For many couples, your honeymoon is a time of rest and relaxation after your wedding, filled with fantasies about tropical destinations and white sand beaches. However, with so many lush beaches around the world to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to go. So, we’ve created a round-up of the best honeymoon destinations with beaches. Whether you dream of lounging in a far-off tropical paradise or on sandy shores closer to home, these are some of the best honeymoon destinations to deliver the romance and memories you crave.
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With spectacular beauty and excellent dining, Italy’s Amalfi Coast tops our list of best beach destinations for a honeymoon, and we’re sure you’ll agree. The steep village streets of Positano, bright blue waters, and colorful beach umbrellas scattered across the dark sand creates a classically romantic picture straight from the movies. Once you lay eyes on this luxurious scene, it will be easy to see why so many honeymooners plan their getaways here. Though the beaches in this region may be smaller than other destinations on our list, the charming seaside villages and breathtaking scenery more than make up for it. Amp up the romance and avoid other tourists by traveling to the Amalfi Coast in spring and fall months, specifically in May or September, for the best weather.
What to Do: Stroll through the streets of Positano, wander through charming local shops, and take in the beautiful Mediterranean architecture. Explore and hike along the many cliffside trails lining the coast. Rent a couple of lounge chairs and an umbrella at one of the local beaches to soak up the sun, or charter a boat to relax on for the day. Book a day tour into Naples or Pompeii for a bit of culture and history.
Where to Stay: Il San Pietro di Positano is a chateau-style luxury hotel nestled among the cliffs southeast of Positano and boasts a private beach for its guests. Every room in the hotel has stunning views of the coastline and includes a complimentary minibar, too. Over half of the grounds are devoted to gardens that provide the produce forthe hotel’s multiple dining options.
Where to Dine: The towns of Amalfi and Positano offer many upscale dining options, including Michelin-rated restaurants. Don Alfonso 1980 is known for traditional Italian fare with a modern twist and a 25,000-bottle wine cellar. For more casual fare, grab a slice (or two) from La Rua, a well-known pizza takeaway in Amalfi.
No list of beach honeymoon destinations would be complete without Mexico’s gorgeous Tulum. This beach town offers the ultimate honeymoon experience for couples looking for both adventure and relaxation. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, this tropical locale has something for every type of honeymooner. Those seeking activities will find water sports galore, while amateur historians can explore nearby ancient ruins, and still, beach bums will find plenty of open space on the shoreline to relax and sip a cocktail. Plus, accommodation options range from all-inclusive luxury resorts to more budget-friendly stays if you’re planning a more affordable honeymoon. The beaches of Tulum see their biggest crowds January through March, while the months of June, September, and October experience the highest amount of rainfall. If you’re planning a trip here, aim for a spring or fall honeymoon.
What to Do: Lounge on Tulum’s most popular active beach, Playa Paraiso. Explore the waters of El Gran Cenote, an underground cavern with unique geological features famous for swimming, diving, and snorkeling adventures. Step back in time as you wander among the Tulum Ruins, one of the most famous Mayan archeological sites in the Riviera Maya region. Book a day trip to the nearby Muyil archeological site and Cobá Ruins.
Where to Stay: La Zebra is a boutique hotel with a luxury feel. It offers a private beach for guests—essential for relaxing in an otherwise popular destination. Plus, it has a full-service spa and on-site dining options, so you will never have to leave the grounds if you don’t want to. La Zebra also offers several unique and romantic experiences, including authentic Mexican cooking classes so you can relive your Tulum vacation long after you have left.
Where to Dine: If you want to venture away from your hotel, Tulum offers many excellent dining options. For a more casual and authentic experience with the traditional flavors of Mexico, head to Safari (known for its Airstream trailer turned kitchen) or Antojitos La Chiapaneca (known for their exquisite spit-roasted meats). More upscale meals can be had at Kitchen Table or Hartwood, a buzzworthy sustainability-focused eatery.
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South Beach, Miami
The perfect blend of bustling city and tropical escape, Miami’s South Beach, is a great option for couples who want to keep the celebration going well into their honeymoon. Full of fantastic art museums, delectable dining options, and an energetic nightlife scene, there are plenty of options beyond lying on a beach to keep you busy. As a popular travel destination in the US, it’s crucial to book around large special events in the summertime to avoid higher rates. For the best weather and the fewest crowds, aim to visit in March or May.
What to Do: Wander through Little Havana and be temporarily transported to another locale. Spend an afternoon lounging at the Venetian Pool, an Italian village-themed public pool that offers a relaxing alternative to crowded public beaches. Book a boat tour along Millionaire Row to gander at exquisite houses or through Everglades National Park in hopes of spotting a gator. Check out the Wynwood Walls, an open-air street art installation, for the perfect photo opportunity. At night, head to Ball & Chain on Calle Ocho for live music and dancing.
Where to Stay: There’s no shortage of accommodation options in this tourist city, ranging from luxury to budget-friendly. W South Beach provides oceanfront suites just steps from the beach where you can rent loungers or cabanas while you order food and drinks from the hotel’s WET bar, or opt to lounge by the resort-style pool. Plus, with a variety of on-site dining options, you might never want to leave. 1 Hotel South Beach is known for its ethos of sustainability and eco-tourism, so you can feel a little better about your vacation. Complete with four pools, including one on the rooftop, and several farm-focused restaurants on-site, 1 Hotel will be your escape from the busy streets and beaches of Miami.
Where to Dine: Miami is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines with plenty of options for great food. For a taste of authentic Cuban cooking, head to Versailles or venture into Little Haiti for Caribbean cuisine at Chef Creole’s. For a more upscale experience, head to Gracias Seafood Grille & Fish Market to dine on fresh and sustainable seafood dishes.
Playa Conchal, which sits in the north of the Guanacaste province on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, is one of Costa Rica’s most exotic beaches. The sand is composed of crushed seashells, which limits the amount of time you’ll want to lounge, but the locale boasts nearly perfect weather all year long. It’s continuously bathed in sunshine and gets over 10 hours of daylight from December to April, making Playa Conchalone of the best beach honeymoon destinations in the world.
What to Do: Walk along the beach and find a massage tent to get a relaxing (and affordable!) couple’s massage under the sun. Snorkel with colorful tropical fish in stunning crystal clear waters. Book a boat to beach hop through all the best spots in Guanacaste. Explore Arenal for the ultimate volcano and rainforest experience.
Where to Stay: Book an all-inclusive stay at The Westin Reserva Conchal for an eco-friendly retreat nestled between exotic rainforests and unspoiled beaches. Featuring a lagoon-style pool and championship golf course, this 2,400-acre beach resort haseverything you need for a relaxing vacation. Plus, you can even enjoy views of the coastline from your private balcony or terrace.
Where to Dine: For casual fare, head to Surf Box. This local coffee shop and cafe is sure to delight with an array of delicious brunch foods in a laid-back atmosphere. For a more upscale meal, check out Faisanela at The Westin. Reservations are required at this dinner-only establishment, but the dramatic vaulted ceilings and pool views provide a romantic atmosphere for honeymooning couples.
Whether you're an adventure couple searching for waterfalls and hiking or the two of you prefer a luxurious and romantic honeymoon on a far-off secluded beach, this list offers a little something for anyone yearning for ocean views and the world's most beautiful beaches.