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 beach spots to plan a postnuptial retreat. Contribute to next year's ranking by voting for your favorite places below.
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Capri's incredible landscape will no doubt sweep honeymooners off their feet. The Italian island's stunning cliffs frame its beaches, 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. The top free beaches visitors should check out include Marina Grande and Marina Piccola. Travelers can also pay for access to Bagni Tiberio beach club to enjoy its shoreline and amenities like a full-service restaurant and bar, and lounge chair rentals.
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Located more than 1,300 miles northeast 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. Numerous Fijian resorts feature private islands and relaxing beaches. Those looking for ultimate seclusion should visit Yasawa Island, Honeymoon Beach or Liku Beach to unwind on the powdery sand with little to no crowds.
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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. You can find the captivating black sand landscapes at Lafayette Beach, Taharuu Beach and Papenoo Beach. What's more, if you can pull yourself away from the sand, French Polynesia's capital, Papeete, is home to an array of Tahitian shopping, dining and nightlife options.
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Can you imagine sleeping suspended above the ocean's waters? In Bora Bora in French Polynesia, this dream can easily become a reality. Couples swoon over Bora Bora's lavish overwater bungalows, many of which include private plunge pools. Bora Bora's best beaches include Matira Beach and the private shorelines of a few top resorts, such as the Four Seasons and Le Méridien. The immediate access to the sea and shore makes Bora Bora honeymoons unforgettable. What's more, this tropical paradise is home to some exquisite spas that are happy to pamper newlyweds.
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With lush rainforests to explore and chalky-white sands to lie on, this Caribbean island is an excellent honeymoon choice. Must-visit beaches include Marigot Bay, Reduit Beach and Sugar Beach. Plus, St. Lucia brims with impressive resorts that invite couples to splurge on exquisite accommodations. Book a suite with a private swimming pool at Jade Mountain, or stay at Anse Chastanet Resort for direct beach access to the popular namesake beach.
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A vacation along Italy's Amalfi Coast is a dream for many honeymooners thanks to its spectacular beauty and excellent dining scene. Although the beaches in the Amalfi Coast region are smaller than those found in other popular honeymoon destinations, the scenery from the many cliff-side 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 di Fiordo.
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The Hawaiian island of 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 (Kaanapali Beach) and small, relaxing (Wailea Beach) and lively, and even some that feature black, volcanic sand (Honokalani Beach). Be sure to take a ride along the incredibly romantic Road to Hana and visit Haleakala National Park at sunrise.
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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. Couples will find the majority of beaches here associated with a private resort; top picks include The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa and Fihalhohi Island Resort. Plus, you'll surely revel in newlywed bliss with a few nights in an overwater bungalow.
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With its romantic whitewashed architecture, cliff-side resorts, top-notch Greek cuisine and red and black sand beaches, the Greek island of Santorini outshines its Mediterranean rivals. Kamari, Perissa, Perivolos and Red beaches are some of the most highly praised by travelers. Cap off your days by catching a sunset in Oia, where the shimmering waters of the Aegean Sea mirror the brilliant colors of the sky.
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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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Couples can't get enough of Lanai's pure luxury and secluded atmosphere. Home to the impressive Four Seasons Resort Lanai and only a handful of vacation rentals, this Hawaiian island is made for honeymooners who seek peace and quiet. The beaches here are breathtaking as well: Hulopoe Bay features golden sand and towering palm trees, while Polihua Beach is more remote, with orange-tinged sand and clear blue-green water.
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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. Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Crystal Bay and Sanur Beach are just a few that feature incredible scenery and striking blue water. 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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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 southern part of the island is where you'll find calm shorelines, while northern Martinique offers a more rugged landscape thanks to the presence of the striking Mount Pelée. Specific beaches you'll want to check out include beautiful Les Salines beach and quiet Anse Mabouya.
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Tulum, Mexico, is a honeymoon vacation for all types of newlyweds. Active types can enjoy snorkeling and other water sports activities, culture hounds can explore the nearby ruins and beach bums can find a lounge chair and sip umbrella drinks while admiring the shoreline views. Some of the top beaches to visit include Playa Paraiso and Playa Ruinas. What's more, accommodation options in Tulum range from budget-friendly hotels to eco-resorts to luxury properties.
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The dozens of 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. Cane Garden Bay and Smuggler's Cove on Tortola are the epitome of a perfect tropical beach paradise, with glowing white sand framed by the turquoise Caribbean Sea. 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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