Trying to figure out where to go on your honeymoon getaway? Whether you’re looking for some R & R with your new spouse or an adventure in an exciting locale, we’ve got you covered in our list of the top 30 places to honeymoon.
1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
It’s the stuff honeymoon fantasies are made of: crystal-clear waters, picturesque mountains and a coral reef swirling with colorful fish. No wonder it was recently voted one of the best islands in the world by US News and World Report.
2. Bali, Indonesia
There’s a reason its nickname is the “Isle of the Gods.” Even before the hit book and movie Eat, Pray, Love, the island had been a magnet for romance seekers for its mist-shrouded temples, beautiful mountain vistas and vivid arts scene.
3. Sonoma, California
World-class wine, delicious food and unsurpassed scenery—what’s not to love about this pretty locale?
4. Paris, France
Paris is synonymous with romance. It’s a combination of the architecture, the food and the art that makes this city so special.
5. Orkney, Scotland
Indulge in all your Downton Abbey daydreams at this northern archipelago off the coast of Scotland with green-topped islands and sandstone cliffs.
6. Venice, Italy
Italy has long been a favorite honeymoon location for newlyweds. After all, nothing says “amore” quite like a gondola ride through the Grand Canal as you sail past historic buildings.
7. Harbour Island, Bahamas
Chances are you’ve never seen anything like this pink-sand paradise. Plus, it’s loved by boldface names like designer Diane von Furstenberg, Mick Jagger, Bill Gates and supermodel Elle Macpherson, so it must be amazing!
9. Cape Town, South Africa
Can’t decide on what kind of honeymoon to take? Cape Town has you covered: glamorous beaches, big-city buzz, wild landscapes, and easy access to wine country and some of the world’s best safaris.
10. Savannah, Georgia
Get lost in the city’s slow-paced serenity—it’s the perfect antidote to any lingering wedding planning stress. Cozy inns and local restaurants flourish around the tree-shaded historic district.
11. Santorini, Greece
This small volcanic island is known for its seriously gorgeous sunsets and pristine whitewashed villas.
12. Koh Tao, Thailand
Why settle for one breathtaking beach when you can experience a dozen? Rent a motorbike and search for your favorite with your partner.
Nicknamed “One Happy Island” for its prime location outside the hurricane belt and average temperature of 82 degrees year-round, this country clocks the most sunny days in all of the Caribbean.
14. Miami, Florida
You’ll feel the excitement and glamour in the air when you step out onto the city’s ultra-famous beaches—made even more gorgeous with palm trees and sunshine for days.
15. Florida Keys, Florida
he Florida Keys contain more than 1,000 islands stretched over 100 miles. The most famous is Key West, the favorite vacation spot of the kings of Spain and literary types like Ernest Hemingway (who had a home there) and Tennessee Williams.
The islands that make up Fiji are surrounded by coral reefs resulting in warm lagoons and beautiful coral beaches.
17. Little Cayman, Cayman Islands
The smallest and least developed (read: tranquil) of the three Cayman Islands, Little Cayman has a population of about 170 people—meaning that most of it is basically uninhabited beach bliss.
18. Maui, Hawaii
The island’s clear waters, tropical sunsets and lush greenery make Hawaii a no-brainer for a romantic getaway. New luxury resorts on Maui mean the island is suddenly buzzworthy again (for the record, we never stopped loving it).
19. Ibiza, Spain
There’s more to Ibiza than the infamously wild, up-all-night parties. Just a few miles from the throbbing city center, you’ll find sleepy hill villages, lush forests, rolling orchards and hippie-chic farmhouses, perfect for couples looking for a little R & R.
20. Punta del Este, Uruguay
The once-sleepy fishing village is now the St. Tropez of South America, attracting international socialites, millionaires and celebrities. Latin pop star Shakira, Argentine polo champion Nacho Figueras and British novelist Martin Amis have all been spotted vacationing here.
21. St. Barts
This island is one of the most upscale destinations in the Caribbean and its French background provides an elegant appeal similar to the French Riviera.
Where does the couple who has been everywhere go for their honeymoon? Myanmar. Up until recently, this Southeast Asian country was shrouded in secrecy and closed off to the outside world.
23. Panama City, Panama
This Central American nation has the best of everything: tropical rain forests, beautiful mountain vistas, two coasts for Caribbean- and Pacific-style beaches, more than 1,000 islands, a sophisticated capital city, a vibrant nightlife, full-service resorts, exotic off-the-beaten-path getaways and historic sites. Seriously, what more could you possibly ask for?
24. Marrakesh, Morocco
Rock stars and fashion designers have been going to this North African city for decades to find inspiration. You’ll feel like you wandered onto a movie set complete with snake charmers, belly dancers, horse-drawn carriage rides andan extensive maze of markets.
25. Sri Lanka
Marco Polo described Sri Lanka as one of the finest islands of its size in the world. Located just south of India, it’s an up-and-coming destination for Europeans—and is now catching on around the globe.
26. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Get the best of both worlds: Enjoy a taste of the glamorous city life for a few days and then head out to the desert for tranquility and romance.
This remote Indian Ocean archipelago greets honeymooners with white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, atolls and secluded resorts.
28. Cappadocia, Turkey
Located less than four hours from Turkey’s capital city, the wind-carved landscapes of Cappadocia are otherworldly.
29. Udaipur, India
Known as the Venice of the East, this city of palace-like hotels sits on the picturesque Lake Pichola.
30. Kyoto, Japan