25 Romantic Destinations Perfect for Your Upcoming Honeymoon
Going on a honeymoon is one of those special occasions when you really want to splurge on a nice vacation. Some people go for exotic islands, others prefer famously romantic cities. Whichever your personal preference is, these 25 locations will have you swooning over the scenery alongside your partner:
1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
This French Polynesian wonderland checks all the boxes for an ideal honeymoon destination: it's remote, absolutely splendid to look at, and chock-full of activities that will bring you together. By now, you've surely seen the famous overwater bungalows that double as an excellent housing option for you and your loved one. But Bora Bora also boasts world-renowned beaches such as Plage Matira as well as marvelous displays of nature like Mount Otemanu. You can easily down a few cocktails at Bloody Mary's and then take part in the official Bora Bora Romantic Tour, which encompasses boat rides and snorkeling sessions that are meant to be experienced in pairs.
2. Paris, France
The most romantic city on Earth hardly needs any introduction, but if you're on the lookout for an accessible honeymoon getaway and don't mind sharing the spotlight with countless other couples, Paris is still hard to beat. Among other couple activities, you can get your picture taken in front of the Sacre-Coeur basilica or enjoy a walk on the charming Montmartre hill. And you may even avoid the crowds that typically fight for space on the Eiffel Tower by instead enjoying a marvelous view of it from the nearby Palais de Chaillot. Add to that the spectacular Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay, both of which contain many masterpieces that you and your partner can bond over, and you have yourself a city that epitomizes the idea of love and romance.
3. Bali, Indonesia
Blending awe-inspiring scenery with top-notch facilities that cater to the young and old alike, Bali is a paradise for honeymooners who love being outdoors. There are stupendous natural landmarks like Mount Batur and the Gitgit Waterfall to admire, alongside man-made gems such as Goa Gajah and the Tegalalang Rice Terrace. Additionally, you can visit Bali's incredible temples, with Uluwatu and Ulun Danu Beratan being just two of the most notable highlights. And if it's beaches you crave, there are few better things than enjoying a gorgeous sunset on Tegal Wangi Beach or going on a boat ride off the coast of Sanur.
4. Venice, Italy
Speaking of boat rides, if you had to name one city that you could explore via boat it would probably be Venice. Italy's famous canal-strewn settlement is a haven for romantics thanks to its iconic gondola rides, which can be used to explore legendary hotspots such as the Grand Canal and Burano Island. Then you've also got places like the Rialto Bridge, which is perfect for romantic photo ops, and St. Mark's Square, a popular meeting spot flanked by the basilica that bears its name. And if you manage to come here during the Venice Carnival, you'll get to add ornate masks and elaborate parties to the mix as well.
5. Santorini, Greece
This small Greek island is a repository of some of the most eye-popping images you'll ever get to witness. How else to describe the incredible sunsets that have made the village of Oia a must-see for all honeymooners? Or the whitewashed homes that stand on the edge of a cliff in Fira? And let's not forget about the massive water-filled volcanic caldera that sits at the center of Santorini. All these things make for an exciting journey, during which you may also want to reserve room for the Akrotiri Archeological Site or the aptly-titled Red Beach, where you can enjoy some quality R&R while sitting right below a spectacularly-red cliff wall.
The quintessential South Pacific paradise, Fiji is a rich archipelago filled with gorgeous islands that are just waiting to be explored. Several of them cater to honeymooners and couples via attractions like the Blue Lagoon Cruise, which lets you sample several Fiji islands including Mamanuca and Yasawa. Once you've found your ideal location, you can spend most of your days relaxing or taking sunset walks on the beach, with the likes of Wailoaloa and Natadola being prime candidates for such activities. If you're the kind of couple that likes to bond during nature expeditions, visiting the Colo-I-Suva Forest Park is a must, whereas the Big Bula Waterpark will appeal to honeymooners with a thirst for adrenaline-pumping rides.
7. Buenos Aires, Argentina
The birthplace of tango is a suitably romantic destination for honeymooners with a preference for old-school style. Buenos Aires' golden age is still evident in the splendid colonial buildings found in Plaza de Mayo, the most important of which is Casa Rosada, whose pink Presidential Palace was often used by Eva Peron for her impassioned speeches to the public. But there are many such highlights spread throughout the Argentinian capital, from the ornate Teatro Colon to the imposing National Congress Palace, which is best viewed from the nearby Kilometer Zero milestone. Even something as apparently gloomy as a cemetery has a romantic flair in Buenos Aires, with La Recoleta containing various tombs that double as pieces of art dedicated to notable Argentines of a bygone era.
8. Maui, Hawaii
Hawaii and honeymoons are almost inextricably linked, and if you go to a place like Maui you'll see exactly why that is. As the second-largest island in the archipelago, Maui boasts 120 miles of coastline, with beaches such as Wailea and Makena being among the most popular spots, while more secluded beaches like Kaihalulu cater to travelers who are looking for a more intimate experience. Enjoying a sunset there or in places like the Hookipa Beach Park will make for an indelible memory for you and your partner. But you can also put on your hiking boots and explore the Haleakala National Park together, or witness the sea creatures that populate the Maui Ocean Center.
9. Tuscany, Italy
With its gentle climate and myriad wonderful cities and villages, Tuscany is a dream come true for couples looking to experience the good life on their honeymoon. Simply renting a car and traversing the rolling hills around Volterra can be a magical experience, particularly if you stop to admire the ancient ruins at Parco Archeologico along the way. Or you could visit the scenic region of Chianti to sample some of Tuscany's most celebrated wines. And there are a plethora of small historic settlements waiting to be discovered, with San Gimignano in particular being a real sight for sore eyes.
If you're looking for a top-notch exotic locale for your post-wedding celebrations, the Maldives offer everything you could hope for. The various islands that make up the archipelago each have something to recommend them, from Meeru's all-inclusive resorts to Maafushi's facilities for water sports. And places that cater the couples abound everywhere you look. At the very least, we recommend witnessing an unforgettable sunset from the main jetty in Kuramathi and watching the waters of Vaadhoo turn into a sea of stars at night thanks to their rare bioluminescent properties. And, if you can afford it, spring for one of those overwater bungalows for maximum intimacy and comfort, which you'll find in places such as Kanifinolhu and Meedhupparu.
11. Cancun, Mexico
One of Mexico's oldest and best-known resort towns, Cancun will delight you with its understated elegance. All the hallmarks of an excellent beach-centric honeymoon are here, from beautiful sandy hotspots such as Playa Norte and Isla Contoy to gorgeous cliff lookouts like Punta Sur and even an underwater sculpture museum that you can only reach by scuba-diving. Add to that places like Xcaret Park, an eco-archeological marvel that will leave you gasping as you explore its myriad attractions, plus the Interactive Aquarium Cancun, and you have all the makings of a stimulating destination that will be a real joy to experience as a couple.
For a city that's jam-packed into a tiny slot of land, Singapore throws quite a punch and can easily go toe-to-toe with any other modern metropolis. As far as honeymooners are concerned, the city stands out due to its unique attractions and vibrant atmosphere. The resplendent Gardens by the Bay are chock-full of amazing architectural displays while the Bay East Garden offers some unbeatable views of Singapore's skyline. Then there's Universal Studios, a movie-themed amusement park that will delight couples who are into films, and the aptly-named Night Safari, the rare zoo that focuses almost exclusively on nocturnal animals and can therefore be visited after-dark. Finally, the downtown-adjacent Merlion Park is a treat to behold, with its huge statue depicting a mythical half-lion, half-fish creature as its centerpiece.
13. Mahe, Seychelles
Probably the most picturesque island destination in all of Africa, Seychelles is a great place to visit if you want all the benefits of an exotic honeymoon without the costs often associated with going to the Caribbean. There are pretty beaches galore on Mahe, the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago, with Anse Soleil and Beau Vallon Beach in particular garnering acclaim for their beauty and cleanliness. In addition, nature reigns supreme across large swaths of the island, which means that you can walk the Anse Major Trail together with your loved one or have a picnic in the vast Morne Seychelles National Park whenever you feel like.
14. Barcelona, Spain
As one of Europe's most popular destinations for travelers, Barcelona has a bit of something for everyone. That includes honeymooners, who will delight in seeing this spectacular city up close. Featuring a unique architectural style that's evident in masterpieces like Park Guell, Casa Mila and the still-unfinished La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona also has several spots that are perfect for strolling like the pedestrian-only La Rambla street. What's more, you can climb Montjuic hill to enjoy some stellar views from outside the Palau Nacional, or get to work on exploring Barcelona's historic center, also known as the Gothic Quarter, where the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia is located.
15. Marrakech, Morocco
Mysterious and alluring, Marrakech is a city that encapsulates North Africa's charm and is perfect for honeymooners looking for a slightly more offbeat experience. After all, few cities contain a place as unique and exquisitely beautiful as Jardin Majorelle, while also making room for the bustling marketplace of Jemaa el-Fna. Intrepid couples will love exploring Marrakech's every nook and cranny, including the urban retreat of Parque Lalla Hasna and the boutique elegance of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. And if you're in the mood for adventure, the city is also an excellent starting point for a Sahara desert tour, replete with camels for that sweet vintage feel.
16. Prague, Czech Republic
The capital of the Czech Republic is one of the most well-preserved cities in Europe, an architectural marvel that will bring out the inner romantic in anyone. The city hosts several superb landmarks such as Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge, while also offering excellent vantage points in select spots like the top of the Prague Astronomical Clock. Lovebirds would do well to spend some time exploring the hillside gardens of Petrin, or watching the swans swim by on the Vltava River. And if you're in the mood for more animal-watching, the Prague Zoo features a plethora of exotic creatures including hippos, rhinos and Komodo dragons.
17. Monte Carlo, Monaco
An iconic playground for the rich and famous, Monte Carlo truly is a place where glamor and glitz reign supreme. One need only visit the terrace of Place du Casino, home to numerous events and breathtaking views of the coastline, in order to get a glimpse of Monte Carlo's grandeur. Alternatively, the small but alluring Jardins de la Petite Afrique will delight you with lush vegetation and plenty of resting spots. And nothing quite beats taking a nighttime stroll on Avenue de la Costa and going on a window-shopping spree that covers the area's many luxury boutique stores.
18. Lisbon, Portugal
Sure, Portugal's capital city of Lisbon has great weather almost throughout the year. And yes, there are renowned attractions here like the Belem Tower, the Jeronimos Monastery and Sao Jorge Castle that should tickle the fancy of every self-respecting tourist. But the city also has a way of charming honeymooners specifically, thanks to its rich landscapes and fantastic observation points. There's more than one place that allows you to gaze upon Lisbon's panorama, with the Miradouro da Graca viewpoint being a clear highlight. Plus, you've got the elegant Rossio square where you can rest and do some people-watching, and the tree-filled Jardim da Estrela for those romantic evening walks.
19. Napa Valley, USA
If there's one thing that tends to unite people of all races and creeds, it's good old-fashioned alcohol. Without overdoing it, you can toast to your enduring marriage by booking a honeymoon tour of Napa Valley. Here, celebrated wineries like Castello di Amorosa and Domaine Carneros eagerly await your arrival, with tasting sessions that will delight your taste buds. But even if you don't particularly care for wine, the unforgettable landscape of the valley is sure to win you over with its verdant slopes and unique sights. And if you'd like to bring a little something home with you, the Oxbow Public Market is there to cater to your every whim.
20. St. Lucia
What better way to kickstart a brand new life together with your partner than by taking them to an all-expenses-paid trip to the Caribbean? While that region has its fair share of winners, St. Lucia is among the most naturally-gifted of them all. Top-notch beaches such as Reduit and Vigie allow you to kick back and relax, whereas jagged peaks like Gros Piton will have you in awe of nature's prowess. This is a place where you can even swim in naturally-occurring sulphur springs that originated as a result of formerly-active volcanoes. And if that sounds like too much for you, the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens offer a can't-miss alternative.
21. Florence, Italy
As the centerpiece of Tuscany, Florence deserves its own spotlight. The Tuscan settlement is one of those destinations that seems tailor-made for romantics. Couples of all ages will enjoy getting their picture taken on Ponte Vecchio or going on a horse-drawn carriage tour through Piazza della Signoria. And nothing quite beats a sunny day spent traversing the Boboli Gardens, a marvelous historical park filled with Renaissance-era statues. That's not to say you can't have a marvelous date night spent entirely indoors, what with Florence featuring top art museums like the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery, the latter home to Michelangelo's celebrated sculpture of David.
22. Turks and Caicos Islands
A top shelf destination for honeymooners looking for the perfect island escape, Turks & Caicos is a small archipelago gifted with innumerable points of interest. This little slice of heaven stands out primarily because of its beaches, with Grace Bay Beach and Parrot Cay being just two of its most notable highlights. Swimming in the ocean at sunset is as good as it gets, particularly if it's accompanied by dives to one of the many coral reefs located here. And on land the archipelago is no less gifted thanks to attractions like the Casablanca Casino and the Grand Turk Lighthouse.
23. Big Sur, USA
Saddled between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Big Sur is a veritable paradise for climbers and hikers, and makes for a perfect honeymoon destination if you and your partner love the great outdoors. Whether staring down the 80-foot drop of the McWay Falls or driving with the top down on the scenic 17 Mile Drive, you'll certainly never lack for options here. Big Sur also boasts some of the most unforgettable coastal sunsets you're likely to see, with vantage points in places such as Point Lobos and Lone Cypress. For best results, stay overnight at the Pfeiffer Big Sur campground, located close to its namesake beach.
24. Amalfi Coast, Italy
Another remarkable coastal area, the Amalfi Coast is located in the Sorrentine Peninsula in Italy. If possible, try renting a vehicle and exploring it via the Amalfi Drive, easily one of the most scenic roads in the world. This route will take you through the region, along which you'll encounter special places such as Positano with its pastel-colored houses and eponymous beach, Villa Rufolo with its gorgeous gardens and terraces, and Ravello, whose top point offers the best views of the region by far. And no trip to the Amalfi Coast would be complete without a visit to the Emerald Cave, one of the few cave systems large enough to accommodate a full boat ride for you and your partner.
25. Savannah, USA
A historic southern city with an idyllic feel that's perfect for honeymoons and other romantic excursions, Savannah is the kind of place where you can go on a horse-drawn carriage tour and feel like you've been instantly transported to another era. That's thanks to places like the East River Street, still covered in cobblestones after all these years, and Forsyth Park, which hosts a beautiful fountain amidst large shady trees and paved paths. And, speaking of trees, you owe it to yourself to also visit the Wormsloe Historic Site, a large historic area known primarily for its incredible tree tunnel.
All things considered, going someplace special is a must for your honeymoon. So take our list as a starting point and get to work on customizing your ideal romantic getaway. After all, what better way to start off your marriage on the right foot than by taking a trip you'll always remember?