Vegas, Baby! Five Pros and Cons of a Vegas Babymoon
Las Vegas is one of our favorite quick, affordable (yes, it is affordable!) getaway destinations. After finding out we were expecting twins, we knew we had to get away before hours of feedings and late nights with no sleep! Vegas was the obvious choice. Trying to decide where to go for your babymoon? Here are ten pros and cons to help you decide to "viva Las Vegas" or skip it.
1. Convenience! Stay at one of the hotels mid-strip and you can hop on the monorail to get to just about any of the hotels on the strip easily. We stayed at the Paris and have also stayed at the Venetian. Both have excellent locations and do not disappoint in romantic atmosphere.
2. FOOD! Experts recommend traveling during the 2nd trimester. For me this means wanting to eat and eat and eat. Las Vegas is a foodie's dream! For breakfast try Buchon at the Venetian, Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris, or Hash House a Go Go at the Linq. Go early if you decide to go to Hash House and expect to wait at least 15-20 minutes to be seated unless you are first in line. For lunch, you can't go wrong with a buffet. We loved Le Village Buffet (the lines are often so long they take reservations on Open Table) at the Paris. I have also heard Caesars Palace has a great buffet. You can even get a 24 hour pass valid at any Caesars resort. For a romantic dinner, Martorano's is a great choice if you're craving Italian. The meatballs are to die for! The Eiffel Tower Restaurant also has amazing food and views. Both are at the Paris.
3. Never boring. There are so many things to do in Vegas. You'll never run out of places to go or things to marvel at. It can even get overwhelming with all the choices. Don't put pressure on yourself to do or see everything. You are nurturing a little one and need to rest, too. Our favorite things to do/see: The volcano at the Mirage, Caesar's Forum Shops, Bellagio fountains (line up outside early or dine at a café across the street for the best views), High Roller and the Eiffel Tower Experience (you can get a package deal on tickets), Beatles Love and Michael Jackson One, gondola ride at the Venetian.
4. Romance. That's why you're on a babymoon, after all! It's one last opportunity for romance before it becomes more difficult to make happen. There are so many spots for romance. Mon Ami Gabi was a romantic spot for breakfast. If you ask, they'll seat you on the patio so the two of you can soak in the perfect views of the sparkling strip and Bellagio fountains across the street. The Eiffel Tower Restaurant is my favorite romantic dinner spot in Vegas. The views are simply amazing and you can get an almost private seat to get cozy with your honey and enjoy the delicious duck and scrumptious desserts.
5. Affordability. You can definitely break the bank in Vegas if you are not careful. We have managed to get to Las Vegas twice without having to save up for months or use a credit card. We are not big gamblers, so that helps. We enjoy all the other glitz and glamour in Vegas. We book our hotel+flight through Expedia. We get good deals on hotels we would not be able to afford otherwise. Spirit airlines is cheap, but the added fees for luggage and other services are not worth it. If you like to gamble, downtown Las Vegas is a better bet. The casinos there typically pay out more. Look for the best games to play by people watching. Which machines have lines or are always full? Those are the ones you want to check out. If you can't afford to eat out for every meal, there are several Walgreens and CVS locations on the strip where you can pick up snacks and water (you will need A LOT of water with all the dry air).
1. Smoking! I'm not judging smokers, but when pregnant you don't want to be around the stuff. If you go to Vegas during a crowded time, it's everywhere. Most casinos do not have a non smoking area. You'll have to walk through the smoky casino to get to most attractions and restaurants, which are usually smoke free. Here's what you can do to avoid the smoke as much as possible: Visit at a less crowded time (Spring Break=not a good idea), book a non smoking room/floor, try to walk outside when you can, use a mask if you don't care how you look, ask the front desk for a casino map to plan out a route to avoid the smokier areas.
2. Waiting and waiting. Did I mention waiting? Maybe it's the pregnancy hormones, but I got very impatient with the long lines during this trip. It seemed like we were waiting in line for everything. We had to wait to get tickets to an attraction that had yet another line to wait in to get on the attraction. Unless you make reservations or get there early to be the first in line, popular restaurants and buffets are packed. Waiting for everything gets tiring when you are already exhausted. The only thing we didn't wait for was Le Village Buffet. We decided to find out their off times (thank you Google search for showing us) and go then for lunch/dinner.
3. Rude solicitors. When we went to Las Vegas last year, we rarely encountered a solicitor. This time they were in full force. They were everywhere. They pass out pornographic ads that end up littering the street. They can be very aggressive. I had to tell one guy to back away. He was way too close to me. At night, the bridges from one casino to the next often have beggars. Some are kind, disabled veterans. Some are just rude asking for weed and cigarettes. One guy asked my husband if we would listen to his rap CD. We recommend taking a taxi back to your hotel after a late night show or if you are going to be out late. Stay around the classier resorts and walk through the casinos at night instead of outside. Now we know better!
4. Walking. Walking is good for you when pregnant, but not when you begin to get blisters on your feet. Even when using the monorail, there is a lot of walking. I should have taken more breaks instead of trying to do everything on our Vegas bucket list. I suggest mapping out how far you will need to walk to get to each attraction and determining how much time it will take you to get there. I had no idea the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay was SO far across the other side of the resort. We ended up not getting tickets because it took so long to get there. Some casinos do not have their own monorail stop. You might have to walk through a casino or two to get to the nearest boarding station. Get a map and use it!
5. The hiked up prices. Why is Starbucks more expensive in Las Vegas? Why do the prices vary from resort to resort? I have no idea and it irks me. Las Vegas can be affordable, but it is definitely a tourist trap. Do your research and use the food courts, CVS/Walgreens, and coupons you get from your hotel to keep the costs down.
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