Top Honeymoon Destinations for 2018

A woman leading her new husband along the beach on their honeymoon.

In case you couldn’t tell by the endless stream of engagement pictures on social media, it’s engagement season! For newly engaged couples, that means it’s time to start planning. Wedding preparation is hectic and can put a huge amount of stress on both the bride and the groom—that’s why it’s so important to plan a honeymoon where you can relax, unwind, and maybe even cross something off your bucket list.

Think about your honeymoon goals. Do they include sporty adventures? Lounging poolside with a margarita in hand? Exploring the architecture and museums of an old city? These are all things you need to consider when investing in a trip as special as this. If the thought of all this planning has your head spinning, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered! Our roundup of the top honeymoon destinations for 2018 has a little something for everyone...


A medieval castle in Ireland.

Ireland

Did someone say honeymoon in a castle? Yes, that’s something you can actually do here! Book a room at Ashford Castle and indulge in the royal honeymoon you’ve always dreamed of. Of course, that isn’t all Ireland has to offer—beautiful seaside views, weathered cliffs, and a thriving theater scene are all part of the dreamy Ireland experience.

Romantic things to do

  • Watch the sunset at the Cliffs of Moher

  • Catch a peek of the Northern Lights

  • Go night kayaking on Lough Hyne

  • Drive the Ring of Kerry

  • Spend the evening in an Irish pub

 

A boat floating on calm waters beside a dock in Thailand.

Thailand

If you’re looking for a culturally rich, budget-friendly, and unforgettable honeymoon, choose a trip to Thailand! Between the beaches, lush forests, and glittering Buddhist temples, you’ll have all your married friends at home wishing they spent their honeymoon in a place as unique as this.

Romantic things to do

  • Get adventurous with the local Thai cuisine

  • Spend the night in a treehouse in Bangkok

  • Book a private couples massage

  • Elephant trek through the jungle

 

The city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, seen from the bow of a boat.

Croatia

History buffs, adrenaline junkies, and seafood fanatics will love spending their honeymoon here. Croatia is a top honeymoon destination and vacation hotspot thanks to its dazzling array of cultural offerings. It’s also home to some major filming locations for HBO’s Game of Thrones—avid fans can book a vacation and immerse themselves in the fictional seaside capital of King’s Landing!

Romantic things to do

  • Have a picnic on the island of Lokrum

  • Visit Diocletian’s Palace

  • Drink the local wine

  • Sail along the Adriatic Coast

  • Wander Dubrovnik’s Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

A black volcanic beach stretching along Iceland's rugged coast.

Iceland

Iceland has everything you need for the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. This location is ideal if you want to spend your evenings gazing up the at the dancing northern lights. There’s nothing more romantic than snuggling up to your spouse and basking in the beauty of the aurora!

Romantic things to do

  • Take a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon

  • See glaciers in Vatnajökull National Park

  • Tour the museums in Reykjavík

  • Go glacier hiking or ice caving

  • Explore the capital’s nightlife

 

The sun setting over the beautiful city of Florence, Italy.

Florence, Italy

When we think of classic romance, Italy always comes to mind! There’s nothing more magical than exploring this gorgeous country with your significant other. Florence is known for its Renaissance art, Tuscan wine, and gorgeous sunsets over the Ponte Vecchio. A few days in Florence will have you eager to extend your stay!

Romantic things to do

  • Boboli Gardens (essentially an outdoor museum)

  • Climb to the top of the Duomo

  • Stroll through Piazzale Michelangelo

  • Grab a bottle of wine and have a picnic on one of the Arno River’s many picturesque bridges

 

Huge trees shading a peaceful walkway in Savannah, Georgia.

Savannah, Georgia

Ah, Savannah, the crown jewel of the south! This is the ideal place for a southern getaway. Between the shopping and delicious local restaurants, you’ll never get bored. Bonus: Charleston is only a short drive away if you want to take a day trip.

Romantic things to do

  • Visit the art museums

  • Go shopping—so many unique shops here!

  • Take a ghost tour

  • Visit the Paris Market Café

  • Walk on River Street

  • Spend a night out at the bars

  • Eat at Treylor Park or Paula Dean’s restaurant

 

A woman paddling a kayak down a jungle river in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica

This is a top honeymoon destination for adventurous souls. Hiking, white water rafting, and canopy tours are just some of the exciting excursions offered. People from all over the world come to surf the waves here. Even if adventure isn’t your thing, Costa Rica is still a great destination for a relaxing honeymoon filled with sunny days at the beach and city tours!

Romantic things to do

  • La Paz Waterfall

  • Punta Uva Beach

  • Corcovado National Park

  • Sunset sailing tour

  • Bungee jumping