Food centered honeymoon?
So my fiancee and I are going on our honeymoon this September. We'd ideally like to rent a cottage or house somewhere that meets the following conditions:
Interesting food culture
Restaurants ranging from casual to fancy
Not hurricane season (probably no Carribean)
Near or on a beach
We're thinking right now of either Brazil or Vietnam. I realize this doesn't narrow it down very much but we are feeling a little stuck and I wanted to get your advice. thanks in advance for your help.
JeremyEG (and Samantha)
My husband and I went to Cambodia and Vietnam on our honeymoon last year. We really enjoyed it - honestly we preferred Cambodia but Vietnam is lovely too. Of the places we went in Vietnam the one that I think would best meet your conditions is Hoi An (home of THE BEST MEAL we had on honeymoon).
The town is a few kilometers from the beach, but you can easily pay like $1 for a ride down from one of the locals; that's probably the biggest downside. But there are a number of nice restaurants - the best we ate at being Cafe Des Amis which is not French but rather a local chef who offers a multi-course meal (you can choose between meat, seafood, and vegetarian) and stuffs you with the best food until you can't eat any more.
Ha Noi is also cool because they have some "local" dishes that are only prepared there. There is quite a touristy cooking class done by I think it's called the Red Bridge or something, but that's a pretty fun experience even though it's touristy. And there is a local market right in the center of town (but you'll find that in pretty much any town - that's how most people shop).
There is also at least one fancy place (Brothers or something), which is good but certainly not big city 5-star, either.
For reference in Vietnam we went to Phu Quoc, Ha Noi, Saigon (HCMC), Hoi An, and Hue. Ha Noi, aside from the MANY MANY people trying to sell you things, had the best ambiance and the best food (for a city of the size - it would be a lie to say that the high-end food in the major cities wasn't better, because it was).
Anyway good luck and enjoy!
I saw your post. I live in San Sebastian thanks to the food! I live and work with food experiences for people. Let me know if you need help, and I can help with the travel arrangements. Special dinners, visits etc. San Sebastian is a must for people who love food, and we help people getting the most out of their experience.
Vietnam sounds great, but if for any reason you decide to stay in the U.S., we rented a cottage on Oahu in Hawaii that had many of these attributes, and the seas are calm in September. There's quite a wide range of restaurants in Honolulu, and very reasonable rentals on other parts of the island.