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Honeymoons: Tried and New

Carol Sottili

Last year, we devoted almost an entire Travel section to honeymoon travel. It included a "Honeymoon-O-Matic" designed to match personalities with trips, a story about what's hot and what's not, a list of honeymoon resources, the Top 10 list from Modern Bride (with our alternative suggestions), etc. Most of the section is still timely, so click on "To The 'Moon" on the Wedding Week page for the complete package.

Meanwhile, Modern Bride has a newer Top 10 list of honeymoon destinations based on its annual travel agent survey.

1. Hawaii stays at #1 for the 10th year running. Tourism info: www.gohawaii.com.

2. Tahiti moves up from #3. May be helped by the nonstop flight from New York to Papeete on Air Tahiti Nui (www.airtahitinui-usa.com). Tourism info: www.tahiti-tourisme.com.

3. Italy moves down from #2. United now flies nonstop from Dulles to Rome. Tourism info: www.italiantourism.com.

4. Mexico moves up from #7. New luxury resorts, such as the Elan Resort & Spa in Cancun and the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya (set to open this fall), may have something to do with its increased popularity. Tourism info: www.visitmexico.com.

5. Fiji stays at #5. A generally more economical alternative to Tahiti. Tourism info: www.bulafiji.com.

6. Anguilla drops from #4. The exclusive Cap Juluca is one of many top-shelf resorts. Tourism info: www.anguilla-vacation.com.

7. St. Lucia drops from #6. The island boasts the #1 hotel in the world - Ladera - as voted by Conde Naste readers. Tourism info: www.stlucia.org.

8. Bermuda is a newcomer to the list. US Airways offers nonstop service from Reagan National and USA 3000 has nonstop flights from BWI. Tourism info: www.bermudatourism.com.

9. France moves up a notch from #10. Air France and United offer nonstop flights from Dulles to Paris. Tourism info: www.francetourism.com.

10. Costa Rica is another newcomer. Increased interest in sustainable tourism is likely driving its popularity. Tourism info: www.visitcostarica.com.

Dropped from the Top 10 list: Jamaica and St. Barths. We like Jamaica for its all-inclusives, and because it's easy to get to. St. Barths is very upscale with good restaurants.


By Carol Sottili |  June 20, 2007; 10:08 AM ET  | Category:  Carol Sottili , Wedding Travel
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I guess newlyweds are wealthier these days! When i got married 20 years ago, we barely had enough money to take a long weekend to a B&B in the Shenandoah Valley. It was quite romantic though!

Posted by: Marriedtoolong | June 20, 2007 11:02 AM

There is nowhere in the continental US worthy of a honeymoon? No one can celebrate thier marriage without spending $7k+ for a trip? This article seems to have been written for a very limited audience.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2007 11:55 AM

There is nowhere in the continental US worthy of a honeymoon? No one can celebrate thier marriage without spending $7k+ for a trip? This article seems to have been written for a very limited audience.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2007 11:55 AM

I sent in a note for the chat on Friday, but I'll repeat here since I don't know if it will get posted.

Our honeymoon was spent with a few days at Niagara Falls and then in NY's Finger Lakes region. And we had such a great time and it wasn't at all expensive.

Peaceful, quiet, beautiful, good food, great wine, lots of lovely little nooks and crannies to explore. And a 6 hour drive from DC (well, 6 to NF, 5 to the Finger Lakes).

No missed flights. No GI problems from bad food/water. Bad weather wasn't a big deal. But we had a nice, relaxing trip that allowed us some privacy and to unwind from the wedding stress - isn't that what it's supposed to be about?

Posted by: Chasmosaur | June 20, 2007 12:05 PM

My husband and I took a 10 day road trip in the US for our honeymoon. We started in Savannah Georgia, and the furthest we got was Wyoming. It was the trip of a lifetime! We stopped at four corners, traveled through the states looking at things, it was amazing. If you just wanted to go to one state, I'd suggest Colorado or New Mexico. They were very amazing places with lots to see and do. Wyoming was beautiful and untouched. South Dakota was wonderful! We saw Mt. Rushmore and drove through the state and stopped in Sioux Falls. The Falls Park there was a sight to see! You can have a nice and relaxing honeymoon within the states.

Posted by: Southern Gal | June 20, 2007 1:05 PM

Does the Modern Bride survey specify international destinations? If not, do you think the survey results were skewed by the fact that only travel agents responded, and in this day and age a lot of people make their own arrangements for even high-end domestic travel? Also, no cruises?

I know it would be a big undertaking, but a more accurate picture might be painted by surveying wedding announcements in local papers. I know my old hometown rag used to end wedding announcements with, "After a honeymoon trip to [destination], the couple will reside in [local town]."

Posted by: BxNY | June 20, 2007 2:03 PM

Last I checked, which was since 1959, Hawaii was not an international destination.

Posted by: ah | June 20, 2007 2:33 PM

We did something for our honeymoon that according to these lists is unusual, but it was the best! We went to Alaska and did one of those cruisetours (4 days on land seeing Denali, Anchorage, Talkeetna and Fairbanks, and then a 7 day cruise to Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan). I always see all of these beach destinations on these lists, where I guess you lay around and swim and drink (or maybe never leave the room), but I got to go dogsledding, glacier trekking, and sea kayaking. Talk about an escape!

Posted by: Cold Weather Lover | June 20, 2007 2:44 PM

I have a good friend that went backpacking in the Rockies for her honeymoon. The stories and pictures they came back with were amazing!

Posted by: Marriedtoolong | June 20, 2007 3:24 PM

We went on a Mediteranean cruise for our honeymoon. We started in Venice and ended in Athens with stops in Crete, Turkey, Israel, and Cyprus. We had a great time! (it helped that we were older and had sufficient savings for an extravagent honeymoon)

Posted by: rockville | June 20, 2007 3:50 PM

My husband and I were limited by a somewhat small budget and our intense dislike (read: abject terror) of air travel. So for our honeymoon, we took Amtrak to Chicago. We had a compartment to ourselves, and the trip was fun and romantic. As for Chicago -- well, the city was a perfect choice for two people whose love was built on a shared love of theater, music, baseball, and food. I keep telling hubby we should renew our vows so we can have a second honeymoon in Chicago!

Posted by: C.J. | June 20, 2007 6:18 PM

interesting comments. has anyone ever been to beliz. a family friend owns a few places there and offered us a free stay as our gift. we know nothing about about the country though...

Posted by: upcoming newlywed | June 21, 2007 1:21 PM

For our honeymoon last spring, my husband and I went to Carmel, Calif. and stayed several nights at a beautiful B&B. We visited nearby Monterrey, Big Sur and then drove up the coast to San Francisco for a couple of nights. It was absolutely amazing, we loved it and it was a very reasonably priced trip.

(Also, we went in late March, way ahead of the busiest times for tourists out there).

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2007 1:43 PM

ah, bite me. Hawaii is far enough from the continental US (even the West Coast) to be in the same travel category for most people. God knows it isn't a cheaper destination by virtue of being a US state. I can get to plenty of international destinations for less money, time and airline-related grief than are involved in a trip to Hawaii.

Posted by: BxNY | June 21, 2007 4:53 PM

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