Fun, No-Fuss, Close-to-Home Beach Escapes for Your Honeymoon

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings
Easy Close-to-Home Beach Escapes

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Want to go on a romantic beach honeymoon but don't want to travel too far? We've got you covered. With these close-to-home destinations, you can find the right nonstop flight and be soaking in the sea before lunch.

Bermuda
Flying Time: 2+ hours from New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Miami
What to Do: After sampling the isle's famous pink beaches, push your fear factor to its limit with a round of flyboarding, which has you flying over the ocean, thanks to a Jetsons-like water jet pack ($330 for two; coconutrockets.com). At night, catch some live music at Chewstick Neo-Griot Lounge and Café or a little dancing at Snorkel Park Beach's Club Aqua, a party under the stars.
Where to Stay: With a mile-long activities list and tons of British colonial charm, the 88-room Rosewood Tucker's Point is the perfect mix of old-school and new. Relax on the island's largest private beach, join a diving lesson at the beach club, then rock your chicest croquet whites for a round before dinner at the Point, one of Bermuda's best restaurants. Doubles from $725

Cancún, Mexico
Flying Time: 2+ hours from Houston, 2.5+ hours from Atlanta, 3.5 hours from Chicago, 4 hours from Washington, D.C.
What to Do: Snorkel with stingrays and sea turtles at the world's second-largest natural reef, then head to the Underwater Museum to commune with fish finning their way around more than 400 submerged clay sculptures.
Where to Stay: Set on 29 beachfront acres, the just-opened Nizuc Resort & Spa (think Mayan architecture with a sleek midcentury spin) is mere minutes from the airport. For maximum tranquility, skip the club scene downtown and do a candlelit dinner for two on the pier.
Doubles from $380

San Juan, Puerto Rico
Flying Time: 2+ hours from Miami, 3+ hours from Atlanta, 4+ hours from New York
What to Do: Explore the candy-colored shops of Old San Juan to hunt for Panama hats and silver jewelry, and watch the sun set over the Caribbean from Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a seaside citadel built by the Spanish in 1539.
Where to Stay: A Puerto Rican classic, the Ritz Carlton San Juan sits smack on the beach, five minutes from the airport, and 15 minutes from Old San Juan's cobblestone streets. With a huge 24-hour casino, five restaurants, and some of the most sumptuous king-size beds ever, you'll have plenty of reasons to stay up all night.
Doubles from $199

Honolulu
Flying Time: 6+ hours from Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles What to Do Take stand-up paddleboarding lessons in the Pacific, shop in bustling Waikiki, or dig into poi for the first time at a traditional luau.
Where to Stay At the luxe Halekulani (translation: House Befitting Heaven), all 453 guest rooms are awash in earth tones (no loud florals here) and every room has a private lanai, many with Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head views. Do not leave without tasting the legendary coconut cake; it's life changing.
Doubles from $490

Make It Even Easier!
"If you're getting married between June and November, don't let hurricane season stop you from honeymooning in the Caribbean," says Kimberly Wilson
Wetty, of Valerie Wilson Travel in New York City. "The prices will be amazing, and you can keep things stress free by buying travel insurance. For even better odds, head to an island outside the hurricane belt, like Aruba or Curaçao."

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