Photo From The All Inclusive El Dorado Royale In The Mayan Riviera
Ummm, It is really cold outside. Okay, if you live in a warm place (Miami, Phoenix, Hawaii, The Sun) you probably don’t understand what it s like to walk outside and have the cold just consume you from head to toe and back again. Well today it is that kind of cold, so it got me thinking of other places I would like to be. Which got me thinking about vacations, which got me thinking about blogging today about vacations, and seeing as this is a wedding related blog of course that turned into honeymoons.
I cannot stress enough the importance of a honeymoon. Having been in the wedding industry in one capacity or another for almost 15 years (gasp) too often I would speak with couples who didn’t have a honeymoon planned. The plan was to finish school first and take the honeymoon later. Guess what, it won’t happen. Life gets in the way, school, work, kids, medical bills, car payments, mortgages etc etc all come along and spending any extra money on a vacation or honeymoon just kind gets thrown aside.
You don’t need to plan an elaborate honeymoon if you can’t afford it, but get away even if it is just for a few days. Locally (Salt Lake City) there are some amazing places nearby where you can go that won’t cost you that much. Utah has some pretty incredible places and if you are getting married in the off season those places are even more affordable. Utah’s Mountains are second to none and the contrasting scenery between beautiful Southern Utah with its red rock cliffs and all the amazing outdoor activities and Northern Utah with the majestic Wasatch Mountains and all the amenities of a metropolitan area you can find plenty to do and not have to take out an extra loan just to pay for it (bad idea).
Park City, Utah
With that being said, the cold weather made me do a little surfing and I found what many travel websites consider to be the top Honeymoon Destinations, basically I visited some of the more well known travel sites and looked at their top 10 lists and then compiled my own based on what they had listed as the top honeymoon locations, its not scientific by any means but it was fun to daydream while I was doing it: Here ya go. (FYI I didn’t include Cruises even though Cruising is one of the most popular honeymoons, see below)
#1 – Hawaii – Tough To argue, The breathtaking beaches, the beautiful turquoise ocean and lush greens Hawaii has it all. Plus, you don’t need a passport.
#2 – Mexico (either side of the country) – Cancun, The Mayan Riviera, Cozumel etc are amazing locations, the beautiful beaches sitting on the Caribbean the amazing night life the fun. On The West side you have amazing options of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. The beauty and warmth of the Pacific Ocean and the local Mexican flavor make these locations such a great place to go.
#3 – Jamaica – The the dream of all the honeymoon couples for its spectacular places and romantic atmosphere. In Jamaica, you can have your thrilling party in Ocho Rios, which is the ultimate spot to party with your loved one, and other than this if hilt is what you want then Rios in Jamaica will be your place.
#4 - The Bahamas – The Bahamas is one of the worlds most beautiful places This has been the honeymoon destination of many celebrities too. With its over 700 islands it gives you endless recreational options and the best part is that it is short distant from the mainland of U.S. Bahamas is the world itself, whether a honeymoon couple wants romance, entertainment or water sports, one will get it all.
#5 – Disney Vacations – Yes the happiest place on earth is also one of the most visited by honeymooners. Walk around Disneyland or Disney World and you will see all sorts of people wearing top hats or veils with mouse ears attached letting the world know they are on their honeymoon.
#6 - Fiji – With Hundreds of Islands you could get lost – White sand beaches, warm ocean breezes, rustling palm trees, tropical flowers, stunning sunsets and laid-back island living will enchant you on the breathtaking islands of Fiji.
#7 – Tahiti - Tahiti Islands (officially French Polynesia) is a collection of over 100 islands in the South Pacific including Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea. Featuring five star resorts, spectacular tropical scenery, mountain ranges, rainforests, waterfalls, and hiking trails, Tahiti is a fantastic choice for your honeymoon.
#8 – Italy – So many places to visit, tough to lump it in to one location, but Venice and Florence are probably the two most “honeymooned” places in Italy. Such a rich culture, amazing scenery, incredible art and so much more.
#9 – Paris – For many, it’s the ultimate honeymoon destination, and why not? There’s fine French dining, elegant shopping boulevards, renowned museums and swoon-worthy sights, entertainment at places like the Opera Garnier, and ultra-chic accommodations.
#10 – Las Vegas – Crazy as it sounds, Las Vegas is one of the top Honeymoon Spots. You know exactly what you’re going to get when you honeymoon in Vegas, and some couples love that. If you want indulgence you can’t go wrong with Vegas. Each Hotel seems to try to outdo the next with its lavish pools, amazing buffets and incredible shows. No costs are cut when it comes to entertainment in Las Vegas and the shows there will blow you away.
Here are a couple of other things to consider when planning a honeymoon.
Consider an All-inclusive Honeymoon Package
All-inclusive honeymoons are a popular choice because daily expenses like food, beverage and entertainment are included in the vacation package price. All-inclusive resorts typically include meals and snacks, premium alcoholic beverages, taxes, tips, transfers from the airport, water sports and resort entertainment. Some even include golf, tennis, water skiing, scuba, and excursions.
Oceanside at The All Inclusive El Dorado Royale In The Mayan Riviera
Many all-inclusive resorts are designed just for couples, creating the romantic atmosphere honeymooners crave. Some resorts will even coordinate weddings for resort guests at no additional charge. In-room amenities like hot tubs, room service, and luxury beds create the intimate atmosphere of an unforgettable honeymoon.
Honeymoon Cruises Offer a Little Bit of Everything
Honeymooners search for cruises more than any other single destination. Cruises are similar to all-inclusive packages but they take place on a large ship that makes stops at one or more ports. Usually you spend one day at each port and the rest of your vacation on the ship, which is packed with live music, activities and all-you-can-eat food. Cruises can last from hours to weeks, and vary widely in terms of ship size, destinations and luxury. Many of the popular destinations listed above can be visited by cruise.
So there you have it. Some great locations for you to get away and begin your new lives together. No matter where you go, no matter what you do, make sure you take the time to spend it together because life will get in your way and you will regret not having taken a honeymoon.