Top Honeymoon Destinations

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The top 10 honeymoon destinations include romantic hot spots, tropical paradises and whimsical resorts. All honeymoon destinations should be fun for both bride and groom, offering a getaway that’s stress-free and memorable.

Cruises. Most major cruise lines offer romantic honeymoon cruise packages. Packages may include a champagne breakfast in bed or even a special spa experience. A honeymoon cruise can take newlyweds to exotic ports such as Singapore and Shanghai or to Caribbean islands. Cruise ships offer fine dining and a multitude of onboard activities.

Costa Rica. More than one million Americans visit Costa Rica each year, reports the U.S. Department of State. Located in Central America, it’s a popular honeymoon destination because of its warm climate and beautiful resorts. You can find a luxury resort in the capital city of San José, or choose a coastal resort in Papagayo.

Greece. Choose a romantic getaway to Santorini, Mykonos or Crete. Greece offers majestic scenery, rich culture, endless blue seas and a temperate climate. Beaches in Santorini that are perfect for honeymooners include the red sand Ancient Akrotiri beach and the black sand Kamari beach.

Hawaii. Traveling to paradise for U.S. citizens requires no passport. The Hawaiian honeymoon is a traditional favorite for American newlyweds. The islands offer gorgeous beaches, luxury resorts and ample activities—from parasailing to hiking, snorkeling, helicopter rides over volcanic mountains, day spas and 5-star restaurants.

Italy. In Venice, you can take a gondola ride before shopping for authentic Carnevale masks and enjoying some of Europe’s finest seafood. Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, offers stunning sightseeing opportunities, including the art of Michelangelo, Botticelli and the world-famous Neptune Fountain. Tuscany offers picturesque landscapes, vineyards and lush olive groves. Italy is also home to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Jamaica. All-inclusive resorts in Jamaica can be a dream honeymoon destination—no worries, no hassles, nothing but beautiful beaches and tropical sunshine. Consider an all-inclusive resort in the Negril area with seven miles of white sands alongside the bluest Caribbean waters.

Martinique. Considered a top Caribbean destination, Martinique is part of the Windward Islands. Its coastal beaches border the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Honeymooners can enjoy exclusive resorts, luxury hotels and stunning villas, many with private beach access.

Paris. What is more romantic than a honeymoon in the city of love? An intimate dinner at L’Ambroisie, a stroll through Montmarte and visits to famous Parisian landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre are just the beginning of an unforgettable honeymoon to Paris.

Vegas. A luxury suite at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas is an exciting honeymoon destination. Opulence abounds at the Bellagio, from the spa to the fine dining and romantic botanical gardens. Entertainment goes beyond world-class casinos—there are nightclubs and international entertainment from Cirque du Soleil.

Walt Disney World. Disney is not just for kids. It’s one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the U.S. Honeymoon packages include resort accommodations, exclusive Disney restaurants and day spa activities. Don’t forget fireworks over Seven Seas Lagoon or dancing at Pleasure Island.

Related: Romantic Getaways: Cheap, Fun Trips For Two (YourTango.com)

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