Photo: Brooke Roberts
Can't figure out where to book your honeymoon? These six resorts offer an idyllic blend of outdoor activity and total relaxation. The best part? These coastal retreats are all located in the United States, which means you can get away without having to fly too far or deal with pesky passport issues.
Sea Island, Georgia
Sail the Atlantic, kayak the Black Banks River, or shoot clays at this Mediterranean-inspired grande dame with access to five miles of private beach. Amenity alert: Even the pool cabanas are air-conditioned to beat the southern heat.
Duck, North Carolina
We love that this oceanfront hotel, the Outer Banks' finest, is just far enough from the summer crowds to feel secluded—extra points for the pro masseuses and contemporary American cuisine. Tear yourself away for a day and kayak Currituck Sound.
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
This Carolina classic lets you enjoy the best of both worlds: country tranquillity (tennis, gold, biking) and city nightlife (downtown Charleston is 30 minutes away). The staff is attentive but never pushy and always ready with a refill when you're lounging on the shore.
Cumberland Island, Georgia
Spot wild horses—plus more than 350 species of birds—and still end the day with a gourmet dinner at this 19th-century mansion, the only hotel on the island. Out best moment: feeling as if we had Cumberland all to ourselves during a bike ride at low tide.
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff
Bluffton, South Carolina
You'll flip for your cottage's huge screened-in-porch, dressing area, and steam shower, but don't get stuck indoor. The grounds abound with lawn games, pools, and hiking trails;offshore, you can cruise the salt marshes and spy on bottle-nose dolphins and bald eagles.
Postcard Inn on the Beach
St. Petersburg, Florida
The vibe is casual (think bikini and flip flops in the lobby) and this seaside spot where surfing is king. Boards and photos of major waves kitsch up the retro-chic rooms, and instructors will teach you how to hang ten. Or watch other test the waters while you kick back at the bar.
—Joyce Bautista Ferrari and Jacqueline Gifford