Top Honeymoon Destinations: St. Lucia

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 27, 2012

Guest Post By: Brandon, co-founder of Traveler’s Joy

Complete with lush rainforest, secluded coves, undulating mountains, and vibrant communities, the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia has emerged as a magnet for honeymooners.

Its spectacular scenery alone also makes it one of the most romantic destinations in the Caribbean. But then add St. Lucia’s fabulous resorts, unique outdoor pursuits, dynamic cuisine, and energetic culture, and you’ve got a world-class honeymoon choice.

Feel the Pulse of St. Lucia

From music festivals to carnival celebrations, St. Lucia packs in exciting cultural events and colorful galas throughout the year. In fact, the island is renowned worldwide for many of its celebrations, including the heralded St. Lucia Jazz Festival. Held each May, this much-anticipated event showcases local and international artists for two weeks of wonderful music.

In between soulful shows, indulge in St. Lucia’s one-of-a-kind restaurant scene. With Creole, West Indian, and European influences at work, plus a focus on many other island flavors and local ingredients, the country is a gastronomic hotspot. Start with an unforgettable creole meal featuring views of the Pitons at La Haut Plantation before checking out Coal Pot Restaurant on the waterfront in Castries.

For a most memorable honeymoon, look to line up your upcoming visit with one of St. Lucia’s national events. In addition to the annual jazz festival, Carnival (July), the National Flower Festival (August), and the International Creole Day (October) all feature colorful displays, parades, and dancing.

Top Honeymoon Destinations: Costa Rica

Posted by Jeffra on Feb 17, 2012

Guest Post By: Brandon, co-founder of Traveler’s Joy

In 2012, Costa Rica has continued its reign as one of the world’s top honeymoon destinations – and it’s easy to see why. With its vast array of natural wonders and lush terrain, the country is teeming with one-of-a-kind experiences.

Sun seekers and spa enthusiasts will find hundreds of top-notch resorts, spas, and beaches. Thrill seekers will discover countless active pursuits like diving, canopy tours, and whitewater rafting. Eco-travelers will also encounter some of the world’s most unique and diverse wildlife, terrain, and guided excursions.

The country’s diversity is truly exceptional, making it a magnet for newlyweds. Whether you’re looking for honeymoon inspiration this year or already heading to Costa Rica in the coming months, consider these ideas and destinations for your upcoming trip.

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Into the Wild

Honeymooners pursuing an adventurous journey will find their perfect match in Costa Rica. No matter if you’re looking to ride rapids, go surfing, try out canyoning, or experience windsurfing on Lake Arenal, the options are practically endless.

Top Honeymoon Destinations: The Florida Keys

Posted by Jeffra on Jan 04, 2012

Guest Post By: Brandon, co-founder of Traveler’s Joy

Like a chain of pearls, the Florida Keys stretch 150 miles southwest from extreme southern Florida, separating the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. Comprised of more than 400 islands, the Keys have attracted visitors for many decades, most notably writers, artists, fishermen, and free-spirited folks searching for perennial sunshine and peaceful waters.

Honeymooners are also taking notice of this beautiful and diverse region. With numerous outdoor activities (distinguished by a vibrant underwater ecosystem), a variety of resort offerings, and exciting sights and attractions, all in a tropical setting, newlyweds can experience the honeymoon of their dreams without ever leaving the country.

From Carnivals to Craft Beer in Key West

With its party atmosphere, laid-back vibe, and seemingly endless attractions, Key West is often the feature destination for newlyweds when visiting the Keys.

First, get your shopping fix along Duval and Greene Streets before making your way north towards Mallory Square. The popular waterfront area is one of the city’s main focal points and a top spot for people watching. Be sure to go a few hours before sunset (however, beware when cruise ships are in port) and take in the carnival-like atmosphere, complete with street performers, live music, local crafts, and fresh food.

Great Honeymoon Locations: Breckenridge, CO

Posted by Jeffra on Nov 17, 2011

Guest Post By: Brandon, co-founder of Traveler’s Joy

Newlyweds looking for an unforgettable winter honeymoon should look no further than Breckenridge, Colorado. Located about 80 miles from Denver, this historic mining town offers the perfect blend of yesterday and today, from rustic saloons and mining tours to ultra-modern resorts and chic restaurants.

But perhaps it’s also the first-rate outdoor activities that make Breckenridge one of North America’s most magnificent winter destinations. Whether downhill skiing, snowmobiling, or a romantic sleigh ride is on your agenda, bank on Breckenridge for an ultimate winter getaway.

Breckenridge on Foot

Breckenridge is a terrific destination to explore on foot. In fact, the town of 4,540 features a National Historic District that includes more than 200 historic buildings, many of which date back to the late 19th century. Today, most of the structures have been turned into pleasant restaurants, shops, and museums – all of which contribute towards a perfect honeymoon day filled with new discoveries.

After visiting some of the town’s iconic structures along Main St. and Lincoln Avenue, make your next detour to the Breckenridge Arts District. Don’t miss the Riverwalk Performing Arts Center or the Backstage Theatre. Both are home to live music, performances, and a number of cultural events throughout the year.

When your feet have had enough walking for the week, head to one of the region’s notable spas for a revitalizing body treatment. Blue Sage Spa is conveniently located downtown and offers a wide variety of styles, including couples’ treatments and chocolate therapy.

Top Honeymoon Destinations: St. John

Posted by Jeffra on Oct 12, 2011

Guest Post By: Brandon, co-founder of Traveler’s Joy

Whether you’re seeking unique adventure activities or relaxing days under a swaying palm tree, St. John of the U.S. Virgin Islands offers a little bit of everything for honeymooners.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the options are practically endless. The island features an expansive national park, spectacular beaches, and terrific water sport opportunities. For couples looking for some much-needed rest and relaxation, consider going for the unparalleled shopping, historical sites, charming towns, and impressive resort offerings.

But no matter what, with a relaxed ambiance, gorgeous surroundings, and accommodating residents, this one-of-a-kind Caribbean destination will prove to be the perfect place for newlyweds to spend their first days together as a married couple.

Virgin Island National Park

This expansive national park, which covers nearly two-thirds of the island, features a slew of terrific hiking opportunities (whether solo or through guided treks). While options certainly exist for avid hikers, there are also plenty of offerings for casual trekkers.

First, hit the Reef Bay Trail, a three-mile-long path that heads downhill to a sandy beach. Highlights include the ruins of a sugar factory, plus ancient petroglyphs. Treks to the trail often depart from the visitors’ center in Cruz Bay and include a boat ride back to your starting point.

Meanwhile, other highly recommended scenic hikes include the Annaberg Plantation Path, Ram’s Head Trail, and Salt Pond Trail.