We know Kim and Kris‘s nuptials have some of y’all playing Jagged Edge on repeat and plotting a wedding with our without knowing who the groom/bride will be.
So we thought we’d help you plot out the best part of your shady wedding to be: the honeymoon.
Here is part one of U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 22 Best Honeymoon Destinations in the world. We doubt this was their thought process behind it, but we figure: hey, if nothing else, these are fantastic vacation spots to visit regardless. And if your mate starts acting up, you’ll have plenty of alternate options.
22. Las Vegas
You know exactly what you’re going to get when you honeymoon in Vegas, and some couples love that. After checking in at a glitzy hotel like the Bellagio or the Wynn, couples can hit the casinos hoping to get lucky. Hotel pools are another way to while the days away. At night, couples can dress to the nines and dine at one of the many fancy restaurants and later catch a Cirque du Soleil show or club hop along the Strip.
21. Madrid, Spain
Yes, Spain’s capital is a big and bustling city (people literally stay up all night), but it’s also filled with the Spanish sensibility — the afternoon siesta, delicious tapas, free-flowing wines, flamenco and all-night parties. There are also must-see museums like the Prado and excellent parks for catnaps, though in Madrid, you won’t lack for comfortable places to lay your head — the hotels are world-class.
20. Outer Banks (North Carolina)
North Carolina’s Outer Banks are a beach destination that won’t break the bank. In the affluent and quiet town of Duck (a northern OBX beach), honeymooners can book accommodations at a nice bed and breakfast, sunbathe on the beaches and participate in some leisurely watersports like fishing or kayaking. And though the cuisine isn’t renowned, the area does offer a handful of fine dining establishments.
19. San Francisco
A large city filled with things to do for the cosmopolitan couple who enjoy touring museums together and exploring interesting neighborhoods. San Francisco also brims with awesome (and health-conscious) restaurants, and a hotel scene that runs the gamut, from upscale chains to sumptuous boutiques. Plus, you can also rent a convertible and spend an afternoon driving through California’s nearby wine country.
18. Niagra Falls
Yes, Niagara Falls are a somewhat “camp” honeymoon destination, but Jim and Pam from “The Office” had a blast — you might, too. Accommodations range from retro (complete with heart-shaped bathtubs) to high-end resorts, and the views of the falls — whether from high above in a helicopter or at the bottom on a Maid of the Mist boat — are said to be transcendent, especially standing beside a new spouse.
17. Banff (Alberta, Canada)
If you’re among those avid skiers whose ideal honeymoon is spent on the slopes and at the lodge, Banff might be your ideal honeymoon destination. Set in Alberta Canada, Banff Town is a posh village of upscale lodges, tasteful yet hearty restaurants and a pretty active nightlife. By day, snow bunnies can hit the immediate area’s three ski slopes — Banff Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Area.
16. Charleston (North Carolina)
It’s not Italy or France, but Charleston is an intriguing city, dripping with Southern charm, not to mention upscale Southern cooking. The downtown fills with galleries, boutiques, restaurants and lovely historic homes to tour by day — and live-music bars, ghost tours and romantic walks to partake in by night. To bed down, honeymooners can book a historic inn downtown or a beachside resort-spa (average temperatures range from the 60s to 70s during May’s wedding season).
All-inclusive resorts reign, meaning honeymooners after their brilliant but exhausting weddings can fully relax…without worrying about what to do, where to eat or the weather (it’s Jamaica, and the temperatures average in the 70s to 90s year-round). However, if couples do want to get out and explore, Jamaica offers a host of things to do — from reggae bars in Kingston to the tropical flora and fauna of Ocho Rios.
14. Key West
A laidback ambience pervades this string of islands off the coast of Florida. Complete with upscale hotels and restaurants, Key West is ideal for couples who want to spend their days on the beach or water and their nights in restaurants and bars.
13. Edingburgh (Scotland)
Set amid the rolling Scottish hills, complete with castles, up-and-coming restaurants, luxurious accommodations (bed and breakfasts, too), and a vibrant theater scene, Edinburgh makes for an interesting yet laid-back honeymoon. If you feel like sightseeing, Edinburgh offers neighborhoods to explore, nearby hills to hike, shopping streets to peruse and attractions like Edinburgh Castle and the Holyroodhouse Palace to see, but you can also lounge in the Royal Botanic Garden, enjoy a spa treatment or simply sleep in — and not feel guilty about it.
12. Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is an easy flight from the U.S., which might be the deciding factor for wedding-weary couples looking for relaxation as soon as possible. The large island offers both quiet, secluded beaches — like the ones found on Vieques — and lively ones like Rincón. Resorts, restaurants and couples-friendly activities, such as hiking and scuba diving, abound.
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