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3 Island Hopping Adventures Perfect for Your Honeymoon

Get more out of your romantic getaway by meandering your way through these paradises.

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If honeymooning in just one place for two weeks feels more restrictive than relaxing, try your hand at island hopping instead. It's an adventure without the major travel—especially since most grouped islands, like the ones we've featured below, are close and conducive to jumping from one to the next. A major pro? You and your soon-to-be-spouse can explore different places and see different sights, without blowing your savings in travel costs—and without any of the hassle of journeying to another country. Here, you'll find three of the world's most picturesque locations, from warm-weather beaches to rugged forests made for the hiking, that are just waiting to be hopped.

 

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Florida Keys

Rent a car and explore this 125-mile chain, ending in Key West. Along the way, you can snorkel at Key Largo's John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, with its incredible wrecks and reefs. Rent a kayak from Marathon Kayak to paddle through mangrove lagoons on uninhabited Boot Key. Finish at the Perry Hotel, a maritime-chic property in Key West's Stock Island Marina that has two "boat-to-table" restaurants. There's also Oceans Edge Key West Hotel & Marina, where 175 oceanfront rooms have balconies or porches.

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Photography by: Charity Burggraaf for Willows Inn

Washington State Islands

The bucolic San Juan Islands lure those who prefer rugged, forested shorelines to palm trees and hammocks. On Lopez Island, feast on dishes of just-foraged ingredients at Ursa Minor, from chef Nick Coffey of Seattle's Sitka & Spruce. It's a short ferry ride to Orcas Island, ideal for hiking quiet trails through Douglas firs and kayaking around pods of orcas and porpoises. And though it's not technically part of the San Juans, don't miss nearby Lummi Island, where the Willows Inn is a bucket-list restaurant with eight cozy rooms. Guests get priority for tables.

 

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Cayman Islands

This trio of islands has everything you want from a beach escape. You'll arrive in Grand Cayman, the largest and most developed; the Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa, on a quiet stretch of Seven Mile Beach, is an ideal base. It's a 35-minute flight to Little Cayman (population 212), where you can bike from one secluded white-sand shoreline to the next and bed down in an oceanfront or pool-view room at Little Cayman Beach Resort. Then it's off to Cayman Brac, just 10 minutes away by plane. Here, the wellness-focused Le Soleil d'Or is home to a 20-acre organic farm.