Choose Your Dream Honeymoon Destination from One of The Best Honeymoon Destinations
Get ready, because this list reveals the best honeymoon destinations. It’s sure to kick your travel plans into high gear. Warm, tropical beaches get the top honors, and the list has a wide range of action-packed, culture-focused and relaxing escapes. From the Caribbean to Europe and Southeast Asia, these are 15 of the best destinations for honeymoons around the globe.
Most Popular: Italy
Why go: The land of la dolce vita is the most popular destination and a constant honeymoon favorite. That’s understandable when you have Rome, which is magical, with the intrigue of nearby Vatican City or the ghosts of the Colosseum; Venice, the city of canals, gondolas and Italian cooking; and Firenze (or Florence), with its trendy shops lining Via Tornabuoni, its beautiful sunsets, and its irresistibly romantic appeal. What to do: The main reason to visit is lose oneself in Italy’s charm. From excursions through ancient Rome to getting a guided tour of the Vatican museums and climbing to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica — Roma has a lot to offer. In Venice, you should tour sites like Basilica di San Marco and the Doge’s Palace, take a night ride on a vaporetto or even take a trip down Venice’s “Main Street” by gondola. In Florence, overdose on Renaissance art at the Uffizzi Gallery, climb the Duomo or play a charming game of finding all the “David” statues as you wander the city. Also, make sure to eat your way through Firenze’s cafés, gelato shops and ristorantes.
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Most Romantic: Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Why go: Bora Bora represents what honeymoon dreams are made of: thatched-roofs, overwater bungalows, luminous lagoons and the underwater life. Bora Bora’s scenery is just the beginning and one of the reasons why it has landed on the Best Honeymoon Destinations list. Newlyweds have their pick of several over-the-water resorts. The primary goal of a Bora Bora vacation is relaxation, and this small French Polynesian island presents countless ways to accomplish that. But there’s a catch: hotel are expensive — very expensive, but you can’t put a price on an unforgettable honeymoon. What to do: Climb the majestic Mount Otemanu (a must-see) which overlooks the main island, or take a leisurely bike ride. Take a stroll into Vaitape (Bora Bora’s picturesque town) for a taste of the local flavor, or explore the inner lagoon via submarine. Do some snorkeling. Relax on the deck of your over-water bungalow, or cool off in the lagoon. In a nutshell, visit Bora Bora for its splendor, for total relaxation, and visit if you have the money.
Photo Credit: Le Meridien, Bora Bora
Most Romantic: The Maldives
Why go:The islands of the Maldives is the ultimate honeymoon destination and it’s a contender for the title “most romantic spot in the world.” Crystal-clear blue water, picture-perfect sunsets, dazzling white beaches, amazingly romantic over-water villas and some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world are amongst the reasons it ended up on the Best Honeymoon Destinations list. Should you wish to escape, plan your getaway to one of the last untouched island destinations in the world. This faraway island chain with its isolated beaches spells romance. And Maldivian resorts recognize only one standard of luxury: extravagant. What to do: Most vacationers simply laze around the luxurious resort island of their choice, even though the options are many. However, should you wish to take a couple of expeditions, visit the capital city of Male’ humming with activity from the fishing docks to the National Museum. If you enjoy scuba diving, don’t pass-up the captivating Maldives Victory shipwreck and the terrifying shark-filled Fish Head area. Remember to enjoy the beaches! The view is priceless with soft sands that fade into aqua green reefs beneath clear blue waters. This is the place to swim with rays, yellow tail, sharks and an array of exotic fish and sea creatures.
Photo Credit: Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa, Maldives
Most Romantic: Paris, France
Why go: Although you’ve been in the past, Paris can remarkably make you fall in love with it – and your better half – all over again. Five-star hotels, swoon-worthy attractions, tranquil side streets, first-class cuisine, and renowned art and architecture highlight a few of the reasons Paris is viewed as the world’s most romantic city. For many, it’s the ultimate honeymoon spot. What to do: With so much to see and do, it may be hard to narrow it down. If it’s your first time to Paris, we suggest taking in the view from the Eiffel Tower, visiting the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, and the popular attraction, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. Stroll along the Rue de Martyrs, one of Paris’ old market streets, or spend an afternoon in the Marais. With plenty of sights and options, plan your own itinerary and have an unforgettable — and authentic — adventure. And discover Paris on your own terms.
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Best Beaches: Fiji
Why go: Lots of places call themselves “paradise,” but Fiji, with its tumbling jungle waterfalls and epic white-sand beaches fringed with coconut palms is truly paradise. Fiji isn’t just about idyllic South Pacific islandscapes. It’s truly the friendliest place on earth and what makes these islands even more enchanting are the people. Luxurious resorts and activities such as snorkeling with manta rays in the Yasawas or surfing near the Mamanucas are especially attractive to new couples. What to do: Fiji’s aquamarine waters and soft, warm sands lure visitors and make honeymoon relaxation a breeze. For some aquatic sightseeing, visit the Blue Lagoon caves. For unparalleled vistas, climb Mount Batilamu. Scuba dive near Taveuni, or party in the Mamanucas. If you desire a little less adventure, visit a museum of history or the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, a botanic sanctuary of vanilla-scented orchids and zen-like lily ponds.Relax in the astonishing hot springs and mud baths, which locals believe to possess healing properties. With so much to do and see, remember to lay back and chill out – it’s not every day that you’re in Fiji.
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Best Beaches: Crete, Greece
Why go: The large Greek isle of Crete offers a great deal: charming fishing villages, mountains as well as beaches. It’s divided into four distinct regions, each offering diverse experiences, from jungle excursions to beach relaxing. The sands are superb, as are the hotels, spas and cuisine. What to do: There’s lots to do on Crete. Get up close to the mysteries of Minoan civilization with a visit to the Palace of Knossos or the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Explore Crete’s wild side and get away from it all with its snowcapped peaks and deep gorges — walking Samaria Gorge with its spectacular scenery, is absolutely exhilarating! Soak up the rays along the island’s sandy coasts. Sip ouzo at a taverna or shop your hearts out at the boutique-lined boulevards of Agios Nikolaos, one of the prettiest towns on Crete.
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Best Beaches: Kaua’i, Hawai’i
Why go: The Hawai’ian island of Kaua’i is on the Best Honeymoon Destinations list every year — and for good reason. Striking cliffs, spectacular sunsets, beaches that suit every mood and activity, as well as a friendly aloha spirit keep honeymooners coming back time and time again! This tropical destination boasts private villas on secluded beaches, making for incredibly relaxing honeymoons. What to do: Laze on Hanalei Bay, where during the summer, the calm waters are ideal for stand-up paddling and swimming. Get to know the other fabulous beaches: Po’ipu Beach or Kalapaki on the south coast and Hanakapi’ai Beach on the north coast are a must-see. Get eye-popping views of the island via helicopter. Soar over treetops on a ziplining expedition or venture deep into a tropical jungle on horseback. Adventurous couples can also explore the spectacular Na Pali Coast, with miles upon miles of pristine golden-sand beaches. Hike through Waimea Canyon or kayak down the tranquil Wailua River, which meanders through gorgeous waterfalls, such as the Wailua Falls, and lush, jungle surroundings.
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Best Beaches: Belize
Why go: Located in Central America, Belize is compact, yet an incredibly compelling honeymoon destination. But don’t let its size throw you off. There’s loads to do and see in Belize. It may be hard to decide where to begin, but the obvious first step should be to relax, settle back, and blend in with the laid-back Caribbean vibe by donning your swimsuit and focusing solely on your new spouse and totally escaping from reality. What to do: Head out on excursions to the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve; horseback riding along the bank of the Mopan River; or Barton Creek Cave for kayaking. Explore remarkable historic Mayan temples and ancient sites, like Tikal, Zunantunichm, Corozal, Altun Ha, and Lamanai. Learn about heavenly spots along the world’s second-largest barrier reef, like Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Blue Hole. Afterwards go scuba diving. Gaze at its magnificent pumas, jaguars, howler monkeys, keel-billed toucans, and parakeets at the Belize Zoo. At your villa, indulge in an afternoon at the spa. Don’t feel like you must do it all. With its close proximity to the United States (a mere two-hour flight from Miami), it’s easy to return.
Photo Credit: X’tan Ha “The Waterfront” Resort
Most Exotic: The Grenadines
Why go: This Caribbean escape, is the embodiment of “private island” chic. Be prepared to spend your time in St. Vincent & The Grenadines lounging on the beach and hopping from island to island. There are plenty of bonding activities to experience, including hiking and golfing, if you are able to tear yourselves away from the beach. What to do: Days on St. Vincent & The Grenadines include lounging along powder white-sand beaches, exploring coral reefs, and excursions to the Grenadines’ rural islands and cays. For sunny strips of blindingly pristine sand, check out Saltwhistle Bay or Macaroni Beach. St. Vincent also boasts alluring black-sand beaches, such as Mt. Wynne Beach on the leeward coast. Rather play golf? Head out to Canouan’s breathtaking championship course to putt on impressive greens. And there’s lots to do and see on St. Vincent’s main island: that’s where you will find Kingstown’s vibrant marketplace and the tranquil, lush foliage on display at the Botanic Gardens, exploding with color, life and where you can find an abundance of exotic plants, flowers, trees and birds.
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Most Exotic: Seychelles
Why go: Known as the “islands of love”, this archipelago of more than 100 islands, is where Prince William and Kate Middleton reunited following a short break up — and later went back for their honeymoon. The remote and secluded Seychelles islands offer postcard-worthy beach scenes and opulent seaside retreats. Honeymooning here will set you back a bunch, but with white sand beaches — sprinkled with massive boulders — backed with lush palm forests and framed by the azure swells of the warm Indian Ocean, the breathtaking vistas are worth the high cost. What to do: Seychelles is renowned for its beaches and even the most popular beaches are never crowded. Make your way to Curieuse Island to see the giant tortoises, or take a dive in the clear waters of Shark Bank, showcasing an incredible variety of marine life, from enormous grey stingrays and gaping Napoleon fish to pulsating shoals of vibrant tropical fish and even the odd whale shark. If you want to simply relax, cool down in the shade at the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens, or pack a picnic and check out the untouched sands of Anse Intendance on Mahé or Petite Anse on La Digue to completely get away from all vestiges of the modern world and truly sit back, relax and unwind.
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Most Adventurous: St. Lucia
Why go: There’s more to this island of emerald vistas than merely good looks. Gorgeous, pristine beaches fringed by palm trees, rainforests, coral reefs, the majestic twin Piton Mountains and a “drive-in” volcano with its pungent sulfurous gas will appeal to the intrepid traveler and adventure enthusiasts. Known as the jewel of the Southern Caribbean, St. Lucia has become more than a popular honeymoon destination. What to do: Take a bike ride through the jungle. Try ATVing along hill trails or zip through the rainforest to secluded Sugar Beach. Spend an afternoon climbing the twin mountains, sea kayaking, or just relaxing on the beach. You can even go horseback riding or take a dive tour in the pristine coral reef-fringed warm, calm waters. Take a mud bath in St. Lucia’s Sulphur Springs located in the “drive-in” volcano — the mud is said to possess regenerative and rejuvenating qualities.
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Most Adventurous: Thailand
Why go: Thailand is a remarkably diverse country in Southeast Asia. Besides the mainland, Thailand boasts popular island destinations like Phuket and Phi Phi Island in the Andaman Sea and Ko Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. Hill-tribe villages and elephant camps are must-see highlights. Its raw beauty and charm are unforgettable, and they’ll even shock a hardened traveler. What to do: Start the day by trekking with elephants at dawn. Then, hike up to the hill-tribe village of Doi Sa-ngo for an incredible look at the mighty Mekong River and paddy fields. An ideal multi-week honeymoon to Thailand should include time in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and/or Chiang Rai (portal to the Golden Triangle: where Burma/Myanmar, Laos and Thailand meet) in the north, and one of the island escapes. This way, you’ll get a multicultural city with excellent dining and heritage plus breathtaking mountains, lush jungles, and heavenly beaches. Go island hopping and explore Thailand’s vast coastline. Kayaking is a great way to explore the islands, while savoring the experience at your own pace.
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Best Bargain: St. Martin – St. Maarten, British Virgin Islands
Why go: This island is renowned for its beaches and its blend of Dutch, French and Caribbean cultures. There are several quiant towns to explore, and the local cuisine is considered to be among the best in the Caribbean. On the Dutch side — known as St. Maarten — enjoy the nightlife at the many clubs, casinos and concerts. For a more refined atmosphere, trendy shopping and fine dining, the French side — known as St. Martin — is the better option. What to do: Like the majority of Caribbean destinations, St. Martin – St. Maarten is great for soaking in the sun, lounging on the beach or enjoying the turquoise waters. While in Marigot, the capital of the French side, check out the gallery of contemporary impressionist painter Roland Richardson and get the ultimate souvenir. Feeling daring? Bare it all at one of the island’s nude beaches. St. Martin’s gorgeous beaches are clothing-optional (especially Orient Bay). Visitors will find swimsuit-clad sunbathers along Simpson Bay and Maho Bay on the Dutch side. Make time for other pursuits — trekking through Pic du Paradis, hitting the tables at Casino Royale, or truly duty-free, one-of-a-kind shopping.
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Best Bargain: Montenegro
Why go: A European honeymoon isn’t unrealistic, even if you’ve got limited funds. Montenegro offers white sand beaches on the Adriatic Sea and ancient villages at a fraction of the cost. What to do: In the capital city of Podgorica, go back about 600 years and explore the labyrinth of streets of the Stara Varos neighborhood, which feels like a busy Ottoman Turkish trading town. In Kotor, ascend St. John’s Fortress, following the ancient walls for postcard views. Enjoy a night at the magnificent Sveti Stefan Aman resort. Once a village of old stone cottages, now it’s a private island. Charter a private yacht for an excursion around the Bay of Kotor. Visit Gospa od Skrjelo (Our Lady of the Rock), a charming church atop a small islet, opposite Perast, just outside Kotor.
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Best Bargain: Jamaica
Why go: Several economical airlines fly nonstop to Jamaica, making this island getaway quite accessible. Come for soul-stirring reggae, jerk chicken, rugged cliffs, azure lagoons and incredibly easygoing locals. This jammin’ island that celebrates “one love” is truly a logical option for honeymooners. What to do: Whether you imagine yourself snoozing at the beach or climbing up a mountain, discovering marine life or playing a game of golf, you won’t be bored in Jamaica. Stop by a roadside jerk shed, serving some of the Caribbean’s finest and cheapest eats, and wash them down with a local beverage. If you’re staying in Ocho Rios, you have to hike through Dunn’s River Falls and Park. If you’re in Montego Bay, you should check out the best golf greens — especially the Tryall Club or White Witch Golf Course. Negril is all about the sand — the cumin-colored sands of Seven Mile Beach. Jamaica offers beaches, all-inclusive resorts, and that renowned music and cuisine to all visitors.
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