Birds' eye view of the Napali Coast on Kauai
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Dreaming of a traditional honeymoon? You’re all about that quintessential getaway. With a beach at your feet and a chilled drink in your hands, the two of you will feel like you can conquer the world. Or at least have the best trip ever. The best destination for an utterly relaxing getaway? Hawaii. Each island has a slightly different set of offerings, but all are always inviting, beautiful and exactly what a pair of newlyweds need after the months-long adventure of wedding planning.

Set yourselves up for an escape filled with long walks on the beach by keeping your plans low-key or unwind with the help of rain forest hikes or new water sports. The islands are known for their natural beauty and tourist-friendly accommodations, but this destination’s appeal goes beyond the surface. Think unique cultural experiences and insight, incredible selections for foodies and easy-going charm that will have you planning to return for anniversaries to come.

Honeymoon Hit List: Top Hawaii Attractions for Your Honeymoon

  • If you’re visiting Oahu, take a turn through the state’s capital, bustling Honolulu, as well as recognizable highlights like Waikiki Beach and Pearl Harbor.
  • Dip your toes in the surf by trying out a new water sport. Snorkeling is one of the easiest to pick up and the reefs around the islands are picture perfect. Check out Tunnels Beach on Kauai, Hanauma Bay on Oahu or catch a boat to Molokini just off the coast of Maui for underwater scenery.
  • Don't miss the chance to take in a luau. These evening-long feasts are typically catered towards visitors and accompanied by traditional Hawaiian music, hula and local foods like poi and kalua pig.

Molokini off the coast of Maui for a Hawaii honeymoon
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Insider Tip

Island hopping can be a great way to expand your honeymoon adventure to include several different locations.  Flights between the islands are very brief, but keep in mind the added cost of moving from place to place. Your travel time may cut into those hours you could otherwise spend with your toes in the sand or learning to surf.

Travel Alternatives

There's more than one place to soak up the sun on a relaxing honeymoon. Mexico, for example, has every ingredient necessary for a dreamy honeymoon. Beaches, resorts and complete relaxation can be found in a number of oceanfront towns. Consider going all-inclusive for your trip and keep an eye on hot spots like Riviera Maya, Tulum and Los Cabos for the ultimate holiday. Meanwhile, any honeymoon would be made complete by the Bahamas’ crystal clear water and photogenic beaches – but the best way to experience this corner of the Caribbean is via cruise ship. Just imagine it: sugar white sand, warm water and hours upon hours of total relaxation. The best part? The trip practically plans itself.

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