1. Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia regularly tops lists of favorite honeymoon destinations around the world, and it’s sure easy to see why. The tropical island paradise is straight out of a storybook with white-sand beaches and swaying palm trees surrounded by aquamarine seas, lush tropical vegetation, and a couple of active volcanoes. But it’s the spirit of the island and the people that really steals your heart.
Couples who love water sports and adventure sports will find plenty to do, as will nature lovers. You can volunteer at a sea turtle hatchery, swim with the gentle whale sharks, and drive into a live volcano. Soak in a bath of heated volcanic mud and wash it off under a tropical waterfall. There are parties and festivals up and down the island all year round with colorful markets and delicious Creole food to try.
Saint Lucia’s Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts
Sandals Grande St. Lucian
Sandals Halcyon Beach
Sandals Regency La Toc
Do Locals In Saint Lucia Speak English or French?
Expert Tip: English is the official language in Saint Lucia. Roughly 95% of the population speaks Saint Lucian Creole, which is a French-based Creole language that dates back to French colonization in the 1600s. The country was ceded to the English in 1814 and only became an independent government in 1979, so be sure to visit the Pigeon Island Museum and La Toc Battery Fort to learn more about the fascinating history!
2. Key West
Suspended between land and sea, Key West is the southernmost city in the continental United States and has something of the feeling of a world apart. It’s a paradise for honeymooners with balmy temperatures, sandy beaches, and crystal-clear waters perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving amid the coral reefs and sunken ships.
Swim with a local wild dolphin pod in their natural setting, visit the two national parks with their wealth of wildlife and bird life, take a sunset cruise on a sailboat, and enjoy water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skis, and parasailing.
Downtown Key West is full of museums, art galleries, and unique shops to explore. Hop on a trolley to see the sights, take a picnic to the lighthouse, and join the locals in their daily celebration of the sunset at Mallory Square in Key West Harbor. Downtown is also where you’ll find lively nightlife and a variety of international cuisines.
Key West’s Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts
Hyatt Centric Key West
Parrot Key Hotel & Villas
Pier House Resort & Spa
What is the best month to go to Key West?
Expert Tip: The most popular time to visit is between December and February thanks to temperatures in the 70s and low precipitation. That said, definitely consider going in March or April. You’ll find better rates at leading hotels/resorts, temperatures reaching into the low 80s, and the lowest average precipitation of the year.
3. Los Cabos
If you can’t decide whether you want a honeymoon by the sea or in the desert, why not choose both! Los Cabos is one of the few places where these two distinctive and enticing environments meet. It’s also one of the star attractions of Mexico’s Pacific Coast thanks to its natural beauty, sophisticated nightlife, and plethora of sports and outdoor activities.
Los Cabos is actually comprised of two towns located at the tip of the Baja California peninsula: Cabo San Lucas is where all the action is with trendy restaurants and nightlife, and San Jose del Cabo is quieter with picturesque historic buildings. A famous landmark is the natural rock formation known as “The Arch,” also called Lands End, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. The sea lions that made the area their home long before the tourists arrived are still there for you to admire.
Couples who love water and adventure sports will have the time of their lives, with kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, zip lining, deep sea fishing, and surfing. For a lazy day, take a sailing trip on a catamaran or watch the sunset at the beautiful half-moon beach of Playa Santa Maria.
The nearby artists’ village of Todos Santos, an hour’s drive away, is officially designated as a “Pueblo Magico,’’ or Magical Town, for its historic colonial buildings, art and crafts, and restaurants serving local food made from regional recipes.
Los Cabos’ Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
Paradisus Los Cabos
Is Los Cabos in California or Mexico?
Expert Tip: Los Cabos is located at the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula. Despite the name, the Baja California peninsula is in Mexico and thus a passport is required for international travelers.
The Maldives is a tranquil group of islands in the Indian Ocean – located off the southern coast of India and 400 miles southwest of Sri Lanka. The islands are perfect for honeymooners who love the barefoot life. In fact, sand is so common on the islands that you’ll want to remember to pack your flip-flops instead of those high heels.
The Maldives combine island charm with luxury, so you can spend your days lazing on a pristine beach, swimming with the gentle whale sharks, and snorkeling in the clear turquoise waters. Return to your hotel in the evening for a spa treatment and romantic dinner with a spectacular sunset as the backdrop.
Island-hopping is a must as each small island has its own unique sights and stories. Head to the capital, Male, for sightseeing and shopping, and if unique souvenirs are your jam, be sure to head down the major streets of Chaandee Magu and Majeedhee Magu for your souvenir hunt.
Maldives’ Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts
Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives
Sun Siyam Olhuveli
How many days should I spend in the Maldives?
Expert Tip: The small size of the islands allow honeymooners to explore the best beaches and attractions across 4-5 days, so a week including travel will be a perfect experience for most. Beach lovers will want to stay for a lifetime, though!
5. Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is a Western honeymoon destination that has it all – crisp mountain air, stunning vistas of snow-capped peaks, world-class skiing, and its close proximity to two national parks. Accommodations range from luxury retreats to authentic western ranches and rustic cabins for romantic evenings of any desired flavor.
Jackson Hole is also a summer playground, with fishing, camping, whitewater rafting, kayaking, tennis, golf, trail rides, and hiking trails that run through meadows full of wildflowers.
The adjoining national parks – Yellowstone and Grand Teton – are full of the iconic wildlife and iconic scenery of the Rockies. Local residents include grizzlies, black bears, elk, moose, wolves, bison, eagles, and trumpeter swans.
Jackson Hole is a lively town with an authentic feeling of the Old West. Honeymooners will undoubtedly revel in the daily music events and concerts, and an abundance of art galleries, theaters, rodeos, boutiques, and quaint restaurants.
Jackson Hole’s Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts
Jackson Lake Lodge
Spring Creek Ranch
How far is Yellowstone from Jackson Hole?
Expert Tip: Less than 60 miles separate Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole, so the latter is a fantastic place to stay for a visit to the acclaimed park. The scenic drive along Route 20 is a joy in itself, and those visiting without a car can easily rely on resort shuttles or the Alltrans shuttle.
6. Bora Bora
Bora Bora is what you’ve always imagined a tropical island paradise to be: clear blue waters, pristine soft sand beaches, gentle lagoons bordered by coral reefs, lush tropical vegetation, sweetly scented flowers, and amazing sunsets. It’s no wonder that this small island in the Pacific Ocean is one of the most beloved honeymoon destinations in the world.
Stay in the iconic guest villas built out over the water, with thatched roofs and glass floors to view the coral reefs underneath. Snorkeling and scuba diving around the coral reefs will bring you face-to-face with their colorful denizens – tropical fish, sea turtles, starfish, and manta rays.
One thing that you will remember for a long, long time is the starry night sky at Bora Bora. With practically no light pollution, this is a place for stargazing unlike any other on earth.
Bora Bora’s Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Le Bora Bora by Pearl Resorts
What language is spoken in Bora Bora?
Expert Tip: The most popular language on the island are French and Tahitian, though English speakers will be able to communicate just fine at the resorts and in popular resort areas. Consider learning a few French and Tahitian words like ‘la Ora na’ (yo-rah-nah) and ‘bonjour’ for hello, ‘S’il vous plait’ for please, and ‘maeva (mah-ay-va)’ and ‘merci’ for thank you.
7. Riviera Maya
The Riviera Maya gives you the best of the Mexican Caribbean in one serene package. Here you’ll find miles and miles of pristine beaches, clear turquoise waters with shallows that go way out, eco-parks, and ancient Mayan ruins. For a cheerful beach town with a hippy feel, try Playa del Carmen, which is a more laid-back version of Cancun. It’s easily walkable with restaurants, stores, bars, and nightlife on pedestrians-only 5th Avenue. Don’t miss Cirque du Soleil’s enthralling Joyà at the specially-built Vidanta Theater.
Nature lovers can swim with the turtles at the Akumal Sanctuary and explore the mysterious cenotes, drifting along underground rivers that wind through caverns carved through limestone rock.
Puerto Morelos, a little to the north of Playa del Carmen, has the feel of a small fishing village, and the quiet beaches encircled by coral reefs are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. It’s the perfect place to take a sunset cruise.
Tulum to the south is the site of the only Mayan city located on the shoreline. You can explore the ancient ruins, make a trip to the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve for wildlife and bird watching, and relax on the beach under a starlit sky.
Riviera Maya’s Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts
Paradisus Playa Del Carmen
Paradisus La Perla
The Reef 28
The Reef Playacar
The Reef Coco Beach
What are the best months to go to Riviera Maya?
Expert Tip: Average high temperatures in the 80s and low precipitation make January through April the most desirable time to visit. The driest month of the year is actually May, though this is the beginning of the hot months that regularly reach into the 90s, so keep the heat in mind!
Maui encapsulates the essence of Hawaii. Or as the locals say, “Maui no kaoi”, which means “Maui is the ultimate.” The second-largest Hawaiian Island, it offers honeymooners relaxation, cultural and sporting pursuits, and an impressive array of shopping choices, including chic boutiques, shopping malls, and farmers’ markets.
A Maui honeymoon must include a scenic drive on the Road to Hana. The drive features stunning tropical rainforest views, waterfalls, and aromatic flowers and plants for which Hawaii is famous. Drive up to the 10,000-foot-high summit of Haleakala for the incredible view, especially if you get there in time to watch the sunrise.
Make a horseback trip to view the upcountry with its varied terrain of rolling ranch lands, jagged peaks, and volcanos. Beachside, you can relax with a drink and watch the whales on their migratory journeys. When you’re feeling more adventurous, try surfing, scuba diving, or ziplining.
Maui‘s Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts
Napili Kai Beach Resort
Wailea Beach Resort
What is the most beautiful part of Maui?
Expert Tip: The Road to Hana is absolutely terrific to drive along, but adventure seekers will want to make a special trip to Haleakala Crater for a zipline adventure. The unimpeded views of Maui will take your breath away as you zip down the dormant volcano at over 45 mph.
Santorini is your doorway to the magic of the Greek Islands. Its architecture of whitewashed sugar-cube buildings and blue-domed churches against the dramatic backdrop of the Caldera and the Aegean Sea is the setting for a truly romantic getaway. The island’s extensive volcanic history has left it with some of the most beautiful black sand beaches on earth, including Kamari Beach and Perissa Beach.
Take in the lively bustle of tourist spots of Oia and Fira, and then head for the quieter places – take long hikes or bike rides with spectacular views, swimming and snorkeling in the clear waters, and trips to the ancient archaeological sites at Thera and Akrotiri. Adventurous honeymooners have near-endless options for renting ATVs, mopeds, beach buggies, and jet skis for an experience like no other.
Sailing around the island is one of the best ways to see Santorini and nearby islands, and dropping anchor at a hidden cove for a picnic is beyond romantic. You’ll find fresh, healthy, and delicious Greek food at the friendly taverns, accompanied by island and Greek wines.
Santorini’s Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts
The Vasilicos Caldera Heritage Suites
Santorini Princess Spa Hotel
Canaves Oia Suites
What is Santorini most famous for?
Expert Tip: It’s all about the wine on the Greek island, and it all comes down to choosing the best one for your specific occasion. If you’re a wine enthusiast and looking to try the best that the island has to offer, be sure to head to Vassaltis Vineyards and Domaine Sigalas, both of which have won countless industry awards. If a stunning view is paramount, the sunset and sweeping views at Santo Winery and Venetsanos Winery are unbeatable.
10. Punta Cana
The resort town of Punta Cana is your destination for a honeymoon in the Caribbean with a Latin flair. Located at the eastern end of the Dominican Republic, the warm, shallow waters, tropical breezes, and swaying palm trees all breathe tranquility and relaxation.
Spend your days on the powder white sand beach snorkeling, parasailing, or sunbathing. Further inland, hike through the rainforest or zipline high above the jungle canopy. Enjoy a round of golf in a spectacular setting. Floating spas and beach yoga take wellness treatments to a whole new level. A dinner and sunset cruise is the best way to celebrate the start of your new life together.
Enjoy the culture and music with their diverse mix of Latin and African influences, and dance the night away to the sounds of merengue and bachata. Visit the nearby village of Altos de Chavon with its Mediterranean-style architecture, archeological museum, craft studios, art galleries, and performances for a glimpse of the vibrant culture where old and new mingle seamlessly.
Punta Cana’s Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts
Excellence El Carmen
Excellence Punta Cana
Finest Punta Cana
Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana
Melia Punta Cana Beach Resort
Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort
Why is the water so blue in Punta Cana?
Expert Tip: The waters around Punta Cana looking especially blue actually has a scientific basis! There’s very little plankton to cloud the water, which also has the added benefit of making the nearby coral reefs a haven for all types of incredible sea creatures. Plus, the relatively shallow waters are more apt to reflect light, giving the waters a rich blue appearance.
If you’re looking for New England coastal charm in your honeymoon destination, Nantucket Island has that in spades. Lighthouses, beaches, seafood, quaint towns, and blooming hydrangeas all create the picture-perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway. Watersports, sailing, and fishing will fill your days if you plan your trip for the summer, but there’s plenty to do all year. You’ll even find a lively nightlife scene downtown.
Nantucket’s Christmas celebration is famous for its decorations, carol singing, and shopping. In fact, boutique shopping is part of the island’s way of life here, so you can indulge in gift buying for your family, friends, and yourselves. Foodie couples will find plenty of fine dining options, craft brews to try, and lobster rolls to enjoy at beachside shacks.
Nantucket’s Most Romantic Hotels
The Summer House Cottages
White Elephant Nantucket
When is the best time to visit Nantucket?
Expert Tip: Memorial Day through Labor Day is the area’s busiest season with tourists from all over coming to visit the beaches and seaside eateries. Honeymooners looking for a bit more laid-back atmosphere will want to after Labor Day or around April. If you’re both winter lovers, the holiday festivities and cheaper rates are enticing, as well!
12. Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast’s beauty is simply otherworldly. Centuries of history are woven into the fabric of a thriving community based on architecture, natural wonders, and culinary delights. The relaxed nature of the area makes it one of the world’s premier destinations for romance, and honeymooners will undoubtedly feel like they’re in a Hollywood romance.
There are more than a dozen delightful villages to choose from, each of which has its own personality and desirable elements. From Amalfi with its world-famous Cathedral of St. Andrew to the gorgeous Sorrento, which boasts phenomenal views and ease of access to Naples and Pompeii. The winding drive around the Amalfi Coast’s impressive cliffs between Sorrento and Salerno regularly ranks as one of the best coastal drives on the planet.
And for your accommodations, you’ll be treated to Italian luxury like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Lush gardens, singular architecture, luxury spas, and sunsets that radiate colors across the sky.
Amalfi Coast’s Most Romantic Hotels
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
How many days on the Amalfi Coast is best?
Expert Tip: 13 towns across 34 miles means there’s plenty to see and do. While the highlights can be enjoyed in a couple of days, it’s best to stay for at least 4-5 days to get a feel for the coast’s flavors. Not to mention that nearby destinations like Pompeii are perfect for unique day trips and are best enjoyed in an unhurried atmosphere.
The natural beauty and alluring architecture of Charleston allow romance to simply bloom. It’s one of the most historic cities in the U.S. and is a verifiable treasure trove of fascinating sights like Fort Sumter, Charleston Museum, and the Charles Towne Landing State Historical Site.
Don’t think that the city is just for history buffs, though. The rich culture is perhaps best expressed through local cuisine served at hip places like Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Xiao Bao Biscuit, Chez Nous, and Leon’s Oyster Shop. Bring your appetite, because you’ll want to try new spots for every meal!
Luxury accommodations range from cozy bed and breakfasts to breathtaking mansions that put you at the heart of the city. As you walk hand-in-hand with your loved one down Broad Street or Chalmers Street, you’ll see why the city has been called “the world’s most romantic place.”
Charleston‘s Most Romantic Hotels
Kings Courtyard Inn
What is Charleston famous for?
Expert Tip: Charleston is actually home to a number of firsts in the United States. The nation’s first public college, College of Charleston, was built in 1724, the nation’s first museum, The Charleston Museum, dates back to 1773, and America’s oldest theatre, The Dock Street Theatre, was opened in 1736.
There’s laid-back, and then there’s Negril. Located on the western tip of Jamaica and once the haunt of flower children and hippies, this is the perfect destination for a bohemian-Caribbean honeymoon. The spectacular scenery with pristine beaches – backed by cliffs and tropical rainforest – and the incredible blue waters invite adventure and romance.
You can create your own paradise while hiking or horseback riding through the rainforest, bathing in hidden waterfalls, and swimming with tropical fish and turtles. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort to get close to natural beauty, and you’ll find plenty of luxury hotels and resorts, as well as cozy cottages lining seaside cliffs.
Spend your days lazing on the beach if you prefer, and then put on your dancing shoes and party all night long. Don’t miss a stop at Rick’s Cafe, regarded as one of the world’s top 10 bars and one of the best places in the country to watch the Caribbean sunset.
Negril Coast’s Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts
Ocean Cliff Hotel Negril
Is it better to visit Negril or Montego Bay?
Expert Tip: The Jamaican town and city are both must-visits, and it all comes down to your desired experience. Negril is well known for being a romantic haven thanks to its relaxed atmosphere, boutique accommodations, and award-winning culinary destinations. Montego Bay is more family-friendly and is packed with thrilling activities that adventure seekers won’t want to miss.
15. Steamboat Springs
As one of the most popular adventure destinations in the United States, Steamboat Springs is ready to be enjoyed however you want to enjoy it. Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and the gigantic Yampa Valley combine into an oasis for thrillseekers, which flock to the area for world-class skiing slopes, ice skating rinks, and even sleigh rides.
Ride up Mt. Wener and take in sweeping views of Yampa Valley from a scenic gondola ride. Hop on horseback and explore the Colorado wilderness like the area’s settlers. Take a leisurely stroll around Yampa River Botanic Park, which hosts a variety of musical performances during the summer months. Or zip down Christie Peak, which is brilliantly lit after sunset for nighttime skiing adventures.
The winter weather invites snuggling up with your partner, though there are plenty of activities to enjoy throughout the year. Add in luxury ranches and resorts and you have the ingredients for a honeymoon you’ll never forget.
Steamboat Springs’ Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts
Vista Verde Ranch
Trappeur’s Crossing Resort
The Steamboat Grand
Does Steamboat Springs offer more than just outdoor adventures?
Expert Tip: Indeed it does! In addition to almost-infinite opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and other outdoor favorites, the city is home to two distinct areas for shopping and dining. There is Steamboat Square at the base of the mountain and downtown Steamboat Springs, which is home to acclaimed culinary spots like Laundry Restaurant, Cafe Diva, and Aurum Food & Wine.
16. US Virgin Islands
The more than 50 islands that make up the US Virgin Islands are brimming with possibilities for lovebirds. The island group is located just to the south of the British Virgin Islands and is close to Puerto Rico, making it surprisingly accessible for honeymoons of all lengths.
You could spend a lifetime exploring all the US Virgin Islands have to offer, but for a honeymoon that is a tad shorter than a lifetime, St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix are the runaway favorites. Couples looking for the best dining and nightlife will want to look closely at St. Thomas, divers and watersports lovers will fall in love with St. Croix, and those dreaming of relaxing on the beach will have their dreams come true in the laid-back St. John.
All three of the major islands are home to luxury resorts, so there’s no need to compromise on stellar amenities. Whichever you choose, prepare yourself for panoramic island views and an enticing vibe that is all its own.
US Virgin Islands’ Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts
The Hills Saint John
The Buccaneer Beach & Golf Resort
The Westin St. John Resort Villas
Gallows Point Resort
Do you need a passport to visit the US Virgin Islands?
Expert Tip: U.S. citizens do not need a passport to visit the US Virgin Islands. For couples that were too wrapped up in wedding planning to get to other matters, the beautiful islands are close by and a great choice for domestic travel with an island flair. That said, those with passports are encouraged to bring them for ID purposes.
17. British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands offer a paradisical backdrop for the most romantic honeymoon imaginable. There are more than 50 small islands and cays within the territory along with the four major islands that attract the majority of the visitors.
Looking to sit back, relax, and enjoy the tropical sunshine? Tortola is your go-to. Are you an adventure seeker that wants some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean? You won’t want to miss Anegada’s vibrant coral reefs. If your honeymoon is going to be one of fantastical luxury, you’ll find plenty of stunning locales in Virgin Gorda. And the small island of Jost Van Dyke is a great out-of-the-box choice for nightlife lovers.
Whichever island you choose, you’ll have your pick of thrilling activities, award-winning restaurants, and oceanfront accommodations that offer incredible views.
British Virgin Islands‘ Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts
Rosewood Little Dix Bay
Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina
When is the best time to visit the British Virgin Islands?
Expert Tip: The busiest time of the year for tourism is the winter months when travelers looking to revel in the warm temperatures flock to the islands. The fall is an underrated choice because even with the highest levels of precipitation, there is lots of sunshine, temperatures in the 80s, and great hotel rates to take advantage of.
Steeped in history with some of the most stunning architectural wonders the world has ever produced, Sicily is a feast for the mind, body, and soul. The opportunities for romance are boundless, with some of Europe’s most gorgeous beaches and little-known towns to discover.
Foodies will find themselves in heaven with Michelin-starred restaurants like Duomo Ristorante with its absolutely dazzling scenic views, La Madia with its creative takes on local classics, and the all-around fine dining bliss of La Capinera. Make sure you save room for a slice of Cassata Siciliana or an authentic cannoli!
One of the great reasons to visit Sicily on a honeymoon is the opportunity to spend a little extra time exploring than your ‘average’ romantic vacation. Cities like Taormina, Cefalu, and Siracusa all have their own personalities waiting to be discovered, so be sure to seize the opportunity to experience as much as possible.
How is Sicily different from Italy?
Expert Tip: The allure of Italy is that it takes a lifetime (and then some) to experience all of the different cultures. The Sicilian dialect is separate from the Italian commonly spoken in other parts of the country as is the relaxed way of life that often features an extended lunch “hour” between 1 and 4 each afternoon. If you have the opportunity to experience festivals like the Festa di Sant’Agata, Sagra del Mandorlo in fiore, or Festa della Santa Lucia, be sure to do so.
Majestic cliffs along the Na Pali Coast, impressive waterfalls cascading into the Wailua River, and hidden towns that hold generations of Hawaiian culture. Kauai stands out even amid the internationally-recognized beauty of Hawaii, and the relaxed atmosphere is ideally suited to honeymoon romance. You’ll find fewer crowds than on the bigger islands, allowing for effortless enjoyment of natural spots like Kokee State Park, Waimea Canyon, and Allerton Gardens.
The Travel Channel named Kauai’s Poipu Beach the best beach in America, and that golden recommendation will become clear when you visit. Golden beaches that curve in beautiful crescent shapes offer not only mesmerizing views of the Pacific Ocean, but endless opportunities for watersports like surfing, snorkeling, and boogie-boarding. The beach is also home to plenty of sea turtles and spotting these delightful creatures in their natural habitat is a joy in itself.
Paradisical resorts are spread across the island, with luxury villas and penthouse suites bringing five-star service and amenities to one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever experience.
Kauai’s Most Romantic Hotels & Resorts
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu
Whalers Cove Resort
Is it better to visit Maui or Kauai?
Expert Tip: Similar to the Virgin Islands or Antigua and Barbuda, all Hawaiian islands have standout features to consider. Deciding between Kauai and Maui likely comes down to your desire to be active versus laying out on the beach with an ice-cold Mai Tai. If the latter sounds like the perfect way to unwind after a stressful wedding, you’re going to fall in love with Kauai’s quiet beaches and fewer tourist attractions.
The small Caribbean island of Antigua – with its miles of sandy beaches, turquoise seas, hidden coves, and rainforest – is a world full of romance and adventure. Sailing, kitesurfing, tropical forests, and a fascinating mix of cultures all add up to a honeymoon destination where you can be as active or as lazy as you like and enjoy every moment of it.
Swim with the turtles and sting rays and enjoy a quiet dinner on the beach a deux, or set sail on a sunset cruise for a truly romantic escape. Antigua’s smaller sister island Barbuda is just a short hop by plane or a picturesque ferry ride. Explore the fascinating underwater shipwrecks and visit the frigate bird sanctuary in a coral-reef protected lagoon.
As a setting for a romantic getaway, it really doesn’t get any better. It’s no wonder that American Express has awarded Antigua the title of one of the world’s Top Five Wedding Destinations.
Antigua’s Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts
Blue Waters Resort & Spa
Siboney Beach Club
Should I visit Antigua or Barbuda?
Expert Tip: Accommodations are limited on Barbuda, so the best bet is to book a hotel/resort on Antigua and plan a day trip to Barbuda. You’ll be able to enjoy the largest frigate bird colony in the western hemisphere at Frigate Bird Sanctuary, have some delicious lobster at Uncle Roddy’s Beach Bar & Broil, and stroll along the pink sand beach – all wrapped up with a sightseeing ferry trip aboard the Barbuda Express.
The Bahamas’ 3000+ islands and cays are united by tropical delights that are perfectly paired with a romantic honeymoon. World-renowned beaches include Cable Beach in Nassau and Coco Plum Beach in Great Exuma, both of which can be enjoyed from the fine sands or on a sunset cruise, jet ski ride, or snorkeling adventure. Take a scenic boat ride to Blue Lagoon Island with a rum punch in hand and enjoy the dolphins and sea lions swimming in their natural habitat.
Couples looking for rest and relaxation will love the quiet nature of The Exumas, while those yearning for island attractions will find plenty to see and do in New Providence, Nassau. Both areas feature all-inclusive resorts with beachfront villas and swim-up suites that are the epitome of honeymoon luxury.
Foodies will be treated to fresh seafood and locally-grown vegetables at casual spots like Arawak Fish Fry Strip and Tropic Breeze Beach Bar & Grill, or sit down to an unforgettable candlelit dinner at Sapodilla or Flying Fish GastroBar.
Bahamas’ Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts
Sandals Emerald Bay
Sandals Royal Bahamian
What’s the best thing to see in The Bahamas?
Expert Tip: For an experience you can only get in The Bahamas, be sure to head to Pig Beach. As its name implies, the beach is home to around 20 cute pigs that love to swim in the waters, play with visitors, and snap one-of-a-kind Instagram photos.
22. Las Vegas
Gambling may be the centerpiece attraction of Las Vegas, but choosing the city as your honeymoon destination is a safe bet for romance. There’s quite simply no place on earth like it, and with attractions staying open 24/7, the party never has to stop for couples that revel in the nightlife scene. All-night casinos, world-renowned restaurants, international musicians and comedians performing nightly, and chic bars and clubs will all be vying for your attention.
Even with all of its glitz and glamour, Las Vegas has plenty of places for couples to enjoy a bit of alone time. Ascend to the top of the “Eiffel Tower” and take in the sweeping views, relax on a scenic gondola ride along the Venetian Canal, or take a day trip to Red Rock Canyon to become one with nature.
LGBTQIA+ couples will find that Las Vegas is particularly welcoming, and the Gay Travel Awards has named the city “Destination of the Year” in support of this. There are not only favorite activities like nightly drag shows, but numerous resorts strive for diversity and respect above all at their casinos and pools.
Las Vegas’ Most Romantic Hotels
Wynn Las Vegas
Bellagio Las Vegas
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa
What’s the best month to visit Las Vegas?
Expert Tip: The summer months are incredibly hot in Vegas – think highs well into the 100s – and winters can be rather chilly with temperatures dropping into the 30s at night. If you’re looking to avoid the New Year’s and Super Bowl crowds, the best time to visit is in the spring between March and May, or after Labor Day in September or October. One way to make sure you get the best rates is to search for any events/conventions that may be taking place during your desired honeymoon period. These events are common in Vegas and can have a significant impact on the availability of the best accommodations.
23. Walt Disney World
For longtime Disney fans, Marvel devotees, and Star Wars enthusiasts, there’s no place like Walt Disney World. Home to 4 world-famous theme parks including the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and the Animal Kingdom, the destination is heaven on earth for both the young and young at heart. The joys of these attractions are ideally suited for an energetic honeymoon, with all sorts of new experiences vying for your attention.
When it’s time to sit down to a romantic meal, the destination could not be better suited for foodies. From the unique atmospheres of Docking Bay 7 Food and Caro and Space 220 Restaurant to the renowned brunch spots like Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ and the Grand Floridian Cafe, you’ll be able to take your tastebuds on a journey during every meal. And if you’re looking for something truly out-of-this-world, don’t miss The Boathouse, which offers upscale waterfront dining on a retro dream boat.
Walt Disney World’s Most Romantic Hotels
Disney’s Grand Floridian
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Does Disney do anything special for honeymooners?
Expert Tip: They do! Many aren’t aware of the fact that Disney resorts and theme parks have special perks for celebrating couples, and all it takes is visiting your resort’s front desk or guest services in the parks. There you’ll receive celebration buttons to wear during your stay, which will encourage Cast Members to offer their congratulations and exclusive honeymoon items where available.