Honeymoon gems are hard to find.
The world is a big, beautiful and mind-blowing place so narrowing it down to just the one destination can be a challenge. No doubt you have a few ideas up your sleeve and recommended hot-spots from friends and family. But don’t you want to find something a little offbeat? The same go-to honeymoon locations are amazing – people wouldn’t go if they weren’t nevertheless, it’s nice to think outside the box.
After the wedding is done and dusted, you and your spouse and no doubt craving a honeymoon of a lifetime. To avoid breaking the bank, the trick is to find the right destination and knowing the best times to travel. Planning ahead is key to any good holiday away. And the best part about it? Most of these unique places can be more cost-effective than the typical tourist attractions.
Whether you’re wanting something adventurous or a place to recoup and soak up the sun, we have a slice of heaven for every honeymoon couple:
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The Caribbean islands are a popular spot for honeymoon destinations, but Trinidad and Tobago are smaller dual-islands often overlooked in comparison. This location makes the perfect beach honeymoon spot without the hustle and bustle of tourists. It’s low key, a little more secluded and boasts the most spectacular coastlines.
The twin islands can be easily accessed by boat, with Tobago being more touristy than its counterpart. Travel between both spots for a full taste of the Caribbean wonders or stick to the one island for something more laid back.
Best time to visit: January to May for clear skies. June to December for lower hotel rates (expect afternoon showers, but warm weather still).
Broome and The Kimberley region, Western Australia
The North-West region of WA is one of the last untouched wildernesses of the world. With its rugged red desserts pristine beaches and astounding plateaus, it offers a unique destination to discover a little bit of everything in. The landscape is immense – so be prepared for a lot of exploring.
Lined with gorges, cliffs, waterfalls and shady rainforests, you and your spouse will be rewarded with breathtaking scenery. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to experience all the best spots, book in a 4wd luxury tour. This will offer the ultimate guide to one of Australia’s unique honeymoon destinations. River cruises are great for a more relaxed side to the getaway, or go glamping – a next level camping sensation.
Best time to visit: April to October for the dry season.
Jungle extravaganza, Costa Rica
If you love rainforests, boats and pretty tucked away islands, then Costa Rica’s Carate is a must. Right by Corcovado National Park, you can venture on a short boat ride to Caño Island where scuba diving and jungle extravaganzas are at their finest.
Carate is beach paradise, remote and loaded with breathtaking scenery to complement your honeymoon trip. You can book in various water sports, go hiking or simply lay back on the beaches with a cocktail in hand.
Best time to visit: November to late April for the dry season. Add a visit to the Osa Peninsula during this time too, which doesn’t pull the mainland’s high-season crowds.
Tropical escape, Bedarra Island QLD
Nestled on the Great Barrier Reef, experience the tropical escape in total seclusion. Queensland’s Bedarra Island is one of Australia’s overlooked romantic hideaways and makes the ideal honeymoon getaway. Retreats are screened away by tropical jungles and coastal views to soak in.
This magical destination is bordered by giant granite boulders offering a remote and luxurious feel. Think lush green rainforests, plenty of sunshine all year round, white sandy shores and beautiful swimming spots. Hire out a private cove retreat on the beach for the full experience.
Best time to visit: April to December. The island has beautiful weather all year round however, November to April is stinger season. If you do decide to go around then, book a villa with a private pool overlooking the beach and ocean to swim in.
Spain’s wine region, La Rioja
If you and your spouse are wine lovers, then Spain’s dedicated wine region is one for the bucket list. Spain itself is a stunning European place to visit for a honeymoon but La Rioja, in particular, will combine culture with cuisine.
Located in the north part of Spain, La Rioja has miles of rolling green hills to make you feel like you’ve truly hit paradise. You can get a good dose of the country’s wine culture, sip on the finest wines and even indulge in a couple’s wine massage at the famous Caudalíe Vinothérapie Spa.
Best time to visit: Early October for harvest time or between May and June for good weather and less crowds.
For a cost-effective and stunning island getaway, Vietnam won’t fail to impress. Sit back on a vintage-style wooden boat and explore the turquoise sea. Visit the floating fishing villages, go on a kayaking extravaganza and take in the limestone karst islands.
While you’re there, visit Hoi An – an ancient, peaceful town in Vietnam. This offbeat honeymoon spot preserves centuries of old architecture and boasts a romantic, vibrant atmosphere.
Best time to visit: February to May for the dry season.
The world has some magical locations to explore, where will you be booking next!?
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