Top 28 Honeymoon Destinations

Your honeymoon is one of the most important trips you will take in your lifetime and while there is no one-size-fits-all honeymoon destination, it is important that you choose one that marks the significance of the occasion and feels like an extra special way to start off your new life as a married couple.  While some people know exactly where they want to go, we know that it can be a tough decision for others.  To help you get started, we have put together a list of the Top 28 Honeymoon Destinations from around the world based on 4 categories. Quick links below

The Top 7 Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

Top 7 Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

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From spending an incredible evening in a world-class mountain resort in New Zealand to waking up with sweeping oceanfront views in Bali, you can find a wonderful array of romantic honeymoon destinations around the world to fit every taste and budget.   

1. Italy

Italy has long been one of the most visited countries in the world.  With thousands of years of history, priceless art, stunning architecture, and amazing food, it is no surprise why it was part of many wealthy travelers’ “Grand Tour” around Europe.

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Activities/What To Do 

  1. Gastronomy
  2. Historical landmarks
  3. Scenery
  4. Beaches

Places to visit

  1. Rome
  2. Florence & Tuscany
  3. Venice
  4. Cinque Terre

About Italy

Italy is overflowing with jaw-droppingly beautiful towns, fabulous museums, cosmopolitan cities, adorable restaurants and cafes, and gorgeous scenery which makes it one of the best European honeymoon destinations.  

In Rome, you can view spellbinding thousand-year-old Roman ruins in the Roman Forum, the Coliseum, and the Pantheon.  Meanwhile, Florence is teeming with gorgeous architecture, including the immense Duomo, tranquil courtyards, and some of the world’s most famous art museums.  Tuscany, the area surrounding Florence, is full of quaint, picture-perfect towns, vineyards, olive trees, and rolling hills and Venice is simply spellbinding with its interconnecting canals and unique architecture. 

Although the country is relatively small and travel distances are short, it is impossible to visit all of Italy’s many, many attractions on one trip. However, if you plan it well, you can easily visit a diverse range of places in under two weeks. Train travel is convenient with frequent trains between major destinations and unless you are already comfortable driving in European cities, it may be best to skip the rental car. 

2. Greece

With thousands of years of history and ancient ruins scattered throughout the country and hundreds of beautiful islands,  Greece is the perfect place for honeymooning history buffs and beach bums. 

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Activities/What To Do 

  1. Historical landmarks
  2. Beaches
  3. Scenery
  4. Island-hopping

Places to visit 

  1. Athens
  2. Santorini
  3. Patmos
  4. Meteora

About Greece

Ancient Greece has had a tremendous influence on the modern world and although the modern-day country may not be as influential as its predecessor,  Greece is still a major hotspot for historical and cultural tourism.   From the ancient Acropolis in Athens to the seemingly precariously balanced monasteries of Meteora, history lovers will be in heaven while exploring this welcoming country. 

Greece also boasts hundreds of spectacularly beautiful islands featuring white-washed houses with sweeping views perched high on hills.  In the Greek Isles, you can spend your days lounging on the beach and then have a romantic meal watching the sunset. Santorini is the gem in Greece’s crown which means it can be very busy during the high season. While it may be a better option to travel during the shoulder season, if this is not possible, don’t worry – there are literally hundreds of other islands to choose from and many of them can be reached via ferry directly from Athens. 

From the sky-high sights of the Parthenon and the Acropolis to the turquoise blue waters of the Adriatic Sea,  Greece has a lot to offer and can be the perfect spot for your romantic honeymoon. 

3. Thailand

With some of the world’s most beloved cuisine, tropical beaches, stunning royal palaces, and ancient ruins, it is no surprise that Thailand has been the top tourist attraction in Southeast Asia for decades.  There is a wide variety of things to see which makes it a wonderful destination for honeymooning couples who have a bit more time and really want to explore a country. 

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Activities/What To Do

  1. Beaches 
  2. Historical landmarks 
  3. Temples
  4. Palaces

Places to visit 

  1. Bangkok
  2. Koh Samui
  3. Chiang Mai
  4. Phuket

About Thailand 

Thailand is a country full of rich culture, beautiful landscapes, beautiful beaches, and historical wonders.  In ultra-modern Bangkok, you can experience the “new” Thailand while getting your first taste of the country’s history and culture at the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, home of a 46-meter long Reclining Buddha.  Meanwhile, in Chiang Mai, you can explore the lush forest, learn about Thailand’s hill tribes, and visit an elephant conservation center and in Koh Samui and Phuket, you can lounge on beautiful, white-sand beaches and swim in warm, calm water.

Thailand is very easy to travel around with a well-developed transportation network and many people speak English well making it a very tourist-friendly destination for a romantic honeymoon. 

4. Bali 

Bali, Indonesia has long been an enchanting tourist destination and people have flocked to the island due to its rich cultural history,  unparalleled natural beauty, and friendly locals.

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Activities/What To Do

  1. Temples 
  2. Beaches
  3. Hiking
  4. Spas

Places to visit 

  1. Ubud
  2. Kuta
  3. Denpasar 

About Bali

When Bali appeared as one of the settings of the hit movie Eat, Pray, Love, it stole the hearts of people around the world.  However, this small Indonesian island has been enthralling visitors for decades with its lush landscapes, iconic temples, vibrant culture, and mouth-watering food.  In Bali, you can spend your days visiting historic temples, touring art museums and galleries, hiking through the forests and over the rolling hills, or lounging on the beach. You can even come face to face with long-tailed macaques in Ubud’s Monkey Forest as you wander through forests thick with banyan trees and foliage.   Best of all, you can finish each day with a relaxing couples massage, a sunset stroll along the beach, or a romantic dinner. 

Bali is a relatively inexpensive destination and can easily be combined with another Southeast Asian destination and a trip to this gorgeous, and spiritual, island is the perfect way to start your life as a married couple. 

5. New Zealand

Mountains, beaches, romantic retreats, and top-quality wine….. What could be better than that?  New Zealand is a warm, and welcoming country full of beautiful scenery and down-to-earth, friendly people, and it is a great spot for a low-key romantic honeymoon filled with outdoor activities.

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Activities/What To Do

  1. Wineries
  2. Hiking
  3. Adventure sports
  4. Beaches

Places to visit 

  1. Auckland
  2. Queenstown
  3. Marlborough Sounds
  4. Wellington
  5. Coromandel Peninsula

About New Zealand

New Zealand has long been a favorite tourism destination for outdoor lovers and it is easy to see why.  From soaring mountains to jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches, New Zealand has some of the world’s most magnificent scenery located within a relatively small country.   Here, you can spend your days hiking on some of the world’s most famous hiking trails or sunbathing on white-sand beaches and your nights at some of the most romantic lodges and retreats in the southern hemisphere.  There are countless adventure activities to choose from (bungy jumping and zorbing both originated here) and the major cities like Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch have all the amenities that you would need during your trip.  To make it even better, you can finish each day with a refreshing glass of New Zealand’s white wine purchased straight from the cellar door of one of Marlborough or Hawke’s Bay’s world-renowned wineries. 

New Zealand is not only beautiful but it is also logistically very easy to travel around by rental car.  English is the first language there, the infrastructure is very developed, crime rates are very low, and although everything from hotels to food to activities can be very expensive there, you generally get very good quality products for your money.  This eases a lot of the stress of traveling allowing you to fully relax and enjoy this fantastic honeymoon destination.

6. Mexico

With a slew of charming colonial towns, some of the most beautiful beaches in North America, delicious food, and rich culture, Mexico is the perfect spot for a honeymoon full of romance.

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Activities/What To Do

  1. Small towns
  2. Historical landmarks
  3. Beaches
  4. Gastronomy

Places to visit 

  1. Baja California
  2. Guanajuato 
  3. Mexico City
  4. Puerto Vallarta
  5. Isla de Mujeres

About Mexico

When you are considering romantic honeymoon destinations, Mexico should be at the top of your list.  Beautiful beaches, world-class resorts, romantic towns, cosmopolitan cities, and some of the friendliest people on the planet makes Mexico one of the best places in the Americas for your honeymoon.  While you are there, you can explore Spanish colonial towns that look like they are straight out of Europe, swim in the warm, calm waters of the Caribbean, and immerse yourself in the country’s rich Mayan culture.  

Despite the vast size of Mexico, it is relatively easy to get around with plenty of low-cost flights available connecting Mexico City, Cancun, and Guadalajara to many destinations and frequent and extremely comfortable intercity bus transportation connecting towns across the country.   Try to brush up on your Spanish when you go.  A little bit of effort goes a long way and nothing makes you feel prouder than when a Mexican tells you that your Spanish is very good (even if the only thing you have said is Buenos Dias!) 

7. Turkey

Once part of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey has strong links to the past and throughout the country, you can find remnants of the country’s rich history.  It is also the point where Europe and Asia meet and is a fascinating melting pot of cultures. 

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Activities/What To Do

  1. Scenery 
  2. Historical landmarks
  3. Small towns

Places to visit 

  1. Istanbul
  2. Cappadocia 
  3. Ephesus

About Turkey

When people think of Turkey, a romantic honeymoon destination may not be the first thing that comes into their minds. However, perhaps it should.  Istanbul is a highly-developed city with a strong link to its historic past. The ruins of past empires come face to face with the 21st century to create an intoxicating atmosphere that you may not want to leave!  However, there are amazing places waiting for you. 

Cappadocia has been amazing visitors for centuries with its fairytale chimneys and other-worldly landscape and you have plenty of ways to explore this stunningly beautiful area including romantic sunrise hot air balloon rides and secluded hikes (don’t forget to bring along a picnic of delicious Turkish treats with you!).  Meanwhile, Ephesus will astound you with its well-preserved thousands of years old ruins that transport you back in time. 

While there are train services connecting different parts of Turkey, the vast distances make land transport time-consuming.  It is best to fly between destinations in order to make the most of your time in this fascinating country. 

The Top 7 Beach Honeymoon Destinations

After the stress of planning a wedding and all the troubleshooting that often comes along with the big day,  spending a day sunbathing on warm, soft sand and swimming in turquoise blue waters sounds PRET-TY  amazing.  Whether you are looking for a secluded spot where you can have some much-needed privacy for you and your loved one or a beach destination full of other travelers where you can let your hair down, the world is full of places to choose from!

1. The Maldives

Located in the Indian Ocean off the southern coast of India, the Maldives are a spectacular destination for a beach honeymoon thanks to the islands’ white-sand beaches, ultra-luxury resorts, and amazing snorkeling and diving.

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Activities/What To Do

  1. Beaches
  2. Swimming
  3. Snorkeling
  4. Sailing

Places to visit 

  1. Male
  2. Maafushi
  3. Utheemu

About the Maldives

When many people think about a honeymoon in the Maldives, they imagine luxurious resorts set on their own private islands, seaplanes, unbelievably blue water, and sparkling white sand.  The Maldives is home to some truly magnificent resorts but unfortunately, many of them come with a pretty hefty price tag.  However, this doesn’t mean that the Maldives needs to be scratched off your honeymoon wishlist.  With a little extra planning, you can actually have a Maldives honeymoon completely with snorkeling, diving, and those beautiful beaches that won’t break the bank. 

2. The ABCs (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao) 

The ABC Islands are a group of Dutch territories in the southern Caribbean and offer visitors a fascinating mixture of Dutch, Caribbean, and South American culture.  The three islands are very diverse and depending on how much time you have, you can either relax on one island or island hop between all three!

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Activities/What To Do 

  1. Beaches
  2. Swimming
  3. Snorkeling/diving
  4. Small towns

Places to visit 

  1. Oranjestad, Aruba
  2. Kralendijk, Bonaire
  3. Willemstad, Curacao

About the ABC Islands

Each of the ABC Islands is unique and can be a great spot for your honeymoon.  Aruba is the most well-known and touristy of the islands and features many of the territory’s most popular resorts. Meanwhile, Bonaire is a bit more mellow and is famous for its fantastic diving options.  Curacao is well known for its vibrant arts and culture.  All of the islands are blessed with spectacular beaches and the same dazzling blue water and no matter if you visit one or all of the islands, you are going to have a fantastic honeymoon!

As Dutch territories, the ABC Islands are an interesting place to see European and Caribbean culture collide, and a great place to get a feel for the rich history of the islands is in the beautiful capital cities of each island.  Brightly colored houses and cobblestone streets charm visitors as the dazzling blue ocean beckons.  Although it may be tempting to spend your time lounging on the beach (and we definitely don’t blame you!), the cities are well worth a visit.

3. Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda consistently rank as some of the best honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean and with stunningly blue water, white sand beaches, and friendly people, it is no surprise why!.

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Activities/What To Do 

  1. Beaches
  2. Swimming 
  3. Snorkeling/diving 
  4. Kayaking
  5. Hiking 

Places to visit 

  1. St. John’s City
  2. English Harbour 
  3. Barbuda Pink Sand Beach

About Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda are former British colonies in the Eastern Caribbean. Antigua is the more developed of the two islands and is very tourist friendly while Barbuda offers a slew of wildlife opportunities.  Both islands have fantastic beaches and enough outdoor activities to keep you busy for days.  There is a 90-minute long inter-island ferry which connects the two islands and allows visitors access to a plethora of stunning locations and activities.

Many of Antingua’s top resorts offer all-inclusive rates which include some watersports and unlimited food and drinks. These resorts range from family-friendly to luxury and depending on which one you choose, it can provide the perfect romantic oasis for your honeymoon. 

4. Madagascar

Located off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is known for its rich biodiversity and slightly broken infrastructure. While it may not be the easiest place for a beach vacation, traveling here has some amazing advantages that other countries simply can’t compete with.

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Activities/What To Do 

  1. Beaches
  2. Nature
  3. Wildlife
  4. Snorkel/scuba

Places to visit 

  1. Avenue of the Baobabs
  2. Antananarivo 
  3. Stone Forest
  4. Tsarabanjina Island

About Madagascar 

This rough and rugged island country is the perfect honeymoon spot for adventurous travelers.  With beautiful beaches, otherworldly landscapes, and luxurious accommodation options, Madagascar is a great destination for a vacation full of fun in the sun! During a trip to Madagascar, you can view the island’s famous baobab trees, see a prehistoric stone “forest”, and even swim with whale sharks. The best part is that you can start and finish your trip with a romantic stay at one of the luxurious beachfront lodges. 

5. The Philippines

The Philippines is made up of some seriously beautiful islands and is a great, low-cost option for a romantic honeymoon. You can spend your days relaxing on the beach, snorkeling, diving, or even island hopping.

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Activities/What To Do 

  1. Beaches
  2. Snorkeling
  3. Outdoor activities 

Places to visit 

  1. Cebu
  2. Boracay
  3. Manila 
  4. Chocolate Hills

About the Philippines 

Most trips to the Philippines will start in Manila. Although Manila doesn’t have the best reputation, there are a lot of interesting World War II relics and historical landmarks to see there.  From Manila, you can fly to one of the country’s many stunning islands. Cebu and Boracay are two of the most popular places to visit and have stunning beaches with aquamarine waters where you can go swimming, snorkeling, sailing, or paddleboarding.  Best of all, many Filipinos speak English very well and it is very inexpensive to travel there. It is a great place for a honeymoon if you are traveling on a budget but still want five-star treatment. 

6. Croatia 

Located on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe, Croatia is a great option for a beach honeymoon that incorporates historical sites and charming towns.

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Activities/What To Do

  1. Island hopping
  2. Sailing
  3. Small towns 

Places to visit

  1. Dubrovnik
  2. Split
  3. Hvar 
  4. Zadar

About Croatia 

Although Croatia is most well-known for its beautiful walled city Dubrovnik, the country also has miles upon miles of gorgeous coastline.  The Dalmatian Coast is lined with many charming islands that create the perfect setting for a seaside honeymoon and the best way to travel between the islands is on a multi-day tour. The boats range from basic sailboats to luxurious yachts which gives you a great honeymoon option regardless of your budget.  Although Croatia is now nearly as expensive as visiting Italy or Spain, it is still a fraction of the price as visiting some of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean.  

7. Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is one or the most popular tourist spots in the Caribbean Sea and it isn’t hard to see why.  The island is blessed with white sand beaches, sparkling blue water, and emerald hills.  There are also many upscale resorts making this the perfect spot for an action packed honeymoon with plenty of downtime.

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Activities/What To Do 

  1. Beaches
  2. Hiking 
  3. Snorkeling 
  4. Sailing
  5. Golfing

Places to visit 

  1. Punta Cana 
  2. Puerto Plata
  3. La Romana 
  4. Samana Peninsula

About the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has a lot to offer visitors. The diverse nature, pristine beaches, and laid back people make this a wonderful honeymoon spot.  If you want a relaxing vacation at an all-inclusive resort, head to Punta Cana and Puerto Plata or if you want something a bit more mellow and undeveloped, the Samana Peninsula is waiting for you. There are many cheap and frequent flight options between the eastern United States and Punta Cana making the Dominican Republic a great place for your honeymoon if you are limited on time and want to stay somewhere a bit closer to home. 

The Top 7 Honeymoon Destinations Within the USA

The United States is an incredibly diverse country and you can find a great honeymoon destination there regardless of whether you are craving a beach destination, a hiker’s paradise, or a cosmopolitan city.  There is something for everyone here! 

1. Hawaii

When you think of American honeymoon destinations, Hawaii is one of the first places that pops into people’s mind.  With white-sand beaches, soaring mountains, and an interesting history, Hawaii has all the ingredients for a wonderful honeymoon!

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Activities/What To Do

  1. Swimming
  2. Snorkeling & Diving
  3. Hiking
  4. Historical landmarks

Places to visit 

  1. Honolulu
  2. Oahu
  3. Maui

About Hawaii

Hawaii is the most far-flung of America’s 50 states and has an incredibly unique history and culture.  All of the major Hawaiian Islands have something unique to offer. Oahu has great white sand beaches, and hiking as well as some interesting historical spots.  Maui is well-known for its black sand beaches while the Big Island is famous for its rugged scenery. While Honolulu is generally the first place that people go to, no trip to Hawaii is complete without exploring the rest of Oahu or a visit to Maui.  Luckily, it is easy to fly between the islands allowing you to experience the incredible diversity of the state. 

 2. Southern California

With beautiful beaches, idyllic oceanfront towns, and cosmopolitan cities, southern California is a great place for your honeymoon.

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Activities/What To Do 

  1. Beaches
  2. Whale watching
  3. Surfing 
  4. Swimming

Places to visit 

  1. La Jolla
  2. Coronado Island
  3. San Diego 
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Santa Barbara

About Southern California 

Southern California has long been luring people with its beautiful weather, streets lined with palm trees, and gorgeous beaches.  The Pacific Ocean beckons to you from the many piers, boardwalks, and running paths that lined the oceanfront and each town along the coast has something unique to offer visitors. Depending on your budget and interests, you can stay at some of America’s most high-end hotels, resorts, and lodges or rent an RV and spend your time exploring the region’s many glorious parks.  

If you are flexible with time, southern California can easily be combined with a road trip through the southwestern United States which is home to some of the country’s most out of this world scenery. 

3. Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona is a nature-lover’s paradise. The surrounding area is full of one jaw-droppingly beautiful spot after another.

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Activities/What To Do 

  1. Hiking
  2. Spiritual retreats
  3. Spa treatments

Places to visit 

  1. Uptown Sedona
  2. Cathedral Rock
  3. Red Rock Scenic Byway
  4. The Vortexes

About Sedona  

Sedona, Arizona is home to some of the country’s most beautiful scenery and the area surrounding the city is overflowing with national parks, hiking trails, and spiritual spots.   It has long been associated with holistic health and while you are there, you can focus on your physical, mental, and spiritual health.  Honestly, what better time is there to start off your married life than when you feel and look your best? 

Sedona may not be the best honeymoon option for everyone but if you and your future spouse are serious about outdoor activities and fitness, this could be the ideal spot for you!

 4. Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are a stretch of islands located off the coast of Southern Florida. The islands have a seemingly endless supply of beautiful beaches as well as their own unique culture which makes it the perfect honeymoon spot for people looking for something a bit different.

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Activities/What To Do 

  1. Beaches
  2. Swimming
  3. Snorkeling 
  4. Small towns

Places to visit 

  1. Key Largo
  2. Key West
  3. Islamorada
  4. Big Pine Key 

About Florida Keys

While you are visiting the Keys, you can stay in one of the many romantic resorts located right on the white sand beaches, snorkel amongst a colorful array of fish at the coral reefs, and spend every evening watching a relaxing sunset and eating fresh seafood. There are also numerous nature reserves, and museums located throughout the islands where you can learn more about the region’s unique history, flora, and fauna. 

The Florida Keys are easy to get to and you can reach them either by flying directly to Key West and working your way north or going first to Miami and then heading south. There are roads connecting all of the main islands creating some spectacularly scenic drives. 

 5. Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is one of the jewels of the Caribbean and it is one of the most exotic places that you can get to from the US without needing a passport!

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Activities/What To Do 

  1. Beaches
  2. Swimming
  3. Small towns
  4. Hiking 

Places to visit 

  1. Old San Juan
  2. Vieques
  3. Culebra
  4. Ponce

About Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is the perfect spot for a honeymoon. The island offers plenty of options for kayaking, hiking, and other outdoor activities and the colonial city centers feel like they are straight out of Europe.  

It is easy to get to Puerto Rico and there are many direct flights there from major US cities. Once you are there, you can either rent a car, take public transport, or hire a taxi to get around.  Driving around the entire island only takes about six hours so even if you don’t have a lot of extra time, you can still see a lot during a short stay here. 

 6. Alaska

Alaska is one of the most isolated parts of the United States and has some of the country’s most scenic landscapes.  While this may not be your “typical” honeymoon destination, Alaska is a great option for a memorable honeymoon.

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Activities/What To Do 

  1. Hiking
  2. Wildlife
  3. Small towns

Places to visit 

  1. Juneau 
  2. Ketchikan
  3. Sitka
  4. Skagway
  5. Denali
  6. Anchorage

About Alaska

Alaska is located closer to Canada and Russia than it is to the United States and this distance somehow makes Alaska seem like a really off-the-beaten path destination. Throughout the state, you can find many charmingly quirky gold rush towns. Combined with the state’s natural beauty, these towns help make Alaska a great honeymoon destination for people who love to explore the great outdoors but still want a few creature comforts.   

While an Alaskan cruise is one of the easiest ways to explore the southern parts of the state,  this doesn’t leave much time for exploring on your own.  Luckily, many of the state’s most popular spots are connected to Anchorage via the Alaska Railroad and the Park Connector Bus Service. 

7. Cross-Country Road Trip

There is nothing more American than a good old-fashioned road trip and most people can remember spending at least part of their childhood sitting in the backseat of a car watching the world go by.  Why not recreate this feeling of wonder with your spouse and start your life together with some new memories to share?

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Activities/What To Do 

  1. Outdoor activities 
  2. Small towns
  3. Cosmopolitan cities
  4. Beaches
  5. Landscapes

Places to visit 

  1. Everywhere you want! 

About a Cross Country American Road Trip

Your honeymoon is probably one of the most important trips in your life.  It represents a start to your future life together and what better way to prove that you are in it for the long-haul than a cross country road trip?  

Distances in the US are immense and in some parts of the country, you can drive for hours without seeing another person. This makes it a great destination for an epic honeymoon road trip full of unexpected stops, romantic sunsets, and places that you would never get to see otherwise. While it may not have the same exotic ring as a trip to the Caribbean the Pacific, an All-American may just be the perfect honeymoon for you! 

The Top 7 Exotic Honeymoon Destinations

If you are looking for something really exotic and unique for your honeymoon, you are in luck.  The world is full of wonderful places and here are just a few to help get you inspired!,  

1. Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the most visited countries in Africa and it is one of the best honeymoon destinations for people who want to combine wildlife spotting, beaches, and culture.  Tanzania is home to two of the world’s most iconic safari destinations as well as Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, and the island paradise of Zanzibar.  Not many other destinations on this list have quite so much to offer.

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Activities/What To Do

  1. Safari
  2. Hot air balloon ride
  3. Beaches
  4. Hiking

Places to visit

  1. Zanzibar
  2. Serengeti
  3. Ngorongoro Crater 
  4. Mount Kilimanjaro

About Tanzania

Located in East Africa, Tanzania is one of the best destinations for wildlife spotting and safaris.  The Serengeti is one of the best places in the world to watch the Great Migration when thousands of animals head towards greener pastures and Ngorongoro Crater has one of the highest densities of big game in Africa.  Both spots can be combined in one safari tour and along the way, you can spend your nights at romantic tented camps.  After the safari, you can climb Mount Kilimanjaro or head to the white sand beaches of Zanzibar for some rest and relaxation.  

Getting to Tanzania is relatively easy.  Dar es Salaam has a major international airport connecting to destinations in Europe and the Middle East where you can catch an onward flight to the United States. 

2. India

As one of the world’s oldest civilizations and home to four of the world’s major religions, India has endless cultural attractions.  Combined with amazing food and spectacular scenery, India is the perfect honeymoon destination for adventurous travelers.

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Activities/What To Do 

  1. Beach 
  2. Historical landmarks 
  3. Cultural attractions

Places to visit

  1. Delhi
  2. Goa
  3. Ladakh
  4. Kerala
  5. Rajasthan 
  6. The Taj Mahal

About India 

India is one of the world’s most diverse countries in the world in virtually every single way.  From the country’s incredible biodiversity to its rich culture and history, India has a seemingly endless supply of amazing things to see.  While it is certainly not an “easy” destination to have your honeymoon in,  traveling throughout the country will change you in immeasurable ways and it is a trip that you will be sure to want to tell your friends, family, and coworkers all about.   

Delhi is the first stop on many itineraries and can be combined with a Golden Triangle tour of Agra and Jaipur where you can get a quick introduction of India’s long and fascinating history. 

From there, your options for where to go are endless!  Despite the vast distances, Indian cities and regions are well connected by inexpensive flights and trains. You can easily wake up in the morning on one of Kerala’s famous backwater houseboats and finish it with a stroll along one of Goa’s beautiful beaches.  Ladakh, which lies on the border of China, is a bit harder to get to but it is worth the effort once you see the spectacular scenery and unique culture of this mountainous northern region. 

As one of the largest countries in Latin America, Argentina is a powerhouse when it comes to activities and attractions. From the wineries of Cordoba to the world-class hiking trails of Patagonia, Argentina has everything you need for a romantic honeymoon.

3. Argentina

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Activities/What To Do

  1. Hiking
  2. Wineries
  3. Road trips

Places to visit 

  1. Buenos Aires
  2. Patagonia
  3. Salta
  4. Iguazu Falls 

About Argentina 

Argentina stretches across nearly the entire bottom half of South America and the country’s immense size ensures that you will see some spectacular scenery there. The country has well-developed infrastructure making it an easy spot to rent a car and explore on your own.  Some of the best landscapes can be found around Patagonia (of course!) and Salta and although it is a bit too far to drive between the two stops, you can take one of Argentina’s many luxurious buses across the country making stops at some of the small towns and cities along the way.  This is a great way to see the diversity of this beautiful country.  

Most trips to Argentina start in the fascinating capital city of Buenos Aires and it is well worth spending a few days here to explore the city’s interesting mix of architecture and catch a seductive tango performance before heading off to your next destination. 

 4. Peru

Peru may be best known for Machu Picchu but the country has many more amazing things to offer.  From beautiful scenery to colonial towns, there is something for everyone.

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Activities/What To Do

  1. Historical landmarks
  2. Cultural attractions 
  3. Hiking
  4. Rainforest 

Places to visit 

  1. Lima
  2. Cuzco
  3. Machu Picchu
  4. Colca Canyon
  5. Huacachina

About Peru   

Peru is an absolutely incredible country with a wide array of things to do.  Most trips to Peru start in Lima and include stops at the historic city of Cusco and Machu Picchu. However, if you have a bit more time, you can also visit the Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest canyons, or visit the desert oasis of Huacachina. 

While Machu Picchu is certainly at the top of most people’s wish lists, it is important to remember that getting there is half the fun! You can either hike along the famous Inca Trail, the lesser-known but extremely scenic Salkantay Trail, or take the train there.  Make sure to plan the trip well though as the hiking permits for the Inca Trail get snapped up months in advance. 

Peru is easy to get to and there are direct flights to Lima from many major US cities. There is a great public transport system and many of the country’s top attractions are connected by a network of comfortable buses. 

5. South Africa

South Africa is famous for its wildlife, wine, and the gorgeous city of Cape Town and has been a popular honeymoon destination for decades.  This is hardly surprising for anyone who has been lucky enough to visit the country and a trip to South Africa is one that you will always remember.

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Activities/What To Do

  1. Safari
  2. Wineries
  3. Beaches

Places to visit 

  1. Cape Town
  2. Kruger National Park
  3. The Blue Train

About South Africa

With gorgeous beaches, beautiful scenery, and some of the continent´s best wildlife viewing, South Africa is one of the best honeymoon destinations in Africa.  While you are here, you can spend your days drinking wine at one of many vineyards, lounge on the beach, or bounce around the back of a Jeep searching for animals in one of South Africa’s many national parks.   

Most trips to South Africa begin in the visually-stunning and remarkably laid-back city of Cape Town and it is worth the effort to explore this sprawling city.  Just outside of Cape Town, you can visit the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek wine regions, see the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet at the Cape of Good Hope, and say hello to some adorable penguins.  From Cape Town, you can head north to Kruger National Park where, with any luck, you will find yourself face to face with the Big 5.  

To get to South Africa from the United States, you will most likely need to transit through Europe or the Middle East.  If you have enough time, this could be a great opportunity to combine your African trip with another destination and have two honeymoons in one!

 6. Cuba

Cuba is one of the most vibrant countries in the entire Caribbean and has been a tourist hotspot for Europeans and Canadians for decades.  From colonial towns to beautiful beaches, there is a lot to see and do in Cuba and it is the perfect spot for a dream honeymoon!

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Activities/What To Do

  1. Historical landmarks
  2. Small towns
  3. Beaches

Places to Visit

  1. Havana 
  2. Varadero
  3. Santiago de Cuba
  4. Vinales

About Cuba  

Cuba is famous for many things – cigars, rum, beaches, and a vibrant culture.  One of the best places to see this in action is in Old Havana, where you will see history come to life in front of you.  From there, it is easy to travel around the country checking out white sand beaches and charming colonial towns.  Although you may not be able to find a direct flight from the US depending on the political situation at the time, it is easy and inexpensive to fly to Havana from Cancun, Mexico. 

 7. Antarctica

Antarctica is a land of extraordinary beauty and is one of the most far-flung places on the planet.  A trip there is like going nowhere else on the planet and an Antarctic honeymoon may be there perfect thing for you!

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Activities/What To Do

  1. Whale watching
  2. Stand up paddle boarding
  3. Cruising
  4. The polar bear plunge

Places to visit 

  1. Antarctic Peninsula 
  2. Drake Passage 

About Antarctica  

Antarctica is a destination that changes you in unexpected ways.  For many people, Antarctica is the 7th continent that they have visited but even the most well-traveled person is blown away by the unimaginable beauty and stillness surrounding you.  

The only really feasible way to get to Antarctica is on a cruise ship from Ushuaia Argentina across the Drake Passage. These aren’t the normal ships that you see cruising through the Caribbean. Many of them are actually repurposed ice breakers and are much, much smaller than a normal cruise ship and have fewer amenities (and people!). 

The stops that you make and activities that you do depend largely on the boat that you take and every cruise is slightly different.  However, you are pretty much guaranteed to see hundreds of seals and penguins, many different species of whale, and icebergs rising dramatically out of the water.   Although the trips can be painfully expensive, they are worth every penny that you spend. 

Author Details

Originally from Ohio, Kristin Templin is a digital nomad who loves to learn about the world around. From climbing through Roman ruins to swimming with whale sharks, she is always up for an adventure. So far, she has been to 124 countries and all 7 continents and has lived and worked in New Zealand, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, India, and Mexico. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and a Master's degree in geopolitical studies and over 15 years of experience working in the tourism industry. She also loves animals and has been vegetarian for the past 25 years. Her favorite part about traveling is breaking down the stereotypes surrounding people and places and gaining a better understanding of the world. She is a strong believer in travel and tourism being used for good and hopes that more people around the world will be able to uplift themselves out of poverty thanks to the opportunities it provides to the economies of developing countries. When she is not roaming the planet with her red backpack strapped to her back, you can often find her spending time in New York and Ohio. She loves nothing more than reading a history book at a dive bar, trying a new IPA at the local craft brewery, singing along to her favorite Broadway musical, petting a random stray dog, and hanging out with old friends and making new ones.