Getting Married? Consider These 7 Active Honeymoon Destinations

As much as you want to relax (and sleep and lay down and do nothing) once the wedding planning has finally come to an end, you may be surprised by how energetic you feel after coming down from those amazing endorphins of wedded bliss and jet off to your honeymoon.

But where should you go?

If you and your spouse-to-be love to stay active and get your heart rates up, you might want to consider a honeymoon destination that offers hiking, skiing, water sports or other fun ways to celebrate your marriage with movement.

Need some ideas? No worries, we’ve got you covered. These top-rated and most-loved options offer everything you’d hope for in a honeymoon: relaxation, romance and a whole lot of adventure!

Before you book your tickets, we just have to pop this question: can we come with you?! 

Nadi, Fiji

Known for its turquoise waters, glittering sand beaches and lavish resorts, Fiji has been one of the top honeymoon destinations for decades, and with good reason! The deep, pristine clear waters of the Pacific make for some of the best diving you’ve ever experienced. Get your under-the-sea camera ready because you will likely catch a glimpse of exotic species like moray eels, loggerhead turtles and a wide variety of colorful, exotic fish. After discovering all the “soft coral capital of the world” has to offer down below, you can stroll along the quiet nature trails and catch gorgeous views of the Mamanuca Islands, a chain of 20-plus smaller islands near the larger Fiji islands of Nadi and Denaru.

Best time to go:

This is one spot you can guarantee a near-perfect experience year-round, but the most ideal time is between May-June, as November through April experiences more tropical storms.

Where to stay:

Beqa Lagoon. There’s almost no physical activity you can’t do at this resort, from snorkeling and fishing to surfing and kayaking, all in their private beach-front portion of the Beqa Lagoon.

Maui, Hawaii

Seeking a tropical, Polynesian experience without the near-24-hour flight and 10K budget? Set your eyes on America’s glorious and ever-so-tropical 50th state, Hawaii. Once you’ve had enough of being a total beach bum (because these beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world!), you can get your fill of parasailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, biking, hiking and hula dancing.

Hiking lovers, we didn’t forget about you. The legendary ‘Iao Valley State Park provides a 10-mile long paved pathway surrounded by native Hawaiian flora and exquisite, untouched trees surrounding your every turn. Bonus: SUP boarders can enjoy some of the most authentic Stand Up Paddle Boarding out there. This beloved West coast activity found its roots in Hawaiian culture, so it can be found on just about any shoreline the islands have to offer.

Best time to go:

There’s really no bad time to go to Hawaii, given the fact that the weather is pretty much always ranging between the mid to upper 80s. But prices are lowest and crowds are smallest between September and November.

Where to stay:

Montage Kapalua Bay. In addition to its sunset pool – which looks like it flows right into the Kapalua Beach – this hotel arranges hikes, snorkel tours, horseback riding, catamaran rides and sport fishing, just to name a few.

Sydney, Australia

Seriously, there is so much to do in Australia’s capital city. You can begin your trip by stopping by some of the iconic sights and attractions—like the Sydney Opera House and the Australian National Maritime Museum. Or for something a little more intense for you exercise lovers, make a point to see the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which you can literally climb, because crossing a bridge is just too easy. You start at the very bottom of the bridge and choose between a range of different climbs that vary in intensity. It’s 100-percent safe and the view from the top are said to be some of the most beautiful in all of Australia.

Another recommended activity to do in Sydney is a bike tour, which is the easiest and most exhilarating way to immerse yourself in the city’s history and culture with full panoramic views of its numerous museums and art galleries.

Best time to go:

September through November and March to May, when the temperatures are more manageable and the tourist crowds have died down a little.

Where to stay:

The Park Hyatt Sydney. The hotel boasts some of the most iconic views of Sydney Harbour and can connect you with just about any activity the city has to offer.

Cape Town, South Africa

Standing at the tip of the continent of Africa is one of South Africa’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town. Not only is it surrounded by some of the country’s most eye-catching scenery, but it’s also sandwiched between both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Fair warning: You better be daring if you’re willing to go down to the depths of Africa. The highlighted adventures of a trip to the safari land includes cage diving with great white sharks (yep!) and ziplining in indigenous rainforests. If you and your bae love hiking, there are plenty of trails in the South African National Parks, which offer some of the most stunning scenic views in the entire country.

Best time to go:

Late January to late April—the end of Cape Town’s dry summer months—or April to June if you’re looking for more crisp, clear weather (ideal for hiking!).

Where to stay:

Colona Castle. Set in the glorious mountains and vineyards of Cape Town, this beautiful boutique hotel offers a hiking trails direct from its doors, a giant swimming pool, golf courses, plus eco tours to see sharks, whales, penguins and more!

Vancouver, Canada

Unless you’re familiar with the city itself, Vancouver may not be the first on your list of places to honeymoon—but it should be! Not only is this one of the world’s most sophisticated and fun-loving cities, it’s also one of the most sports-and nature-driven spots for active couples.

For one, you can bike together on the Stanley Park Seawall, a 17-mile uninterrupted path that’s divided for bikers and runners and offers some of the most scenic trails throughout the city. Water lovers shouldn’t miss the chance to experience white water rafting through the beautiful mountains and glaciers close to the city.

Best time to go:

March to May and September to November when the weather is mild and the crowds are more sparse. If you’re a winter-sport lover, challenge your spouse to a ski or snowboard sesh at the Grouse Mountains from December to April.

Where to stay:

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort. Fishing, surfing, whale watching—any physical activity you want to do on your honeymoon, aside from snorkeling, this hotel will make sure you experience it.

Belize

If you’re looking for one of the most romantic honeymoon spots with pristine beaches that won’t cost you an arm and a leg to visit, Belize might be your spot. Just a two-hour flight from Miami, the Central American country has gained attention in recent years, especially for newlyweds looking to do a whole lot more than lay on a beach for a week straight.

Adrenaline junkies will go crazy for its famous zip lines through the jungle, cave explorations and deep-sea dives into the world’s second largest barrier reef. In the clear blue water, there’s plenty to do as well, from kayaking to para-sailing to windsurfing and jet skiing.

Best time to go:

Late November to mid-April, during the country’s dry season (aka few showers). But temps are always crowd-pleasing—think up in the mid 80s year-round.

Where to stay:

Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort. Aside from being rated Trip Advisor’s number-one hotel for honeymooners in Belize, the hotel specializes in diving, jungle adventures and water sports.

San Francisco

Not really feeling an out-of-country (or continent) escape to celebrate your recent nuptials? No biggie. The great city of San Francisco has more than enough of your share of romance, relaxation and, best of all, activities! Voted the fourth fittest city in America by the American College of Sports Medicine, SF’s hilly terrain alone makes for great hiking, walking and running. Aside from seeing the city sights by foot—including the famous Golden State Bridge—you can take a quick ride out to Yosemite National Park to enjoy the massive meadows, mountains and Sequoia trees.

Best time to go:

September to November, when the temperatures are still warm and the summer crowds have come and gone.

Where to stay:

Hotel Drisco. Stunningly situated in the high-end Pacific Heights area of the city, it’s removed from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan culture and is undeniably romantic.

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Jenn Sinrich is an editor in New York City, a self-proclaimed foodie always looking for the healthier version of all recipes, a passionate lover of all things cheese, a friendly New Yorker, Bostonian at heart and proud Red Sox fan. Love cats? Cheese? Mac n' Cheese? Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.