Ahh the honeymoon! The second best event of your wedding! But where to go? What to see? With so many magnificent locales to choose from, how do you even begin to decide?
So to help you with your travel plans, we’ve picked out the top 10 honeymoon destinations for you to consider. Of course when looking you don’t have to limit yourself to just these, but they are a good start. So call your travel agent, grab some sunscreen, and start packing those bags. Bon voyage lovebirds!10. Aruba
Located in the southern caribbean with year-round warm weather and cooling trade breezes, Aruba is recognized by island travelers as one of the best overall Caribbean destinations. Aruba is home to some of the world’s most scenic beaches, world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, and lively nightlife.
From gorgeous pink sand beaches and limestone cliffs to some of the loveliest people on the planet, a honeymoon on Bermuda is what romance on an island paradise is all about. Many think this country comprised of many small archipelago islands is part of the Caribbean, but actually it is much farther north and 650 miles due east of the U.S. state of North Carolina. Yet the waters are stunningly blue and the golf courses are vibrantly green thanks to the warm jet stream current in the Atlantic that passes all around Bermuda ensuring the land gets wonderful tropical benefits. A self-governing British overseas territory, the island’s people are as legendary as their history, known for their politeness and sing-song speech. One of the final holdings of the once vast British colonial empire in North America, the Bermudans have embraced the great qualities of their parent country as well as a unique culture all their own. As evidence of its strategic location, Bermuda is home to more forts per square mile than any other place on earth, a testament to the important role the land has played in the past. 8. Bahamas
Here in the islands where Christopher Columbus first made landfall in 1492 lies a stunning collection of natural wonders. stretching across 500 miles of blue seas. Each magnificent island offers its own distinctive splendor.
Nassau/Paradise Island offers a variety of activities on land and sea. Relax on one of 17 beaches with clear waters. Or dive in to explore the colorful coral reefs and tropical sea life.
Grand Bahama Island is a dazzling beauty, with ecological marvels and endless pursuits. The Out Islands of Harbor Island, Exuma and Abaco offer hidden coves and tranquil bays.
Surrounded by over 70 miles of glorious, powdery, white sand beaches — from secluded west coast coves lapped by the tranquil waters of the warm Caribbean Sea to the pounding surf of the island’s rugged Atlantic coastline, Barbados boasts some of the finest beaches in the southern Caribbean! Add to the idyllic climate, with over 3000 hours of sunshine a year, the constant north-east trade winds keeping daytime temperatures between 80-85 degrees fahrenheit, and just enough rainfall to keep things green, and you have all the ingredients that makes this magical isle the perfect honeymoon destination!
It’s no wonder that Jamaica is one of the premier destinations for Caribbean travelers. With sparking white-sand beaches and crystalline aqua waters, there’s no greater invitation to pure bliss. Simultaneously sophisticated and simple, it is the largest English speaking island in the Caribbean and offers more exciting honeymoon experiences to share than you can fit into one trip. Go in any direction from lively, beach lined Negril on the West and tranquil, laid back Port Antonio on the East to bustling Montego Bay and chic Ocho Rios in the North and you’ll find yourselves surrounded by the kind of opulent tropical beauty that travel brochures promise but seldom deliver. It is one of the few islands to be dotted with palm shaded mountains. Just about anywhere, you can stop to enjoy the lush landscape and savor a cup of the delicious rich coffee that is grown on their slopes. Some of the Caribbean’s very best resorts sprawl out along the sparkling white beaches. Water sports abound, everything from deep sea fishing to river rafting, and the island also has a handful of internationally known championship golf courses.
In the tropical beach resorts where sapphire-shaded waves crash against luminous beaches, sun devotees and watersports enthusiasts find paradise; create an image of paradise in your mind and it’s certain to look like Mexico! In the rainforest, exotic birds, wildlife and flowers flourish in dazzling splashes of color. In the cities, history reaches from ages past to charm and delight with traditional customs and architectural slendor. The archaeological ruins of the ancient Mayan and Aztec empires thrill with a vibrant spectacle of civilizations that still linger around the edges of modern Mexico.
A honeymoon in Greece has offered generations of newlyweds the experience of both an ancient civilization as well as a vibrant, living culture. Whether embracing on the steps of the Acropolis or the water’s edge during sunset at Cape Sounion; drinking ouzo at a café or sipping a glass of Retsina while awaiting the ferry to Santorini; here is where romance is at its most sensuous.
Visiting Venice is like unwrapping a present for the senses: The toll of church bells; beribboned gondoliers churning their oars; the sharp scent of coffee; glass chandeliers twinkling; and slender, twisting streets suddenly turning onto sun-filled market squares. The elegant piazzas and glistening waterways of this northern Italian city breathe ancient urban grandeur and romance.
Known as “The City of Love,” what could be more romantic than a honeymoon in Paris? As France’s capital city, Paris offers an endless number of entertainment and sight-seeing options for every taste. Cruise the River Siene by night and see the city lights Paris is famous for, sample the gourmet cuisine and French pastries, and wander the beautiful grounds of the Left Bank Luxembourg Garden. Take in stunning sights and sounds, such as the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower or an opera at the historical Opéra Garnier. Absorb some art at the Louvre, visit the Moulin Rouge, and tour the majestic cathedral of Notre Dame. No matter what you and your love are looking to get out of your honeymoon experience, Paris has it all!
Of course the number one honeymoon destination is Hawaii!!! Hawaii is pure tropical romance! This sunny island paradise made just for two opens her arms to all honeymooners. Spectacular scenic beauty envelops you; every day is flower filled and full of fun. You’ll find a hibiscus on your breakfast tray, a rainbow over your shoulder and a smile on every face. One hundred thirty two islands dot 16,000 miles of the North Pacific to comprise the most exotic state of the USA.
A rich Polynesian culture and an “Aloha” (welcome) spirit invite you to relax and explore. Six main islands, each with its own look and personality, beckon. You only have to decide which one to make your own. Oahu, includes Honolulu, the state capital, which was once the headquarters of warrior kings whose palaces still stand. This is the place for those who like sophisticated city pleasures blended with sprawling seaside resorts. See it first, then get out to the “Neighbor Islands” where the rolling countryside is lined with beautiful beaches.
Five Different Island Experiences
Hawaii, aka “Big Island” is the largest in the chain and includes Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in the Pacific.
Maui is the most popular neighbor island. Sailors, snorkelers and golfers love all of Maui’s great activities.
Kauai is known as the “Garden Isle” because of its lush green vegetation. Waterfalls and postcard beaches are scattered throughout and the lifestyle is laid back and relaxed.
Molokai is pastoral and pretty. Ancient Hawaiian traditions are kept alive in this place where the sensuous hula dance was born.
Lanai is a tiny hideaway with only a handful of resorts and a barefoot atmosphere.
World class golf courses, whale watching, diving, snorkeling, surfing and other sports delight active couples taking their honeymoon in Hawaii.