Best Honeymoon Destinations

With the input of expert opinions and thousands of traveler sentiments, our editors have compiled a list to help you determine the best place for a post-nuptial getaway. Though many beach locales nab the top spots, U.S. News Travel's rankings of the best honeymoon destinations offer a versatile range of action-packed, culture-focused and relaxing getaways that span the globe. Contribute to our rankings by casting your vote below. 

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Why Go: Known for its breathtaking sunsets, rich Greek food and romantic hotels, Santorini is almost tailor-made for those who've just said, "I do." Honeymooners can enjoy lounging on red-and-black sand beaches or visiting the island's wineries. Read More»

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Why Go: With jungles to explore, volcanoes to tour and trails to hike, Maui makes a great place to stretch your married legs. For some R&R, you'll find gorgeous sands to sprawl across, cute towns to explore and luxurious resorts to enjoy. Read More»

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Why Go: The Hawaiian island of Kauai features private villas on secluded beaches, which make for wonderfully relaxing honeymoons. But adventurous couples can also hike through the Na Pali Coast, explore Waimea Canyon or kayak down the Wailua River. Read More»

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Why Go: The large Greek isle of Crete is broken into four distinct regions that offer varied experiences, from jungle adventures to beach bum lazing. The sands are lovely, as are the hotels, spas and Greek cuisine. Read More»

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Why Go: The city of canals, gondolas and Italian cooking, Venice has earned bragging rights as a long-standing honeymoon destination. Just note: Because it plays on its status as a romantic locale, stays at luxury hotels can lean toward the pricier side. Read More»

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Why Go: Florence is a city of renowned art and mouthwatering cuisine. Spend your days walking — preferably hand in hand (after all, you're newlyweds!) — along the labyrinth of stone streets. Afterward, unwind and relax in Boboli Gardens. Read More»

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Why Go: Martinique has all the class of Paris, with the added bonus of beautiful beaches and pleasant weather year-round. You'll also find delicious cuisine and varied lodging options, ranging from charming inns to luxurious resorts. Read More»

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Why Go: Bora Bora's scenery is just the tip of the iceberg (or, rather, the volcano). Newlyweds have their pick of several luxurious over-the-water resorts. Hotel rates are high, but can you really put a price on the perfect honeymoon? Read More»

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Why Go: Catering to an upscale clientele with high-end hotels, Turks & Caicos features prime snorkeling and scuba diving spots, opening up a whole new world for newly married couples. Plus, nothing can top lounging along a Caribbean beach. Read More»

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Why Go: If you and your sweetheart truly want to get away from it all, head straight to the Maldives. Far from your new in-laws, this paradise has plenty of romantic nooks. Plus, Maldivian resorts know only one standard of luxury: extravagant. Read More»

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Why Go: A more rugged island than its sister Bora Bora, Tahiti is no less romantic. Couples can hole up in secluded resorts, lounge along dark sand beaches and sample world-class French cuisine in Pape'ete, the island's capital. Read More»

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Why Go: This island is known for its plethora of beaches and its blend of Dutch, French and Caribbean cultures. You'll find some cute towns to explore and local foods to try (some of the best in the Caribbean). And did we mention picture-perfect sands to laze on? Read More»

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Why Go: For many, Paris is the ultimate honeymoon spot: There's fine French dining and swoon-worthy sights. However, you'll have to pay to experience the city in the lap of luxury. But it's your honeymoon, and what could be better than touring world class museums and taking in the city's charming arrondissements? Read More»

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Why Go: The opulent BVIs are pretty expensive, but their exclusivity is part of their appeal. Newlyweds will have 60 islands and cays to explore, with enough sparkling beaches and verdant mountains to keep them busy — or relaxed — for the duration of their honeymoon. Read More»

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Why Go: With towering volcanoes, stone temples and decadent cuisine, Bali is truly a honeymooner's heaven. During your stay, you can explore beautiful beaches or visit Sumantran elephants. Plus, its sprawling resorts provide romantic beachfront accommodations perfect for newlyweds seeking R&R. Read More»

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Why Go: Yes, Spain's capital is big and bustling (people stay awake through the wee hours), but it's also filled with Spanish sensibility — afternoon siesta, delicious tapas, free-flowing wine and flamenco abound here. Plus, the hotels are world-class. Read More»

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Why Go: In Jamaica, all-inclusives reign, meaning honeymooners can fully relax without worrying about what to do or where to eat. But if you need a change of scenery, Jamaica offers a robust roster of activities — from beaches to reggae bars. Read More»

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Why Go: Puerto Rico is an easy flight from the U.S., which might be the deciding factor for wedding-weary couples. The large island offers quiet, secluded beaches, while resorts, restaurants and couples-friendly activities abound. Read More»

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Why Go: Couples looking for a low-key honeymoon will find it in Anguilla. You won't find cruise ships or high-rise hotels here (the island has an embargo on them), but you will find luxurious beachfront villas peering over ash gray sands. Read More»

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Why Go: Set amid the rolling Scottish hills, Edinburgh makes for an interesting yet laid-back honeymoon. Lose the wedding fatigue by exploring ancient castles or enjoying a spa treatment. Or simply sleep in and catch up on some much needed R&R. Read More»

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