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Best Honeymoon Destinations

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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 destination, 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 destinations suitable for a variety of couples. Do these places belong? Cast your vote below. Take a photo tour of the Best Honeymoon Destinations for 2017-18

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#1 Tuscany

#1 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: From luxury villas to aromatic cuisine, the countryside of Italy teems with romance. Couples can dodge the crowds of Florence by visiting Siena and Lucca before heading to the Cinque Terre villages along the coast. No matter which Tuscan vacation you choose, you'll find an abundance of sprawling vineyards and cascading hills.  Read More »

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#2 Tahiti

#2 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: The largest island in French Polynesia is often passed over by newlyweds, but it's just as romantic as more popular honeymoon destinations. 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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#3 Bora Bora

#3 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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#4 St. Lucia

#4 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: If you're seeking a luxurious Caribbean honeymoon, look no further than St. Lucia. You'll find white sandy beaches and lush mountains dotted with boutique resorts. If you can pull yourself away from the sands, visit the Soufriére area to see natural attractions, such as Sulfur Springs Park and the Diamond Botanical Gardens and its waterfall. Read More »

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#5 Fiji

#5 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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#6 Napa Valley

#6 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: If you can't travel to Tuscany for your honeymoon, Napa Valley is the next best thing. Honeymooners can spend their days touring vineyards and sampling California wines before relaxing at one of the many luxury resorts or estates.  Read More »

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#7 Maldives

#7 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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#8 Paris

#8 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: Newlyweds travel to the City of Light for the ultimate experience in sophistication and romance. From the quiet ambiance of fine dining establishments to the swoon-worthy sights, the capital of France was practically made for lovers. Read More »

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#9 Florence

#9 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: Florence 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 and exploring the greenery of the Boboli Gardens. Save your nights for sipping wine. Read More »

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#10 Amalfi Coast

#10 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: The colorful villages, steep cliffs and rugged shoreline along southwest coast of Italy make for a one-of-a-kind honeymoon destination. Honeymooners should try to avoid a summer visit when millions of tourist descend upon the region. Read More »

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#11 Bali

#11 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

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

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#12 Kauai

#12 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: This Hawaiian destination 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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#13 Rome

#13 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: Travel to Rome for a honeymoon full of history. Lovebirds can spend their vacation exploring sites such as the Roman Forum and pop over to Vatican City to see the Sistine Chapel. Don't forget to throw a coin (or three) into the Trevi Fountain for luck. Read More »

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#14 Santorini

#14 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 have 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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#15 Maui

#15 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

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

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#16 Cinque Terre

#16 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: Although it sees fewer tourists than the Amalfi Coast, this remote coastal region in northern Italy is home to beaches that are more suitable for sunbathing and swimming. The villages here aren't easily accessible by car, so honeymooners looking for more seclusion should head here.  Read More »

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#17 Loire Valley

#17 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: The Loire Valley is known as the premier wine destination in France, but a honeymoon here is about more than just vin. The countryside is home to numerous châteaux that up the romance factor, and the Loire River can be toured by wooden boat. 

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#18 Corfu

#18 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: This Greek Isle is the destination that inspired many famous literary works, including Shakespeare's "The Tempest." It's a popular honeymoon spot not only for its picturesque views and white sand beaches, but for its affordability compared to nearby Santorini. Read More »

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#19 U.S. Virgin Islands

#19 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: This collection of Caribbean islands has all the makings of an ideal honeymoon: warm weather, luxury resorts and crystal clear waters. It's also a good option for couples looking to cruise on their honeymoon. Read More »

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#20 Nice

#20 in Best Honeymoon Destinations

Why go: If a taste of the glamourous French Riviera sounds perfect post-wedding, Nice is the place for you and your new spouse. Lounge along pebble-covered beaches, shop at upscale boutiques and stay at lavish resorts. Read More »

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