Romantic Destinations for Honeymoons and Anniversaries

Updated: Sep 11

Romantic destination apartment on a honeymoon atoll.

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Romantic Destinations

If you're looking for romantic destinations for honeymoons and anniversaries, then this is the article for you.

Everyone who wants to make their honeymoon or upcoming anniversary truly special needs to investigate potential destinations for their romantic getaway.

I look at romantic destinations quite differently than travel magazines. I look at the following before purchasing a ticket:

  • Does the destination have one of the following: mountains, a lake, a river, or an ocean?

  • Are there potential places for outdoor sex?

  • Are there enough sightseeing activities to keep us busy?

  • Is there a high-quality hotel or resort where I can rent a room? Does the hotel or resort have a spa? Does the hotel or resort have a hot tub?

  • Are there enough quality bars and clubs for nightlife activities?

  • Are there enough quality restaurants in the area?

  • Will I be safe at this romantic destination?

  • Is it legal to drink alcohol at this destination? Is the alcohol the real thing at the hotel or resort? Have there been lawsuits against the hotel or resort by customers? Are the ice cubes safe to consume?

  • Will it be challenging to find an SUV, Jeep, sports car, or sailboat rental?

I use this list above to evaluate a destination before booking a flight for a romantic getaway.

Romantic destinations for a couple on a Thai beach on their honeymoon.

Local vs. Exotic Romantic Destinations

Everyone has a different budget when contemplating their honeymoon or anniversary destination.

Most exotic destinations are very expensive for most couples, so local destinations may be better for couples searching for a romantic destination on a budget.

Do I apply the exact prerequisites above to a local romantic destination as an exotic destination? Yes.

A local hotspot can be used for an inexpensive honeymoon or anniversary destination.

I evaluate the local hotspot based on the following:

● Will you be able to fuck outdoors?

● Are there enough restaurants and bars?

● Are there several activities to keep us busy?

● Is there a hotel with a quality room at a modest price?

Evaluate all local romantic hotspots within a three-to-five-hour drive time in your area.

A romantic couple on a swing on on the beach on their honeymoon.

The Problem with Cruise Ships

Every time I go on a cruise ship, I have a problem. I have had the following problems with cruise ships:

  • The room was too small.

  • Group dinners.

  • Wedding-style chicken dinners.

  • Being forced into a group activity that I’m uncomfortable with.

There are expensive cruise ships with all-you-can-eat buffets, unlimited alcoholic drinks, and nice pools onboard. However, I don’t like the limitations on restaurant and bar choices, the size of my room, and conversations with boring CPAs and their bored-to-death wives.

Maybe, I’m unlucky when it comes to cruise ships, but I have been on countless cruise ships, and I have been let down every time.

I want more than a tiny hotel room on the water!

Cruise ship at ab romantic destination for honeymooners.

Being Trapped in a Romantic Bungalow

I have been trapped twice in a romantic bungalow in an exotic location, and it will not happen a third time!

What do I mean? Several places offer bungalows for couples in French Polynesia, the Maldives, the Caribbean, or Seychelles.

I love those destinations, but I don’t particularly appreciate getting trapped on a private island or a tiny atoll in a bungalow perched above the ocean. It can get boring real quick!

The ocean water is gorgeous, usually turquoise green or blue, and you can see the fish swimming by. The bungalow is a private apartment that is an expensive, high-quality, luxury apartment on the ocean.

So what are you bitching about, John? I am bitching about being imprisoned in a bungalow with minimal activities!

Yes, there is sex and alcohol. There are movies to watch, board games, and the ocean, but after the third night, you become bored and need other activities to make your romantic adventure fun. Affiliate Disclosure: We earn a small commission if you purchase through this link.

Other activities to keep the romantic destination moving forward. Whether it’s shopping, climbing mountains, bar hopping, dancing, naked volleyball, golfing, scuba, surfing, site-seeing, fucking in the forest or in a car, road trips, sailing, or going to different, high-quality restaurants.

The last time I was in a bungalow, ten bungalows were strung together as a group. We had a central dining area. It became unbearable to speak to several couples in the group since they had very strange personalities, making it difficult to talk to them in a standard, pleasant fashion.

So be very careful when you make reservations for romantic destinations with bungalows.

Honeymoon in Santorini Island.

The Top 10 Most Romantic Destinations for Honeymoons and Anniversaries

These resorts will cost $600 to $3,000 a night. So be prepared for an expensive final bill. Here is my list of the top ten most romantic destinations:

1. Maui, Hawaii, United States

2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

3. Maldives, Archipelagic Country, Indian Ocean

4. Seychelles, Archipelagic Country, Indian Ocean, and East Africa

5. Santorini Island, Aegean Sea, Greece

6. Anguilla, British Overseas Territory, Eastern Caribbean

7. Amalfi Coast, Italy

8. French Riviera, France

9. Krabi, Thailand

10. Bali, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia

Any of the above destinations are very romantic, so check out all ten and choose your destination.

A romantic couple in Krabi, Thailand.

Other Romantic Destinations to Investigate

Here is my list of alternative, romantic destinations to investigate:

1. Oahu, Hawaii, United States

2. Tahiti, French Polynesia

3. Paris, France

4. Venice, Italy

5. Kyoto, Japan

6. Santiago, Chile

7. St. Vincent and the Grenadines

8. Harbor Island, Bahamas

9. Aruba

10. St. Lucia

11. Eleuthera, Bahamas

12. Turks and Caicos

13. Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

14. St. Barthelemy (St. Barts), Caribbean

15. Abacos Islands, Bahamas

16. Bermuda, Caribbean

17. Exumas, Bahamas

18. St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

19. Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

20. Barbados, Caribbean

21. Mykonos, Greece

22. Zakynthos, Greece

23. Kos, Greece

24. Corfu, Greece

25. Create, Greece

26. The Camargue, Provence, France

27. Rocamadour, Dordogne, France

28. Chambord, Loire Valley, France

29. Giverny, Normady, France

30. The Calanques, Provence, France

31. Mont Saint Michel, Normandy, France

32. Colmar, Alsace, France

33. Gordes, Providence, France

34. Paris, France

35. Plovdiv, Bulgaria

36. Venice, Italy

37. Ljubljana, Slovenia

38. Opatija, Croatia

39. The Cinque Terre, Italy

40. Sintra, Portugal

41. Aix-les-Bains, Riviera of the Alps, France

42. Biarritz, France

43. Florence, Italy

44. Bruges, Belgium

45. Budapest, Hungary

46. Goa, India

47. Singapore

48. Langkawi, Malaysia

49. Koh Samui, Thailand

50. Tokyo, Japan

51. Bagan, Myanmar

52. Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

53. Kyoto, Japan

54. El Nido, Philippines

55. Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

56. Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada

57. Cape Winelands, South Africa

58. Marrakesh, Morocco

59. Punta Islita, Costa Rica

60. Buena Aires, Argentina

61. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

62. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

63. Santiago, Chile

64. Madeira, Portugal

65. Rome, Italy

66. Bergen, Norway

67. Porto, Portugal

68. Prague, Czech Republic

69. Brussels, Belgium

70. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

71. Carcassonne, Languedoc, France

72. Constance Belle Mare Plage, East Coast of Mauritius

73. Lux South Ari Atoll

74. Lux North Male Atoll

75. The Oberoi Mauritius, Madagascar, Africa

Romantic Destination of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Romantic Destinations Removed From My List

Some destinations are romantic but have severe problems with my list criteria.

1. Jamaica: My personal friend rented a house in the best part of Jamaica, and a gang knocked down her front door and raped her. The neighbors never called the police.

2. Costa Rica: 19 deaths due to tainted alcohol (methanol poisoning) purchased at resort communities.

3. India, Norway, and Turkey: Numerous violations for tainted alcohol. I have often been to India, but I would not want to get caught fucking outside by their police department. I found Norway to be very beautiful, but I would not recommend it if I couldn’t trust the alcohol in my hotel room. I found Istanbul, Turkey, a great place to shop, but I almost g