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10 Best Honeymoon Destinations for Romantic Vacations

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A couple watches the sunset over Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Our best honeymoon destinations reveal more than beautiful beaches and luxurious palaces, and invite you to embrace romance on your vacation.

Enjoy an epic escape into opulence at a rainforest retreat or an authentic experience on a remote safari, revel in an exploration of grand castles or indulge in a private candlelit dinner on a beach, under the stars. The best honeymoon destinations reflect your ideal getaway as a couple and most newlyweds are eager to enjoy a honeymoon defined as a trip of a lifetime.

The following list represents some of the top honeymoon destinations we feel provide the best opportunities for intimacy, relaxation, adventure, and culture.

  1. 1. Italy
  2. 2. Bora Bora, Tahiti
  3. 3. Greece
  4. 4. Thailand
  5. 5. Costa Rica
  6. 6. Spain
  7. 7. Morocco
  8. 8. Bali
  9. 9. South Africa
  10. 10. Argentina
  11. How Many Days is Enough for a Honeymoon?
  12. Explore the Best Honeymoon Destinations for Your Romantic Vacation

1. Italy

Positano, Italy

Positano, Italy

Italy is no secret as a top spot for romance, with the true spirit of amore and the passion of la dolce vita. As one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world, you can enjoy a gondola ride along Venetian canals or stroll through the antique alleys of Rome.

But take yourself away from the familiar and you could find a romantic revelation in traditional hilltop towns, on secluded beaches, or within elegant ruins. Italy embodies passion, defined by the endless variety it offers during an Italy honeymoon package.

Highlights: Tuscany • Amalfi Coast • Cinque Terre • Rome • Florence • Venice • Lake District • Sicily

Learn more: Italy Honeymoon Travel Guide

2. Bora Bora, Tahiti

Couple standup paddle boarding in Bora Bora.  Photo courtesy Tahiti Tourisme

Bora Bora, Tahiti. Photo courtesy Tahiti Tourisme

Bora Bora is well-known as one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations, but the island is not just beautiful, it embodies the dream of a perfect island honeymoon.

The breathtaking scenery is timeless, with crystal-clear turquoise waters and soaring jagged peaks. Overwater bungalows look onto the colorful marine life of the barrier reef, while the island brims with jungle and unsurpassed coastline for the perfect blend of soothing ambiance and adventure.

Highlights: Bora Bora • Tahiti • Moorea • Huahine • Rangiroa

Learn more: Tahiti Honeymoon Packages

3. Greece

Oai, Santorini at sunset

Oai, Santorini

Greece could keep you endlessly exploring or relaxing on pristine beaches. It can often feel like two countries merging into one, represented by life on the mainland versus life on the islands.

From ancient ruins to contemporary luxuries, impressive mountain passes with hanging monasteries to archipelagos known for enchanting sunsets, the best Greece honeymoon will feel like you are discovering the birthplace of romance.

Highlights: Athens • Mykonos • Santorini • Naxos • Crete • Paros

Learn more: How to Plan Your Perfect Honeymoon in Greece

4. Thailand

Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui, Thailand

As a honeymoon retreat, Thailand is perfect. Rich heritage, vibrant nature, and the calm, warm waters that stretch from the South China Sea to the Gulf of Thailand bring a destination more easily conjured in a dream than found in reality.

Powdery white sands circle tropical island paradises and the lush jungle mountains protect gorgeous hideaways that embody one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world. Whether you prefer grand vistas, tangible luxury, rich heritage, delicate coastline, or mouthwatering cuisine, a Thailand honeymoon lives up to its promise of having it all.

Highlights: Bangkok • Phuket • Chiang Mai • Krabi • Koh Samui • Khao Yai National Park

Learn more: Most Romantic Places in Thailand for Couples

5. Costa Rica

Nayara Springs in the Alajuela Province, Costa Rica.  Photo courtesy of Nayara Resorts

Nayara Springs in the Alajuela Province, Costa Rica. Photo courtesy of Nayara Resorts

Like the epic wildlife thriving in the rich biodiversity around the country, Costa Rica is limitless and can be as luxurious, relaxing, or adventurous as you would like. The fascinating jungle feels intense and exotic, while the coastline offers reassuring calm.

Opulent hotels provide panoramas of the Pacific or views into the dense jungle canopy, and whether you want a zipline thrill or a date with a private spa, you can choose both on a Costa Rica honeymoon as you explore the most romantic places in Costa Rica for couples.

Highlights: Arenal • Manuel Antonio • Monteverde • Tortuguero • Osa Peninsula

6. Spain

Plaza de España in Seville, Spain

Plaza de España in Seville, Spain

On your Spain honeymoon, you don’t have to choose between a pristine beach or a lush vineyard, a Michelin-starred dinner, or a secluded historic village.

The diverse landscape gives you variety and the distinctive history creates enchanting atmospheres that change from city to city.

Inspiring Moorish designs, vibrant island life, idyllic gold-sand coastline, and a zest for enjoying the best of life make Spain the answer for luxury, culture, food, and wine, of which you can find new ideas with our best romantic trips to Spain.

Highlights: Madrid • Barcelona • Seville • Malaga • Granada • San Sebastian • Valencia

Learn more: Most Romantic Places in Spain for Couples

7. Morocco

Couple riding camels in Erg Chebbi, Morocco

Erg Chebbi, Morocco

For the adventurous couple looking for the best romantic places, Morocco is a fantastic honeymoon destination.

The country has inspiring folklore and preserved cities that have influenced artists and musicians for centuries. You can get lost in a maze of marketplaces and follow endless aromas of spices, displays of regal light fixtures, and dangling fabrics.

With secluded excursions to the Sahara sand dunes, endless luxury, and hot-air balloon rides, a Morocco honeymoon experience is one no other country could provide.

Highlights: Rabat • Fez • Marrakech • Erg Chebbi • Skoura • Essaouira

8. Bali

Sunrise at Pura Ulun Danu Beratan temple in Bali, Indonesia

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bali, Indonesia

Bali has held endless allure for seekers of romance. The island embodies the ideal of a tropical paradise, where breathtaking scenery meets engaging traditions.

Views from stone temples offer perfect sunsets over the Indian Ocean and volcanic peaks create the ultimate skyline. Delicious cuisine, vibrant coastline, radiant flowers, and a combination of relaxation and discovery make a Bali honeymoon unforgettably exotic.

Highlights: Pura Tanah Lot • Mount Batur • Uluwatu Temple • Ubud Monkey Forest • Besakih Temple

9. South Africa

Cape Winelands in South Africa

Cape Winelands in South Africa

South Africa is the top honeymoon destination for those open to any type of getaway.

Bound into the wilderness in search of the Big Five or enjoy the bounty of the Cape Winelands as you sample the diverse flavors of local vintages.

Lounge on white-sand beaches, witness sundown over expansive untouched plains, or spot whales splashing down into the water for a honeymoon in South Africa that’s entirely unique.

Highlights: Cape Town • Sabi Sands • Kruger National Park • Madikwe • Cape Winelands

10. Argentina

Couple enjoying the view at Mount Fitzroy in Patagonia, Argentina

Mount Fitzroy in Patagonia, Argentina

Elegant and exotic is the only way to describe the eclectic splendor of an Argentina honeymoon. The country's spirit spans the rugged landscape of Patagonia, the sweeping grasslands of colorful floodplains, snow-white salt flats, and the thundering mist of tropical Iguazu Falls.

From passionate tango to fine wines, stunning vistas to undiscovered beaches, colonial towns to inspiring artistry, every minute will instill in you a sense of seductive charm.

Highlights: Buenos Aires • Mendoza • Iguazu Falls • Patagonia • Salta

How Many Days is Enough for a Honeymoon?

Couple at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain

Alhambra in Granada, Spain

Our Zicasso travel specialists can make recommendations based on your travel style, destination, and preferences. Usually 10 days to two weeks is ideal, but honeymoons are as unique as the couples that celebrate them.

Whether you are excited about irresistible cuisine, elegant culture, or fascinating nature, a 10- to 14-day honeymoon can balance secluded romance and enticing adventure, unforgettable glamour and exciting drama for your perfect shared experience.

Explore the Best Honeymoon Destinations for Your Romantic Vacation

Val d'Orcia in Tuscany, Italy

Val d'Orcia in Tuscany, Italy

Whether you prefer personable wine-tasting excursions or witnessing thundering waterfalls, lounging on a pristine beach or wandering cobblestone lanes in a historic town, there are so many different variations on how to plan your honeymoon.

Our honeymoon travel guide has plenty of helpful tips and possible inspiration on how to realize your perfect trip. Whether finding inspiration with our sample honeymoon vacations and tours or interested in a tropical honeymoon idea, working with a local travel specialist can help you discover, create, and enjoy your best romantic getaway.

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