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Top Caribbean Honeymoon Destinations: Turks & Caicos

turks-caicos-honeymoonLess developed and more upscale than many other spots in the Caribbean, this collection of 40 islands, 8 of which are inhabited, gives Turks and Caicos an intimate feel. Many of the islands are surrounded by a natural reef, making the turquoise waters clean, calm and full of sea life. And there’s plenty to do. Turks and Caicos has some of the best underwater sightseeing around, so snorkeling and scuba diving are a must. Whale and bird watching are two other popular activities, and sunsets over Grace Bay are the perfect thing to make your honeymoon unforgettable.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Entry requirements: Passport
Language: English
Currency: US dollar
Flight time (to Grand Turk): About 4 hours from New York City; 13 hours from LA

When to Go: Turks & Caicos at its best

Best weather: The climate is sunny and dry with highs in the 70s in the winter. In the summer and early fall, daytime highs range from 85 to 90, and sometimes reaching the mid-90s in the late summer.
Note: Hurricane season runs from June to November.

What to Do

See the sunset: Try to catch the elusive “green flash” at sunset. This split-second burst of emerald light sometimes happens along the horizon on a clear day.

Get a history lesson: Explore historic Cockburn Town on Grand Turk — some say it’s the spot where Columbus first landed in 1492. On top of that, the quaint Bermudian-style houses will catch your eye, and you may be tempted to take an impromptu walking tour through town.

Go to the spa: Unwind at COMO Shambhala with a wide range of holistic therapies, including hot river stone and Thai massages, acupuncture and marine mud therapy.

Ride horses: Between all the snorkeling and the lounging, go horseback riding on Grace Bay beach, one of the highest rated beaches in the western hemisphere. Plan your equestrian adventure for morning, afternoon or evening under the moonlight.

Top Honeymoon Destination: The Maldives

maldives-honeymoonForget the “Vacations ‘R’ Us” feel of some resorts and visit the secluded, luxurious, romantic Maldives islands in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives and its surrounding turquoise waters are known for world-class scuba diving and snorkeling, and many resorts feature ultra-private villas tucked away on their own stretch of beach or hovering directly above an aqua lagoon.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Language: Dhivehi is the national language, but English is widely spoken, especially by staff at the resorts and spas
Flight time: Check for connecting flights from major European cities or South East Asian locales — from London, it’s approximately 11 hours
Getting around: Taxi, boat and plane

When to Go: Maldives at its best

Best weather: It’s sunny, warm and humid year-round. April is often the hottest, and December the coolest. Monsoon season is from May to September.
Best prices: High season is dry season — December through April — so look for deals between May and November.

What to Do:

Nothing! The Maldives are perfect for seclusion, spas, scuba, snorkeling or just sitting still. Whether you choose to stay over the ocean in a bungalow or take a lazy swim with colorful fish, you can do it all, or have just as much fun doing nothing at all. Located southwest of Sri Lanka on the equator, the Maldives is made up of 1,190 coral islands (only 200 are inhabited) with 90 serving as resorts. This place is made for guests who relish having alone time.

Go under the sea: Take a ride 120 feet below the water’s surface in a state-of-the-art passenger submarine (99 percent of the Maldives is covered by water, so to see it all you’ll have to take the plunge). Descend beneath the surface where you’ll encounter corals and the reef fish that call them home; it’s common to be greeted by schools of snappers, lionfish, boxfish, turtles, huge groupers and sometimes White Tip reef sharks. Some dives tour historical shipwrecks and shark-feeding sites, while night adventures search out manta rays. Check out Whale Submarine for more info.

Hang with whales and dolphins: Clear waters and an abundance of sea life make the Maldives an amazing place to see whales and dolphins in their natural environment. There are more than 20 different species in the area, from the Blue Whale (the largest animal alive) to the acrobatic Spinner Dolphin. Safari boats take guests into the open waters to spot species not often seen outside the Maldives, like the dwarf sperm whale, melon-headed whale and tropical bottlenose whale. Beautiful black and white orcas have also been known to make an appearance.

Top Honeymoon Destination: Hawaii

maui-honeymoonThe scene is instantly familiar — a sparkling white beach with an unmistakable crater at the far end. Palm trees lolling lazily in the breeze. It’s the epitome of tropical paradise, the quintessential beach vacation. It’s Honolulu‘s world-famous Waikiki Beach on the island of O’ahu. Honolulu proper, which includes Waikiki, is a city of nearly one million people. But it takes up only about one eighth of O’ahu, the second-most northerly isle in the Hawaiian chain.

It’s obvious why Maui is one of the Magic Isles of Hawaii: Rainbows are regular occurrences and artists swoon over the dreamy vistas. By day, sunny shores, palm-fringed golf courses and the largest dormant volcano in the world — filled with hiking trails and lush valleys — battle for your attention. At night, you can try swanky restaurants, watch a luau or simply sit on your starlit lanai and listen to waves break upon the moonlit shore.

Most visitors to the Big Island of Hawaii — so named because it’s the largest in the Hawaiian chain — stick to the west coast, where there’s generally less rainfall. While there’s nothing wrong with that, there are a lot of other interesting things to see and do on Hawaii Island. In fact, locals recommend flying into one airport and leaving from another (Hawaii Island has two), so you’re guaranteed to see more of the incredibly diverse land.

Kauai, the “Garden Isle,” is the oldest and fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands and a nature lover’s dream (it’s also perfect for anyone who wants peace and quiet). Kauai is a total sensory experience, a place where the richly hued Waimea Canyon shares real estate with white-sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, ginger-scented jungle, rare seabirds, wild fruits, lush forests, fern grottoes and cascading waterfalls. Luxury lairs plus ample outdoor activities and spellbinding sights make it a fantasy island for travelers both energetic and idle.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Language: English, Hawaiian and Pidgin (a blend of English, Hawaiian, Japanese and Portuguese)
Flight time: 11 hours to Honolulu from New York City; 6 hours from LA
Getting around: Car, bike and taxi

When To Go:

Best weather: Trade winds keep things comfy all year-round. The average temperature is between 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer is drier and has higher temps (April to November) while winter (December to March) is a little cooler.
Best prices: Mid-April to June and September to November

What to Do on Oahu

Bountiful beaches: Sandy shores rim the island; there’s literally a beach or state beach park every five minutes as you drive around it. Some to check out when you’re taking a leisurely coastal drive: Sandy Beach, with its mongo waves for surfing; Makapu’u, thick with seaweed and kind of rough, but its black-cliff backdrop is famous for its cameo in From Here to Eternity; Kailua Beach, in a pretty, sheltered residential area as you follow the coast north; and Chinaman’s Hat, an islet off of Kualoa Beach near the village of Kaawa you can reach swimming during low tide, or by kayak to get to the tiny beach on its backside.

Swimming and snorkeling: Widely known for some of the very best snorkeling and diving on the island, Hanauma Bay is home to all kinds of fish and coral, and the clear turquoise, shallow cove, reached after a walk (or ride) down a steep trail, is beautiful. Make a quick stop at the Halona Blowhole, just another few minutes by car past Hanauma Bay, where foamy waves flow through a lava tube and spew 30 feet into the air.

Get a history lesson: No visit to O’ahu is complete without a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. You’ll take a boat out to the monument, located in the middle of harbor directly over the wreckage of the warship, which commemorates the Japanese attack that brought the US into World War II. Go back even further in history, to the time before Hawaii was a US state, and visit Iolani Palace, home of the Hawaiian monarchy until 1893 and the only royal palace ever to stand on US soil.

What to Do on Maui

Take scenic drives: Hop in the car and have your camera ready for a cruise on the Hana Highway, one of the most enchanting coastal routes in the world. Its 52 miles along the eastward shore is distinguished by 600 curves framed in lush jungle- and waterfall-covered cliffs and ocean drop-offs. Stop at Waianapanapa State Park to stroll a black-sand beach, hike or explore a nearby lava tube. Hana, a quaint and friendly community, gives you a peek at old Hawaii. Continue just outside town to beautiful Hamoa Beach and to the Pools at Ohe’o Gulch, to hike and swim.

Explore volcanoes: Haleakala National Park is the largest dormant volcano in the world, and within it is a huge crater filled with hiking trails and lush valleys. Start at the base and drive from sea level to more than 10,000 feet. On your way up through the clouds, the weather will change and you’ll pass many overlook ops, including Kalahaku Overlook, at 9,324 feet, where you can gawk at the five-foot-tall silver sword plant, found only in Hawaii.

Stroll through cute towns: Check out Lahaina, a whaling town and Hawaii’s former capital; it’s where missionaries wrestled to save the seafaring souls of whalers in the 1800s. Wander the Baldwin Home to see how the locals lived, or lounge under the massive Banyan Tree for shade or sunset mynah bird serenades. At night, enjoy an authentic feast and show at Lahaina Lu’au, or, if it’s Friday, stroll the streets for Aloha Friday, when galleries stay open late.

What to Do on the Big Island

Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: First and foremost of Hawaii Island‘s attractions is this park, with its vast lava fields, tropical rainforests, alpine summits and the most spectacular sight of all, Kilauea — one of the world’s most active volcanoes. The best way to explore the park is on foot. Trail maps and information are available at the Visitor Center, just inside the park entrance. One of the park’s nicest short walks is the Thurston Lava Tube trail, a 20-minute stroll through a lush tree-fern forest and a tunnel-like lava tube. The Kilauea Iki trail starts at the Lava Tube parking lot and will let you experience what it’s like to be on the floor of a crater. The trail descends 400 feet through native forest into a crater, which last erupted in 1959, and across still-steaming vents. There are lots of other trails to explore, from short walks to two- and three-day treks. Be sure to bring sunscreen, something warm — and waterproof — to wear, a hat and plenty of water.

Go horseback riding: For a totally different experience, head 30 miles or so north of the Kohala resorts to the ranchlands of the Kohala Mountain Range. Here, Paniolo Adventures offers some of the best horseback riding on the island. Rides, on an 11,000-acre working cattle ranch, start at two-and-a-half hours. The guides offer excellent instruction, and even the most inexperienced riders have the opportunity to trot and canter if they wish. There are spectacular views across the channel to Maui in one direction and toward the often snow-covered slopes of Maunakea in the other.

Take a waterfall tour: See a unique side of the island on an unforgettable waterfall tour of the Big Island’s east coast by helicopter. Get an aerial tour of cascading waterfalls and molten lava flows, plus a glimpse of the stunning surroundings along the coastline. Try a doors-off experience if you dare!

What to Do on Kauai

Check out the outdoor action: Tons of tour companies are available for kayaking, sailing, rafting, diving and snorkeling tours along the Napali coast or off Poipu Beach. Or take a seaside swing at the palm- and lagoon-studded Kauai golf courses including the renowned Makai Golf Club at Princeville (among Kauai’s toughest courses). Hiking is also popular: The 45-mile network of trails in Kokee State Park, at the north end of Waimea Canyon, is a wilderness park where indigenous birds and plants thrive in forests.

Explore an old culture: On the west shore, visit Waimea, where Captain Cook first landed in 1778, and Hanapepe, a sleepy town where plantation-era buildings line the main street and evoke old Hawaii. Shop for local foods like taro chips, pineapple, coconuts, honey and papayas — and have them shipped — at Kauai’s Fruit & Flower Company.

Top European Honeymoon Destination: Greece

santorini-honeymoonFind pure bliss on this island of whitewashed, cliffside houses and blue-roofed churches. Located in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km southeast of mainland Greece, Santorini is a small, circular group of volcanic islands (also called Thera). A lagoon runs through its middle and it’s surrounded by stunning, steep cliffs on three sides and the Mediterranean Sea. Its natural beauty doesn’t end there. Explore the island and you’ll find tantalizing menus full of fish, miles of dark sand and pebbled beaches, and small domed churches from years gone by.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Entry requirements: Passport valid for three months post-departure
Language: Greek
Currency: Euro
Flight time (to Athens): Flight time: 12 hours from New York City; 16 hours from LA; 45-minute flight to the island
Getting around: Car, bike, taxi, ferry and bus

When to Go: Santorini at its best

Best weather: April to October. Year-round temperatures run from 56 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The rainy season is November through the end of March.

What to Do

Eat seafood: Dine in open-air taverns and restaurants next to the spectacular caldera. Local specialties such as octopus in onion sauce and mussels with rice and raisins will keep you coming back night after night.

Take in the views: Peer into a live — and at times smoldering — volcano on an excursion to Nea Kameni, one of the two Burnt Isles. Hike to the top of the 430-foot-tall mountain and walk around the edge of the crater for an once-in-a-lifetime view.

Visit landmarks: Santorini is punctuated with blue-topped domed cathedrals, but don’t miss the modern Greek Orthodox cathedral of Panayia Ypapantis in the southern part of the town of Fira. Another not-to-miss site is the monastery of Profitis Ilias, located at the highest point on Santorini, boasting views of Crete’s mountains on a clear day.

Top European Honeymoon Destination: Ireland

ireland-honeymoonThis richly romantic country offers rolling hills, misty oceanside cliffs and quaint seaside villages, plus grand castles and country manors, making it the perfect resting spot for vacationers. Rain showers are common in Ireland, and they keep the rolling hills and meadows swathed in endless Kelly green, rendered all the more vibrant next to piercing blue lakes, wildflowers, limestone castles, “baahhhing” sheep and the shifting light of moody skies. Much of the action is situated on the Atlantic coast, convenient to Shannon Airport and national parks, seaside villages, golf courses and castles. Explore via car along hilly roads that twist and curve through the countryside by day, and dine on fresh oysters and salmon and drink in traditional Irish music and pints o’ Guinness at a local pub by night.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Entry requirements: Passport
Languages: English and Gaelic
Currency: Euro
Flight time: About 6 1/2 hours from New York City

When to Go: Ireland at its best

Best weather: May to September. Short showers are common throughout the year (don’t forget an umbrella or a slicker).
Best prices: Mid-September to June

What to Do

Scan the rocky cliffs: For a dramatic setting, don’t miss Ireland’s biggest rock stars: the Rock of Cashel (St. Patrick allegedly picked a shamrock from here to explain the Trinity) and breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, a five-mile-long sea wall that soars up to 700 feet.

Visit heritage towns: Step into a fairytale-like land, complete with thatched-roof cottages, in designated Heritage Towns that include Cashel and Kinsale. For a complete list of postcard-pretty spots, visit HeritageTowns.com.

Explore the peninsulas: Drive around one of the numerous promontories that jut off the southwest coast of Ireland for breathtaking mountain and coastal views. The Ring of Kerry, a daylong drive that runs along the perimeter of the Iveragh Peninsula, is one of the most popular scenic routes. Visit the Dingle Peninsula for its unspoiled serenity.

Feast at a medieval banquet: Dine before a color-soaked pageant of medieval Irish history in music, dance, mime and rhyme in the hallowed splendor of a 15th-century castle. Best bets include Bunratty Castle, Dunguaire Castle and Knappogue Castle.

Top Caribbean Honeymoon Destinations: Mexico

mexico-honeymoonSeemingly carved out of the jungle, Cancun sits at the tip of Mexico‘s Yucatan peninsula, twinkling with big resorts and a boisterous nightlife. Ancient Mayan ruins and beautiful palm-fringed beaches compete for your attention during the sun-soaked days. The nights steam up with delicious food, tantalizing cocktails and an array of clubs.

Unlike its bustling neighbor Cancun, Cozumel is relatively quiet — only 3 percent of this 189-square-mile island in Mexico has been developed. Located 12 miles off the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula and fringed by beautiful reefs, “the land of the swallows” offers clear turquoise waters and wide, white-sand beaches.

Fun in the surf and sun is the life of Los Cabos, an area that stretches between the town of Cabo San Lucas to the west and San Jose del Cabo to the east along the southernmost coast of Baja, California and Mexico. In between lies the “Corridor,” a string of cozy hotels, championship golf courses, winding horse trails and white-sand beaches (note: a sneaky undertow renders many of them too rough for swimming).

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Entry requirement: Passport that’s valid for at least six months from the date of entry and a tourist card (usually included in the price of your flight)
Language: Spanish
Currency: The Mexican peso is the official currency, though US dollars are accepted at some places.
Flight time: 4 1/2 hours from New York City; 5 hours from LA; 4 hours from Chicago; 2 1/2 hours from Dallas
Getting around: Taxi and bus

When to Go: Cancun at its best

Best weather: Cancun is reputed to have an average of 253 sunny days a year. Trade winds temper the average 84-degree temperature. The rainy season runs from September through November, and hurricane season swirls from June to October.
Best prices: September to November (exact dates vary by hotel)
Festival highlights: Carnival rocks the city in February; the three day Cancun Food & Wine Festival heats up March; Santo Christo de las Ampollas is celebrated with fireworks, dancing and music from late September to early October.

What to Do in Cancun

Explore Mayan ruins: Cancun’s big resorts offer a comfortable nest from which to explore ancient Mayan ruins. The seaside Mayan city of Tulum is closest. Good day trips include Coba, a quiet site with towering temple pyramids, and Chichen Itza, a prominent city from the 8th to the 12th centuries. El Castillo, Chichen Itza’s pyramid centerpiece, is a must-see.

Cool beaches and hot nightlife: Masses of lively folks gather to soak up the sun on the ever-popular beaches along Cancun’s “Hotel Zone” — this is the place to grab a volleyball, learn to windsurf and browse the malls along the strip. For a more laid-back, oceanside experience, head over to the nearby beach at Akumal, a popular snorkel spot known for its cenotes (natural sinkholes), azure waters, and underwater caves and corals. When the sun slides out of sight, kick up your heels with the American party crowd at one of the many bars at the three-level Coco Bongo, or relax with cocktails and live music at Roots Jazz Club.

Go shopping: Colorful shopping stands can be found everywhere, but Ki Huic on Tulum Avenue in Cancun is the place to go for crafts. For silver, visit Flamingo Plaza and Plaza Caracol on Kukulcan Boulevard, Cancun’s main drag. Look for the “925” quality stamp, and don’t hesitate to bargain at outdoor markets.

When to Go: Cozumel at its best

Best weather: December to April. Rainy season runs from May through October; hurricane season swirls from June to October.
Best prices: May to July (exact dates vary by hotel)

What to Do on Cozumel

Go diving: With more than 30 charted reefs and a variety of dive tours — including deep, drift, shore, wall, night and theme dives that focus on ecology, archaeology, wrecks and photography — Cozumel is one of Mexico’s premier diving destination. In fact, Columbia Shallows is one of the most electrifying shallow dives in the Caribbean. As an added bonus, peak diving season (June to August) coincides with off-peak hotel season.

Visit San Miguel: The island’s only town has the ambience of a charming Mexican village. Stroll the waterfront boulevard and people-watch at the main square, where mariachi bands sometimes play on Sunday nights.

See the wildlife: Visit Chankanaab (“little sea”) inside the National Park and tour its botanical garden, archaeological park, and saltwater lagoon wildlife sanctuary. Snorkel or dive in underwater caves, offshore reefs or a protected bay with sunken cannons, anchors, statues and a ship.

Tour the lighthouses: Drive (be sure to rent a car with four-wheel drive) to either end of the island to take in magnificent faro (“lighthouse”) views from Punta Sur’s Celerain lighthouse (south) or Punta Molas (north). Punta Sur is surrounded by sand dunes and offers jungle views, while Punta Molas is great for sunbathing and jagged shoreline vistas.

When to Go: Los Cabos at its best

Best weather: October to May
Best prices: June to October (exact dates vary by hotel)
Festival highlights: Semana Santa, which begins in March or April, leads up to Easter and is celebrated with parades and passion plays; Cinco de Mayo (May 5) commemorates the defeat of the French in 1862; Mexico’s independence is celebrated in mid-September with fireworks and parties.

What to Do in Los Cabos

Scuba dive and snorkel: Whether you’re catching one or communing with hundreds, the wide array of fish that ply the waters off Los Cabos is a main attraction. Underwater sightseers will love Chileno Beach’s snorkeling reefs that are just offshore; Bahia Santa Maria, a picturesque cove surrounded by cliffs; fishing at Gordo Banks; El Arco, called “Land’s End,” where sea lions dart about; and Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park for a close encounter with a shark.

Take romantic day trips: Take a water taxi or private yacht over to Lover’s Beach for a picnic lunch, some sand under your toes and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

San Jose Del Cabo: The quieter of the two main towns, San Jose is an old Mexican village built around the Colonial-style church Iglesia San Jose and a charming town square still filled with vendors. Just around the corner, the lush and serene Estero de San Jose, a freshwater estuary, hosts more than 200 bird species.

Cabo San Lucas: Once the anchorage of choice for celebrities seeking a quiet getaway, this lively town is now the mecca for those who seek a fishing charter (many Corridor hotels also have their own fleet of boats), whale-watching excursion (January to March), glass-bottom boat ride, or snorkel or dive trip. Nightlife and shopping are big draws. Be forewarned that cruise ships anchor here, often bringing crowds of passengers.

Top European Honeymoon Destination: Spain

spain-honeymoonThis isn’t your average metropolis. Barcelona, the proud capital of the “nation” of Catalonia, has a quirky blend of timeless elegance and innovative spirit. Vast museums and celebrated structures find their homes among lively markets and outdoor cafes, and experiments in art and fashion are apparent in the laid-back bar and lounge scene, which moves out to the beaches and rooftops in summer months. There’s sand, sangria and plenty to do in this super-cultural locale.

It’s midnight on the streets, and an elderly woman passes by with a stroller. Up ahead, laughing crowds slide into chic restaurants for dinner. And it’s a Tuesday. Strange? Not in Madrid — this charming city is up all night, every night. A perfect spot for the cosmopolitan couple, the Spanish capital blends big-city style and energy with laid-back Mediterranean attitude.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Language: Catalan and Spanish
Flight time: 8 hours from New York City; 14.5 hours from LA; 12 hours from Chicago
Getting around: Subway, bus, taxi and car

When to Go: Barcelona at its best

Best weather: The Mediterranean climate brings cool winters and hot summers, but rarely goes to extremes. Average temperatures range between 40-81 degrees Fahrenheit. Humidity can make midsummer months sticky, so May, June and September are best for beachgoers.
Best prices: September to December (watch out for soaring prices the last half of December)

When to Go: Madrid at its best

Best weather: September to November; March to May. Summers can reach highs of 104 degrees Fahrenheit and winters dip below freezing, so plan a trip in spring or fall for averages around 70.
Best prices: December to February

What to Do in Barcelona

Unbelievable buildings: Architecture buffs or not, you’re sure to stare in awe at the surreal details of the buildings, balconies and columns of Eixample (Barcelona’s 19th-century extension). Here, Modernista architect Antoni Gaudi was dancing to his own beat and blessed his many creations with breathtaking — though bizarre — curves, colors and asymmetric oddities.

Sunshine: The streets and beaches of Barcelona are sunny all year long, making the spot ideal for outdoor eating and shopping. Be sure to take advantage of the lovely weather by venturing through La Rambla, where five end-to-end avenues are lined with open-air markets — a great place to get a taste of the city’s people, cafes, shops and culture. (Get to the market early; for a sit-down lunch try El Quim de la Boqueria.)

What to Do in Madrid

Art and gardens: No Spanish vacation is complete without a stroll through the renowned Museo del Prado. Commissioned in 1785 by King Carlos III, it houses the works of the nation’s three great masters: Fransisco Goya, Diego Velazquez and El Greco — not to mention a couple of famous and frightening works by Hieronymous Bosch. Next door to the Prado is the Real Jardin Botanico, a beautiful garden in the center of the bustling city. Spend an afternoon in the shade of this centuries-old garden that holds plants, trees, flowers and cacti from around the world.

People watch: You can see plenty of sights while simply lounging in Madrid’s town squares, where Spaniards of all ages congregate for delicious coffee and churros (the Spanish version of a donut) in the morning, and sangria and tapas in the late afternoon. One of the most popular places to people watch is the Plaza Mayor, which has seen everything from bullfights to royal marriages and public executions in its centuries-long existence.

Tapas and copas: You certainly won’t go hungry (or thirsty!) on the streets of Madrid. The city is packed with bars, “cafeterias” (bars with meals), pubs, and terrazas (fancy outdoor cafés) — and the bartenders aren’t stingy. Be prepared for an array of tapas (Spanish snacks) and a hearty dash of liquor in your copa (a mixed drink in a tall glass). You’ll find bars and discotecas (dance clubs) open at all hours, so feel free to party ’til dawn.

Top Honeymoon Destinations: Seychelles

seychelles-honeymoonCrystalline waters, perennially sunny skies, resorts of rustic-luxe huts perched above the ocean — at first glimpse the Seychelles appear similar to island paradises you may have visited before. But then you hear the song of the rare Seychelles Warbler or glimpse the indigenous coco de mer palm and realize you’re in an exotic land about as far as you can get from home. This archipelago nation off the east coast of Africa is made up of more than 100 islands, some made of granite, others of coral. You can use one of the main islands of Mahe, Praslin or La Digue as a base from which to explore the more remote ones. Because of the country’s proximity to Africa, many couples first go on safari before heading to the Seychelles to relax on the beach.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Languages: English, French, Creole
Flight time: You’ll probably have to take three, or even four, flights to get there — one to a European city, like London or Paris, then onto a Middle Eastern hub, like Qatar or Dubai, where you’ll connect to a flight to the main island of Mahe. From Europe, it’s a total flight time of about 12 hours to Mahe.
Currency: Seychelles Rupee

When to Go: Seychelles at its best

Best weather: There’s no true “off” season in the Seychelles, but June, July and August are reliably cool and dry. June might be preferable because it’s a little less tourist filled than the later summer months. The period from November to April is warmer and rainy. Temperatures average between 75 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit all year long.
Best prices: May and October fall just outside the high tourist season, so you might find some deals.

What to Do

Ogle exotic flora and fauna: Stroll through Mahe’s more-than-a-century-old botanic gardens, which are filled with an array of plants, trees and flowers like (literally) nothing you’ve never seen. Or head to the Aldabra atoll, a ring of four coral islands that are home to more than 150,000 giant tortoises.

Play in the water: In the Seychelles you’ll have a long menu of water-based recreation to choose from (the sailing, kayaking, snorkeling and diving are all excellent). It’s worth it to take a boat trip out to a coral snorkeling site offshore, since you’ll find much more intriguing marine life there than you would closer to the beach.

Island hop: Though it’s tempting to be lazy and not leave the little idyll of your chosen resort, it would be a crime to not explore at least a few other islands. A variety of boat, helicopter and airplane charters are available to take you around.

Top Honeymoon Destinations: Bali

bali-honeymoonLolling between the Java Sea and the Indian Ocean, Bali is a fish-shaped isle along the equator, one of more than 17,000 Indonesian islands that stretch between Australia and Asia. You’ll arrive jetlagged, and depart transformed. Be warned, though: Bali can tempt even the most levelheaded travelers to start calculating the cost of permanent relocation.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Entry requirements: Passport with more than six months validity and at least two blank pages, return ticket and tourist visa (can be granted upon arrival)
Languages: Bahasa Bali, Bahasa Indonesian, English, Dutch (more than 700 languages are spoken in Indonesia)
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
Flight time: More than 24 hours from most US cities
Getting around: Taxi, bemo (minibus), rental car (keep left!), motorcycle and bikes

When to Go: Bali at its best

Best weather: April and May, and September and October.
Best prices: Rates are fairly consistent year-round.
Festival highlights: The Balinese follow two local calendars: the Hindu saka and wuku. The 10-day Galungan Festival, during which barong (mythical lion-dog creatures) scamper from temple to temple, is the highlight of the wuku year, so it occurs every six months. Nyepi, a day of silence when the island closes down in fear of evil spirits flying in from the sea, is the saka calendar’s New Year and falls on the vernal equinox. Independence Day is celebrated on August 17, with sports events and cultural performances.

What to Do

Tour the temples: Bali is known as “the land of 10,000 temples.” Put Pura Luhur Uluwatu on the list for a sunset excursion. Ensconced atop 250-foot-high cliffs at the southern tip of the Bukit Badung peninsula, its dramatic setting is otherworldly. And don’t miss Pura Besakih, one of Bali’s most sacred sites and one of nine major temples located on the slopes of Gunung Agung, a volcanic peak that the Balinese believe is the “navel of the world.” Pura Besakih is called the “Mother Temple” and encompasses dozens of thatch-roofed spires and terraced courtyards scented with incense and bedecked with flowers.

Get cultured: The town of Ubud is a good place to check out art galleries and craft villages (woodcarving, jewelry, painting), the tranquil Puri Lukisan Museum, restaurants, dancing and music. Ubud is also a good base camp for active adventures such as white-water rafting and trekking.

Go to festivals: In this “Land of the Gods,” festivals are practically an everyday event. Attending one is an incredible way to experience wayang kulit (shadow puppet shows) and hear gamelan orchestras tease melodies from flutes, cymbals, gongs, drums and bamboo xylophones. Ask your hotel concierge about nearby festivities or consult The Bali Times, which carries a schedule of upcoming events.

Dance all night: While you might not want to stay in the Kuta/Legian beach area (too touristy), do plan to visit and sprawl out on the beautiful beach. This is also Bali’s nightlife center, with lots of bars, shops and all around merriment.

Best Honeymoon Destinations: Italy

italy-honeymoonFlorence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to many of world’s most famous paintings and statues. If you’re visiting during a tour of Tuscany, take a few days to explore this bustling city’s mind-boggling collection of artistic genius and stunning cathedrals.

Visiting Venice is like unwrapping a present for the senses: the toll of church bells, beribboned gondoliers churning their oars, the sharp scent of coffee, glass chandeliers twinkling, and slender, twisting streets suddenly turning onto sun-filled market squares. The elegant piazzas and glistening waterways of this northern Italian city breathe ancient urban grandeur and romance.

Italy’s Amalfi Coast is probably the most idyllic stretch of coastline in the Mediterranean, with its cozy towns nestled on rugged cliffs above crystal-blue water. Your options are practically limitless on a trip to the region, whether you decide to take a day trip to Pompeii or Naples, or hop on a hydrofoil to the exquisite Isle of Capri.

Tuscany, along central Italy’s west coast, is Renaissance country — the lush landscape inspired painters Leonardo and Raphael with its green valleys, rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves. The art and architecture of the fifteenth century remain in ample evidence, but il dolce far niente — the sweet art of idleness — is equally intoxicating.

Finding a destination that allows for both lazy days at the beach and epic sightseeing is hard enough, but when you add life-changing food to your wish list it becomes a very tall order. One of the few places that satisfies all those demands: Sicily. Due to its position as the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has played host to a wide variety of cultures, including the ancient Greeks, Romans, Normans and Moors, over the centuries, and they left it with a diverse array of world-class landmarks. Of course, its location in the middle of the Mediterranean also means the island is blessed with beautiful beaches and dotted with glamorous seaside resort towns. The best vantage points for seeing the island’s natural and historical beauty can be found in the unspoiled countryside and the smaller cities such as Taormina, Agrigento, Siracusa and Selinunte. You can divide up your days between sightseeing and sun-soaking, and spend your evenings feasting on the region’s mouthwatering cuisine and local wines — a recipe for romantic bliss if we ever heard one.

With stunning art and monuments everywhere you look, and life-changing meals waiting to be eaten around every corner, Rome is truly a feast for the senses. The city is nirvana for art lovers and history buffs, though if you skipped those classes in college it’s the perfect place to get a crash course in Western civilization. Rome contains as many perfect backdrops for romance as it does churches and ancient ruins. Think: centuries-old piazzas you can amble through at sunset, charming gelaterias filled with tables for two, and the Spanish Steps, one of the landmarks on which Gregory Peck wooed Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. All this means it’s a perfect destination for couples. A city that inspires a lust for life can’t help but enhance your lust for each other.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Entry requirements: Passport
Language: Italian
Entry requirements: Passport valid for three months post-departure
Currency: Euro
Flight time: 10 hours from New York City; 14 hours from LA; 14 hours from Dallas
Getting around: Bus and taxi

When to Go: Florence at its best

Best weather: May, September, and October. July and August are hottest and most humid. Tourism swells from May through September.
Best prices: Winter, early spring and late autumn
Festival highlights: Maggio Musicale, the city’s major arts festival, takes place from May through early June; the Calcio in Costume — Soccer in Costume — is an annual competition held in June among four teams, each representing a medieval district of the city; a fireworks display marks midsummer and the feast of John the Baptist, Florence’s patron saint, on June 24.

What to Do in Florence

Admire the art: Masterpieces abound here in all their original glory: Michelangelo’s statues of Bacchus and David, Cellini’s statue of Perseus beheading Medusa, Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” Titian’s “The Venus of Urbino” and more. The world-renowned Uffizi Gallery is a must-see, but art is everywhere: in the chapels hidden inside the Santa Maria Novella and Santa Maria del Carmine churches, and in the statue garden outside the Palazzo Vecchio, where you’ll find Ammannati’s Neptune Fountain.

Tour cathedrals and tombs: The immense and magnificently detailed Santa Maria del Fiore Duomo (cathedral) will literally take your breath away. Don’t miss the resplendent east doors — called the “Gate of Paradise” — of the nearby Baptistery; Lorenzo Ghiberti needed 27 years to complete them. Visit the Gothic church of Santa Croce to see the elaborate tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo and the great humanist Leonardo Bruni. Machiavelli was also buried here. Medici tombs by Michelangelo can be found at the lavish San Lorenzo church.

Explore palaces and gardens: Palazzos are everywhere in this concentrated treasure chest of a city, but some of the best include the Palazzo Vecchio (with its famous sculpture garden), the ornate Palazzo Rucellai and the Medici’s massive must-see Palazzo Pitti. The Vittolone, an avenue of cypress trees that splits the sprawling, statue-filled Boboli Gardens near Palazzo Pitti, is the perfect spot to soak up peaceful green vistas.

Have a gelato: You’ll experience ice-cream perfection at Bar Vivoli Gelateria. A week’s worth of rich, creamy, intense flavors will keep you screaming for more.

Shop for souvenirs: Cross the Ponte Vecchio, or Old Bridge, built in 1345 — the only bridge to escape destruction during World War II — to shop for new and antique jewelry. Troll for leather goods at the Mercato di San Lorenzo or nearby Mercato Centrale.

When to Go: Venice at its best

Best weather: April to June, and September to November. July and August are the hottest months, which may make the canals smell. Tourism swells June through August.
Best prices: Winter (excluding the Christmas holidays and Carnevale week), early spring and late autumn.

What to Do in Venice

Take a canal tour: No trip is complete without a gondola ride, so cuddle up and glide through the enchanting Venetian canals (it’ll run you at least $60 for an hour-long ride).

Visit Piazza San Marco: Pigeons, tourists and street entertainers flock to this lively plaza, home to the glittering gold and mosaic-embellished Basilica di San Marco and the fresco-filled Palazzo Ducale. Tour the palace and cross the Bridge of Sighs, so named because it was the last view Venetian prisoners had before facing their fate.

Get lost: You’re likely to get turned around in Venice, but getting lost was never so much fun. Labyrinthine streets will reveal new discoveries at every turn. Don’t pass up that off-the-beaten-path shop selling candy, Carnevale masks or marbled paper.

Travel by vaporetto: These boats, which carry Venetians just as city buses carry passengers in less liquid locales, are the best way to see the Grand Canal.

Eat fine Italian cuisine: Water, water everywhere provides some of the best seafood in Europe, and the Italian touch creates risotto beyond compare. Best bets include Trattoria Madonna, canal-side Ristorante Da Raffaele and Harry’s Bar, where the Bellini was invented and still reigns supreme.

See Ponte di Rialto: This bridge over the Grand Canal also serves as a marketplace, the perfect spot to buy a gondolier’s hat or assorted souvenirs.

Take day trips: Just a short vaporetto ride away are: Murano, the birthplace of Venetian glass; Burano, known for its candy-colored houses and fine lace; and Torcello, site of a lovely 7th-century church and plenty of prime picnic spots.

When to Go: The Amalfi Coast at its best

Best weather: April to June, September and October; July and August are the hottest months, and may also be the most crowded.

What to Do on the Amalfi Coast

Ravello: The sweet life personified, Ravello is an achingly romantic, cliff-perched village along the Amalfi Coast. Spend days sipping brunello on a terrace gazing over the sea and evenings at the striking Palazzo Avino, a 12th-century villa.

Positano: It’s got everything: great food, wine, beautiful beaches and sightseeing. Wear your most comfortable shoes (it’s a vertical village) and tour the twists and turns of this mythic spot. Buy a painting from a local artisan, indulge in fresh fish (try Max restaurant), and sip Bellinis while you watch the sunset. Stay at least one night on Capri — the island comes alive at night. Have a drink at the Grand Hotel Quisisana, and, if you’re really brave, sneak down to the famous Blue Grotto for a daring, after-dark swim.

Procida: What makes movie producers beg to film here? An isolated, back-in-time experience on the tiny island of Procida, which was the backdrop for Il Postino (aka The Postman), The Talented Mr. Ripley and several other flicks. The scenic port of Marina Corricella boasts Bar Graziella, one of the island’s most famous local hangouts. Ordinary visitors and celebrities alike can’t resist the eatery’s delicious food, like grattata di limone (a crushed-ice beverage) and to-die-for piadine. If you’re looking for a more grown-up romantic experience, there’s always Ristorante Caracalè, a converted fisherman’s-hut-turned-seafood-bistro. With the restaurant’s selection of fine Italian wines and top area catches, you’ll be in top form.

When to Go: Tuscany at its best

Best weather: May, September and October. July and August are hottest and most humid. Tourism swells from May through September.
Best prices: Winter, early spring and late autumn. Note: Many restaurants may be closed from Christmas through the first week in January and for much of August.
Festival highlights: The Regata di San Ranieri, featuring boat races and floats on the Arno River, takes place in Pisa in June; the Joust of the Saracen is held the first Sunday in September in Arezzo; and the Corsa del Palio, a heated horse race around the Piazza del Campo in Siena, takes place in the summer.

What to Do in Tuscany

Indulge in Amazing Cuisine: When you come to Tuscany, leave your watch at home. This region inspires contemplation, exploration and lingering picnics featuring some of Europe’s best food and wine. Take advantage of local specialties: olive oil, mushrooms such as porcini and truffles, roasted meats and salami, sheep’s milk cheeses such as pecorino and ricotta, and wine (don’t miss the wine estates and castles of the Chianti region in central Tuscany).

Siena: A must-see on any Tuscan tour, this charming, sienna-hued city in central Tuscany is one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval towns. Siena was a hotbed of art and learning during the Middle Ages, and its hilly streets, Gothic cathedrals and stone palaces are perfect for daydreaming. The Piazza del Campo — a large square — is at the city’s heart.

San Gimignano: Originally called the City of the Beautiful Towers, this wonderful medieval town near Siena is noted for them — 14 of the 72 spires that once defined its skyline remain. Visit small art galleries, shops, restaurants, and the dreamy 12th-century Romanesque Collegiate church, with walls covered in frescoes and a blue vaulted ceiling speckled with golden stars.

Pisa: This town in western Tuscany is known for its leaning tower, but don’t forget to visit the Campo dei Miracoli, which includes a stunning trio: the Battistero (Baptistery), Camposanta (cemetery filled with earth brought from the Holy Land by crusaders) and Duomo (cathedral). The lamp suspended over the cathedral’s pulpit is called Galileo’s Lamp and is said to have inspired his theories on pendulum motion.

Volterra: Volterra, perched on a high plateau in western Tuscany, offers stunning vistas of the surrounding countryside and is known for the beautiful statues its craftsmen create from locally mined white alabaster. The Museo Etrusco Guarnacci owns one of the best collections of Etruscan artifacts in Italy, including 600 intricately carved funeral urns.

Lucca: Exploring this city in northern Tuscany is a delight. Scamper between the columns of grand Romanesque churches, mingle with locals at an outdoor market in the Piazza del Mercato and stroll the wonderful gardens of nearby Villa Reale (Royal Villa), once the home of Napoleon’s sister (closed December to February). A music festival is held in the villa’s Teatro di Verdura, a theater created with topiaries, during July and August.

Arezzo: This city in southeastern Tuscany is one of Italy’s three major gold jewelry production centers. You’ll find stunning frescoes (don’t miss the collection at the 13th-century church of San Francesco), richly colored stained glass and Etruscan pottery. Browse antique shops around the Piazza Grande for deals, or visit the open-air antiques fair held the first weekend of every month.

Cortona: Cortona’s steep streets, slender alleys and ancient buildings have an eclectic charm. The medieval hilltop town is best known for its small museums, churches and fine antique shops. Trek up the garden-lined Via Crucis to the church of Santa Margherita for excellent views.

When to Go: Sicily at its best

Best weather: The weather is mild and sunny all year long, with average highs in the 60s during the “off season” of November through April, and in the 80s during the summer months, when tourism peaks.
Best prices: Prices drop in the late fall and winter, and reach rock bottom in January and February. This can be a brilliant time to go, as you’ll also have many of the sights to yourself and be able to mix and mingle with the locals more freely than you could during the high season. You should be able to get a discount during the “shoulder season” of September and October, when highs are still in the 70s and 80s but the summer crowds have gone.

What to Do in Sicily

Mangia e bevi: Sicily’s cuisine is unique — part Southern Italy with a North African influence — and delicious. Think: lots of fresh fish and vegetables. Perhaps Sicily’s most addictive signature delicacy is arancini (fried rice balls), though the island’s desserts are also to die for. Cannolis are just the beginning. Wash it all down with blood orange juice at breakfast, and at all other times with the island’s signature fruity, full-bodied wines.

Glimpse ancient cultures: Sicily possesses architecture and ruins that are arguably as impressive as those of Athens or Rome. You’ll find them along the island’s eastern edge, from the shadow of Mt. Etna to the town of Siracusa, and on the western shore in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, a breathtaking collection of well-preserved classical ruins.

Live la dolce vita: In the coastal resort towns, like Taormina, you can bask in the sun with European jet-setters, who flock here for the beautiful beaches and sybaritic atmosphere. You can also soak up the sweet life by going for a drive into the island’s heartland, where you’ll find vistas of vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards, and small farming communities that haven’t changed in decades, if not centuries.

When to Go: Rome at its best

Best weather: Although the weather is pleasant all year long, it’s nicest in May, June, September and October, when average highs are in the 70s. July and August are often uncomfortably hot (not to mention unpleasantly crowded with tourists).
Best prices: Late fall and winter are when you’ll find deals (tourist levels pick up around Easter and peak in July and August).

What to Do in Rome

See cultural treasures: There’s a staggering wealth of art and architecture in Rome, especially from the classical and Renaissance eras. You’ll find yourself awestruck by the experience of wandering through the Colosseum and the ruins of the Forum, and it’s easy to be overwhelmed when gazing at Michelangelo’s frescoes on the ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel.

Shop till you drop: The area around the Spanish Steps is filled with enough high-end boutiques to keep intrepid shoppers occupied for days (or until your credit cards protest). You’ll find excellent leather goods, ties, stationery, perfume and the brilliant fashion for which Italy is internationally famous.

Mangia: Food and drink should be a central focus of any trip to Italy. Some of the Roman culinary delights you shouldn’t deprive your palate of: fried artichokes, lamb and all manner of pasta, especially cacio e pepe (with pecorino and black pepper) and amatriciana (with tomatoes, red pepper and unsmoked bacon called guanciale). On the beverage front, punctuate your mornings with small, strong cups of cappuccino (a place called Sant’ Eustachio, near the Pantheon, is widely believed to serve the best) and your evenings with, of course, lots of the local vino.

Top Caribbean Honeymoon Destinations: Aruba

aruba-honeymoonFlat, arid and outside the hurricane belt, this Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela is the “A” island of the so-called ABC Islands (Bonaire and Curacao complete the trio). A true paradise, Aruba enjoys low humidity and breezy blue vistas year-round. The island’s not much for tropical foliage — instead, you’ll find rocky deserts, silky sand and the trademark divi-divi tree (bent at a 45-degree angle by strong trade winds). It’s tough to miss the “ka-ching” of casinos, and you’ll be rocking to the infectious steel-band beat of beach barbecues and fish fries. This is, as car license-plates proclaim, “one happy island.”

Before You Go: Need-to-Know Info

Language: Dutch and Papiamento are the official languages, but most Arubans speak English.
Flight time: 4.5 hours from New York City; 11 hours from LA; 9 hours from Chicago; 8 hours from Dallas
Getting around: Taxi, bus and rental car (follow the southwestern-pointing divi-divi trees if you get lost)
Entry requirements: Passport and return ticket
Currency: Aruban florin (AFl)

When to Go: Aruba at its best

Best weather: Aruba enjoys a mean temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit, a fairly constant 10 mph to 20 mph breeze, and blissfully low humidity year-round. July and August are less windy, and short showers occur more often from mid-October through December.
Best prices: April to August; exact dates vary by hotel
Festivals: Colorful Carnival events whirl through the streets each winter (during the two months preceding Ash Wednesday)

What to Do

Underwater sightseeing: Sunken ships include the eye-popping, bombed-in-half German freighter Antilla — its shallow wreckage is easily and eerily visible in the clear ocean waters — and the Jane Sea, a freighter lying in an almost vertical position. Baby Beach is best for shore diving, while Mangel Halto Reef offers fascinating night dives.

Hit the jackpot: Feeling lucky? Aruba has the games for you: blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, baccarat, slot machines and an island original, Caribbean Stud Poker, invented in 1988. This high-stakes game is like blackjack, but tempts players with a progressive jackpot that can skyrocket!

Top Caribbean Honeymoon Destinations: Bahamas

bahamas-honeymoonSpread across the lower Atlantic between Florida and Cuba, the 700 islands of the Bahamas — most are inhabited — offer a merry mix of buzzing playgrounds, tranquil escapes and ample underwater delights.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Language: English
Flight time (to Nassau): 4 hours from New York City; 7 hours from LA; 5 hours from Chicago and Dallas
Getting around: Taxi, bus and golf cart
Entry requirements: Passport and return ticket
Currency: Bahamian dollar and US dollar

When To Go: The Bahamas at its best

Best weather: December to April
Best prices: July to November; exact dates vary by hotel. (Nassau is extra-crowded during March and April, when spring breakers invade, so you may want to avoid visiting during those months.)
Festivals: Don’t miss Junkanoo, a uniquely Bahamian costume parade in which people dance to copper cowbells, Goombay drums and whistles from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. on December 26 and January 1.

What to Do

Nassau/Paradise Island: A tropical blend of vibrant energy and romantic atmosphere keeps the tourists flocking to the sandy shores of Nassau. The lively city, located on the northeast shore of the island of New Providence, is the capital of the Bahamas and one of the world’s busiest cruise ports. Paradise Island is just an eyebrow-arched bridge away. Compact and colorful, Nassau and Paradise Island offer easy access to water sports, shopping, casinos and nightlife.

Grand Bahama Island: This fifth-largest island in the chain is only a 50-minute flight from Miami and exudes an airy, spread-out feel compared to Nassau. Its allure is a mellow mix of entertainment, back-to-nature treats and beautiful beaches. Meet the West Indian Flamingo, the islands’ national bird, at Rand Nature Centre or explore huge caves at Lucayan National Park; take diving lessons; browse the duty-free bounty at International Bazaar in Freeport; and, when the sun sets, dance beneath the stars. Or just sit back and sip a Kalik beer as you watch steel pan drum players, limbo and fire dancers at the Yellow Bird Show Club.

Out Islands: The Out Islands have a bit of shopping and nightlife, but their real appeal is in and under the sea. Succumb to the stunning pink sands and charming gingerbread houses of Harbour Island, dramatic views and soft white beaches of Long Island; sailing and bird-watching around the Abaco Islands, the land and sea parks of the Exumas and Pelican Cays, and sport fishing off the Bimini and Berry Islands.

Swim and snorkel: Snorkelers and divers alike will swoon over the prismatic pleasures that await them in the coral reefs, blue holes (caves), wall dives and shipwrecks off the Bahamas. In fact, the water is so beautifully clear that divers experience visibility of up to 200 feet! The biggest eyefuls are off Andros (home to the third-largest barrier reef in the world, with 140 miles of coral and cathedral-like caves with stalactite and stalagmite parishioners), Bimini (rumored remnants of the lost City of Atlantis lie offshore), Eleuthera/Harbour Island (Devil’s Backbone is several miles of pristine reef — and the graveyard for dozens of vessels, including a train!) and the Exuma Islands, site of the famous Thunderball Grotto.

Experience local flavor: If you like to eat, you’ll love the Bahamian cuisine. Begin by combining homegrown resources such as guava, mangos, papaya, pineapple and plantains with the daily catch of conch (believed to be an aphrodisiac), kingfish, wahoo and grouper. Add a dash of Caribbean spice — curry, ginger, thyme and saffron — and wash it all down with pineapple wine from Eleuthera. Don’t miss a chance to try island classics such as johnnycakes (a pan-fried bread), chicken souse (a spicy chicken soup) or guava duff (a sweet, pudding-like dessert).

Go sailing: There are plenty of boats bobbing in the crystal-blue water, and many are available for chartering or group tours. But the real thrill is in joining the crew onboard one of New Zealand’s former racing yachts for some America’s Cup-style racing! Bring your honey to the deck of one of Sail Nassau’s two multimillion-dollar racers, where you can take the helm or just sit back and feel the wind in your hair.

Top Caribbean Honeymoon Destinations: Antigua

antigua-honeymoonOnce a British naval hot spot, Antigua offers a genteel take on the leisurely life. Located in the middle of the Caribbean Islands, Antigua is loved for its chalky white beaches, boating (featuring the Caribbean’s largest regatta) and ideal weather year-round. Barbuda, just 25 miles north of Antigua, features 17 miles of beaches, a bird sanctuary and colorful offshore wrecks and reefs ripe for exploration.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Language: English
Flight time: 4.5 hours from New York City; 9 hours from LA; 7 hours from Chicago; 7 hours from Dallas
Getting around: Car (drive on the left!) and taxis
Entry requirements: Passport and return ticket (a departure tax is due when leaving the country)
Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC) and US dollar

When to Go: Antigua at its best

Best weather: Anytime. The Antiguan climate is one of the most idyllic in the Caribbean, thanks to constant sea breezes and trade winds. Temperatures hover around 80 degrees but can rise to 93 degrees during the hot season from May to November.
Best prices: May to November; exact dates vary by hotel. Hurricane season swirls from June to November (September is the trickiest).
Festival highlights: Cheer more than 300 racing yachts during Antigua Sailing Week in late April and early May, or take in one of the Caribbean’s most intoxicating Carnivals, which runs from late July to early August.

What to Do

Abundant beaches: Rimmed by 365 public beaches — one for each day of the year, plus one for luck — there’s a sandy paradise for every beach personality. Some of the best include Half Moon Bay for windsurfing, Dickinson Bay for restaurant hopping and people watching, and Five Islands Peninsula for a clothing-optional experience.

Seafaring lore: History lovers and yachters shouldn’t miss Nelson’s Dockyard National Park at English Harbour in Antigua. Built in 1784, this former naval headquarters now hosts charming old restaurants, craft shops and historic buildings.

Shipyard views: For a stunning panoramic view — of English Harbour and the island of Montserrat — plus steel-pan music, barbecue and a superb sunset, spend your Sunday afternoon at Shirley Heights Lookout, a restaurant perched on a bluff at the south side of the island.

Top Caribbean Honeymoon Destinations: Jamaica

jamaica-honeymoonFun-loving couples who want a “no problem” getaway will revel in happy-go-lucky Jamaica. The third largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica is easy to reach, economical, and blessed with a bevy of sports and natural offerings as well as a thriving nightlife. Surrounded by the bright blue sea, the “land of wood and water” has three mountain systems, more than 120 rivers, 200 miles of beaches, 25 indigenous bird species, 3,800 flowering plants — 720 of which are unique to Jamaica — and over 500 types of ferns.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Language: English and patois
Flight time: 4 hours from New York City; 7.5 hours from LA; 6 hours from Chicago
Getting around: Licensed JUTA taxi recommended

When to Go: Jamaica at its best

Best weather: December to April. Rain (called “liquid sunshine”) is common, especially in October.
Best prices: Mid-April to mid-December; exact dates vary by hotel. Hurricane season swirls from June to November.

What to Do

Montego Bay: Located near the airport on the northwest side of the island, “MoBay” is perfect for golf getaways and short vacations. You can pack a lot of window shopping, beach bumming and rum punches into a short period of time.

Ocho Rios: Garden strollers and nature lovers should make the trip from the airport to Ocho Rios, called “Jamaica’s Garden,” where you’ll find awe-inspiring waterfalls, tropical flora, sugar plantations and quaint fishing villages.

Port Antonio: Called the “most exquisite port on earth,” Port Antonio is a less developed seaside gem on the northeast side of the island near where jerked cooking was invented, and The Blue Lagoon was filmed. Need we say more?

Negril: Legendary for its hedonistic happenings, this once-sleepy secret on the west coast is out. The main draws here are the beautiful Seven Mile Beach, cerulean sea, glorious sunsets and two miles of colorful reef.

Kingston: Although Bob Marley’s home base is culturally rich, we don’t recommend Kingston for vacationers, unless you seek the roots of reggae (visit the Bob Marley Museum) or a starting point to the spas and hikes in the beautiful Blue Mountains.

Top Caribbean Honeymoon Destinations: Cayman Islands

cayman-islands-honeymoonIf you’re looking for a private, luxurious getaway, consider the Cayman Islands. What you’ll find here are breathtaking aqua-blue waters and more than seven miles of beaches. If you’re into all-inclusive resorts, you’ll find that on Grand Cayman, and the less traveled Little Cayman and Cayman Brac offer more adventurous pursuits, which makes this trio of islands a breath of fresh air in the heart of the Caribbean Sea.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Language: English
Flight time: 4 hours from New York City; 1.5 hours from Miami; 8 hours from LA; 6 hours from Chicago; 6 hours from Dallas
Getting around:
Taxi and rental car (keep left!)

When to Go: The Cayman Islands at their best

Best weather: The Cayman Islands have an average temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. March and April are driest; the rainy season (including hurricanes) is from mid-May to November.
Best prices: Mid-April to mid-December; exact dates vary by hotel

What to Do

Grand Cayman: The largest of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman boasts many options for vacationers, from five-star resorts on the powdery, seven-mile beach to little bed-and-breakfasts along the way. Don’t miss shopping in historic Georgetown, where you’ll find high-end retailers, like Cartier and Tiffany & Co., right alongside Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. If you’d rather get up close with creatures of the deep, Sting Ray City is just a 10-minute boat ride away, or you may be able to snorkel in live reefs just a short swim from your hotel. If lounging around with a frozen drink in hand is more your style, don’t leave without ordering a mudslide at beachside Rum Point.

Cayman Brac: Adventurous couples will want to check out Cayman Brac, a 40-minute plane ride from Grand Cayman. These rugged 14 square miles feature a dramatic 140-foot bluff that’s home to dozens of caves worth exploring, alongside underwater shipwrecks and exotic woodlands teeming with tropical birds.

Little Cayman: The Cayman Islands are renowned for their diving opportunities, which become even more outstanding on Little Cayman. Just a 20-minute plane ride from Grand Cayman, this 10-mile long island is home to 50 dive sites, including Bloody Bay Wall with its sheer coral wall. If you don’t want to dive, you’ll have no problem finding a quiet respite here. Since the island has just 170 residents, romance abounds on uninhabited beaches and the almost-private South Hole Lagoon.

Top Caribbean Honeymoon Destinations: Grenada

grenada-honeymoonThis “spice island,” famous for producing huge quantities of nutmeg, has become a vacationer’s idyll in recent years, offering a trifecta of beach, rainforest and rich culture. In Grenada you can sail, scuba dive or sunbathe one day, hike to the top of a foliage-covered mountain the next, and then spend some time soaking up French and English colonial culture by strolling the streets of capitol city St. George’s.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Language: English
Entry requirements: Passport
Currency: East Caribbean dollar
Flight time: 8 hours from New York City
Getting around: Taxi and rental car

When to Go: Grenada at its best

Best weather: Temperatures average a balmy 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. June through December is considered the rainy season (though it rains on and off all year), and January through May is typically warm and dry with a pleasant breeze.
Best prices: As with any Caribbean island, you’re most likely to find deals during the “off-season” of summer and early fall.

What to Do

Set sail: After spending the requisite time sacked out on Grenada’s gorgeous beaches, try seeing the water from the vantage point of a yacht — the island is known for its great sailing conditions. (If you’re a sailing newbie, you can take lessons or go the pampered route and charter a boat that comes with a crew.)

Take a hike: At the island’s center, you’ll find the Grand Etang National Park, which is filled with verdant rainforests surrounding a crater lake. Whether you’re up for just a mellow stroll or a heart-pumping hike, you’ll find a trail suited perfectly for you.

Island-hop: Take a 90-minute ferry ride to the nearby island of Carriacou, where you can do more basking on the beach, relax at a laid-back seaside bar or spy exotic flora and fauna at the local botanical garden.

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Vacationisms is a New Hampshire honeymoon travel agency – small enough to care deeply about building personal relationships, and large enough to work with couples across the country. Our honeymoon travel agents combine their drive for personal service and expertise with resort partnerships around the world. As a result, our honeymoon clients are afforded an exclusive and unrivaled one-stop honeymoon travel agent experience. We'll make it easy for you to plan an amazing honeymoon.

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Our honeymoon travel agents have worked with hundreds of couples to plan dream honeymoons. Our Honeymoon Specialists will guide you through the honeymoon planning process and coordinate all logistics.

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Our no-fee services include:

  • DESTINATION SELECTION: A consultant will help you find the best honeymoon destination. Whether you’re looking for the most luxurious, most affordable, most popular, most serene or most exotic honeymoon destination, we can help you cut through the noise. From all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean on the best beaches to the most secluded mountain top retreats, we probably have an idea up our sleeve from our first conversation. 
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I called on the advice of my sister, after my then-fiancee told me I wasn't allowed to plan by myself. I thought I had saved thousands on our last vacation, but it turns out I had just booked a really crappy resort and as a result, the worst vacation ever. Needless to say, that vacation didn't hold a candle to what our honeymoon travel agent recommended. We had an amazing time and couldn't have done it without her.

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Sandals LaSource, Grenada

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