Whether or not you’re a romantic guy, your honeymoon should be the most memorable vacation of your life. Although the possibilities are seemingly endless, if you truly want to have the perfect post-wedding getaway, you should choose your destination wisely. Are you a quiet couple that wishes to spend quality time by the beach or in the hotel room? Or perhaps you’re a more adventurous, thrill-seeking duo? Whatever the case, here are 10 destinations that will make your woman want to marry you all over again.
No.10 Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada This is a definite honeymoon classic. You can even spend your vacation in two different countries by simply crossing the American-Canadian border over the Falls. What is there to do besides watch all that water? Drop by the impressive Niagara Casino to test your luck as newlyweds, or stroll lazily down the streets of the picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake (a mere short drive away from Niagara Falls); its shops, cafés and culture are sure to please.
Special attraction: Take a breathtaking boat ride under the Falls in the Maid of the Mist.
No.9 The Islands of the Bahamas With so many beautiful islands to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong with this location. However, if you want to plan a really romantic getaway, there are even “romance directors” that can help you organize your fantasy honeymoon or wedding (on a beach at sunset, on a party boat where you can dance the night away, etc.).
Special attraction: Nassau/Paradise Island’s unique blend of international glamour and tropical ease offers you the freedom to do absolutely everything or absolutely nothing. Choose from sophisticated resorts or empty beaches, vibrant nightlife or world-class watersports.
No.8 Nice, France The French Riviera, with its subtropical climate and beautiful beaches on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, is the perfect destination for couples that want to relax and soak up some sun. Just be sure to control your wandering eyes because those southern French women are hot!
Special attraction: If you’re there in the winter, don’t miss the Nice Carnival, which attracts over one-million people each year. The festivities, which go on for two weeks, include parades, rock and techno concerts, fireworks, and other shows.
No.7 The Turks and Caicos Islands Located 575 miles (a 75-minute flight) southeast of Miami, these breathtaking islands boast the third largest coral reef system in the world (with 1,000 square miles), making them a premier beach, snorkeling and diving destination. You’ll be blown away by the 230 miles of pristine sandy white beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters.
Special attraction: From late December through April, a herd of 2,500 humpback whales pass through the shores; divers can listen to an underwater concert of the whales’ songs.
No.6 Aspen, Colorado For the outdoorsy couples out there, this is an excellent destination for winter and summer sports alike. You can go skiing, snowboarding, golfing, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, rafting, and much more. At night, you can either choose to curl up by the fireplace in your lodge or hit the town to experience the Aspen nightlife.
Special attraction: After a tiring day of skiing or hiking, treat yourselves with a visit to the steamy Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves. Approximately an hour drive from Aspen (located in Glenwood Springs), this unique 106-year-old spa offers numerous body treatments like body mud and wraps, and massage.
No.5 Las Vegas, Nevada If you’ve always wanted to know what it feels like to run off to Las Vegas to get married like some rebellious rock star, why don’t you just plan your honeymoon there? Revel in the glamour of Vegas by visiting the most impressive casinos in the world, catching a show, or renting a cheesy honeymoon suite with a heart-shaped bed and drinking champagne in the Jacuzzi… in Vegas, your imagination is the limit!
Special attraction: Take a romantic gondola ride (complete with serenade) on the canals inside the Venetian hotel.
No.4 Tahiti, French Polynesia If you really want to feel like you’re in paradise, whisk your woman away to tropical Tahiti, also known as “The Island of Love.” The awe-inspiring scenery includes high mountain peaks reaching into the clouds, deep green valleys and lush rainforests, waterfalls cascading into cool rivers and streams, as well as mind-blowing beaches.
Special attraction: Feeling adventurous? You could go searching for the legendary Lost Treasure of the Tuamotu, which is said to consist of $1.8 million worth of gold.
No.3 South Africa Going on a safari is an option for the most adventurous of couples who want to do something truly memorable for their honeymoon. You’ll never forget your face-to-face encounters with wild animals.
Special Attraction: Kruger National Park boasts two million hectares of land, making it one of the largest game reserves in the world. Explore it on foot, in a rented Jeep or as part of a larger tour group. If you’re looking for animal sightings, stick to the southern section of the park.
No.2 Costa Rica, Central America There is so much to see in Costa Rica, which is said to be Central America’s “special jewel.” Visit the Poas Volcano National Park and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, or take a nature cruise (or go rafting) on the Rio Sarapiqui. If you travel inland to the Tilaran Highlands, stay in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve where you can visit the amazing Butterfly Garden and hike through the exotic rainforests.
Special attraction: When all the sightseeing has worn you out, relax on one of Costa Rica’s fantastic beaches, such as Playa Zancudo (the locals claim that it’s the best swimming beach) or Pavones (which offers some of the best Pacific surf).
No.1 Hawaii Hawaii is the ultimate honeymoon destination, with its beautiful beaches and many islands, each of which has its own personality and attractions. Maui has great weather and an active nightlife while Kaua’i is much less commercial with its scenic valleys, clear waterfalls and dramatic coastline. If you can’t make up your mind, you can take a cruise that will allow you to visit all the islands.
Special attractions: The active volcanoes and the black sand beaches of “The Big Island” (Hawaii).
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