Trying to figure out where you’re going on that much-deserved post wedding trip? Whether you’re looking for someplace romantic, exotic, budget friendly, or someplace where breathtaking beaches are plentiful, there are nearly an endless amount of options when figuring out where to go on your honeymoon.
Best beach destinations - half a world away
When it comes to bucket list destinations, there are probably very few places that come to mind more than Bora Bora. I’m fairly certain a picture of Bora Bora is there when you look up the definition of “tropical destination” in a dictionary (I don't have a physical dictionary, so I can't look it up, it's still a safe assumption in my estimation). The crystal clear water, the white sand beaches, and picturesque mountains all add up to one great getaway. It’s no wonder it’s one of U.S. News and World Report's top honeymoon destinations.
There’s also plenty to do there. From relaxing on the beach, to snorkeling in the lagoon, or just hanging around your over-the-water bungalow all day, the options are plentiful.
The one bad thing about this place? It’s not gonna be cheap. One of those over the water bungalows at the Four Seasons, for example, will set you back over $1,000 a night.
It’s the place that honeymoon fantasies are made - with all the right ingredients. The remote island chain in the Indian Ocean is what every newlywed couple wants. Nay. It’s what they deserve. Not unlike Bora Bora, there are plenty of over-the-water villas sitting atop some of the most idyllic waters you’ll ever come across.
If you’re interested in relaxation, exclusion, and adventure, the Maldives are a place you should certainly consider. Honeymooners can snorkel during the day if they’d like, or unwind (after a stressful wedding) on the beach.
The worst thing about this place is that not only is it expensive with rooms setting you back anywhere from $900 and up a night, but it’s not the easiest place to get to from the U.S. And (all of the) flights will also set you back a pretty penny.
Besides its storied history, which, according to a few quick Google searches, includes possibly being the home to the long-lost city of Atlantis, Santorini is as beautiful as it is old. The island in Greece is known for its whitewashed buildings and breathtaking sunsets.
Seeing as it's an island, there's plenty of beach for you to explore - or sit on. And once you get tired of that, you can head up to one of the several cities on island to get some of those beautiful photos:
There are also plenty of hiking opportunities. If you prefer a motorized way to explore, scooters are a popular rental as well.
Based on what I can find, staying there will set you back roughly $350+ a night.
Best beach destinations - Caribbean
From gorgeous beaches to landscapes where no picture does it justice, this place has it all. And for those looking to recharge, there is no shortage of isolated resorts where newlyweds can have the peace and quiet they deserve.
Located in the southeastern part of the Caribbean, (it’s about 1,500 miles from Miami), it’s also perfect for those couples that get bored after lounging on the beach for an hour. If you enjoy rock climbing or zip lining, you can’t go wrong with booking your honeymoon here.
You can find rooms for roughly $500 a night, but most all-inclusive resorts will probably be a little more expensive.
Admittedly, the Cayman Islands have a soft spot in my heart. Grand Cayman was the first tropical island I ever visited. It has amazing beaches to lounge around on, as well as a plethora of all-inclusive resorts to choose from.
I’m also told Little Cayman is the spot to go if you’re looking for a quiet, peaceful getaway with your new husband or wife (the island only has a population of 170).
Located about 90 miles south of Cuba, you can’t go wrong visiting the Cayman Islands. You can find hotel rooms there for as little as $200 a night.
U.S. Virgin Islands
If the names St. John, St. Thomas, or St. Croix don’t put visions of white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and blue skies in your head, you’re doing life wrong. There’s a reason many call the U.S. Virgin Islands “America’s Caribbean Paradise.”
The three islands that make up the USVI are known for having different points of appeal. St. Thomas is known for being on the luxurious side. A short boat ride away, St. John is known for its appeal to honeymooners. And St. Croix is known for its sugar plantations and rum distilleries that can reportedly offer glimpses into the USVI’s past.
The islands, just east of Puerto Rico, have plenty of options when it comes to hotels. You can easily find rooms that start around the $200 mark a night and up.
Best beach destinations - America
A place I called "home" for three years, Southwest Florida includes the cities of Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Estero, Naples, and more. There are plenty of beaches to take advantage of while exploring the area. Naples has a few amazing beaches where you can watch dolphins play merely a few hundred feet from the shore (it is actually quite an amazing thing to watch).
If you’re looking for more seclusion, it’s hard to beat Captiva Island. Even though you're just miles away from the mainland, it makes you feel like you're in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. And to get you even more in the mood, the sunsets on Captiva are hard to beat. I’d argue they’re better than the sunsets you'll see at Key West. For those looking for a little more adventure, you can easily find that too. From kayaking in the Gulf to exploring the Everglades in an airboat, there’s little you won’t be able to find.
Southwest Florida is about two hours south of Tampa. And you can find hotel rooms from $100 and up - depending, of course, on what you’re looking for.
Who wouldn’t want to spend a week in Hawaii? Think of Maui as a perfect mix between Oahu (more of a party-type atmosphere) and Kauai (very isolated). Maui has no shortage of beach options either, where the two of you can take in the tropical sunsets and sunrises.
While there, not only can you lounge on the beach, but you can also take in the culture, go for a hike, rent a car to explore the Road to Hana, or go out on the ocean for some scuba diving or snorkeling.
Another perk for newlyweds thinking about taking a trip to Maui is the fact that there are several new luxury resorts there, expanding the bunking options you have at your disposal. However, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a honeymoon-worthy hotel room for less than $300 a night here.
There’s a reason beach honeymoon destinations are so popular. There are plenty of options out there and after all the planning - doing nothing but relaxing on a beach is exactly what the doctor ordered.
The one problem with many of these places is they’re not cheap. Honeymoons can easily cost you thousands. And after spending (on average) $30,000+ on the wedding, it can be hard to scrounge up thousands more. That is why travel hacking should be something you do when planning your honeymoon. If, for example, you put much of the wedding spending on travel credit cards (and pay 'em off, of course), you can easily rack up a ton of points very quickly. And using credit card points to your advantage can easily save you thousands. To learn more about the magic of travel hacking I encourage you to purchase a copy of my book, Cracking the Code to Travel Hacking. If you’re not sold just yet, go ahead and fill out the form below - which will allow you to gain access to my free travel library. Included in the library is one full chapter from my book.
Yes, you and your significant other deserve a little rest and relaxation after the wedding. The question is, where will you go?
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