The Most Adventurous Honeymoon Destinations
In 2013, when 7,500 members of The Knot Wedding Network were surveyed about their honeymoon plans, 23 percent of respondents cited adventure as a top attribute for their post-wedding getaway.
This came after more obvious answers like sun, sand and surf, a casual and relaxing atmosphere, and romantic surroundings. But still, you can definitely have all of these elements when opting for a more adventurous honeymoon destination. It’s simply a matter of knowing where to look.
The survey, conducted by XO Group Inc. (parent company of lifestyle brands “The Knot,” “The Nest,” and “The Bump”), was dubbed “The Romance Travel Study: Honeymoons” and sought to identify the top honeymoon destinations, broken down by regions, countries, islands and states, and even specific cities within countries.
In compiling this list of some of the world’s most adventurous honeymoon spots, we took a look at the top regions and then pinpointed the most adventurous locations within each.
From deep sea diving in Fiji to horseback riding through the woodlands of Ireland, the following are some of the most exhilaratingly romantic post-wedding destinations in the world.
Caribbean — St. Lucia
According to the survey about 4.7 percent of honeymooners choose St. Lucia for their post-wedding getaways. And while it’s certainly quintessential in many different senses, it’s also quite adventurous. Lonely Planet lauds this destination not only for its beaches and beautiful resorts, but also the many exciting activities available, including diving, snorkeling, hiking and kite-surfing, just to name a few. In fact, Lonely Planet says it’s an especially great option for nature-lovers.
Caribbean — Puerto Rico
A popular destination for all types of vacationers, when the data is separated at the country, state and island level, this Caribbean island boasts a spot among the top 20 honeymoon spots. One location of particular interest is the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Rio Grande. Here, guests are spoiled with a seemingly endless list of exciting onsite recreation activities, including hiking and biking trails, pre-mapped jogging routes, two 18-hole golf courses, a full-fledged tennis center, “dive-in” movie nights, sea turtle viewing, snorkeling, SCUBA diving and countless other watersports.