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Wanderlust Travel Adventures plans honeymoons all over the world. From relaxing to adventurous, the one thing all of our honeymoons have in common are that they should be as stress-free as possible and that includes the planning too. Couples are already busy enough planning their weddings, let us take care of the honeymoon details for you. All of our honeymoons are custom-tailored according to the couple.  Here are some of the destinations that we receive the most request for from our honeymoon clients and our favorite places to plan travel:

  1. Australia – There are so many really fascinating places to visit in Australia. Because of the way international flights are scheduled most travelers start out in Sydney. We have so many cool opportunities in Sydney from seeing an opera at the famous operahouse, harbor cruises, surf lessons at Bondi Beach, and exclusive perks at Sydney’s best hotels. Just outside of Sydney there are some great day excursions into the Blue Mountains and places to visit iconic Australian wildlife. And then from New South Wales, honeymoon clients often travel to Melbourne and Australia’s wine region; the Outback to visit Uluru and many of the geologic features as well as aboriginal cultural experiences; or to Queensland for excursions out to the Great Barrier Reef or the ancient rainforests. There is something for everyone in Australia.australia
  2. Belize – If you would like to stay a little closer to home, Belize is a quick hop, skip, and a jump from most major US hubs. Belize’s barrier islands have both beautiful beaches and the best diving in the Western hemisphere. And then a quick flight or ferry ride gets you to the mainland where there are so many really exciting adventure opportunities in the jungle. Strap on a miner’s helmet with light and float along an underground river through caves or canoe through massive stalactites. Take a strenuous hike to see Mayan ceremonial sites with crystalized skeletons and ancient artifacts. And visit well-preserved Mayan temple ruins. Or sit back in your hammock of a luxury jungle retreat and listen to the birds and monkeys.belize
  3. Costa Rica – Costa Rica is a great honeymoon destination for an active couple. Learn to surf, hike through cloud forests, and watch erupting volcanoes. Ziplining has become ubiquitous in Costa Rica, for good reason, because it has some of the highest and fastest zipline courses anywhere. There are pristine hot springs, world class spas, biodiverse jungles, and white water rafting.  We work with the best hotels across the country to get exclusive amenities for our clients.Costa Rica
  4. French Polynesia – We are getting more and more requests for Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and the islands of French Polynesia. Whether you explore by cruise or island hop over crystal clear waters, some of the world’s best resorts are in this part of the world. I always recommend my clients stay at least some part of their honeymoon in one of the iconic overwater bungalows. I work with the best resorts and cruises to give my clients a really exclusive top of the line experience.Polynesia
  5. Greece – Other areas of Europe are generally more popular for honeymooners, but Greece is just as romantic a destination with lots of history and stunning seaside vistas. Most travels begin in Athens with historic tours, amazing food, and the best hotels in the city. The Greek Isles are a must: Mykonos, Santorini, and some of the lesser known islands. Sail between islands, take a cooking lessons, or just sit back and watch amazing sunsets.greece
  6. Italy – There are so many places for honeymooners in Italy. Stay in a historic Tuscan villa, learn from Michelin-starred chefs, explore little seaside villages, ride bikes through wine country stopping for tastings, or explore the canals of Venice and the ancient sites of Rome. Depending whether a couple has been before, we can recommend new and upcoming destinations in Italy to really get off the beaten pathitaly
  7. Mexico – Of course Mexico has to make the list. Visit the beautiful resorts of up and coming Cabo or take a more historic trip into Mexico’s interior. But the most popular destination that we get requests for is to the Mayan Riviera (from Cancun to Tulum). Relax on beautiful beaches all day, dive world-class sites, and visit exciting ancient ruins. Since everything I plan is custom we can make sure our clients are able to avoid the tourist hoards and really have an exclusive and luxurious experience as adventurous or relaxing as they want.  honeymoon
  8. Peru – Peru may not come to mind as a particularly romantic destination, however as a Peru specialist I end up getting a lot of requests for honeymoons to Peru. It is a great destination for adventurous couples with an interest in history and the outdoors. Start out in the gastronomic capital of Lima, then travel to the Andes mountains to visit the Incan capital of Cusco and the onto the iconic mountain citadel of Machu Picchu. Super adventurous couples can even hike the Inca Trail. For those interested in culture there are exciting opportunities to visit indigenous villages in the Sacred Valley, the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, or in the Amazon region. Honeymooners could choose a luxurious Amazon River cruise or a jungle retreat walking along rainforest canopies.  Head north on the coast for great beaches and surfing or south for wildlife watching and ancient sites.peru
  9. Spain – I have planned some fabulous honeymoons in Spain. Honeymoons often begin in the fascinating cities of Barcelona or Madrid. Visit world class museums, eat amazing food, and do some fabulous shopping. Andalusia tends to be a particularly romantic area of Spain with beautiful architecture and authentic flamenco performances. We work with the best hotels and guides in the country.Spain
  10. St Lucia – St Lucia really reminds me of a mix between Hawaii and Jamaica. It has the beautiful volcanic landscape like Hawaii with the rich Caribbean culture like its neighboring islands. Not to mention some of the most beautiful resorts for honeymooners. Watch the sunset from your private plunge pool, eat incredible local foods, and do as little or as many adventure activities as you would like. Take sailing lessons or hike a volcano. It is definitely one of the most romantic islands in the Caribbean. stlucia
  11. Thailand – I love sending my clients to Thailand because they always have such a wonderful experience.  From exploring Bangkok’s floating markets to Chiang Mai’s temples, there are so many cultural and historical sights to see. Be an elephant caretaker for a day or explore the jungles of northern Thailand. And then of course there are the beaches and islands. Take a Thai long boat to visit hidden beaches or go for a snorkel. We work with the best hotels and resorts to give our clients the most authentic experiences.thailand

If you are interested in a custom honeymoon, give Kristina a call at 954-683-5548 or send an email to kristina@wanderlusttraveladventures.com for your free consultation.

Central America

You Better Belize It

Chaa Creek

Xunantunich

I love discovering new favorite destinations, and I just found a new one – Belize! It is such a quick and easy getaway especially from South Florida because the flight out of Miami is only an hour and forty minutes to Belize City. I recommend skipping Belize City and head either straight for the islands or to the jungle. As an English-speaking country driving on the right hand side of the road, it is an easy travel destination for Americans. My first stop was The Lodge at Chaa Creek in the Cayo District of Western Belize in the heart of the rainforest. There are so many activities to do at the lodge itself from canoeing the Macal River, horseback riding, a beautiful spa, butterfly farm, and hiking trails all within the property’s 365 acre private nature reserve. The thatched rooms are exquisite, and the lodge grows most of the food served in its restaurant from its own on-property organic farm. Howler monkeys would often visit and their howls add to the exoticness of the locale. If you actually have a desire to leave the property, there are so many really exciting day trips from the lodge. I highly recommend the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour for the adventurous at heart. For those who want a more relaxing day trip activity, the cave tubing was a really fun and interesting day adventure. Also nearby is the impressive Mayan pyramid site of Xunantunich, which makes for a fascinating stop either on the way to or from the airport.

 

Belize’s barrier reef offers some of the most impressive diving and snorkeling opportunities in the Americas. If you enjoy these underwater activities, Belize has got to be added to your bucket list. Beyond the famous Blue Hole, there are numerous other equally-exciting dive opportunities where you can swim with everything from sharks to manatees. A great base from which to explore the reef is Ambergris Caye, a quick 15-minute flight from Belize City over crystal-clear turquoise waters (I saw giant manta rays and sharks in the water from the plane it’s just that clear). There is also a ferry from the mainland. San Pedro is a really fun, laid back beach town with a wide range of accommodation options. I stayed at Ramon’s Village Resort in a thatched beach cabana, but for those who really want their own private island luxury experience I recommend Cayo Espanto. Overall, I highly recommend Belize for a long weekend getaway, honeymoon destination, or a week-long tropical vacation exploring beach and jungle.

E-mail kristina@wanderlusttraveladventures.com today to start planning your own Belize vacation!

First published in the Post Haste Fall 2014 edition of Keeping Posted.