Our Top Picks For Honeymoon Destinations

Our Top Picks For Honeymoon Destinations

So you’ve tied the knot, and now it’s time to escape for a week or two for some fun. While there are many popular destinations for a honeymoon, it can be easy to get lost (literally) in the crowd of people who had the same place in mind.

For a honeymoon that checks the box of adventurous, iconic travel without that of too many fellow sightseers, below are five popular countries with unconventional/less traveled (but still delightful) destinations within.

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1.    France
Famed for, of course, the City of Light (and love), the French Riviera, wine, architecture, history, and food, among other things, France usually ranks high on the list of places to explore. In Paris, catch a glimpse of the regulars: the Iron Lady, Notre Dame, the Champs Élysées, and all of the  city’s other iconic monuments. But, try the brocantes(flea markets), covered arcades, bistros, and food shops of the 2nd and 9th arrondissments; and the bars and restaurants of the 10th and 11th.

Elsewhere, see the Burgundy region- and not just Dijon! Small and delightful towns, like Beaune, Cluny, and Cormatin, abound as they do in the south. While Nice, Roussillon, Aix-en-Provence, Saint Paul de Vence, and the like have stellar reputations, it’s hard to go wrong. There’s the bread museum in the small mountain town of Bonnieux; antiques and winding streets in L’Isle-sur-la-sorgue; and peaceful beaches and stellar architecture in Beaulieu-sur-mer.

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2.    Italy
Once the seat of the West, Italy isn’t too shabby. With Rome, Venice, Florence, and the likes extremely well-known, as well as The Amalfi Coast, it’s easy to be drawn to these cities, and for a good reason. They’re rich in history and culture…but also wildly popular.

For a different (but still charming) experience, head to Sperlonga, a beautiful village in Lazio with serene beaches, majestic palaces, and gardens. Ascoli Piceno in Le Marche, which is east of Umbria, offers stunning landscapes, hamlets, and sparkling waters. And for a taste of Tuscany without the hordes in Florence or Sienna, head to Monteriggioni, a quaint walled village.

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3.    United States
The country itself is ginormous, but can be broken up into regions: West Coast, East Coast, Midwest, and the South. Explore the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico; road trip through all the New England states; wind your way up the Pacific Coast Highway; or follow the fabled Route 66. Admire the view from the secluded Bound Brook Island Beach on Cape Cod. Wander through the vast Presidio in San Francisco. Explore the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa, built in the style of an Italian Renaissance mansion. Meander down Portland’s (Maine) charming cobbled streets. Take in the architecture of the country’s (supposedly) oldest city: St. Augustine, Florida.

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4.    Islands
Before you book your ticket to Hawaii or Bali, try these lesser known islands: Aitutaki at Cook Islands. You’ll find a coral lagoon miles longs with crystal clear waters. If you’re keen on diving, try Utila, Honduras, where there are 60 diving sites and a small village bounding with locally owned hotels, restaurants, and other businesses. Tsarabanjina Island, Madagascar, offers white sand beaches and just 25 villas, ensuring a quiet (but mesmerizing) destination.

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