The Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations Around the World

Be a trendsetter and leave the crowds behind. We've found the best off-the-beaten path beach destinations.
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Esther Lee - Deputy Editor, The Knot
Esther Lee
Esther Lee - Deputy Editor, The Knot
Esther Lee
Deputy Editor
  • Esther is the Deputy Editor of The Knot. She currently leads all content on The Knot Wellness, focusing on financial, relationship, and mental wellbeing.
  • She oversees The Knot's travel vertical (honeymoons, destination weddings, bach parties), as well as overarching features and trends.
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Updated May 31, 2023
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After seeing a photo of a secluded strip of beach, have you ever promised yourself that you'd someday swim in that exact spot? While the competition is fierce among the finest beach honeymoon locations around the world, there's no shortage of postcard-worthy beaches. What separates the best beaches for a honeymoon from the rest has much to do with privacy. Here are the best tropical honeymoon destinations where you won't have to jostle for a place to lay your towel. Numerous qualifications apply, including the uniqueness of the beach itself, as well as the quality of the experience for couples who seek nothing more than the sun, surf, and, sometimes, sand.

Anse Source D'Argent, La Digue, Seychelles

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Its geological features, like its hulking rock formations jutting out to the clear blue ocean, is what makes Anse Source D'Argent one of the most unconventional beaches in Africa, if not the world. Seychelles is rightfully one of the top beach honeymoon destinations. However, this precise beach has put the country on the radar for couples who want a five-star experience… with the five-star beaches. (Plus, bragging rights.)

Where to Stay: Four Seasons Resort Seychelles | Book Now | Read Reviews

Sardinia, Italy

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Ancient history and rustic wilderness collide at this Italian island getaway located just south of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea. In Sardinia, you'll find immaculate beaches all along its coast; you can also see Roman ruins at Nora and tour museums in the capital, Cagliari. Visit the beautiful beach at Costa Verde. It's easy to access too: fly to Rome's Fiumicino Airport, then catch a quick, hour-long flight to Sardinia's main airport in Cagliari.

Where to Stay: Villa Las Tronas | Book Now | Read Reviews

Paloma Beach, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

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A spritz cocktail and a dive into the crisp and crystalline Mediterranean, especially at the height of summer, is the essence of this ritzy beach destination. One can argue the Cote d'Azure is ritzy, but truly passionate beachgoers who know the Mediterranean well will tell you outright: it's one of the best (known) beaches along the French Riviera. It's why we've listed the region as one of our top honeymoon destinations in the world through 2024.

Where to Stay: Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel | Book Now | Read Reviews

Eagle Beach, Aruba

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Between the Fofoti Trees, the water is an electric and teal combination of blue on the soft sandy strips of Eagle Beach in Aruba. The Dutch Island is home to numerous gorgeous beaches, none as beautiful or perfect as this destination.

Where to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba | Book Now | Read Reviews

Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kauai, Hawaii, US

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Kalalau Beach located by the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park is one of the few wild beaches left in the US. The Nāpali Coast in underrated Kauai is rugged, unspoiled, and breathtaking for adventurous sets of couples. To get to the northwestern point on the island, couples will either have to hike across dizzying heights inland or sail past hulking waves (brace for splash zones throughout the boat). Once you reach the Napali Coast, though, it's a tough site to beat.

Where to stay: Timbers Kauai | Book Now | Read Reviews

Perissa Black Sand Beach, Santorini, Greece

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Visually speaking, the volcanic black sand beaches of Santorini are arguably among the most interesting in the world. The glittering sands glint to the history of the island where a disastrous volcanic eruption once buried its inhabitants. Across the island, the interesting beaches and mars-like coastline of Thira (Santorini's formal name) is attributed to its volcanic roots–the entire island somewhat uses the Caldera (the hulking underwater crater) as a reference point. During peak season, Perissa and its other black sand beach destination, Perivolos, are among the most popular destinations on the island, meaning crowds and fun beach club hopping options. Though busy across the island, that's the price you pay to access one of the best-known islands in the already embarrassingly-beautiful Aegean Sea.

Where to stay: Sea Breeze Hotel | Book Now | Read Reviews

Reynisfjara, Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland

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This isn't the type of beach you can wade into (nor should you for safety reasons), but the very sight of this black sand beach's columnar sea stacks is an enthralling experience for anyone who appreciates the enormity of nature. For safety purposes: Iceland's government warns against walking past the appropriate safety points of this beach due to the sudden swelling of waves, risks of hypothermia, and more. If you really want to throw on a swimsuit in Iceland, we recommend booking the Blue Lagoon.

Where to Stay: The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland | Book Now | Read Reviews

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, California, USA

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Let's talk about Big Sur. The US is home to arguably some of the best and most renowned beaches in the world. However, none are as scenic and Jurassic as the Pacific Coast Highway, especially once you cross Bixby Bridge in Big Sur. Enjoy an early morning run along Pfeiffer Beach, where purple skies and hulking bubble rocks spoil the eyes.

Where to Stay: Hyatt Carmel Highlands | Book Now | Read Reviews

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