Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations
After months of high-stress wedding planning, it's easy to see why the serenity, simplicity and beauty of a beach honeymoon is alluring to many couples. Taking into account expert insight, editor analysis and user votes, U.S. News found the top sandy spots to plan a postnuptial retreat. Contribute to next year's ranking by voting for your favorite places below.
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With 200 islands to choose from, finding the perfect honeymoon spot in this archipelago isn't difficult, especially since many isles feature pristine beaches, luxury resorts and stunning sunsets. Plus, you'll surely revel in newlywed bliss with a few nights in an overwater bungalow.
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Capri's incredible landscape will no doubt sweep honeymooners off their feet. The island's stunning cliffs back its beaches here, making for an unforgettable spot to wade through the water or enjoy a meal at a beachfront restaurant. Keep in mind, because of its cliffy topography, Capri's beaches are made up of pebbles rather than sand.
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This idyllic island in French Polynesia is a honeymoon destination straight out of a postcard. The region's biggest island features black sand beaches, luxury resorts and lush, tropical landscapes that are simply awe-inspiring. What's more, if you can pull yourself away from the sands, Tahiti's capital, Papeete, is home to bustling shopping, dining and nightlife options.
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More than 1,300 miles north of New Zealand, Fiji isn't easy to reach. But the incredible beaches will quickly remind you why you and your new spouse chose this remote destination for the ultimate post-wedding decompression. Here, you'll find white sand beaches backed by sky-high palm trees and turquoise waters, as well as romantic overwater bungalows.
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With lush rainforests to explore and chalky-white sands to lie on, this Caribbean island is an excellent honeymoon choice. Plus, St. Lucia brims with impressive resorts that invite couples to splurge on exquisite accommodations. Book a suite at Jade Mountain with your own private swimming pool or stay at Anse Chastanet Resort for direct beach access to the popular namesake beach.
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For a unique Caribbean experience, head to Martinique, an overseas region of France. Alongside quintessentially idyllic Caribbean beaches, you'll notice that residents speak French and use the euro. The south of the island is where you'll find calm shorelines while the north offers a more rugged landscape thanks to the presence of the striking Mount Pelee.
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With its romantic whitewashed architecture, cliffside resorts, top-notch Greek cuisine and red and black sand beaches, Santorini outshines its Mediterranean rivals. Cap off your days by catching the sunset in Oia, where the shimmering waters of the Aegean Sea mirror the brilliant colors of the sky.
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A vacation along Italy's Amalfi Coast is a dream for many honeymooners. Although its beaches are smaller than those found in other popular honeymoon destinations, the scenery from the many cliffside towns more than makes up for the petite shorelines. For unforgettable Amalfi Coast views, hit up Positano's Marina Grande Beach or the secluded Furore Fiordo.
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Can you imagine sleeping suspended above the ocean's waters? In Bora Bora, this dream can easily become a reality. Couples swoon over Bora Bora's lavish overwater bungalows, many of which include private plunge pools. The immediate access to the sea and shore makes Bora Bora honeymoons unforgettable.
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With craggy cliffs, lush jungle landscapes and plenty of beaches to choose from, Kauai lures adventurous types craving an off-the-beaten-path Hawaiian vacation. There are a wide variety of shorelines to explore here, including the wild Polihale State Park and the relaxing Po'ipu Beach. It's important to know that if you visit during winter, many of the island's beaches won't be safe for swimming.
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If you're looking for a far-flung destination experience but don't want to travel to the ends of the earth to get there (think the Maldives and Bora Bora), Bermuda is your best bet. Situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, this British overseas territory features Caribbean-like beaches (think white sands and turquoise waters) as well as some pink sand beaches.
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Maui attracts throngs of newlyweds each year thanks to its dramatic landscape, which features lush forests, beautiful beaches and dormant volcanoes. Here you'll find an eclectic mix of beaches that are big and small, secluded and lively, and even some that feature black, volcanic sand. Be sure to take a ride along the incredibly romantic Road to Hana and visit Haleakala National Park at sunrise.
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The 60 islands that make up the British Virgin Islands offer endless opportunities for exploration and relaxation. Many visitors opt to stay on the islands of Tortola and Virgin Gorda and make daytrips to smaller islands. Wherever you choose to explore, you'll no doubt run into spectacular bays with gorgeous beaches and loads of diving and snorkeling opportunities.
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Bali's beaches are some of the best in the world, making the Indonesian island the perfect place for a laid-back honeymoon. Bali is also filled with numerous types of resorts, whether you're seeking something luxurious or restorative or both. When you aren't admiring the ocean views from your beachfront cottage, explore ancient temples or pamper yourself with spa treatments.
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