10 of the Best Honeymoon Destinations

by Laura Massey on December 28, 2012 · 8 comments

Weddings can be stressful, but luckily you can finish yours off with a fantastic honeymoon getaway.  Whether you wish to lounge on a beach or do something a little more adventurous, there is a perfect location for you. While the best honeymoon destinations can be subjective depending on your tastes, we’ve picked some great locations to get you thinking about your options.

If you are planning a honeymoon, or romantic vacation, take a look at these ideas. They’re listed in alphabetical order.

1. Curacao

Willemstad, Curacao

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Curacao is a beautiful Caribbean island that is off the coast of Venezuela.  This island was formerly a part of the Netherlands Antilles and this heritage shows in the capital city, Willemstad.  In Curacao you can enjoy all the typical island activities, like snorkeling and fishing, or visit the city for great restaurants and nightlife.

2. French Polynesia

French Polynesia

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French Polynesia is a country made up of islands whose tropical settings make them considered by many to be the most romantic honeymoon destination.  One of the things it is famous for is its collection of bungalows perched on stilts over the water.  If privacy and seclusion are what you are after, you should consider spending your first days as newlyweds here.

3. Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

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Italy has long been a favorite destination for those looking for a classic romantic honeymoon.  Florence is steeped in history and culture, as it is considered by many to be the birthplace of the Renaissance.  A trip here could include a visit to Uffizi, one of the oldest museums in the Western World, to see some of the amazing works of art the city offers.  You will also enjoy the great food and company that Italy is famous for.

4. London, England

London, England

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London is a great place to go for honeymoons.  There are many new hotels and venues that were built for the Olympics.  Now that the Olympics are over you can get great discounts for those rooms, making a London honeymoon more affordable than ever.  Among London’s many attractions are world-class architecture, museums, theaters and shopping.

5. Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu, Hawaii

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Oahu is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the United States. Hawaii combines a beautiful setting with a variety of activities that appeal to nearly everyone.  Days could be spent lounging on the beach or more active couples can pass the time hiking or taking surf lessons.  Another bonus of Oahu is the selection of all-inclusive resorts which can make honeymoon planning a breeze.

6. Riviera Maya, Mexico

Riviera Maya

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Mexico is full of beautiful beaches but that is not all it has to offer.  A trip to Riviera Maya can include incredible experiences away from the sea. Cancun is nearby, but here you can enjoy the same attractions and activities away from the more famous and busy city.  The highlight of a honeymoon here could be a trip to view the ancient Mayan ruins.

7. Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

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Another relaxing honeymoon destination is Santorini, Greece.  This island boasts stunning views along with amazing architecture.  If you like wine you will enjoy visiting the wineries on the island.  Other activities include spending time on the black sand beaches and visiting the ancient ruins nearby.

8. Seychelles

Seychelles

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Seychelles, located in the Indian Ocean, is also a great choice if you are looking for relaxing beaches.  The white beaches and gorgeous lagoons here make for an incredibly romantic and relaxing vacation.  There are not many activities here compared to some other destinations, but it cannot be beat for relaxing days spent lounging on the beach.

9. Switzerland

Interlaken, Switzerland

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For those whose idea of romance is a winter wonderland, Switzerland can be the best place for a honeymoon.  This country is beautiful year-round, but winter is when it becomes really special.  Enjoy your nights relaxing by the fireplace and spend days skiing.  Switzerland also boasts beautiful cities that are considered to be among the most romantic in Europe.

10. Zambia

Victoria Falls - Zambia

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Zambia is a great place for couples looking for a honeymoon outside of the norm.  There are world class resorts here and activities include visits to Victoria Falls and safaris.  More adventurous couples can stay in remote bush camps and even go bungee jumping.  To enhance an African honeymoon, you can combine your trip to Zambia with a few days on a beach in one of the nearby coastal countries.

Where would you take your dream honeymoon?  What do you think makes an ideal honeymoon?  Share some of your best honeymoon destination ideas from around the world to give other readers more options to consider.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jack January 3, 2013 at 9:38 am

Nice suggestions Laura, i would like to add one more place Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is also one of the world’s leading honeymoon destination, its beautiful natural views attracts several couples every year from all around the globe. Niagara Falls hotels Canada also provide economical honeymoon packages.

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Cover Dune January 6, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Switzerland is my dream Destination. I will surely go there on my Honeymoon :)

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best honeymoon tours in India January 19, 2013 at 3:58 am

It is a very beautiful valley between the Great Himalayas and Pir Panjal mountain range of northern India. Tourism is the major source of income in Kashmir. Kashmir valley is known for its mountains, green forest, flowers, lakes, gardens and beauty. Kashmir is a so wonderful place.

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Romantic Break Ireland January 28, 2013 at 3:43 am

Nice reading! I would like to add Ireland to this honeymoon destinations list. Ireland which is also known as Emerald Isle has great scenic beauty. The lavish Irish cuisine and warm hospitality are the reasons for its global acclamation. It is a perfect destination for romantic breaks.

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Brandy Hobbs February 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm

How could someone miss “Incredible India” from this incredible list of destinations for your honeymoon in Asia? It’s indeed a giant peninsula with lots of awesome places. Goa is a perfect honeymoon destination for all seasons with plenty of activities around. Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful monuments and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. If you want to enjoy some classics then Rajasthan or South India are great options for your honeymoon in India. Darjeeling can be regarded as one of the staircases of the heaven. Honeymoon in Jaipur city will be a great experience having a magnificent view of majestic and gigantic forts, lavish and expansive royal palaces and aromatic gardens.

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Honeymoon trip Darjeeling February 4, 2013 at 3:14 am

Darjeeling is a well-known destination for Bollywood and Bengali movie shooting. They, therefore, created the spot as a hill station and tea-growing spot. Darjeeling is properly recognized for its tea business and eco-tourism.

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Dan Gostow February 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Well Laura that is a very fine piece of creativity you have showcased here. My personal favorite is Switzerland. One slight correction I would like to make here is that you somehow missed Niagara Falls to include in this fine piece of your writing. Known as the honeymoon capital of the world Niagara Falls deserves a place in your list.

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Our Honeymoon Registry February 16, 2013 at 6:59 am

Florence is an amazing place to have a honeymoon and the museums and galleries are perfect romantic activities! See http://ourhoneymoonregistry.co/destination/florence for more ideas!

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