If you're trying to decide where to go for your post-wedding escape, a sun-splashed island can be a solid choice. But which one to choose? The ideal island for your newlywed getaway depends on your budget, and how much time you have. But whether you're simply looking for sand and scenery close to home, or seeking adventure on distant shores, we've got you covered with this list of the best islands for honeymoons.
This petite island just off the coast of Venezuela has plenty to offer day and night. The alabaster sands and baby-blue waters of Palm Beach create the perfect honeymoon setting, or you can head to Arashi Beach for a bit more privacy and stellar snorkeling. Couples can go horseback riding, while soaking up the unique desert-meets-the-sea landscape, at Rancho La Ponderosa. Excellent dining is also easy to find. At Atardi, you can enjoy dinner while feeling the sand between your toes. And while you may lose a few bucks at the shiny Stellaris Casino, the weather is much less of gamble. The average year-round temperature is 82 degrees Fahrenheit, and Aruba sees the most sunny days per year of any Caribbean island. Plus, its location puts it south of the hurricane belt.
Our romantic Aruba hotel pick: Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
2. BORA BORA
If you and your sweetheart want to splash out, a honeymoon to Bora Bora is a great pick. Jagged Mount Otemanu, rising about 2,400 feet above the sea, is the dramatic centerpiece of this French Polynesian island. The dormant volcano fans out to lush jungle and is ringed by a lagoon that's home to stingrays and colorful fish. Whether you're taking pics from afar, or hiking at its base, it's awe-inspiring. Overwater bungalows, many with private plunge pools, are the favored accommodations on the island. A meal at Bloody Mary's, an island institution where staff can explain the fresh fish on display in seven languages, is a must. You can sample poisson cru (raw tuna or mahi-mahi marinated in lime and coconut) while sitting on a coconut stump at a wood slab table. Fun fact: Famous lovebirds Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have eaten there more than once.
Our romantic Bora Bora hotel pick: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
Located 700 miles off the coast of North Carolina in the Atlantic, Bermuda is famed for its pink-sand beaches. Visitors here like to golf and have a proper afternoon tea - the latter owing to the fact it's a British territory. If strolling around flower-lined lanes, admiring historic architecture, and riding around on a moped built for two (there are no rental cars here) sounds like your idea of a fun vacation, then Bermuda is might be your honeymoon spot. Astwood Cove is a small, pretty and secluded beach that's surrounded by cliffs, with a trail down to the sand. Don't be surprised if you're the only ones there (save for the colorful fish darting around your feet). After a day on the sand, head over to Waterlot restaurant for a blueberry bourbon smash.
Our Bermuda hotel pick: Cambridge Beaches