After months of wedding planning and finally saying “I do,” you and your newlywed deserve the perfect honeymoon. Perhaps you two want nothing more than sunshine and warm weather in Hawaii, or maybe you prefer a more classic getaway in Niagara Falls. Here are a few of the best honeymoon destinations to help you celebrate your love.
When you think romantic, Hawaii is the first choice for most honeymooners. Most couples think of luxury resorts on Maui or the glamour of Waikiki. But there’s another contender to consider: Kauai. Nicknamed the “Garden Island” for its lush greenery and spectacular, untouched nature, Kauai has more secluded nooks, perfect for a hammock on the beach or exploring dramatic vistas.
Seventy percent of Kauai is inaccessible by land, so getting a bird’s-eye view can help you comprehend the magnificence of the island. Hop in a helicopter and see picturesque sights like the Na Pali Coast and Manawaiopuna Falls, famously dubbed “Jurassic Falls.” Hikers’ hearts will skip a beat while traversing Waimea Canyon, “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. Thrill-seekers will love Hanalei Bay Beach, not only for its crescent-shaped beach but also for its ideal location for water sports like surfing or kiteboarding. Stop into Hanalei Town for local dining options and quaint souvenir shops.
When it comes to traditional romance, Cancun hits all the right spots. With a rich cultural heritage, this honeymoon hotspot is your coastal reprieve from wedding stress. Get some well-deserved rest with a cocktail by the pool or local beach, then treat yourself to fine dining and ocean views on a romantic dinner cruise. The local shopping center, La Isla Shopping Village, has everything from an aquarium to an artisan chocolate shop, plus a gorgeous outdoor walk through the village.
While exploring Cancun, you might stumble on ancient Mayan ruins or find yourself on a trek to sites like Tulum and Chichen Itza. Cross off an item on your bucket list while ziplining through the rainforest or canoeing in Coba Maya. If thrills aren’t your cup of tea, see what sights Cancun has to offer at the top of Torre Escenica (“scenic tower”), then close your day with sunset views at Playa Delfines.
Get the best of everything nature has to offer in Costa Rica. Along the north pacific coast, you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches in Guanacaste. Check out Playa Conchal for excellent snorkeling and scuba diving, or head to Playa Hermosa and take in mountain views while wading in the waves. For a unique adventure, visit the tropical town of Tamarindo. After a day of zip lining or horseback riding, enjoy breathtaking sunsets, elegant restaurants and lively nightlife to help you celebrate.
On the central pacific coast along a backdrop of rolling mountains, tranquil Playa Herradura offers gorgeous beaches, championship golf and lovely shops for finding that perfect piece of indigenous art. Just south, you can join the party at festive Jaco, a fun and friendly beach town. When it’s time to explore, set out for Manuel Antonio Park, one of the most beautiful national parks in Costa Rica, featuring crescent white-sand beaches, sweeping ocean views, rainforests and exotic animal encounters.
Niagara Falls, Canada
The longtime “Honeymoon Capital of the World,” Niagara Falls is a stunning destination for your honeymoon and a great choice if you’re on a budget. Be sure to request a hotel room with views of the Falls for added romance. To get up close and personal with this wonder, take a boat ride on the famed Maid of the Mist. You’ll experience a rush like no other as you sail beneath the Falls. Relax for dinner against the expansive backdrop of the Falls at Morton’s Grille Niagara Falls.
For something outside the box, take a trip to the Canadian countryside to taste test at an array of wineries. If you prefer something more classically romantic, the Niagara Skywheel offers sweeping sights of the Falls from 175 feet above. You might even catch a fireworks show at night.
Koh Samui, Thailand
If you seek something more exotic and adventurous, Koh Samui is a hidden gem of an island on the Gulf of Thailand. Leave behind the bustle of the city for something more tranquil and peaceful. Visit the northernmost part of the island to see the Wat Phra Yai or Big Buddha Temple. Rent a car to see the village of Choeng Mon, overlooking a magnificent bay that you can explore. Go snorkeling or scuba diving in any of the main beaches or hike up the extensive Koh Wua Ta Lap island.
While the sights and natural landmarks are a big highlight, Koh Samui is also electrifying at night. The nearby Chaweng beach comes alive with shows and a mix of bars and nightclubs. You can also head into town near the Fisherman’s Village to dine at popular restaurants along the beach.
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