After all the hustle and bustle that goes into planning your special wedding day, it’s a good idea to take some time to relax. Luckily, that’s what honeymoons are for! They give you the opportunity to spend quality time with your significant other as newlyweds before getting back to the real world.
Tropical destinations are often a first choice where you can bathe in the sun, sip on cocktails, and embrace the island culture. But, what if all-inclusive vacations aren’t really your thing? News flash… you can find a romantic honeymoon destination that isn’t the typical getaway to Mexico or the Carribean! We came across some unique and unexpected honeymoon destinations that we think you’ll love travelling to. Below are some of our favourites featured from Trip To and The Knot!
Destination 1: Palawan, Philippines
Ten-second takeaway: It’s the country’s final frontier – an untainted region of stunning waterscape and tropical excellence. Philippines’ most sparsely populated region is also the most enchanting.
What to do: Hike and try the different adventures in Ugong Rock; go island-hopping on the quiet waters of Honda Bay; get up close and personal with the wild animals at the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center.
Destination 2: Hvar, Croatia
Ten-second takeaway: While this Croatian town attracts its share of party lovers, what most people don’t know is that Hvar also offers plenty of romance for honeymooners.
What to do: Spend a day unwinding on the Grebisce beach or lose all sense of direction in the lavender fields near Velo Grablje.
Devour gourmet fish straight from the sea and don’t forget to take a day excursion to the Paklinski Islands.
Destination 3: Algarve, Portugal
Ten-second takeaway: This southernmost region of Portugal is also the third richest in the country. The appealing shoreline of the Algarve receives most attention for its amazing cliffs, brilliant shorelines and sandy islands. While the rest of Portugal is a premier honeymoon destination, the Algarve is still a hidden delight.
What to do: Take a yacht and go to Arte Nautica – an oceanfront eatery on Armacao de Pera shoreline. Request a table out on the porch, and do try the Mozambique tiger prawns.
Get drenched in Algarve Water Parks. The three main ones are Aquashow, Aqualand and Slide & Splash.
Destination 4: Tanzania
What to Do: After spending a full night partying it up in Arusha (located near the airport, it has a lively bar scene), relax on a flight to Lake Manyara (planned by andBeyond, andBeyond.com) and get ready to whip your camera out to snap shots of Masai giraffes (put it away to soak in the hot springs); then head to Serengeti, Tanzania’s oldest game reserve, for a classic safari ride (TanzaniaParks.com). At Ngorongoro Crater, sip local wine on a terrace and keep your eyes peeled for black rhinos.
Destination 5: Cape Town, South Africa
What to Do: Walk across the iconic Table Mountain, which, as its name suggests, is flat on top. Also take a ride through Stellenbosch, a region of the Cape Winelands known for its Cape Dutch architecture and vineyards. A day trip idea: Swim with the African penguins at Boulders Beach.
Now how are those for honeymoon destinations? These are best for the adventurous couple who want to explore and try fun activities. We guarantee that these unexpected honeymoon destinations will make lasting memories with your partner.
After all, there is no pressure in where you should and shouldn’t go on your honeymoon! While these may be perfect for you, they are certainly not for everyone. Let us know where your dream honeymoon vacation is in the comments below! 🙂