Planning a wedding is an exciting time. Between choosing the venue and date, deciding on colors and themes, sampling cakes, and assembling the guest list, the number of tasks required to create the perfect day can feel endless.
But after the promise of wedded bliss that comes with saying “I do” comes the honeymoon. For inspirational ideas on where to basque in post-nuptial glow, consider tropical honeymoon destinations.
Where to go
When it comes to honeymoons, couples need room to breathe and enjoy being lovesick without much of a crowd. Surprisingly, the United States has many pristine locations with tropical vibes and character to choose from.
Clustered 70 miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico are the Dry Tortugas islands. These remote islands are made up of stunning coral reefs and sand, and are only accessible by seaplane or boat. Legends of pirates and sunken treasure abound, as do history and unique bird and marine life.
Sanibel Island lays 25 miles south of Fort Myers and boasts beautiful beaches and a rich ecosystem. The island is famous for luxurious resorts and stunning sunsets, and most notably, shelling. Sanibel is a barrier island and is a plateau that serves as a shelf for seashells to wash up on and collect.
Molokai Island is the fifth largest Hawaiian and home to the highest sea cliffs in the world and the longest continuous fringing reef. It is an adventurous island offering countless hiking trails, unique historical sites, and authentic cultural experiences due to the high population of Native Hawaiian Islanders.
Rincon is situated on the west coast of Puerto Rico and is famous for beaches and surfing. The North Coast has some of the best surfing waves in the world from October to April. The South Coast is known for its calm, blue waters fit for swimming, paddle-boarding, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
For a taste of exclusivity, explore Lanai, Hawaii. Full of remote beaches, other-worldly rock formations, and colorful underwater reefs, there are plenty of activities to be had off the beaten path. There is a nice blend of posh hotel amenities with luxurious dining options and outdoor activities like deep sea fishing, horseback riding, lawn bowling and more.
If a larger island is more desirable, Maui offers a taste of most everything the Aloha State has to offer and Maui vacation rentals are abundant. Indulge in wildlife and history, learn how to hula dance, golf coastal fairways, or snorkel with five species of sea turtles.
What to do
Vacationing in a tropical destination means endless access to sun, beach, and enchanting water.
For thrill seekers, parasailing is a unique way to take in all that island life has to offer. Parasailing Singer Island can accommodate up to 12 passengers onboard, and their harnesses to take up to three adventurers at a time. Soar above the waters of South Florida with someone special and keep an eye out for stingrays and dolphins while enjoying the peace and tranquility of the ocean breeze and sun.
For honeymooners to the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii offers incredible waves for surfing. Pro surfing lessons are available at Ohana Surf Project for all skill levels. Their goal is to provide an enhanced surfing experience through smart instruction in a personalized environment. Lessons are customized to fit any skill level and learning style, and students are taught how to connect with the ocean, recognize wave energy, and find personal expression through surfing.