- Couples Will Love: The quiet beaches perfect for evening strolls
- Most Romantic Restaurant: The Ebbitt Room
- Don’t Miss: Carriage rides through Victorian streets
Cape May’s Victorian architecture and clean, quiet beaches make it a romantic destination for honeymooners to escape from the world. It’s also an affordable destination, especially for East Coasters who can’t fit air travel into the honeymoon budget.
The town is known for great seafood, and there are a variety of incredible restaurants from which to choose. Don’t miss the crab cakes at The Ebbitt Room, which offers indoor and outdoor dining. Spend a romantic afternoon on a private carriage ride with Cape May Carriage Co. through the streets lined with Victorian homes, and finish the day with a sunset stroll on the beach. For a truly secluded walk, head towards the lighthouse.
- Couples Will Love: The blend of excitement and escape
- Most Romantic Restaurant: Oceana Restaurant and Wine Bar
- Don’t Miss: The Paradise Point tramway
The U.S. Virgin Islands are popular honeymoon destinations because you don’t have to worry about exchange rates and passports to be surrounded by tropical white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Take the tram up to Paradise Point for an unmatched view of the island and the most romantic sunset this side of the Eiffel Tower.
A beachfront honeymoon vacation rental with a patio opening to white sand makes the perfect romantic retreat, while shopping, dining, and nightlife – should you want to seek them out – are abundant. Plan a dinner at Oceana, literally just steps from the ocean, where the food is delectable and gorgeously presented. Start off with their “O” cocktail, a house specialty containing fresh ginger, and follow up with their amazing Caribbean Lobster.
- Couples Will Love: The many private tropical hideaways along the hiking trails.
- Most Romantic Restaurant: Tidepools
- Don’t Miss: Limahuli Garden and Preserve
Hawaii has long topped many lists of best honeymoon destinations, and the abundance of vacation rentals with beach access in Kauai makes it one of the best choices in the islands. Make a reservation for dinner at Tidepool s, where you will want to request a table with a view of the koi ponds and waterfalls. Spend an afternoon exploring the lush and historic grounds of the Limahuli Garden and Preserve, which is set on the grounds of an old plantation. If you’re up for some exercise, take the three-hour hike to Waipo’o Falls and picnic next to the water.
- Couples Will Love: Honeymooning in the romance capital of the world
- Most Romantic Restaurant: Au Pied du Sacre Coeur
- Don’t Miss: Chez Berthillion for the best ice cream in Paris
As a honeymoon destination, Paris is hard to beat. This classic destination for lovers offers a myriad of romantic places, from the iconic Eiffel Tower to tiny cafes hidden on old-world side streets. Au Pied du Sacre Coeur is the perfect dining experience – authentic, intimate, and tucked away on a small street up a flight of stairs. Be sure to try the foie gras; it is truly spectacular.
You will find that strolls through the rose beds and themed gardens of Parc de Bagatelle are full of perfect, quiet romance. It surrounds a lovely 18th-century chateau, so you can enjoy some beautiful architecture and history at the same time. If you visit during warm weather, it’s worth standing in line for ice cream at local favorite Chez Berthillion, which offers an incredible array of flavors.
Couples Will Love: The laid-back pace of Jamaican life is perfect for romance
Most Romantic Restaurant: The Houseboat Grill
Don’t Miss: Rafting on the Martha Brae River
The birthplace of reggae music, Jamaica simply breathes romance. Beautiful beaches await you, and if you want to escape the crowd, you can pay a small fee to make use of the private beaches at the clubs on the Bay. Dine at The Houseboat Grill for the perfect island experience – and, yes, it is really a houseboat. The seafood is the star here, especially the Pepper Shrimp. The perfect way to spend a lazy romantic afternoon is on board a raft on the Martha Brae River. This is not white-water rapids rafting; you can sit back, relax, and watch the beauty of the tropics slide by on the shore.
Couples Will Love: The traditional gondola rides on the canals
Most Romantic Restaurant: Algiubagio
Don’t Miss: St. Mary of the Friars church
The canals of Venice, Italy, have been symbols of love and romance for centuries, so it’s no wonder it remains a top honeymoon destination. The city is steeped in history and ancient architecture, but be sure to put St. Mary of the Friars on your itinerary. Filled with incredible paintings, including Titian’s Assumption, and home to several ancient tombs, this 13th-century church is a must-see.
Italian villas are perfect honeymoon vacation rentals for privacy and atmosphere. When you head out for that special honeymoon meal, make your way to Algiubagio. They have an extensive wine list and delicious seafood, but be sure to have their divine crème brûlée for dessert.
Couples Will Love: Malecon, the Puerto Vallarta Boardwalk perfect for romantic walks
Most Romantic Restaurant: Ocean Grill Vallarta
Don’t Miss: The cobblestoned streets of Old Vallarta
Nestled on the sunny Mexican Riviera, Puerto Vallarta is a honeymooner’s dream. Expansive white beaches and a beautiful selection of romantic Mexican villas welcome you to relax and enjoy. Wander Malecon, the newly constructed boardwalk along the beach, to window shop and enjoy the many sculptures lining the way.
Your dining experience at Ocean Grill Vallarta, a tiny waterfront restaurant with exceptional food, will be unique. It begins with either a one-hour hike through nature, or if you’re not up for the hike, a five-minute boat ride. Call in advance to reserve your table and boat pickup on the beach. Spend an afternoon wandering the beautiful architecture of Old Vallarta and step into the tequila factory for a lesson in how the famous liquor is made.
Couples Will Love: Morning yoga on the beach
Most Romantic Restaurant: The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.
Don’t Miss: Ernest Hemingway’s Home and Museum
For a tropical honeymoon on the mainland, it’s hard to improve on Key West, Florida. Swaying palm trees and sandy white beaches set a relaxed atmosphere, and sunrise yoga on the beach is a soul-connecting way to experience that peace. Beginners are welcome. The classes are held in Ft. Zachary State Park, but tell the gatekeeper you are taking the class in order to gain free entrance.
Check out a local restaurant called The Flaming Buoy for an intimate dining experience with friendly staff. The chocolate chili quesadilla is a unique treat. Key West was the longtime home of Ernest Hemingway, and a day spent visiting his house, now a museum, is a great way to add some culture to your honeymoon.
Couples Will Love: The small island's intimate feel
Most Romantic Restaurant: The Cliff at Cap Maison
Don’t Miss: Ziplining through the trees
St. Lucia in the Caribbean is a perennial honeymoon favorite. It’s an idyllic paradise that is small enough to feel intimate and somewhat less developed than other islands. The very elegant Cliff at Cap Maison offers fine dining overlooking the waves crashing below. Fresh, local cuisine includes a variety of seafood, but you should try the shrimp risotto.
Take a day to add some excitement to your honeymoon with Treetop Canopy Adventure. The 12-line canopy tour lets you zip through lush foliage and experience views unlike any other place on the island, and you get to choose the speed with which you are most comfortable.
Couples Will Love: Limousine tours of the wineries
Most Romantic Restaurant: PRESS St. Helena
Don’t Miss: The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum
California’s famous wine country is a picturesque place to spend a romantic honeymoon, and it can be enjoyed on a budget, as well. The wine is the star at most dining establishments here, but PRESS St. Helen a compliments it with excellent food and romantic ambience. Finish your dinner with their incredible chocolate soufflé.
Honeymooners will adore a private limousine ride through the vineyards, with stops for tastings at such wineries as Pride Mountain and Hendry Ranch. You can add picnic lunch for an even more ideal day. Preferred Limousines will create your tour just the way you want it. Drop by the Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum to take in a collection of masterpieces while tasting local vintages.