Top 8 Destination Wedding Locations
There aren’t as too many things in life that are as important as your wedding day. Anyone who keeps up with travel trends has certainly noticed the growing popularity of destination weddings. Many agree that celebrating one of the most special days in their lives in an exotic place is the icing on the cake. For many of them, going somewhere new and exciting is at the top of their list, and not much farther down that list are budget and accessibility; not just for them but for their friends and family.
So what locations are found most frequently on a destination wedding list?
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At the top of that list is Cancun. With a fairly central location, Cancun is easy to get to for both east and west coast travelers. Beautiful beaches, numerous resorts and energetic nightlife make Cancun’s hotel zone one of the more dynamic choices these days. The area affords travelers with hotels to suit every budget, along with nightclubs, shops, and restaurants.
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Another popular choice is the Riviera Maya, just south of Cancun. Although not far from Cancun, this Yucatan destination is a very different experience. Its long beaches and uninterrupted coastline make for some of the best walking beaches in the Caribbean. The now famous Playa del Carmen boasts a pedestrian thoroughfare, offering blocks of shops, restaurants, and night life ranging from bars to dance clubs. To the south, Tulum is home to a quieter experience alongside the preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port city, perched above a beach.
Immaculate beaches, dramatic mountain peaks, and snorkeling that seems like you’re in an aquarium. They say French Polynesia is paradise. The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spaaw-dropping views of the iconic Mount Otemanu, this resort guarantees wedding photos that look like a movie set. For couples who want a beach wedding, the property has a nice area for a ceremony on the sand. For a more traditional venue, the resort has a chapel that shows off the natural surroundings in stunning fashion: there’s a glass floor with a view into the crystal clear water, and a window behind the altar frames the mountain perfectly.
There’s a reason so many newly-weds and about-to-be-weds flock to Fiji to celebrate their love. With glistening white beaches, lush rainforests and countless hideaway spots, this is one of the most romantic places on earth. If you want help with planning, many resorts offer great wedding or honeymoon packages to take the pressure off. Fiji is famous for its beachside ceremonies, providing the ultimate backdrop of white sand, blue ocean and stunning green islands. Thick rainforests provide another perfect wedding spot. If you’ve got a lot of people attending, getting married on the main island, Viti Levu, is the best option. But for something more intimate, there are countless alternatives on one of Fiji’s offshore islands.
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For those who are willing to venture a bit farther south, Jamaica is a fabulous option. A more laid-back option than Cancun’s hotel zone, Jamaica reminds us that we are on vacation and far from home. What the Caribbean’s third largest island lacks in infrastructure, it makes up for in charm and ambiance. Golf, outdoor adventure, beautiful beaches, and world class cuisine make this island an ideal choice.
Next on the list is Punta Cana, the eastern most province in the Dominican Republic. Idyllic white sand beaches are made for walking, and the beautiful, clear water is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and a variety of other water sports. Punta Cana has seen tremendous growth over the past several years with the Bavaro area becoming well known as a bustling hub featuring shopping malls, restaurants, banks, supermarkets, and schools. Still, the all-inclusive experience remains the most popular choice among travelers to this area.
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Close proximity from mainland America is a big draw as well as the perception that the Bahamas is a great value. While airfare is often reasonable, one must keep in mind that the hotels in Nassau and Paradise Island are often times more expensive than other Caribbean islands like the Dominican Republic or Jamaica. Still, the combination of the beaches, casinos, nightlife and modern amenities make the Bahamas an excellent choice!
Year-round gorgeous weather, world-class beaches, and some of the most dramatic sunsets on the planet make it hard to beat for romance. Oahu is packed with natural beauty and native culture, and is the most convenient island for a destination wedding because it has the biggest airport and the most frequent direct flights from the mainland. In Oahu, Turtle Bay Resort, a large lush resort with ocean views is a popular location. Hawaii’s big Island offers poolside venues and to rugged grassy lava bluffs overlooking the Pacific. Maui is seen as the most romantic Hawaiian island, it’s filled with waterfalls and rainbows. Its beaches are considered to be among the best in the world. Kauai is known as the “Garden Island” for its incredibly lush tropical landscape. Lanai is a quiet tropical paradise that has retained much of its native culture but doesn’t shortchange visitors in search of luxe, and couples can exchange vows Cliffside, in gardens, or on Hulopoe Beach.
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