Best Honeymoon Destinations
Once the wedding 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 expert opinions along with thousands of traveler votes to determine the best honeymoon destinations. From culture-focused cities to relaxing tropical beaches, this ranking offers a range of places suitable for a variety of couples. Do these destinations belong? Cast your vote below.
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If you're seeking a luxurious Caribbean honeymoon, look no further than St. Lucia. You'll find white sand beaches and lush mountains dotted with boutique resorts. Should you need a break from the sand, visit the Soufrière area to see natural attractions, such as The Pitons, Sulphur Springs Park and Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. You and your sweetie will love hiking, taking mud baths and relaxing together in geothermal pools.
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Bora Bora's jaw-dropping scenery is just the tip of the iceberg – or, rather, the volcano. Newlyweds have their pick of gorgeous beaches and lagoons for sunbathing, snorkeling and sailing, plus luxurious spas and romantic overwater bungalows. Hotel rates on this French Polynesian island are high, but honeymooning between December and March or during a cruise through the Pacific Ocean can help cut costs.
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Fiji's serene beaches offer complete seclusion for postnuptial relaxation. Luxe resorts and activities like snorkeling with manta rays in the Yasawa Islands and surfing near the Mamanuca Islands (which were featured in the movie "Cast Away") will likely be experiences you and your new spouse won't soon forget. And, of course, no trip would be complete without a private couples massage on the beach.
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The Amalfi Coast's colorful villages, crystal-clear water and rugged shoreline help make this part of Italy a one-of-a-kind honeymoon destination. Couples can explore on foot or by boat, or simply spend their vacation relaxing on one of the region's 100 beaches. For a real treat, duos can have a romantic candlelit dinner in the gardens or on the terrace of a charming villa. To avoid rubbing elbows with hordes of tourists, try not to visit in the summer.
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With jungles to explore, volcanoes to tour and trails to hike, the Hawaiian island of Maui is a great place to vacation with your new spouse. Couples can sprawl across miles of shoreline or attend a luau with traditional Hawaiian fare, live music and hula and fire dancing. Other must-dos include driving along the scenic Road to Hana and splurging on a helicopter tour.
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French Polynesia's largest island is sometimes passed over by newlyweds, but it's just as romantic as more popular honeymoon locales. Hole up in a secluded resort and sunbathe on dark sand beaches, or head to the island's capital of Papeete to sample world-class cuisine and revel in the nightlife. Couples honeymooning between May and October will get the best weather, but they may have to deal with crowds and high hotel costs.
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This Hawaiian island offers something for every couple. Luxury resorts and secluded stretches of sand like Salt Pond Beach Park and Haena Beach Park are ideal for those seeking relaxation. Meanwhile, adventurous twosomes can hike along the Napali Coast, explore Waimea Canyon and kayak down the Wailua River. Helicopter tours of Kauai's most scenic spots are also sure to provide newlyweds with lifelong memories.
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Known for its brilliant sunsets, rich Greek food and romantic hotels, Santorini, Greece, is almost tailor-made for newlyweds. Honeymooners can lounge on red and black sand beaches before taking in the ruins at Ancient Akrotiri and Ancient Thira. Wine aficionados will love sampling vinos at the island's wineries, and those who enjoy boating should consider taking a catamaran cruise around the caldera.
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With towering volcanoes and stone temples, Bali, Indonesia, provides an unforgettable backdrop for any honeymoon vacation. Explore the busy beach town of Kuta or lounge together on Sanur Beach's warm sand. When you're ready for some adventure, visit the Indonesian island's Sumatran elephants. If some rest and relaxation is more your speed, you can admire it all from the comfort of your beachfront bungalow.
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Although it sees fewer tourists than the Amalfi Coast, this remote coastal region in northwestern Italy features beaches that are more suitable for sunbathing and swimming. Plus, twosomes can enjoy breathtaking views while hiking Cinque Terre's cliff-side trails. But remember, the villages aren't easily accessible by car, and high-end hotels are limited. Autumn honeymooners will enjoy pleasant temperatures with fewer crowds.
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Florence, Italy, is a city renowned for its art, history and mouthwatering Italian cuisine. Spend your honeymoon walking hand in hand through the labyrinth of stone streets, exploring the greenery of the Boboli Gardens and gazing at Michelangelo's David and the Duomo's ornate cupola. Stop at a cafe or gelato shop when your feet need a rest, and save your nights for sipping wine together.
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The French Caribbean island of St. Barts offers the best of both worlds: chic hotels and bistros in a laid-back setting. Breathtaking beaches are plentiful here, though each appeals to different kinds of couples. Active newlyweds will love the water sports at Anse de Grand Cul de Sac, while those who desire privacy should visit Anse de Colombier. If you and your new spouse are feeling extra daring, pay a visit to Anse de Grande Saline, which is known for its nude sunbathers.
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Newlyweds travel to the City of Light for the ultimate experience in sophistication and romance. From the quiet ambiance of fine dining establishments to swoon-worthy sights like the Jardin des Tuileries and the Musée du Louvre, the capital of France was practically made for lovers. When the sun sets, hold your loved one close and watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle every hour on the hour.
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From luxury villas to aromatic cuisine, Italy's countryside teems with romance. Honeymooners can visit less-crowded cities like Siena and Lucca before checking out the world-renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa. No matter which Tuscan vacation you choose, you'll find an abundance of sprawling vineyards and cascading hills where you can settle in for a flavorful meal and a shared bottle of wine.
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Mauritius may be off the beaten path, but its turquoise waters, abundant wildlife and luxe resorts make it an ideal choice for newlyweds. Described by Mark Twain as the inspiration for heaven, this small African island east of Madagascar is a haven for birds and aquatic animals. Plus, its beaches are prime spots for kitesurfing, snorkeling and lounging. To save some coin, stay at a hotel that offers discounts and perks for newly married couples.
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Newlyweds who dream of spending their days on the water and their nights in a high-end hotel should consider celebrating their nuptials in the British Virgin Islands. Known for its top-notch sailing and diving, this collection of islands is also home to private island resorts, where duos can cozy up in a hammock and sip cocktails on the beach. For the most seclusion (and to see flocks of flamingos), head to Anegada Island.
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With its white sand beaches, relatively low price tags and abundance of cultural sites, Phuket, Thailand, is a great choice for honeymooners looking for equal parts adventure and relaxation. During the day, couples can tour Buddhist temples, take boat tours and indulge in authentic Thai cuisine. Don't forget to save time for spending a lazy afternoon at one of the hundreds of spas on the island, which feature everything from aromatherapy to traditional Thai oil massages.
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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. Each resort's extravagant services and amenities will make you never want to leave your private bungalow. When you're ready to venture out, visit the Maldives' tranquil beaches and spas or stroll through the tiny capital city of Male'.
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Couples who dream of eating crispy conch fritters and lounging on secluded beaches while celebrating their nuptials should head to the Turks and Caicos Islands. Newlyweds can dive or snorkel among colorful coral reefs, play golf, horseback ride and more. However, duos won't find much in the way of nightlife here, so after savoring a romantic seafood dinner, twosomes can head back to one of the islands' boutique resorts to enjoy some quality time together.
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Corfu's breathtaking blue water and fragrant olive and citrus trees inspired many famous literary works, including Shakespeare's "The Tempest." The Greek island's picturesque white sands are highly regarded, and there are a number of palaces and monasteries worth seeing. Hotels are generally more affordable here than on other nearby islands like Santorini, which makes Corfu a terrific choice for budget-conscious newlyweds.
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