This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.
True, getting married is its own adventure, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t add a little extra adventure with an amazing honeymoon destination. Imagine doing something that you both love together to celebrate your marriage. Here we have put together 8 awesome honeymoon destinations that any adventurous couple will love. But don’t worry – these destinations may be full of adventure, but they’re also packed with plenty of romance!
8 Exciting Honeymoon Destinations
1 – Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown is famous for its adventure. From bungee jumping to zip lining to the world’s biggest swing (the Nevis swing) to kayaking, you’ve probably heard about it all. However, have you heard about the relaxing hot pools where you can sip champagne? Or perhaps you’d be interested in altitude wine tours where you can taste the finest of local pinot noirs? Queenstown has the best of both worlds where you can find adventure and romance around every corner.
2 – Rocky Mountains, Colorado
From skiing, dog sledding, snow tubing, and outdoor ice-skating in the winter, to horseback riding, paddle boarding, hiking, fishing, and swimming in summer, Colorado is great year-round spot for honeymoons. This is also a great destination for couples who want to honeymoon on a budget. With many houses available for rent through Airbnb, and many hotels and lodges available for only $140 – $180/night, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself and each other without breaking the bank.
3 – Amalfi Coast, Italy
This enchanting city is located just south of Naples. Not only will you be able to enjoy the coast, you’ll be able to take in the beautiful mountain scenery. There are plenty of places to enjoy a little romance, as well as lush canyons to explore, sandy beaches to relax on, and an intoxicating aroma of native flowers, lemon groves, and olive trees on the air (during the warm seasons, at least!) After a day of exploration, you can sit back and relax at one of many boutique resorts & spas, munch down at alfresco restaurants, and maybe kick things back up with one of many water activities!
4 – Machu Picchu, Peru
Walk among these well-preserved and remarkable Incan ruins, which are located high in the Peruvian Andes. Here, you can enjoy history with an adventurous edge. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, a warm and inviting culture, and cozy, romantic stays at world-class hotels. Trek the mountains, or take a train trip to hidden away cities, take a plane to Amazonia beaches, steal a few moments away in the mountains, or enjoy some of the romantic Latin cultures and get some good food to boot.
5 – Iceland
From Bjork to Games of Thrones and even a beautiful volcano, you’ve probably heard some interesting things about Iceland by now. However, you might not be so familiar with chasing the Northern Lights, ice climbing, horseback riding, or hiking that Iceland is also known for. It’s also not terribly far away, being only a 4- 7-hour flight depending on which coast you leave from. But don’t let the beauty fool you, this is home to some of the wildest nightlife in Europe. Between that and its quirky culture and delicious eateries, you won’t find a boring moment in Iceland. Enjoy a 1,200-year-old Viking longhouse, one of a dozen hot springs, art scenes like nowhere else, or visit Mink Viking Portrait, where you can be decked out in authentic Viking garb.
6 – Cape Town, South Africa
This is a popular destination for winter honeymooners, as Cape Town enjoys a delectable summer during our winters. With beautiful, limitless beaches, unforgettable foods, and exciting experiences around every corner, it’s no surprise that Cape Town is so popular. This modern city has no shortage of adventure, with easy access to climbing, hiking, rappelling/abseiling, and hang gliding. These activities can be enjoyed from either Table Mountain, a huge flat top, or Lion’s Head, which is an extraordinarily steep climb. Either way, you can finish off your day with some surfing or even great white shark cage diving!
7 – Costa Rica
Costa Rica is great for those who are a little burnt out of planning after a wedding. They offer several “adventure packages” that include everything from zip lining, hiking, and self-driving tours to water rafting, swimming, and affordable upscale hotels and suites. You get to enjoy delicious cuisines, action and adventure, and lovely nights at the poolside sipping bubbly. It’s a great way to have an adventure while also having time to relax.
8 – Morocco
Morocco promises adventure for everyone with its bustling cities, enticing spices, gorgeous coastlines, historic architecture and unbelievable eats. Enjoy everything from large, open markets to upscale modernized cities, laid-back beaches, and unending fun and adventure in Morocco. Surfing, hiking, swimming, and discovering the love of new places and tastes are just a few of the wonderful adventures you can enjoy with your new spouse.
Wherever you choose to go, starting your marriage off with an adventure is amazing. Trying new things together, learning new things together, and finding new things together will only help to strengthen the bond that you have. Add in a ton of adventure along the way, and you’ll have stories to last a lifetime.
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Bio: Abby Drexler is a contributing writer and media specialist for Travel Wits. She regularly produces content for a variety of travel blogs. Some of her favorite travel destinations include Italy, San Francisco, and Ireland.