From picturesque excursions to adrenaline-drenched activities, these 20 exotic locales offer some of the world's most exciting thrills for active newlyweds.
If your wedding is the best day of your life — at least thus far — your honeymoon should be the best week (or two if you're lucky) ever. Your trip of a lifetime should be spent doing exactly what you both love to do — if that's sipping cocktails by a pool, fantastic. But if you're the kind of couple who craves a little adrenaline alongside your champagne and rose petal-strewn bed, it's worth considering a destination that can offer enough activities to sate that desire.
Adventure can be had by simply journeying to an off-the-beaten path destination. How many of your friends celebrated their post-nuptial bliss from a Berber village near Marrakech, Morocco, or by sliding down sand dunes face-first in Paracas, Peru? Why not head far west to Broome, Australia, where flying over horizontal waterfalls and swimming with whale sharks are just a couple of ways to spend your ultimate vacation. Sleep in a cave in Turkey, or paraglide over Medellín, Colombia, formerly one of the most dangerous cities in the world and now a beautiful city on the rise, with year-round spring temperatures and green-coated mountains as far as the eye can see.
Of course, there are more traditional locales where you can turn up the intensity — and romance, too. Head out into the ocean with experts and spear your own octopus, then learn how to cook it in Punta Mita, Mexico. Or skip the snorkel and venture underwater ensconced in an actual submarine in Fiji. There's something for everyone, that is, if you and your new hubby's idea of taking the plunge is base-jumping off a monolith. Here's to the thrill seekers!
Photo: Year-round, Queenstown, New Zealand holds the crown for its sheer volume of high-energy activities. From fast-paced jet-boating and bungee jumping to canyon swinging and ice climbing, the South Island alpine town's dozens of excursions will bring your wedding-day grins back to your faces. Check into one of Matakauri Lodge's 12 gorgeous suites, which make the perfect home base for parasailing on the bright blue Lake Wakatipu and whitewater rafting on winding braided rivers. Get an eagle-eye view by leaping from a plane or soaring alongside glaciers in a tiny 8-person plane. Here, thrills are served alongside a heady dose of natural beauty.Photo: Courtesy of Matakauri Lodge