After months of planning your dream honeymoon, the last thing you want to worry about is your safety. Nothing can spoil an entire honeymoon like a stolen cell phone or someone getting hurt. With these 15 safest honeymoon destinations, the only things you’ll have to worry about are which romantic restaurants to choose and what time you need to leave for your couple’s massage.
Safety Tips When Honeymooning
No matter how safe a destination is statistically, there is always a slight chance of running into petty crime. Using a small amount of caution by following these safety tips can ensure you have a carefree honeymoon.
Take a Trusted Guide
While exploring solo with your new spouse can seem more intimate, it also runs the risk of accidentally ending up in an area or situation that is not ideal. Taking a trusted guide can keep you from running into problems. They will also share many interesting facts and history that you would never have learned adventuring on your own. You can ask your rental home host or hotel concierge service to find a guide.
Don’t Walk Around Large Cities Alone at Night
Even though you aren’t technically alone on your honeymoon, it is better to venture out in a larger group than a pair at night. No matter how safe they are, big cities will always have some petty crime. Walking in a group is generally safer because everyone can look out for each other, and it intimidates criminals.
Book a Gated Rental Home or Resort
Gated residences are much more common in other parts of the world than in the U.S. This will prevent random people from being able to wander into where you are staying. Fewer strangers mean fewer chances of theft or other crimes.
Don’t be Flashy
If you are walking in a crowd, keep your expensive belongings hidden. Thieves will target those who look like they have something worthwhile to steal. If you are walking around with a big camera out and a Rolex on your wrist, you’re more likely to get taken advantage of than someone with everything concealed in their pockets or bags.
Keep Your Belongings Close
Pickpocketing is the most common crime you will come across while traveling. Therefore, you should place your money and expensive belongings in a more secure location. Keep your wallet and phone in a zippered front pocket and put a luggage lock on your bag zippers.
Safest Honeymoon Destinations
Bali is one of the safest islands you can visit in Indonesia, with its private gated residences and small village vibes. The only crime you may have to watch out for is credit card scams, so check your online statements during your visit and have a backup form of payment. Besides that, you can enjoy an adventurous honeymoon in Bali, from visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary to walking the Tegallalang Rice Terrace.
2. Bora Bora
Bora Bora is known for its overwater bungalows and unique volcanic landscape but not for its crime. It has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. The only thing to worry about is pickpocketing, so keep your items close. Although, if I was honeymooning in a beach bungalow in Bora Bora, I’m not sure I would want to leave my room anyway.
The crime rate in the Amalfi Coast towns is almost 0, making it one of the safest places to visit in Italy. This is partly due to the coastal towns being so small, which also makes it a super intimate honeymoon destination. Take a drive along the coast to visit up to 13 coastal towns built on the cliffsides, or spend your time in the small cove beaches.
Fiji is a Pacific island located off the coast of Australia. This location makes it an ocean explorer’s dream, with some great snorkeling and scuba diving full of life. Fiji is statistically safer than the U.S. as a whole but does fall victim to some petty theft and ATM skimming. Although, you most likely won’t run into these issues if you use basic caution.
5. Maui, Hawaii
Maui is one of the more romantic islands of Hawaii, making it perfect for honeymooners looking for something not too far from home. You get all the island vibes and the safety of being in a U.S. state. There is also a wide range of activities, from taking a romantic dinner cruise to swimming in over 15 waterfalls along the Road to Hana.
Kauai is another Hawaiian island great for honeymooners due to its small town, laid-back feel, and abundance of adventures you can go on. This island also has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, giving you fantastic views while you sit on the beach sipping Mai Tais. The people of Kauai are all incredibly friendly, and the crime rate is even lower than Maui’s.
7. Hamilton Island, Australia
Australia is one of the safest countries you can visit, even safer than the United States. Not only is it extremely safe, but it also has some beautiful islands right off the great barrier reef that would be any honeymooner’s dream destination. Hamilton Island, the largest of the islands, does not allow vehicles. Therefore, you’ll get a super relaxing experience surrounded by luxury.
8. New Zealand
New Zealand is the second safest country in the world, as shown by the Global Peace Index. It is also one of the more adventurous destinations, with many landscapes to explore in such a small area. I recommend visiting the South Island to escape the cities and have an adventure of a lifetime.
9. Madeira Islands, Portugal
The Madeira Islands are off the coast of Africa but belong to Portugal, and there isn’t much crime on the islands to worry about. You could leave your bag on a beach alone for hours, and it will still be there when you return for it. If you love coastal views, look no further than Madeira islands, with some of the tallest seacliffs in Europe.
Santorini is a Greek island with a reported 0% crime rate. You heard that right. You can walk the awe-inspiring streets of Santorini day or night without worrying about anyone giving you any problems. Relax in a cliffside infinity pool overlooking the bay, or sit on a terrace sipping wine. Either way, you’re sure to have stunning views.
Seychelles is a myriad of 115 islands off South Africa’s coast. You’ve most likely seen it before in pictures with weirdly shaped boulders falling into a turquoise, white sand beach. You can also see many unique animals on the islands, like giant tortoises and rare birds. What you won’t see is any violent crime. The worst you may incur is some pickpocketing, so keep your belongings secure.
12. St. Barts
St. Barts, short for Saint Barthélemy, is the safest island in the Caribbean that you can visit. The only thing you may have to worry about is bug bites. It is also one of the most lavish islands in the Caribbean, with many famous visitors. St. Barts is somewhat difficult to get to, but you can expect little crowds and beautiful Caribbean beaches once you are there.
According to the Global Peace Index, Iceland is the number 1 safest country in the world. Iceland is so safe that you will see people leaving their babies out on the street while they shop in a store. This is partially due to the country being so large with a tiny population. While you’re out, not worrying about your safety, you can explore hot springs, glaciers, waterfalls, and many more incredible landscapes.
Japan has one of the lowest homicide rates in the world, on top of their rate for thefts and other violent crimes being exceptionally low. You are safer in Japan than in the U.S. You will also get a strong dose of a cultural experience while visiting Japan, from brightly colored temples to hot springs where clothing is optional.
Switzerland is the perfect safe honeymoon destination if your thing is beautiful snowcapped mountains. This country makes you feel like you are in a fairytale, with castle-like buildings and tall jagged peaks reflecting over blue lakes. It will also make you feel super safe being number 11 on the list of the safest countries in the Global Peace Index.