08 Mar Honeymoon Destinations
Let’s be real for a minute. Not everyone loves the wedding planning process. As much as you can try to make it stress-free, things pop up unannounced and out of your control. With that said, everyone looks forward to unwinding on the honeymoon!! After weeks, months, or even years of planning one of the biggest days of your life, you get to kick back and relax with your favorite person. So after nailing down some of the biggest details of the wedding (date, venue, dress, photographer, and caterer) now it is time for the real planning to start! Here are some of our top picks for both state-side and international honeymoon destinations!
Maui, Hawaii – Maui is an island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago. Sprawling Haleakala National Park encompasses the island’s highest peak, volcanic Haleakala, as well as the pools and waterfalls of Ohe’o Gulch, accessed via scenic, winding Hana Highway. The island’s 30 miles of beaches include golden-crescent Kapalua, sheltered from strong currents by lava-rock promontories.
U.S. Virgin Islands – The U.S. Virgin Islands are “America’s Caribbean Paradise” — the place to see moko jumbies dance at a Carnival parade, hear the lilting patois of a Creole dialect or smell the spices in a saltfish pate (all without losing cell phone reception). You can visit either St. Thomas, St. John or St. Croix, or better yet, spend a little time on all three islands. That way you’ll get plenty of pampering, undisturbed nature and colonial history jammed into one vacation. And bonus: you can pay for everything with U.S. dollars.
Big Sur, California – Big Sur is a rugged stretch of California’s central coast between Carmel and San Simeon. Bordered to the east by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the west by the Pacific Ocean, it’s traversed by narrow, 2-lane State Route 1, known for winding turns, seaside cliffs and views of the often-misty coastline. The sparsely populated region has numerous state parks for hiking, camping and beachcombing.
Savannah, Georgia – Savannah, a coastal Georgia city, is separated from South Carolina by the Savannah River. It’s known for manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages and antebellum architecture. Its historic district is filled with cobblestoned squares and parks such as Forsyth Park shaded by oak trees covered with Spanish moss.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Wyoming’s Jackson Hole valley is home to 3 ski areas: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort. The Town Square features arches made of shed antlers from the nearby National Elk Refuge. The National Museum of Wildlife Art has works by Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keeffe. North are the peaks of Grand Teton National Park, as well as vast Yellowstone National Park.
Bora Bora – Bora Bora is a small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Surrounded by sand-fringed motus (islets) and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, it’s known for its scuba diving. It’s also a popular luxury resort destination where some guest bungalows are perched over the water on stilts.
Santorini, Greece – Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, forever shaping its rugged landscape. The whitewashed, cubiform houses of its 2 principal towns, Fira and Oia, cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater). They overlook the sea, small islands to the west and beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles.
Emerald Coast, Nicaragua – You may never have heard of it, but Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast is quickly becoming one of the premiere luxury destinations in Central America. Unlike more popular tourist locals such as Costa Rica or Roatan in Hondorus, Nicaragua offers pristine beaches, dramatic national parks, volcanoes and vibrant colonial era towns that are just developed enough to feel authentic but never contrived.
Venice, Italy – Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.
Banff, Alberta, Canada – Banff is a resort town in the province of Alberta, located within Banff National Park. The peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominate its skyline. On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops. The surrounding 6,500 square kilometres of parkland are home to wildlife including elk and grizzly bears.
If you weren’t ready for a vacation before reading this, you sure are now! Have fun with picking wherever you go, whether it is hot or cold, or you stay in one place or travel – just remember to treat yo’self. If you really trust your fiancé and feel overwhelmed with the wedding, maybe let him surprise you with the trip!
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