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Where Would (or Did) You Go on Your Honeymoon?

8 Amazing Honeymoon Destinations

After all the ups and downs of wedding planning, and giddy excitement of the big day, the honeymoon is finally a chance to straight chill. Alex and I went to Italy and Greece, and I still daydream about it, seven years later. Here, eight cool couples reveal the destinations they loved…

8 Amazing Honeymoon Destinations

8 Amazing Honeymoon Destinations

PORTUGAL has history, design, beaches and vineyards — and it’s pretty dang affordable, too. We rented a car so we could spend time outside of the bigger cities. For example, Comporta is a beach town amid rice fields. Stay at this freaking adorable house (with a hammock, obviously), and eat the ultra-fresh grilled fish and fava bean salad at the beachside restaurant Sal. And Arraiolos is a teeny town in the up-and-coming wine region Alentejo — super pretty with all its cork and olive trees. We stayed at Villa Extramuros, a design-oriented B&B with a sick pool and sheep grazing on the property.” — Erica Cerulo

8 Amazing Honeymoon Destinations

“We took a winter honeymoon to Canada’s BANFF National Park. We went on snowy hikes and even saw a moose from a few yards away! We swam at night in the outdoor hot springs during a blizzard. We wandered around the charming town. We skied at Lake Louise — those Canadian ski runs are unbelievably long and meandering. Since we were on a budget, we ended up hotel/motel-hopping around the area. It was really fun.” — Abby Clawson Low

8 Amazing Honeymoon Destinations

8 Amazing Honeymoon Destinations

“We took A ROAD TRIP across the United States — from Utah to New York City, by way of Marfa, Austin, New Orleans, Savannah, Charleston, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Gettysburg. New Orleans was a definitely a highlight. We ended up staying an extra night, so we could explore the city more. A friend had recommended an amazing backyard bar with live local bands. I’ll always remember that meal — we sat there for a few hours just soaking it in. We honestly enjoyed every single day — as we approached NYC, we both wished we could keep driving!” — Alpha Smoot

8 Amazing Honeymoon Destinations

8 Amazing Honeymoon Destinations

“We went to Italy’s AMALFI COAST. As a gay couple we wanted to make sure we honeymooned in a region of the world where we wouldn’t think twice about expressing our affection, and I must say, the Italians absolutely showered us in well wishes and love. Lots of free champagne and hugs.

“The hotel we loved was the Grand Hotel Convento di’Amalfi, a 13th century monastery that has been thoughtfully converted into a gorgeous hotel perched on a cliff. Our favorite town was Praiano, a small hamlet outside Positano. We hiked up off the church square and ate at a restaurant called Kasai. It ended up being the best meal of the entire trip.

“One day, we spontaneously rented a private boat with a skipper for coastal exploration. We chose not to visit Capri or the Blue Grotto, and instead pressed our skipper, Franco, to take us to hidden nooks of the coastline. We would stop now and again, jumping into the water and swimming into the grottos dotted along the cliffs with no other people in sight. He also had Frank Sinatra playing on the boat the entire day, and Ol’ Blue Eyes was the perfect companion, along with a Peroni and a float in the Mediterranean.” — Stef Halmos

8 Amazing Honeymoon Destinations

“For our honeymoon, we wanted to get as far off the grid as possible without actually going out into the middle of nowhere. When we discovered Casa Gallina in TAOS, New Mexico, we were sold. We spent a week in the Bantam Roost, a two-story casita with a wood-burning kiva fireplace and a roof deck with fantastic mountain views. The proprietor, Richard, would bring us fruit from the garden and fresh eggs from his chickens. We spent so much time on the roof deck, reading and sketching, napping in the hammock and gazing at the stars. My other favorite memories are hiking in Taos Ski Valley and then toasting with beers at the Bavarian Lodge, and going for a hot air balloon ride over the Rio Grande Gorge (we saw a herd of elk!). It was a magical trip.” — Corrie Pikul

8 Amazing Honeymoon Destinations

“We headed to COSTA RICA’s Pacific coast and stayed at a tiny resort called Milarepa. It’s basically four huts and a dining area right on the beach. Super minimal, but also beautifully appointed. Outdoor showers. No TVs. It’s all about romance and unwinding. We had plans to do all sorts of things but we loved Milarepa so much, we just stayed there, ate delicious food, took long walks on the beach and talked about moving there permanently. Which we didn’t do… though we still talk about it from time to time, even 15 years later!” — Brooke Williams

8 Amazing Honeymoon Destinations

8 Amazing Honeymoon Destinations

“My husband and I honeymooned in TUSCANY and stayed at this lovelllllly villa with the loveliest owner in Chianti. It’s truly a hidden gem. We spent our days walking around the beautiful towns, eating the most delicious food, and driving from one picturesque view to another.” — Liza Lowinger

8 Amazing Honeymoon Destinations

8 Amazing Honeymoon Destinations

“We went to CORSICA, which is wild and beautiful. Our favorite thing to do was hike among the wildflowers all over the island. It’s the most fragrant place — juniper, rosemary, thyme, myrtle, eucalyptus, and lavender. We came across a farm with fresh goat and sheep cheese. Our best meal was a picnic we made with those cheeses, jams, honey and local breads.” — Kavi and David Moltz

Where would (or did) you go?

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(Portugal wall photo by Kendra Murphy. Portugal beach photo by Alamy, via Conde Nast Traveler. Photo of Banff National Park by Stevin Tuchiwsky. New Orleans photo by Angelique Cook. Amalfi Coast photo by Angelworx Photography. Costa Rica photo via Instagram. Corsica photo via Condé Nast Traveller. All other photos courtesy of the couples interviewed.)

  1. We got married in South Africa so we stayed on for a few nights in Capetown and the winelands. Then we we went on safari before heading to Mozambique for beach days. Africa will steal your heart and you will leave a piece of it there.

  2. Bridget says...

    We just got back from our honeymoon to South Africa a few days ago. Although slightly unconventional, it was absolutely perfect. We went to Cape Town (metropolitan area surrounded by ocean and gorgeous mountains), Stellenbosch (SA’s wine region), and Kruger National Park (safari). We got to do a little bit of everything and it felt busy enough to keep us entertained, but relaxing enough to feel like we were on vacation. People thought we were crazy but I wouldn’t have gone anywhere else! Love hearing about others’ honeymoons as well.

  3. Brittany says...

    My brand new husband, Ben, and I just got married on August 13th(!!) and we just got back from our honeymoon in Oregon! We spent the last week in Portland, and spent the weekend in Manzanita, OR – in the Airbnb you recommended! (Thank you, Joanna!) We LOVED the coast (we are from Minneapolis) – it was my first time seeing the pacific, and it felt right to us to stay in the U.S. for our honeymoon since we paid for most of our wedding ourselves and didn’t want to start our marriage off broke. It was a lovely week, and very affordable! Now we can start saving for Europe :)

  4. Kendra says...

    We JUST got home from our honeymoon (and I am now binge-ing on all the Cup of Jo posts I missed!) and we also took a road trip across the USA. It was a childhood dream of both of ours. We drove from PA to CA, stopping along the way at some MLB ballparks, Chicago, The Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Portland, Redwoods, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Yosemite, and finally LA. We put in over 5,000 miles! It was exhausting, but we had an amazing time, and made some unforgettable friends.

  5. Ellie says...

    I lived in Radda (the city in Tuscany) for two separate summers in college. Honestly one of the most beautiful towns on Earth. I consider it one of my “homes” because everything just seems so perfect there.

  6. Marta says...

    As a proud Portuguese, I’m happy to see Portugal featured! I think as a honeymoon, to spend few days in Lisbon and then drive to the south (Algarve) for some relaxing days in the beach is an awesome plan and much more affordable than Spain or Italy :)

  7. I’m thinking of staying in the city (I’m from the suburbs), renting a cheap Airbnb, and exploring my hometown like a tourist!

  8. A. Jackson says...

    My husband and I drove from my hometown in SC, where we Wed, to New Orleans. We stayed in a bed and breakfast on Esplanade for 4 days and 3 nights. Great food, museums, jazz at Preservation Hall, lots of walking, great weather (late October). It was super romantic.

  9. Barb says...

    We just got married in July and are going on our honeymoon in late September/early October.

    My husband spent loads of time researching credit cards to open that would give us reward miles and points to use toward miles and hotels so that we could plan a trip of a lifetime. We’re lucky enough to be going to the Maldives for 5 nights (full board resort in Sept is comparable in price to a nice resort in Mexico!) then on to Barcelona for 1 week. Right now we’re debating whether to spend some time in Madrid or Mallorca in addition to Barcelona.

    I highly recommend looking into credit cards with perks – if you can afford to pay them off right away of course! If you are going to pay all that money for the wedding you want, you may as well get some perks too.

    • Jennifer says...

      I just got back from Spain and Madrid was a bit of a let down to me, try Valencia or definitely Majorca!

  10. We went to Cuba for 10 days. It was not very “vacation-y” since we were constantly traveling to different cities, not to mention to shock of being in a communist dictatorship (a shock that never really wore off), but it was an incredible trip. An adventure full of the warmth of incredible people, questions that went unanswered, and unbelievable amounts of rum consumed.

  11. Claire Johnson says...

    We were broke as could be- we were just elated to be getting married! I had saved for months to afford my wedding dress and shoes. My husband and I were planning on heading to our new little apartment together. But his older sister and her husband wouldn’t hear of it. They bought us a one night’s stay at a nice hotel near where we were married. It was a beautiful place! The hardest part was the fact we didn’t have the code to the locked gate by the time we arrived. His sister had to be contacted and it was a long wait. We finally got in before 1am and fell straight asleep before having to leave by 10:30 am. I still miss the fact we didn’t have a honeymoon. Perhaps one day we will be able to go somewhere (by ourselves- we have three little ones now) and celebrate our marriage in a beautiful place. Yet, it is good to start out so humbly.

  12. Kelsey says...

    We were totally cliche and went to an all-inclusive in Jamaica. However, we just returned last week for our five-year anniversary, bringing along 3 other couples — two of whom had also go there for their honeymoon and one set of newbies. The resort (Couples Tower Isle) holds a special place in our heart, and while there might be fancier or more exotic locales, we absolutely love it there.

  13. I would love to go to somewhere no one has ever been to! Just the two of us! Impossible right? I love unique things lol and so is my blog. Do visit – Angel Eze’s Blogvine.

  14. I would love to go to somewhere no one has ever been to! Just the two of us! Impossible right? I love unique things lol and so is my blog. Do visit – Angel Eze’s Blogvine. http://www.Angeles's blogspot.com

  15. Stacey says...

    We went on a European jaunt for our honeymoon – Switzerland (Zurich & Lucerne), Austria (Innsbruck), Germany (Munich & Cologne), and Belgium (Bruges, Ghent & Brussels). SUCH a great experience that I still daydream about to this day, nearly 2 years later!

  16. Emily says...

    we rented an open air house with a pool on saint lucia. every time we left our house to go to town or out to eat or to the beach (while all these things were lovely), we wondered… what are we doing and why aren’t we drinking spicy gin and tonics in our private jungle pool right now?! we had grand designs on hiking and diving and we did none of it, just blissed out in our little house with our incredible view and lots of local banana ice cream.

  17. jessica says...

    We spent two weeks in Iceland, and we can’t wait to go back!

  18. Michelle says...

    Just booked our honeymoon – we going to Sri Lanka, Singapore and Dubai. We are so excited!

  19. Melanie says...

    Our honeymoon is still my favorite trip of all time. We wanted mountains, and quiet, and good food. We tossed around the idea of Iceland or Banff but decided we wanted to stay in the states so we ended up in Breckenridge, CO. It was glorious. We didn’t rent a car (best choice ever) and just took a shuttle to Breck. Our resort (hotel? seemed fancier) was a quick walk to ‘town’ and we just meandered around (it was July), walked, ate, ate more, sat out on our porch in the morning looking at the mountains, ate more, drank a lot, and slept. It was so relaxing and glorious.

  20. Fiona says...

    We ended up taking two mini-moons (due in part to broke-ness), thanks to the kindness of friends and family. The first was a road trip through Massachusetts and Maine where lovely friends had lent us their summer homes to stay in, which we adored. We ate everything, drank amazing beer, had ice cream every day, saw whales, and just soaked in being together. The second mini-moon was in Mexico (where we got married), my godfather lent us his weekend cabin about 1.5 hours south of Mexico City in a tiny town, we climbed hills, saw coati (look them up, they’re adorable!) and drank beer and ate quesadillas. There was a massive thunder storm one day in and the whole valley ran out of electricity so the restaurants were all closed, so we bought up all the Oaxaca cheese at a steal (couldn’t let it go to waste), walked around the markets, and then watched SO many movies in a row on my computer – until the battery died. It was incredible!

  21. Until recently I was working at a travel agency that specialized in honeymoons. For me it is important to have someone guide you in the sense that they know the market (there are some destinations that are similar, but tickets to there would make the cost of the package double, while you could do the same thing somewhere else, where it’s much more affordable to travel to). Then you need that someone to advise you, based on what you imagine yourself doing during the trip: relaxing, discovering water sports, living an adventure, indulging in luxury, making an educational trip, etc.
    For me the ideal would be something that combines some sightseeing, and relaxation by the sea, in nature, but in a luxurious environment where I can also enjoy a nice romantic dinner, and enjoy the spa facilities for example.
    Different people like different things though, so there is no “recipe” for the best honeymoon!

  22. Alpha — was it Bacchanal? Love that place. I lived in New Orleans for 3 years and it is one of my favorites!

    We spent our honeymoon in Phuket, Thailand and splurged on a luxury hotel. Totally worth every penny!

  23. Lindsey says...

    The San Juan Islands in Washington state. So beautiful and relaxing. Lopez Island was our highlight!

    • leathermansgal says...

      I live on nearby Whidbey Island. I agree, the San Juans are sooo beautiful!

  24. Kristian says...

    We went to Paris. The flower girl gave me norovirus, so the night before we left we ended up in the emergency room (I’d also recently been diagnosed with diabetes and it was the first time I’d been sick after that so my glucose levels were of some concern). We ultimately didn’t sleep after being released from the hospital and drove the airport. Despite being sick though…. Paris was fantastic and really romantic (not in a cliche way either, which we half wondered about.

  25. Brittany says...

    We live in Maine, and as a Ph.D. student, we did not have a lot of time for a honeymoon. We had visited Plymouth, Mass. several times and loved it, so we stayed there for a week. We got to stay in a three hundred year-old house, explore Cape Cod, and day trip to Boston. I have so many fond memories of it. :)

  26. We rented a small house in a Tuscany hill. We stayed there for nine days, with a couple of cats, a little jacuzzi, the best view, and it was super relaxing and nice. The house had a record player and lots of vinyl records, classical music, italian opera, Puccini arias! Just what we needed! (Puccini was born just a couple of miles away) Here are some pictures: http://glambibliotekaren.blogspot.no/2011/05/var-bryllupsreise.html (in Norwegian, not sure how well google will translate it..)

  27. Kendra Wilkins says...

    We honeymooned in Aruba and it was amazing! Such a tiny little island, and we were able to explore nearly every inch of it. Nine years later and I can’t wait to go back (one day)

  28. E says...

    friends of mine did a 3 day trip to a nearby bed and breakfast right after their wedding and then a big dream trip to italy for their 1 year anniversary. I can’t believe more people don’t do that, because it sounds like the ideal combo to me!
    My partner and I travel a lot and it is amazing but also exhausting and expensive, I can’t imagine doing it right after the wedding!

    • Rebecca says...

      My husband and I did a similar thing – we went on a three day trip to the North Fork shortly after our wedding (we live in NYC). And for our one year anniversary we did a two week trip. We started in LA and drove up the coast to SF, stayed in SF two days and then flew out to Hawaii for a week. It was wonderful.

  29. Gretchen says...

    We got married in South Africa so we stayed on for a few nights in Capetown and the winelands. Then we we went on safari before heading to Mozambique for beach days. Africa will steal your heart and you will leave a piece of it there.

  30. My husband and I immediately set off for our honeymoon in Italy after the wedding. We did Rome, the Amalfi coast, and Florence! Far and away the most incredible place we stayed was the Monastero Santa Rosa http://monasterosantarosa.com/ – another converted Monastery perched in the cliffs along the coast. I’ve heard lots of people say they felt Positano and even Praiano were too busy, but Conca dei Marini is a lesser known spot and I literally dream about the hotel to this day.

  31. For our honeymoon, my husband and I went to Wichita, Kansas. It’s 45 minutes from our hometown and a city we know like the back of our hands! I know, this sounds boring. But in retrospect this was my VERY FAVORITE WEDDING CHOICE! Our wedding was so DIY and by the time it was over, we were utterly exhausted. We didn’t go far but we set up in a lux hotel in a part of town where there were tons of restaurants within walking distance and we didn’t leave our hotel room except to eat for three days. ;)
    It was such a relief to be able to completely relax and enjoy one another rather than feeling like we had to do everything since we were in a town we’d never been in, before.

    For our first anniversary we went to New Orleans and it was so dreamy. It felt like we were able to make the most of our time there since we’d had a year to rest up from the work of a wedding. Haha!

  32. Linda says...

    We drove up the coast from Los Angeles and stayed in a couple family members’ vacation homes. We had a wonderful time and probably spent about $500 altogether. All the rest of our money during our early marriage went toward the downpayment on our first home. A couple years later, we used the equity in that condo to go toward the home on the CA coast that we currently live in. So for the past 18 years, we’ve lived where we honeymooned. :)

  33. Karen says...

    We went to Iceland. I highly recommend it for it’s raw, beautiful wilderness.

  34. Kat says...

    We had a destination wedding on Maui with a small group of friends and family. We all arrived a couple of days before the wedding for some pre wedding group snorkeling, beach days and relaxation. The day after the wedding, my husband and I took off and went to Kauai for our honeymoon. The rest of our wedding party stayed on Maui or went to Oahu for a couple of days before returning home. We were fortunate that our parents paid for the whole wedding including travel costs so our only expense was paying for the honeymoon.

  35. Sara says...

    We went to Hawaii (the big island and Maui) for 2 weeks and it was amazing! My husband had gone to Hawaii with his family as a kid and had been wanting to go back ever since so he was immediately all over that for our honeymoon. We spent several nights at a beautiful house on the northwest side of the big island (it was so unlike what I was expecting – there were rolling green hills and sheep in our front yard! It felt like Ireland!) We did a helicopter tour of the island, zip-lined, visited a coffee farm, and ate amazing poke. Then we flew on a little puddle-jumper to Maui and drove the crazy road to Hana (my husband drove and I closed my eyes half the time!) We stayed at a gorgeous secluded resort there called Travaasa. From there, we went hiking in Haleakala National Park and took a tour of this absolutely amazing fruit farm called ONO Organic Farms. After a few days of paradise we drove to the other side of Maui to stay at the Ritz Carlton for our last few nights, where we snorkeled (my husband’s first time and he was totally hooked! We saw the most amazing sea turtle and took cool underwater photos) and had several epic dinners.

    On the way back to the East Coast we stayed in San Francisco for a few nights, which was a fun way to ease out of being on “island time” before going back to real life :)

    It was not cheap, but it was one of the best trips of my life — we had such a wonderful time together and it was great to relax, go on little adventures, and just enjoy each other after the stress and hustle bustle of wedding planning.

  36. We went to Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands. As our families had come all the way to New Zealand from the UK and Argentina for our wedding, we spent a bit of time with them around the time of our wedding, so ended up taking off on our honeymoon 6 months later. It was a welcome break and felt like a second celebration! We zipped around the island on scooters, pulling up at different beaches, and took a small plane to Aitutaki island one day, the most picture-perfect spot in the Pacific with sleepy villages, white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Take me back!

  37. Sarah says...

    We live in Florida and went to San Francisco, Carmel, Yosemite and Napa! We loved it- the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure.

  38. Geoliz says...

    South Africa! It was once in a lifetime so worth the long flights. It was a great combo of cities, nature, wine country, excellent food, and it was amazingly affordable because of the current exchange rate. Highly recommend!

  39. Sara says...

    My husband and I went to Spain for two weeks 5 months before our wedding – which we considered our “pre honeymoon”. My brother was living in Granada for school, as we toured much of Southern Spain – and I’ve loved the country ever since. For our actual honeymoon we traveled to Prince Edward Island (we’re Canadian, it’s off Nova Scotia and our smallest province) for a week. I traveled there all through my childhood, and it was only his second time in the Maritimes. It was a wonderful trip squeezed into our work schedules post wedding.

  40. Kate says...

    We got married and honeymooned in Cape Town, South Africa. Most beautiful place on earth!

    • Gina says...

      Kate…I loved reading that you get married and honeymooned in Cape Town So. Africa. My bro lives there and it is beautiful!!

  41. Judith C says...

    Big Spring, Texas. Yeah, that was special but we were moving to start a new life together and that’s all we thought about. It’s been 35 years as of last Sunday. The honeymoon doesn’t make the marriage.

  42. We’re from San Diego. We took a family honeymoon to Europe. We spent most of the time in Amsterdam then went to Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. It was awesome!

  43. Lucy says...

    We honeymooned in Samoa, and I would highly recommend it. It wasn’t touristy at all, so relaxing and the most beautiful beaches and trenches. (Google to-Sua trench and you’ll see what I mean!) I found that after our wedding we were so exhausted, the last thing we wanted to do was traipse around Europe, so spending a lot of time exploring empty beaches and napping was perfect for us.

  44. Candice2 says...

    We went to Italy for two weeks about a month after our wedding five years ago. We went in November before the holidays started so we got all of the off season pricing and next to no crowds: Torino, Parma, Florence, Rome, and we spent a night at a farmhouse between Torino and Parma. I was worried I’d over planned the trip but it turns out there is a lot of time to be had during the day when you have no responsibilities! We still reminisce and miss it so much!

  45. Nina Leung says...

    We backpacked northern India for a month during the summer. It was sweltering, uncomfortable, and, in many ways, terrible, but, there were so many magical moments that we still talk about 13 years later. We chose India because we had already traveled a lot and we wanted to go somewhere that was changing quickly.

  46. Suzanne says...

    I’m from the east coast so wanted my wedding to be in my hometown even though I’d just moved to the west coast to be near my fiance. So because of the traveling and required time off for a wedding across the country, we took our honeymoon two months later. We flew to New Zealand, rented a car, and drove around both islands. We spent our first night in a lovely bed and breakfast but the rest of the time either camped or stayed in hostels. Oh, except for the one night a sweet couple hosted us at their house after we met them at a museum. We had a wonderful two weeks together hiking, surfing, swimming, and camping our way around such a beautiful country. I’d never recommend such a trip right after a wedding (you need to RELAX after such a busy time), but it worked so well to honeymoon this way a bit later.

  47. Heather. says...

    We live in San Diego so for our honeymoon we went to Alaska! We hiked, took helicopter rides and stood on glaciers. We also saw so much wildlife like bald eagles, orca and baby bears. It was summer so the long days were fun and the sweatshirt weather was a perfect change of pace for us.

  48. Julie says...

    Who can afford to go overseas for a honeymoon? Good grief! We went an hour inland from our San Diego ceremony and stayed a couple nights at a bed and breakfast type place (we had our own little cabin) and then we did a couple nights at a hotel by the beach. Short and sweet and perfect. And most importantly, didn’t break the bank!!!

    • Cg says...

      This (^). From SF, we were already partly paying for our wedding, to save money we designed and made our own invitations, and I made my veil. You could say we were fairly young (26), just out if grad school and budding professional artists hoping to buy a house one day. We chose to spend three days in Monterey, and swung by into Carmel. Stayed at the Seven Gables Inn and met a couple who was celebrating their 50th (!!) anniversary. It was sweet, we congratulated them and they did us.

    • Brittany says...

      That was us too! We knew we did not have the time or funds to go overseas. We live in Maine, got married in October, and honeymooned in Plymouth so we could be close to Cape Cod and Boston.

      PS. We are originally from Southern California. Did you stay in Julian?

  49. Carolin says...

    Backpacked in India for 6 weeks!

    My husband and I have both an adventurous streak and decided to do what we both had been dreaming of: we traveled around India. Our favorite parts were the amazing cave temples carved out of rock (Ellora and Ajanta) and sipping tea in McCleoud Ganj in the Himalayas.

  50. Gillian says...

    After 18 months of glitch-free wedding planning, my husband found out he had to deploy 10 days after we got married, putting a big X through our honeymoon plans. We ran away to Tulum, Mexico for a short, but very sweet get away, before our time apart. We had a lovely time laying on the beach, drinking tequila, staying out late, eating fresh seafood (and sooo much guacamole), and just soaking up being alone together. It was the first time we had actually gone on a real vacation together (i.e. the only goal of the trip was to relax) and after 6 years, it was SO exciting.

    In the months he has been gone, I took myself on several trips- St. Martin, Joshua Tree, The Hamptons, Miami, Denver, and one night I opened my email and had a plane ticket to Hawaii to meet up with him.

    I’ll gladly trade my honeymoon for a life of adventure.

  51. Tracy says...

    Kauai!!! hanalei bay was a dream.

  52. Liz says...

    We enjoyed a honeymoon to Italy five years ago this September (where did the time go?). Since we were not seasoned travelers, we took a guided tour that started in Rome (we saw the Pope!) and looped through Tuscany (Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano), up to Venice, down through Assisi, Orvieto and back to Rome. We explored historical sites and churches, enjoyed fresh wine and fabulous food!

    My favorite moment was during a gondola ride in Venice. We floated through canals of water that cut through neighborhoods and under walking bridges…is there possibly another place like that on Earth? Ah, newlywed memories!

  53. Daria says...

    Thanks for destination ideas! Since we live in Paris, we did not consider European destinations where we can go whenever, and insteas didna winter honeymoon in French Polynesia (Tahiti, Rurutu, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine and Maupiti islands) – it was the best, and we were glad we did not go immediately after our wedding in July, we were way too tired to enjoy the trip, and it was a nice way to cut winter in half.

  54. We’re getting married in February and I’ve been putting off planning the honeymoon, attempting to prioritize the seemingly more important tasks… but this has inspired me. The serious research begins this weekend! A beach would be so lovely to escape the Canadian winter, but my heart wants to return to Europe….

  55. Amy says...

    My husband wanted a completely relaxing, no stress beach honeymoon, and I wanted a more adventurous, active beach honeymoon, so we compromised and spent a week in Tofino, on Vancouver Island, surfing, hiking and exploring hot springs, then we flew to Cancun for a week of relaxing at an all inclusive resort, where we basically never left the resort and spent the days lying in the sun. Then, back in Canada, we drove up to Penticton to a condo on Okanagan lake with friends for the weekend where we shopped the farmer’s market, explored the vineyards, and ate ourselves silly!

  56. We stayed in Sorrento for 3 nights and spent our time there relaxing by the pool and strolling into town each night for incredible food and wine. We stayed at a very nice hotel on a cliff with a great pool and beautiful views. It was so romantic. We then took the train to Rome where we spent 3 nights as well. While there we stayed at a more basic budget hotel since we were spending so little time in our hotel. We spent our days there walking all over the city taking in all the sites and amazing food. It was fun having the relaxing time at the beginning then the more busy time at the end.

    One thing my husband and I always recommend to couples getting married is to spend the first two nights at a nice hotel near your wedding location, especially if you are traveling far away. You are so exhausted after your wedding week, that it’s nice not to have to rush out to catch a flight the day after your wedding. We got married in a small city in East Texas which has just basic budget hotels, so we went to Dallas the night of our wedding and spent two nights relaxing at a swanky hotel there before catching our flight.

  57. Jenn says...

    Nowhere. I went to work on Monday and we took a long 1st anniversary road trip out west through the Utah and Colirado national parks.

  58. Kristen Reid says...

    Back when H1N1 was still being called the Mexican Swine Flu my husband and I took advantage of the mass travel exodus from Mexico and booked our Honeymoon to the “risky” destination. Turns out the flu wasn’t constrained to Mexico and our 10 day, 5 star, all inclusive honeymoon cost $700!

  59. Rose Hastings Keith says...

    My husband and I were both in between jobs when we got married, so we took a month-long honeymoon, starting in Japan (where I grew up) and continuing to Hong Kong, Macau, Cambodia, and Vietnam. It was a wonderful trip, but we were also excited about coming home by the time the trip was drawing to a close.

  60. We went to Australia for 2 weeks for our honeymoon and I’m dying to go back. We have a 5 yr old and 2 yr old now so I doubt we’ll make it back for our 10 year anniv in a year, but that was our original plan. I’m so glad we really took the time and went somewhere that would be hard to get to in the future since people accept taking time off for weddings/honeymoons!

  61. Rachel says...

    We had a destination wedding in Block Island, so our “mini-moon” was staying on the island in an adorable beach cottage for a few days after our wedding. I have the best memories of sleeping late with the sounds of the ocean in the background, lazing on the beach, and eating all the leftover desserts from the wedding! (So many cream puffs!!!) We were on a budget and got married during the financial crisis, so while we wanted to go to Europe we couldn’t afford a trip to Greece or the Amalfi coast. We wound up going to Croatia instead. The food wasn’t as good but the scenery was stunning!

    If money is no object for you I would 110% recommend you go to South Africa–my husband got invited to a conference there on our one year anniversary, so we splurged on a ticket for me and went to Capetown and some of the wine country. Hands down it is the most gorgeous, relaxing, exotic and romantic trip EVER. There is something for everyone in that amazing country. And if you go to Capetown, stay at the Cape Heritage hotel, you’ll never want to leave!!!

    • Traci says...

      I am on Block Island now and loving every beautiful moment what a special place!

    • jen says...

      We went to Block Island too! Love RI!!

  62. Christy P. says...

    12 years later we are still waiting to take a honeymoon. Or any trip together.
    Crater Lake, OR
    Europe
    Hawaii
    Alaska in the summer
    Those are just a few places that we have talked about.

  63. Laura says...

    My husband is a sailor and surprised me with a sailing trip through the British Virgin Islands, just the two of us and a sailboat! After I got over a brief bout of seasickness, we had a grand time. We often cooked on the boat, went swimming right off the back of the boat, and then would dock for a special dinner at one of the beautiful resorts along the way. Ahh, to be a newlywed again!

  64. Kristina says...

    My husband and I went to Costa Rica for 11 days directly following our wedding. We got married in June, and despite my lament for leaving Michigan in the best month of the year, we loved having the beaches and restaurants to ourselves in Costa Rica (summer is the off-season).

    We stayed in 3 different Airbnb’s – ranging from rustic and jungly, to a bnb in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, to a casita on Playa Hermosa (our favorite). We thoroughly loved traveling around Costa Rica’s beautiful countryside and enjoyed the variety our “homes” gave us.

    Costa Rica is extremely affordable (especially in the summer) and has something for everyone; beaches, mountains, and jungle. The food and people are wonderful, as well.

  65. We got married over Labor Day weekend last year and honeymooned in Bali! It was gorgeous and so unlike any place that we had been that we spent the whole 10 days exploring, rather than relaxing on the beach like we had planned!

    http://acagefreelife.com/

  66. Amanda says...

    I got married in March and we had a big wedding with lots of out-of-town guests. We know ourselves well enough to know that we would be exhausted after such a full weekend of friends and partying (not to mention not sleeping from the pure excitement of it all!) so we booked 4 nights in a little cabin in Eureka Springs, AR, about a 5 hour drive for us. It was perfect – we slept in, made breakfast and coffee in our cabin, explored the area on foot and with rented motorized scooters, toured one of the area’s caves, and ate some great food. Oh, and I took at least one bubble bath per day. We’re planning a bigger trip for our 1 year anniversary, but loved the chance to relax, reconnect and hide away with each other without the pressure of “seeing the sites” after one of the most chaotic few months of our relationship.

  67. Bianca says...

    Ditto on Banff! Actually we did a destination wedding there and honeymooned there. We will be heading back for our 10 year anniversary :)

  68. Meggie says...

    We went to Orcas Island and it was a (budget friendly) blast! We stayed on three different parts of the island, but Rosario resort on the east side was our favorite. There were only two taxi drivers on the island (and no stop lights!) so eventually we ended up renting a car which I would highly suggest. Great food, very relaxed, lots of beautiful hiking and walking into town. We were there in the fall and the weather was crisp and gorgeous, only a little rain. An especially fun thing was we flew into Seattle then took a sea plane to the island!

  69. TC says...

    We went to Chicago! We didn’t have a ton of money and we both grew up in the country so going to a big city was so fun! We spent almost an entire day in the Art Institute.

    • Jacquelyn v says...

      Chicago has great museums! :D

  70. We wanted to keep it low key (just like our 25 person wedding) so we traveled a little ways out of Chicago to a little town in Illinois called Galena. It’s known as “the town that time forgot” – and it really feels like it, in the most idyllic way.

    We stayed at a BnB, and spent four days relaxing, exploring, and eating – it was perfect! A year later, we ventured to Europe, but it was nice to start our marriage off on a quiet note that allowed us to just be together and ease into the next phase of our relationship.

  71. Deborah says...

    We didn’t have time or money for a honeymoon right when we got married, so waited a year and went on a first anniversary/honeymoon to Puerto Rico. It was a great place to get away from NYC in the winter, just 2 hours and you are in gorgeous 85 degree weather! No passports, no changing money, etc.! We did one day in San Juan, which happened to be the day of a big local festival, with music, food, drink, costumes, etc., which was a lot of fun. The next morning we took a tiny plane to Vieques, a tiny island off the coast of Puerto Rico which has only recently begun developing for tourists, so it’s still very quiet and rustic. There are a couple beautiful beach hotels, but you can rent a Jeep and drive to the nature preserve where there are jaw-dropping beaches that are completely empty! We explored the whole island, went snorkeling, horseback riding, and kayaked in the world famous Bio Bay (microscopic organisms in the water light up when you touch them or when the water moves, it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.) The W Hotel in Vieques is quiet, romantic, upscale without being obnoxiously “fancy” and just an amazing experience all around.

  72. Mara says...

    @alphasoot do you know what the place is called in new orleans? we are going to new orleans for our honeymoon, cant wait!, and we are looking for romantic places!

  73. Abbey says...

    We went to an all -inclusive resort in Cozumel. This was a perfect low-key, not too expensive plan as we could just chill and enjoy the view without a sense that we needed to make a lot of plans, figure out food or logistics or anything. Just enjoy!

    • We did an all-inclusive resort as well (in Puerto Vallarta), and it was perfect! After spending months planning every detail of our destination wedding, it felt SO good to lounge by the ocean for a week and not have to plan a single thing!

  74. Karina says...

    This place in the Dolomites of Northern Italy was absolutely incredible:

    http://www.ottmanngut.it/

    It is in the spa town of Merano, which is right by the Austrian border in the mountains, so very unlike any part of Italy I’ve ever been to. I highly recommended it!

    • Jessica says...

      Heading there with my mum in a couple of months!! We are looking forward to great food and beautiful hikes.

  75. Maire says...

    We waited for about a month after our wedding (which I highly recommend- our wedding weekend was crazy exhausting with hosting so many out of town guests) and then we did 8 days in Barcelona and Lisbon. Barcelona was fun but Lisbon was amazing. It is the absolute best city I’ve ever visited, and I would love to go back or even live there permanently!

  76. Christine says...

    We went to Vermont!!!!! We’re not really beach people, but we hiked and mountain biked and stayed in the cutest places!!

  77. Italy and Greece look so beautiful! I would love to go to New Zealand and see all of the beautiful nature and greenery!

    http://www.thebeautydojo.com

  78. Tyler says...

    We wanted something a little different (and an exotic destination where my husband wouldn’t have to worry about a visa), so we chose Saba, which is a tiny (extinct volcanic) island off of St. Maarten. It’s known for its scuba diving so we became certified while we were there. Would highly recommend staying at Queen’s Garden Resort while there– the staff and views are incredible!

    Speaking of trips, I would love to hear where others took a babymoon? I just entered the 3rd Trimester and am now realizing how badly I’d like to have one last quiet getaway. I find picking a destination proves to be a littler tricker to plan when you consider lengthy travel times and now ZIKA!

    • Lexi says...

      If you look on Instagram @taylorgolden and her husband went on a babymoon to Iceland recently. Looked magical and might something to consider.

  79. Jessica says...

    We went to Brazil. We got married in January and wanted to go somewhere warm. We spent time in Rio, Fernando de Noronha (beautiful, unspoiled island off the coast) and Amazon. Once in a lifetime trip!

  80. Kelly says...

    I got married in June and my hubby and I went to Kauai for 5 nights – to just relax! And now i’m planing Honeymoon Part II. Next month we are off to Italy for 10 days! We are visiting Apulia and the Amalfi Coast! Can’t wait! Love seeing your suggestions for Positano Joanna! And we welcome other reccs!

  81. We wanted something different and had a whole month to spend. We backpacked up the coast of Vietnam finishing with a cruise of Halong Bay and then spent a week touring Angkor Wat in Cambodia as well. It was awesome!

  82. Auste says...

    We didn’t do a traditional honeymoon – but a couple days after our wedding we moved to Belgium for two years while my husband went to grad school. We travelled all over Europe, and then welcomed our first baby into the world (she’s 95% composed of Belgian waffles). Best two year long honeymoon ever:)

  83. Jessica says...

    We got married last summer and went on a mini moon to Provincetown because we love summer in New England so much and couldn’t bare to miss out. For the real deal we went to the Cook Islands (a territory of NZ, 3,000 miles south of Hawaii and in the middle of nowhere). My husband has always loved the South Pacific and I was eager to find a place that was different from the standard Honeymoon spots. It was amazing. The perfect combination of relaxing on the beach, exploring a new culture, and plenty of adventure!

  84. Tracey Batey says...

    We went to the Outer Hebrides, Scotland in a camper van loaned to us as a wedding present. It was magical. We toured Lewis all the way down to Barra.

    • Alice says...

      I’ve done exactly the same trip! Also in a loaned camper van, but when pregnant pre-first child. It was completely magical, very freeing, full of frindly people, and completely out there. Love hearing of others that have done it.

  85. Mrs. HisLastName says...

    We honeymooned in Paris this past January and it was AH-mazing. We rented a tiny AirB&B, drank tons of wine, slept in, ate bread and jam for breakfast, never planned or rushed anywhere, and still saw all the major landmarks because Paris is completely empty in January. It was the most magical weekend of my entire life.

  86. Anne says...

    A couple of years ago, my then boyfriend and I thought about travelling to Iran because we love ancient history (and come from Europe), but then decided it would be our honeymoon destination because we thought we couldn’t travel there as an unmarried couple. We broke up, and last year I went to Iran on my own. It was magical, full of ancient history, beautiful landscape and friendly people. I am glad I went, becaue a) definetly not a honeymoon destination (headscarfes, no touching in public…) but really good to travel as a woman on her own and b) up for something new with someone else :)

    • Laura says...

      Would love to hear more about traveling in Iran. I’d love to go but as a blond haired, blues eyes solo woman, a bit concerned about safety. (Traveled through Jordan & Egypt in 2011, so not my first time in the region, but traveling in Iran seems substantially more formidable)

  87. TC says...

    We were married in San Francisco in March, and even though the event was very modest, the last thing I wanted to do was spend a ton of money and stress out about a big honeymoon, so we drove to Sonoma for four days of spa treatments and wine tasting. It rained the whole time, so we never put the convertible top down, eventually we got a flat tire and at some point we signed up for an ill advised wine club, but it was still one of the best four days of my life.

  88. Shira says...

    We are going to New Zealand! (Getting married this November and going on our honeymoon next December) Would love any tips!

    • Erin says...

      If you’re going in December BOOK IN ADVANCE – the big block of summer school holidays starts in December and this is when most people in NZ go camping and travel to see family. It’s also height of the tourist season etc so accomodation and tours book up fast. It’s best to drive yourself around NZ if you can. The scenery is gorgeous – but the roads here can be difficult to navigate. They’re far skinnier and you don’t endear yourself to the locals if you don’t pull over to let them pass :) You shouldn’t miss Wellington, Fiordland or Central Otago if you can help it. Try spend more time in the South Island than the North – I’ve lived in both and the South wins hands down.

  89. Amy says...

    Hey Alpha Smoot went to Marfa, too! We got married in Austin and went to Marfa because we wanted something lowkey and nearby. It was a good thing we did, because there was a tornado the night before our wedding and the Austin airport was closed for 3 days! Thankfully we waved goodbye to our stranded friends and family and hit the open road in a Mustang convertible. :)

  90. Gabriella says...

    Great places! We got married last year and spent our honeymoon in Cuba, which was wonderful–great culture, history, music, food, architecture, beaches, and people. And it’s increasingly easy to go now and very affordable once you’re there.

    • Anja says...

      Hi Gabriella, we are also considering Cuba for April next year. Would you mind giving some hotel recommendations? And which beach resort you stayed at? This is such a fun post :)

  91. We drove from New York to Texas to elope. The car rental place gave us a bright yellow car. Our drive home was our honeymoon – an exploration through states I had never been to, and towns that intrigued us, like Muskogee, Oklahoma and Joplin, Missouri. It was summer, and we took our time. It was heaven.

  92. We went on a Caribbean cruise. It was so beautiful and so much fun just being together. We didn’t do a lot of activities and stayed in our room a lot;)

  93. Our honeymoon was such a special time for us. I was the first time we truly took a trip alone, that didn’t including staying with friends. It was also the first time we traveled outside of the country together.

    We went to Antiqua and had a wonderful time!

    XO Helen http://www.KaleidoscopeSpinning.com

  94. Hannah says...

    I love all these ideas! My husband and I dated long distance and knew we for sure we did not want to fly anywhere! We were married in Marin, CA and took a week long road trip down Highway 1, stopping in SF, Monterey, and Santa Barbara. I was able to show him all the places I grew up around before we moved out of state, and it was a sweet goodbye to my home state for me as well. Driving doesn’t seem like the most “romantic” honeymoon option, but we’d always loved it when we were dating and it gave us plenty of time to relax and process everything before heading into the next big phase of life.

  95. sabrina says...

    We got married in August (in Minnesota) and so we decided to go somewhere warm in the winter. We chose the Big Island of Hawaii in December. It was the perfect honeymoon, lots of relaxing, snorkeling\swimming, and eating. I also was 21 weeks pregnant at this point, so I’m glad we picked a low key destination.

  96. We were both college students when we got married and very irresponsibly spent our every penny on 5 weeks exploring Scotland, England, and France. It was incredible, completely worth every bit of financial catching up we had to do that year and actually inspired our most recent 6-month backpacking trip.