After all the closing toasts have been made, the last dances danced, and the final lick of cake gone, many freshly minted newlyweds head out on their much-deserved honeymoon. From trips around the world to local weekend getaways, the long tradition of honeymooning comes in many forms. But where to go?
These top honeymoon destinations have something for every couple, and best of all, they all offer up romance, adventure, and relaxation—hallmarks of the perfect honeymoon.
A European country filled with history, beauty, and culture, Scotland makes an unconventional, but thrilling honeymoon destination. Scotland’s many centuries-old castles offer up modern-day amenities like spas, plush sleeping quarters, exquisite food, and activities on the premises.
In between relaxing like royalty, honeymooners can play a round of golf on the country’s famous courses, try some scotch at a local distillery, or venture out into the pristine, emerald hills of the Scottish countryside. For even more excitement, spend some time Edinburgh, the bustling city that’s home to nightlife, museums, and theater.
If total relaxation is what you’re after, head to the ultimate resort island of Bora Bora, where a private bungalow perched above the turquoise waters of the Pacific awaits. From affordable hideaways to luxurious accommodations, the Island’s many options offer something for every budget.
After spending your days snorkeling, diving, and enjoying ocean-side massages, newlyweds can toast their champagne glasses to the setting sun and dine on fresh seafood by candlelight.
Pacific Coast Highway, California
Drive up the coast for a one-of-a-kind, choose-your-own-adventure honeymoon. California’s Route 1, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway, winds through hundreds of miles of coastal beauty, punctuated by quiet towns and large cities. The trip can take anywhere from just a few days to a few weeks, depending on how much time you spend at stops along the way.
As you head up the coast, you’ll find countless adventures as the sunny, palm-treed beaches of San Diego give way to the entertainment mecca of Los Angeles, followed by the beauty of Santa Barbara, the miles of breathtaking coastline along Big Sur into San Francisco and the rolling hills of Sonoma and Napa Valley.
Itching to explore a new country on your honeymoon? Our northern neighbors offer up a foreign flare just a short trip away. Though it’s only 45 miles from the U.S. border, the moment you enter Canada’s French-speaking enclave, you’ll feel a world away.
The cobblestone streets of Old Montreal evoke an old-world charm, while the city’s many museums, theaters, and restaurants provide hours of entertainment. Enjoy the decadence of one of Montreal’s five-star, luxury accommodations or cozy up in a romantic bed-and-breakfast.
The Mediterranean coast has long been a popular honeymoon destination, and Spain won’t disappoint when it comes to the array of activities and options for honeymooners looking to get away. Barcelona’s modern nightlife, exquisite dining, and luxury accommodations weave through its many historic buildings, grand churches, and streets oozing with culture and art from centuries past.
Spain’s countryside boasts hidden getaways, quant villages, and romantic inns, while the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean hug the Spanish coastline, giving way to pristine beaches, seaside towns, and lavish resorts in year-round sunshine.
Whether you choose a nearby locale or distant shores, enjoy those first few moments of wedded bliss with a honeymoon you won’t forget.
– By Lana Evans, Editor