Your honeymoon is a well deserved vacation, after months of wedding stress and planning, you and your husband get to venture off to enjoy a post-wedding retreat.

All inclusive Resorts and cruises are popular because of the ease-factor -- it’s the no-worry approach to vacationing. Nothing to worry about once you are there. No need to think about where to have dinner, what to do for entertainment, or where to go to the beach. All of the above are at easy access adding an extra element of relaxation to your trip.

Honeymoons to Europe and to the South Pacific are also popular because they offer adventure and romance. With so many travel hot-spots to consider, it’s good to weigh your vacation options. Let’s take a look at the top places to getaway from it all.

Fiji
This exotic honeymoon locale is comprised of 333 islands. Words used to describe Fiji include secluded, romantic, remote and lush. Bulafiji.com, the web site of Fiji’s Visitors Bureau offers the following travel advice to honeymooners: picnic on a private beach; sail on a sunset cruise; go snorkeling at night (the water is warm at night) and participate in a meke, a local dance in which Fijians dress in grass skirts, leis and tapa cloth.

In Fiji, some honeymooners choose to stay in a bure, which is a thatched roof villa. Attire for a Fijian honeymooner is casual and comfortable. Shorts and t-shirts are the norm here.

Tahiti
Tahiti and her islands cover over two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean and is comprised of 118 islands. This exotic destination is home to a mere 220,000 people.  According to the Tahiti Tourism Board, Hawaii has more visitors in 10 days than Tahiti will have in a year.

Bora Bora and Moorea are of two of the most popular islands for visitors. English, French and Tahitian are the languages of these islands. Tourists will find that the natives are shy at first but warm up to their guests in no time.

The other island warmth is from the sun. The year round temperature in Tahiti is much like San Diego—79 degrees. That’s great weather for outdoor activities like snorkeling, scuba diving and horseback riding. Tahiti offers many things for active tourists including jeep safaris, sailing, helicopter rides and wind surfing.

Australia
Honeymoons down under are getting very popular. Locals are very friendly and tourists are busy with excursions to the Great Barrier Reef, climbing Sydney Bride or whale watching. There’s sand, surf and the outback to explore -- lots of adventure and natural beauty, great for outdoor types.

Australia is the driest continent and weather is pretty nice all throughout the year. Many tourists forget that the seasons are opposite in Australia. For them, it’s winter in June and summer in December. In Melbourne, the chilliest month is July with an average low temperature of 41 degrees.  February is on average the hottest month in Melbourne with a temperature hovering around 81 degrees.

Italy
Romance is in the air for honeymooners in Italy. The boot shaped country has so much to offer tourists like amazing food, remarkable art and culture and great shopping. Honeymoons in Italy are all about “luxury and beauty.”

With over 3500 museums in Italy and sights like The David, The Last Supper and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, couples have a lot of culture to absorb on their honeymoon. Luckily the weather cooperates. In Rome the high temperature in May is about 73 degrees, while the high in January is about 55 degrees.

Travel aficionados recommend a visit to Cinque Terre in Northern Italy. The name is Italian for five lands as it refers to five villages perched atop the cliffs in Liguria.  The area is a gem right on the Italian Riviera for anyone wanting a seaside experience with a European flair. 

Other Italy must-sees include Venice for its gondola rides; Florence for its art and shopping; Rome for the classics like the Colosseum and the Pantheon and neighboring Vatican City. Sorrento and Naples are beauties on the Southern coastline. A trip to the island of Capri is invigorating and picturesque.

Bear in the mind that Italy can be a very traditional place at times. The most obvious example of this is the requirements of proper attire. Shorts, sleeveless and backless shirts are not acceptable in many places in Italy such as museums or churches.

Hawaii
The Aloha spirit is contagious. From the lei greeting to the luaus, honeymooners love to vacation in the Hawaiian Islands. Of the eight islands, Oahu has the most tourists, while Kauai is remote and lush. Maui is a cross between the two.

Hawaii is always a top choice, for good reason. The beautiful, backdrop, friendly people and prime weather make the destination ideal for year round travel. 

Its beaches are some of the nicest in the world. Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu is in the heart of the tourist district but it’s two miles of beauty. Kailua Beach Park, also in Oahu boasts white sand and great windsurfing. The black sand at Punalu'u Beach Park on the Big Island is pretty and the swimming is safe, unlike the conditions at other nearby beaches. Po'ipu Beach in Kauai has breathtaking beauty and white sandy shores. The beach is ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

Golfing is big fun in Hawaii. Maui boasts three amazing courses: Wailea Gold, Wailea Emerald and Wailea Blue. Puakea Golf Club has views of the mountains and the Pacific. Sports Illustrated ranks it as one of the best 9-hole courses in the country.

In Oahu, visit Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial. This attraction is always packed and morning is the best time to avoid large crowds. One of Maui’s growing attractions is Wailua Falls, a waterfall over lava cliffs. The photo opportunities are amazing. Waimea Canyon, on Kauai boasts a view that Mark Twain dubbed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” The canyon is a must see for tourists, so drive the winding road for the payoff-- colorful cliffs and the panoramic view at the top.

Caribbean
The Caribbean is always a popular honeymoon spot. Home to Barbados, Aruba, Antigua, St. Barts and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean has a multitude of places to visit.

Weather in the Caribbean is almost always warm and sunny. In Aruba, temperatures average 82 degrees every day of the year.

Cruising the islands can be fun and affordable. Cruise season in Aruba runs from October to April. According to the Aruba Tourism Authority, Aruba is becoming the premier cruise destination in the Caribbean with its expected 561,000 “sea-goers” in 2005.

The Caribbean is home to lots of all-inclusive resorts including Sandals, SuperClubs-Breezes, Club Med and Grand Lido resorts. The joy of these all-inclusive getaways is that everything’s included from food to lodging to activities like yoga and tennis. Many resorts cater to honeymooners and that’s a good thing. Expect first class treatment and lots of fun wherever you go at these all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.

SuperClubs and Breezes operate all-inclusive resorts in Brazil, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.  Sandals has 11 all-inclusive resorts including one in Antigua; one in the Bahamas;  six in Jamaica and three in St. Lucia. Guests can expect great service and amenities like round-the-clock food service and water sports.

Africa
Safari honeymoons are the latest travel trend. Couples are heading to Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania for personalized service, pristine beauty and a honeymoon like no other.

Sand dunes, beach resorts and unspoiled nature are very appealing to some couples. African honeymoons are for the more adventuresome couples.

In Tanzania, honeymooners venture to Serengeti National Park, a world renowned wildlife sanctuary. It boasts 35 animal species including buffalo, zebras, rhinos and elephants. In Kenya, one of the big attractions is Mount Kenya, an extinct volcano. Cape Town in South Africa is a popular destination too. It features majestic beauty where the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans meet.

Mexico
South of the Border getaways make for great honeymoons. Lots of newlyweds venture to Mexico for sand, sun and cervezas. From Rosario to Cancun, honeymooners have many travel options.

The Mexican coastline boasts 400 beaches and that means relaxation in the sand for many honeymooners. Popular cities on the Mexican Riviera include Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta. Each city has its finer points, but water sports like swimming and surfing reign supreme.

For those honeymooners that want more than sand and surf, there’s always a day at the spa Puerto Vallarta has many places to get pampered.  Left over wedding stress will melt away at one of four spa resorts in Puerta Vallarta. Indulge in relaxing treatments like facials, massages and body wraps.

For great nightlife, honeymooners plan a stay in Cabo or Puerto Vallarta. Both have lots of bustling clubs with big drinks and lots of dancing.

Wherever your honeymoon takes you, enjoy the trip with your new spouse. Relax in any one of these paradises and pamper yourselves. De-stress and reconnect with each other on your post-wedding getaway. Your honeymoon is the perfect time to savor your relationship.

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