15 Honeymoon Destinations That Will Blow You Away

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We know you’ve put a lot of work into your big day, so you’ll want to plan a honeymoon that is equally as special.  

From exotic locales to beautiful beaches or budget friendly choices – we’ve made a handy list of some of the most perfect honeymoon destinations you can imagine.

1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Crystal clear waters, picturesque mountains and a coral reef are only part of Bora Bora’s charm.  Book yourself into The Four Seasons Resort on a coral reef that encloses a beautiful lagoon and let the magic happen.  

Check out one couple’s adventure kayaking in Bora Bora.

2. Paris, France

Who doesn’t think of Paris when they think of romance?  Exquisite architecture, scrumptious food and incredible art make this city more than just a bit special.  

While you can sign up for a number of travel guides that will take you on a tour of the city, be sure you make time to tie a ribbon on the Pont des Art Bridge to symbolise your love.

50 things to do in Paris:  

3. Orkney, Scotland

This northern archipelago off the coast of Scotland with lush green islands and spectacular cliffs.  The Kirkwall Hotel is located in a glorious Victorian structure with views of Kirkwall’s harbour and a stone’s throw from local shops.  

As far as activities, there is nothing remiss about the sights available, including the mystical Neolithic Ring.

This is Orkney:

4. Cape Town, South Africa

If it’s variety you seek, the Cape Town has the solution.  Their wonderful beaches, bustling city life, gorgeous landscapes, proximity to wine country and unbeatable safaris provide plenty of choice for an adventure.  

You can truly go to the ends of the earth with a drive to the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Agulhas on the southernmost borders.  On the way back home, stop off at Boulders Beach to see the warm-weather penguins.

What to do in Cape Town:

5. Savannah, Georgia

How about a bit of southern nostalgia in the USA? Cozy inns and local restaurants abound between beautiful trees that line historic locales.  

Try a horse drawn carriage ride or venture over to Tybee Island for some kayaking. The only downside is that you won’t want to leave!  

Things to do in Savannah:

6. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

From the iconic beaches to the jagged mountains, a thriving community of vendors and foot toss make for a great time.  Arrange for a private sunrise picnic at the tourist magnet Christ the Redeemer statue for a change of pace.

Rio de Janeiro vacation guide:

7. Fiji

There is nothing more breathtaking than the warm lagoons and beautiful coral beaches and warm lagoons that surround the coral reefs along the islands of Fiji.  

You’ll love the quiet nature trails and spectacular views of the Mamanuca Islands.  The rich culture and ancient sites offer memories that will last a lifetime.

Top tourist attractions in Fiji:

8. Cappadocia, Turkey

Just outside the capital city, the wind carved landscapes are out of this world.  Adventure out on a hot air balloon or horseback to explore the magical valleys full of caves and rock formations called “fairy chimneys.”

What to see and do in Cappadocia:

9. Kyoto, Japan

Unlike Tokyo, Kyoto moves at a languid pace. Relax and reflect at hundreds of shrines and temples or stroll through peaceful traditional gardens. In the spring, the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom, while fall reveals a beautiful mix of classic autumn colours.

Before it gets dark, enjoy a leisurely walk around Gion, past machiya (wood townhouses), teahouses and the Shirakawa canal.

Places to visit in Kyoto:

10. St. Lucia

From black-sand beaches to the wooded peaks of the Pitons, this Caribbean gem isn’t short on breathtaking landscapes. Also noteworthy are its vast cocoa plantations and charming Creole villages.  

Must see attractions in St. Lucia:

11. Hayman Island, Australia

This private island resort located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef may be far but it’s totally worth it. Take the Whitsunday Dream Tour, where you helicopter over the Reef (don’t miss the spectacular Heart Reef) out to Whitehaven Beach for refreshments or Hook Island for some of the best inner-reef snorkeling. Explore the island up close on one of the resort’s incredible hikes to Blue Pearl Bay or Dolphin Point.

Lose yourselves at Hayman Island:

12. Vancouver Island, Canada

Love sea sports? Prefer dry land? This hot spot has something for you. Surrounded by mountains on the Pacific Ocean, this city offers tons of adventure. Get active during the day, hiking, biking or sailing, and head to the heart of the city at night for a cosmopolitan scene.

And don’t miss an opportunity to heat things up in the hot springs in nearby Maquinna Marine Provincial Park, which is only reachable by boat.

(Almost) everything you can do on Vancouver Island:

13. Whitehouse, Jamaica

Jamaica is known for being home to a slew of super-luxurious all-inclusives, which means you get a five-star honeymoon experience without breaking the bank.  

While you’re there, you might as well learn to scuba dive.

Visit a Jamaican paradise:

14. Tulum, Mexico

The city of Tulum has a lot going for it: It’s an hour and a half from the airport in Cancun, it’s home to an ancient Mayan village, and it won’t break a budget already strained from paying for a wedding. Oh, and did we mention the amazing beaches?

After you’ve had your fill of the beach, be sure to tour the ruins of the pre-Columbian Maya walled city.

Spice it up in Tulum:

15. Vieques, Puerto Rico

The island has a charmingly laid-back atmosphere that’s hard to find elsewhere. There are no traffic lights, and its beaches are quiet and unspoiled by high-rise buildings. Check out the natural neon light show at Puerto Mosquito in the bay off the southern shore of the island.

Puerto Rican paradise:

By Amy Naves, Excalibur Press

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