The 58 Best Honeymoon Destinations Around The World
Narrowing down the best honeymoon destination is a tough decision—but somebody has to do it. After months of wedding planning (and arguably taking a crash course in the art of the seating chart), the honeymoon indulges newlyweds with the uninterrupted opportunity to luxuriate in natural beauty, privacy, romance, relaxation, and most importantly, each other.
Your idea of heaven on earth may be reading on the beach, taking in turquoise water and golden sunsets on boat rides, and melting into newlywed bliss in Bora Bora, Hawaii or Mexico. Or you could prefer skiing the Swiss Alps, eating your way through Paris or Sonoma, indulging in massages in Thailand, going on safari in East Africa, or canoodling under the stars in Iceland. The world is your oyster when it comes to romantic honeymoon destinations, so set the tone for marriage, your way. To help, we've compiled the best honeymoon destinations of 2023 and 2024. Read our picks below.
The Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2023 - 2024
Best Honeymoon Destinations - Editors' Overall Top Picks for 2023-2024
Amalfi Coast, Italy | Anguilla | Costa Rica | French Riviera, France | Ireland | Kenya | Maui, Hawaii | Maldives | Punta Mita, Mexico | Santorini, Greece | Seychelles | Sicily, Italy
Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA
Alaska | Central Coast, California | Colorado | Florida Keys, Florida | The Hamptons, New York | Maui, Hawaii | Miami Beach, Florida | Jackson Hole, Wyoming | Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts | Palm Springs, California | Sedona, Arizona | Sonoma and Napa Valleys, California
Best Tropical & Beach Honeymoon Destinations
Anguilla | Aruba | Bali, Indonesia | Bora Bora, French Polynesia | Costa Rica | Dominica | Dubai, UAE | Fiji | Hamilton Island, Australia | Harbour Island, Bahamas | Jamaica | Koh Samui, Thailand | Maldives | Mauritius | Puerto Rico | Punta Mita, Mexico | Seychelles | St. Barts | St. Lucia | Tulum, Mexico | Turks and Caicos
Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe
Amalfi Coast, Italy | Crete, Greece | Hvar, Croatia | Iceland | French Riviera, France | Ireland | Paris, France | Portugal | Santorini, Greece | Sicily, Italy
Best Unique Honeymoon Destinations
Banff National Park, Canada | Bhutan | Botswana | Cape Town, South Africa | Cappadocia, Turkey | Kyoto, Japan | Machu Picchu, Peru | Marrakesh, Morocco | Montreal, Canada | New Zealand | Sri Lanka | Tanzania | Vanuatu | Vancouver, Canada
PLUS: Commonly Asked Questions When Deciding On the Perfect Honeymoon Destination
Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi Coast is one of those places everyone should visit at least once—and what better time to do so than your honeymoon? With its scenic towns and landscape plucked out of a novel or movie, the region is teeming with romance and the essence of La Dolce Vita. Newlyweds will revel in sun-bed-dotted beaches and cliff-clinging Italian eateries, but be warned: Make room in your honeymoon luggage as you'll want to take home a bottle of limoncello for all your friends and family.
Where to stay: Le Sirenuse (Positano) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Santa Caterina Hotel (Amalfi) Book Now | Read Reviews; Villa Cimbrone (Ravello) Book Now | Read Reviews
If your friends are jet-setting to Anguilla only to return with a sun-kissed glow and calming air about them, it's because the island has that influence on its visitors. The Caribbean paradise is renowned for its blissful beaches—think turquoise and clear blue waters lapping against pristine, soft and micro-fine white sandy beaches. Most honeymooners will want to stay on Rendezvous Bay (arguably the best beach in the Caribbean) or Shoal Bay with its pink-tinted sand. Most visitors will fly into St. Maarten, then take a short ferry over to Anguilla. However, couples who want the ultra experience should consider booking a charter service (like this one from Aurora) that flies directly to Anguilla's Clayton J Lloyd International Airport. It's the true tip-to-tail honeymoon experience.
Where to stay: Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club (Rendezvous Bay) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Quintessence Hotel, a Relais & Châteaux (Long Bay Beach) | Book Now | Read Reviews
The island of Bali has long been a magnet for romance-seekers and honeymooners for its mist-shrouded temples, beautiful mountain vistas and vivid arts scene. While there, be sure to arrange a trip to Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple—it offers history and some unforgettable sunset views.
Where to stay: The Mulia Villas (Nusa Dua) | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Ritz-Carlton Bali (Nusa Dua) | Book Now | Read Reviews
Fly into the Liberia airport and have easy access to Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica's luxury beach region along its Pacific Coast. In Papagayo and its nearby rainforests, couples have their pick of luxe, modern lodgings and can spend their days visiting sloth sanctuaries, whizzing through a volcano on a zipline, or braving a whitewater rafting trip. From Papagayo, couples can make their way to the renowned Arenal Volcano for natural hot springs, toucan sightings and breathtaking sunsets. Costa Rica is heaven on earth for nature lovers with a deep appreciation for sustainability.
Where to stay: W Costa Rica - Reserva Conchal (Papagayo) | Book Now | Read Reviews; ORIGINS Lodge (Bijagua) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Nayara Springs (Arenal) | Book Now | Read Reviews
French Riviera, France
The Côte d'Azur (translation: the Coast of Blue) is world-renowned for its charming French towns and hidden five-star resorts lining the sumptuous, cerulean blue coastline of the French Riviera. Honeymooners can find their delicious slice of heaven along Medieval towns and modern destinations like Antibes, Èze, Saint-Tropez, Villefranche-sur-Mer and more. Most will fly into Paris or Nice, and a car rental is highly recommended. That way, you can enjoy the sweeping mountaintop views and splendid Provincial landscape (lavender fields and adorable B&Bs). Our editor recommends you perch for a day at Paloma Beach—there's no place on earth like this beach club with shaved truffle pasta and Paloma cocktails.
Where to stay: Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat (Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Airelles Pan Deï Palais (Saint-Tropez)| Book Now | Read Reviews; JW Marriott Cannes (Cannes) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc (Antibes) | Book Now | Read Reviews
While Ireland is known for its good craic and lively pub scene, it's also home to one of the world's best road trips: the Wild Atlantic Way. Stretching from Donegal in the north to the colorful fishing village of Kinsale in the south, the route will take you past castle ruins, charming cities like Galway and the mystical Cliffs of Moher. Honeymooners will especially appreciate the various honeymoon castle and estate options for accommodations and historical exploration.
Where to stay: Ashford Castle (County Mayo) | Book Now | Read Reviews
East Africa's great wildebeest migration is a known bucket-list item for safari-goers, with Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve as the destination of choice for witnessing the natural movements of wildlife during this enthralling natural event. The Mara's vivid sunsets and breathtaking visuals (think dazzles of zebra grazing and playful lion cubs frolicking near the pride at dawn) are famous for inspiring Disney's The Lion King. It's a deeply cultural experience, for most, especially when the local safari guides are members of the Maasai tribe—once known for being lion killers, today acknowledged for being lion defenders and staunch conservationists across the land. Along with the Mara, couples can diversify their romantic experience in this country by heading to the sumptuous savannah. There, the more exclusive Naboisho Conservancy adds to the magic and beauty of Kenya, where couples can indulge in night game drives, tented stargazing, and breakfasts in the bush surrounded by wildlife and the Masai Mara's famed fig trees. Follow a week of adventure with the beach on the hip and historical Lamu Island off the country's northeastern coast.
Where to stay: Basecamp Masai Mara (Masai Mara National Park) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Leopard Hill (Naboisho Conservancy) | Book Now | Read Reviews
This remote Indian Ocean archipelago is one of the best places to go for your honeymoon, with white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, atolls and secluded resorts. Famed for its ultra-private, extra-luxurious overwater villas, the Maldives is the perfect location for a romantic honeymoon getaway.
Where to stay: Niyama Maldives (Dhaalu Atoll) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Conrad Maldives Rangali Island (Dhaalu Atoll) | Book Now | Read Reviews; JW Marriott Maldives (Shaviyani Atoll) | Book Now | Read Reviews
Considered the most romantic Hawaiian island, Maui offers natural beauty, unparalleled sunrises and sunsets, and refined luxury. Award-winning resorts set an unrivaled standard, catering to couples with bucket list experiences, ranging from sunset helicopter rides to outrigger canoeing with turtles and whales. Maui's food culture is also worth mentioning from poke bowl stops to memorable dinners at Merriman's or Waicoco (the kampachi is a must). Not to mention: fans of HBO's White Lotus are flocking to Wailea for their own stay at the Four Seasons, where the show about honeymooners is set.
Where to stay: The Ritz-Carlton Maui (Kapalua) | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Westin Maui (Ka'anapali) | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Four Seasons Maui (Wailea) | Book Now | Read Reviews
Punta Mita, Mexico
A spear-shaped, high-end peninsula community in Nayarit with sprawling views of the ocean and acres of private lush jungle calls couples for the honeymoon. With luxury resort options that cater to impeccable service, the region is one of the finest in Mexico for tropical honeymoon experiences.
Where to stay: Four Seasons Punta Mita | Book Now | Read Reviews; St. Regis Punta Mita | Book Now | Read Reviews
This small volcanic island is known for its pristine whitewashed villas, boutique hotels and heart-achingly beautiful sunsets, and there's much more to explore. Take a scooter to the red- and black-sand beaches, check out ancient sites (like the Bronze Age settlement of Akrotíri, oftentimes called "Minoan Pompeii"), visit wineries, hike and stop in the many boutiques, and indulge in delicious Greek breakfasts. Unsurprisingly, Greece has ranked among the best honeymoon destinations for decades and Santorini continues to take the crown for romance among the Cycladic Islands.
Where to stay: Andronis Luxury Suites (Oia) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Sea Breeze Santorini Beach Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton (Exomitis) | Book Now | Read Reviews
Just one look at its untouched beaches and lush rainforests and it's easy to see why the Seychelles is one of the world's top honeymoon destinations. When you're not finding a stretch of sand to call your own or island hopping across the archipelago, spend some time discovering the diverse wildlife, including the rare Aldabra giant tortoise.
Where to stay: Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas | Book Now | Read Reviews; Mango House, LXR Hotel in the Seychelles | Book Now | Read Reviews; Le Chateau de Feuilles | Book Now | Read Reviews
Affectionately known as the toe of Italy's boot, Sicily is a large island plonked just off the southern coast of the country and is the largest island in the Mediterranean. Visitors here can expect everything they love about Italy (culture, food, glorious landscapes) all wrapped up in a neat bundle and with the addition of some of the world's best beaches. It's no wonder Sicily was the destination of choice for the second season of HBO's The White Lotus. Couples who appreciate boutique hotels will find plenty of luxury accommodations here too.
Where to stay: Hotel Villa Belvedere (Taormina) | Book Now | Read Reviews; San Domenico Palace, Taormina, A Four Seasons Hotel (Taormina) | Book Now | Read Reviews
Its prime location outside the hurricane belt and near-perfect weather year-round (Aruba counts the sunniest days in all of the Caribbean) makes the island one of the best honeymoon places for any time of the year. The island is home to one of the top-rated beaches in the region, Eagle Beach, and is home to numerous luxury properties or all-inclusive options, giving couples many options for exploration.
Where to stay: The Ritz-Carlton Aruba (Palm Beach) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Renaissance Aruba | Book Now | Read Reviews; Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort | Book Now | Read Reviews
Stuck for European honeymoon destination ideas? Look no further. The country of Portugal is home to golden-sand beach destinations like Praia do Camilo (close to bustling Lagos) along the Algarve coast and the Azores. Lying roughly 1,000 miles off the coast of Portugal, the Azores is an archipelago filled with adrenaline-pumping activities. Whether you want to go whale watching, scuba diving to see manta rays and whale sharks or even paragliding, there are endless adventures to be had here.
Where to stay: Palmares Beach House Hotel | Book Now | Read Reviews; Conrad Algarve | Book Now | Read Reviews; WHITE Exclusive Suites & Villas | Book Now | Read Reviews
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
When you picture the most romantic honeymoon destinations, Bora Bora with its luxury hotels featuring overwater bungalows probably comes to mind. Think: crystal-clear waters, picturesque mountains and a coral reef swirling with colorful fish. To make the most of the views, why not charter a helicopter to take you around towering Mount Otemanu, then touch down on a neighboring island for a tour of a black pearl or vanilla bean farm? It's memories like these that'll last a lifetime.
Where to stay: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora | Book Now | Read Reviews; The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort | Book Now | Read Reviews
The antiquities are trending and what better place to visit than Knossos, the Minoan Palaces and more archaeological wonders? Sir Arthur Evans would be proud. The largest island in Greece is its own world worth exploring for romance, history and splendid beaches. As Crete is quite sizable compared to the tinier islands dotting the Cyclades, most couples will want to rent a car to truly get a feel for the hidden sights and beaches. (Quick, off-the-beaten-path tips include Samaria Gorge, Balos Beach, Prevail Beach, Chania Bay and more.) The best places for honeymooners to perch—for romance and indulgence—include the sleepy peninsula of Agios Nikoloas, as well as the trendy and upscale town of Elounda.
Where to stay: St. Nicholas Bay (Agios Nikoloas) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Blue Palace Elounda, a Luxury Collection Resort (Elounda) | Book Now | Read Reviews
Dubbed "nature island" because of its vast rainforests, which occupy more than half of this Caribbean locale, Dominica also boasts Morne Trois Pitons National Park and the world's second-largest hot lake of its kind, Boiling Lake. A visit to the Waitukubuli National Trail is a must for 14 different paths stretching 115 miles.
Where to stay: Secret Bay | Book Now | Read Reviews
Rated one of the most popular honeymoon destinations globally, this cosmopolitan city is centrally located for all citizens of the world. Home to the world's tallest skyscraper, futuristic developments and elevated dining experiences (like this one at Atmosphere), Dubai's white-sand beaches along the Persian Gulf, panoramic pool clubs, and unique dining experiences (like this underwater tasting menu at Ossiano) offer excitement and romance for honeymooners. Couples can easily enjoy a few days in Dubai before heading to the desert for safari in vintage Range Rovers after watching the sunrise from a hot air balloon. About a 12-hour direct flight from the East Coast (Emirates Business Class is the way to go), Dubai also works well for multi-destination honeymoons–especially for those who want a few days in the city, followed by the Maldives or nearby Seychelles.
Where to stay: Jumeirah Beach Hotel | Book Now | Read Reviews; Burj-Al-Arab | Book Now | Read Reviews; Armani Hotel | Book Now | Read Reviews; Atlantis The Royal | Book Now | Read Reviews
The islands that make up Fiji are surrounded by coral reefs, resulting in warm lagoons and beautiful coral beaches. It's one of the very best honeymoon destinations in the South Pacific. Here, honeymooners can spend their days lazing on the white-sand beaches, snorkeling the reefs and sipping on kava—Fiji's national (non-alcoholic) drink—while watching the sunset.
Where to stay: Likuliku Lagoon Resort (Malolo Island) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay | Book Now | Read Reviews
Jamaica is known for its lush and diverse landscape, providing adventure and respite for couples who want a variety of activities in paradise. Along with jerk chicken, Jamaica is home to a slew of super-luxurious, all-inclusive resorts. Arguably, it's one of the most affordable honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean, meaning couples get the five-star honeymoon experience without breaking the bank.
Where to stay: Sandals Negril (Negril) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Half Moon (Montego Bay) | Book Now | Read Reviews; GoldenEye (Ocho Rios) | Book Now | Read Reviews
Koh Samui, Thailand
A honeymoon in Thailand means you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to lush strips of sand, but for the best beaches for your honeymoon, look no further than Koh Samui. The island is a popular tourist spot with around 40 beaches to choose from, so you're bound to find a patch of sand to call your own. Koh Samui is also the location for the third season of HBO's The White Lotus, meaning it could be one of the most popular honeymoon destinations to emerge in subsequent years.
Where to stay: Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort | Book Now | Read Reviews; Cape Fahn Hotel | Book Now | Read Reviews; Banyan Tree (Samui) | Book Now | Read Reviews
Compared with the frenetic energy of Japan's capital city Tokyo, Kyoto moves at a much slower pace. Relax and reflect at hundreds of shrines and temples or stroll through peaceful traditional gardens. While the cherry blossoms only bloom in the spring, you can visit Kyoto's cool cultural sites—like Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and the orange gates of Fushimi Inari Taisha—all year round.
Where to stay: HOSHINOYA Kyoto | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Hotel HIGASHIYAMA by Kyoto Tokyu Hotel | Book Now | Read Reviews
Machu Picchu, Peru
If you want adventure, look no further. Peru is home to some of the world's greatest sites (the Andes, cloud forests and Machu Picchu Citadel), making it truly the trip of a lifetime. Most couples will start the trek from Cusco, some venturing to the base town of Aguas Calientes. A sunrise trek up Machu Picchu is worth the morning wake-up call. Get there early enough (or get the train there) and you'll have the mist-covered ancient city mostly to yourself.
Where to stay: JW Marriott Cusco | Book Now | Read Reviews; El Retablo | Book Now | Read Reviews; Belmond Sanctuary Lodge | Book Now | Read Reviews
Lying off the coast of Madagascar, landing in Mauritius will feel like you've reached the end of the earth. It has everything you could want from an island honeymoon destination: white-sand beaches, lagoons, diverse marine life and rainforests with waterfalls and endless hiking trails. For an added dose of adventure, enjoy a helicopter tour over the destination's "underwater waterfall," an optical illusion that has taken the travel world by storm.
Where to stay: Shangri-La Le Touessrok, Mauritius | Book Now | Read Reviews; One&Only Le Saint Géran | Book Now | Read Reviews
A 90-minute car ride away from the airport in Cancún, the City of Tulum and the surrounding region is teeming with activity and luxury developments. Tulum is also home to an ancient Mayan village and it won't make too much of a dent in your postwedding budget. Oh, and did we mention the amazing beaches?
Where to stay: Mi Amor Hotel | Book Now | Read Reviews; Hotel Esencia | Book Now | Read Reviews; Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya Resort | Book Now | Read Reviews
With the lowest population density in the US, a honeymoon in Alaska will feel as if you've got oodles of room to explore, just the two of you. Nature here is wild and diverse, from gargantuan glaciers and lush national parks to brown bears, roaming moose and playful humpback whales.
Where to stay: Borealis Basecamp | Book Now | Read Reviews; Alyeska Resort | Book Now | Read Reviews
Banff National Park, Canada
You don't have to travel far for grand landscapes—just across the border to Canada's oldest national park, Banff. Here, mountains tower above striking glacial lakes and its backcountry trails are home to grizzly bears, mountain goats, elk and wolves, to name a few. Stay on the banks of the aforementioned teal-hued lake at the Fairmont with unparalleled views of the lake and the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Where to stay: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise | Book Now | Read Reviews
Central Coast, California
Between Big Sur's coastal bluffs, the charm of towns like Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey, the rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, and the sleepy mist of the Redwoods rolling into the Pacific, Central Coast California is an ideal romantic setting for couples who appreciate the ocean, fresh forests, campy hidden gems, and barely-there cell phone reception during coastal road trips. It forces you to appreciate nature–and focus on each other without the noise–only to help you slowly reacclimate to society once you make it to Santa Barbara or San Francisco (depending on the direction you're driving along the Pacific Coast Highway).
Where to stay: San Ysidro Ranch (Santa Barbara) | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Inn at Spanish Bay (Pebble Beach) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort (Big Sur) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Hotel Californian (Santa Barbara) | Book Now | Read Reviews
For an epic honeymoon destination that doesn't involve leaving the continental United States, consider a vacation in Colorado. From the mountains of Aspen to the Cliff Palace of Mesa Verde National Park and countless biking and hiking trails in between, there's beauty around every corner.
Where to stay: Gateway Canyons Colorado | Book Now | Read Reviews
Florida Keys, Florida
The Florida Keys contain more than 1,000 islands stretched over 100 miles— the most famous is Key West. Newlyweds have been coming to the Keys for their honeymoon for decades. With the feel of the South Pacific, but without the air mileage, need for a Passport, and stark time zone differences, it's not hard to see why.
Where to stay: Kimpton Winslow's Bungalows | Book Now | Read Reviews; Little Palm Island Resort | Book Now | Read Reviews
The Hamptons, New York
The easternmost tip of Long Island is arguably a world away from the hullabaloo found up and down the Northeast Corridor. Sandy stretches of golden beaches and Atlantic Ocean bluffs lining turquoise waters provide a summertime haven for city dwellers. Each town along the Hamptons has its own unique charm: Sag Harbor for antiques and boutique shopping, Southhampton for its wineries and beaches, East for its adorable restaurants and high-end shopping, and Montauk for its lobster rolls and youthful energy. Added bonuses include wellness resorts and nature preserves nestled across the towns, as well as unbelievable sunsets a ferry ride away on Shelter Island.
Where to stay: Gurney's Montauk Resort & Saltwater Spa (Montauk) | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Pridwin (Shelter Island) | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Roundtree (Amagansett) | Book Now | Read Reviews
Croatia is often overlooked for neighboring big hitters like Greece and Italy, but it harbors some of Europe's best beaches (and it's more wallet-friendly too). The luxurious beach clubs, like Beach Club Hvar and the legendary Hula Hula, are great for people-watching.
Where to stay: Moeesy Blue & Green Oasis Hotel | Book Now | Read Reviews; Beach Club Hvar | Book Now | Read Reviews
Largely uninhabited, Iceland changes scenery every few minutes. You can go from volcanic, lunar-looking landscapes to shattering waterfalls and soaring geysers or massive Blue Lagoon hot springs. Head over to the picturesque Snaefellsjökull National Park to see some of nature's most beautiful creations, including the mesmerizing Northern Lights.
Where to stay: Hótel Búðir | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland | Book Now | Read Reviews
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The American West calls outdoorsy couples who want romance and adventure in the wilderness. With nearby Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, couples will enjoy daily sightseeing excursions and relaxing evenings with rustic sunsets and starry skies. With so much to do, honeymooners can take their pick between white-water rafting, fly-fishing, star-gazing, and exploring the natural beauty of the region.
Where to stay: Amangani | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Cloudveil | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Alpine House | Book Now | Read Reviews
Miami Beach, Florida
You'll feel the excitement and glamour in the air when you step out onto Florida's ultra-famous beaches—made even more gorgeous with palm trees and sunshine for days. Miami, in particular, is ideal for honeymooners who can't decide between a city, beach and adventure-style break. Here, you can start your day in a high-rise hotel and end it by scuba diving in Biscayne National Park.
Where to stay: Eden Roc Miami Beach | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Faena Miami Beach | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Setai Miami Beach | Book Now | Read Reviews
Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
The islands off the coast of Cape Cod are summertime playgrounds for Bostonians and New Yorkers alike. Marked by well-manicured hedges, cobblestone streets, hydrangea bushes in full boom and cottage-like properties nodding to New England's architectural heritage, both Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard are coveted destinations to visit especially during peak seasons. Those who enjoy quaint experiences, picturesque bike rides and the intimate feel of an island without venturing too far (at least on the East Coast) will relish the experience of these two best honeymoon destinations off Cape Cod.
Where to stay: The Wauwinet (Nantucket) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Harbor View Hotel (Edgartown) | Book Now | Read Reviews
Palm Springs, California
This West Coast destination has always been hip, hosting Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and notable architects. Today, those architects' mid-century modern masterpieces are the hallmark of this retro-fun city. While the city itself can be pricey, the fact that you don't have to pay for international airfare means you can enjoy a little luxury a bit closer to home.
Where to stay: Sparrows Lodge | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage | Book Now | Read Reviews
A US territory, Puerto Rico's beaches and bioluminescent bays are simply beautiful. Couples can enjoy history in Old San Juan and Ponce, as well as luxury in Dorado. Vieques, the island just off Puerto Rico's eastern coast, has a charmingly laid-back atmosphere that's hard to find elsewhere. Case in point: There are no traffic lights, and its beaches are quiet and unspoiled by high-rise buildings. Although the island is about 21 miles long, there's no shortage of beaches. The idyllic paradise boasts around 40.
Where to stay: The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort | Book Now | Read Reviews; Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve | Book Now | Read Reviews
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos has everything you could want from a Caribbean honeymoon destination: boutique resorts, foodie-approved restaurants and one of the world's best beaches (Grace Bay). Visit between January and April for the best weather and to witness the annual humpback whale migration.
Where to stay: COMO Parrot Cay | Book Now | Read Reviews
Sitting on the eastern edge of the Himalayas, Bhutan is a unique honeymoon destination. Its eco-credentials are high: It's the world's only carbon-negative country and laws there state that 60% of its land must be protected as forests, so there's always a new pocket to explore. Besides lush landscapes, there are cliff-clinging monasteries to see and wildlife that includes snow leopards and tigers. Paro lodge at the Six Senses is a must—honeymooners can partake in a private butter lamp ceremony (which promises a blessed life together) at a 16th-century monastery.
Where to stay: Six Senses | Book Now | Read Reviews
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are big fans of Botswana (after all, a safari trip to the country, when they started dating, solidified their romance), and it's easy to see why. Botswana is the pinnacle of safari destinations: You'll see elephants roaming free on the Okavango Delta, big cats finding their meals in Chobe National Park and hippos peering above river surfaces.
Where to stay: Chobe Game Lodge | Book Now | Read Reviews; Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero | Book Now | Read Reviews; Camp Okavango | Book Now | Read Reviews
Cape Town, South Africa
Can't decide on what kind of honeymoon to take? Cape Town has you covered with glamorous beaches, big-city buzz, wild landscapes (including the penguin-colonized Boulders Beach), easy access to wine country and some of the world's best safaris.
Where to stay: Atlantic House | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa | Book Now | Read Reviews
Romantic honeymoon places don't come much better than Cappadocia. Located less than four hours from Turkey's capital city, the wind-carved landscapes of Cappadocia are otherworldly. Whether it's high up in a hot air balloon or on foot or horseback, there are a ton of ways to explore Cappadocia's magical valleys full of caves and rock formations, or "fairy chimneys."
Where to stay: Argos | Book Now | Read Reviews
Hamilton Island, Australia
As one of the 74 Whitsunday Islands, which lie between Australia's mainland and the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is the largest populated island of the lot. The island is car-free (read: tranquil) and has a smattering of luxury resorts and a wildlife park where guests can get up close with kangaroos, koalas and even crocodiles. For an ultra-romantic experience, be whisked off in a helicopter over the Great Barrier Reef, landing next to Heart Island (pictured) for a picnic and a snorkel.
Where to stay: qualia Resort | Book Now | Read Reviews
Harbour Island, Bahamas
Chances are, you've never seen anything like Harbor Island's Pink Sands Beach. On your way to the pink-sand paradise, pick up a breakfast croissant from Arthur's Bakery, which will set you up nicely for a day of sand and sea. With a laid-back vibe, it's no wonder so many people make the Bahamas their honeymoon spot.
Where to stay: Tingum Village Hotel | Book Now | Read Reviews; Pink Sands Resort | Book Now | Read Reviews
Rock stars and fashion designers have been going to this North African city for decades to find inspiration. You'll feel like you wandered onto a movie set when you enter its souks, complete with hidden alleys, endless spices, a maze of markets and the ancient Medina. It's worth extending your stay so you can add on a trip to the Sahara Desert, travel over the Atlas Mountains, and stay in a luxury tented camp.
Where to stay: Selman Marrakech | Book Now | Read Reviews; AnaYela | Book Now | Read Reviews
With incredible architecture and cobblestone streets that transport you to France, the French-speaking city of Montreal is a worthy honeymoon destination. Couples will enjoy world-class fine dining experiences, intimate cafes, restored historic properties, lively nightlife and top-notch shopping–all you have to do is say "oui."
Where to stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal | Book Now | Read Reviews; Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth | Book Now | Read Reviews
New Zealand is spoiled for choice when it comes to scenic vistas, but those in the know head to the South Island to experience the most majestic scenery. A road trip of the South Island will take you past the glaciers of the west coast, the towering peaks of Milford Sounds, the shimmering lakes and mountains of Queenstown and the lupins of Lake Tekapo. But head to the top of the south, to the Abel Tasman National Park, for New Zealand's best beaches and lush walking trails.
Where to stay: Split Apple Retreat | Book Now | Read Reviews; Park Hyatt Auckland | Book Now | Read Reviews
Paris is synonymous with romance. It's a combination of the architecture, the food (oh, the food!) and the art that makes this city so special and one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world. After a wander through the Louvre, pick up a selection of meats and cheeses and picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Where to stay: Hôtel Plaza Athénée | Book Now | Read Reviews; Shangri-La Paris | Book Now | Read Reviews
Secret's out: couples have flocked to Sedona's alluring red rocks, especially in recent years, for the ultimate spa, wellness and outdoor adventure.
Where to stay: L'Auberge de Sedona | Book Now | Read Reviews; Enchantment Resort | Book Now | Read Reviews; Amara Resort and Spa | Book Now | Read Reviews
Sonoma and Napa Valleys, California
World-class wine, delicious food and unsurpassed scenery mark both Napa Valley and Sonoma County's gorgeous vineyards and inns culture. Sonoma's cozy towns include the likes of Santa Rosa, Healdsburg and the Russian River Valley. Napa's local towns include Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. While there, couples will want to indulge in local fare—local chefs were doing farm-to-table long before it was a trend.
Where to stay: Montage Healdsburg | Book Now | Read Reviews; Healdsburg Inn | Book Now | Read Reviews; Four Seasons Resort & Residences Napa Valley | Book Now | Read Reviews; Stanly Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection | Book Now | Read Reviews
Marco Polo described Sri Lanka as one of the finest islands of its size in the world. Located just south of India, this trendy honeymoon destination has it all: lush rainforests, beautiful beaches and diverse wildlife.
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This island is one of the most upscale destinations in the Caribbean and its French background provides an appeal similar to the French Riviera. International influence helps cement St. Barts as one of the most popular honeymoon destinations year after year. Head to the insanely beautiful Colombier beach for breathtaking scenery—it's only accessible by foot or boat so it's bound to be quiet.
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From black-sand beaches to the wooded peaks of the Pitons, this Caribbean gem isn't short on breathtaking landscapes, which is why it's one of the best island honeymoon destinations in the world. It boasts an adults-only resort, horseback riding, spa treatments, water sports—everything you'd want for a romantic getaway The charming Creole villages here are not to be missed.
Where to stay: Jade Mountain (Soufriere) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Cap Maison (Gros Islet) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Sandals Grande St. Lucian (Gros Islet) | Book Now | Read Reviews
Tanzania is an adventurous honeymoon destination. Here, you can spend half your honeymoon watching the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and the other half in Zanzibar, an archipelago of Tanzania's coast, swimming with whale sharks and trekking through Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park to sight the rare red colobus monkey.
Where to stay: The Residence (Zanzibar) | Book Now | Read Reviews
Wedged between Fiji and New Caledonia, Vanuatu is one of the best honeymoon destinations in the South Pacific. Its 80 or so islands are primed for both sun-seekers and adventure lovers, with volcanic craters to explore, an ancient culture to immerse yourselves in and luminous blue holes (bright sapphire lagoons) to dive into. Newlyweds can indulge in couples massages, private-island picnics and an ocean-front villa with its own private beach to really turn up the honeymoon romance.
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This aquatic hot spot has something for you. Surrounded by mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Van-City offers plenty of adventure and nearby sightseeing. Stay active during the day by hiking, biking or sailing, then head to the heart of the city at night for a cosmopolitan scene. And don't miss an opportunity to heat things up in the hot springs in nearby Maquinna Marine Provincial Park, which is only reachable by boat.
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Commonly Asked Questions When Deciding On the Best Honeymoon Destination
While your honeymoon is a big trip, you'll also want to be practical about your budget, the optimal timing and logistics. So much influences where and when you decide to honeymoon. Here are some of the most commonly-asked questions from couples narrowing down the best honeymoon destination.
Is There a Best Time to Honeymoon?
There are quite a few factors you'll want to consider as you plan your honeymoon. The first is the ideal season for your stay. Ask yourselves: Is it your dream to depart for the honeymoon immediately after the wedding? Conversely, do you prefer a minimoon, followed by an extended and lavish megamoon much later? There's no right or wrong answer; simply, what makes the most sense to you. Once you determine the setting, it's best to explore the best honeymoon weather for your chosen destination. (Remember, seasonality in the Northern Hemisphere is the opposite across the Southern Hemisphere.)
When Should I Visit My Destination?
Seasonality impacts most honeymoon destinations around the world. An ill-researched vacation could lead to greater issues related to your itinerary as some locations shut down during the off-season. In addition, consider honeymoon weather by avoiding hurricane or Sargassum Season along the Caribbean (as you might encounter unpleasant humidity, weather conditions and seaweed-lined beaches). Instead, book during favorable weather conditions when snorkeling and visibility are optimal, and lounging on the beach is the most pleasant.
What Are the Best Honeymoon Destinations in the US?
With more national parks than any other country, the geographical diversity of the US is breathtaking. Couples can enjoy everything from alpine and glacier lakes to honeymoon cottages in meadows of wildflowers. Outdoorsy types will enjoy wildlife sightings and world-class hiking trails that carve through canyons, deserts and majestic mountains. Along both coasts, fine white-sand beaches, world-class wine-tasting regions, and sprawling cities teeming with culture and activity offer diverse experiences too. In other words, the US is ideal for a honeymoon, especially with so much to experience and see. The most frequently sought-out states being Hawaii, California, Florida, Colorado, and any that house US National Parks. The optimal times to visit typically fall between spring to fall for mild and pleasant weather conditions. However, if you're into winter sports as a pair, book a stay from November through March.
Should We Consider Honeymoon Destinations Outside of the US?
Pending the distance, length of time and budget you've allowed for your honeymoon, an international getaway makes an impression on travelers–especially for couples who are receptive to taking in new cultures, exploring historic and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and broadening the mind. From the East Coast, couples can easily access Europe, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean Islands. Those based on the West Coast are closer in proximity to parts of East Asia, Vancouver, Alaska and Hawaii, as well as the Pacific side of Mexico.
What Are the Most Popular Honeymoon Destinations Worldwide?
There are a few destinations that evoke the sentiment of a honeymoon. According to Pinterest, the most popular honeymoon destinations include Bali, Italy, Hawaii, Ireland, Greece, Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica and other Caribbean Islands, as well as the Maldives. Our data found, however, that approximately half of all couples turned to the USA for their honeymoon country of choice in 2022. Other popular destinations included France, Italy, Greece and the Caribbean. All are romantic honeymoon choices to consider through 2024.
What Are the Best Budget Honeymoon Destinations?
Your honeymoon doesn't have to cost a mortgage—it's all about traveling smarter. Some couples may opt for a luxury US destination to avoid costly international airfare prices. Others may think strategically about the overall experience and book an all-inclusive in the Caribbean. To source the best budget honeymoon destinations, couples should plan with relevant packages and deals in mind. In addition, you can save on airfare and other travel expenses by looking for luxury accommodations a little closer to home—the best honeymoon locations are in the US. Finally, we recommend starting a honeymoon fund so that your loved ones can support aspects of your dream getaway.
Maridel Reyes contributed to the reporting of this article.