Top 12 honeymoon destinations for outdoorsy couples

By Marion Fernandez
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Getting married is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and memorable experiences in anyone’s life. It is the beginning of a new stage of your life journey. Traditionally, we celebrate these commitments with a honeymoon retreat to enjoy a special time together before returning to the humdrum routine of daily life.

 

For adventure-driven couples, a spa retreat is not going to cut it. To really make the most of your honeymoon, you need to plan a trip that will match the needs of you and your partner. This is a time to enjoy yourselves, and if you are outdoorsy, you need to follow your heart. These are some of the best places you could go.

1. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru

This is absolutely one of the most amazing destinations in the world and to be able to share it with your new spouse will create a memory that you will be able to look back on with fondness for many years to come. In the amazing ruins of the Inca citadel, you and your other half will be able to hike above the Sacred Valley, just like the Incas did before the Spanish Conquest in the mid-16th century.

 

2. Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco

A paradise along the Mediterranean, Marrakech is a city of mystery and intrigue. As newlyweds, you can tour the Ait-Ben-Haddou, the Dar Si Said, or the Palais-el-Badi, all palaces waiting to be admired. This ancient city is still surrounded by ramparts that were built back in the 12th century. This adventure will take you back in time to an era long gone.

3. Greenough, Montana

Air balloon ride
Air balloon ride

Closer to home, you can enjoy a romantic camping experience for your honeymoon. The resort at Paws Up will spoil you in a way you deserve, but still allow you to be out where you would like to be. From romantic al fresco dinners to mountain biking adventures to hot air balloon rides, honeymooning in Montana may be the paradise that you have been dreaming of.

4. Victoria Falls, Zambia

Victoria Falls, Zambia
Victoria Falls, Zambia

If you are thinking of going to Zambia, prepare to have your socks knocked right off. Victoria Falls provides a sight of the most amazing grandeur, one of the greatest natural wonders in the entire world. Sitting on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is known as the worlds greatest curtain waterfall. To see the falls, you need to venture through the rainforest, allowing you to really experience the beauty that Zambia has to offer.

5. Napali Coast, Kauai

Napali Coast, Kauai
Napali Coast, Kauai

Different than the standard Hawaiian vacation, a trip to Kauai means you’ll be in the ultimate paradise for adventurers. With its 3,000-foot cliffs, majestic waterfalls, and breathtaking bay, the Napali Coast has everything you could want. With its amazing hiking trails and camping opportunities, it really is the perfect place to bond as newlyweds.

6. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

A popular place to see gorillas in their natural habitat
A popular place to see gorillas in their natural habitat

Absolutely a unique honeymoon experience, you and your soulmate can trek into the jungles of Rwanda to see the endangered mountain gorillas. Going with a tour company will keep you where you are supposed to be and hopefully ensure you get to see the rare gorillas.

7. Fjord, Norway

The beautiful Norwegian fjords
The beautiful Norwegian fjords

Fjords are the national symbol of traditional Norwegian beauty. Time moves at its own pace, taking you on adventures that run on Fjord time. In an environment created by a series of ice ages, travelers will get to watch whales, as well as enjoy seals and eagles as they play in their natural habitat. Adventure-wise, you will find yourself busy between the hiking, fishing, and mountain biking.

8. Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Gurabo, Puerto Rico
Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is an excellent choice for adventure. Its proximity to continental North America means that you will not need to travel around the world to get an experience that feels like you have. Gurabo is really an adventurer’s paradise, with its zip lines, trampoline theme park, and its vast outdoor oasis asking to be explored.

9. Volcan Pacaya, Guatemala

Volcan Pacaya, Guatemala
Volcan Pacaya, Guatemala

What is more thrilling than venturing into an active volcano? Situated in Guatemala, the Volcan Pacaya first erupted about 22,000 years ago. It has been estimated that it has erupted 23 times since the Spanish came to Guatemala centuries ago. A volcano is one of the most impressive forces of nature you could experience, and while you will probably not see lava flowing, you will get to see the vents that blast hot air out of the volcano. Be prepared for an intense hike to 5,000 feet, but it will be completely worth it when you get to see Fuego, Agua, and Acatenango from the top.

10. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Instead of immersing themselves in the craziness of Bangkok, newlyweds can escape to the northern capital of Thailand. The ambience is calm, peaceful, and highly relaxing. Chiang Mai is littered with medieval monasteries, giving an incredible view into Thai architecture from hundreds of years ago while enjoying the natural beauty of the region.

11. Iceland

Beautiful Iceland
Beautiful Iceland

Iceland is one of the most unique destinations in the world. The volcanic and glacial scenery is not something that you get to see every day. You will be able to go whale watching, explore natural geysers, volcanoes, and even ice caves, giving you an experience that you and your new spouse will talk about for the rest of your lives.

12. Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy
Amalfi Coast, Italy

A more traditional honeymoon setting, the Amalfi Coast is picturesque and truly romantic. Positano is the gem of the coast and boasts an impressive 1,700 steps from the top of the town all the way down to the sand. Days here will be spent walking around and taking in the amazing views of crags, buildings sitting on cliffs, and situated within beautiful forests. You won’t find anything like this anywhere else.

Regardless of where you decide to go on your honeymoon, make sure that the trip suits your passions. Don’t forget that your honeymoon is meant to be a bonding adventure, so take it in and have a blast.

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