Jet to one of these laid-back, balmy locales to keep the party going—or have the ocean all to yourselves.
Baha Mar, on Nassau’s Cable Beach

There are a lot of decisions you'll have to make during the months that fall between your engagement and your actual wedding, but none quite as fun as settling on a honeymoon destination. If you and your soon-to-be spouse are self-proclaimed sun-lovers, the hotspots—and their balmy, beautiful weather—ahead should appeal to you. From the Caribbean all the way to the Coral Sea, these are the destinations to consider if soaking up vitamin D is your top honeymoon priority.

Coral Sands Resort
Credit: Courtesy of Coral Sands


Baha Mar, on Nassau's sparkling, 2.5-mile-long Cable Beach, is our top recommendation. It's so close to the airport, you'll blink and be in your bikini. It has three properties (and price levels), so every couple can book their ideal getaway in paradise. Book a stay at the most palatial, Rosewood Baha Mar, and hit the SLS Baha Mar's airy Sky Bar for cocktails. Or tack on a 2.5-hour ferry ride to claim a secluded stretch of Harbour Island's famous pink beaches. Coral Sands' freshly renovated cottages have deep soaking tubs and porches that kiss the sand.

Elysian Retreat beachfront villas


The remote Whitsunday Islands, off the northeastern coast of Queensland along the Great Barrier Reef, are what honeymoon dreams are made of. Elysian's 10 villas are peppered between the Coral Sea and the rainforest. It's solar-powered and eco-friendly, but you're hardly roughing it, with A/C, an Ayurvedic spa, and a restaurant cooking local produce and rock lobster. Jump into unparalleled diving and snorkeling, or enjoy the aqua water from above: kayaking or, from July to October, spotting humpback whales migrating with calves.

Thompson Zihuatanejo cabanas


Zihuatanejo, a Pacific Coast surfer mecca, should be on your honeymoon bucket list. The Thompson Zihuatanejo is at the center of its best swimming beach, with a full-service setup (thatched-umbrella palapas, custom cocktails), and plunge pools for many of its 56 rooms. Twenty miles north, on quiet Troncones Beach, is the intimate Lo Sereno. Its earth-toned rooms face the ocean or the striking black infinity pool, and have private patios. Amble onto the main terrace for surreally beautiful sunsets.


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