We're not going to lie: If you're glowing with the warmth of love and riding on the adrenaline rush of the wedding and the excitement of a brand-new marriage, there are probably a lot of places in the world that can make you happy on your honeymoon. (Trust us, finding the right guy to spend the rest of your life with was a much harder process!) Still, when you find the perfect collaboration of your heart's desire and his, that first vacation together in your new life can be — as magical as a first kiss.
You'll notice that our results span the globe, from exotic to domestic and everything in between. The lesson here? When you're talking about travel, romance comes in a rainbow of flavors. And we see the appeal of them all. While many couples reach for the relaxation of lazing on a beach in a bikini under a palm tree with a frozen fruity drink in hand and sand between well-manicured toes (this could be anywhere from the Maldives to Maui, Fiji, or St. Lucia), others want only to explore the cities of France and Italy one boutique, museum, historic monument, epic meal, and iconic selfie at a time.
Chances are, you'll spend a little more on this vacation than ones in the past and pay more attention to the details. But Instagram ops and amazing souvenirs aside, what really makes this the undeniable trip of a lifetime is the ring on your finger and the guy on your arm.
The "2015 Brides Best Honeymoons" top destinations were determined by a Brides-TripAdvisor survey of 400 travelers.
There's a reason the overwater bungalow was invented here. The oceanscapes surrounding these 118 isles and atolls are so otherworldly, couples want to spend every second of their trip on, in, or near them. Pick your oasis: Tahiti, home to the cafés and markets of Papeete; Rangiroa, beloved by divers for its teeming reefs and epic lagoon (the second largest in the world); or Bora Bora, famed for jade peaks and chic resorts. Better yet, take a few weeks and island hop; with an escape this far-flung, you'll want to hit as many spots as you can in the neighborhood.
This volcanic Greek isle is known for its white and blue buildings, insane Aegean Sea views, and doorways at the top of the island that seem to lead to clouds. Enter, and you'll walk down steps to restaurants that specialize in just-plucked-from-the-ocean seafood and romantic whitewashed hotels.
The self-proclaimed sunniest of all the Caribbean isles — it sits outside the hurricane belt — Aruba is also known for wide white-sand beaches and adventure sports. Because of its omnipresent tradewinds, windsurfing and kite surfing are especially popular, though you can also water-ski, tube, snorkel, and parasail.
Framed by mountains, beaches, and vineyards, Cape Town has a rep as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But for some honeymooners, South Africa is all about the safari. Explore Kruger National Park, camera in hand. You'll be on an epic search for the Big Five — lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinos — plus hippos, giraffes, and zebras.
British Virgin Islands
Sailors love the British Virgin Islands, but even if you're looking for a vacation on dry land, there are great choices here — including more than a few private-island resorts. You can learn to sail, borrow a boat, or just get a ride out to one of the beach bars that are reachable only by water.
Book a Hawaiian vacation and chances are you'll fly into Oahu. There are three good reasons to spend a few days here before moving on: The best shopping in the state is in Waikiki, as are some of the most acclaimed restaurants. And if you're a surfer, you'll want to hit the legendary breaks on the North Shore.