5 Off the Beaten Path Honeymoon Destinations

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Your honeymoon is more than just an opportunity to relax and unwind after the chaos of coordinating a wedding; it’s a special and unique opportunity to bond as newlyweds. After all, your honeymoon is one of the first lasting memories you’ll make with your new husband or wife after saying “I do!”

More importantly, your honeymoon should reflect your personality and interests as a couple. Why book the same cookie-cutter itineraries and all-inclusives when you’d rather go off the grid, explore somewhere new, and discover your own hidden gems?

For adventurous couples seeking an off-the-beaten-path honeymoon destination, consider these enticing and unconventional locations:

1. Guatemala

Guatemala is as rich in history and culture as it is in astonishing natural beauty. Start your marriage with a dose of adventure by ascending active volcanoes, discovering ancient Mayan ruins, and delighting in well-preserved traditions and cultures.

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Rent a private villa on the shores of Lake Atitlan, a massive crater lake encircled by striking hills and volcanoes. Lake Atitlan is known for its mystical vibes, and you’ll find abundant lakeside yoga studios, spas, and New Age shops.

Explore the colorful city of Antigua, where you can shop for handmade Mayan goods. Or, embark on an adventurous overnight trek to the summit of Acatenango Volcano, and watch from a distance as Volcan de Fuego erupts below the night sky.

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2. Mongolia

For outdoor lovers seeking an intimate escape, there’s no better destination for an off-the-grid honeymoon than Mongolia. After arriving in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar - which offers a range of luxurious five-star accommodation - venture to the vast Gobi Desert.

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Make your way to Three Camel Lodge, which has been recognized by National Geographic as a Unique Lodge of the World. Stay in one of their cozy luxury “gers” - a traditional yurt used by nomadic herders.

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Ride horses across the desert plains as you watch eagles circle overhead, gaze upon the brilliant orange “Flaming Cliffs,” or explore the 600-foot Hongoryn Els sand dunes. After the sun sets, you’ll be treated to clear skies and bright stars like you’ve never seen before.

3. Colombia

Craving a classic tropical getaway...with a twist? Head to Colombia, where you can soak in the Caribbean vibes and get a taste of Latin culture. Escape the crowds and idle away the hours on the islands of Providencia and San Andrés, known for their sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and luxury boutique hotels.

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Tayrona National Park - situated where the Sierra Nevada mountains meet the Caribbean sea - offers an exotic combination of rainforests and beaches. Stay in a cozy bungalow at Ecohabs Tayrona, and start each day with a sweeping view of the lush jungle and crystal clear sea.

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Of course, you can’t miss the colorful city of Cartagena! Stroll through the walled old city, admiring the romantic colonial architecture and lively plazas.

4. South Africa

Base yourself in gorgeous Cape Town and prepare for a host of wild and exotic adventures. Bond with your new spouse by hiking to the top of Table Mountain, splashing around with African penguins on Boulders Beach, or even cage diving with sharks.

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Venture to Kruger National Park and embark on an exhilarating safari, keeping an eye out for Africa’s Big Five (the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo) and ending your days with sundowners at your luxury game lodge.

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After all of those outdoor adventures, schedule some relaxation time with a day trip to the Cape Winelands region, known for its scenic landscapes and historic wine estates.

5. Finland

Who says you have to honeymoon somewhere warm? Instead, set off on an enchanting and romantic winter honeymoon in Finland!

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Book a stay in one of glass igloos at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, and snuggle up with your partner under thick blankets while you watch the Northern Lights glimmer through the glass dome overhead. You can also unwind and warm up in a traditional Finnish sauna!

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In the daytime, enjoy a variety of unforgettable adventures in this snow-covered winter wonderland: sled dog tours, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice-fishing, reindeer sleigh rides, or learning about the culture of the indigenous Sámi people, to name a few!


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