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Top 10 Most Romantic Honeymoon Cities

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

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Do you want to honeymoon in a city? While many couples still have traditional honeymoons on tropical beaches, more and more are choosing to honeymoon in urban cities. Romantic cities have several advantages including gourmet dining, rich cultural experiences, and luxurious five star accommodations. Throughout the year, cities also hold a variety of activities and festivals to enjoy. Here are the top ten most romantic cities for honeymooners.

1. Paris, France

It goes without saying that the City of Lights is at the top of the world’s most romantic cities list. There are many romantic hotels in Paris and you can enjoy some of the world’s most picturesque city scenes here. Plus, in Paris, you’ll find some of the world’s best restaurants, where you can get everything from croissants and café au lait at corner bistros, to five-course meals at five-star restaurants. And, of course, the Eiffel Tower at night is a romantic sight not to be missed by honeymooners in Paris.

2. Rome, Italy

If you decide to travel to Rome, you can enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful architecture, monuments, and art. The Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Cathedral, Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and much more are all within walking distance of downtown Rome. When you’re not sightseeing, the next best thing is to enjoy the excellent Italian food at the many restaurants. Not to be missed are the small shops that sell gelato, the world’s best ice cream.

3. Barcelona, Spain

If you want warmer weather in a city that still has all the romance of traditional European culture, Barcelona is your destination of choice. Again, you’ll find great food in Barcelona and enjoy some of the best tapa bars in the world. Don’t miss the lively night life to spice things up. You must tour the city’s breathtaking cathedrals and stroll down colorful La Rambla, one of the most famous boulevards in the world.

4. Vienna, Austria

This is yet another city where you can get European culture while walking through winding streets full of interesting shops and cafes. In Vienna, definitely book tickets to a Vienna Philharmonic concert, and enjoy some of the local foods, like Wiener Schnitzel.

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5. Prague, Czech Republic

If you want a European romantic feel without the expenses that come with honeymooning in a European Union city, Prague is one of the best destinations. You can enjoy great views of ancient Eastern European architecture, excellent cuisine, and bustling nightlife in this romantic city. If you go to Prague, you must take a carriage ride through the Old Town Square, where you’ll get a unique view of some of the city’s most beautiful historic buildings.

6. Edinburgh, Scotland

For a more traditional European feel, enjoy high tea in Edinburgh, where you’ll find plenty of museums, shops, and historical buildings to keep your honeymoon busy. Edinburgh is also the perfect destination if you want to blend cityscape and countryside on your honeymoon, since you can travel to Holyrood Park and enjoy the scenic lochs, hilly pasturelands, and quaint chapel ruins.

7. New York, NY

New York is buzzing with events, theater, museums, concerts, shopping, and more. You might not think of the city of Wall Street as a truly romantic place, but you can make this American destination into the ultimate romantic honeymoon. Stroll through Central Park for an afternoon, or enjoy a Broadway musical together. And, of course, any ethnic food you’ll find in any of the other top ten cities, you’ll also find in New York City!

8. Bruges, Belgium

What’s more romantic than a canal boat tour in Bruges? This quaint city is both romantic and scenic and is ideal for lovers. Enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the city center followed by a De Halve Maan Brewery tour.  There are medieval museums and cathedrals for art buffs and outdoor sidewalk cafes that ooze with romance. As you browse through town, visit the lively outdoor market and the delicious Chocolate Museum.

9. San Francisco, CA

Want a romantic, warm city honeymoon in the United States? Travel to San Francisco and enjoy a cable car ride on the city’s steep streets, or a sunset boat cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge. Hike through the Redwoods in Muir Woods, or enjoy the booming nightlife in some of the world’s hottest clubs. There are several five-star restaurants in the city for the ultimate culinary experience. And don’t forget to head to Angel Island for a romantic day on the Bay.

10. London, England

London is a little like New York City in that you can find just about everything here. Enjoy a play at the Globe Theater, and get food from any part of the world in this multi-cultural city. Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, and snuggle while you enjoy the city view from the London Eye Ferris wheel.

These top ten city destinations will give you everything you’re looking for in a romantic honeymoon – great cuisine, luxury accommodations, terrific sightseeing, and a cultural experience. You can set up a honeymoon registry to help offset the cost of your honeymoon by inviting your guests to purchase activities, room upgrades, meals, and more for your romantic city honeymoon.

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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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Which of the 10 cities listed above would you most like to travel to for your honeymoon? Tell us your choice and why in the comment section below.

Honeymoon Road Trip Ideas

Friday, September 14th, 2012

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Just as tying the knot is a major life milestone, so is taking that first trip together as a married couple on your honeymoon. With the rising cost of weddings and the economy at a standstill, it might feel like the honeymoon is nothing more than a pipe dream. Fear not! All you need is your sweetie, a car and the open road to make an unforgettable honeymoon. No matter where you live in the continental United States, there are countless destinations within a manageable drive. Turn your post-wedding celebration into a honeymoon road trip with the following ideas:

Beach
Whether you’re living on the East or West Coast, or smack dab in the middle of the country, there’s a beach calling your name. Florida is an obvious choice as it boasts some of the country’s best beaches including Siesta Beach in Sarasota and Caladesi Island State Park in Clearwater. Along the East Coast, you’ll also find popular ocean destinations in the Carolinas including Myrtle Beach and the Outer Banks. Or head further north to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Ocean Beach in San Diego is a great choice for West Coasters, as is Harris Beach State Park in Oregon. While Texas may not be the first state that comes to mind when picturing a beach vacation, the Lone Star State is home to South Paradise Island and features a sandy coastline and beachside waterpark. Even the Midwest boasts one of America’s best beaches, Oval Beach, on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Big City
Your honeymoon road trip is a great time to visit that one city you’ve always meant to see but haven’t had a chance. Major metropolises like New York City, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Boston and Washington, D.C., offer the chance to sightsee, shop, dine at trendy restaurants, experience the nightlife of a big city and take in local entertainment. Think of a specific site you’d really like to see. If you’ve always dreamed of catching a game at Fenway Park or you’d love to stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, now is your chance to enjoy it with your new spouse. Find a city that appeals to both of you and offers a variety of activities.

Theme Park
If adventure and thrill-seeking is your idea of a good time, consider taking a honeymoon road trip to one of the best theme parks in the United States. Hands down the best amusement park for rollercoasters is Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, which features 17 coasters including some of the fastest and tallest in the world. If you’re a lover of all things Disney, East Coasters can turn to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., while West Coasters have Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. For waterpark fans, check out Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas, with more than 40 rides, three lazy rivers and three miles of tube rides.

National Park
Take in the natural beauty of our country on your honeymoon road trip by stopping at a national park. America’s most popular park is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park bordering both North Carolina and Tennessee. Featuring 800 miles of hiking trails, the park offers beautiful scenery and wildlife watching. Arizona’s Grand Canyon comes in second in visitor popularity. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, it’s a jaw-dropping sight to behold. Other great national parks include Yosemite National Park in California, Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, and Yellowstone National Park, which spans Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

Before you leave, make sure you have insurance for your car
Now that you have several honeymoon road trip ideas to choose from, it’s time to get ready for the trip. As a newlywed couple, make sure that you have up-to-date insurance for your car that covers both drivers. Be sure to let your insurance company know of any name changes. You can shop around for the best rates using auto insurance quotes online. There’s no need to keep separate policies once you are married; in fact, you’ll likely save more money combining your car insurance.

Have you considered hitting the road for your honeymoon? What would your destination be? Let us know in the comment section below.

How to Make Your Honeymoon Experience a Flawless One

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

When you want a flawless honeymoon experience, all inclusive couples resorts remain destination #1! After all those months of wedding planning, it’s nice to have someone else take care of all the arrangements and romantic details plus, all-inclusives offer some of the best bargain deals on the planet! All you need to do is pack your bags and get ready for some love and relaxation. With just one click, you can book an all inclusive honeymoon package and kiss your cares good bye.

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Island Wedding and Honeymoon Packages
If you’re still in the planning stages of your wedding consider an all inclusive wedding and honeymoon package from your favorite island resort. Wedding packages begin at rock bottom rates for an intimate ceremony for two or may be built up to accommodate over one hundred special guests. For instance, the Caribbean is a steal of a deal. Like most packages you can customize it to meet your budget. Your island bride will be radiant with an exotic backdrop of powder white sands, turquoise waters and a warm breeze from the tropical Trade Winds.

What’s Included In An Island Wedding and Honeymoon Package?
From Jamaica to Aruba and everything in between, weddings and honeymoon packages are your best bet to have it all at the price you want to pay. Island brides may elect a basic package to include the ceremony on the beach, a sumptuous champagne dinner for two and a fabulous honeymoon suite situated on the sand. Added amenities are available for nominal fees and include perks such as photography and video packages, additional banquet seating, live entertainment and more.

Things To Do At the All Inclusive Couples Resorts
In addition to enjoying a comprehensive wedding and honeymoon package, the bride and groom have access to a host of free amenities at the resorts. Spend the day water skiing, snorkeling, windsurfing or take a romantic horse ride down the shore at sunset. In most cases, all non-motorized water sports are included in the one low resort price with additional recreation and entertainment available nearby. Try full and half-day excursions hiking, biking and flying through the rainforest on a zip line. Island weddings keep on giving with abundant natural beauty and a built-in itinerary of fantastic things to do.

Early reservations are best to snap up the best deal of the day. However, last minute island weddings and honeymoons are plentiful and fiercely competitive to earn your business. Regarded as one of the best deals in the travel industry, pick your pleasure from the South Pacific to the Caribbean for unbeatable late travel deals and fabulous romantic escapes. Some top picks for value and hassle-free arrangements include Jamaica in Montego Bay for beaches, nightlife and golfing, or Ocho Rios for beaches, shopping and affordable excursions.

Happy Honeymoon!

The 10 Best Beaches for Honeymoons

Monday, June 4th, 2012
Sunset on Antigua

Sunset on Antigua

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.

1. Antigua
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.

2. Barbuda
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.

Newlyweds relaxing on a Bora Bora beach

Newlyweds relaxing on a Bora Bora beach

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.

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Thailand: one of the most exotic honeymoon destinations

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.

Which of these ten destinations would you most like to visit for your honeymoon? Tell us in the comment section below.

Ask the Wedding Babe: Cruises vs. All-Inclusive Honeymoons

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

this week’s wedding babe q/a offers an evaluation of a common honeymoon planning question: whether or not to choose a cruise or an all-inclusive resort.

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Is a honeymoon cruise right for you?

Q – My fiancée wants to go on a cruise for our honeymoon, but I get sea sick and don’t want to be stuck on a boat for a week. What should I do?

If sea sickness is your primary concern with taking a cruise, there are some preventative measures you can take, in the form of over-the-counter armbands, patches and pills designed to prevent motion sickness. Ask your local pharmacist or doctor for some recommendations. Oftentimes, one of these solutions will allow you to enjoy the cruise without any problems. (I actually suffer from motion sickness on airplanes and cruise ships and do very well when I take over-the-counter medication to prevent it.)

However, if those remedies don’t work for you, or your motion sickness is severe, it sounds like a cruise may not be the right trip for you. And no one wants to feel miserable on their honeymoon.

If your fiancée loves cruises to tropical locales, I’d recommend checking into all-inclusive resorts in your destination of choice instead. In my opinion, these resorts are often like cruises on dry land. Although you’ll be stationed in one island or country (instead of potentially seeing several islands or countries on a cruise), you’ll have plenty of time to explore the resort and the surrounding region beyond during your stay. All-inclusives offer many of the same perks as cruises, such as luxury accommodations, a variety of gourmet dining options, services and activities, all for one flat, per-person rate. And like with cruises, you can make your trip as active or relaxing as you want, by hanging out on the beach or by the pool all day or venturing out on shopping trips, boat rides, hiking trips and helicopter tours at your leisure.

All-inclusives may also save you money, in some cases. For example, alcoholic beverages are often included in the per-person cost of the stay (which isn’t typically the case with cruises). And we all know how quickly a liquor bill can rack up on vacation. Activities such as golfing, bicycle rental and snorkeling, which you’d pay for separately on other trips, are also often included. You’ll likely also spend less by dining on property and enjoying its entertainment options, rather than securing transportation and seeking out meals and entertainment elsewhere. Sometimes, staying around the resort may also be one of the safest options, depending on the current situation in your destination.

Whatever you decide, make sure that the trip is something you’re both excited about and can enjoy together. Remember: Wherever you go (or how you get there) isn’t as important as being together to celebrate your new marriage. Have a great honeymoon!

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Where are you heading for your honeymoon? Tell us how you made your choice in the comments section below.

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