The 10 Best Beaches for Honeymoons
By Andrew Marino, HoneymoonPixie.com
The perfect beach for a honeymoon must be stunning, warm, and most of all, secluded. If you want to enjoy a beautiful beach during your honeymoon without hordes of tourists, check out these ten honeymoon-worthy beach destinations.
The Caribbean island of Antigua has over 365 beaches, some of which are buzzing with activity while others are secluded and romantic. If you want a good blend of beaches where you can either party or have a private picnic with your partner, Antigua is a great option.
Barbuda is a great place to enjoy the Caribbean without having to worry about running into many other travelers. It’s not overly populated and it features quiet, secluded beaches. If days of relaxing on the beach get boring, take the twenty minute flight to Antigua to experience its abounding nightlife.
3. Bodrum, Turkey
This town on the southern Aegean coast of Turkey offers the ultimate in luxury, as many high-class Europeans vacation here. It’s not as busy as St. Tropez or Naples, but it’s just as beautiful, warm, and luxurious. Apart from luxury accommodations, Bodrum offers a variety of activities from archaeological tours and mud baths to windsurfing and diving.
4. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
The white sand beaches of Bora Bora are surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters. A honeymoon here is intimate and private, as time seems to stand still. There are only a handful of resorts on the island, which helps to ensure a romantic and secluded experience. Many have bungalows perched on stilts directly over the water. In this slice of paradise, just don’t expect a lot of nightlife.
5. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Fernando de Noronha is a small archipelago located 340mi off the coast of Brazil. The island’s beaches are just as beautiful as the ones in Rio, but with only 3,500 year-round inhabitants they’re much quieter and calmer. You can stay in a private bungalow right on the beach for the ultimate in luxury and romance.
6. Koh Tao, Thailand
This beautiful tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand has become more popular in recent years, but it’s yet to be overrun with tourists. The island is only accessible by boat, helping to create a more authentic ethnic experience than other beaches in Thailand. Koh Tao has a wide range of accommodations from private villas to very inexpensive hotels, making it a great option for extended honeymoons and budget-conscious couples.
7. Lana’i Hawaii
Lana’i is one of Hawaii’s lesser-known beach destinations. There are just two resorts on the island which means few people around to spoil your seclusion. Lana’i is a great place to relax and wind down from your wedding, away from the more touristy areas on neighboring Oahu and Maui. Once you’re in full-on vacation mode, head over to Maui and check out the seaside streets of Lahaina, the beaches of Kaanapali, Haleakala National Park or drive the scenic road to Hana.
8. Sardinia, Italy
With over one thousand miles of coastline and the most translucent blue water in the Mediterranean, Sardinia is one of Europe’s most idyllic honeymoon destinations. Sardinia is an ideal choice for couples looking to enjoy the rich culture and history of the Mediterranean along with some quality beach time.
9. US Virgin Islands
Not all the US Virgin Islands are secluded – many are tourism hotbeds. However, St. John features pristine nature reserves and more privacy than its neighbors – St. Croix and St. Thomas. One of the great things about the Virgin Islands is that they are so close together it’s easy to visit more than one during your honeymoon.
10. Zanzibar, Tanzania
More and more couples are heading to Africa for beach honeymoons, and for good reason. Places like Zanzibar offer white sand beaches and gorgeous water without the touristy feel of the Caribbean. Tanzania has a wide variety of cultural attractions including a private island off the coast of Zanzibar for the ultimate in luxury honeymoon travel.
No matter which beach destination you choose, a honeymoon registry can help make it happen. Your guests can help you upgrade your accommodations, contribute to your flight, or just pay for a round of cocktails on the beach. After all, when you and your partner have your toes in the sand half-way around the world, you’ll wonder why you ever registered for that crock pot.
About the Author: Andrew Marino is the CEO of HoneymoonPixie.com, an industry leader in providing honeymoon gift registries for engaged couples. Couples create their free honeymoon registry website and receive honeymoon planning advice and travel tips. Andrew also serves as a contributing Senior Travel Editor.
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