If you’re planning your honeymoon you’ve likely come across a lot of recommendations for Paris, Las Vegas, Bali, and Italy. Those are all great destinations, but maybe they're not in your budget or part of your travel style. Maybe you want somewhere off the beaten path; somewhere more unique. We created this list for brides who want a specially tailored honeymoon that truly celebrates you and your love. Skip the crowds of tourists and the overpriced resorts; here are 10 of the most underrated honeymoon destinations.
#1 // Bruges, Belgium
In the Northwest region of Belgium lays a city bursting with history, culture, and beauty. Bruges is straight out of a fairy tale with its cobblestone streets, winding canals, and medieval charm. In fact, most of the architecture is from the 14th and 15th centuries, like the Stadhuis in Burg Square. Besides the Stadhuis, a must-see for any couple is the lit-up canal at night. In the morning, head over to The Markt for shopping, food, and the hustle and bustle of locals. It would be a mistake not to try some waffles, chocolate, and pastries. Bruges is perfect for honeymooners looking for culture, history, and European atmosphere.
#2 // Canary Islands, Spain
If you’re looking for a beach destination that isn’t the same as all your friends' honeymoons, then you need to check out the Canary Islands. Off the Northwest coast of Africa, these Spanish islands boast natural beauty, fun nightlife, and relaxing beach time. The island of Tenerife is popular for having a bit of everything you’d like to do; hike the active Mt. Teide volcano, lounge on one of the black and white sand beaches and eat some of the world’s best seafood at one of many lively restaurants. For a day trip, head to La Orotava for some exceptional wine tasting. The Canary Islands have something for everyone who wants a tropical getaway honeymoon.
#3 // Woodstock Vermont
Some couples want a private getaway for their honeymoon; no crowds, no stress. Woodstock, Vermont, is the perfect winter excursion. Skip the resorts and rent a private log cabin or riverfront lodge in the mountains. Hike through forests of 400-year old Hemlock trees. Ski down the Suicide Six, world-renowned ski and snowboarding hills. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Sugarbush Farm and sample all the different maple syrups produced there. Later, take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the town to see the quaint and natural beauty of Woodstock and the Ottaquechee River. There may not be flashy lights or entertainment, but there is ample time to spend in front of the fireplace alone with your honey. Enjoy your private time together in the beautiful Woodstock, Vermont.
#4 // Honduras
If you’re looking for water adventures and tropical scenery, check out Honduras. Way less touristy than Costa Rica, Honduras brings the Central American culture with the seclusion and privacy you want on your honeymoon. Spend your days scuba diving in the Caribbean, lounging on uncrowded beaches, and taking in the beauty of the tropical flowers and fauna. Roatan, Honduras, has the second largest great barrier reef in the world, so make sure you spend some time snorkeling. At night, book a romantic dinner cruise around Bay Island, and then relax in your honeymoon-suite (the Mayan Princess Beach and Dive Resort is outstanding). Honduras is the best honeymoon destination for water adventures and romantic atmosphere.
#5 // Sapa, Vietnam
If you’re looking for a unique experience that will stand-out next to any other honeymoon, check out Sapa, Vietnam. Sapa is bursting with East Asian culture, natural beauty, and beautiful resorts. The landscape alone will leave you in awe; staggering mountains in the distance, green and gold rice terraces outside your window. Take a hiking tour to the Thac-Bac Silver Waterfall and dip your toes in the refreshing water, then walk along the Muong Stream. In town, explore the Sapa Market and sample some of the interesting local cuisines. When you need a break from all that exploring, get a relaxing massage at the Victoria Sapa Resort and Spa. Sapa is the perfect honeymoon destination for couples who want a unique adventure unlike any other.
#6 // PEI
On Canada’s Eastern coast sits the country’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island. Honeymooners flock here every summer to enjoy the quiet, small-town atmosphere of this beautiful island. Aside from the rolling meadows and red sand beaches, P.E.I. is known for landscapes dotted with lighthouses. The main tourist attraction is the Anne of Green Gables House, but there’s plenty of exploring and eating that will fill your time. Rent a private cottage on Green Gables shore and basque in the serenity and privacy. Eat as much fresh lobster and mussels as you can while watching live music on Victoria Row’s outdoor patio. Spend an afternoon on the golf course or learning about the French and British history of this tiny island. P.E.I. is an underrated honeymoon for couples looking for a peaceful and relaxing time away.
#7 // Algarve, Portugal
The Algarve region of Portugal has everything you could want on a fun and exotic honeymoon. The natural beauty of the area is made of rugged cliffs and coastline, and turquoise-water beaches. It’s recommended to rent a car for this honeymoon so that you can see the whole area. Take a dip in the thermal springs at Caldes de Monchique. Sign up for a guided tour of the Benagil Caves or hop on board an afternoon cruise and see if you can spot any dolphins. For a relaxing beach day, check out Odeceixe and the clear turquoise waters. Eat to your heart’s desire; Portugal is known for astounding seafood dishes as well as homemade pastries. For a night out with the locals, enjoy the nightlife in Lagos. Algarve is the best underrated destination for adventurous couples.
#8 // Lake Louise
Alberta is known for having some of the world’s best ski and snowboarding mountains. However, for a honeymoon, we suggest skipping Jasper and heading straight to Lake Louise. The postcard scenery will leave you in awe; snow capped mountains cradling a crystal-clear lake. The best place to stay is the Fairmount Chateau Lake Louise where you can have a view of the mountains while enjoying a hot mountain-stone massage at their spa. For an active outing, take a guided hiking tour of the mountain range. If you’re looking for something more casual, you can walk the trails along the lakeshore. Sign up for a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride around town and end the night beside your personal fireplace in the honeymoon suite. Lake Louise is perfect for couples who love winter, mountains and spending time alone together.
#9 // Samoa
Samoa is one of the most remote islands on earth. Halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, the Polynesian region of the Pacific Ocean is underrated for tropical honeymoons. Rent a private bungalow on the coast and enjoy your own private section of white sand beaches and turquoise water. Hike to the To Sua ocean-trench, a swimming hole amid rainforest that’s so clear you can see the bottom despite being 30 meters deep. Then, take a tour of the Falealupo canopy in the rainforest; keep an eye out for monkeys and exotic birds. To take a break from the adventure, The Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa has multiple packages for relaxation and romance. Samoa is full of natural beauty you won’t see anywhere else in the world. It’s perfect for honeymooners looking for a tropical getaway.
#10 // Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, the capital of South Africa, has more beauty and excitement than many honeymoon-planners know. From raging nightlife and restaurants to peaceful beaches, Cape Town fulfills every honeymoon need. Get your adventure started in Simon’s Town for exceptional scuba diving and snorkeling. If that’s not intense enough for you, why not try cage diving with sharks? Later, you can swim with the Cape Fur seals. On land, you can hike (or take a cable car) up Table Mountain and check out the gorgeous landscape that makes Cape Town so scenic. Honeymooners also enjoy wine tasting at Le Quartier Francais. At night, have a romantic dinner with a view of the water at the Harbour House in Kalk Bay. Cape Town is the epitome of water adventures but also provides romantic and private getaways for honeymooners.
Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be at the same run-of-the-mill destination as everyone else’s. Sometimes the most popular places are overrun with tourists and completely overpriced. If you want to go somewhere fun, beautiful, and unique, then pick any destination on our list and you’ll be sure to have stories different than anyone else. The most important thing to consider when picking a destination location is where you and your partner will be happiest celebrating your love.
Devon Funk is a writer at Broomstick! She's passionate about travel, learning, and petting dogs. When she's not glued to the keyboard, you can find her volunteering in her community and teaching others about saving money.