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Top 5 Beach Honeymoon Destinations

Aloha "I Do Crew"! Today's post was graciously guest written by my gal pal, Mattie T., and she has some great insights as a former travel planner. I asked her to pick out her favorite honeymoon destinations and her ideas are making me want to pack my bags!

Top 5 Beach Honeymoon Destinations

Years of dreaming and countless hours planning has culminated in that one magically perfect night, leaving you glowing in pure happiness and love. After the last petal’s thrown and final sparkler put out, you are now on your way to sweet marital bliss, and a much needed vacation. Cue the ukulele and endless mojitos! Whether you are after total relaxation or thrilling exploration, this list will breakdown the top 5 Beach Honeymoon Destinations for all wants, needs and budgets!

  • Ultimate in Relaxation

Peter Island, British Virgin Islands

If a day on the beach with your forever love, swaying in a hammock, listening to the sounds of the waves rolling in is what you envision as your perfect honeymoon, Peter Island is at the top of the list! This 1800-acre piece of private island paradise is located in the British Virgin Islands, and can only be accessed by boat or helicopter. From the moment you arrive at the Peter Island Resort & Spa, you are whisked away into luxury accommodations and the most breathtaking palm tree flanked beaches you have ever seen. The crystal clear turquoise waters only add to the splendor of this Caribbean gem. Impeccable service, fine dining cuisine and luxurious tropical libations will have you living a dream during your entire stay. Spend your days on any one of the five pristine white sand beaches, including a spot on the coveted Honeymoon Beach which allows only one couple a day access, rejuvenate the body and mind at The Spa, or take in the jaw dropping sunset views from a mountain top. The surrounding islands offer countless day excursions such as catamaran sails, once in a lifetime diving expeditions, and awe inspiring snorkeling trips. The only thing you’ll worry about at the Peter Island Resort & Spa in the British Virgin Islands is whether to sip a Pain Killer or Rum Punch next!

  • Thrilling Adventure

Costa Rica

The thought of spending hours on end lying in the sand with not a thing on the agenda may not appeal to some newlyweds. For the thrill seeking couple looking for an itinerary full of adventure and exploration on their honeymoon, Costa Rica is the perfect destination. Costa Rica is located in the heart of Central America and touches both the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean. Sandy beaches, rugged coastlines, protected jungles, volcanoes, and extensive biodiversity can all be found in Costa Rica. The waves in the area have quickly become sought after waters for surfers all over the world. Learn a new skill or take up a future hobby alongside your other half with a day of surfing lessons. If a more heart stopping thrill is more your speed, then zip and glide above the astonishing Costa Rican treetops on a canopy tour. From ATV’s and horseback riding to kayaking and rafting, Costa Rica has all of the once-in-a-lifetime ventures made for the pleasure seeking Mr. and Mrs.!

  • Destination Steal

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Value conscious honeymoons do not mean you have to skimp on the accommodations or inclusions. Having it all and being cost effective at the same time is possible when planning your perfect honeymoon. One such location that fits this bill is Riviera Maya Mexico! The Riviera Maya is a stretch of Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and crystal clear seas, Riviera Maya is chock full of adults only all-inclusive resorts which offer newlyweds the benefit of paying for guestrooms, food, beverages, and on site activities for one daily cost at a fraction of the price. Flights to Cancun can be found for reasonable prices, and being in close proximity to the airport allows easy transfers to and from the resort. With popular towns such as Tulum and Playa del Carmen in the Rivera Maya, there are a plethora of resort options and sites to see. Spend the day at Xcaret (a natural sanctuary) and Mayan cultural park, swim and snorkel in underground pools called Cenotes, or explore an ancient Mayan archaeological site such as Chichen Itze. When the activities conclude, soak up the rays on one of Mexico’s most exquisite beaches, Maroma Beach. Riviera Maya has all the ingredients that make for an unforgettable honeymoon, whether you are looking for rest and relaxation or fun and expedition, while not breaking the bank.

  • Splurge

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora might be the quintessential destination when dreaming of your ultimate honeymoon. If budget is not a factor when planning your honeymoon, it doesn’t get any better than Bora Bora! Bora Bora is a small South Pacific Island in French Polynesia. It is surrounded by sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons that are protected by a coral reef, perfect for diving and exploring the waters. Bora Bora is also known as a luxury resort destination with The Four Seasons, St. Regis and the Intercontinental all having properties in Bora Bora, some housing world-renowned overwater bungalows. What is more romantic than sleeping above the calm, clear waters in a private chalet to celebrate your commitment to love? The utmost in opulence, astounding beauty and ultra-privacy are all words to describe what you will find and discover on a Bora Bora honeymoon.

  • Out of the Box

Phuket, Thailand

Thailand may not be the first destination that comes to mind when thinking of a beach honeymoon, but for the newlyweds looking for a little something out of the ordinary, Phuket Thailand is just the spot! Phuket is a rain forested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea and is popular for its beaches, crystal clear waters, seaside resorts, spas, and restaurants. Phuket is in close proximity to Patong, the main town of the area that is home to nightclubs, bars, and discos. Phuket is one of Asia’s most popular beach destinations and provides visitors all over the world with spectacular scenery, luxury accommodations, and superb hospitality. Expand your horizons, learn about new cultures on surrounding islands, celebrate your love and grow even closer in your relationship by being thrust in an unfamiliar and far off corner of the world like Phuket, just waiting to be explored!

The perfect honeymoon is exactly what you make of it. At the end of the day, it comes down to you, your significant other, and celebrating the vows you‘ve made to one another. Sometimes it is not always about where you are, but who is beside you that matters most. A little salt and sand never hurt though!

Mattie T.

Special thanks to Mattie for her wonderful tips and insights! Have you selected your honeymoon destination? I'd love to know where you picked. Tell me below!

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