So you have said your “I do’s”, suffered through the interminable reception, and finally ushered your guests out the door. Now it’s time for the fun part…the honeymoon. The question of course is, where will you go to spend those first few days of married bliss?
Of course, I’m hoping you made that decision and those arrangements months earlier….and truth be told, there is no right or wrong way to do a honeymoon. You basically go where you want and spend time there. My own suggestion was to simply strike out on a road trip with no preplanned route or destination, but the wife didn’t go for it and we ended up spending a wonderful week at Kiawah Island SC (which wasn’t bad at all).
So where will you go? Some of the more popular choices for honeymoon getaways are:
New York City. The city that never sleeps. The Big Apple. You could spend months there and still never take in all that it has to offer. From a stroll in Central Park, to a Broadway show, some of the finest restaurants and hotels in the world, as well as historical and scenic attractions such as the Empire State Building and Statue Of Liberty. Be forewarned, however, if you are looking for a nice, quiet getaway, NYC may not be the best choice.
It’s Better In The Bahamas. No argument. With quiet beaches surrounded by crystal clear water in an island setting sounds appealing, the Bahamas are the perfect spot. You have 29 islands to choose from, with cave expeditions, wildlife, windsurfing, swimming, or just a relaxed moment in your hotel or bungalow. The one drawback is that not all the islands are created equal, and some may provide a more peaceful, enjoyable experience than others. It is also advised to skip the Bahamas during hurricane season, June through November.
Le France, Mon Cheri. If you have the budget, a trip to France may be one of the most romantic and exciting getaways you can hope for. With historic inns and landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, France is one of the perfect romantic destinations. Unfortunately, the trip can get pricey fairly quickly, so make sure you have adequately budgeted for the excursion.
Florida. Stay in the good old USA with a trip to Florida; the Sunshine State is replete with tourist attractions coast to coast, from the night life of Miami, to the theme parks in Orlando, to the white sand beaches of Pensacola. It will be very easy to pack a week or twelve’s worth of activities without ever doing the same thing twice. Be advised, however, that spring brings hundreds of thousands of spring break partiers to Florida, and the summer months there can be extremely humid.
Las Vegas. Often partnered with wedding ceremonies, Las Vegas is an ideal destination for no other reason than, well, it’s Vegas. From the casinos, to the shows, to the food, to the hotels, nothing in Las Vegas is ever done halfway. If you are planning to elope, most hotels have their own wedding chapels. One word of warning, gambling can get very addictive very quickly. You are strongly advised to set a budget for game playing, how much you are willing to spend and how much you are willing to lose, and stick to it. Don’t let financial irresponsibility turn you into a permanent resident!
Bermuda. A collection of 150 islands that are perfect for your honeymoon getaway, Bermuda offers isolated cottages on long stretches of white sand beaches, and located only about 2 hours by plane from the US East Coast. There isn’t much in the way of activities or nightlife, but if you are looking for a nice peaceful, largely non-commercial destination, Bermuda may be the perfect choice.
Hawaii. Does this even need a reason? Hawaii is probably the number one honeymoon spot, due no doubt to spectacular landscapes, thriving nightlife, and other tourist attraction such as Pearl Harbor or volcanoes such as Kilauea in the Volcanoes National Park. The major drawback is the number of people who will have the same idea as you…tourists outnumber Hawaiians by 6 to 1, and Hawaiian natives by 30 to 1.
Of course your idea of the perfect honeymoon may include the Motel 6 down the street and all your meals at Dennys. Whatever destination you agree on, congratulations and may you enjoy many years together.