Who wants to have the same honeymoon experience as everybody else? OK, we admit it, quite a few people do. They have honeymoon destinations recommended to them by other people who’ve been to a certain destination before, or they see something on television and like the look of it. We have nothing against those people, but if you’re anything like us, you’ll want your honeymoon to be something that’s yours, and yours alone. You don’t want the same photos that everybody else has, nor do you want to have the same experiences as your friends. You’d rather go somewhere unique and see things you won’t see anywhere else. You need some honeymoon ideas to create an experience that will give a lifetime of memories.
You’re not short of options if you’re on the hunt for a unique honeymoon. Doing something unique doesn’t mean you have to spend more than you’d ideally like to spend or go without luxuries. It just means crossing off all the tried-and-trusted destinations on the list and casting your eyes elsewhere. There are cities and countries all over the planet who would love to help you celebrate your honeymoon, and we could write a list of dozens of them. We appreciate that you don’t want to read anything that long, though. You’re here for the highlights, so here’s our take on five off-the-beaten-track honeymoon ideas in places your friends probably haven’t been to!
You don’t have to go to the Caribbean to have a Caribbean experience on your honeymoon. In fact, you don’t even have to leave the United States of America. You can get the whole experience of an island holiday by visiting Islamorada in Florida, also known as the Village of Islands. The beaches are immaculate, the palm trees sway in the gentle breeze, and the water is a perfectly clear shade of blue. As an added bonus, the temperature rarely dips below seventy degrees, even during the coldest times of the year. That means it’s the ideal destination after a winter wedding. If one of you is a golfer, you’ll have the chance to test your skills on a course designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus. If that isn’t for you, head straight to the spa at Cheeca Lodge instead. Book between April and November if you want to avoid the crowds.
St. Anton, Austria
Not everybody dreams of going somewhere hot and sunny for their honeymoon. In fact, some people dream of doing the exact opposite. If you’re one of those people, you ought to give some serious consideration to visiting St. Anton in Austria with its dramatic landscape of snowy mountains. You might look at it and think it’s a paradise for skiers – and it is – but don’t make the mistake of thinking that great piste action is all that this Austrian destination has to offer. As any of the locals will happily tell you (with a great deal of pride), this is a party town. The Krazy Kanguruh nightclub is famous for its hedonistic scene, but if drinks in a more sophisticated environment appeal more to you, try the Platz’l Piano Bar instead. Skiing lessons are available for beginners even if you’ve never strapped boards to your feet and attempted to move around on them before – but we don’t recommend doing so after a bar visit!
Carate, Costa Rica
We have a small admission to make. We promised you honeymoon ideas that most people have never thought of before. Sorry, but we have to confess that more than a few couples have visited Carate in Costa Rica before, as evidenced by its fantastically positive Trip Advisor reviews, but not so many that most people are aware of it. If relaxation is what you’re looking for after a hectic few months of planning your wedding, Carate is the place to find it. This is a location full of yoga retreats, beautiful hiking routes, and unspoiled deserted beaches. Spend a few days taking it all in, and then hire a boat to go to Cano Island and visit the rainforests. Make sure to fit in a little scuba diving while you’re there. The entire Corcovado National Park is also on your doorstep, so you won’t be short of places to see or things to do.
If you’re honest with yourself, you probably feel like unplugging from the rest of the world for a while after the wedding. You’ve spent the past few months speaking to dozens of people every day and trying to herd enormous groups of people to ensure that they’re all where they need to be at the exact moment they need to be there. Now, it’s time to focus on you and your new spouse. You’ll have plenty of time and space to do that by heading to the Atacama in Chile, miles from anywhere and surrounded by mountains and deserts. This is a truly special place, as our ancient ancestors knew all too well. Archaeologists have proved that human beings started living here ten thousand years ago! Climb up the Andes on foot if you want, or let a horse do the work if you don’t. Pack warm and cold weather clothes, though – the temperature can vary a lot from day to night.
A lot of what we think we know about African culture and scenery comes from entertainment. You might know that Tanzania is a great safari destination, for example, but where does that knowledge come from? One look at an online slots website will tell you a lot about what people think safari destinations look like. The people who make online slots understand how popular and alluring safari destinations can be, but they rely on basic stereotypes to sell the idea. We have no problem with some of the better-known safari-themed casino games like “Safari King” being popular, but we wish they gave a more authentic look at the countries they claim to represent. You’ll find that authenticity in Tanzania. Aside from offering you the famed ‘Big Six’ safari animals, Tanzania has breathtaking scenery to share with you. Stay in the north of the country and spend some time around the Ngorongoro Crater, created by a collapsing volcano more than two million years ago. Party through the night in the bars of Arusha. When the headache wears off, visit Serengeti for arguably the greatest safari experience in the world. Don’t leave it too late to plan your trip, though – you need a special visa to enter Tanzania, and it can take weeks to be approved at the busiest times of the year.
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