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​Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations

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Newlywed couples all have different ideas of what experience makes for the perfect honeymoon -- some may value beach-bound relaxation over incessant travel and sightseeing, and some would rather take a longer trip to a cheaper locale than a short trip to an expensive paradise. 


However, most couples can agree on a few central tenets: they want the trip to be a romantic precursor to the marriage that serves as both the end of one life chapter and the exciting beginning of a new one. Without further ado, here are the top 10 honeymoon destinations that should tickle the fancy of any undecided bride and groom:

1. Hawaii

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A classic choice for many couples from the United States and Canada (and Japan!) the Hawaiian islands are ideal for a weeklong romantic escape for two. Oahu and Hawaii islands offer beautiful beaches, exquisite resorts, plentiful activities such as windsurfing, golfing, and sailing, and superb restaurants featuring local fare and classic favorites. Attending a luau, taking hikes on the hills and mountains adorning many of the smaller islands, or simply catching rays on Hawaii's breathtaking beaches -- you and your beau simply can't go wrong by beginning your marriage here.

2. Napa Valley, California



If you and your partner are wine aficionados, a California honeymoon in the supple valleys of wine country could be just the antidote for the stresses of the wedding. The Napa region is known for its quaint bed and breakfasts and fantastic tours of the plethora of local vineyards. You can even end your honeymoon in a nearby major city like San Francisco if you get tired of the country life.

3. The U.S. Virgin Islands

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Anyone looking for their little place in the sun can't go wrong by travelling to the Virgin Islands. U.S. citizens do not require passports to travel to these 50 pristine islands, and unlike many other island destinations there is a thriving shopping scene in the Virgin Islands. The locale's world famous duty-free shopping centers and fine local arts scene provide an escape from the beach when your body has absorbed too much sun.

4. Costa Rica



One of the hidden jewels of Central America, Costa Rica has long been renowned for its natural beauty, diverse plant and animal life, and world class resorts. From rainforests to hot springs to beaches, this tropical country's incredible biodiversity and commitment to preserving its natural environment -- Manuel Antonio National Park is a highlight of the government's conservation initiative -- make it a must-see destination for people who love being out and about.

5. Turks and Caicos

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At first glance, Turks and Caicos may seem like just another impressively secluded beach paradise in the Atlantic -- but there is more to this pair of islands than meets the eye! Turks and Caicos is famous for being a scuba diver and snorkeler's dream, with one of the world's largest coral reefs outside of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and a separate, dramatic underwater wall just off of Grand Turk Island. If you and your spouse are into scuba diving or trying new underwater activities, this might be the place for you.

6. Bali, Indonesia



If you're willing to spend a bit more on plane tickets in exchange for cheaper resort packages and more entertaining activity options, Bali is sure to be one of the top honeymoon destinations for you. Southeast Asia's best-kept secret is teeming with tropical rainforests, mystical volcanic mountains and, of course, miles of white beaches. Resorts in Bali offer discounted water sports trips and fantastic meals at a fraction of the price as their U.S. counterparts.

7. New York City

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Is there any city more romantic than the Big Apple? The city that never sleeps is one of the top honeymoon destinations for couples who love being on the moon -- whether you want to climb the Empire State Building, eat a delicious meal in Little Italy, shop on 5th avenue or check out the lovely Bronx Zoo (or the hipster "zoo" across the East River in Williamsburg,) New York is a wonderful place to spend your honeymoon.

8. Paris



Okay, we lied -- there is a city more romantic than New York. Whether you're munching baguettes and cheese by the banks of the Seine or posing for the inevitable picture underneath the Eiffel Tower, Paris has so much to offer that you'll be ruing the short length of your trip.

9. Greece

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Although history buffs may choose to stay in Athens or Acropolis, our vote is for Santorini, a tiny island located in the Aegean Sea. Situated on the remains of a long-dormant volcano, this island paradise has a forgiving Mediterranean climate and is sure to provide all the seafood that you and your beau can eat.

10. Kenya, Africa



Out of our top 10 honeymoon destinations, Kenya is probably the most out-of-the-box suggestion -- but it may just be the most beautiful one on the list. Whether you take a guided tour across the continent's massive Savannah or a balloon ride up over Kenya's expansive plains, this country in the heart of Africa is sure to surprise you at every turn.








 
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