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Laura from Washington, DC asked

Vacation spots that offer relaxation and activities?

Honeymoon, budget $5000 for the two of us, trying to find something that offers both relaxing and ability to be active- we're going for 11 night, but also looking for something that is a little unique... Traveling Oct 13th, 2014

The Caribbean   Central America

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answered first by
Brett from Eindhoven

Have you considered Belize?  Caye Caulker belize is known for it's "Go Slow" approach, and has ample opportunities to head off for some snorkeling/diving or trips to the mainland to visit Maya ruins or partake in other active adventures.

If you want a little more bustle, right nearby is Ambergris Caye, Belize which is a little bigger and has some more to do on the island, but still offers the best of active opportunities.

Heading further south to Placencia is also an option, with some different activities available and perhaps some more beaches.

One benefit of Belize vs. other Central American locations is that English is the native tongue, which may make communication a little easier.

As with anywhere in the Caribbean this time of year, however, do keep an eye on the tropical weather forecasts, and consider looking into travel insurance.

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Tania from New York City

Ha! I think you will get more confused here since I'm sure everyone has a favorite spot. We just visited Barbados recently and had an amazing time. I produce a travel show with a teenager who loves the beach and surfing, but he also likes visiting places that offer him new things to do and that has an exciting cultural life. Barbados gave him all of that. Last weekend we posted our first episode "Summer for Summer" at and will keep putting up new travel videos on Barbados for the next 2 months. In one week we surfed, explored tidal pools and caves, got on a boat to fish barracudas, tried wonderful new dishes and fruits, learned about tropical flowers, and relaxed in some of the most beautiful beaches we have ever seen. On the tips section of our site we list what, how and why. But don't miss taking a surfing class with some of the coolest people you will ever meet. My recommendations: Zed's Surfing Adventure Barbados and Barry's Surf Barbados.

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