If lounging by the beach is not something you would expect on your honeymoon, here are some cool active honeymoon ideas that might be perfect for you. These ideas are suitable for couples who crave adrenaline and adventure instead of the usual beach honeymoon. Whether surfing in Costa Rica, sailing the Dalmatia, or going for a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, these adventures are the most exciting ways to celebrate your marital bliss.
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1. Surfing in Costa Rica
For couples who are avid surfers, Costa Rica would be a perfect destination. The country has long been a popular destination for surfing since its beaches have consistent surf and favourable water temperatures all year round. In addition, the relaxing environment also make it a great spot for those seeking a yoga retreat, the perfect way to unwind after a day hitting the swells. Whether you’re looking for beginner-friendly waves or a world-class break, Costa Rica has something for you.
When it comes to the best surfing spots in Costa Rica, Tamarindo Beach often tops the list. Located along the North Pacific Coast, it hosts several surfing competitions annually and has become a go-to destination for surfing fans. Bustling with nightlife, Tamarindo has a lively vibe, making it a fantastic destination for couples seeking an exceptional beach honeymoon. Due to its central location, most tourists would base themselves in the area. It has plenty of luxury resorts that cater to honeymooners, such as Jardin Del Eden Boutique Hotel, offering superb accommodations with ocean views.
For beginners, Espadilla Beach is a great choice. It lies in the Central Pacific region and is the main beach in Manuel Antonio Park. The southern end would be a great starting spot for beginners, while the northern section offers more of a challenge and is more suited to experienced surfers.
2. Glamping in the UK
If your honeymoon fantasy consists of simple pleasures, such as sleeping in comfy beds in a canvas tent and enjoying bonfires under starry-night skies, you should consider a UK glamping holiday, providing a trip full of adventure. Glamping offers all the wonders of a nature getaway without the hassles of setting up a tent. With glamping, you will sleep in a cosy tent surrounded by stunning nature views.
Hayton Hideaways in Brampton is an ideal choice for a romantic glamping honeymoon in the UK. Instead of sleeping in a tent, you’ll sleep in a luxury glamping pod, which sits at the edge of a charming village close to the Lake District. The glamping pods are set on a farm, with a pub just a short stroll away. Aside from enjoying the gorgeous views, staying in Hayton Hideaways will give you easy access to some of the UK’s historic landmarks.
Each glamping pod is fully furnished and equipped with a kitchen, shower, and toilet. There’s a veranda where you can relax to enjoy the stunning views outdoors. At night, take advantage of the fire pit and barbecue grill. During the day, you can go hiking or biking on the trails nearby.
3. Sail Down the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia
The Dalmatian Coast’s crystal-clear waters are a fantastic spot for sailing. Its dramatic coastline offers the perfect backdrop for a luxury Croatia honeymoon, taking you to many stunning islands and historic cities. On your sailing adventure, marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views while indulging in delicious food and wine.
The historic city of Split is a popular jumping-off point for sailing on the Dalmatian Coast. It has an international port where several small ship cruises and yachts would depart. Before you sail, explore the harbour, and check out its many bars and restaurants. If you have plenty of time, visit the Diocletian Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in 305 AD.
From Split, sail to the glitzy island of Hvar, and explore its picturesque harbour town. Hike to the hilltop fortress, which opens to the gorgeous views of the ocean and the nearby Pakleni Islands. You can sail to these islands from Hvar, where you’ll find quiet beaches, perfect for relaxing and spending some romantic moments.
4. Climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
Mountaineering couples should consider climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain and the world’s highest freestanding mountain. But the true beauty of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro lies in the things you’ll encounter along the way. Your climb will take you through Tanzania’s rural areas, where you will be acquainted with the local Swahili people, an experience you will remember long after your honeymoon ends.
You can choose from seven different routes when climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Each takes between 5 to 9 days to conquer. But try not to rush your ascent. A slow and steady climb will give your body enough time to acclimate to higher altitudes.
Before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, ensure you have a good level of physical fitness. Try to take some shorter hikes near you. If you can’t find time to hike outdoors, hit your local gym. Run on the treadmill to help your body build endurance and strength in preparation for your climb.
5. Hot Air Ballooning in Turkey
Turkey is home to some of the world’s most romantic places for a honeymoon. One of these is Cappadocia, a picturesque region famous for its distinctive rock formations. Cappadocia also offers many fun activities catered to honeymooners. But the most romantic of these activities is going for a hot air balloon ride.
Indeed, a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, something you shouldn’t miss while on a honeymoon in Turkey. When you book the hot air balloon ride, the price you will pay will include hotel pick-up and drop-off, meals before the flight, insurance, and a small token. The balloon ride takes off early in the morning, usually before sunrise.
As your hot air balloon soars into the sky, you will enjoy Cappadocia’s magical landscapes from above, with the sunrise views in the backdrop. It is truly an incredible experience, especially with your loved one beside you. Cappadocia is fascinating to explore on the land and looks even more spectacular when you see it from above.
*This article has been contributed to Owl Over The World.