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Old Wide Awake Plantation in Hollywood, South Carolina, set the scene for this couple’s big day on December 6, 2014, but when it came to planning a picture-perfect honeymoon, the Caribbean was their destination of choice. Two days after saying their I do’s, the Denver-based pair flew to Negril, Jamaica, and the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas. Along the way they celebrated their newlywed status, plus a few other special holidays, including Christmas and the bride’s thirtieth birthday.
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Trip Length: 17 nights
Breakdown: A week-and-a-half in Negril, Jamaica, and another week in the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas.
The Transportation: Delta on the way to Jamaica (3.5 hours from Charleston, South Carolina), Bahamas Air from Jamaica to Marsh Harbor (with a layover in Fort Lauderdale), and then a ferry to get to Elbow Cay in the outer islands. “And from there, the only transportation on the island is a golf cart!” Whitney says.
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Whitney and Paul packed a few changes of clothes, along with wet suits and snorkel gear. But Whitney adds, “I can honestly say we spent 80 percent of the honeymoon in our bathing suits.”
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“In Jamaica, it’s true, they really do say ‘Ya Mon’ and ‘No worries’ to everything,” she says.
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Home Away From Home
The duo rented a cottage for their stay in the Abacos Islands through VRBO. “It was amazing to be able to walk out on our private dock to have coffee in the morning and then take the boat out to go island-hopping all day,” Whitney says. They worked with Island Marine Boat Rentals to secure their cruising vessel. “In the Bahamas, taking a boat to different islands is a must,” she adds. “We spent so many days exploring tiny islands that we had all to ourselves. We would spend the morning diving the reefs and the afternoons relaxing on the empty white sand beaches.”
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Their Freshest Meal
On Christmas, the couple caught fresh fish, grilled it at their cottage, and ate under the stars. “It was about as fresh as seafood can get!” Whitney says.
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Their Most Romantic Meal
To surprise Whitney on her thirtieth birthday, Paul arranged a private dinner on the beach in Negril, with torches in the sand lighting the way to the table by the water. “We had a fantastic dinner, lots of red wine, and a custom dessert that spelled out (in chocolate) ‘Happy 30th!’” Whitney says.
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Swimming With the Dolphins
“We were diving a reef in Jamaica, and encountered three dolphins that were chasing a giant sea turtle,” Whitney says. “The dolphins stopped to check us out before heading on their way. We both couldn’t believe how close they got to us. They are so beautiful in person!”
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The couple found a new use for a mason jar: storing all the sea glass and shells they collected on the beaches of the more remote islands.
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