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25 romantic places where couples can simply enjoy each other — which is really the whole point.

A HONEYMOON IS a once in a lifetime trip, and choosing a romantic destination requires careful planning. While other trips might focus on an activity, like skiing, the honeymoon is a chance for newlyweds to focus on each other.

Every couple will imagine something different when planning their perfectly romantic honeymoon, but hopefully the destinations below will generate some ideas.

25. Isle of Skye, Scotland

A misty island off the northwestern coast of Scotland, Skye is best for honeymooning couples who might enjoy the sound of rain on an old slate roof. Most villages have gracious inns with big fireplaces, questionable plumbing, and plenty of local whiskey.

“The whole island is full of beautiful views, lochs and mountains,” writes Matador member Michelle Waite. “All of Skye is great for walks and lovely drives.”

24. Luang Prabang, Laos

Many travel writers, myself included, have pegged Luang Prabang as the most romantic town in Southeast Asia. A flurry of new boutique hotels and classy restaurants don’t detract from the languid charm of the old city.

Don’t miss a day trip to Kuang Si waterfall, or a ferry ride across the Mekong to the village of Ban Xieng Mene.

23. Charlevoix, Quebec

Photo: Melle plante

Honeymooning in Quebec is a smart choice for North American couples who are tempted by Europe but lack the time or money to cross the Atlantic.

Montreal is big and cosmopolitan, Quebec City is steeped in history, but my pick for the most romantic spot in the province is tiny Baie St. Paul, the cultural center of the Charlevoix region, with countless art galleries, cozy inns, and easy access to spectacular hiking trails.

22. Baja, Mexico

Photo: kretyen

Many honeymooners are looking for sun, sand, and value. There are plenty of beach resorts in Baja, and although I usually don’t recommend the resort experience, it’s not a bad choice for honeymooning couples who simply want to bask in marital bliss.

There’s a more exciting side of Baja beyond the resort gates, though, and plenty of deserted lagoons where travelers can find solitude.

For more: The Ultimate Baja Escape

21. Dominica, Caribbean

Photo: gailf548

Dominica is known as “the Nature Island” — it’s lush, green, and mountainous, with villages hanging onto the edge of volcanoes, overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean. Trails in the tropical forest lead to waterfalls, plunge pools, and hot springs. Steamy.

For more: Caribbean Romance in the Shadow of Volcanoes

20. Kyoto, Japan

Photo: Joi

The great travel writer Pico Iyer once went to Kyoto to pursue a monastic lifestyle and study Zen Buddhism, but he ended up falling in love instead.

Like Luang Prabang, Kyoto is dotted with ancient temples that evoke a sense of calm and wonder. Japanese hospitality and grace is unparalleled, and those who can afford to stay in a traditional inn should not pass up the opportunity.

19. Big Sur, California

Photo: *~Dawn~*

Big Sur is an epic chunk of sweeping California coastline where lovers can wander for days and weeks between hot spring pools and old growth forests overlooking the Pacific.

Finish off the honeymoon by cruising up to San Francisco on Highway 1 and celebrating with a bottle of champagne and a big Chinatown meal.

18. The Big Island, Hawaii

OK, any island in Hawaii would make for a terrific honeymoon destination, but the Big Island gets my vote because it’s less crowded than Maui or Oahu.

Fewer tourists doesn’t translate into a lack of things to do, however. There’s plenty to explore on the Big Island, including black sand beaches, tropical waterfalls, flowing lava, and horse ranches. Don’t miss the sunrise from the summit of Mauna Kea.

17. The Northeast Kingdom, Vermont

Photo: ben pollard

Cozy inns, quiet country roads, questionable weather…are you starting to notice a theme?

The Kingdom refers to the rural northeast corner of Vermont, a scattering of communities that manage to be both progressive and conservative, heartily welcoming and fiercely independent.

Instead of choosing a destination for day trips, just get lost on winding dirt roads that always seem to lead to friendly family farms. If you’re planning an autumn wedding, foliage in the Kingdom is spectacular.

16. Wine Country, Argentina

The vineyards of Mendoza and Salta in northwestern Argentina produce terrific red wines against the dramatic backdrop of the Andes.

Argentina is a less expensive destination than wine regions of California or Europe, so couples can take their time, soak up the atmosphere, and maybe even sign up for tango lessons.

15. Costa Rica

Photo: baxterclaus

With two tropical coastlines, pristine rainforest, and plenty of spider monkeys, Costa Rica is a great choice for couples looking for a combination of ecotourism, adrenaline thrills, and simple relaxation.

14. Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is a classy Southern town on the Carolina coast with cobblestone streets, historic mansions, and incredible shrimp ‘n grits brunches.

Sea-kayaking in the marshes, long walks on barrier island beaches, and outdoor concerts on summer nights round out the Charleston experience.

13. Provence, France

Photo: K.Hurley

Eat cheese, drink wine, make love. Oui, Provence!

12. Antarctica

Photo: winkyintheuk

There are moments on an Antarctic cruise that will take your breath away, but there are also a lot of hours to spend keeping warm in your cabin. This downtime will be more like uptime for honeymooners.

11. Rome, Italy

Photo: lightmatter

There aren’t many cities on this list, but Rome demands an exception. It’s a city built for wandering between ancient neighborhoods and discovering hole-in-the-wall restaurants, live music venues, and sidewalk cafes.

If you insist on an urban honeymoon, Rome is a classic romantic choice.

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About The Author

Tim Patterson

Tim Patterson is a long-time contributor and former contributing editor at Matador Network.

  • http://www.dimaxblog.ru Dimax

    Very beautiful, but I know one more – Koh Samui )

  • http://kelsigirl.wordpress.com Kelsi

    great selection of places. i like the balance of typical vacation destinations with some off the beaten path ideas. they all looks so beautiful and interesting.

  • http://duncan.co Duncan

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      Done! Sorry we missed that note. Thanks for sharing your photo with us.

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  • http://www.donteverlookback.com Kieron

    Nice list. If I had to add one more, I’d say the Maldives.

  • Travel Man

    I have had the pleasure of visiting many of these places (not on honeymoon) and they are truly awesome.

    If you want to go to the Caribbean then check out St Lucia – a hidden gem in the Caribbean. For those who want luxury and something special away from your normal crowded couples resort take a look at http://www.stlucia.cc

    Here your honeymoon is as individual as you and really special.

  • Tarannum

    Maldives is another fabulous destination for a romantic honeymoon. Most hotels there dont even have televisions in the rooms, as the point of a holiday/honeymoon in the Maldives is all about indulging in yourself and the nature around you. Should definitely make it to your next list!

  • http://www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk/honeymoon Honeymoons

    Great choice on Luang Prabang – it’s a city that is often missed out but is incredibly romantic for those who give it a go. We highly recommend it!

  • http://thehoneymoonideas.com honeymooners

    hmmm…very…very beautiful place…. I’d say the Maldives.

  • journey idea

     I agreed with your article, all destinations are absolutely perfect for enjoying honeymoon vacations.  Bahamas is one of the best place for any honeymooners. I spend my honeymoon in resort Treasure Cay, a fabulous resort in Bahamas where i spend only $400 per six nights including all honeymoon facilities

  • Gemi1976

    I agree with most of the top 25 lists however I do believe that Tahiti should be number 1, well Bora Bora in particular. Especially since it was voted number 1 Honeymoon destination :-) http://www.borabora-tahiti.com/top-10-honeymoon-destinations.html

  • Tridismita Barua

    nice place..

  • Gladys Ng’endo

    good places to be.

  • マルコム ファル

    I will definitely plan a trip to Dominica, looks good.

  • Robert Wordsworth

    Those who grew up and travelled extensively in cold countries will find Houston too humid.I have gone down there from here in Dallas and indeed it is uncomfortably humid, to think that I grew up in the Philippines, another humid country.Honestly, this is the very first time really exotic, culture-rich places such as Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Ghana and other normally-you-don’t-go-to tourist destinations are published. Yes, there were some level of stability in some of these areas.However, there has been improvements and indeed these places and even Baghdad, Malaysia, Bali, Siem Rep and Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Maldives and a lot more places are worth researching and visiting.

    http://spirittourism.com/

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