While the majority of newlyweds are focused on honeymoon hotspots such as Anguilla, Bora Bora, and Paris (not that we have anything but love for these ever-popular locales), trendsetters are discovering an array of gorgeous under the radar honeymoon destinations.
Ready to expand your post-nuptial travel horizons? Set your sights on hidden gems like Comporta and Snoqualmie. Not only will you save a few bucks but you’ll have less crowds to content with. Just be sure to book soon, because these stunning destinations won’t stay a secret for long.
Scroll through for 5 under the radar honeymoon destinations.
Distance yourself from the hordes of tourists in Florence and head to Siena. A magnet for architecture enthusiasts, this Tuscan city is a true medieval masterpiece with a treasure trove of Gothic grandeur. A spectacular assemblage of artistic talent is on display at the Duomo (Siena Cathedral). Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Pubblico, and Torre del Mangia also make the list of must-see sights. Its historic contrade (districts) are filled with artisan shops and charming cafés—perfect for enjoying an espresso and a glass of Chianti from the region’s renowned vineyards.
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Bocas del Toro, an archipelago off the Caribbean coast of Panama, is a magical mix of adventure and leisure. Spend the morning learning to surf at Wizard Beach, exploring (perhaps even ziplining through) the lush rainforest, or touring Nivida Bat Cave in Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park and the afternoon chilling on the sand with a tropical cocktail. Wondering what to do in evening? Bocas Town, on Isla Colón, is brimming with restaurants, nightlife, and colorful clapboard houses.
Regardless of your budget (or lack there of), everyone appreciates a great deal—Ljubljana is that and more. Slovenia’s fairytale capital abounds with beautiful architecture, from its hilltop medieval castle complex and Baroque domed cathedrals to the 20th-century Tromostovje (Triple Bridge), and expansive green spaces, including Tivoli Park. The Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city, is lined with leafy trees, lively outdoor cafés, and cycle paths. And honeymooners you can enjoy all this for fraction of the price of other major European destinations.
So much has been written about the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Snoqualmie is brimming with such storied natural splendor. Despite being just 25 miles east of Seattle, it retains a rural ambiance. And with waterfalls, hiking trails, dairy farms, fruit orchards, and alpine peaks within reach, it’s ideal for a outdoorsy getaway. Of course, not everything is so rustic. Salish Lodge & Spa offers lux accommodations and pampering services. So, after a full day of adventure, you can rev up the romance.
Comporta is a coastal village an hour south of Lisbon. Pristine beaches and sandy dunes have earned it the nickname “the Hamptons of Portugal.” But this seaside escape is so much more than that. It’s unassuming in an almost hypnotic way, with its rice fields, canals, narrow lanes, cork trees and thatched cabanas. And its laid-back vibe seems to induce a sense of calm in everyone who visits. No wonder Christian Louboutin, Jacques Grange, and Philippe Starck have homes here.