You don't have to leave the country to find stunning beaches, plentiful lodgings, and a diverse international crowd. Instead, pack your luggage and fly to Miami. After sundown on South Beach, share Cuban food beneath swaying palm trees, admire deco art architecture and sit down at a fashionable bar for fun cocktails and DJ music. Alternatively, cuddle up with your spouse in a suite at the iconic Eden Roc Miami Beach hotel, where you can also enjoy the Esencia Wellness Spa, swim in the dazzling pools, and dine at renowned fusion cuisine Nobu Miami.
Do you fantasise about whitewashed cottages lining cliffs and the sun setting into the dazzling sea? Begin your picture-perfect life together on the island of Santorini, whose hilltop city, Fira, is the subject of some of Greece's most beautiful postcards. Spend your money on a romantic boutique cave hotel at Oia, Firostefani, or Imerovigli; you'll be within walking distance of trendy Greek wine bars and restaurants with fresh seafood and caldera views. A trip to the red, black, and gold volcanic sand beaches and the interesting site of ancient Thira will amp up the adventure.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Lock yourself away at the Sanctuary Cap Cana, an adults-only getaway with five saltwater pools, Spanish classes, tennis, yoga, golf, and other amenities. Guests can enjoy peaceful spa treatments (for a charge) and choose from various light, spacious rooms and suites. If you must leave the magnificent grounds, visit adjacent Scape Park for zip lining and cave diving.
Western River Expeditions' nine-day tour allows you to explore the heart of Costa Rica while balancing adventure and relaxation. You'll travel through the jungle from San José to a whitewater raft down the Pacuare River, ending in a romantic ecolodge. Enjoy zip line over the rainforest canopy, hanging bridges, thermal bathing at Arenal Volcano, wildlife viewing, and surfing in the pristine Manuel Antonio National Park. Previous visitors praised the open-air candlelight suites, hammock time, and skilled guides who can tailor a honeymoon tour for two.
In the beachside hamlet of Tulum, get up early to experience dawn yoga without the crowd. Tulum, located 73 miles southwest of Cancun, has been a popular newlywed destination due to its easy flight access, affordability, wellness centres, and fascinating Mayan legend. Couples may swim in hidden sinkholes and underground caverns among picturesque rock formations and hold hands at 1,500-year-old Mayan ruins set against a backdrop of magnificent blue skies, the shimmering Caribbean Sea, and the white sands of Paradise Beach. Then, ramp up the romance with private plunge pools, poolside DJs, excellent cuisine, and inventive cocktails at the adults-only Mi Amor boutique hotel.
For an amazing honeymoon, visit Porto, the birthplace of the rich port dessert wine, one of Europe's most affordable wine areas. Enjoy excellent tapas at Mercado do Bolho, wine tastings at port warehouses across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia, and mediaeval architecture and art nouveau cafes. On a Douro Valley winery tour, indulge in the local vinho verde (green wine) for a one-of-a-kind experience. Romance reigns supreme at The Yeatman Hotel, while classic couples may choose the restored grandeur of Infante Sagres downtown.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Discover Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone, which especially appeals to LGBTQ couples. Honeymooners will enjoy the stunning galleries and the fantastic Mexican and foreign eateries. Daytime activities include going to the beach, zip lining, ATVing, and participating in water sports. Couples may promenade El Malecón (the boardwalk) overlooking Banderas Bay at night, take a taco tour downtown, and drink and dance till dawn. Casa Kimberly, originally the home of lovers Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, is an ideal honeymoon destination.
Keep your significant other near the magnificent Jemaa el Fna Square, Marrakech's pulsing centre, where snake charmers, acrobats, juice vendors, and street food booths alter the walled, ancient Medina after nightfall. Couples interested in the arts will find the souk's labyrinth of stores, lush gardens, stately mosques, and private museums as enticing as the range of exquisite hotels for any budget.
San Carlos, Costa Rica
Nayara Tented Camp is an enclave of dyed canvas tents that merge into the rainforest on the slopes of Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano. Those who dislike camping will like air conditioning, canopy beds, and private plunge pools. Wake up to yoga sessions and locally sourced coffee, then go birding with an on-site naturalist and explore the sloth sanctuary. Footbridges connect the baths, pools, and six restaurants at Nayara Springs' exclusive, adults-only villas and the exquisite Nayara Gardens ecolodge.
Spend one of your most memorable vacations in St. Lucia, awarded the world's premier honeymoon destination in the 2019 World Travel Awards and frequently ranked as one of the Best Honeymoon Destinations by U.S. News. This lush Caribbean island is renowned for its World Heritage-listed volcanic peaks, Gros and Petit Piton. Still, it also has love-inducing white sand beaches like the isolated Anse Mamin and waterfalls to soak in at Piton Falls. Furthermore, a St. Lucia honeymoon would only be complete with sharing a bottle of wine on a sunset boat.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Couples embrace one another at the Burj Khalifa observation deck, 1,820 feet above downtown Dubai. Dubai is well-known for its architectural wonders, expansive dunes, and grandeur. Explore the world's largest floral garden or the 1,300-plus luxury shops, restaurants, and aquarium at The Dubai Mall. Romantic lodging options include a duplex suite with butler service in the iconic, sail-shaped Burj al Arab Jumeirah, opulent lodgings at One&Only The Palm, and beautiful suites at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, all of which feature private plunge pools overlooking the dunes.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
After months of wedding planning stress, unwind in Cabo San Lucas with sun, beach, and seafood. Accommodations range from luxury resorts to boutique hotels to charming rental houses, so there's something for everyone. While the Pacific Ocean is frequently too rough for swimming, you can enjoy a hike from Land's End down to the beach (Playa del Amor and Playa del Divorcio are popular choices). Consider hiring a boat to view Los Arcos' spectacular rock formations from the water. And, while fishing and whale watching will challenge your patience, they will be excellent preparation for married life.