Lying on the beach at an all-inclusive resort or taking bubble baths at a bed and breakfast aren’t for every newlywed couple. Some couples (probably you!) love to stay active and explore the world together. If you’re looking for a little adrenaline mixed in with your romance, check out these adventure honeymoon destinations that will maximize your fun!
It’s no secret that my husband, Brian, and I LOVE adventure travel. We’ve been together for 10 years (married for 5!) and have been all over the world together – not to mention we have a huge bucket list of additional destinations! So this post is extra personalized with our favorite places we’ve traveled over the years (and my personal photos!). I hope all our wanderlusting helps you get inspired to plan your honeymoon!
Located in the Eastern Caribbean, St. Lucia is known for its gorgeous volcanic mountains. The most famous peaks are the Pitons, which rise dramatically 2500 feet above the ocean. If you’re in the mood for an epic workout, you can hike to top of Gros Piton for one of the most incredible views of your life. St. Lucia is also known for scuba diving, snorkeling, and sailing.
Ladera Resort – we had lunch here, but someday we’ll have to go back and stay – 10 year anniversary??
Brian and I actually got engaged on St. Lucia! He proposed on Anse Mamin, a beautiful black sand beach on the southwest side of the island. We stayed at a small inn perched above Marigot Bay, a breathtaking little harbor dotted with a few romantic restaurants and one quaint little beach.
In southeastern Utah, the desert is magical, mysterious, and romantic. Since we live in Colorado, Brian and I have been there so many times I’ve lost count! For adventurous couples, there is no dearth of fun activities to keep you busy. Hiking, mountain biking, rafting, paddle boarding, jeeping, canyoneering… the list goes on! You can also spend time exploring Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park.
Mountain Biking on the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park
Paddle boarding on the Colorado River just north of Moab
We usually tent camp or sleep in our camper van, but we’ve also stayed at the romantic Red Cliffs Lodge, which sits directly on the Colorado River and has the most amazing sunsets!
The Out Islands of the Bahamas
Want to relax and unwind in Caribbean, but avoid the big all-inclusive resorts and cruise ship crowds? There are more than 700 islands that make up the Bahamas, but only about 30 of them are inhabited. Off the beaten path and laid back, the Out Islands are an ideal destination for island hopping, boating, sailing, fishing, and exploring.
Great Guana Cay Beach, an amazing and empty seven-mile-long beach, overlooking the turquoise Atlantic Ocean.
After saying our vows on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Brian and I took a quick 4-day mini-moon to the Abacos, a chain of tiny islands in the Out Islands less than 200 miles east of Ft. Lauderdale. Our favorite memory was renting a small boat to check out the neighboring islands, one of which was uninhabited and we had all to ourselves! It’s relatively easy to get around, and boat rentals are by far the cheapest I’ve seen anywhere in the Caribbean.
The incredible clear, shallow waters located off of Fowl Cay, which is a tiny uninhabited island in the middle of the Abaco Island chain.
I couldn’t possibly write this post without giving Colorado some love! I’ve lived in Colorado for 14 years and I still love the mountains as much as the day I moved here…and Brian feels the same way! From hiking, biking, and water sports in the summer, to skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling in the winter, adventurous newlyweds have limitless possibilities for an action-packed Colorado honeymoon.
Fall mountain biking in Breckenridge
If glamping is your style, consider staying at one of the many backcountry huts located throughout the mountains. The “huts” are actually large, off the grid cabins that are situated anywhere from one to seven miles from a road (although many have 4×4 roads you can use in the summer to get closer). All have to-die-for views, wood-burning stoves, and some even have saunas!
The Opa’s Taylor Hut located near Aspen, Colorado
Most huts are located out of cell range, creating an opportunity for you and your new husband or wife to really connect with each other (and nature!). I recommend choosing a smaller hut and renting the entire thing for yourselves so you won’t be sharing with others. Book well in advance to get the hut you want, when you want. And if you go in the winter, make sure you have some winter backcountry skills, as you’ll be traveling to the hut via snowshoe or skis and most routes cross through avalanche terrain. Check out the Tenth Mountain Division Hut Association website for more information and to book.
Abundant waterfalls, volcanoes, beaches, and mountains make Costa Rica one of the top adventure honeymoon destinations! Take a surf lesson, hike the rainforest, go white water rafting, zip line, soak in hot springs…the list goes on!
Playa Samara, one of the hundreds of beautiful beaches in Costa Rica (also amazing for beginner surfing!)
Brian and I took our “real” honeymoon to Costa Rica, 18 months after we got married. We were fortunate to spend three weeks road tripping around the country; surfing, hiking, and exploring.
Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Diving into the refreshing water below Nauyaca Waterfalls near Dominical, Costa Rica
Costa Rica really has it all! In addition to the plethora of activities and diversity of the landscape, every town has its own unique personality. No matter if you prefer to stay in a hostel or a 5-star resort, you’ll be able to create your perfect and unique adventure honeymoon.
We seriously cannot get enough of British Columbia…we’ve been twice in two years now and there is so much to see and do! Like Costa Rica, I LOVE the opportunity to explore mountains and ocean in the same trip (or afternoon!). I could probably write 10 blog posts on British Columbia, but I’ll try to keep this to some highlights.
Porteau Cove Provincial Park near Squamish, BC
My idea of the perfect BC day is mountain biking or SUPing and then relaxing on a patio overlooking the water and the mountains, indulging in fresh seafood and sipping local wine. Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, and Squamish are all awesome destinations to experience a day just like this.
Paddle boarding off of MacKenzie Beach, Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC (yes, that is the ocean!)
Head east and take in the dazzling beauty of towns like Revelstoke, Golden, or Banff (technically just over the border in Alberta). There are endless trails to explore on foot or on a bike, and it doesn’t take much to get off the beaten path. Pack a picnic and your camera, and get lost together in the mountains.
Brian and me at a friend’s wedding outside Golden, BC
Really want to go all out on your adventure-themed honeymoon? Travel halfway around the world for a dream trip to New Zealand! If you and your sweetie are into extreme sports like bungee jumping or skydiving, New Zealand is THE adventure honeymoon destination for you. Or try something truly unique and go “black water rafting” in a cave, or heli mountain biking – yes, a helicopter drops you and your bike off on the top of a mountain!
Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park, South Island, New Zealand
If these activities sound a little too crazy for you, New Zealand also has plenty of milder adventure experiences. Hike the beaches, swim with seals, walk on a glacier, or take a boat ride into the famous Milford Sound.
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula, North Island, New Zealand
Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand
I visited New Zealand in 2008, and while Brian hasn’t yet been, it is next on our list and we are actively planning our trip! For a honeymoon, I would recommend renting a car vs. relying on the bus system to get around. This will allow you more freedom to explore remote beaches, access trailheads, and have your pick of unique places to stay.
Wine country, Marlborough region, South Island, New Zealand
If you enjoy wine, make sure to spend a couple of days in the Marlborough region and taste some of the world’s best wines.
If you have questions on travel to any of these destinations, please let me know in the comments below… I love talking about adventure travel and would be happy to give you tips on creating the perfect adventure honeymoon!