One of the more exciting decisions to make when planning your nuptials is what happens afterward, the honeymoon. With so many options, it wasn’t easy to choose where to go, but after hours of research, we landed on Costa Rica. We had an amazing time and I am so glad we went. Just thinking about it makes me want to get back there.
While it is exciting to plan, with so many destinations to choose from, it can be overwhelming. To help you find the perfect honeymoon destination for you, here are 24 honeymoon destination recommendations from 24 other travel bloggers.
Santorini is often touted as one of the most romantic holiday destinations in the world, and I’d have to agree! Iconic whitewashed houses, breathtaking caldera views, and burgeoning bougainvillea make the perfect backdrop for a magical honeymoon.
We celebrated our honeymoon in style at the Grace Santorini – one of many luxury boutiques on the island. With a private plunge pool, sun-soaked patio and champagne breakfast every morning, it was the perfect way to ease into married life. When we did pry ourselves away from the pool, there were plenty of activities on Santorini to keep us amused. By day we’d whizz around the island on an ATV, stopping to sample local wines or grabbing lunch at a seaside taverna. By night we’d wander the cobbled streets in search of sustenance – stopping when a menu or stunning setting caught our eye. Santorini sunsets are simply spectacular and I’d recommend taking a sunset cruise to avoid the crowds that descend on Oia every evening. These cruising catamarans also give you a unique perspective of the island and can take you to secluded swimming spots.
Nadine Maffre – Le Long Weekend
Turks and Caicos
The Turks and Caicos Islands are made up of 40 islands and cays and have their own unique personality. You will be surprised to find that no two islands are the same. Short domestic flights and ferries make each island easily accessible by air or sea.
Providenciales is the most popular place where couples can find the award-winning Grace Bay beach with the most gorgeous resorts (Grace Bay Club and Beach House are my favorites!).
Looking for amazing experiences? Taste the local food (conch and lobster), go snorkeling, swim with marine turtles, ride a horse in the clear turquoise waters, or just relax on the beach with a delicious rum punch. Couples won’t get bored. It’s Paradise!
Sara Rodriguez – Mindful Travel
Malta is a great place for anyone who intends to go on a honeymoon or just in the mood for a lovely couples getaway but rests assured; it is also for anyone who wishes a relaxing and fulfilled holiday. That said, many places in Malta caters to every individual’s needs and for instance, Valletta, Malta’s capital, is indeed a splendor in anyone’s eyes! Such beauty in a tiny place speaks for itself. Since Malta is a small island, you’re in for a treat because from Valletta; it doesn’t take longer than 30 minutes to be in another city in the country.
St. Julians is yet another place where the most party takes place. However, far north to the east is where you’ll find serenity and most resorts are located in the area. Plus, not to mention, the sister island of Malta, Gozo – an area which you can roam with your love one with bicycle and inhale the remoteness of the island.”
Evan – Pretty Wild World
With its crystal clear waters and lush green landscapes, it’s hard to imagine a perfect place to honeymoon than Maui. From watching the sunrise at the top of Haleakala to snorkeling at Black Rock, there are countless ways to waste away your days in this tropical island paradise. To make the most of your time in Maui, stay at one of the luxurious resorts along Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina. Laze away your mornings relaxing in a spa or taking in a round of golf. Then soak up the midday heat sunbathing on the beach. Perhaps you’d rather reach for the clouds while parasailing over blue waters. Or maybe you’d enjoy a romantic horseback ride along the shoreline. Cap off the evening by taking in a traditional roasted pig feast and hula show at the Royal Lahaina Luau. No matter what time of year you visit, you can enjoy sunny weather, warm waters, and a host of fun activities. Your Hawaiian vacation won’t come cheap, but it will come with a lifetime of memories that will only serve to enhance your wedding experience.
Heather Hudak – Wanderlust Wayfarer
I dare you to find an Island with more culture, amazing food, and beautiful beaches. Did I mention how cool and relaxed Jamaican people are? Secrets Wild Orchid in Montego Bay, Jamaica is the best place to honeymoon. An all-inclusive 5-star resort with beautiful turquoise water, and a sunset that will have you mesmerized, not too mention incredible 5-star service. If you manage to make it off the resort, you must make it to Dunn River Falls in Ochos Rios, or 7-mile beach in Negril. I promise its one of the best beaches you’ll ever go too. If you love food, you must talk to the locals and look for the best jerk chicken you can find. We are in love with Jamaica and recommend a trip to Jamaica for everyone. No better place to start your married life together than in Jamaica.
Tarah & Tip – Fit Two Travel
Although most people may not think of Cuba as your typical honeymoon destination, we definitely recommend it! The whole country is incredibly vibrant and colorful. Havana in particular is a romantic city, with its cobblestone streets and old world charm. You can reminisce about the wedding over a delicious dinner with wine and dessert for under $10. Then get a little closer on the dance floor as you salsa the night away to live music at one of Havana’s many bars.
There is plenty to do outside of Cuba’s capital city, as well. Depending on how much time you have, you find a lot into a 1 to 2 week Cuba travel itinerary. Just to the east, Trinidad is a perfect town to walk around and explore its beautiful colorfully painted houses. In Vinales, you can experience the Cuban countryside and see how the famous Cuban tobacco is produced. There are plenty of beautiful hikes in this area as well. Lastly, what honeymoon would be complete without some beach time? Cuba has some great islands like Cayo Largo and Cayo Coco with white sand and crystal clear water.
Jules – Don’t Forget To Move
Hannah & Adam – Getting Stamped
Since I was a little kid, I dreamed of one day visiting the Great Pyramids in Egypt. Fast forward 20+ years and that dream became a reality – and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint. What I didn’t realize, though, is that there is so much more to Cairo than the last remaining wonder of the ancient world. Plan a stop at the Egyptian Museum, which is home to over 120,000 ancient antiquities – including the Gold Mask of King Tut! A felucca ride down the Nile is a must, and the local desserts are some of the best I’ve ever had! If you’re planning to spend more time in Egypt, I’d recommend looking into trips to nearby Alexandria or further south to Luxor.
Egypt hasn’t had the best rep lately, and we received a lot of, “is it safe?” questions. But the environment has improved significantly over the last few years. Tourism is on the rise once again, and there wasn’t one moment that I didn’t feel safe. The majority of locals we met were extremely kind and helpful; we would walk down the street and hear “Welcome to Egypt!” (full disclosure though – a lot of people will try to sell you stuff!)
Ian – Escaping Expectations
South Africa has everything one requires out of an ideal holiday – great food, plenty of activities and its culture. However, what makes this ideal holiday destination a great Honeymoon destination is how beautiful it is and in so many ways. Act like Tarzan and Jane in the wildlife sanctuaries but in a more luxurious avatar. Interact with the rich marine life either hands on in places like Hermanus & Plettenburg Bay or in the comfort of an aquarium. Get lost wandering aimlessly in the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, sit on a bench or under the shade of a tree while whispering sweet nothings to each other in complete privacy. Do a big jump to celebrate your big jump into marriage with a Bloukrans Bridge Bungee jump. Live the big life at Sun City or spend your days chilling at the wineries at Stellenbosch. If these aren’t romantic enough go for a road trip on the Garden route, stop at the beautiful beaches of wilderness for a dip or to just spend some time in the company of the waves and each other. Go ahead to Knysna and marvel at the gorgeous sunsets from the ferry which circling the lagoon. The list goes on and so does our conviction. We loved it there during our honeymoon and so will you.
Rishabh & Nirali – Gypsycouple
Mexico is a wonderful honeymoon destination: white sand, turquoise water, hot weather all year long and cute exotic animals living in the resorts. We spent our 8-day honeymoon in Cancun and Riviera Maya in the beginning of this year and it was so far the best vacation we ever had. A bit pricey (it can get to very expensive depending on the hotel), but really incredible. In Riviera Maya, you can do plenty of things: swim with turtles, snorkel in natural caves (cenotes), visit fabulous archaeological sites, e.g. Tulum and Chichén Itza. Many hotels will also treat you with a complimentary bottle of champagne or rose petals in your bed if you mention you’re there on honeymoon. The only downside: most of the hotels are huge family-oriented resorts, and in case you want some exclusivity, head to adults only hotels.
Liza – Tripsget
Colombia’s Coffee Region
Colombia’s coffee region is criminally underrated as a romantic destination. Imagine lying in a hammock at a traditional coffee finca with a cup of coffee in hand overlooking green covered mountains with Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. That’s one way to spend an afternoon in Colombia’s coffee region. Adventure waits with a horseback riding excursion through the Valle de Cocora pine forest until your reach the wax palm trees with stunning views for miles. The World War II Willy jeeps will take you back into Salento where you can walk through the sleepy streets in search of the famous trout lunch with fried plantains. Don’t forget to visit a few coffee plantations before you leave. As you can imagine, you and your partner will be one of the first foreigners to try Colombia’s Coffee Region as their honeymoon destination. It will all be worth it when you return home.
Jason – Aspiring Gentleman
Costa Brava – Spain
The Costa Brava is located in Catalonia, in the Northeast of Spain. This coastal area is not a regular seaside destination that offers you only beautiful beaches and secluded coves. There are many other things to do in the Costa Brava, such as visiting historical towns and picturesque villages, and you will even find some interesting ruins in the area. Although some of the most popular beaches become crowded in high season, even then you will find lots of small coves with crystal clear water, where you can be basically alone. The Costa Brava is also perfect for those who would like to do some trekking since one of the main long-distance routes (GR92) follows the coastline here.
There are many wonderful spots in this area to visit. The best beaches are found around Begur, between Roses and Cadaqués or between Sant Feliu de Guixols and Tossa de Mar. The most beautiful villages in the area that you can’t miss out on are Pals, Peratallada and Monells. The Costa Brava is easily accessible from either Barcelona or Girona Airports, and the best way to explore it is by renting a car.
Gabor Kovacs – Surfing The Planet
While many people dream of places like Tahiti and the Maldives for the perfect honeymoon, the Philippines is a country that is grossly overlooked. You get everything offered in those destinations for a lot less strain on the pocket book. It is possible to find luxury properties on some of the best beaches in the world for a fraction of the price. The activities are endless and can cater to a wide variety of interests including snorkeling, world class scuba diving, jungle hiking, caving, waterfalls, volcano climbing, horseback riding, kayak expeditions and so much more. It’s a diverse destination that will wow the senses and introduces you to the beauty of Southeast Asia. You can be as pampered or as adventurous as you desire on your honeymoon, your choice.
Lina Stock – Divergent Travelers
Switzerland is travelers paradise and a heaven for honeymooners. Pretty quaint villages, picturesque landscapes dotted with colorful wildflowers and stretches of azure lakes amidst the soaring snowcapped Alps make for an ethereal location. Most of the stunning locations are set around the beautiful Interlaken. Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, Appenzell are some of the charming villages which that can be easily visited from Bern. There are several snow resorts where you can enjoy snow activities and relish the enchanting views of the Alps from close quarter. Zermatt, Titlis, and Jungfrau have snow all through the years. Switzerland offers a wide range of stay options from mountain resorts, luxury hotels to village chalets. Bern, Geneva, and Zurich are best cities if you want to set free your shopping spree. The transportation in Switzerland is fab with good connectivity and frequency so you do not need to go for any packages. Choose the locations, pack your bags and enjoy every moment.
Rashmi and Chalukya – Go Beyond Bounds
Vietnam is an amazing country that offers something for everyone, and can be the perfect honeymoon destination if you’re looking for something more than a pretty beach (not that Vietnam doesn’t have that either!). Start with some time at the beautiful Phu Quoc Island and exploring the Mekong Delta, then have fun at the sand dunes in Mui Ne.
Hoi An is a quintessentially romantic town. Among the many things to do in Hoi An, relaxing at some of the best beaches in Vietnam and joining a cooking class with your partner come to mind. Keep going north towards the mesmerizing sights of the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay and bustling Hanoi. End your trip soaking the views in Mai Chau, an enchanting valley that will conquer you.
Stef – Every Steph
My top honeymoon destination in the world would have to be Mozambique. This Southern African country packs a whole lot of punch. On your honeymoon in Mozambique, you certainly won’t go hungry as the fresh seafood is abundant and delicious. The beaches are still completely unspoiled so you won’t have any trouble getting alone time. The people in Mozambique are warm and friendly so all vibes on your honeymoon will be laid back and relaxed. We visited Tofo Beach and swam with whale sharks, went to the Maputo Elephant Reserve, and even took a local dhow out to Bazaruto Island. There is one thing that is for sure, and that’s that a honeymoon to Mozambique will surely be one to remember.
Cameron & Natasha – The World Pursuit
Costa Rica is full of amazing adventures, beautiful hotels, and unique experiences so it’s no wonder that it constantly ranks as one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world. No matter what type of honeymoon you are after, Costa Rica has it all. Choose to spend your honeymoon relaxing on a beautiful beach in Guanacaste, or venture out into one of the country’s incredible rainforests and cloud forests or national parks, like the Manuel Antonio National Park, or Monteverde Cloud Forest, get up close and personal with wildlife, or escape to your own private treehouse or jungle retreat for some alone time with your loved one.
Almost every tour company in Costa Rica offers elaborate honeymoon packages, but don’t feel like you need to fork out an arm and a leg to have an amazing time in Costa Rica. You can find a beautiful honeymoon worthy hotel for just $150-200/night and fill your days with activities ranging from $50-$100/person.
Looking for inspiration? Check out our post with photos that will inspire you to visit Costa Rica and learn more about the kind of adventures you can get up to there from our post Top 10 Things to Do in Costa Rica
Oksana & Max – Drink Tea & Travel
When people plan their honeymoon, things like deserted islands and pristine beaches usually come to mind. To be honest though, I think there’s no place on earth that’s as magical as Finland – especially in winter. The capital Helsinki looks like a fairytale town, covered in snow and bathed in the gentle, pink northern sun. Head up north to Lapland, and you’ll feel as if you stepped into Narnia. You can choose between adventure activities, such as reindeer safaris, snow mobile and dog sledding tours, or opt to visit one of the unique hotels of Finnish Lapland, such as the Kemi snow castle or the ice igloos of the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. And if you get to see the Northern Lights, you’ll truly have the trip of a lifetime!
Margherita Ragg – The Crowded Planet
There is no doubt that Bora Bora is the ultimate romantic destination and it comes as no surprise that 90% of the visitors are indeed on their honeymoon. From the calm and turquoise lagoon to the marine life including mantas, rays and sharks and the amazing beaches and luxury resorts, this French territory in the South Pacific has it all for an unforgettable time together. Stay at the St. Regis, Intercontinental Thalasso Spa or Four Seasons.
Mar Pages – Once in a Lifetime Journey
Batu Ferringhi is our honeymoon destination where you can find relax and time for yourselves. Where to stay there? The Park Royal Batu Ferringhi Hotel would be our top recommendation for a honeymoon destination. You’ll have easy access to the amazing beach views, increasing the romantic ambiance of your stay. Dine by the beach, get a sun tan, and spend quality time with your loved one! The hotel has amazing greenery everywhere, you’ll feel relaxed the whole time. Park Royal is also known for their St. Gregory Spa services, perfect for a private moment of relaxation for you and your partner. When you’re done relaxing, you can go around the Batu Ferringi, for its local food and great shopping places.
Ruben – Gamin Traveler
We went to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo in 2014 and found that it had plenty to offer a honeymooning couple. My suggestion would be to stay at the Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort or the Shangri La Tanjung Aru Resort. We stayed at Tanjung Aru but were able to get the free courtesy bus to the sister resort.
The Rasa Ria has a juvenile orangutan rehabilitation centre where you can view them feeding twice a day. It was amazing to watch them come in and eat from the feeding platform. The centre is doing a great job helping to return orangutans to their natural habitat. For those looking for something more adventurous, many people visit Kota Kinabalu to climb Mt Kinabalu. That wasn’t high on my bucket list but I believe sunrise up there is amazing. The resorts have golf courses, day spa’s, water sports and awesome swimming pools, you really could spend your whole stay at the resort if you wanted to.
If you get sick of the extensive meal options at the Shangri La Resorts (not likely) you are able to get the courtesy bus into Kota Kinabalu and have dinner on the waterfront where there are a variety of restaurants to choose from. All very reasonably priced and you can also visit to shop or visit the local markets.
Kota Kinabalu is a 2 and a half hour flight from Kuala Lumpur, Air Asia fly there very cheaply, in fact our flights were $9 each way in one of the massive Air Asia sales, this leaves extra money to upgrade your resort stay. Silk Air also flies to Kota Kinabalu from Bangkok.
Sally – Our 3 Kids V The World
From scuba diving in Okinawa to skiing in Hokkaido you are sure to find your perfect honeymoon destination in Japan.
If you are looking for something off the beaten path, visit the quaint town of Kinosaki Onsen. With its 1,400 years of onsen history it is sure to be a spot for tranquility and romance. Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the town center, relax in the steamy hot springs, and discover the beautiful gardens. Typically the ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) here are a bit on the higher price scale, but you definitely get what you pay for. At Nishimuraya Honkan, a ryokan with 150 years of experience, you can have access to your own private hot spring, gorgeous private room, and two meals a day for 55,000 yen/night.
Looking to experience the culture of Japan? Kyoto is known for its variety of temples and shrines, street markets, and Gion, the Geisha district. There are even many shops where you can buy or rent a traditional yukata or kimono to wear. Boutique inn Hotel Mume (25,000 yen/night) is sure to spark romance from the second you walk in the door as you are instantly pampered by the staff. They have themed rooms that encompass a variety of European and Japanese artifacts and elements. Hotel Mume also offers a complimentary happy hour with beverages and snacks every afternoon and a delicious breakfast each morning.
Maybe you’re more into the hustle and bustle of the city life. If so, Tokyo should do the trick. Tokyo has a vast array of mainstream and historical culture, tempting foods, and electrifying neon lights. The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo is luxurious, close to Tokyo’s hot spots, and within walking distance of Shinagawa station (23,000 yen/night). Although, if you’re feeling really adventurous you could even book a night in a love hotel!
Logan & Kallsy – Pages of Travel
A luxury camping experience in Sri Lanka is probably the best option. Located in the Uda Walawe National Park is one of the best honeymoon destinations where you will have the options to unplug and keep moments by yourself. State of the art tents are available with full facilities and a private chef for an unforgettable dining experience. Although you are not allowed to ride or touch elephants (which is a good thing), you will be able to see them like neighbors hanging out in their yard.
Prices range from $250 – $600 per night including meals. There are a lot of companies that offer this kind of experience within the area so you can tailor it to your honeymoon budget.
Trisha – PS I’m On My Way
From coconut and palm fringed lined trees to wide spread paddy fields off the coast into the backwaters, to locals taking care of daily chores by the canals, Kerala, India is a mesmerizing site to behold. A house boat in the glistening back waters of Alleppey in Kerala makes for a picturesque sight and the perfect way to celebrate your honeymoon. Cruise in the backwaters, take a walk into the paddy fields or just laze around on the deck and catch the everyday moments and insight into the lives of people who stay in the background. Gliding down the calm and serene backwaters of Alleppey embraced by greens, see a rural Kerala preserved through the ages. It is not surprising that this is called the God’s Own Country. The beaches of Kerala offer an unique experience to draw in some Vitamin Sea and relax at the Ayurvedic spas that dot the countryside.
Sudipto De and Snigdha Bhowmick – Salt and Sandals
Langkawi, archipelago of 99 islands is located off the west coast of Malaysia is offers great combination of beaches and interesting day trips. During one week or ten days, you can visit the main island and enjoy amazing nature.
There are quite few amazing places to stay in Langkawi including both beach front resorts and some bungalows located more in the jungle. You can wake up and see the monkeys around. Few accommodation feature also traditional Malay houses (Sunset Valley Holiday Houses and Temple Tree Resort).
As for the activities, I would definitely recommend kayaking tour in Kilim Karst Geoforest Park where you can see amazing mangrove forest and lots of birds flying around (opt for boat if you are not too sporty). The underwater life around the archipelago is quite vivid as well – best place to see lot of fishes is Payar island. The place tends to be busy during the peak season, but the snorkeling is amazing.
Veronika – Veronika’s Adventure
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