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Best Honeymoon Destinations

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Once the wedding day is over, many couples look forward to celebrating their newlywed status on their honeymoon. To help couples find the ultimate postnuptial getaway, U.S. News reviewed thousands of traveler votes along with expert opinions to determine the best honeymoon destinations. Tropical beaches may nab the top spots, but the ranking also offers a range of culture-focused cities and action-packed adventures perfect for a variety of couples. Do these places belong? Cast your vote below. See a photo tour of the best places to honeymoon in 2016-17 »

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Bora Bora

Gold Badge #1 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

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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Santorini

Gold Badge #2 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

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 before taking in historic sites or visiting the island's wineries. Read More

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Tahiti

Gold Badge #3 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: Though a little more rugged than 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 Papeete, the island's capital. Read More

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Maldives

Gold Badge #4 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: If you and your sweetheart truly want to get away from it all, head to the Maldives. This remote island chain overflows with seclusion and romance. The extravagant services and amenities of the resorts will make you never want to leave your private bungalow. Read More

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Maui

Gold Badge #5 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: With jungles to explore, volcanoes to tour and trails to hike, Maui makes a great place to stretch your married legs. Couples can sprawl across miles of shoreline or venture on the Road to Hana for breathtaking views. Read More

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Fiji

Gold Badge #6 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: Fiji's serene beaches offer complete seclusion for postnuptial relaxation. Luxe resorts and activities like snorkeling with manta rays in the Yasawas or surfing near the Mamanucas will likely be experiences you and your new spouse won't soon forget. Read More

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Bali

#7 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: With towering volcanoes and stone temples, Bali provides an unforgettable backdrop for any honeymoon. You can explore beautiful beaches or visit Sumantran elephants. Or, simply admire it all from the comfort of your beachfront suite. Read More

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British Virgin Islands

#8 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: The BVIs aren't cheap, but their exclusivity adds to their appeal. Newlyweds will have 60 islands and cays to explore, with enough sandy white shores to keep them busy  or relaxed  for the duration of their stay. Read More

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Florence

#9 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: Florence is a city renowned for its art, history 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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Venice

#10 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: The city of canals, gondolas and Italian cuisine, Venice has earned bragging rights as a long-standing honeymoon favorite. Just note: Because of the city's popularity, you'll likely have to contend with crowds and expensive rates, especially in the summer. Read More

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Kauai

#11 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: The Hawaiian island of Kauai offers something for every couple. Private villas on secluded beaches are ideal for those seeking relaxation while adventurous twosomes can hike through the Na Pali Coast, explore Waimea Canyon or kayak down the Wailua River. Read More

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Paris

#12 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: The City of Light offers the newly married the ultimate experience in sophistication and romance. From the quiet ambiance of fine-dining establishments to the swoon-worthy sights, Paris was practically made for lovers. Read More

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Crete

#13 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: The largest of the Greek isles, 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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Seychelles

#14 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

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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Martinique

#15 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: Martinique has all the class of Paris with the added bonus of beautiful beaches and 80-degree 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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Turks & Caicos

#16 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

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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St. Vincent & The Grenadines

#17 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: Expect to spend your time in St. Vincent & The Grenadines beach-bumming and island-hopping. When you're not recovering from post-wedding fatigue at the shore, make the most of the stunning landscape by venturing on a hike or hitting the links. Read More

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St. Martin - St. Maarten

#18 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

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, a variety of water sports and the local cuisine is said to be some of the best in the Caribbean. Read More

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Costa Rica

#19 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: Thanks to Costa Rica's diverse terrain, this lush Central American hot spot appeals to both adventure junkies and beach bums. Nothing bonds a pair of newlyweds like zip lining above Monteverde's Cloud Rainforest or hiking Arenal Volcano. Read More

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Madrid

#20 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: Spain's capital is perfect for couples seeking an urban honeymoon. The city may be big and bustling, but it's also filled with delicious tapas, free-flowing wine and lively flamenco. Plus, the hotels in Madrid are world-class. Read More

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