Bucket List Honeymoons

Lots of Wanderers use their honeymoon as an opportunity to check something off their travel bucket list. What could be better inspiration for a trip that you’ll be remembering for the rest of your life?

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Machu Picchu and Cuzco: Even if you don’t hike the Inca Trail, a trip to this ancient city is a fantastic adventure. Make sure to give yourselves a couple nights in colonial Cuzco on either side, its cobblestone streets and gorgeous architecture make it one of our favorite cities.

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African Safari: Botswana, Kenya, and South Africa are all great destinations for Safaris but our top pick is Tanzania. After spotting the Big Five head to Zanzibar for a couple relaxing days on the beach.

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Paris in the Springtime: While Paris is gorgeous any time of year, no time is better than spring when the trees are blossoming pink and white.  While you’re there picnic in the Luxembourg gardens, visit the Mona Lisa, and drink wine in sidewalk cafes.

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Villa-life in Positano: Sip limoncello with views of the Gulf of Salerno, explore the coast-line by Vespa, and loose yourselves in cobblestone streets. We prefer staying in small guest houses that give you a chance to live like a local.

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Halong Bay: Located in the north of Vietnam this bay is filled with spectacular limestone islands. We’d suggest an overnight trip on a luxurious junk boat.

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Galapagos Cruise: Snorkel with sea lions, spot blue-footed boobies, and visit the ancient tortoises. These island’s unique eco-system and spectacular wildlife make for memories of a lifetime.

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Grand Canyon: Visit this spectacular park on foot, by mule, or floating down the Colorado. Regardless of how you get there, the gorgeous vistas and stunning landscape put the Grand Canyon on the top of our bucket list.

What destinations are on your bucket list?

Properties We Love: Lumeria Maui

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We are ecstatic to present the second installment of our “Properties We Love” series.  This time we are featuring Lumeria Maui, a unique alternative to traditional hotels and resorts. Located on six acres in northern Maui, this 24 room boutique retreat is comprised of historic lodge-style buildings connected by a continuous, covered lanai. The beautifully designed environment promotes relaxation and tranquility and is a perfect location for peaceful intimate honeymoon.

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Each of the 24 rooms has been individually designed, featuring unique furnishings and artwork that balance vintage, Asian and modern influences. Rooms feature high ceilings, ocean, mountain or garden views and modern amenities, such as ipod docks and wifi.  The Japanese designed bathrooms feature rain shower heads, river rock floors, and products from Aveda.

If you ever leave your room you’ll find yourself surrounded by a tropical paradise of gardens, courtyards, stunning views and a gorgeous pool. At night you can lounge by one of the outside fires, or stargaze while soaking in the jacuzzi. When you get hungry, the onsite restaurant features farm-to-table cuisine that will excite the most selective foodie.

One of Lumeria’s unique features is their wellness services led by world-renowned professionals and practitioners. Included in your stay is an extensive menu of daily yoga classes, meditation, horticulture and aromatherapy classes. Lumeria also offers traditional Hawaiian massage and other well being services.

If you are looking for something more active, head to the ocean for a variety of water sports. Lumeria is located just minutes from the crystal clear waters and white sand beach, of Ho’oikipa Beach park, famous for both wind surfing and kite surfing.

With all of this, Lumeria is the perfect option for a couple looking for a quiet and relaxing honeymoon in paradise.

Discover more about Lumeria here: http://www.lumeriamaui.com/

Where to Wander When: Beach Edition

Weather can have a huge impact on any vacation, and since you only get one honeymoon, you want to plan around it carefully. While an occasional downpour may give you two an excuse to cuddle up in your bungalow, you don’t want to be trapped indoors for your entire stay and miss out on all the activities you have been dreaming up on Wanderable. To help you get started with your beach honeymoon destination planning, here are our picks for where to wander when.

January

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Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Costa Rica stays driest between December and April, so January is a great time to head to Central America and enjoy this lush, tropical rainforest covered country without too much rain.

Avoid: While the country’s “green season” from May to November is a beautiful time of year, it takes a lot of rainfall to get everything so green. Serious sun seekers should steer clear.

February

Jamaica

Negril, Jamaica

While the climate can vary daily and regionally, Jamaica sees some of its best beach weather from January through March, so planning a February honeymoon will sneak you in to enjoy it before the spring break rush (you don’t want to be having a romantic dinner next to a bikini contest).

Avoid: May, October and November are the three rainiest months in Jamaica.

March

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Grand Cayman, The Cayman Islands

March is a beautiful time to honeymoon on the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean, with mostly dry weather and cooling trade winds to keep high temperatures at bay.

Avoid: The Islands see the most rainfall from June through November, although there are plenty of nice days throughout the period.

April

Cabo

Los Cabos, Mexico

This oasis on the Baja Peninsula offers great weather nearly year round with an average of upwards of 350 sunny days a year, but spring promises some of the best beach weather with less scalding daily highs.

Avoid: Honeymooners who don’t enjoy extreme heat should avoid visiting during the late summer months when the temperature can soar to over 100 degrees and rain is more common. September boasts a small risk for hurricanes.

May 

Kauai, Hawaii

While Kauai is a great destination year round, visiting in the spring means skipping the summer and winter high-seasons, and rates go down even though the island is seeing some of its best weather of the year. This means plenty of sunshine, less crowds and a more affordable upgrade. Honeymoon Suite?

Avoid: Kauai is a pretty safe bet throughout the seasons, but you are likely to see more rain between December and March.

June 

Bali

Bali, Indonesia

The white sanded beaches of Bali stay driest from May to September, so June is a great choice for a long-distance trip to this exotic honeymoon escape.

Avoid: Bali’s wettest season typically runs from October to April.

July

Santorini

Santorini, Greece

This sun soaked Greek island is warmed up and ready for beach-goers in July, making Santorini a great destination for Europe-bound summer honeymooners who don’t mind dealing with crowds.

Avoid: During the winter months of November through February, temperatures drop to the mid 50s taking sunbathing off the table.

August

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Los Angeles, California

With an average daily high of 84 degrees and lows in the mid 60s, August is a great time to enjoy Los Angeles’ beaches and squeeze in a side trip to Disneyland.

Avoid: During November through February you may be seeing more sweater weather than bikini weather, although the winter is still sprinkled with nice days.

September

Croatia

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September is a great time to visit Croatia’s beautiful beaches: peak-season has dwindled down and temperatures are still beach-worthy yet less blaring than in August.

Avoid: Cooler weather sets in from November through February, and your bikini is likely to remain in your suitcase.

October

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

October marks the tail-end of high-season at this idyllic Polynesian island, and the crowds start to thin while the rainy season is still at bay.

Avoid: During the winter months of December through March, rainy season settles in and honeymooners will be easy targets for the swell in mosquitos common this time of year.

November

Maui, Hawaii

November marks the beginning of winter which means there is a chance for a little more rain, but Maui is a great destination year round, and visiting before the holiday season can lead to a more relaxing and affordable honeymoon.

Avoid: Maui is a relatively safe bet throughout the seasons, but you are likely to experience more rain between December and March.

December

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Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

If you are honeymooning during the holidays, crowds and higher rates will likely be part of the experience, but on the bright side you will have more people around to wish you well!  The rainy season has all but come to a close in December, and it is a great time to fall in love with Thailand’s swoon-worthy Southern beaches.

Avoid: The rainy season runs from July to October, putting your beach time in peril.

A friendly disclaimer: these tips are carefully selected based on research, but opinions on the best months to visit locations vary source by source. Once you have a spot in mind do your own research to make sure it’s aligned with what you want from your honeymoon, and remember it never hurts to bring an umbrella, just in case!