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Not Your Average Honeymoon Destinations

Posted November 14, 2017

Is there anything more exciting than planning a honeymoon? Honeymoons represent the perfect time to set the tone for a couple's upcoming life together, and a luxurious and captivating destination is just the thing to celebrate such a union. Instead of settling for a traditional "mojitos on the beach" honeymoon, consider booking a travel package that offers off-the-beaten-path mysticism, a bit of worldly education, and a healthy dose of exhilaration.


1. MYANMAR - PAGODAS AND PALACES


Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

From the Shwedagon Pagoda in majestic Yangon to the Irrawaddy River - then on to the plains of Bagan, Myanmar is a land of magnificent natural and manmade historic sites that will leave you transformed. The nation is easily traversed by river boat, and the people are incredibly welcoming and proud of their culture and history. This is a fascinating option for couples looking to spend their honeymoon exploring ancient temples, spiritual centers, and historic monasteries.


2. TANZANIA - LUXURY ON THE SERENGETI


Elephants drinking by a waterhole in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

When deciding on your exciting honeymoon destinations, consider Tanzania and you'll embark on a journey that will imprint on your soul for the rest of time. Luxury trips to Tanzania include access to exclusive lodges, remote camps deep in the heart of game preserves and natural areas, and private-style accommodations that are in stark contrast to the wilds awaiting you just outside your front door. See the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) during a landscape exploration, and then immerse yourselves in the culture of the Masai people, the local communities in Tanzania, and the African cycle of life. Adventurous? Yes. luxurious? Absolutely.


3. NICARAGUA - NATURE AND CULTURE


View of the Cathedral on the Islets of Granada, Nicaragua

If you're considering a beach-centric honeymoon but still want the ability to discover more than a swim-up bar at a traditional resort, Nicaragua and its local islands may be just what you've been looking for. Start in Managua and then, take a shuttle to colonial Granada. Local tours are abundant, and you can set your own pace in this quiet part of the world. Want to zipline through the cloud forest canopy? You can do that. Prefer to take a romantic carriage ride through historic parts of Granada? You'll find that, too. Then, embark on a journey to Jicaro Island and view incredible tropical birds and stunning foliage. Finally, relax a bit on the golden sands of Manzanillo Beach where you can surf the waves or simply stroll along the water's edge. Nicaragua is on the list of top unique honeymoon destinations for couples looking for a good balance between activity and relaxation.


4. ALASKA - FROM DOGSLEDS TO DENALI


Two kayakers against snowcapped mountains, Alaska

Alaska is an incredible honeymoon destination and the lower temperatures definitely encourage plenty of romance by the fire. Make Alaska your special trip and find endless opportunities to hike, fish, canoe, and take in the views from your luxurious lodge. Take a floatplane tour of the many lakes and natural areas in Alaska, and keep your eyes trained for the wildest of local residents - the bears, moose, wolves and other animals that call Alaska home. Whether you two are outdoorsy types who love hitting the trail, or you're looking to get a more at home in the spa type of honeymoon, at a luxury resort, you'll find the perfect blend of both experiences in Alaska.


5. CROATIA - COBBLESTONES AND CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATERS


Waterfalls in Plitvice national park, Croatia

There is a reason why so many newlyweds are choosing the "Jewel of the Dalmatian Coast" over other Mediterranean-style destinations. Croatia is located in the Adriatic Sea and offers stunning beaches, verdant hills that lead up to incredible mountain landscapes, and untouched historical sites that are much less-traveled than other destinations in Europe. View the natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and then spend time on Hvar Island, where you can indulge in wine tasting or stroll the lavender fields. Croatia will stay with you for a lifetime, as it makes our list of unique honeymoon destinations.


6. PERU - MACHU PICCHU AND BEYOND


The citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru

Yes, it takes a bit of effort to ascend the fortress-like mountains surrounding Machu Picchu, but that makes the view from the 7,972' peak all the more rewarding. Discover the mystical Incan Empire with a trip to Machu Picchu in Peru. In Lima, stroll the cosmopolitan streets of the capital city. Art museums and upscale cafes lie in stark contrast to the abundant natural wonders located just a short drive outside the boundaries of the city.

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Deciding on a honeymoon destination that is anything but ordinary will help you start a life together that is full of adventure, romance, and new discoveries. Connect with a Cox & Kings Destination Specialist to learn how we can customize your perfect honeymoon journey