The Top 11 Exotic Honeymoon Destinations in the World

By Jim CampbellJim CampbellJim CampbellJim is the owner of Honeymoons.com. A lifelong traveler, Jim's wanderlust has led him to spend months living on the Mayan Rivera, instruct SCUBA diving in Croatia, sail from San Diego to Hawaii, and cruise the Caribbean on a catamaran. Jim launched his honeymoon business while planning his own honeymoon in 2019. Since then, he has helped thousands of honeymooners plan their trips through his honeymoon travel agency.Meet Our Team | Updated on May 9, 2024 | Posted In: Honeymoon Destinations


Finally! It’s here! Time to escape the chaos of planning the biggest day of your life and running away to an exotic honeymoon! With so many incredible places in the world to choose from, it might be hard to choose just one. When you open up your options to anywhere in the world, you can choose from beaches and jungles to the big city nightlife. Grab your passport (or not) and get ready for romance!

The Best Exotic Honeymoon Destinations

Bora Bora, South Pacific

Bora Bora is just as amazing as it looks! Located in the heart of French Polynesia, this honeymoon destination has been popular for the last 70 years! Famous for its overwater bungalows (originally created at Hotel Bora Bora), many luxury resorts all over the world have copied these amazing accommodations.

With multiple dive sites and pristine beaches, this is the perfect honeymoon destination. Go on a private island picnic. Great for privacy and only seven hours from the West Coast this incredible destination has everything you need to have an amazing honeymoon.

There are also some great alternatives to Bora Bora that are more affordable.


Venice, Italy

Is there any place more romantic than Venice? You can imagine the gondolas, the piazzas, the gelato. This floating city has everything your honeymoon could possibly want. Venice is the city that you need on your bucket list.

Stay in Venice your entire vacation or use it as a part of an Italian-themed honeymoon. The best time to visit Venice is April, May or late fall to avoid the worst of the heat and crowds. Take in Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square or the Ponte di Rialto for amazing architecture, food, history, and shopping.


Harbour Island, Bahamas

All three miles of beautiful pink sands beach are waiting for you on Harbour Island. Unlike other beaches, the sand is always cool, so no worries about bare feet! Explore this Bahama island with golf carts or try snorkeling and kayaking.

There are multiple options for places to stay from high-end luxury, an all-inclusive resort, or a private cottage all your own. A year-round destination with great weather, you’ll feel like a local on this small island, especially if you grab some conch salad!


Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Head to the beach, but not just any beach. Sri Lanka is the definition of exotic, a great location for a unique beach honeymoon. Ride in a tuk-tuk to the remote Secret Beach, one of Sri Lanka’s secluded beaches, and enjoy the serenity that comes from a beach all to yourself!

Head to a private coconut farm and snap some pictures at Coconut Tree Hill. Rent a motorbike and check out Weligama for a day where surfers come from all over the world. Head to surfing school and catch a ride on the waves. 


Costa Rica

If an all-inclusive resort is what you are looking for in your honeymoon, you don’t need to look any further. Choose from beach locations or resort settings in the rainforests. Head to the Manuel Antonio National Park to check out the toucans.

Or take a guided tour on an ATV or Jeep through the tropical rainforest and see the natural beauty of the rolling hills of the  national parks. Is eco-tourism your thing? Nature lovers can head off on multiple hiking trails. With so many options to see and learn about animals and ecology, Costa Rica has so many options for honeymooners.


Walt Disney World, Florida

You should get everything you want from your honeymoon! What better way than to “visit” Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States all in one trip, and don’t forget space, or the planet Batuu.

And it’s all possible with a honeymoon trip to Walt Disney World on your honeymoon! Famous for making dreams come true, this Florida honeymoon destination offers not only a huge amount of activities but also, the chance to dream a little. You’ll love the special recognition you get from wearing your “Just Married” buttons. Explore the parks, hit the spa, shop til you drop, and even scuba dive with the dolphins.


Paris, France

The city of love is an exotic choice for your honeymoon! Paris, France is the most classic and romantic destination and has a lot to offer. See classics like the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, maybe even the catacombs?

Stay in a chic boutique hotel or splurge for a mega fancy resort like The Four Seasons Hotel George V (or just pop in there for a drink). It seems like every street in Paris is a photo op waiting to happen. Enjoy touring, shopping, museums, and fine dining with your special someone at this exotic honeymoon location.


Dubai, UAE

Dubai Marina from a high view showing the boats, sea, and the city scape.

Love the heat? Then anytime is a perfect time to honeymoon in Dubai! If you visit the winter months to early spring, you should expect weather in the 70s and 80s. Dubai has a large number of luxurious resorts that include private decks and private plunge pools.

One mega-resort boasts 40 restaurants and bars in one location. Done at the beach, head over to Ferrari world. Feel like playing with dolphins? No problem. You can even hit the slopes at the indoor Ski Dubai.

Nothing is more exotic than Dubai!


Seychelles

There’s a reason that Seychelles is one of the top exotic honeymoon destinations in the world. Located in the Indian Ocean, this honeymoon location is not your average honeymoon destination. With over 100 islands that make up Seychelles (pronounced “say shelz”), only a few are inhabited.

In fact, Seychelles is a little hard to get to which means three things: exclusive, unique, and expensive. Some islands and hotels are reached only by helicopter or boat. When we said exotic, we meant it. The beach is great but the water is incredible. Snorkeling and scuba diving allow you to see sea turtles, fish, and coral reefs. Island hopping is popular at this unique honeymoon destination.


Ticino, Switzerland

You’re heading to Switzerland, but you’ll feel like you’re in the Mediterranean. Surrounded on three sides by Italy, Ticino has a great combination of sunshine, palm trees, and woods.

Take a romantic stroll to a castle, tour the beautiful lakes or spend a day at Swissminiatur. With so many towns and villages to explore you’ll find local craftsmen and local food. Enjoy the romantic architecture and great strolling weather in this amazing honeymoon location.


Cairo, Egypt

Sand, pyramids, and camel rides can all be yours if you choose Cairo as your exotic honeymoon destination. You can even get married underwater if you want to! Head on a Nile dinner cruise and escape the city while taking in the beauty of the Nile. Take a half or full-day tour to Giza to see the pyramids.

For a truly luxurious experience stay at the luxury hotel St. Regis Almasa Hotel in Cairo where you’ll feel like royalty, even in a standard room. This history-soaked exotic honeymoon location will be a destination to remember.


Activities For Your Exotic Honeymoon

Exotic honeymoon locations have something important: FUN! And with a huge list of activities, it’s no wonder that you’ll be able to do most (if not all) of these activities on your honeymoon.

  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Snuba
  • Scuba diving
  • Jet Skiing
  • Parasailing
  • Surfing
  • Whale watching
  • Kayaking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Ziplines
  • ATV/UTV/Jeep tours
  • Helicopter tours
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Golfing
  • Gold-panning
  • Hot air balloon ride

FAQ

Do I need a passport?

It depends on where you want to travel to. If you are planning to leave the United States, yes, you’ll need a passport. Don’t have one? It can take some time to get it approved so if you haven’t already applied, put that on your to-do list. Don’t feel like the hassle? No problem! There are plenty of exotic honeymoon locations that don’t require a passport. Hawaii, Disney World, Alaska, and the Florida Keys are all options for you!

Can I still have an exotic honeymoon if I’m on a budget?

Absolutely! There are so many exotic honeymoon locations that fit a variety of budgets. All you need to do is figure out what you really want. Beach vacation? Consider Cancun instead of Costa Rica. In general, the airfare is less because it’s not as difficult to get there. Have your heart set on Bora Bora? No problem! Decide if that over-the-water bungalow is a deal-breaker or if a water view room will work instead

Do all of the best honeymoon destinations include white sand beaches and scuba diving?

Not at all! Some of our best picks include city destinations in a capital city or mountain destination. A beautiful tropical island with a white sand beach can be the ultimate island paradise.


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