recommend staying in the cayes...especially Ambergris Caye, which is the largest island in the cayes. There's not a whole lot to do in the cayes, but you can take water taxis to the mainland.

Here's a link for Ambergris Caye. You can go the expensive or cheap route...your choice

http://www.ambergriscaye.com
 

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Question on Belize

My wife and I are taking an 11-day cruise to the western Carribean next winter. We are sailing on the Norwegian Dawn out of NYC.

Anyway, we get a day in Belize. I'm interested in the possibility of mountain biking while there. What cruise line did you sail on? Was the biking something offered through the ship? Did you have the option of visiting Mayan ruins? My wife read about that and wants to do it but be can also hit them in Mexico if the biking is worth it.

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I said it in another thread, but I'll say it again. Tobago. I'm not necessarily recommending this hotel, but you'll be hard pressed to find a nicer island.

https://forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?p=851642&postcount=12

Here's where I'd actually start looking for somewhere to stay and things to do:

https://www.interconnection.org/et/

And here is a day trip that I can very highly recommend. With the exception of the run out to Mt St George, I did it on a bike.

https://www.cas.sc.edu/sciaa/staff/clement/

<img src ="https://forum.bikemag.com/photopost/data/500/1212Tob3-med.jpg">
 

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My honeymoon was spent in Vancouver and Whistler. We took the easy route for finding accomodations (hotels.com) and ended up in a upscale 1 bedroom condo 2-3 blocks from everything the mountian village had to offer. We want to go back.
 

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My wife and I are taking an 11-day cruise to the western Carribean next winter. We are sailing on the Norwegian Dawn out of NYC.

Anyway, we get a day in Belize. I'm interested in the possibility of mountain biking while there. What cruise line did you sail on? Was the biking something offered through the ship? Did you have the option of visiting Mayan ruins? My wife read about that and wants to do it but be can also hit them in Mexico if the biking is worth it.

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We sailed on the Royal Carribean cruiseline out of Galveston, and the MTB'ing was offered through the ship (only on the Belize stop, though). We visited Key West, Belize, and Cozumel...Belize was definitely our favorite. We took a tour of the Mayan ruins at Tulum when we were in Cozumel...also offered through Royal Carribean. I had a good time touring the Mayan ruins, very interesting culture. I guess it helped that our tour guide was a Mayan descendant and very passionate about his culture.
 

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My fiancee (mddirtgrl) and I are getting married this June and we're searching for a honeymoon destination that meets the following criteria (not necessarily in this order): 1) good mtb 2) good hiking 3) beautiful and scenic 4) plenty of outdoorsy activities 5) cozy cabins or similar accommodations. We originally looked into a Kauai honeymoon, based on recommendations from several of our non-biking friends, but before locking into an island vacation we want to consider some other options closer to home. Ok, now let's hear your suggestions!

thanks,
Kris
Kauai sounds nice. Our honeymoon was in Maui. It wasn't mountain-bikey at all, but for once we took a non-biking vacation and don't regret it at all (even the cheesy luau). You just get into the spirit of the resort vacation. I even got picked out of the crowd to perform the hukey-lau dance on the dinner cruise. What a fiasco! We figured we'd take numerous more mtb trips during our lifetime, but probably not too many island vacations.
 

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I don't have any suggestions, but Fruita and Moab are on my list of places to ride before I die. I just wanted to make fun of you for living in D By God St Mary's County....Captain.
 

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Similiar Itinerary on Norwegian Dawn

We stop at Belize and Cozumel plus Jamaica, Grand Caymen, Hondurous and the Bahamas. I know we can do the Mayan ruins in both Belize and Cozumel so we have options. I didn't see any mention of biking on the web site but we might have the option after we book.

I have heard really good things about Belize from a number of people.

The only slight downer on this trip is that I decided to take my wife on the cruise instead of just me going on a 7-day ski trip to France with side trips to Munich and Geneva. Oh, well. We both love cruising so what the heck. The cost of the two was about the same and maybe I can get some riding in instead of skiing.

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wvboy said:
My fiancee (mddirtgrl) and I are getting married this June and we're searching for a honeymoon destination that meets the following criteria (not necessarily in this order): 1) good mtb 2) good hiking 3) beautiful and scenic 4) plenty of outdoorsy activities 5) cozy cabins or similar accommodations. We originally looked into a Kauai honeymoon, based on recommendations from several of our non-biking friends, but before locking into an island vacation we want to consider some other options closer to home. Ok, now let's hear your suggestions!

thanks,
Kris
How can you go wrong with a mountain resort? Rockies or Sierras. Bikers and hikers should feel claustrophobic on a cruise
 

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Rev Bubba said:
We stop at Belize and Cozumel plus Jamaica, Grand Caymen, Hondurous and the Bahamas. I know we can do the Mayan ruins in both Belize and Cozumel so we have options. I didn't see any mention of biking on the web site but we might have the option after we book.

I have heard really good things about Belize from a number of people.

The only slight downer on this trip is that I decided to take my wife on the cruise instead of just me going on a 7-day ski trip to France with side trips to Munich and Geneva. Oh, well. We both love cruising so what the heck. The cost of the two was about the same and maybe I can get some riding in instead of skiing.

Thanks again.
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most of the rides they will book your through a cruise are of the 5 k through the jungle on a old jeep road variety on POS bikes. . Good luck with that. As for the ruins you'd have the option of seeing via Cozumel... with luck they might offer to bus you to Chitzen Itza which is fantastic, but it will be a 3 hour bus ride plus the ferry, which puts you there at the heat of the day and the massive crowds. Tulum is "fair", and the ruins on the island itself are marginal. If you had the time, I'd say get to Coba on your own with a rental car, you could do it in a day if you have a full day. You can rent bikes to get around Coba, that is a hoot and a half.
We did this trip ( Cozume, Yucatan) on our own. My own opinion is that you coudn't pay to get me on a cruise ship. Talk about being packed in with a bunch of drunks and no place to go....

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oh, the irony...

My wife and I wed 10 years ago. At the time we were living in Pittsburgh. We spent our romantic honeymoon in Canaan Valley (w/bikes, of course) and rode every blessed day. Granted, everyone thought we were nuts to honeymoon in WV, but hey, to each their own. Now, we live in Pocahontas County, which has great biking but probably is a stretch as a "honeymoon destination". My suggestion: Crested Butte. The cabins that are available from Mike in South Crested Butte along Cement Creek Road are highly recommended. Wish I could remember the new name of the place. I'm sure someone can fill in the blank. Congratulations to you both.
 

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I'm with you on the cruise formica. I'm the said fiancee of wvboy, and I went on a cruise to the eastern Caribbean in November and I must say....not something I want to do again less than a year later. Not to mention, I definitely cannot see Kris on a cruise. I felt so trapped, with nothing to do but play bingo, lay by the pool, eat and get drunk.Of the four, eating is the only thing I enjoy. Not to mention we had extremely rough seas, half the boat was sick. Not a memorable experience....So, I think we'd like to stick to land and air, air of course to get there, and maybe a helicopter ride over something fascinating!

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most of the rides they will book your through a cruise are of the 5 k through the jungle on a old jeep road variety on POS bikes. . Good luck with that. As for the ruins you'd have the option of seeing via Cozumel... with luck they might offer to bus you to Chitzen Itza which is fantastic, but it will be a 3 hour bus ride plus the ferry, which puts you there at the heat of the day and the massive crowds. Tulum is "fair", and the ruins on the island itself are marginal. If you had the time, I'd say get to Coba on your own with a rental car, you could do it in a day if you have a full day. You can rent bikes to get around Coba, that is a hoot and a half.
We did this trip ( Cozume, Yucatan) on our own. My own opinion is that you coudn't pay to get me on a cruise ship. Talk about being packed in with a bunch of drunks and no place to go....

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wvboy said:
My fiancee (mddirtgrl) and I are getting married this June and we're searching for a honeymoon destination that meets the following criteria (not necessarily in this order): 1) good mtb 2) good hiking 3) beautiful and scenic 4) plenty of outdoorsy activities 5) cozy cabins or similar accommodations. We originally looked into a Kauai honeymoon, based on recommendations from several of our non-biking friends, but before locking into an island vacation we want to consider some other options closer to home. Ok, now let's hear your suggestions!

thanks,
Kris
Santa Cruz California, or Lake Tahoe, California. Both places have everything you mentioned, and more. I prefer the Santa Cruz / Monterey area becasue in addition to the giant Redwoods and great mountain biking, you have the beautiful, pristine Monterey bay. It has beautiful views, wildlife, cabins in the redwoods. It's a great place to honeymoon...and to live.
 

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Not sure what you consider close. My wife and I went to the Cook Islands for our honeymoon. We had planned on Kuai (sp) but didn't want to go anywhere too touristy or well-known. I definately recommend the Cooks for a laid back romantic trip but there's no mtb riding to be had - tons of snorkelling and some hiking though.

We also went to the Dominican Republic for a more adventurous trip. That was fun but a bit hectic with people trying to constantly sell you trinkets on the beach etc. I fun little culture shock but maybe not ideal for a honeymoon unless you plan to just stay inside a resort the whole time. Check out www.iguanamama.com for some bike tours.

Or go here http://www.chicohotsprings.com/ this is where we were married. MT has some real fun riding, more hiking than you can do in a lifetime, and you'd be 30 minutes from Yellowstone. Chico is a great place with some real history. Prices start at $40 a night in the "old lodge" which is quaint but has paper thin walls and creaky floors. You also share bathrooms but it's all clean an fun. Or you can get a variety of diff't cabins. We stayed in the most pricey $250 after our wedding and it was sweeeet!
 

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Congratulations to both of you. Try to be nice to each other.
Consider:

#1 option without any doubt New Zealand (Storm the gates of Mordor on your MTB)

other not so shabby options...
Spain (ole')
Greece
Italy (DO-LO-MITE!!!)
 
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