5 Amazing Honeymoon Spots Off the Beaten Path

When it comes to honeymoon planning, it’s easy to get caught up in the typical spots. Hawaii. Italy. The Poconos. So obvious! So done! That’s for everyone else. The masses if you will. Those spots (while all totally gorgeous) are chock full of resorts that have all the jazz you need, prepackaged and set up for you. BORING! So, what are the best honeymoon destinations you've never considered?

You like art shows in Bushwick. Ironic hamburgers. You are no Top 40-listening person. You need something just as offbeat and exceptional as you and your partner are. Think about it. How unique, delightful, and romantic would it be if you could go to outer space? But since Mars is out of the question, we’ll have to focus on more earthly delights.

If you're interested in heading off the beaten path for your honeymoon, but don't know where to start? There are plenty of gorgeous destinations you can go to outside the regular honeymoon circuit. Go to one of these hot spots and you'll REALLY impress your friends on Facebook and Instagram with all your fab pictures. Here’s your guide to unusual, alternative, and fantastical honeymoon destinations for the intrepid adventurer in you.

1. Kerala, India

Forget what you saw in Slumdog Millionaire. The state of Kerala is far away from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai. Known for its Portuguese influence (it used to be a colony), lush landscape, and riverboats, it's like the Florida of India. The capital Cochin makes a perfect jumping off point. You can enjoy the splendor of Portuguese-influenced architecture, before heading off on one of Kerala's many boat trips.

2. Quebec, Canada

It’s like Europe. Except much cheaper and closer. From skiing to music festivals to delicious food (poutine anyone?), to the lovely French lilt, Quebec really has it all. Take in the quaint atmosphere in Quebec City or Montreal of faux-France.

3. Utila Island, Honduras

Because Costa Rica is SO last year. If you like the idea of Central America, but not the tourists and expats then Honduras is el perfecto. What sets Utila apart culturally speaking, is its British/African history mixed with the Latin culture of the mainland. Plus the snorkeling and scuba action is pretty incredible. But this is no manicured Caribbean island. Beaches are relatively quiet and you don’t have to doll up for dinner. It’s a win-win for anyone who wants some peace and quiet.

4. Lake Manyara, Tanzania

For an alternative to a Kenyan safari, try Tanzania. No not Tasmania (that’s near Australia). Soak in the hot springs, check out the zebras and rhinos and take a safari ride. Best of all you can stay in a tree house. Hello, Swiss Family Robinson!

5. La Rioja, Spain

Alright fine. You still want to go to Europe for your honeymoon. So here’s an off the beaten path idea. Spain’s wine region isn’t as trodden as let’s say California’s or France’s is. But it’s just as gorgeous. If swigging down wine all day isn’t enough for you, there are wine museums for the intellectual in you.

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