We asked the romance travel experts at Honeymoons.com to list the best honeymoon destinations for 2021. With vaccine distribution bringing hope that the Covid-19 pandemic will soon be ending, weddings are again being planned as are honeymoons. Please note that it is very important to be aware of any government travel restrictions. Also, make certain your reservations include travel insurance or feature reasonable cancellation and rebooking options.
Planning what may be the most romantic trip of your lifetime together always begins with the destination. Find one that matches your interests, time availability and budget. Each listing will link to a more detailed page featuring each destination that includes highlights, tips and experiences that shouldn’t be missed. The destinations will also include our recommendations for the best honeymoon hotels in each locale.
In the list below, you’ll find places with beautiful natural scenery, fascinating cultures, amazing hotels and resorts, and tons to see and do. Some will be close by with others literally on the other side of the world. You will find eco-friendly destinations, or ones featuring world-class spas and restaurants aplenty. If a beach, mountain or city honeymoon interests you, there are destinations that will check all those boxes.
Enjoy exploring the list. We hope it provides you and your partner with some inspiration, if not for your honeymoon, then maybe for a future trip to add to your bucket list. It’s never too early to start dreaming about your next trip. We hope our selections will give you some ideas to get a head start on planning an unforgettable experience.
1. 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, enjoy water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skis and parasailing, and take a sunset cruise on a sailboat.
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. Also downtown, you’ll find lively nightlife and a variety of international cuisines.
2. Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia regularly makes the top of lists of favorite honeymoon destinations around the world, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a tropical island paradise 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 inland. 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.
3. Los Cabos
If you can’t decide whether you want a honeymoon by the sea or in the desert, you can choose both! Los Cabos is one of the few places where the two environments meet. It’s also one of the star attractions of Mexico’s Pacific Coast, with its natural beauty, sports and outdoors activities, and sophisticated nightlife.
Los Cabos is actually 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 made the area their home long before the tourists arrived, and they’re still there.
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.
The Maldives are a tranquil group of islands in the Indian Ocean, off the southern coast of India and 400 miles southwest of Sri Lanka, is perfect for honeymooners who love the barefoot life. In fact, high heels don’t work in the Maldives, because of the sand everywhere, so remember to pack your flip-flops.
The Maldives combine island charm with luxury, so you can spend you days lazing on a pristine beach, swimming with the gentle whale sharks, snorkeling in the clear turquoise waters, and return in the evening for a spa treatment and romantic dinner at your hotel.
Island-hopping is a must-do, as each small island has its own unique sights and stories. For sightseeing and shopping head for the capital, Male and for souvenir hunting, to its two major streets, Chaandee Magu and Majeedhee Magu.
5. Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a Western honeymoon destination that has it all – crisp mountain air, stunning vistas of rugged, snow-capped peaks, world-class skiing and proximity to two national parks. Accommodations range from luxury retreats to authentic western ranches and rustic cabins for romantic evenings.
Jackson Hole is also a summer playground, with hiking trails that run through meadows full of wildflowers, fishing, camping, whitewater rafting, kayaking, tennis, golf and trail rides.
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 is a lively town with an authentic feeling of the Old West, music events and concerts, art galleries, theaters, rodeos, and boutiques and quaint restaurants.
6. Bora Bora
Bora Bora is what you’ve always imagined a tropical island paradise to be: clear blue waters, pristine soft sand beaches, a gentle lagoon 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 top favorite 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 are the starry night skies at Bora Bora. With practically no light pollution, this is a great place for star-gazing, unlike any other on earth.
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, ancient Mayan ruins and cheerful beach towns with a hippy feel, like Playa del Carmen. Playa is a more laid-back version of Cancun, and very 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 and swimming underground rivers 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.
Your honeymoon is meant to be an once-in-a-lifetime experience, and a trip to Tanzania’s island of Zanzibar located just off Africa’s east coast will create some unforgettable memories. You’ll find sandy shores looking out over the endless blue Indian Ocean, fascinating coral reefs full of marine life, lively street markets, spicy local dishes and traditional architecture to satisfy all of your senses and your taste for adventure.
You can snorkel or scuba dive the atolls, stay in a palace hotel, and sail into the sunset in a dhow, the traditional wood-built sailing boat. Wander around Stone Town, visit the Jozani Forest and cool off in the Forodhani Gardens at sunset. Experience the culture, food and music born out of centuries of intermingling, and find yourself at home in a world far away from your own.
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 farmer’s markets.
A Maui honeymoon must include a scenic drive on the road to Hana, amid tropical rainforest, waterfalls and the aromatic flowers and plants for which Hawaii is famous. Drive up to the 10,000-feet-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 go ziplining.
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.
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.
Sailing around the island is one of the best ways to see Santorini and nearby islands. Drop anchor at a hidden cove for a picnic. You’ll find fresh, healthy and delicious Greek food at the friendly taverns, accompanied by island and Greek wines.
11. 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 lives 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.
12. Lake Louise
If you’re thinking of an alpine honeymoon, Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies is a great choice. It’s famous as a skiing and culinary destination, with much to see and do all year round. In winter, try your hand at dog sledding, take a helicopter ride over the snow-clad mountains or pick the classic romantic outing with a sleigh ride in the winter wonderland
Wildlife enthusiasts will love that Lake Louise is located within Banff National Park, surrounded by unspoiled landscapes of rugged mountains and forests, glaciers, deep blue lakes and icy streams. Outdoor adventures abound, with skiing and heliskiing in the winter, and whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking and fishing in the summer.
Luxury mountain lodges, cozy chalets and cabins increase the romance factor. Lake Louise and nearby Bannf are also a major culinary destination, with expert chefs and renowned sommeliers to help you celebrate your new life together.
If you’re looking for New England coastal charm for 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 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.
Venice has beckoned to lovers through the ages, and your honeymoon may be the ideal time to be immersed in the romance of its gondolas and canals. The air is full of romance and light, and the city is eminently walkable. Get your bearings at the famous Piazza San Marco, while you sip an espresso at a pavement cafe and watch the panorama of life drift past. Stroll along the waterfront Riva degli Schiavoni and cross the Accademia Bridge for a fabulous view of the sunset.
Marvel at the architecture of historic sites like St. Mark’s Basilica, and the Doge’s Palace museum, shop at street markets like the Rialto Market and learn to bargain on the fly, and end your day at La Fenice Opera. The museums and churches are repositories of centuries of history and art. The 14th century Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta should be on your must-see list.
Venice is equally famous for its wine and cuisine, with fresh caught seafood on the menu. Take an obligatory gondola ride with music to serenade you and give in to the mystery and charm of Venice.
The small Caribbean island of Antigua with 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 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, which is why American Express has awarded Antigua the title of one of the world’s Top Five Wedding Destinations.
16. Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is romance, natural beauty and a vibrant and intriguing culture packed into one compact town, where it’s easy to get around. Your honeymoon in this laid-back yet sophisticated destination, situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre mountains, will be full of surprises and enchantment.
Watch the giant humpback whales in Banderas Bay, visit nature reserves and bird sanctuaries, and marvel at the centuries of devotion expressed in the community’s celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe Festival in December. Stroll along the seaside promenade, the Malecon, with its dramatic sea views and street art and performers.
There’s no limit to the kinds of outdoor activities and adventures: water sports, golf, tennis, deep sea fishing, hiking – you’ll never run out of things to do. Nearby, traversing rivers and darting in and out of the jungle, are some of the highest and longest ziplines in North America. Or get acquainted with the sophisticated arts and design community. Enjoy the local pastime of shopping, with everything from boutique stores to street vendors.
17. Carmel by the Sea
Carmel by the Sea is California’s gift to bohemian beach lovers. This quirky, creative town was made for honeymoons, with sunny skies, ocean breezes, Spanish-style architecture, charming cafes, and art galleries. Quaint and idiosyncratic buildings house craft shops where you can browse for jewelry, trendy clothing, antiques and artwork.
For an outdoorsy interlude, take a romantic walk along the beach or the Cypress Grove Trail in Point Lobos State Reserve nearby. You’ll walk past a seal and otter colony and at the right time of the year, between December and May, you may get to see the whales on their migratory routes.
Carmel is also famous for its wine bars and shops, and especially the Carmel Wine Walk-by-the-Sea wine tasting sessions. There’s a reason why it’s a walk and not a drive.
There’s laid-back, and then there’s Negril. Located on the western tip of Jamaica, 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.
Hiking or horseback riding through the rainforest, bathing in hidden waterfalls, swimming with tropical fish and turtles, you can create your own paradise. 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 cottage lining seaside cliffs.
You can spend your days lazing on the beach if you prefer, and dance the night away. Don’t miss a stop at Rick’s Cafe, famed as one of the world’s top 10 bars and one of the best places to watch the sunset.
A sparkling gem in the Colorado Rockies, Aspen is renowned for more than its abundant celebrity sightings. The world-class skiing, night life and shopping are enhanced by a charming town, clear mountain air, and stunning natural beauty.
Aspen is a favorite year-round honeymoon destination for both outdoor sports and appreciation of the changing beauty of the landscape with the seasons. There is a reason fifty billionaires have second homes nearby.
Craft beers, innovative cuisines with local meats and produce, boutique shopping, art galleries – you’ll never run out things to do in Aspen. And when you want some quiet time, retreat to a quiet suite in a luxurious mountain lodge or cozy up in your own log cabin.
20. Chiang Mai
A honeymoon trip to the ancient city of Chiang Mai takes you to the heart of Thai history and culture. Surrounded by wooded mountain ranges and dotted with picturesque ruins, it epitomizes romantic travel. It’s close enough to Bangkok provide a quiet retreat from the bustling capital, and yet offers all amenities to the sophisticated traveler.
Visit the major Buddhist temples, sample the color and excitement of the lively Sunday Waking Street Market with its crafts, entertainers and puppeteers. Outside town there are several natural and ethical elephant sanctuaries where you can observe and assist in the preservation of this noble species.
The only downside of honeymooning in this Garden of Eden is that you won’t want to leave.
When you want your honeymoon trip to be the adventure of a lifetime, head for Patagonia at the southern tip of South America.
Hop into a Jeep to explore this magnificent world of high mountains, glaciers, lakes and rugged coastlines. Patagonia is every bit as remote as it sounds, and out on the steppe, your neighbors will be foxes, guanacos, sheep, horses, condors, eagles, and sometimes, if you’re lucky, a puma.
You can fill your days with adventure – river kayaking, horseback riding, biking and exploring Torres del Paine National Park. But in the evening be sure to grab a blanket to keep you warm and watch the amazing spectacle of the night sky and the Milky Way in Patagonian skies.
Because of the need to preserve this unique and pristine environment, you’ll find a variety of eco-friendly accommodations, which can range from basic camping tents to luxury lodges. Your Patagonian adventure honeymoon is also a great time to become acquainted with Chilean wines.