Explore the fifty top honeymoon destinations and discover the best honeymoon ideas. We reviewed hundreds of honeymoon destinations to bring you the very best. From the tropical mountains in Saint Lucia to the remote beauty of Antartica, you are sure to find a perfect honeymoon idea from this inspiring list of honeymoon destinations.
Each of the Caribbean islands is beautiful in its own way, but only St. Lucia has the Pitons, two majestically soaring volcanic spires that are impossible to ignore (not that you’d want to). The island is epically romantic: lush hills and valleys, swaying palm trees and pristine beaches are just the beginning. Big smiles, genuinely welcoming hospitality and unforgettable adventure are all part of the St. Lucian culture.
Jamaica is an ideal honeymoon destination. The laid back and friendly island nation makes for a hospitable honeymoon spot. Enjoy a relaxing walk on the white, sandy beaches, or get your adrenaline pumping by jumping off a cliff into the ocean with your loved one. The homeland of reggae also boasts a first-class nightlife, diverse landscapes, and excellent museums that introduce you to Jamaican culture.
The Bahamas is one of the hottest destinations for newlyweds and couples seeking a romantic getaway. The incredible high-end resorts offering luxury accommodations in Nassau, the island’s capital make for perfect honeymoon destination. Aside from numerous world-class properties to choose from, there’s also the ideal weather, pristine beaches and charm to entice any couple interested in a Bahamian honeymoon.
The Maldives are picture perfect islands (1192 islands to be exact!) in the Indian Ocean surrounded by sparkling blue water. When you mention Maldives, many people automatically think of luxurious beach resorts linked by sky plane with exorbitant price tags. While these places provide a remarkable experience, the Maldives are open to honeymooners of all budgets. For couples looking to cut costs, outlying islands near Male are accessible by boat and where tour companies can help organize snorkeling and diving excursions. The Maldives are easier to get to than you think with frequent flights from Dubai to Male and onward flights to India.
Bali has been a firm favorite of Australian travelers for decades and it has recently made a name for itself as a digital nomad hub. Temples, beaches and luxurious resorts make this a great honeymoon destination and the incredibly friendly people make it an easy place to fall in love with. Yogis will love the laid back vibe and the plethora of yoga studios and retreats and the island’s waterfalls and forests give the perfect opportunity to get in touch with nature. It truly is a destination where you can connect with yourself, your new spouse and the world around you.
Located halfway between Australia, Asia and North America, Bora Bora is part of French Polynesia. This tropical island is well-known for luxurious hotels, marine life and stunningly beautiful beaches and is an ideal honeymoon spot for people wanting to spend a bit of time relaxing in the sun. Don’t worry if you don’t have a ton of money to spend on your honeymoon. Although Bora Bora is full of extremely expensive resorts, it is possible to enjoy this island paradise on a budget. You can even book flight passes on Air Tahiti which allows you to explore more of French Polynesia.
Since the early 20th century, Americans have been flocking to Florida. Beautiful beaches, perfect weather and a plethora of activities still beckon both domestic and international travelers. Miami Beach wows visitors with her art deco architecture and laid back atmosphere while Orlando thrills people young and old with a variety of theme parks. The Florida Keys are a world away from the main peninsula and offer a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Best of all, they are just a short drive from Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
The only place that is a country and a continent, Australia is big and has a ton of places to see. From the trendy cities of Sydney and Melbourne to the atmospheric Uluru land the incredible Great Barrier Reef, Australia offers honeymooners a wide variety of destinations. Animal lovers will jump at the chance to get close to a koala, feed kangaroos or even hold a wombat! Distances are vast but it is easy to hire a car and explore the east coast. Although it is an expensive destination to visit and travel through, it is well worth the money and can easily be considered a “once in a lifetime experience.”
The only English speaking country in Latin America, Belize is an excellent destination for people wanting to explore Central America without having to learn Spanish. This small country is a perfect place for divers and snorkelers as you can see a wide variety of marine life in the Belize Barrier Reef. For those lovebirds who prefer to keep our heads above water, the islands of Caye Caulker and San Pedro are full of romantic resorts and culture vultures will love exploring the Mayan ruins hidden in Belize’s jungles. Best of all, Belize is easily accessible from the Eastern USA
Disney is one of America’s biggest cultural exports and has a firm place in many childhood memories. Disneyland is a place where your dreams can come true and anything can happen and luckily, most Disneyland theme parks are surrounded by wonderful resorts where our inner-child can run free. Even better, a honeymoon in Disneyland can be combined with other theme parks or trips to nearby cities including Los Angeles, Orlando, Tokyo, Shanghai, Paris and Hong Kong where there are all Disney parks. So dust off those Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears, pack your suitcase and let the magic begin!
Vietnam has risen from the ashes of the Vietnam War and regained her position as one of the world’s top tourist destinations. The UNESCO world heritage sight of Halong Bay attracts many visitors and couples can spend a few days cruising through the bay’s calm waters. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi offer a cosmopolitan vibe and Hue and Hoi An will delight history-buffs. Intrepid travelers can arrange Bike tours through rice paddy fields or trips along the Mekong Delta. Best of all, the distances in Vietnam are relatively small so you can see a lot of the country in a short time.
With beautiful beaches, fascinating culture and some of the best food on the planet, it is easy to understand why Thailand is the “Land of Smiles”. Top honeymoon destinations in Thailand include Phuket, Phi Phi Islands and Pattaya and they are all easily accessible from Bangkok, Thailand’s cosmopolitan capital. Ayutthaya is another centrally located attraction where you can catch a glimpse of Thailand’s fascinating history. As the former capital of Siam, the ruins evoke another era and help visitors better appreciate Thailand’s past. Best of all, you can finish each day with a delicious Thai meal and a relaxing Thai massage!
As a US territory, Puerto Rico lets visitors get a taste of Latin America without needing a passport. Mountains, pristine beaches, a fascinating history and rich culture combined to make Puerto Rico a wonderful honeymoon destination. Old San Juan offers guests cobblestone streets, brightly painted houses and old-world charm while the beaches of Rincon will please even the pickiest of beach bums. For those wanting to really get away from it all, the outlying islands of Vieques and Culebra offer plenty of beaches to choose from. Throughout the territory, there are a wide variety of hotels that can match everyone’s budget.
Fittingly, Paris is known as the City of Love and provides plenty of opportunities for romantic walks and candlelight dinners. As you stroll along the Seine, see the beautiful artwork of the Louvre or climb the Eiffel Tower, it is hard to deny the feeling of romance in the air. Centrally located, Paris is a great place to start your honeymoon with great transit links to see other parts of the country. The coastline of southern France is dotted with beautiful cities including Nice, Cannes and Monaco while Toulouse and Bordeaux in southwest France charm visitors with beautiful architecture. Best of all, you can start each day with a delicious croissant and finish it with a glass of red wine guilt free!
Japan is at the top of many travelers’ wish lists and it is easy to see why. With a unique culture and an extremely friendly population, Japan is a wonderful place to explore. From the bright lights of Tokyo to the old-world atmosphere of Kyoto, Japan’s cities are a great place to start your tour. Japan has a lot to offer outdoor enthusiasts and Mount Fuji, which can be climbed by inexperienced hikers, is easily accessible from Tokyo. Honeymooners can end each day with a relaxing soak in one of the country’s many onsens (hotsprings) and adventurous travelers can stay in a ryokan (traditional Japanese hotels) or in one of the many “love hotels” there.
With a location in the center of Central America, Costa Rica has a wide variety of flora and fauna and is a favorite place for nature lovers. Although small, Costa Rica is incredibly diverse and tourists can visit cloud forest reserves, active volcanoes, and gorgeous beaches. There is even a 160 square mile rainforest! The country is famous for eco-tourism and travelers have long been flocking to this little paradise. Costa Rica has a large population of expats that call the country home so it is a bit pricier than its neighbors but it is definitely worth the splurge!
The Dominican Republic enjoys a perfect location in the middle of the Caribbean Sea and has long been a magnet for North American beach bums. All inclusive resorts offer the ultimate escape and can make your honeymoon as relaxing as possible. This small country has white sand beaches, rugged mountains and even mangroves which offer a large variety of outdoor activities. If that isn’t enough, Christopher Columbus once called one of Dominican Republic’s beaches “the fairest land under heaven”. Sounds like a perfect honeymoon spot!
Although most well known for tequila, tacos, beaches and spring break, Mexico is an amazing destination for your honeymoon (and even your destination wedding!). The Mayan Riviera and Yucatan are full of all inclusive resorts, beautiful white sand beaches, fantastic marine life, Mayan ruins and charming colonial towns. Cancun is just a short flight from the Eastern US and serves as the transport hub for the region. For those wanting to venture further afield, Mexico City is surrounded by adorable colonial towns and spectacular scenery. Transport in Mexico is inexpensive with super comfortable buses plying between cities and cheap flights throughout the country.
Brazil is one of the most diverse countries in the world and has a lot to offer honeymooners. From the cosmopolitan streets of Sao Paulo to the party atmosphere of the beaches of Rio, Brazil’s cities definitely deserve at least a few days. A trip to the Amazon rainforest is a must do for nature lovers and sun worshippers will love the beaches of Florianopolis. From festivals to parades to parties, Brazilians love to enjoy life so be prepared for anything! Don’t forget to try a caipirinha and eat brigadeiros while you are there. You won’t regret it!
Portugal has exploded as a low cost destination in Western Europe and it is no wonder why. Lisbon is a charming city offering the best of Europe at a fraction of the cost of other major cities. Trams curve through her narrow streets and quaint cafes and bars entice visitors inside. Porto thrills visitors with her cobblestone streets and intoxicates them with…..you guessed it, port! It is hard to get too far from the ocean in this narrow country and luckily, it is easy to combine a trip to Portugal with Spain for those of you who are having trouble picking which one to go to!
New Zealand may be a bit off the beaten track but the country’s wealth of activities and natural attractions makes it well worth the effort. Beautiful beaches, fjords, valleys and mountains offer a unique landscape and a stunning backdrop for your honeymoon. From bungy jumping to visiting world renowned wineries, New Zealand has something for everyone. For people who want to relax, New Zealand has a stunning array of boutique hotels and lodges dotted throughout the country. City slickers, don’t fret. Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are lively, vibrant cities with all the creature comforts that you could want!
Croatia may be most well-known as one of the main filming locations for Game of Thrones but it is also a perfect place for your honeymoon! Croatia’s long coastline dotted with islands is great for small cruises or sailing trips. Dubrovnik and Split are incredibly unique and worth a few days of exploration at the start or end of your cruise. For travelers wanting to see more of the region, there are easy connections into Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro. English is widely spoken and although Croatia is a bit more expensive than her neighbors, prices are still excellent value compared to Western Europe.
Cuba has been a favorite destination for Canadians and Europeans for many years and although it can be a little tricky for Americans to enter Cuba, the country is well worth the extra effort. Havana is a beautiful city where you can find beautiful colonial architecture, brightly colored buildings and a scenic waterfront. Tour the city in a classic American car before finishing each day with a drink at one of the city’s many famous bars. Outside of Havana, Viñuales offers stunning scenery while Trinidad is a charming colonial city where you can rent bikes to visit the nearby beaches.
Iceland has exploded onto the tourist scene over the past decade thanks to an increase in inexpensive flights and a decrease in the value of the krona (which made it much cheaper!). It is easy to see why so many people are choosing to travel to Iceland. Reykjavik is a charming little town which serves as the gateway to geysers, lakes, glaciers and volcanoes. During the summer, the sun almost never sets which gives you plenty of time to explore this incredible country! For nature lovers, Iceland is the perfect place for your honeymoon.
Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka is well-known for its tea. However, not many people know of the island’s fascinating history. Temples, ruined cities and old fortresses dot the country’s interior. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the many national parks offering opportunities to spot wildlife and beach bums will be thrilled to see the beautiful white sand beaches. For people short on time, this is the perfect place for a honeymoon designed to suit different tastes. For people with more flexibility, there are frequent connections from Sri Lanka to India. The island has developed a lot since the end of their civil war so go soon if you want to get a feel for “authentic” Sri Lanka.
While India may not be on everyone’s honeymoon wishlist, it really should be. Rajasthan, Goa, and Kerala offer an intoxicating look into Indian culture and are tourist friendly. Many of the spectacular forts and palaces of Rajasthan have been turned into luxury hotels. Goa offers some spectacular resorts and Kerala’s houseboats are comfortable and inviting. Train travel is safe and cheap and frequent, inexpensive flights connect the biggest cities which drastically helps cut down on travel time. Intrepid travelers will love exploring the tangled alleyways of Old Delhi or stumbling onto the set of a Hollywood movie in Mumbai. Vegetarians and foodies will be in seventh heaven!
America’s original “Sin City”, Las Vegas has certainly revamped its image over the past 20 years. With some of the country’s biggest stars performing nightly shows, swanky hotels and nightclubs and some of the largest all you can eat buffets in the world, Las Vegas is a great place to live large! The Grand Canyon and Death Valley are easily accessible and provide a refreshing contrast from the bright lights and hustle and bustle of Vegas. For those of you feeling lucky, don’t forget to stop by Vegas’ casinos!
Located within the Aegean Sea, Greece’s Islands have inspired some epic romances. Santorini is probably the most well known honeymoon destination in Greece with whitewashed houses perched high above the sea but Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete and Patmos are also wonderful places to visit. Luckily, it is easy to start your island hopping adventure in Athens after spending a few days exploring the many, many attractions of this ancient capital. The spectacular ruins of Ephesus, Turkey are also easily accessible for people with extra time and a passion for ancient Greek history.
China is one of the world’s oldest cultures and is one of the most dynamic countries on the planet. Visitors will be amazed at the sights of Old China including hutongs, markets, archaeological museums and temples and the interesting juxtaposition of Old China and modern China. Shanghai is a fascinating mixture of old and new and a walk along the Bund will simultaneously expose visitors to some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers and classic European architecture. The hidden hutongs of Beijing are packed full of traditional shops while modern buildings tower over them. China is full of unique experiences and is a place where visitors can climb mountains and even hold baby pandas. For adventurous travelers, China can be the perfect location for your honeymoon.
The heart of three major religions and once part of the Roman Empire, Israel is the perfect place for history lovers. The Roman ruins of Caesarea transport you to Ancient Rome and the Dead Sea can make you feel like you are floating on air. Jerusalem packs in an awe inspiring amount of sights and lively Tel Aviv is the perfect place to unwind at either the beginning or end of your honeymoon (or both!). You can even combine your trip to Israel with an excursion into Jordan to see Petra. It is easy to rent a car there which allows you to spend your honeymoon in Israel exploring the country on your own schedule!
Italy can easily be considered one of the most romantic countries on the planet. The magnificence of Rome, the quaintness of Cinque Terre and the cultural sophistication of Florence make this the perfect honeymoon destination for art and culture lovers. Beach bums will love the Amalfi Coast and historians will be in heaven pretty much everywhere! Best of all, you can finish off each day with a delicious glass of red wine and find some of the best pizza in the world hidden. Try to avoid visiting in August when many businesses shut down and Italians flock to the coasts for their own vacations.
While New York may not immediately jump out as a honeymoon destination, the city has plenty of activities, attractions and luxurious hotels to create a once in a lifetime trip. From world class art in the Met to box seats at Broadway’s hottest shows, New York is the perfect place for culture and art lovers. Foodies will swoon at the plethora of Michelin star restaurants and the endless choice of top notch eateries. New York also serves as the gateway for the Eastern US with frequent air, bus and train connections.
Kenya is a world renowned destination for safaris and the Masai Mara is one of the best places in the world to see wildlife. Luckily, for people on a budget, it is possible to organize your own safari and to travel from Nairobi to the park independently. For people with a bit more to spend, Giraffe Manor just outside of Nairobi gives you a chance to eat breakfast with giraffes and spend the afternoon watching these graceful creatures. Kenya also has a stunning coastline and an interesting history. A trip to Mombasa gives guests the chance to see history come alive with a unique mixture of African, Arab and Indian culture.
Argentina is a huge country and has everything from soaring mountains to relaxing wineries. Outdoor enthusiasts will LOVE hiking in Patagonia (most travelers can easily hop back and forth between Chile and Argentina to access the best hiking trails) and city slickers can easily spend a week strolling the streets of Buenos Aires. The area around Salta is full of other-worldly landscapes and the stunning Iguazu Falls are something that every traveler must see. Argentina’s economy has collapsed recently and the normally high prices have plummeted so there has never been a better time to visit!
Cambodia, the home of the famous Angkor Wat, has become a huge tourist destination thanks to its prime location in the backpacker routes of Southeast Asia. Angkor Wat is easily reached from Siem Reap which has a laid back backpacker vibe and an array of bars and restaurants to party away the night in. Phnom Penh is an interesting city where you can learn about Cambodia’s tragic past and beach lovers will get their fill of sand and sunshine in Sihanoukville. Like most of Southeast Asia, Cambodia is easy to travel and inexpensive to travel through and English is widely spoken by the friendly locals.
Dubai has emerged as one of THE international cities of the 21st century. The shiny facades of skyscrapers dazzle visitors and the never ending supply of upscale shopping malls, gourmet restaurants and 5 star hotels satiate the needs of even the most demanding of guests. From Dubai, you can have desert safaris, skydive and visit pristine beaches. Outside Dubai, Abu Dhabi features the UAEs biggest mosque and offers an interesting day trip or overnight stay. The United Arab Emirates offer an exciting array of activities and since they now serve as transit hubs to Asia and Africa, they are a fantastic place to incorporate into your honeymoon.
Although Zanzibar is part of Tanzania, it feels like a different world. Predominantly Muslim, Zanzibar is more conservative than Mainland Tanzania and was once a dominant location on the Spice Route. Stone Town, with its maze of tiny streets, offers a fascinating mix into Arab-Indo-African culture. Elsewhere in the island, you can find beautiful beaches and a laid back atmosphere. Zanzibar can be easily combined with a Serengeti safari for a honeymoon you will never forget. Make sure to dress conservatively outside of the beach areas.
The haunting images of Machu Picchu usually fill people’s minds when they think of Peru. Although hidden from the rest of the world for hundreds of years, Machu Picchu is now firmly at the top of many travel wish lists. The area can be accessed from the nearby town of Aguascalientes or intrepid travelers can choose to hike to it via the Inca Trail or the less famous Salkantay Trail. Besides Machu Picchu, Peru has an amazing array of sights to see including the brightly colored Rainbow Mountain and the oasis town of Hucachina. Adventurous travelers can brave the flight to see the Nazca Lines and everyone can enjoy the pisco sour, Peru’s most famous drink.
Well-known for her dramatic location in the Alps, Switzerland conjures images of quaint cottages perched high in the mountains. This tiny country has all of this and more! Hiker and skiers will love how easy it is to access their favorite ski runs or trails and everyone will enjoy the jaw-droppingly beautiful views. Some of the world’s most spectacular train rides cut through the country and what better way to enjoy your honeymoon than curled up in your lover’s arms watching the world slide by? Switzerland is very expensive to travel through but luckily, the surrounding countries are much cheaper. Why not combine a few days in Switzerland with a trip to Germany, Austria or Italy?
If spectacular wildlife sightings, world-class wine and epic scenery are some of the criteria for your honeymoon destination, then South Africa should be high up on your wish-list! Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa and offers a wide variety of accommodation. Here you can spot the Big 5 and countless birds, mammals and reptiles. Cape Town is a stunning place with beautiful beaches and the famous Table Mountain overlooking the city. Wine enthusiasts will love visiting the vineyards cellar doors of some of the world’s most renowned wineries.
Bagpipes, kilts and haggis – oh my! Although Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, the country’s unique culture sets it apart from its southern neighbors. Edinburgh is the cultural capital of the country and has castles, cobblestone streets and rolling hills. Glasgow is a bit more modern and cosmopolitan with great museums and a lively student culture. In Northern Scotland, you can buy stunning mountains and lakes. If you are lucky, you may even spot the Loch Ness Monster!
Spain is well-known for the fascinating cities of Barcelona and Madrid and with good reason! The Gaudi architecture in Barcelona is truly stunning and La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell are must visit locations. Southern Spain also has a lot to offer visitors with a wide array of Moorish architecture that is more reminiscent of the Middle East than of Europe. A visit to Southern Spain is a wonderful reminder of how history continues to impact us today and the perfect backdrop for a honeymoon to remember!
Tucked away on the Arabian Peninsula, Oman has recently gained popularity as a tourist destination. Easily accessible from Dubai, the country has a lot of natural attractions and thanks to good infrastructure, it is a great place to have a road trip! Visitors can experience a desert safari surrounded by sand dunes complete with a stay in a tented camp or even swim in a hidden cave in Wadi Shab. Omanis are very welcoming and polite and are happy to help visitors enjoy their country!
If beaches aren’t your style and you want the “polar” opposite, then Antarctica may be the perfect honeymoon spot for you! With jaw-droppingly beautiful icebergs, penguins, seals, and whales, Antarctica is a wonderful place to leave the “real world” behind. The serene beauty of the calm sea and icebergs looming all around you is certainly something you don’t see everyday. Cruises usually leave from Ushuaia, Argentina and can take anywhere from one week to 14 days and if booked last minute, there are some amazing deals that you can take advantage of.
Botswana is a tiny landlocked country in Africa but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in wildlife! Botswana is home to the Okavango Delta which is one of Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Guests can cruise the delta on houseboats and canoes to see elephants, hyenas, buffalo and much more! A trip to Botswana can be combined with a longer trip through southern Africa for a truly unforgettable honeymoon.
With one foot in Asia and the other in Europe, Turkey is an interesting blend of cultures. Istanbul is an amazing city to explore with a fascinating mix of architecture including Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman styles while Ephesus has some of the region’s best Greek and Roman ruins. Don’t miss Cappadocia with her spectacular fairy chimneys and exhilarating hiking trails. For the ultimate romantic experience, spend the night in a cave hotel before heading out for a sunrise hot air balloon ride. Istanbul now serves as a major transport hub with frequent flight connections throughout Europe, Asia and Africa.
Uzbekistan is a new arrival on my travel lists and images of the country can be seen everywhere. With her beautifully constructed madrasas and tombs, it is surprising that Uzbekistan has taken so long to get on to the tourist radar. The towns of Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva feature stunning architecture and Tashkent, the country’s capital, has emerged as one of the trendiest cities of Central Asia. Visa formalities have gotten much easier over the past few years and now many travelers can apply for visas online. Although it is still considered developing, the country has an excellent rail network which makes it easy to travel around.
As the jumping off point for the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania is arguably one of the best places in the world for an African safari. Luxurious tented camps provide a refuge after a long day of cruising in a safari jeep. They are also a great place to meet fellow travelers and brag about all of the amazing animal sightings you had that day! Prices for safaris vary considerably and even if it feels a bit out of reach, shopping around can provide you with some great deals. Even better, it is just a short flight or ferry ride from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar, a fascinating place!
Ukraine may seem like an odd place to spend your honeymoon but for people looking for a budget friendly European vacation, Ukraine should be at the top of your list. Kyiv is a stunning city with an interesting mix of Russian and Stalinist architecture and historic Orthodox Churches. Lviv in Western Ukraine is a quaint little city with a charming main square and Odessa in the east is well-known for her Black Sea beaches. The country has great infrastructure which makes it very easy to travel around and is one of the easiest post-Soviet countries to visit.
As one of the biggest countries in Europe, Germany is full of interesting things to do! From the uber trendy Berlin to more provincial Munich, Germany’s cities have some of the world’s best museums and architecture. Charming small towns and villages are full of quaint old buildings and cobblestone streets. Castles dot the countryside, including picture-perfect Neuschwanstein which is perhaps the world’s most famous castle. The rolling hills provide ample opportunities for hiking and romantic get-aways. Beer lovers will adore the high quality beer and what better way to end the day than with a refreshing liter beerstein!