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Best Honeymoon Destinations

After reviewing expert opinions and thousands of traveler sentiments, our editors have compiled a list to help you determine the best place for a postnuptial getaway. Though many beach locales nab the top spots, the U.S. News rankings of the best honeymoon destinations offer a versatile range of action-packed, culture-focused and relaxing getaways around the globe. Do these places belong? Contribute to our rankings and vote "yes" or "no" below. 

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Why go: Known for its brilliant sunsets, rich Greek food and romantic hotels, Santorini is almost tailor-made for those who've just said "I do." Honeymooners can lounge on red- and black-sand beaches or visit 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, sprawl across miles of shoreline and take advantage of all the perks that come with a luxurious resort stay. 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 favorite. Just note: Because of the city's popularity, stays at luxury hotels can lean toward the pricier side. 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 sublime, as are the hotels, spas and cuisine. 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 over-the-water resorts. Hotel rates are high, but can you really put a price on a memorable honeymoon? Read More»

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Why go: If you and your sweetheart truly want to get away from it all, head to the Maldives. Far from your new in-laws, this remote island chain oozes romance. And Maldivian resorts know only one standard of luxury: extravagant. Read More»

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Why go: Florence is a city of renowned art and mouthwatering Italian cuisine. Spend your days walking hand in hand through the labyrinth of stone streets and exploring the greenery of the Boboli Gardens. Save your nights for sipping wine. 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: Though a little more rugged 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: Catering to an upscale clientele with high-end hotels, Turks & Caicos features prime snorkeling and scuba diving spots. Plus, nothing says "honeymoon" like lounging along a Caribbean beach. Read More»

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

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Why go: With towering volcanoes and stone temples Bali provides a memorable backdrop for a honeymoon. You can explore beautiful beaches or visit Sumantran elephants. Or, catch up on some R&R in a beachfront suite. Read More»

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Why go: Fiji's serene beaches make postnuptial relaxation a breeze. Luxe resorts and activities like snorkeling with manta rays in the Yasawas or surfing near the Mamanucas particularly stand out to new couples. Read More»

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Why go: This island is known for its beaches and its blend of Dutch, French and Caribbean cultures. You'll find several cute towns to explore, and the local cuisine is said to be some of the best in the Caribbean). Read More»

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Why go: For many, Paris is the ultimate honeymoon spot: There's fine dining and swoon-worthy sights.You'll have to pay to experience the city's luxury, but it's your honeymoon — and what could be better than spending it in the City of Lights? Read More»

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Why go: The secluded Seychelles islands boast postcard-worthy beach scenes and luxurious seaside retreats. Honeymooning here won't be cheap, but with giant boulders, porcelain sands and aqua waves, the stunning visual is worth the price. Read More»

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Why go: Expect to spend your time in St. Vincent & The Grenadines beach-bumming and island-hopping. If you lovebirds can tear yourselves away from the shore, there are many bonding activities to be had, such as golfing and hiking. 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 delicious tapas, free-flowing wine and flamenco. Not to mention, the hotels in Madrid are world-class. Read More»

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Why go: Couples looking for a low-key honeymoon will find it in Anguilla. You won't encounter 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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