Couples are once again flocking to classic, international honeymoon destinations like Bora Bora, the Maldives, Bali and the Caribbean. "There will always be a strong demand for white sand and swaying palm trees while enjoying newlywed bliss in an overwater villa with a jewel box of tranquility around them," Effron notes.
In addition to reputable and well-known contenders, several unexpected and tertiary destinations also join our list of the best honeymoon destinations of 2023--especially for thrill-seeking and adventurous couples. Read our annual selection of the best honeymoon destinations to inspire your wanderlust.
Hawaii has long secured its place among the best honeymoon destinations for couples. The six islands of the Aloha State (Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawai'i) speak to every type of couple: those seeking a luxurious getaway to honeymooners wanting an off-the-beaten-path trip. The islands offer a cultural and sensory experience unlike anything else in the US with volcanic terrain, rewarding hikes, culinary tastings and splendid opportunities for romance. For honeymoons in 2023, set your sights on luxurious Maui or its more rugged and adventure-friendly sibling of Kauai. Just don't forget the pua (flower) on your left ear—since it signifies you're taken.
Tourism and development are teeming with activity across three distinct regions in Mexico, all ideal for honeymooners. The country's fastest-growing honeymoon destinations through 2023 include the Riviera Maya, Cabo San Lucas and Punta de Mita. All are now home to reputable top-tier resorts and boutique hotels, with many offering prime views of the Caribbean or Pacific. If you'd a mix of oceanfront relaxation and fine dining, you'll want to fly to Mexico City for its incredible food scene. For something different and unique, swing by the vibrant, Colonial Highlands city of San Miguel de Allende.
Lake Como, Italy
La Dolce Vita is extra sweet in Lake Como, Italy. The Lombardy region has long catered to romantic and more lowkey couples, only growing in demand with glowing reviews and equally-stunning photos from repeat visitors. (Once a Lake Como getaway, forever a Lake Como convert.) While there: don't forget to explore the lush estate gardens or pick up a new water sport.
Lush rolling hills, misty landscapes and 790 islands await in gorgeous Scotland. A short flight away from the US East Coast, couples are rediscovering the beauty and history of this UK country. From Edinburgh's charming Old Town to its breathtaking castles, a Scotland honeymoon is a whimsical choice for fantasy-chasing newlyweds.
Central Coast California, US
A morning drive in Big Sur along Highway 1 offers unparalleled views of the rugged California coast with looming Redwoods framed against the roaring Pacific. It's a peace seeker's paradise and the nature-loving couple will revel in all that the region has to offer. Drive a few hours north and you'll come across 17 Mile Drive, home to one of the world's most acclaimed golf destinations, Pebble Beach, and the charming cottages of nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea. After a few days of sightseeing, venture inland to Sonoma and further north to Napa Valley for fine dining and wine-tasting experiences to round out your honeymoon.
A haven for luxury eco-tourism, the lush Central American country of Costa Rica is known for embracing "La Pura Vida" (the pure life). Featuring stunning beaches along both the Atlantic and Pacific, Costa Rica is also home to multiple active volcanoes, including Arenal, Poas and Tenorio. The land has diverse vegetation, steep changes in climates and landscapes, including cloud forests awaiting exploration. Romantic activities abound for to-be-weds, such as mineral volcanic massages, waterfall swims, surfing classes and swimming with dolphins. Luxurious tented experiences to five-star resorts offer a range of accommodations for all types of couples. Wildlife adorers will also be delighted by the range of flora and fauna with the country's abundance of hummingbirds, colorful macaws and over 15 types of sloths. For a full Pura Vida experience, book a property known for open-air suites facing the rainforest, indulge in the inland way of activity, then head to either coast to unwind. The country is also known for its top culinary offerings with organic, coursed meals offered at top resorts.
The US Virgin Islands
Welcome to "America's Paradise." A short boat ride or seaplane combination away, the US Virgin Islands remain a sought-after honeymoon destination. After back-to-back hurricanes slammed the region in 2017, islanders and local resorts quickly regrouped to bring the destination to its full splendor. Numerous resorts across the main islands (St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix) have reopened and the water and wildlife sightseeing is still among the most pristine in the Caribbean.