10 Top Honeymoon Hotspots



Where do newlyweds want to go? Wedding site TheKnot.com gives us the inside scoop on the most frequented romantic destinations.

Hawaii

There are many reasons Hawaii continues to be the most popular spot for honeymooners: the beautiful beaches, active volcanoes, rushing waterfalls, luaus in the sand and warm water.

For West Coasters, a Hawaiian getaway is relatively easy and affordable, particularly during the shoulder season in April and May. But prices jump in the summer months.

Once there, it’s easy to book inter-island flights on Hawaiian Air, which is a great way to mix it up, advises Jeanenne Tornatore, a senior travel editor for Orbitz.com.

“Each island has its own atmosphere and level of activity or serenity to fit individual tastes,” she said.
By Jessica Dickler

 Jamaica

Although Jamaica is the stomping ground for college kids and families, it has a lot to offer couples, too. There’s a slew of world-class, all-inclusive resorts and a wide range of things to do, including horse back riding, exploring dolphin coves and listening to live reggae music.
The off-season is just getting started, making it an inexpensive and convenient option for those looking for a low-key getaway during the spring or summer.

Bahamas

The Bahamas is a quick trip for those on the East Coast, but it still feels a world away. With plenty of sun, sand and water sport, as well as five-star hotels like the One & Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island, the Bahamas is perfectly suited for honeymooners.
There are plenty of deals to be had, particularly during the summer months, but travelers should be wary of going during hurricane season.

St. Lucia

A little more off the beaten path, St. Lucia is gaining in popularity as a destination for honeymoons because of its breathtaking beauty and air of exclusivity.
Against the dramatic backdrop of the Piton Mountains, there are rain forests, sulfur springs, botanical gardens and a drive-in volcano.
With limited flights, travel arrangements could “boost the total vacation price upward,” cautioned Jeanenne Tornatore, a senior travel editor for Orbitz.com.
But St. Lucia is off-season in the summer months, which makes snagging a deal possible.

Cancun

For honeymoons, this Mexican city offers a lot more than Jell-O shots at Sr. Frogs, although “I would not go during the month of March,” noted Jeanenne Tornatore, a senior travel editor for Orbitz.com.
Beyond the Spring Break business, there a plenty of first-class resorts geared towards couples, with oceanfront beach beds in lieu of lounge chairs and champagne on arrival.
There’s also snorkeling or hiking through the ancient Mayan Ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula, not to mention the nightlife that put Cancun on the map.

Paris

The city of lights is home to the world’s most famous masterpieces, high-end stores, restaurants, cafes and exceptional views along the river Sienne. And no trip is complete without a stop at Notre Dame or the Eiffel Tower.
In the summer, paring this trip with a stop over in Nice or Cannes in the South of France ensures some beach time at one of the world’s greatest hotspots.

Santorini

The Knot’s Kristin Koch calls a honeymoon to Greece one of those “once in a lifetime vacations.” She suggests flying into Athens and spending a day exploring the city and its 2,500-year-old architecture and then hopping over to one of the small, beautiful islands outside the capital city. Like Santorini.
With whitewashed houses set on a cliff against a dark blue sea, Santorini is remarkably beautiful and exceptionally unique. Although the summer is the most popular time to go, Erik Halvorson, air inventory manager at Expedia recommends booking a flight and hotel together to shave a few hundred dollars off the cost of the trip.

Las Vegas

Vegas may be seen as more of a destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties, but this city has a lot to offer couples, too. There are incredible shows, shopping, fine dining and, of course, the casinos and nightlife.
With about 750 flights a day right to McCarran International Airport and thousands of room options, it’s also easy to score a deal.
Koch recommends picking a hotel with a luxe pool and spa, like Canyon Ranch at the Venetian, and then spending a few days at the Grand Canyon or Yellow Stone National Park for a well-rounded experience.

Costa Rica

This Central America hotspot offers a lot in the way of rest and relaxation as well as exploration. There are white and black sand beaches, tropical rainforests and adventure trails through the jungle.
Tourists come for the zip line and canopy tours but honeymooners may enjoy packages that include cutting edge spa treatments like massages with volcanic mud or a post-wedding detoxifying bath at one of the luxury hotels on the coast.
There are plenty of promotional deals during the summer and fall, but it’s also particularly rainy during this time.

Barcelona

Spain’s second largest city is The Knot’s Kristen Koch’s top pick for honeymooners. Sightseers will want to take in the Gaudi architecture (above), Romanesque art, live music and fine Spanish cuisine, where dinner starts well after 10p.m. and is often followed by dancing into the late hours of the night.
Those looking for a little more tranquility may want to hit one of the beaches on the city’s coast line or head to one of the nearby island enclaves like Ibiza or Majorca.
Summer is the high season though, so a trip to Spain with multiple stops can get pricey. For trips like this, Erik Halvorson, air inventory manager at Expedia, recommends booking at least 60 days in advance.

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