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Best Honeymoon Destinations in the U.S.

top-20-us-honeymoon-resorts-calistoga-ranch-1Weddings can be a stressful time for both the bride and the groom. So, a honeymoon should be the exact opposite and give you two enough opportunities to relax, unwind, and spend romantic time with one another. When it comes to choosing a honeymoon spot, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the choices. Plus, if you’re planning to find the perfect location in the U.S. (since you don’t want to leave the country), the task can become slightly frustrating. Hence, we’ve got some ideas on perfect destinations for the newlyweds to enjoy.

Ideal Honeymoon Destinations

Neither of the two should solely choose where to go for the honeymoon. You two will be there with each other, right? Then why should the destination be opted single-handedly? Take some time out of the wedding preparations, sit down with this list, and decide on the destination together.

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen is a destination favored by adventure-loving couples who love winter sports like backcountry skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating, and dog sledding. However, you don’t necessarily have to visit Aspen during the winter. If you’re looking to travel here when the weather’s at its best, the months of summer provide gorgeous temperatures between 70s and 80s. There are many summer sports as well that you can take part in such as hiking (the Aspen Four-Pass Loop), llama trekking, river rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Also, you can find the best prices on hotels, lodges, and B&B’s here in the months of September and October. The months from November to March and July to end of August (peak travel times) are also suitable. Traveling around Aspen is convenient as you can easily rent a car, taxi, shuttle, or travel by bus. There are tons of restaurants, clubs, and lounges in downtown Aspen where cuisines from around the world are served. You can also enjoy the day going on jeep tours, hot air balloon rides, visiting galleries, or spending time shopping.

Big Sur, California

If you’ve traveled around California, you know that the entire state has diverse attractions that bring millions of tourist from around the world. Although Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Sacramento are favored by many tourists, there are other gorgeous places to be seen in the state; and one such place is Big Sur. The 72-mile coastal highway hugs the Pacific coast, making this place one of the best scenic destinations in the United States. Big Sur is home to major attractions like Bixby Creek Bridge (a 714 feet long and 260 feet high single-span bridge), lunch at Nepenthe with a view of the 50-mile coastline, 9 national parks (one of which is Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park that has an 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs and going into the ocean) where you can hike, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (267 miles of diverse marine ecosystem) where you can scuba dive, kayak, and see whales, and Caramel Mission Basilica (5-acre Roman Catholic mission church that has Spanish Colonial style architecture in Carmel).

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

With luxury oceanfront hotels, gorgeous cottages, and cozy B&Bs, Cape Cod is the perfect destination to enjoy the serene sights on your honeymoon. This 70-mile peninsula is home to around 115 sandy beaches with unspoiled coastline. You can visit Cape Cod in the months of April, May, September, October, and November. You can ride bicycles on the beach, go on whale watching, dolphin watching, and fishing tours, visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial, Cape Code National Seashore, go on boat tours where you can find striped bass, bluefish, shark, and tuna run, bird watching in the Audubon Society’s Wildlife Sanctuary in Falmouth, Chatham Lighthouse, Nantuchet island, and Martha’s Vineyard. Enjoy finger-licking seafood in some of the best restaurants in Cape Cod. Trust me, with Cape Cod, you cannot go wrong.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas isn’t just casinos, drinking, and showgirls; there’s so much more to Las Vegas than most people assume. Even though the city is a cliché for honeymooners, it can be turned around and made into a memorable time of your lives. You can either visit Las Vegas during the peak season between the months of March to May or September to November, or during the off-season between the months of December to mid-February. There are different kinds of shows playing every night in various hotels like Cirque Du Soleil shows, headliner shows, magic shows, tribute shows, and the adult shows. Walk up and down the Strip, eat fabulous meals in one of the hotels’ gigantic buffets, watch concerts and cabarets, visit Gallery of Fine Art at the Bellagio, the Las Vegas Art Museum, or see a huge auto collection at the Imperial Palace. During the day, you can opt for tours for Grand Canyon, Red Rock Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Hoover Dam, Hidden Valley, Bootleg Canyon Zipline tour, Zion National Park, Lake Mead, Black Canyon River Rafting, Valley of Fire State Park, or Primm Valley tours. Many of these tours can be done in Hummers, ATVs, Polaris RZR S, and Mini Baja Buggy vehicles.

Maui, Hawaii

The first name that comes into our mind while talking about an all-inclusive honeymoon destination are the Hawaiian Islands. Breathtaking and white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, gorgeous resorts, beach and water activities, shopping, dining, national parks, and tons of attractions around Maui, you can’t go wrong with this destination. Once you are here, you can just dump your luggage in the hotel, rent a car, and go for a long drive on the Hana Highway to soak in the scenic beauty of the island, see volcanoes like Haleakala, waterfalls, beaches, and secluded caves. At the beaches, you can go scuba diving, surfing, sailing, parasailing, paragliding, take a cruises and helicopter tours over the island, beaches, waterfalls, Hana Rainforest, and volcanoes, hop between the Hawaiian Islands, and even go on whale watching and dolphin watching tours.

Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley is a charming and romantic place for newlyweds who want to have a quiet, less adrenaline-filled honeymoon. With over 300 vineyards spanned across 43,000 acres of land, Napa Valley can be visited in the months of August to November as the weather is perfect at the time. To find better deals on hotels, resorts, and B&Bs, travel during the months of December to March. Take magnificent tours and wine tastings during the day, visit wineries and wine caves, and take a 3-hour train ride from Napa to St. Helena aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. There are also romantic and tranquil hot air balloon rides and hot springs and spas in the town of Calistoga to be enjoyed.

Naples, Florida

Florida is yet another state where there is no shortage of fun under the sun. Whether you’re a seasonal resident of this state or a first-time visitor, Naples, Florida is a gorgeous city to spend your honeymoon in. Naples offers a tranquil vacation where the beaches stretch for miles and miles. But don’t think that the visit is going to be boring. With so many attractions, you won’t even know when the day began and ended. You can visit any of the beaches (some of which are springs beach and island beach), Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples Botanical Garden, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Rookery Bay Reserve, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, or the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, take a kayak eco-trip, go on Babcock Wilderness Adventure, explore the uninhabited islands of the Everglades, or even go see the dolphins.

New York City, New York

New York City is a place that’s on almost everyone’s travel list. Now even if you’ve been to the Big Apple many times, it can’t hurt to explore the city with the one you love. From award-winning Broadway shows to unknown (yet marvelous) wine bars and cafés to expensive and moderately-priced restaurants, the city is full of life and has something new to offer each time. The best times to travel to the city are the months in Spring and Fall. However, if you’ve never been to the city, it can be an overwhelming experience. So we suggest that you do your research before making your decision. The reason is, there’s so much to see that there can be times when you feel like you’re missing out on something else. The obvious tourist spots here are Times Square, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Chelsea Market, The American Museum of Natural History, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Grand Central Terminal, the American Falls, Brooklyn Bridge, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller Center, Staten Island Ferry, and the Yankee Stadium. There are many tours available across the city that will cater to travelers’ preferences. There are many famous restaurants, clubs, and street vendors around the city. You can also visit the Bronx Zoo, Downtown Manhattan, National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, Prospect Park, Apollo Theater, Coney Island, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is famous for their gorgeous, brown adobe architecture that merges so well with the desert landscape. The best times to visit Santa Fe are during the peak season (June to October) or the off-season (November to March). The city is ideal for couples who love art, culture, history, and sightseeing activities. Visit the Plaza (known as the Heart of the city) to find magnificent museums, historic buildings, galleries, restaurants, and shopping areas. After New York City, Santa Fe has the world’s largest art market on Canyon Road with over 250 galleries. Also not to be missed is the St. Francis Cathedral which has three unique architectural styles – Adobe, Romanesque, and Modern. You can go camping or for a picnic in the Hyde Memorial Park, visit the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture which is home to a collection of 42,000 pieces of Indian culture, climb the spiral staircase of Loretto Chapel, visit the Allan Houser Sculpture Gardens, or go to the historic Lensic Theater in downtown Santa Fe.

Sedona, Arizona

When couples love the outdoor life and indulge in nature’s glory, places like Sedona are perfect for them. Known as ‘Red Rock Country’, Sedona has a rich history in archaeology. The city is home to the picturesque red-rock monoliths called Coffeepot, Cathedral, and Thunder Mountain, Oak Creek Canyon where you can swim, hiking trails, and Verde Valley. Although you can visit the city year-round, the peak seasons are from March to May and September to mid-December, while January to mid-February are the more affordable months. There are magnificent hotels, resorts, B&Bs, and lodges available. You can spend the day golfing, hiking, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, and river rafting, or go on Grand Canyon tour (via helicopter), jeep tour, visit the art galleries (Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Shopping Village) and theater, or relax at some of the finest spas.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Known as ‘America’s Caribbean Paradise’, U.S. Virgin Islands are home to pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and an amazing weather. These islands are a better bet to visit if you don’t wish to travel too far to experience the Caribbean. There are many private villas, luxury hotels, and beachfront resorts that newlyweds love to stay in. You can visit any of the main islands – St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas; there are many smaller islands as well. The ideal months to visit the islands are from February to August as the rainy season lasts from September to January. In St. Croix, you can night dive with seahorses, take a horseback ride through the rainforest, ride a bike through the island, kayak the Salt River, and snorkel with parrotfish and blue tangs. In St. John, you can hike or take a boat ride through the Reef Bay Trail and snorkel or snuba dive (underwater hike) in Trunk Bay. As for St. Thomas, you can enjoy Magens Bay, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, golf, or dive in the Undersea Observatory.

Going on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you have to fly halfway across the world. Explore your options and plan an intimate honeymoon that fits your budget.

How to Plan for a Second Honeymoon

Children, job responsibilities, paying the bills and an endless list of household responsibilities. Gosh! You always knew these would be the side effects of getting married. Over a period of time, these activities have become so predictable that life doesn’t seem fun anymore. A little of mental flashback and you will remember all those carefree youthful days when you and your spouse did nothing but have fun all by yourselves. Just take it easy, for things have not gone out of hand! Go for an exciting honeymoon and bring the old charm back to you marriage.
It’s Time for a Second Honeymoon…

Here are some essential tips for planning your honeymoon.

♥ It is essential for both the partners to take time out to plan their honeymoon together. There needs to be a mutual consent and joint spirit to make the planning successful. Fix the honeymoon days so as they do not clash with any of your important domestic or official commitments.
♥ Make sure to check with your family or friends who might readily pitch in to babysit your children for a few days. Do not pack off your children on a camping trip while on your honeymoon. You might end up worrying about your children instead of having fun with your spouse.

♥ It is important to plan and mark a budget for your getaway in advance. This will help you to find and select destinations within your budget.
♥ Do all the booking and ticketing in advance. This is crucial in order to ensure a smooth honeymoon period. After all, who would want to spoil all the romantic mood by worrying over booking confirmations?

♥ Decide on a destination where both of you would love to go. Do not tightly schedule your trip with lots of sightseeing and shopping activities. Remember, you want a trip to relax together and bring the old magic back into your marriage.
♥ You do not have to do each and every activity together during your holiday. The trip should be planned to accommodate some joint activities as well as some solitary activities for which you previously had no spare time.

♥ Remember some memorable moments from your first honeymoon? What could be more exciting than recreating such moments? e.g. A candlelit dinner for two on the beach.
♥ For those who wish to celebrate their timeless love, there is no better idea than renewing your marital vows. Here you have the option of buying rings especially made for the occasion.

♥ Don’t forget to carry a special gift for your spouse as a second wedding night gift.

♥ Make sure to shop for all the romantic things that were highlights of your special moments together. e.g. Aroma candles, aroma oils, etc.

Popular Destinations

So, which could be the best destinations for your honeymoon? Let’s find out…

♥ What could be more romantic than the destination of your first honeymoon? Some couples take extra efforts to book themselves into the exactly the same honeymoon suite of the same hotel too. After all, recreating your first honeymoon sounds magical.

♥ If you and your spouse are adventure lovers, then there is nothing more exciting than a trip that gives you some sporty excitement. You can ensure that your itinerary includes some sports activity like mountaineering, camping, rock climbing, bungee jumping, skiing, etc.

♥ For those who love the beaches, there are plenty of options. e.g. Resorts in Caribbean, Bahamas, South East Asia, Maldives, Mauritius and the list is endless.

♥ For those fascinated with forest and natural life, it is a fabulous idea to book yourself a Kenyan safari vacation. Nothing could be as exciting than a night in a forest tree house or a log cabin in the middle of a lake. Forest resorts in central and south India, Africa, South and Central America offer some really wonderful options.

♥ For those who would love to recline and enjoy the beauty of deserts and sand dunes, a holiday in an oasis of Sahara desert, western and central Australia, Rajasthan in India, deserts of California or Mexico would be an exciting idea.

♥ For those who thrive on luxurious holidays, there is nothing more wonderful than checking into one of the best rated luxurious resorts around the world. These are the best places to feel pampered and relaxed.

♥ If you are fascinated with a cruise holiday, there are some enchanting five-star cruise options around the world. The luxurious rooms and the breathtaking views of the ocean are sure to rekindle that lost spark in your love life. Cruises have been rated as one of the best options for planning a honeymoon. e.g. a cruise on River Nile, cruises in southeast Asia or the Mediterranean cruise.

Some Budget Options

And for all those who wish to go on a second honeymoon without splurging too much on a holiday, there are heaps of options too. It is not always necessary to equate a honeymoon with a long and costly vacation. You can always plan a short weekend just for you and your spouse in the countryside or a nearby beach town. You may also check out some packaged all-inclusive deals offered by some resorts and traveling agencies or book rent yourself a secluded villa on a virgin beach. e.g. Holidays in Goa (India), Hawaii, Kay West (Florida), Tucson (Arizona), Jamaica, Fiji Islands.
Doesn’t the honeymoon idea excite you? I am sure it does! And don’t forget to click loads of pictures to relive the moments in the future. They shall be the best souvenirs of your trip. So what are you waiting for? Surprise your spouse with a second honeymoon.

Best Honeymoon Destinations in the Bahamas

Destinations in the Bahamas
Grand Bahama Island

Being one of the largest islands of the Bahamas, means there’s a lot to do and a lot to explore on this scenic island.Take a romantic stroll through the Garden of Groves with waterfalls and lush vegetation with nearly 10,000 different flora species.
For nature lovers, there’s the Lucayan National park, which has the world’s longest underwater cave system.Other nature attractions are the Rand Nature Center and Sanctuary Bay (main attraction dolphins!).
Abaco Islands

A romantic sail around small scattered islands, amongst clear calm water… Bahamas top sailing destination is the Abaco Islands. Visit the Treasure Cay Beach for the softest, whitest sand and a golf course. For sightseeing, there’s the candy striped lighthouse of Hope Town, a colonial small settlement on Elbow Cay.
Eleuthera

This narrow island, which lies 50 km east of Nassau is just 2 miles wide but is home to high mountains and cliffs, deep coral reefs and picturesque, pinkish white sandy beaches. Deep sea diving, snorkeling or fishing are some of the aquatic activities. The island is small and seemingly untouched by civilization and its most charming quality, is the clear, pink sand against the light blue ocean.
Paradise Island

Honeymooning at the highest level of comfort and class, is what the beautiful but well-developed island of Paradise promises. Then there’s shopping at the Straw market and watching local activities like drum dances or the changing of the guard. From the aquatic point of view, there’s parasailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, fishing… or just park yourself on the beautiful white sandy beach and watch the waves come in.

Romantic Islands in the World

download-3Amongst all the islands that exist in this world, there are a special few that take your breath away. Dreamlike settings, beautiful, tranquil, and a soothing scenery – some of the many things you’d expect. Add to this, exceptional architecture, delicious meals, and intriguing cultural practices, and you have a dream vacation right there! Most islands don’t even have to try too hard. Their natural beauty is so strikingly gorgeous, you would be content just being amidst all the wonders of nature.

World’s Top 10 Romantic Islands
Pristine beaches, calm waters and a feeling of being the only ones on this earth are things any couple would want on their beach holiday. However, our top 10 romantic islands promise more than just uncrowded beaches. They promise a balance of romance and adventure; a chance for you to do more things together.

Maps provided in the article are not to scale and are used to show the approximate location of the island with respect to the nearest country/city.

Bora Bora, Society Islands of French Polynesia

Best Time to Visit: July to September

Who says God doesn’t have his favorites? Think otherwise? Come to Bora Bora and witness this fact for yourself. In an enchanted environment with a fairytale-like existence, this holiday would be nothing less than a dream. Over-water bungalows, endless waters, white beaches and a sense of being out of the world – everything is available here. Perhaps one of the most expensive islands in the world, it is nothing short of a paradise. See the underwater world from your bungalow, have breakfast served to you by boat in your room and rest assured that you won’t need a DO NOT DISTURB sign.

Lanai, Hawaii

Best Time to Visit: October to April

Hawaii has undoubtedly been one of the most sought-after destinations in the world for ages now. Though tourists usually fly down to the famous islands and the attractions they offer, as a couple, your first choice should be Lanai. The smallest inhabited island in the chain, here you will find perfect balanced isolation. With no shopping malls or traffic lights, this place ensures a great natural environment. Public transportation does not exist; cars, bikes, bicycles, and small buses are usually leased by the hotels.

Santorini, Greece

Best Time to Visit: June to October

White homes, blue-caped churches, the serene waters of the Aegean Sea, and small cafés scattered all through the landscape – the picture is just perfect! While this ensures a content heart, sumptuous meals all day round with some of the world’s best wines ensure content tummies. If, for you, romance is synonymous with good food and crowd, Santorini is the place to be. September and October are the best months to travel to Santorini, as you can avoid the rush of the tourist season from June to August.

Maldives

Best Time to Visit: December to April

Are you and your better half on the constant lookout for something exciting? Then, on the islands of the Maldives, you shall find both – romance and adventure. Luxury resorts, private natural pools, and an unending appetite for the warm sun, are a few things you will be welcomed by. Snorkeling and scuba diving together in safe pools outside your room, is an adventure very few islands offer. Opt for the southern islands for more seclusion.

Fiji

Best Time to Visit: May or October and November

The soft coral capital of the world has more in store than just a few heavenly beaches and some breathtaking underwater life. If you want to escape the expensive resorts of Bora Bora, Fiji definitely stands as an alternative. Wake up ahead of the world everyday, soak in the warm sun, get natural exercise with scuba diving and snorkeling, travel through abundant trails and get absorbed in the mystical life here. Turtle Island and Qamea Island which are a part of the Fiji islands should be prioritized. Turtle Island especially, only allows 14 couples at once.

Seychelles

Best Time to Visit: May to September

Undeniably one of the most sought-after vacation spots, Seychelles islands are some of the best jewels in the Indian Ocean. 16 islands out of the hundreds offer accommodation; out of these, the three main islands are Praslin, La Digue, and Mahé. Island hopping is an interesting alternative to permanent booking on just the main islands. Apart from the bewildering beaches, ecotourism has ensured focus on jungle trails and other such forms of recreation. Enjoy candle-lit dinners with a backdrop of water meeting the sky.

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Best Time to Visit: February to April

For a relaxed, laid-back holiday, there is no other place more suitable than Ambergris Caye in Belize. The island has just 1 town – San Pedro and hardly any population. However, it doesn’t offer any less than other destinations in terms of picturesque and unique spots. Visit the Belize Barrier Reef, which is a part of the humongous Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, sail above the Blue Hole and wander around this isle aimlessly. Due to its size, transportation on the island is limited to golf carts.

Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands

Best Time to Visit: May or September and October

If it is the Caribbean you dream of visiting together, let Parrot Cay be your first choice. A lot of celebrities have made this island their home, assuring us of its uniqueness. Earlier known as Pirate Cay, today this island is synonymous with tranquility and calmness. From Ayurvedic treatments to water sports, you will find everything here. Who says a deserted place doesn’t offer the best of lifestyle?

St. Lucia, Lesser Antilles

Best Time to Visit: January to April

While Parrot Cay offers luxury and promises a lavish holiday with seclusion, we have another island in the Caribbean that offers just the opposite, if it is safe to say so. Welcome to St. Lucia, a land of beaches and warm sun – yes, but also of hot springs, rainforest hikes, and a drive-in volcano. Don’t forget to see The Pitons – a World Heritage Site, and the Pigeon Island National Park. Travel is synonymous with local taxis and water taxis. An island that was ruled seven times each by the French and British, surprisingly it also has omnipresent West Indies lifestyle even today.

Island of Mozambique, Mozambique

Best Time to Visit: June to September

Another jewel in the Indian Ocean, the Island of Mozambique is truly alluring. Once a stop on the western Europe – Indian subcontinent route, it is today one of the most sought-after destinations in Africa. The island is a cultural World Heritage Site and is approximately just 3 km away from the mainland. Apart from the beach and the activities synonymous with it, the island is home to brilliant colonial architecture. Though the dry season from June to September is perfect, avoid August as it gets too windy.

Any one of these top 10 romantic islands in the world is sure to leave you spellbound and mesmerized. A magical environment and company of the one you love – you can’t really ask for more, can you? Have a great vacation!