25 Crazy Offbeat Honeymoon Destinations Across The Globe

  • ISHA JALAN
  • Sep 06, 2015
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Weddings are special, and honeymoons even more so! Because what's better than travelling to a new, romantic place with your life partner? Don't be a boring couple though; you know the one's who choose cliched destinations for their honeymoon (read: Goa, Paris, Venice; you get our drift, right?).

It's time for you to go off the beaten path and visit some unusual honeymoon destinations that you will remember forever! Here are some unique honeymoon destinations for a romantic getaway with your loved one that are totally different:

1. Lapland, Finland

Best time to visit: Undoubtedly the most magical time is winter which lasts from late November to mid March.

Because sleeping under the stars while the Aurora Borealis lights up your life is the best possible way to spend some time with your loved one! Finland's surreal, otherworldly beauty is bound to take your breath away! Plus, the cold temperatures will ensure that you bundle up and cuddle the night away with your partner! One of the resorts that you can choose is the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort where you get to stay in glass igloos!

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2. Reykjavik, Iceland

Best time to visit: Summer is the best season to visit, between June to August.

For all those couples who worship 'Star Wars', this place is a must visit! A few scenes from the iconic movie were filmed in this capital city of Iceland. Reykjavik is a city where the modern living blends in beautifully with the old world charm of village living. It is also one of the cleanest, greenest and safest cities across the globe.

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3. Aspen, USA

Best time to visit: All year round

Situated in the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch Range, Aspen is a popular ski resort town. A year round destination for outdoor recreation, if you are an outdoorsy couple, this is the perfect honeymoon destination for you. After a thrilling ski session, head over to the Wheeler Opera House to watch a fascinating performance.

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4. Zakynthos, Greece

Best time to visit: March to May will be the best time to visit this island, when the spring flowers are in full bloom.

Greece is possibly one of the best beach honeymoon destinations. With all the popular spots being over-crowded, Zakynthos is definitely a boon for those honeymooners who prefer a quiet and romantic backdrop to celebrate their love. The third largest island in the Ionian Sea, this offbeat island is known for its crystal clear water beaches. While there, do check out Navagio- a smuggler ship that got shipwrecked on the west coast in 1981.

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5. Baa Atoll, Maldives

Best time to visit: Between December end to February.

If you want to surround yourself with blue waters, spectacular beaches and beautiful reefs during your honeymoon, there is no better place than Maldives. Get your tan on at this tropical paradise and have the most romantic holiday of your life! Dive into its stunning waters for a surreal experience that will reconnect you with nature. One of the most romantic resorts on this group of islands is the Reethi Beach Resort. Visit this scenic country and begin your marital journey with a blissful trip. And do follow this tropical honeymoon packing list, so you do not forget anything.

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6. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Best time to visit: December to January and June to August are the best times to visit these islands.

This is the place where Charles Darwin finally unlocked the mystery of evolution is a wonder for every nature lover. Lying right on the Equator, this archipelago houses a vast variety of indigenous flora and fauna, the most famous being the Galápagos giant tortoise. Couples can explore all the gems of these islands have to offer, either on land or they can go snorkelling and scuba-diving to look for them underwater.

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7. York, Great Britain

Best time to visit:The late summer months of April-June.

If English old-school allure is what draws you, this offbeat honeymoon spot will gratify your soul. Rich in history, dating back to almost 2000 years, York has the kind of romantic appeal that is often described in classics. Walk hand in hand along the streets of this mesmerizing walled city- every unknown corner you turn, you will be gifted with a historical treat. York is indeed a wonderful and unique honeymoon destination.

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8. Dingle, Ireland

Best time to visit: Summer months of July and August.

The only town on the Dingle Peninsula, if you are looking for a stunning and secluded honeymoon destination, it does not get better than Dingle. You can rent a car and explore the Irish countryside at your own sweet pace all the while sipping on some Guinness.

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9. Lhasa, Tibet

Best time to visit: Between October to April.

This option is for the couples who crave some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the city and want to immerse themselves in the culture of a different land. Take a tour of the Potala Palace which was once home to the Dalai Lama for an incredible experience! The awe-inspiring view of the Himalayas is sure to leave you breathless! 

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10. Nova Scotia, Canada

Best time to visit: Between May and October.

Home to charming lakes and long coastlines, Canada’s Nova Scotia is a fascinating blend of romance and adventure. If you ever get bored of gazing into each other’s eyes while walking hand in hand along the coast, you can always go for a hike or rent bicycles and explore one of the many cycling trails or there is always the option of surfing, rafting and whale watching!

  

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11. Manaus, Brazil

Best time to visit: Mid-June to December is the driest season to visit.

For those adventurous couples who wish to spend their honeymoon in the lush green Amazonian rainforests, Manaus is the place to be! Located in the heart of the Amazon Basin, this place is a tropical paradise. Bringing in modernisation while keeping the eco-system intact, this city gives you the best of both worlds-a perfect place for couples to get in touch with nature.

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12. Gustavia, St. Barthelemy

Best time to visit: May through June is the best time to visit.

If white sand beaches, spectacular blue waters, green hills, and sublime architecture are what you crave, St. Barths is the place for you to spend some quality time with your partner! It's the Caribbean sojourn that you've always dreamt about! You can even go kite-surfing, sailing, diving and snorkelling and you might even catch a celebrity doing the same! 

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13. Yangon, Myanmar

Best time to visit: The months from November to February are the best time to visit Yangon.

A completely offbeat honeymoon destination, Yangon will leave you transfixed. The city is a sight to behold- a mixture of fragile baroque and beaux arts buildings, glittering temples, serene pagodas, friendly denizens and delectable cuisine.  

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14. Hoi An, Vietnam

Best time to visit: February to May is dry season.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An is an ancient and peaceful town situated in Vietnam. To this day, it has managed to preserve its most sacred treasure- its centuries old architecture. A wonderful amalgamation of a romantic and a vibrant atmosphere, Hoi An is one offbeat honeymoon destination you should consider to celebrate your love.

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15. Lake Baikal, Russia

Best time to visit: Lake Baikal is beautiful to visit in any season!

The oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Baikal in Russia is one unique honeymoon destination for an outdoorsy couple. Estimated to have formed around 20-25 million years ago, the lake’s circumference forms the crux of the hiking paths of the Great Baikal Trail. Moreover, if you visit in the winters, you can go for ice-skating or dog sledging over the lake.

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16. Seychelles

Best time to visit: Seychelles is blessed with a fantastic climate so you can visit all year round.

Seychelles is as picturesque and as romantic as a honeymoon destination can get. Picture this- you and your sweetheart sitting on a tranquil beach with the crystal clear waters of the sea gently caressing your toes. You whispering sweet nothings as you sip on fresh coconut water while witnessing a hypnotizing sunset. A dreamlike setting!

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17. Queenstown, New Zealand

Best time to visit: All year round. Each season has its own beauty.

Are you both adrenalin junkies? Then Queenstown is the place to celebrate your love for each other! You’ll find everything here- adventure, natural beauty, rejuvenation and relaxation. Winters are known for fabulous skiing opportunities and summers bring with them bungee jumping, paragliding, hiking and mountain biking opportunities.

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18. Pucon, Chile

Best time to visit: Summer time is best It lasts from December to March.

If you and your partners idea of a romantic holiday is indulging in adventure sports, then book your tickets to Pucon, Chile. The most adventurous thing you can do there? Well, you can climb up an active volcano (Villarrica) for starters. Besides that, you can go hiking, diving, skiing, and snow-boarding. Once you're tired, you can relax in the Termas Los Pozones hot springs. Totally offbeat, is it not! 

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19. Anguilla

Best time to visit: Between May and August, when it is off peak season so the rates on hotel bookings are low and the crowds are away.

Located in the Caribbean, Anguilla has everything you would expect from a Caribbean honeymoon destination - a fairytaleish romantic laid-back atmosphere, beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise waters, gentle breezes, swaying palm trees and scenic bays.

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20. Cairns, Australia

Best time to visit: Between July to September.

Gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, while honeymooning in Cairns, explore the foreshore promenade, indulge in tropical fruits and drinks, shop at local markets or dive into the sea to check out dazzling corals. 

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21. Ko Samui, Thailand  

Best time to visit: November end till February when the season in dry.

Home to palm fringed-beaches, luxurious resorts and lavish spas, Ko Samui (Samui Island) is an unusual honeymoon destination for the romantics.

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22. Cherrapunji, India

Best time to visit: The best times to visit are Summer (March to May) and Winter (November to February).

Known as one of the wettest places on Earth, this cloudy town is a beauty to behold. Situated in Meghalaya, Cherrapunji is surrounded by hills adorned by pine trees and bevy of beautiful waterfalls and streams. The uniqueness of this small town is what adds to its charm, thus making it an unexpected honeymoon spot.

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23. Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Best time to visit: Between September to April when the climate and warm and breezy.

With its pristine golden beaches, rural farmlands, tranquil environment, lush green native forests and its water sports opportunities, the Coromandel Peninsula is one of New Zealand's undiscovered honeymoon destinations.

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24. Bodrum, Turkey

Best time to visit: Spring (April and May) and Autumn (September to October).

Located on Turkeys southwest coast, Bodrum is a honeymooners' paradise. Its got a quaint atmosphere during the day and a vibrant nightlife. Its got beautiful beaches, quiet backstreets, and lively cafes along with the ancient ruins of Ephesusall there to make sure that your vacation  is full of activities and you're never bored! You will fall in love with this historical city and keep coming back!

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25. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Best time to visit: The best time to visit is in the Summer between April to October.

Find romance in old-world charm- the Croatian city of Dubrovnik is picturesque and looks like a dream. Often called the 'Jewel of the Adriatic', Dubrovnik is rich in heritage and culture. The pristine beaches that this tranquil city has to offer will make every romantic lose their heart. Despite being afflicted by war and natural disaster, Dubrovnik has maintained its spirit and liveliness!

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Written by Niyati Shinde, with inputs from Priya Sanyal.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ISHA JALAN ISHA JALAN

Hi, a computer engineer by education,traveler by passion, and a foodie by obsession. I am a digital marketer and a part time wanderer, a backpacker in my own right. My travel bucketlist for now includes skydiving, swimming with sharks and roadtrip to USA with my girls. My best travel experience so far has been my trip to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Join me as I share all my adventures and misadventures and I hope my travel blogs will be useful to other roamers across the world.

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