34 Best Honeymoon Destinations for 2024

Plan your ideal honeymoon with our curated destinations list. From breathtaking beaches to charming cities, discover the perfect romantic escape.

By Monica Mercuri

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For many couples, the honeymoon is a defining experience after the rush of the wedding day comes to an end. As exciting as celebrating your new marriage is, there can be quite a bit of pressure to make this once-in-a-lifetime trip extraordinarily special.

Maybe you’re looking for something domestic that still feels like a vacation. Or perhaps you’re looking for the quintessential tropical adventure with your other half. Dreaming something a little more unique? We’ve got you covered there, too.

10 top honeymoon destinations

You’ve spent hours looking up the top honeymoon destinations, and you’re getting a little frazzled. So, let’s just cut to the chase. To help, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of the 10 best honeymoon destinations for 2024 to get you started.

What’s the most popular honeymoon destination? The top spot jumps between the Maldives, Bali, and Bora Bora. But we’ll leave it up to you to settle the tie for the top honeymoon destinations.

1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia


The most spectacular island in French Polynesia is Bora Bora. Known for its bungalows, lagoons, and honeymoon resorts, this popular resort destination isn’t cheap—but if you’re looking for the ultimate island destination, this is it. Newlyweds can enjoy a candlelit dinner by the beach, full-service spa treatment, and spend the day scuba diving in crystal clear waters.

Best time to go: November to April

Where to stay: Four Seasons at Bora Bora

2. Chiang Mai, Thailand


Nestled in Northern Thailand, discover a destination full of misty mountains and serenity with surprising metropolitan touches. You’ll find temples, waterfalls, scenic views, and even a theme park in this unique honeymoon destination. Don't miss a visit to Doi Suthep for breathtaking views, and top it off with a hot air balloon ride for a truly magical experience. If you're something of a foodie, Chiang Mai is a food lover's paradise. Explore diverse Thai cuisine at local markets and street food stalls, or try a cooking class together.

Best time to go: October to April

Where to stay: The Chiang Mai

3. St. Lucia, Eastern Caribbean


This Caribbean destination is a lush island made for honeymooners, full of hidden waterfalls, botanical gardens, luxe resorts, and beautiful beaches. While you’re there, get outside and hike Gros Piton and snorkel Pigeon Island. The island offers a perfect blend of romance, adventure, and relaxation. St. Lucia boasts some of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches, like Anse Chastanet and Sugar Beach, where you can unwind, snorkel, or take some beautiful, just-married shots on a sunset cruise.

Best time to go: May and June

Where to stay: Jade Mountain Resort

4. Fiji, Melanesia


You won’t get much more secluded than the islands of Fiji. This magical honeymoon destination features stunning all-inclusive resorts with tons of islands to choose from. Relax on deserted beaches, enjoy colorful and stunning coral reefs, and explore the main island’s secret treasures of waterfalls and rainforests.

Best time to go: October to November

Where to stay: COMO Laucala Island

5. Fairbanks, Alaska, United States


Maybe the idea of spending a week in the heat isn’t exactly the dreamy honeymoon you’re thinking of. Instead, venture somewhere a little different. Take in views of the glaciers with your spouse on a relaxing cruise around Alaska. Don’t miss Glacier Bay and the White Pass trip that will take you on the Yukon Route Railroad to see the 19th century gold rush trail.

Best time to go: April to September

Where to stay: Chena Hot Springs Resort

6. Oranjestad, Aruba


This Dutch island pairs gorgeous beaches with a unique desert landscape, and is far enough south to avoid hurricane season. You’ll find high-end resorts, stunning beaches, and less than 20 inches of rain per year. You’ll also find a touch of European charm downtown and a taste of nightlife and casinos.

Best time to go: April to August

Where to stay: Ritz-Carlton Aruba

7. Amalfi Coast, Italy


Take a trip to the southern coast of Italy and enjoy this stunning Mediterranean shoreline with cliffside views along the Amalfi Coast. Don’t miss hiking the Path of the Gods and famous towns such as Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. Over 5 million tourists visit this destination each year, so be mindful of your travel dates.

Best time to go: May and September

Where to stay: Le Sirenuse

8. Baros, Maldives


If you enjoy underwater life and sea creatures, the Maldives may be just the place for you. This gorgeous group of islands is home to serene beaches (some that even glow in the dark!), underwater dining, and fishing excursions. Baros is widely renowned for being a top honeymoon destination. Yet you’ll also find plenty of other incredible spots here, like Cocoa Island by COMO, Velassaru, and One&Only's Reethi Rah.

Best time to go: November to April

Where to stay: Niyama Maldives

9. Harbour Island, Bahamas


Harbour Island is nothing short of idyllic, and shows up on lists of top honeymoon destination spots virtually every year. Enjoy pink sand beaches at this remote island in the Bahamas. You’ll find gorgeous views, relaxing waters, and tons of excellent restaurants. You can also charter a boat to take on a snorkeling or fishing adventure.

Best time to go: December to April

Where to stay: Tingum Village Hotel

10. Guanacaste, Costa Rica


Get a taste of coastal and jungle life at Costa Rica’s Pacific border. You’ll find famous surfing sites, Santa Rosa National Park, sport fishing, and more in Guanacaste: the perfect blend of pristine beaches, lush landscapes, and vibrant culture. For adventurous couples, Guanacaste offers an endless highlights reel of outdoor activities. Explore the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, where you can hike to waterfalls, experience hot springs, and even take a mud bath together.

Best time to go: December to April

Where to stay: Occidental Papagayo

Top honeymoon destinations in the U.S.

New York City, New York


Celebrate your nuptials in the city that never sleeps. This buzzing city is full of tourist attractions, culture, and trendy hangouts. Explore secret speakeasies, rooftop bars, and tons of recognizable landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and the Freedom Tower. If you’re hosting your wedding in the Big Apple, our New York City Guide is packed with helpful information.

Best time to go: April to June, September to early November

Where to stay: The Carlyle

Telluride, Colorado


Nestled in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, you’ll find snowy peaks and forested surroundings. This ski town comes alive in the winter but has plenty of outdoor hikes during warmer weather months. Unwind in the hot springs, take a free gondola from Telluride to Mountain Village (perfect at sunset), and dig into delicious meals at upscale steakhouses and cozy mountain bistros.

Best time to go: Mid-June to August

Where to stay: Madeline Hotel & Residences

Charleston, South Carolina


The enchanting city of Charleston is full of delicious food and cobblestone streets, especially in the French Quarter and Battery districts. You’ll find plenty of luxurious accommodations for your honeymoon suite at this unforgettable stop. Take a guided tour for a taste of Southern history and stunning landscapes. Or, take a stroll along the Battery and White Point Garden for picturesque views of historic mansions, the harbor, and beautiful oak trees draped with Spanish moss.

Best time to go: March to May, September to November

Where to stay: The Charleston Place

Savannah, Georgia


If you’re looking for something laid-back, you and your new spouse will love exploring this quaint and picturesque Southern city. Explore Savannah’s historic district full of delicious restaurants and shops, visit the whimsical Wormsloe Historic Site, or take a romantic horse-drawn carriage tour around the town squares.

Best time to go: March to July

Where to stay: River Street Inn

The Florida Keys, Florida


You don’t need to leave the country for an island getaway. For an upscale honeymoon stay, look for luxury hotels and honeymoon resorts along the 12-mile island chain. No matter which key you stay on, make sure to take a trip down to the Southernmost Point on Key West. If you and your other half are into scuba diving, snorkeling, or kayaking, this part of Florida is a top honeymoon destination for plenty of water-based activities.

Best time to go: March to May

Where to stay: Tranquility Bay Beachfront Resort

Maui, Hawaii


Maui is a romantic island for true nature lovers. Whether it's a romantic couples massage by the water or a sunrise whale watching tour, you’ll find plenty of outdoor activities, scenic beaches, and volcanic landscapes around this Pacific paradise. Don’t miss the Road to Hana for unforgettable views of black sand beaches, palm trees, and waterfalls.

Best time to go: April to May, September to November

Where to stay: Hotel Wailea

Lake Tahoe, Nevada


Whether you visit this resort town in the warm or cold months, you’ll find plenty of activities. We recommend staying on Nevada’s South Shore, which is buzzing with casinos and restaurant options. Hit the slopes during winter and when the weather warms up, don’t miss Emerald Bay State Park, Sand Harbor Beach, and Squaw Valley.

Best time to go: March to May, September, November

Where to stay: Sunnyside Lodge

Yosemite, California


Take in picturesque views of the Sierra Nevadas at this national park and glacial valley located in California. You’ll find cozy lodging, plenty of hiking, and wildlife viewing at your leisure. Renowned for its iconic landscapes, a honeymoon in Yosemite will have you and your partner hiking mountains, snapping gorgeous photos, and breathing plenty of fresh air as you embrace your new married life.

Best time to go: Late May to June, September

Where to stay: Mammoth Mountain & June Mountain Resorts

Tropical top honeymoon destinations

Paradise Island, Bahamas


Nestled near Nassau, you’ll find Paradise Island, a vacation destination that’s home to the Bahamas’ famous Atlantis Resort. Visit the on-site water park, casinos, and restaurants at this playground for adults. This top honeymoon destination offers candlelit dinners facing the ocean, private yacht trips, excursions to nearby Exuma Cays, and secluded beaches in every direction.

Best time to go: November to April

Where to stay: Atlantis Resort

Salvador, Brazil


Enjoy Portuguese architecture and a crystal clear coastline at this Brazilian destination. Colorful buildings reflect the vibrant culture of this coastal town. While Salvador may not be a traditional honeymoon destination, it’s a top spot for securing world-class experiences without the classic honeymoon price tag. Take a samba dancing class, Escape to Lagoa do Abaeté, and explore lively markets.

Best time to go: September to October

Where to stay: Casa do Amarelindo

Khlong Sok, Thailand


Enjoy jungle-covered cliffs and exotic beach views in Thailand. You can vacation in floating raft houses, bathe elephants, and more at this otherworldly destination. Check yourself into a floating bungalow on Khlong Sok, and you’ll enjoy the quintessential Maldives experience without having to spend quite as much of your wedding budget. While you’re here, have a couples’ massage and dig into incredible Thai food.

Best time to go: November to April

Where to stay: 500 Rai Floating Resort

Trou aux Biches, Mauritius


You’ll find Creole culture, stunning views, wildlife, and waterfalls on this small, mountainous island off the coast of Madagascar. Don’t miss the Black River Gorges National Park and Île aux Cerfs. Stay in Trou aux Biches to savor its world-famous sunsets every evening. If you’re looking to book a honeymoon photoshoot, this gorgeous spot provides the perfect backdrop.

Best time to go: May to December

Where to stay: Shangri-La Le Touessrok

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic


This idyllic town in the Dominican Republic is famous for its clear turquoise waters, white sand, and gorgeous beaches. You’ll find upscale shopping, famous golf courses, zip-lining adventures, and more. If you’re seeking the classic honeymoon experience with a stylish hotel and a huge pool, Punta Cana provides a great variety to suit all budgets.

Best time to go: March to May

Where to stay: Excellence El Carmen

Mahe Island, Seychelles


The Republic of Seychelles has 115 islands surrounded by azure water and lush landscapes. Mahé is the biggest island in the republic, where you’ll find Morne Seychellois National Park and snorkeling at Beau Vallon. Mahe Island is home to one of the world’s most famous beaches, Beau Vallon Beach, where you’ll bask on white sand and revel in turquoise waters. It's also a top choice for surfers, thanks to its consistently strong waves.

Best time to go: April to May, September to October

Where to stay: Le Domaine de l’Orangeraie

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico


Just south of California, this dreamy destination is full of adventure and luxury. You’ll find upscale all-inclusive resorts with everything from a spa to an infinity pool, and plenty of activities such as snorkeling, bungee jumping, horseback riding, ATV rentals, and more. If you want your top honeymoon destination to create plenty of fun memories, Cabo San Lucas is a great choice.

Best time to go: May and June

Where to stay: Las Ventanas al Paraíso

Ambergris Caye, Belize


Get a taste of the Caribbean jungle at this coastal nation. You’ll find Mayan ruins like Caracol, a barrier reef, and the stunning Great Blue Hole. For the ultimate honeymoon destination with gorgeous tropical weather, head to Ambergris Caye. You’re sure to delight in its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life. San Pedro, the main town on the island, is well loved for its lively atmosphere and diverse selection of restaurants.

Best time to go: December to April

Where to stay: Matachica Resort

Unique top honeymoon destinations

Kyoto, Japan


This city is famous for its Buddhist temples, stunning gardens, and imperial palaces. You and your partner can stroll through plenty of UNESCO heritage sites during your stay. As the former imperial capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, Kyoto is a treasure trove of cultural heritage, complete with gold-leaf covered temples, bamboo forests, traditional wooden machiya houses, and exotic tea ceremonies.

Best time to go: March to May, October to November

Where to stay: Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Expert Advice: If you and your partner are split on a honeymoon decision, check out our guide to help you decide on the best honeymoon destinations for both of you.

Schwangau, Germany


If you imagine your marriage is like a fairytale, why not spend your honeymoon at a castle that inspired one? This castle and surrounding landscape nestled in the Bavarian Alps is a dream come true. Schwangau may not be the easiest town to pronounce (especially if you’ve had a few drinks on your wedding day) but it’s worth the journey for winter sports, panoramic views of the mountains, and romantic cable car rides.

Best time to go: March to May, November to December

Where to stay: Hotel Das Rübezahl

Petra, Jordan


Get lost in the desert at this mystical honeymoon destination. Known as the "Rose City," Petra is an almost-too-beautiful-to-believe UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Explore its ancient city carved into rose-red cliffs, and take a romantic walk through the Siq, a narrow canyon leading to the iconic Al Khazneh Treasury of rock-cut tombs.

Best time to go: March to May

Where to stay: Mövenpick Resort Petra

Goa, India


Enjoy a beach destination stretched along the Arabian Sea. Once a Portuguese colony, the coastline is rich in history, waterfalls, water sports, and spirituality. Goa is renowned for its stunning stretch of beaches along the Arabian Sea. Top spots for a romantic getaway include Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, and Palolem Beach. Looking for something a bit more active? Explore Goa’s old town with historic churches like the Basilica of Bom Jesus and Sé Cathedral, showcasing unexpected Portuguese architecture and the country's rich heritage.

Best time to go: November to March

Where to stay: Majestic Beach Comforts

Lombok, Indonesia


Don’t want to join the masses in Bali? Head to neighboring Lombok, where you’ll find this gorgeous island known for its surfing spots. This destination is more secluded than its neighboring island, and you can visit a sea turtle hatchery, waterfalls, a volcano, and much more.

Best time to go: April to October

Where to stay: The Oberoi Lombok

Masai Mara, Kenya


If you’ve been dreaming of a honeymoon safari, Maasai Mara is for you. This preserved wilderness is home to lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, hippos, and plenty of luxury lodging. While safari adventures are the main attraction here, you can also book private bush dinners, wake up early for a sunrise hot air balloon ride, and take guided nature walks or drives.

Best time to go: July to October

Where to stay: Elewana Sand River

Grindavík, Iceland


Located right outside Reykjavik, you’ll find stunning lava craters, delicious Icelandic cuisine, and a resort with a tranquil and classic Scandinavian design. Swim in the Blue Lagoon and take day trips to the surrounding black sand beaches and lava fields. Iceland is known as an expensive honeymoon destination, but staying outside of Reykjavik (the capital) is an easy way to cut costs a little.

Best time to go: June to August

Where to stay: The Retreat Hotel

Paro, Bhutan


This Buddhist kingdom has maintained its rich culture and secretive ambiance with strict travel requirements. The country is full of monasteries and its inhabitants are dedicated to an intimate, peaceful way of life. While the masses may go to Thailand or Indonesia, Bhutan offers those same picturesque jungle views in a serene setting. Stay in Paro, an historic town with ancient monasteries and fortresses.

Best time to go: March to May

Where to stay: Amankora

What is the average honeymoon cost?

The average cost of a honeymoon is $4,500 per couple in 2023. Estimates range anywhere from about $2500 to $8000, depending on whether you're traveling domestically or internationally, as well as the duration of your trip, and whether you choose self-catering, all inclusive, or something in-between.

Expert Advice: Add a honeymoon cash fund to your wedding registry and get honeymoon costs covered as wedding gifts!

Now that you’ve started thinking about where to have your dream honeymoon, it’s time to start planning! Check out our Guide to Honeymoon Planning for tips and tricks on how to plan an unforgettable trip.

FAQs about honeymoon destinations

What are the best honeymoon destinations in the US?

The best honeymoon locations tend to be beaches, as many newlyweds are after a relaxing escape that involves little more than lounging and pampering. While there are countless beach honeymoon options, Maui, Hawaii, is a long-time favorite for many couples, as it can suit both affordable and luxe vacation budgets.

What is the most popular honeymoon destination?

There are certain destinations that are known for their popularity among honeymooners—top honeymoon destinations include the Maldives, Fiji, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Aruba, and the Italian Amalfi Coast, all of which boast some of the best honeymoon beaches. Other romantic honeymoon destinations include Thailand, Alaska, Bali, and Greece.

What are the best honeymoon destinations on a budget?

Deciding where to honeymoon on a budget is easier than you’d think. While the best way to save may be opting for honeymoon places within your own country to avoid expensive airfare, you can score some serious deals by looking for all-inclusive travel packages on sites like Travelzoo. You can also save by traveling during a location’s down season, as flights and accommodations are significantly cheaper. Be sure to research ahead of time to score the best deals.

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