After the big day is over, then you can begin the best part of the wedding ceremony - heading off to your honeymoon, a sliver of time in which to unwind and spend hour after hour of quality time together. The best honeymoon destinations offer this opportunity, along with a chance to explore a foreign land, or just laze away beneath the palm trees in paradise.
It should come as no surprise that beach-centered escapes are the most common kind of vacations for newlyweds. Hawaii is always top of the list when it comes to best honeymoon destinations - where sexy ambiance, luxurious resorts and breathtaking views collide. It doesn't matter which part you choose, really; Maui, the Big Island, Oahu - all of them are time-tested, top honeymoon destinations. Love-struck and dewy-eyed couples abound here, where hundreds of honeymoon packages are offered, and can be had for reasonable prices. You can even mix a little adventure into your stay, as opportunities to hike, dive and surf are everywhere.
For similar reasons, the Caribbean is home to many of the world's best honeymoon destinations. Whether you prefer the reggae beats of Jamaica, verdant hills of Saint Lucia or the exotic colonial appeal of Barbados, the Gulf of Mexico has something for you. Bermuda and the Virgin Islands (primarily St. Thomas) are the most popular trips to take, but top honeymoon destinations can be found just by closing your eyes and pointing at a map of this region. The Cayman Islands are another place that spends a lot of time catering to new couples.
Some couples prefer the innate sexiness of Europe over sandy beaches, which is why millions make their way to romance capitals such as Paris, London and Rome each year after their nuptials. France and Italy have long fashioned themselves as lands for lovers, and one trip across the Atlantic will prove just why these countries are among the world's top travel destinations. There's nothing like seeing your lover in the soft light along the Seine in Paris at night, or amidst the ruins of Rome. The whispers of the Mediterranean often bring out the best in newlyweds, as the South of France and the Greek Islands also have a broad appeal, and are easily amongst the world's best honeymoon destinations.
The South Pacific is another place to relax and begin wedded bliss. Tahiti, Bora Bora and Fiji are all top honeymoon destinations, each offering their own take on honeymoon packages and blessed seclusion. It's further out of the way than more traditional honeymoon trips, and that's what makes it so nice. You can sit safely away with your new spouse and take in isolated lagoons, moonlit dinners and exquisite sunsets to your heart's content.