The wedding cake is cut, the guests are all heading home and you’re finally having that wonderful first vacation as a married couple. You want it to be the trip of a lifetime, and who can blame you? Your honeymoon is an experience you only get once, so it’s best to choose an unforgettable destination.
With so many choices, how can you pick just one place? Don’t fret. Here are ten favorite locations for couples that just tied the knot and are looking for that dream honeymoon:
-HAWAII. The most popular post-wedding destination, this group of islands has inviting seaside views, friendly locals and plenty of fun activities, from sugar cane tours to huge luaus. This destination has plenty of benefits, ranging from its perfect year-round weather to its numerous options for every kind of honeymooner, whether it’s spa treatments or canoeing.
-ITALY. Paddle through Venice on a gondola with your sweetheart, get swept away by the architecture of Florence, indulge in wine tasting in Tuscany, or check out a gold altarpiece in Venice. Either way, you really can’t lose in choosing this country as your honeymoon destination. With delicious food, staggering history and plenty of different cities to visit, you’re sure to be swept away by this country’s romanticism and zest for life.
-CARIBBEAN. Whether it’s heading to the clear blue waters of Turks & Caicos or the mountains of St. Lucia, the Caribbean has plenty of choices to offer adventurous travelers. Many couples venture to the friendly shores of Jamaica or will take a cruise to visit as many places as possible. The warmth of these islands is sure to turn up the heat for your love.
-FRENCH POLYNESIA. Tahiti and Bora Bora are two of the 118 islands that make up this popular destination. This area is a popular honeymoon location due to its clear waters and its private huts located just above the water for a romantic view. With spas, seclusion and opportunities for local cruises and snorkeling, you’re sure to feel the romance and relaxation.
-MEXICO. Puerto Vallarta, Cancun and Acapulco have all been very popular honeymoon spots for decades due to their breathtaking beachside views. However, Mexico can offer plenty of adventures, whether it’s visiting the Aztec pyramids or indulging in a local bullfight. The history of this country combined with the luxury of its beach resorts is sure to please everyone.
-FRANCE. Rick and Isla always had Paris in Casablanca, but that’s not the only romantic spot France has. Whether you’re touring old vineyards in the countryside of Bordeaux or visiting painter Claude Monet’s garden in Givenchy, France has plenty to offer, from gourmet food to high art. If you’re feeling beachy, you can also visit Saint Tropez, the ultimate in luxurious European beach life.
-NEW ZEALAND. With breathtaking scenery ranging from beaches to snowy mountaintops, this getaway is sure to entrance nature and fantasy lovers (the Lord of the Rings trilogy was shot here) who are looking for seclusion and peace after a stressful wedding planning time. This country is perfect for those who seek a certain sense of adventure with minimal interruption from the locals.
-THAILAND. This exotic destination is great for explorers who may not want to have the most traditional beachside honeymoon. With beautiful Buddhist temples, the unique Floating Market and exotic spas, this place has a variety of cities to access, from Bangkok to Chiang-Mai, as well as beachside resorts for those who want to indulge in a secluded hideaway.
–CANADA. It may not seem as exotic as Hawaii or Europe, but look again at our neighbor to the north. Canada has plenty of natural beauty to offer, whether it’s whale watching in Vancouver, British Columbia or the breathtaking landscape of Cape Brenton Island in Nova Scotia. It might get a little cold, but what better excuse to cuddle up to your new love?
-COSTA RICA. For those who have a sense of adventure, a foray into the wilderness of Costa Rica may be the answer. With beautiful white and dark sand beaches along with natural rainforests, this location offers horseback riding, kayaking and parasailing. There are also the natural sights, from the active Arenal Volcano to glorious waterfalls, which are sure to bring out the romantic in you.
Where did you go on your honeymoon? If you haven’t had one yet, where would you like to go? Sound off in the comments below!