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Honeymoon Hot Spots
The question of where to begin their "happily ever after" is usually one of the biggest things on a newlywed couple's minds. Is it best to begin your new life as an adventure in the mountains of Costa Rica, as a reflection in a floating hut in Bali, or as a thrill in the waves of Hawaii?
Here are some of the hottest destinations for newlyweds of all personalities…
This is a great destination to go at any time of the year and for almost any budget. Temperatures remain around 80 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year, making the warm water perfect for swimming, snorkeling and other fun water sports. Additionally, it's just a hop, skip and a jump away for American honeymooners - making the trip short, easy and affordable.
A fun thing to do: Get on a glass bottom boat to Isla La Roqueta where you can see beautiful ocean life including coral reefs and tropical fishes.
Find tranquility, harmony and beauty on the island of Bali, Indonesia. Predominantly Hindu, the gentle people of Bali live a peaceful life separated and largely untouched by the other parts of the world. Enjoy Bali's unspoiled natural attractions, the unique culture and the luxurious amenities that have been created to make this a true "Paradise on Earth".
A fun thing to do: Check out Bali's ancient temples and feel like you're a part of the world's history.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Proclaimed as the most romantic islands in the world, Bora Bora offers guests privacy, intimacy, beauty and romance. Make reservations at one of the many bungalows on the water, have breakfast served to you over the water by a flower-filled canoe, enjoy gourmet picnic lunches on a private beach, observe the gorgeous Bora Bora sunset from a private sailboat and end the day with a unique display of Polynesian music and dancers. Resorts have been welcoming couples for over 40 years and their special amenities have been fine tuned to perfection. From sunrise to sunset, each resort has designed their own blend of unique romantic experiences for their guests to choose from.
A fun thing to do: Make your honeymoon as adventurous as it is relaxing by going on a safari tour or feeding the sharks.
There's no place in the world like Hawaii. You have six different islands to choose from or to hop to, each offering unique experiences and adventures that are sure to please anyone's tastes. Take in the fresh floral aroma that surrounds you everywhere in Hawaii, take a dip in the refreshing blue waters, and simply gaze at the breathtaking natural beauty that you can't escape from. You could even plan special activities such as wading with sea turtles, swimming with the dolphins, hiking near the volcano, or snorkeling on your private beach.
A fun thing to do: Check out some of Hawaii's resorts that offer a private outdoor shower!
Looking for something more than white sand and water sports? Florence, Italy will not only offer a truly romantic experience, but amazing architecture, hearty meals, beautiful art, and a grand cultural experience. Florence is also an easy leaping pad to other romantic destinations including Rome, Venice and the Amalfi Coast.
A fun thing to do: Find the stained-glass ceilings in hotels and museums that provides for an Old World romantic mood.
Considered the World's #1 Ecotourism Destination, Costa Rica offers visitors a chance to experience everything from relaxed private time on beautiful sandy beaches to the thrill of a lifetime with Class 4 and 5 river rafting. There are many fascinating regions in Costa Rica that couples can consider visiting during their stay. Most packages will combine a region inland, such as the Arenal Volcano (where you can enjoy world-class spa treatments and natural hot springs bathing), Monteverde or the Central Valley, with a beach destination such as Tamarindo, the Nicoya Peninsula or Papagayo (where you can plan for a romantic candlelight dinner on the beach).
A fun thing to do: Go ziplining over the tall Costa Rican rainforest canopies.
Natural beauty, amazing sunsets, sapphire waters, mouth-watering foods, and traditional Greek architecture are just some of the adventures you can enjoy while visiting one of the world's most romantic honeymoon settings. Check out more than one of the unique Greek Islands and visit the Greece hotspots of Santorini, Mykonos and - of course - Athens. Visitors to the Greek Isles can enjoy relaxing on the beautiful beaches, resort activities, and cultural/historical sightseeing.
A fun thing to do: Jump the border to check out nearby Turkey!
Napa Valley, California
Why not get the most of your honeymoon by sticking close to home? Napa Valley offers some of the best honeymoon experiences you can think of. Get romantic by taking a day long wine tasting tour of the local vineyards. Go on a spectacular hot air balloon ride floating above Napa Valley's world famous vineyards and estates. Settle down for dinner on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Or maybe just relax and drink wine and eat cheese while cruising down Napa's lazy river with your new life partner.
A fun thing to do: Order a massage for two in your private quarters.
Home to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver has always been a wonderful choice for a honeymoon destination. The beautiful roads, romantic architecture and friendly people makes it an ideal place to start your happily ever after. Depending on the time of year, honeymooners can enjoy sun, sand, scuba and surf or snow and skiing. Don't forget to check out the cozy coffee shops and fun shopping.
A fun thing to do: Cozy up in one of Vancouver's hottest ski lodges with hot chocolate and a private fireplace after a day at the slopes.
Until the fall of the Berlin wall, Eastern Europe was hardly considered a place for a romantic honeymoon. Luckily, times have changed and honeymooners are welcome to enjoy Easter Europe's friendly locals, affordable accommodations, interesting history, and unforgettable scenery. Experience something you never thought you could by taking a walk through the bustle of the market squares in the major cities to the quiet surroundings of Lake Bled. Experience the different Eastern European cultures in one trip by hopping destinations.
A fun thing to do: Enjoy the sunny beaches and vineyards of Crete, and then relax with world class cake and coffee at Demel - one of the Chocolate Capitals of the world.
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