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Hawaii couple honeymooning need Honeymoon advise!

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Hawaii couple honeymooning need Honeymoon advise!

We're a Hawaii couple getting married in May 2006 and are thinking of honeymooning in Vancouver in late may, early june. We love B&B's, boutiques, bike rides, cafe's. Nothing too secluded, but nothing too busy. We're looking at a 7-10 day trip. Where should we go, do, see, eat? Need a car? Victoria Island sounds interesting...

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1. Re: Hawaii couple honeymooning need Honeymoon advise!

You might want to fly into Vancouver, pick up a car at the airport, there are some cute b&b's in the Kits, UBC area, they might provide you with bike rental ideas to cycle near Spanish Banks, great cafes and boutiques in the Kits/West 4th area. The car is handy for the drive to Victoria (its Vancouver Island you are going to), stay in the Inner Harbour and maybe do a drive up island to Nanaimo, Tofino is a must, Have a great trip.

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2. Re: Hawaii couple honeymooning need Honeymoon advise!

if you rent a car, there is no place better for a honeymoon than the Sunshine Coast. Lots of B&B's and spas in several small communities along the Coast of BC. Just a 40 min ferry from Vancouver (horsehoe bay ferry terminal "langdale ferry". Very quiet, friendly, relaxing - makes for a quick getaway

http://www.vcmbc.com/page.cfm/6475

Also i would suggest the small island of Bowen Island for a day away from the city. a short ferry ride from the village of Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver (20 min from downtown). A fantasitc little island with the small village of Snug Cove - aritisan shops, resturants and AMAZING ocean views. B&B's and cottages available.

http://www.bowenisland.org/

Bowen Island Lodge by the Sea: http://www.vcmbc.com/page.cfm/9450

Congratulations and enjoy!

jason

Victoria, B.C.
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3. Re: Hawaii couple honeymooning need Honeymoon advise!

I hate paying for a rental vehicle to “just sit there” plus the aggravation of a car when a bus or walking or biking would be more convenient – even if not quite so time efficient. So, on that basis, I’m making the following comments :-)

I *think* the timing of your trip means you don’t have to be quite as concerned about reserving accommodations in advance. I’m sure posters who live in Vancouver will correct me if that’s wrong.

Also, since you don’t need a car in downtown Vancouver and it will add to the cost of getting to/from Vancouver Island (and isn’t needed in downtown Victoria either), consider not arranging an advance rental for your whole trip.

1. Arrange for your first two nights accommodation, fly into Vancouver and spend the first (next) day resting up & looking through all the “tourist info” your hotel will offer -- plus all the posts you’ve printed out from here with suggestions, LOL -- and firm up your plans.

2. Rent for a few days *when needed* on the mainland and do a separate rental on the same basis when you get to the Island.

It may cost a bit more in rental fees this way but likely to overall cost will be less since no parking fees in Vancouver, extra Ferry costs, etc.

There are lots of “must sees” in downtown Vancouver but quite a few will be within walking/biking distance if you choose a downtown hotel. Bike rentals are available close to Stanley Park and likely a lot of other places too. There is also the Vancouver Trolley – it does a loop route – that would give you a feel for the city, plus you can get on/off as you want: www.vancouvertrolley.com/citytours/tour.html

(Even Bowen Island is accessible without a vehicle … partly because the island is small + apparently their regular bus service also gives tours!)

Just my thoughts. Congratulations on the upcoming wedding - and, whichever way you make your plans, hope your honeymoon trip is pure magic!

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4. Re: Hawaii couple honeymooning need Honeymoon advise!

Follow up to above -- as if that one wasn't long enough!

From another TA thread: below are web sites from which you can purchase discount coupon card/book to decrease cost of attractions, etc. Looks like good value if you're interests coincide with what they offer - but I haven't personally used either.

http://www.seevancouvercard.com/index.html (under menu option "smartcard" there is a category for "Value Samples" which might give you a beter idea.)

http://www.citypassports.com/

Cheers