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What are the Best Honeymoon Destinations?

Updated on July 19, 2014
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Ever Popular Hawaii & The Caribbean

With all the excitement and planning that goes into a wedding, the honeymoon can sometimes seem a bit of an afterthought when, in fact, it is every bit as important as the ceremony. While the wedding itself is a very public celebration of your marriage in front of your family and friends, your honeymoon is a private experience just between the two of you.

Here are some tips to help you choose your best honeymoon destination out of the many great locations on offer.

An abidingly popular and one of the best honeymoon destinations is Hawaii. Hawaii by jet airplane is only half a day away for many people. An obvious choice for a honeymoon destination, Hawaii has the tropical environment and soothing, picture-perfect beaches. As relaxing as it is, Hawaii still offers plenty of adventure.

Another classic tropical honeymoon destination is the Caribbean. Depending on where you live, Caribbean locations such as Jamaica, the Dominican Republic or the Bahamas, might be closer or easier to get to, and still offer the fun in the sun of a great beach vacation.

Enjoy the Caribbean Sunsets on Honeymoon

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Caribbean Cruise

Cruises & Cities for Dream Honeymoons

New places and shared adventures are key elements of a great honeymoon; exploring an unknown world or activity, such as visiting ancient ruins or white water rafting, can provide an exhilarating opportunity to bond. That is one reason why a Mediterranean cruise is another of the best honeymoon destinations. Visiting new, romantic and exciting places is a great way to spend a honeymoon.

Taking A Caribbean Cruise Honeymoon

A Caribbean cruise honeymoon is a great way to see various islands scattered around the central American region, whilst enjoying the opulent luxury of some of the worlds largest cruise ships. One of the most surprising cruise trips available through the Caribbean one that encompasses the islands of Antigua, which is renowned worldwide for its clear, white beaches but has so much more to offer to honeymooners. The islands mainland consists of several romantic and traditional Georgian buildings (including Nelsons Dockyard, the base of Horacio Nelson for 3 years from 1784) is the perfect setting to explore as a couple and spend time with a loved one. Many operators have also developed new and improved routes along the Caribbean, improving the regions reputation as the premier cruise destination in the world. Its domination in the market is assisted by the islands and their close proximity to the vast US cruise-liner market.

What Is A Carnival Honeymoon?

A carnival honeymoon is the name given to a cruise that pushes the boundaries in terms of color, excess and enjoyment, whilst boasting an array of clubs, bars and lounges and a 24 hour party ethos. The concept is a relatively new and innovative one in Caribbean honeymoons and cruises, and is designed for younger, fun loving couples who wish to celebrate their marriage with like minded intervals in a fast paced, exciting environment. Carnival Liberty is the latest carnival cruise to tempt the consumer, and also offers onboard weddings and services in addition to conventional honeymoon packages and traditional forms of live entertainment and activities.

European Honeymoon Destinations

Another popular favorite among the best honeymoon destinations is Paris. A once in a lifetime visit to the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe would surely create some unforgettable memories that would last the whole of your married life.

Some people prefer the relaxing atmosphere of a cruise or a beach, but others love the buzz of urban environments, and Paris definitely has everything you could possibly want in a city. Spending a honeymoon in a city you have always dreamed of visiting, can be stimulating and completely unforgettable. Some other cities that make excellent honeymoon destinations include New York, Rome, Seattle, Barcelona, Vienna, Prague, San Francisco and Montreal.

While all of these places can give you some great ideas for your dream honeymoon, there really is no such thing as a perfect or best honeymoon destination for everybody. All of the above and many more qualify - the key is to find the right honeymoon for you. Whether adventure packed, beach-side relaxing or hip and urban, a great honeymoon really is a starting point for a happy marriage!

Paris is a Popular European Honeymoon Location

Bridge Over the Seine in Paris
Bridge Over the Seine in Paris

The Choice Of Caribbean Honeymoon

A Caribbean honeymoon is the perfect way to commence the union of marriage, with its stunning resorts, glorious white beaches and deep blue seas. It offers an ideal meld of tranquility and fun, appealing to older and younger couples alike, and packages are available for mainland resorts, ocean cruises and even the radical concept of a carnival honeymoon.

There are thousands of Caribbean islands and destinations where a couple can celebrate their matrimony, some renowned as resorts of absolute luxury whereas others are more obscure and less celebrated islands. The Bahamas are the largest collection of smaller islands within the region, and other famous island collections that help to form the Caribbean include Barbados, Antigua, Grenada and the Dominican Republic.

Antigua - a Perfect Caribbean Honeymoon Destination

Renowned Caribbean Honeymoon Destinations

The Dominican Republic has become one of the premier Caribbean honeymoon destinations since the dawn of the new century, boasting several all inclusive resorts situated in the unique fusion of ocean landscape and greenery that marks the republic as such a beautiful location. The Casa Marina Reef resort based on the island of Sosua is the most well serviced in the Dominican Republic, not only in terms of its all inclusive facilities but also its situation with regards to all the Dominican’s places on interest. These include Ocean World, which enables visitors to interact with sharks and swim with resident dolphins, and also various tours of the surrounding mountain areas and shanty villages.

Dominican Republic Caribbean Honeymoon Destination

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    Sharon Douglas 7 years ago from GA, United States

    Thanks for the ideas.

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    Runway 8 years ago from New York

    I vote for Maui!!!

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    Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I live in Hawaii and it is really beautiful. Thanks for the great hub. I spent my honeymoon in Salt Lake City. Now I have a continual hm :)

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    ConradM 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

    Hawaii is where we went for our honeymoon and we had a great time. We just returned from Cancun yesterday and that would be a great honeymoon destination as well.

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    Shaunelle Tansy 8 years ago from a galaxy far far away

    My honeymoon was very similar to kelsorogers, except it was in the hinterlands, far away from everything and everyone. The hardest part was coming back to the real world...

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    kelsorogers 8 years ago

    We spent our honeymoon on Petit St. Vincent in the Grenadines. No TV, no radio, no cell phone. Just, beach, water, sun, and great food and service. Plus there are only about 10 other couples on the entire island and everyone has their own private cottage. Is was a great place for a honeymoon. Anyway, great hub! Thanks.