Weddings are exciting and memorable, but many married couples can’t wait to go on a honeymoon together to unwind from the wedding and connect as a brand new married couple.
Whether you’re planning on having a honeymoon as soon as your wedding reception is done or you want to save up a bit and wait a year, honeymoons are special and should be the perfect getaway for you and your spouse.
Can’t decide where to go? With virtually endless destinations, it can be difficult to decide on a honeymoon destination. Check out our recommendations for some of the best honeymoon destinations and some favorite spots for newlyweds.
Tips For Choosing A Honeymoon Destination
Before we discuss some of the best honeymoon destinations, we have a few helpful tips for choosing the best honeymoon
destination for you.
Select a Destination Based on Your Interests
While many couples choose to book a flight to
a quiet “couples only” island getaway, you and your spouse may not be avid beachgoers. Other newlyweds choose to go to some of the most quintessential places on earth, such as Paris.
Even though you might feel pressured to take your honeymoon at a tropical resort, always choose a destination that fits your interests.
Don’t Rush To Take Your Honeymoon
A honeymoon is undoubtedly well-deserved, and you might be pressured to take a trip right after the wedding, but a honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime trip; don’t rush to take the trip without planning.
Whether you decide to make your honeymoon full of sightseeing opportunities, or just hanging out and relaxing, a honeymoon requires planning and money. There’s no rule about when you need to take the trip. Wait a week, wait six months; it’s all up to you and your spouse.
Consider a Honeymoon Fund
No one likes to ask for money, especially if it’s for a wedding gift, but if you and your spouse are set on kitchen appliances and matching bath towels consider having a honeymoon fund as a gift option.
Whether you’re planning a trip to the Grand Canyon or to Iceland, honeymoon trips are often expensive (but a worthy investment) and you want to make sure you have a little extra to have fun with and to cover any unexpected or hidden costs.
The Best Honeymoon Destinations
Now that we’ve given you a few things to consider before settling on your honeymoon destination it’s time to take a closer look at some of the best honeymoon destinations.
How do we decide which honeymoon destinations make our “best of” list? We know that everyone’s idea of the perfect honeymoon
destination is different, but we compile our list based on what other newlyweds have to say about the places they traveled.
Whether you and your spouse like to visit places that are full of pop culture references or you’re a classic romantic at heart, our list is full of great honeymoon destinations; in no particular order, here are some of our top picks.
Whether you visit Galway, Dublin, Cork, Killarney, or any of the quaint towns in the Emerald Isle, Ireland is a popular country to visit and memorable place for a honeymoon. While there are no warm sandy beaches, the landscape is often described as “indescribable,” and it’s better to take it all in in-person.
Enjoy a pint in a local pub, visit the Blarney Castle, or just spend some quiet time roaming the small towns and pretend you’re a local. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you can spend your time in Northern Ireland scoping out the areas where the series was filmed.
While Iceland is another country that is free from warm and sandy beaches, it’s becoming an increasingly popular place to visit among honeymooners who are looking for something a little different.
Iceland is the perfect place to do some of your favorite winter sports like skiing or you can spend time relaxing in the outdoor natural springs. Want to have a memorable stargazing experience as a newly married couple? Iceland is known for being one of the best places to look at the stars and get a clear look at Northern Lights.
Italy may easily be considered one of the most
romantic countries in the world, and along with Rome and Milan, Tuscany is a popular place to visit for newlyweds. You and your spouse don’t need to be wine aficionados to appreciate Tuscany, but it’s definitely a bonus. If you’re planning on visiting other parts of the region, like admiring the art and architecture of Florence, don’t forget to take a little time and take in the quiet countryside.
4. NAPA VALLEY
Don’t have a Tuscany budget, but want to take
a honeymoon sooner than later? Napa Valley is a great alternative, especially if you’re a wine lover. Although Napa Valley has become a popular vacation destination in the last few decades, the pace is slower, and the many of the resorts are designed just for newlyweds.
Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Paris. While Paris is often referred to as the “City For Lovers,” it’s hardly an overrated destination for newlyweds. For many first time travelers to France, or Europe as a whole, it’s a very accessible city with plenty to do. Whether you’re an art lover, want to spend your trip wining and dining, or explore the city on walking tours with your loved one, you may quickly understand why it’s a city of love.
6. GREEK ISLANDS
If you like the idea of visiting an island, but don’t necessarily want to spend your time sitting in the sand the whole time, the Greek Islands provide a unique honeymoon experience. The iconic blue water of the Aegean and Ionian seas is not only sightseeing worthy, but is a must for swimming, snorkeling, and sailing. Depending on which of the Greek Islands you plan to visit, you may have a more secluded experience (such as Nea Kameni) while others are more populated and “touristy” (such as Santorini); any island you choose is worth visiting since they are close enough to visit more than one and get the full Greek Islands experience.
7. NEW ZEALAND
Do you want the opportunity to stay in a treehouse during your honeymoon, go whale watching, visit a rolling countryside with sheep on pasture, and hike around on mountainous terrain? New Zealand is the place to visit if you want a honeymoon that is a little out of the ordinary.
You don’t have to be an adventure seeker to appreciate New Zealand; whether you prefer a quiet nature setting or bustling urban nightlife, Auckland, Queenstown, and Rotorua are popular places to visit. Are you a fan of Lord of the Rings? Travel to Fiordland in the South Island to see where Middle Earth was filmed.
Planning a honeymoon in Spring? Consider visiting Japan during cherry blossom season. Japan is the perfect example of a country that is modern and urban as well as rural and “old world.” Whether you visit the bustling city of Tokyo and enjoy some of the nightlife or the serene temples and shrines of Kyoto, Japan is one of our favorite honeymoon destinations. Don’t forget to visit one of the many hot springs to have the ultimate spa experience after a busy day.
Like Japan, and many of the other destinations on our list, Thailand is an ideal place to visit if you want the option of “the hustle and bustle” and serene nature. Thailand is also considered one of the more “budget-friendly” places to visit, which makes it a great option for newlyweds who want to experience international travel on a budget. If you get married in the fall or winter and want to take a honeymoon right after the wedding, Thailand is an excellent option. Phuket is a popular beach destination, while Bangkok is a busy city full of cultural experiences from sightseeing to cuisine.
10. ZAMBIA, MOZAMBIQUE, AND ZIMBABWE
Whether you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience or want to relax on a white sandy beach, East Africa is full of opportunities for newlyweds. Zambia is a popular vacation spot for those who want to see elephants and other animals in their natural habitat. Mozambique is well-known for its beaches on Quirimbas Archipelago or Vamizi Island.
Don’t forget to check out Victoria Falls and
wade in Devil’s Pool.
Jamaica is a popular destination for avid beachgoers, honeymooners, and even as a destination wedding. Whether you’re tying the knot in Jamaica and looking for an extended vacation or if you want a warm place to escape during the winter months, the Caribbean island nation is a great option (particularly if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly destination).
Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, and Kingston
are some of the most popular places to visit in Jamaica, but despite their popularity among tourists, you’re likely to find a nice and quiet beach for some one-on-one time with your spouse.
12. FLORIDA KEYS
Florida is a popular state to visit, particularly during the winter months, but if you’re looking for something a little more secluded and romantic the Florida Keys may be the perfect place for your honeymoon. Take a tour of the coral reefs in a glass-bottom boat, relax in hammocks at a nature preserve, or simply relax on a white sandy beach, the Florida Keys has a little bit of everything for the “sun and sand” lover.
13. DISNEY WORLD
You don’t need to have kids (or be a kid) to enjoy the magical world of Disney. Whether you explore the park on your own or sign up for a travel package exclusively designed for honeymooners, you can spend the day enjoying rides, wining and dining, and treating yourself to a spa day.
If you’ve always wanted to visit Hawaii and never had the chance, consider visiting one of the islands on your honeymoon trip. Whether you visit Maui, Kauai, or the Big Island, you have plenty of relaxing opportunities. As a honeymooner, you’ll be treated as a VIP whether you visit an all-inclusive resort or plan your own travel itinerary.
15. U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
If you like the idea of visiting islands like the Greek Islands, but it’s not in your budget, consider the U.S. Virgin Islands. The major islands, St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John, are located on the Caribbean.
Spend the day lounging on the beach or take part in some active nightlife; there are plenty of one-on-one activities as a newlywed couple. Want to snorkel? Buck Island Reef National Monument and Trunk Bay are some of the most well-known spots for the first time or expert snorkelers.
Final Thoughts on Choosing Your Honeymoon Destination
Our list is full of popular destinations for newlyweds, but it doesn’t mean they are the only places worth visiting. Remember, you don’t need to be an avid beach goer or a fan of international travel to plan your honeymoon.
Whether you prefer the sandy beaches of Mexico, the charming fishing ports of the Northeast, or one of the “wonders of the world” like the Grand Canyon, anyplace you choose to travel with your spouse is the perfect place for you as a newly married couple.