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Costa Rica

With lush rainforests on the interior and beautiful beaches lining both coasts, Costa Rica has beautiful vistas no matter which part of the country you select for your honeymoon. Although there's plenty to do for the adventurous visitor (including ziplines, rainforest hikes, and surfing), this Central American country also offers plenty of opportunities for relaxation. Whether you choose a five-star hotel nestled in the rainforest or a laid back rental right on the beach, all you'll need to do is lie back, relax, and experience some of Costa Rica's famed pura vida.

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Blue Ridge Mountains, USA
Photo: Aaron Garza

Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

This gorgeous chain of mountains stretches from Georgia upwards to Pennsylvania, and anyone looking for peaceful honeymoon destinations will fall in love with the view. Slowly wind your way along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile long stretch of road where you'll find stunning mountain views (and you'll see the famous blue haze that gave the chain its name). Camp out in Shenandoah National Park or explore the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, both of which are within the mountain range. For a full experience, find a rustic inn to call home between your antiquing and cider sampling.

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Outer Islands, Bahamas

While you've probably heard of Nassau and Grand Bahama Island, you might not be aware of all of the other islands in the Bahamas. While the former two get most of the attention thanks to vacation packages and cruises, the Outer Islands of the Bahamas are a fantastic way to enjoy the postcard-perfect beauty of the island chain without the hustle and bustle of the main ports. For a taste of laid back Bahamian life, head over to Andros, the Bahamas' largest but least populated island. You'll feel like a local with wide, sandy beaches completely to yourself.

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Islamorada, Florida

If you're looking for a non-stop party in the Keys, head to Key West. But for those of us who'd rather spend our honeymoon quietly lounging by the pool, there are other fantastic options in the Florida Keys. Islamorada, located almost equidistant from both Key Largo to the north and Key West to the South, might be known as the fishing capital of the world, but it's definitely the hidden vacation gem of this island chain. Watch the famed sunset from one of the waterside restaurants or bars after a long day of basking in the sunshine.

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coastline in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Photo: Harsh Light

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

With quaint streets, award-winning restaurants, and adorable accommodations, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a great destination for couples who want some downtime in a European-style town. The area has a strong focus on the arts, so you can spend your days wandering through art galleries and your nights enjoying a local performance. If you're craving some time on the shore, head down to Carmel Beach, which is consistently rated as one of the U.S.'s best beach towns. Relax alongside the locals on a clear night when everyone gathers to watch the sunset--most bring picnics and a bottle of wine or two.

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Phoenix-Scottsdale, Arizona

While heading into the heart of the desert might not seem relaxing at first glance, the Phoenix-Scottsdale area in Arizona is home to some of the world's best spas. If you need a facial and deep massage after the stress of your wedding, book a stay at one of the area's many hotels and retreats. Most offer packages that include spa treatments, so indulge in that couple's massage that you've always wanted to try.

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lighthouse in distance on Prince Edward Island
Photo: Dennis Jarvis

Prince Edward Island, Canada

Best known as the setting of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series, this gorgeous island on Canada's east coast is also a fantastic place to escape from your cares. With stunning beach cliffs, quaint towns scattered throughout, and an incredibly friendly local population, Prince Edward Island might make you want to stay forever. Indulge in some of the fresh seafood and visit one of the island's lighthouses.

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field in Aran Islands, Ireland
Photo: Doug Kerr

Aran Islands, Ireland

Located near Galway, this chain of three islands will make you feel as if you're on the edge of the world. The main island, Inishmore, is only 12 square miles, which makes for a welcoming, close knit community that is quite friendly to island visitors. Inishmaan and Inishsheer, the other two islands, are even smaller, each with a population of less than 250 residents. On a nice day, rent a bicycle and ride around the island of your choice. Ferries connect the islands with one another and to the mainland if you're interested in a bit of island hopping.

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Golden Isles, Georgia

Located just off of Brunswick, Georgia, the Golden Isles have wide beaches, romantic oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, bike trails, and stunning resorts. If you're interested in adding some history to your quiet honeymoon, head over to Jekyll Island, where you can stay at the restored winter hunting lodge of the Carnegies, Vanderbilts, and Pulitzers. St. Simons Island has adorable shopping areas perfect for leisurely strolls. Cumberland Island, accessible only by ferry, has a beautiful inn, wild horses, and the ruins of the Dungeness Mansion.

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San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

The Mexican state of Baja California Sur is home to one of North America's most famed tourist destinations: Cabo San Lucas. Skip the party atmosphere and crowded festivals there and head to San Jose del Cabo, located just east of Cabo San Lucas. You'll still find sparkling blue waters, white sand beaches, and beautiful hotels. Linger over your breakfast at a cafe in the main plaza before wandering the town hand-in-hand with your new spouse. For even more honeymoon destinations, check out these great locations!