Nicaragua, a land of lakes and volcanoes, is home to the most awarded rum in the world, Flor de Caña. Newlyweds can visit the distillery located in Chichigalpa, about a 2.5-hour ride from the capital, Managua. Sample world-renowned rum in a bodega and learn about the slow-aged process that makes it the rum of choice for aficionados.
After a visit to the distillery, head to Granada, the oldest colonial continental city in the Americas. That's where Rum Room is located, a joint venture between Flor de Caña and Spanglish Craft Cocktail Bar. There couples can create their own blend of rums to take home—perfect to open on an anniversary. With so much boozy fun, you may want to unwind. Mukul resort, owned and operated by the Pellas family (Flor de Caña founders), is a gorgeous beach resort that offers surfing during the day. At night, sample the family's rum reserve right on property for a romantic night under the stars.
Italy is an incredibly romantic honeymoon destination, but it can also be really fun if you want to spend a week or two buzzed out on wine. Take a Tuscany wine tour with customized tour company Discover Your Italy or experience wine tours and private gourmet tastings in the eternal city of Rome with touring company City Wonders. There's also similar tours of areas such as Florence, Frascati, and more. If in Milan, you are a quick hour drive from Franciacorta, home to the famous Franciacorta sparkling wine.
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Beer aficionados will love honeymooning to Ireland, where you'll never have to look far for a pint. Pub crawls are always a favorite for tourists, but why not go the extra mile and take a trip to where it all began? "In the heart of Dublin, couples can take in the Guinness Storehouse to learn about the origins of their favorite beverage and finish their tour in the Gravity Bar, a 360-degree glass bar on the top floor with spectacular views of the city. For liquor lovers, Dublin is also home to the Old Jameson Distillery where you can taste whiskeys while learning how they are made," says Megan Velez of Destination Weddings Travel Group.
A honeymoon trip to Jamaica is not complete without taking in one or two rum distilleries. The dark liquor is at the heart of the Jamaican culture and the locals who work in distilleries are passionate about sharing what they do with visitors. "Prepare for lots of rum samples when you take a tour, and take note as you'll surely be tasting them at bars and restaurants throughout your stay. Home to the second oldest distillery in the world, Jamaica is the perfect destination for newlyweds who want to pair a bit of booze with a lot of beach time," says Velez.
While you are in Jamaica, consider a Cliff Jump at Rick's Café: Situated on the West End Cliffs of Negril, Rick's Cafe is known for its sublime sunsets, live reggae music, and cliff diving — right from the bar and restaurant. Also consider rum tasting at the Appleton Estate, Jamaica's oldest sugar factory and rum distillery.
It's no surprise that tequila is the drink of choice in Mexico. While tequila sunrises and margaritas are always a refreshing choice, there's nothing quite like sipping on straight high-quality tequila. "Couples can plan their honeymoon around Mexico's Tequila Trail, which is home to well-known tequila distilleries, including Jose Cuervo, Tres Agaves, and Sauza," says Velez.
Rioja is recognized as one of the five great wine regions in the world. Northern Spain boasts hundreds of romantic wineries, spread along more than 27,000 hectares — the most acreage under vines of any wine region. Honeymooners can tour a new winery each day, learn how to make their own wine, enjoy delicious tapas, and more. To add to the beauty, Rioja vineyards are home to some of the most spectacular modern and historic architecture in the world. The region is also home to some of the best food, wine and hot air ballooning in the world.
Newlyweds can fly over Haro, the wine capital of Rioja, and see the region nestled in the valley of The Ebro. With unmatchable magnificent views, they'll sail over vineyards, wheat fields, Ebro River and the Sierra de Cantabria. They can also explore the land by bike, foot, or canoe, discovering the Montes Obarenes, Sierra de Cantabria and the Sierra de la Demanda, or the calm waters of The Ebro. Or of course, dine at one of the many Michelin star restaurants. Rioja is a train or bus ride away from Madrid, so if you are vacationing in Madrid, it can be a great day or weekend trip.
While staying in Madrid, Only You Hotel Atocha is a beautiful boutique property to act as home base for your stay. And you can't miss Madrid's world-renowned museums including The Prado, the Thyssen (houses the world's largest private art collection), and the Reina Sofia (Spain's edition of the MOMA).
An underrated Southern gem, Lexington, Kentucky offers tons of fun, including a Donut Trail, private tours of thoroughbred horse farms, horse races (dress up and drink up), historic distilleries, a buzzing craft beer scene,and a vibrant street art from internationally-recognized artists. Explore the rich tradition and proud history of bourbon on the Kentucky tour, nestled among Lexington's beautiful and lush Bluegrass region. Featuring such world famous distilleries as Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey, and Woodford Reserve, guests can receive a firsthand look at the art and science of crafting bourbon through tours and tastings at distilleries dating back to the mid-1800s.
While Kentucky may be known as the birthplace of bourbon, Lexington's craft beer scene is quickly carving out a piece of the spotlight.
When honeymooning in the Cayman Islands there's a rare rum lounge in Grand Cayman called Upstairs (Kaibo), which offers customized flights of specialty rums for guests. Camana Bay invites guests to experience The Flavour Tour: A guided dining adventure which starts off with four courses complemented by cocktail pairings and ends with a visit to West Indies Wine Company for a taste of one of their 80 vintages. The destination also hosts Cayman Cocktail Week in October, ideal for a post–fall wedding honeymoon.