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The best honeymoon destinations for a romantic getaway

Looking for honeymoon spots to enjoy with your partner after saying, “I do?” Find the best honeymoon destinations to book your post-wedding travel.

Published Jan 15, 2024
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Image of Bora Bora villa, Costa Rica waterfall and Great Barrier Reef

A lot goes into planning a wedding. On top of choosing a venue, the right catering and color schemes, finding romantic honeymoon destinations can also add to the pre-wedding stress.

To help relieve a little pressure, we’ve come up with a list of some beautiful honeymoon places that you and your partner will remember for a lifetime.

From quaint to unique, these getaways will provide you two with the privacy and togetherness you need.  You’ll find the perfect honeymoon spot to celebrate your new life right here.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Napa Valley
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A domestic  getaway: Napa Valley

Best time to visit: August to October and March to May

Napa valley vineyard
Photo: Trip Advisor

For those seeking a romantic getaway without leaving the  United States, Napa Valley is an amazing option to begin your journey as a married couple. Located about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco, Napa Valley is one of the world’s most famous wine regions. 

When you go to Napa, you know you’ll spend time touring one of the nearly 500 wineries in the area, along with enjoying a number of fine dining experiences.  But couples can also enjoy a host of other activities, like hot air balloon rides, hiking, shopping and golf. There are also options to help you relax after your wedding festivities, and you can indulge in a local spa or take a short drive to Calistoga to enjoy signature mud bath treatments.

If you’re looking for a more unique experience, travel back in time to the elegance of the 1900s by hopping on the Napa Valley Wine Train. The 36-mile roundtrip takes you from downtown Napa to St. Helena and back for a one-of-a-kind ride through the valley’s most prestigious wineries. 

When you want to get in touch with nature, try a day on the water with paddleboarding, kayaking and waterskiing in the Napa River and Lake Berryessa, one of the largest bodies of fresh water in California. Once it’s time to relax, you can choose from a selection of boutique inns or luxury hotels, all with personalized experiences designed to make your romantic holiday special.

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For the adventurous couple: Costa Rica

Best time to visit: December to April

Waterfall in Costa Rica

Blessed with rainforests, beaches, volcanoes and biodiversity, Costa Rica is the perfect destination for couples looking for outdoor adventures. Whether you’re seeking a thrilling experience exploring volcanoes or a more relaxing activity like enjoying the beach, there’s something for everyone in Costa Rica. 

Start your vacation by spending the day at Arenal Volcano National Park, home to an active volcano,   hot springs, waterfalls and wildlife such as jaguars, sloths, squirrel monkeys and toucans. 

Then, soak in the sun at Manuel Antonio Beach. Not only is this beach known for its abundant wildlife and its pristine beaches, it also takes pride in its culinary traditions. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy the blue ocean while indulging in the local flavors of Costa Rica.

For coffee lovers, we highly recommend visiting the Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm located in San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica. The 90-minute tour will give you first-hand experience watching local farmers work on producing top-quality coffee beans. You can even enjoy a fresh cup of coffee straight from the farm, with a view of Poás Volcano to enjoy your fresh brew.

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A Mexican experience: Baja California

Best time to visit: January to March

Baja California seaside view
Photo: Trip Advisor

For spectacular views and perfect weather, make your way to Baja California. As the name suggests, this Mexican state bordering California has more to offer than just tequila and tacos. When done at the right time, you’ll get to experience the gray whales and dolphins migrating through Laguna San Ignacio.

Feeling more adventurous? Book an ATV tour or experience a camel ride in the desert and enjoy a Mexican lunch unlike any other. Some beachside resorts even offer horseback riding on their private beaches. 

For those who love architecture, we recommend a day exploring the old cathedrals across Baja California. A few notable ones include the Cathedral of La Paz, which was built in the 19th century and Mission San Jose del Cabo built in 1730.

And because you’re on your honeymoon, you can’t leave without visiting Playa Del Amor, also known as Lovers Beach. This hidden beach is only visible when the tide is low and can be accessed via water taxi. 

Fun fact: connected by an arch on the opposite side of Playa Del Amor is a beach with stronger currents and jagged rocks called Divorce Beach — experience it if you dare.

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A luxury beach vacation: Bora Bora

Best time to visit: May to October

View of resorts in Bora Bora island
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This luxury island in French Polynesia is perfect for couples looking to enjoy a relaxing time under the sun. Surrounded by clear blue water and golden sand, you’ll find plenty of time to reconnect with your partner after months of busy wedding planning.

Considered one of the most beautiful honeymoon places, this island offers a luxury beach vacation unlike any other. When you’re not basking in the sun, take a trip to Mount Otemanu, a dormant volcano, or visit the Bora Bora Turtle Center to get up close and personal with recovering turtles rescued around the island.

For a romantic celebration, opt for a private, candlelight dinner on the beach with food prepared by chefs using local ingredients. During the day, enjoy a  private spa session to relax with your partner.

Depending on the resort you choose, you might be spoiled with a  villa that has a private swimming pool.  When you book a honeymoon trip to Bora Bora, you’ll experience paradise everywhere you go.

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A private island holiday: St. Lucia

Best time to visit: December to April

Image of St Lucia island

One of the most romantic Caribbean islands, St. Lucia is a perfect honeymoon for a couple who wants a private time away surrounded by nature. Surrounded by lush rainforests, the beautiful blue water of the Atlantic Ocean and majestic mountains, there’s plenty to explore for new couples.

Enjoy a day of wellness by experiencing the volcanic mud baths of Soufrière or explore the island with an ATV. For those who love to dance, St. Lucia has a great nightlife scene, so you can enjoy a glass of wine listening to live music or dance the night away to the latest tunes. The Gros Islet Street Party can be fun for those seeking a local nightlife experience.

If a day in nature is what you’re seeking, hike Gros Pitons, a world heritage site with its neighboring mountain, Petite Pitons. While on your hike, you will also get to do activities like ziplining and ATV rides. The challenging climb will take you approximately three hours. Once you reach the peak, a breathtaking view of the island awaits.

Looking to surprise your partner? Why not book a private charter boat to enjoy dinner and sunset? With all these exciting activities, you’ll definitely remember your honeymoon for years to come.

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For history lovers: Machu Picchu

Best time to visit: All year round

View of Machu Picchu
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If exploring historical sites is your idea of a great honeymoon destination, then Machu Picchu is the place to go.  One of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, Machu Picchu offers majestic views of the Andes Mountains and stunning stonework from the 15th century.

However, the historical site isn’t the only thing to visit in the area. Natural wonders like Humantay Lake and Huayna Picchu are also worth exploring. When you’re done with your tours, take time to rejuvenate at ​​Cocalmayo Hot Springs, located in the valley of the Urubamba River. Its naturally heated water will loosen up the sore muscles you’ll get from days of trekking.

As for accommodation, Machu Picchu offers a wide selection of quaint boutique accommodations as well as romantic lodges, some with private hot tubs in each room. We recommend heading to Aguas Calientes, a city close to Machu Picchu that is filled with restaurants and bars serving Peruvian food.

Pro tip: Look for cocktails that are made with Pisco, the National drink of Peru.

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A wildlife expedition : South Africa

Best time to visit: May to September

Image of Cape Town in South Africa
Photo: Trip Advisor

Make your honeymoon an unforgettable experience by sharing it with wildlife in South Africa. Spend the day at ​​Kruger National Park watching animals like lions, giraffes and rhinos in their natural habitat. If you choose to stay in one of the national parks, you can even see the wildlife from your room.

Need a change of scenery? Visit the Cango Caves instead to see one of Africa’s largest caves. When you need to socialize, visit Cape Town for a day of shopping, dining  and nightlife. We also recommend going to Boulders Beach to watch a protected colony of penguins in their natural habitat. 

Photography lovers will find that South Africa is the perfect destination for stunning pictures. Not only will you be able to take photos of rare and endangered animals, but the country also has picturesque subjects, including historical architecture, bustling cities and untouched nature. 

Pro tip: Hire a driver and a private jeep, so you can maximize your time chasing wildlife at the national parks.

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A coastal treat: Amalfi Coast

Best time to visit: September to October and April to May

Image of Amalfi Coast
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The idea of cruising down Italy’s Amalfi Coast in a convertible with the love of your life screams timeless and romantic, which is why this destination is on our list. The famous coastline stretches about 30 miles along the southern edge of the Sorrentine Peninsula and offers serene views and a quintessentially Italian experience.

The charming coastal towns are full of quaint accommodations, offering warm hospitality throughout your stay. While there, visit the historical site of Villa Rufolo in Ravello, originally built in the 13th century. Another fun stop is the Museo della Carta, a paper-making museum exploring the history of the craft along the coast. 

If you’re not afraid of heights, the Amalfi Coast is a great spot to go skydiving, thanks to its spectacular scenery. If you’d rather stick to the ground, hike up the Path of Gods, which will take you through ruins and historical sites. The four-mile trek will take you around three hours to complete, and the views are worth it. 

Not that you need another reason to pick the Amalfi Coast as your honeymoon spot, but it is also listed as a  UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beauty, natural diversity and historical significance.

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A cultural excursion: Sri Lanka 

Best time to visit: December to March

Image of beach in Colombo
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Historically known as Ceylon, this island country in South Asia is rich in culture and history for couples who are looking to explore.

Known for its tea production, Sri Lanka has expanded opportunities for tourists to learn more. We highly recommend visiting Nuwara Eliya, one of the most notable tea-growing cities in the country. Visit one or more tea plantations and take in Horton Plains National Park, Gregory Lake and Sita Temple, which are other popular attractions in the area. 

From there, take the train ride to Ella. The scenic route, which takes around four hours, is an experience unlike any other. You’ll be immersed in gorgeous views of the lush green tea plantations, crossing mountain ranges and enjoying slower-paced transportation.  

If you’re an animal lover, visit the Udawalawe National Park, where you’ll get to interact with elephants in the wild. If big cats are more your thing, try Yala National Park to spot the leopards. Plan a stop at the beaches in the southwest part of the country to bask on white sand beaches and cool off in turquoise waters.   

Pro tip: Sri Lanka’s beach area is home to a number of luxurious hotels, making it the perfect place to celebrate. Enjoy spending your days at the beach or in one of the many infinity pools.

A journey down under: Cairns

Best time to visit: June to October

Image of people diving underwater
Photo: Trip Advisor

Looking to explore the Great Barrier Reef on your honeymoon? Book your flight to Cairns in Australia. This coastal city is the perfect spot for couples looking for water activities like scuba diving and snorkeling in the largest coral reef system in the world. 

Located along the east coast of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef is home to 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusks. It’s a spectacular experience for those who have a deep love for the ocean.

Cairns is also home to lush rainforests and vibrant city life. When you’re not in the ocean, take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway that runs above ​​Barron Gorge National Park. Or, ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway, built in the late 1800s. When it’s time to eat, head to the Cairns Esplanade for a selection of delectable food and drinks made with fresh local ingredients.

What you need to know about honeymoon destinations

Are you still thinking about where to go for your honeymoon? These questions and answers might help with your decision. 

How long should a honeymoon be?

The length of your honeymoon depends on factors like your budget, work schedule and personal preferences. However, most couples choose a honeymoon getaway lasting between seven and 14 days. This should be enough time to relax, explore and enjoy each other without feeling rushed.

How much is an average honeymoon vacation?

The cost of a honeymoon can vary depending on the destination, length of stay and type of accommodation. On average, couples spend around $4,000 to $5,000. However, plenty of budget-friendly options are available for those who want a more affordable getaway.

What is the purpose of a honeymoon?

The honeymoon is a tradition that dates back centuries. It's a special time for newlyweds to celebrate their marriage. They also allow couples to relax after the stress of wedding planning and to start their married life together on a high note.

What months are best for a honeymoon trip?

There is no specific rule when it comes to the best month for a honeymoon. Ideally, couples will leave for their honeymoon immediately after the wedding. That said, the best month for a honeymoon will depend on the destination you pick.

The best honeymoon spots that get our vote

Out of all the most popular honeymoon destinations, these two spots get our vote. 

Baja California is our number one pick for its location and wide range of activities, from exploring architecture to spending days in nature to enjoying gorgeous beaches. It also doesn’t hurt that you’ll get to feast on excellent Mexican food and drinks.  

Our second favorite spot is St. Lucia. It’s a romantic getaway perfect for couples who want to reconnect with each other after busy months of wedding preparation. Plus, with its stunning scenery, recreational activities and self-care options, you can’t go wrong with this incredible Caribbean locale.   

Whether you're dreaming of a nearby tropical beach honeymoon or a luxurious resort experience halfway around the world, the best destination is one that fits you.  So, start planning your dream honeymoon today, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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A journalism graduate from Curtin University, Afina Najib specializes in writing tech, finance, automotive and wellness content. Now residing in Kuala Lumpur, Afina spends her weekends hitting the gym or watching Formula 1 races.

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