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#1 krishna69z

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    Posted 05 July 2009 - 09:39 PM

    So right now we're looking at finalizing our location, but we're having a really hard time making the decision between Jamaica & Cuba. We don't have any americans coming with us, so that's not a factor. Legalizing marriages from either seem to be fairly similar

    Cuba seems great as it would be amazing to see it before Obama opens things up, and Jamaica just seems to be paradise, although has higher crime. While we appreciate good food, that's not as pressing in our plans shift our decision one way or another.

    Would love to hear any feedback on what swayed you one way or another.

    #2 sunstarsmoon

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      Posted 06 July 2009 - 08:45 AM

      I love Cuba, I am going back in August, this will be my 4th time visiting the country. But I chose Jamaica, for a couple of reasons, my daugthers husband is American, and when I compared the requirements for the paperwork, Jamaica seemed the easiest. If I am not mistaken don't you have to get your documents translated into spanish What ever you decide it will be the right choice for you.
      July 8, 2011, Couples Sans Souci Ocho Rios, Jamaica

      #3 montegobay09

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        Posted 06 July 2009 - 08:51 AM

        I know you said that food doesn't sway your decision but in the end that was why we chose Jamaica. We had already been to Cuba and I was fine with the food but DH had some minor stomach issues throughout the trip. The food was WAY better in Jamaica and made our trip much more pleasant! Good luck! No matter where you choose you will have an amazing time. I know how hard it is to choose but in the end it won't matter where you choose...it'll be a blast no matter where you go!!

        #4 aga images

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          Posted 07 July 2009 - 10:46 AM

          Cuba! I wish I could go...maybe someday...but then it won't be the same...

          #5 AnnaC

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            Posted 15 July 2009 - 07:04 PM

            I've been to both an would definitely choose Jamaica. I think the atmosphere and ambiance lend itself better to a destination wedding. The food is better and there are more 'nicer' hotels to choose from. If people are spending money and travelling for your wedding you want to make sure you put them in a place with good food!

            #6 MissBlade

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              Posted 15 July 2009 - 08:08 PM

              I've never been to Cuba but I can tell you that the warm, welcoming feeling that Jamaican's give you cannot be duplicated! Depending on the vibe you are going for, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Negril give you all completely different experiences, all unique, and all great!

              #7 sarafish81

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                Posted 15 July 2009 - 08:10 PM

                We chose Cuba for the beaches, the culture and because we had heard good things about it. We got married at Playa Pesquero in Holguin, which by Cuban standards, is considered a 5 star. We were not disappointed with the beaches, the hotel or our wedding. The food is fine - I considered it to be "filler" for energy required for the excursions and to keep us going. It wasn't the greatest, but nobody starved or got sick!

                #8 jenninjamaica

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                  Posted 15 July 2009 - 09:02 PM

                  Congrats! I've never been to Cuba, but we traveled to Negril Jamaica in 2007 and fell in love with the Seven Mile Beach. We loved the people, beach, food and spectacular view so much we're getting married there next year. We can't imagine anywhere else!!

                  Good Luck!!!

                  #9 Sloan

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                    Posted 15 July 2009 - 09:51 PM

                    Im obviously partial to Jamaica, since we got married there. We chose Jamaica over DR or Cuba, mostly based on ease of paperwork. No need to have documents translated into Spanish and then back into English when you get married in Jamaica. My Mom did a guided hiking tour of Cuba a few years back and said the country was amazing. They didnt stay anywhere near any of the big AI resorts though. She said she was treated like family by the locals in Cuba. I figure go with your gut on this one. There's pros and cons to both islands. Good luck!

                    #10 itsfinallyhere

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                      Posted 15 July 2009 - 10:11 PM

                      Cuba, Hands down. The place is beautiful. They people are extremely welcoming and gracious. The hotels are very nice, service for us was excellent, beaches are incredible. They are exceptional with children (my son is autistic and they were amazing with him), The food was also good. We always found stuff we like. But we did find the food off resort to be mouth watering (I guess in the resort they are trying to make everyone happy, so seasoning is a little different). The Culture, OMG the architecture, the artists, the whole enviroment is really something that needs to be experienced and I have to agree with kristna69z, go before there are major changes. They are going to happen it is just when, before or after Castro dies.

                      We went earlier this year and fell in love. It was the only place that FI would consider. He thought he stepped off the plane into paradise! There is also so much to see and do, lots of excursions, great shopping, the best rum, and of course their world famous cigars!

                      Good Luck, it is a hard decision.

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