Head out on the road less traveled—but no less spectacular—to celebrate your new life together.
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When you start planning your honeymoon, you'll want to choose a destination that says something about you and your spouse-to-be. If you're beach bums, you'll surely want to relax on a stretch of white sand. If you're art aficionados, a city with a bustling gallery scene would be right for you. If adventure is the backbone of your relationship, a destination packed with excursions will surely strike your fancy.
But if you're not quite sure what it is you're after, and know only that you want to go somewhere a bit off the beaten path, how do you start researching? For couples looking for a unique, alternative honeymoon destination, consider this your guide to post-nuptial travel. To help you find the ultimate vacation destination, we found honeymoon swaps for popular locales.
Already traveled to Mexico? Never fear, Belize is an ideal alternative. Loved Hawaii but want to try a new beach scene? The Philippines has plenty to offer. Want to replicate the Old-World charm of cities like Venice and Paris? Copenhagen and Prague, respectively, will tick similar boxes. For those that value delicious vino, trade Napa for Cape Winelands. And if you once thought the beaches of the Bahamas could not be beat, we dare you to book a ticket to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
We're not just offering city swaps, though. We're also telling you what to do once you get there, and sharing the very best times to visit. So go ahead and take the (honeymoon) road less traveled—but no less spectacular—to celebrate your new life together. These unique, alternative honeymoon destinations are sure to win you over.
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If You Love Mexico:
With spectacular ruins and beaches, this Central American country is essentially our Latin neighbor's twin.
When to go: The sweet spot is late April through May.
How to get there: For Lamanai, fly into Belize City, and the lodge will pick you up. From there, transfer from Belize City to Ambergris by air or ferry.
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If You Love Hawaii:
Try the Philippines
Whether you want to shop, dance, or never take off your flip-flops, this archipelago has you covered.
When to go: Avoid typhoon season (June through November) and the crowds at Easter.
How to get there: Arrive at Cebu’s main airport. To get to Boracay, take an hour flight to Caticlan, where the resort will pick you up.
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If You Love Venice:
Even though there are no Italian gondoliers, the Danish capital is crossed by picturesque waterways.
Where to go: Drop anchor at the Copenhagen Admiral Hotel, then cruise around town with DFDS Canal Tours. On dry land, grab a couple of the city's free bikes to explore avant-garde architecture, art, and restaurants like world-famous Noma.
When to go: Summertime for warm weather, long days, and festivals.
How to get there: If you travel via Iceland Air, you can stop over in Iceland at no extra charge.
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If You Love Paris:
The capital of the Czech Republic gets a gold star in the romance department.
Where to go: Watch the sun set over this fairy-tale city from Charles Bridge before nestling into a district of cobblestone at The Augustine Hotel. Save a day for can't-misses like Prague Castle and the historic Prague Astronomical Clock.
When to go: Spring and fall have the mildest weather, but winter has better rates and twinkling Christmas markets.
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If You Love Napa:
Try Cape Winelands
Sip vino in South Africa's neat rows of fruiting vines, quaint wineries, and verdant hills.
Where to go: Stay at the luxurious Babylonstoren, a manor-house hotel with magnificent cuisine. Arrange a private guided day trip with Cape Wine and Leisure Tours for a taste of the good life -- and plenty of wine -- in a region that actually bests California’s in one respect: A nearby sun-drenched beach called Strand.
When to go: Travel during harvest season, February to April.
How to get there: Jet into Cape Town International Airport, then rent a ride for the scenery-filled 45-minute drive.
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If You Love the Bahamas:
Try St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Find the stuff honeymoons are made of: charrming cottages, exquisite beaches, and turquoise waters.
Where to go: There are lots of isles to choose from, but we recommend Bequia. It's lush yet beachy, developed yet retains enough local traditions. Stay at Firefly Bequia, wallow on the sand until midday, then head to the bar at the Frangipani Hotel to watch the boats sail in and out of the harbor.
When to go: Anytime's a good time: The island is below the hurricane belt. December through April, however, is the driest period.
How to get there: Fly into Barbados (there are nonstops from many major cities), then connect on SVG Air.