While on your honeymoon, head inland on your visit to Mexico to discover natural beauty, archaeological treasures, and fun around every turn. For example, why not join a bilingual guide and explore some of Puerto Vallarta’s hillsides, valleys, villages and jungle—on horseback! For centuries, Mexican cowboys (charros) have relied on their four-footed steeds and now you can follow in their footsteps and beyond. Experience beaches, such as Xcaret and Tres Rios parks in Cancun, river banks and lush forests, with stops along the way for traditional meals, a cooling splash in the river and historic highlights. See mysterious desert landscapes, tropical flowers and picturesque haciendas. Ride for a morning, a day, or take off into the remote countryside on a multi-day tour.
Horses too tame for you? Hop on the back of a Harley Davidson and roar away on a motorcycle tour of the back roads of Cancun. Set your own pace. Stop for a stroll through a village church or cobblestoned marketplace. Spread a picnic in a shady spot overlooking the blue waters below. Take in the sound of mariachis and enjoy the rush of fresh air on your skin.
Or how about testing some rugged trails on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV)? Breathe in the pure mountain air while your eyes and spirit are treated to spectacular views. Discover a magnificent waterfall and relax for a while in the middle of nowhere! Visit a private ranch and pick a fresh mango, papaya or banana right off the tree. Head to the beach or ride through jungle paths, swim in a clear 60 foot deep cenote, explore caves and climb ancient Mayan ruins. Try the Playa del Carmen jungle tour, or a Vallarta back roads tour.
Visit a natural warm spring, such as Oaxaca’s Hierve el Agua, in use for more than 2,400 years. As the water runs off of the edge of the nearby cliff, minerals create a petrified waterfall, one of only two such sites in the world, the other being in Turkey. Or see the thundering Cascada de Eyipantla in Veracruz, with its 246 descending steps (you might recognize it from one of the dozen movies filmed there).
Try biking, trekking, or birdwatching (some 950 species on view in Baja and the Yucatan!). Visit private homes or artists’ studios in Puerto Vallarta or San Miguel de Allende. Go mountain-climbing on Mexico’s volcanoes. Explore lost cities, pre-Columbian rock-art sites near Merida, Playa del Carmen and Cancun, sub-tropical rain forests and pristine Caribbean beaches while soaking up the culture of Mexico’s indigenous cultures. There’s so much to do—and so many ways to do it—you’ll be planning your next trip before you ever leave!
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Hawaii’s Top Beaches!
For Scenery & Romance
On Kauai’s north shore, Hanalei Bay is scooped out of waterfalls and white sand – possibly the most beautiful beach setting in Hawaii. Wend your way down to Kauai’s Lumahai Beach and find yourself in the gorgeous landscape of the movie “South Pacific.” Gaze across the Auau Channel from Maui’s Kaanapali Beach to see why it was voted “Beach with the Best Sunset.” Feeling energetic? Hike three miles to Hawaii’s remote Green Sand Beach where olivine, a rare volcanic crystal, sparkling blue water and frothing surf create spectacular surroundings. And for day and night dazzle, Oahu’s famous Waikiki Beach is a postcard in motion: sensational people-watching, friendly, learn-to-surf waves, and a grassy park shaded with palms and banyan trees.
Spectacularly photogenic, Oahu’s Lanikai Beach is a mile of golden sand considered to be the best swimming beach in Hawaii. Waimanalo is also a local favorite, ideal for body-surfing, boogie boarding and swimming. Sheltered Anaehoomalu Beach is one of the best recreational beaches on the Big Island. On Hawaii’s west side, Hapuna Bay, offers ideal swimming and boogie boarding conditions, plus abundant fish and coral, superb for snorkeling. And tucked away in Wainapanapa Park, near the end of the “Road to Hana” on Maui, is a black sand beach and serene cove perfect for swimming, snorkeling or exploring the volcanic rock caves.
Hanauma Bay on Oahu is sheltered in the crater of an ancient volcano, rich with sea life and ideal for snorkelers of all ages. Picturesque Kee Beach, on Kauai’s North shore, is the best snorkeling spot in the island – and be sure to stay for the dazzling sunset! Lanai’s exquisite Hulopoe Beach Park is a jewelbox of colorful fish and stunningly clear water. Punaluu Black Sand Beach, on the south coast of the Big Island, is a sanctuary for green sea turtles, with very scenic snorkeling. On the rocky reefs of Maui’s Kamaole Beach Parks, lucky snorkelers can see sea turtles and parrot fish – also a good spot for whale viewing.
Though resident surfers all have a favorite spot, Oahu’s North Shore is the mecca of big wave surfing, and Sunset Beach, Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and Haleiwa Beach Park are among the world’s most famous – and certainly most scenic – surfing spots.
Maui’s many superb family beaches include Wailea Beach and nearby Palauea Beach, as well as golden Kapalua Bay Beach. Kauai’s Poipu Beach is landscaped with lava boulders that create a sheltered pool with still, shallow water. Windward Oahu’s long, scenic Kailua Beach Park is a great place for picnics and ideal for windsurfing. On the Big Island, Hapuna Beach State Park is rarely crowded and offers shade, picnic tables and good snorkeling around the rocks at the north end.
Discover Maui Hawaii’s Inner Beauty
In the inland center of Maui is Iao Valley State Park, home to the landmark 1,200-foot Iao Needle. This towering rock formation juts upward from the valley floor, a ragged peak of brown lava rock that contrasts with the blue skies and lush, deep green vegetation. Hiking trails abound near the Needle that lead to lookout points with stunning views of both the Needle itself and the surrounding scenery.
Eastern Maui boasts another spectacular place to explore, Haleakala National Park. Haleakala Crater is the world’s largest dormant volcano, and its 10,000-foot slope is a hiker’s paradise, with trails that lead above the cloud line for an unforgettable experience. The Park’s terrain also makes for an array of microclimates: trails traverse lush valleys, parched deserts, and everything in between – including coastal waterfalls. Haleakala Crater is also regarded as one of the best places to watch a Hawaiian sunrise creep over the horizon, or to end the day with a sunset and stargazing through Maui’s clear skies.
For the true nature lover, Maui’s best offering is the Pipiwai Trail, roughly nine miles from Hana at the edge of Haleakala National Park. This fantastic hike follows the Pipiwai Stream that feeds through the O’heo Gulch, a stunning river valley known for a series of crystal clear ponds that fill craters in the rocks called the Seven Sacred Pools. But as gorgeous as they are, the pools don’t hold a candle to the final payoff of the Pipiwai Trail: Waimoku Falls, Maui’s largest waterfall. Towering 400 feet above the gulch floor, Waimoku cascades down a sheer lava rock wall into a pool filled with boulders. It is a natural spectacle that truly must be seen to be believed, and makes for a breathtaking way to have a break from the beach!
Alaska Destination Wedding!
From holding your ceremony at the quaint Chapel by the Lake overlooking a range of mountains and a glacier, to booking a tour ship and allowing wedding guests to have a wildlife-viewing experience during your vows, Alaskan destination weddings are simple, rustic, and eco-friendly!
Where else in the world can you capture your wedding bliss in full daylight…at midnight? Craving a bigger entrance than the traditional walk down the aisle to your groom? Have your Alaska destination wedding in Sitka or Juneau and surround yourself by sea otters, bald eagles, and whales as you arrive by seaplane or kayak!
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Top 5 Wedding Destinations Abroad
Aruba Destination Wedding
While barefoot-on-the-beach ceremonies are an ever popular choice for wedding destinations abroad, remember that hidden coves, natural bridges, underwater reefs, and hilltop panoramas are among some of the more creative venues this island has to offer! Want to include some of Aruba’s local flair into your chapel ceremony? Request that church bells be rung to notify everyone in the vicinity that a wedding is taking place! Villagers will line the streets to celebrate and cheer on the bride and groom!
Look into: the summit of the Hooiberg and the Tunnel of Love
Bermuda Destination Wedding
Is Bermuda your final answer? Follow local tradition and tape a penny to the sole of your shoe for good luck and look into venues that have wedding band-like structures called moongates nearby; lore states that any couple who walks through a moongate after exchanging their vows will be blessed with lifelong happiness and good fortune! Staying at Tony Tucker’s Point? Plant the cedar sapling that served as your traditional wedding topper in the resort’s Wedding Grove!
Look into: the Palm Grove Gardens and the Unfinished Church
Take the jungle path to an aisle on the beach, where you can say your vows and party to local reggae grooves! Follow the tradition of Jamaican brides before you and tuck several sweet basil leaves into your shoe for good luck. Take note that the first Sunday immediately following the wedding is your official ‘Turn Thanks Day’ – where newlywed couples and their wedding party go to the church where their wedding took place and attend service as a gesture of offering gratitude to God for the marriage.
Look into: Ocho Rios and Hummingbird Hall
Cayman Islands Destination Wedding
Whether you say “I do” on a stretch of snow white sand along the famed Seven Mile Beach or above the crystal clear water on the pier at the legendary Rum Point, you’ll never forget a wedding held in Mother Nature’s best kept secret! At the reception, take note of Cayman Island customs and remember that the groom is to open the first champagne bottle – but don’t let him lose that cork! It is tradition to keep the stopper for good luck and as memory of the day.
Look into: Pedro St. James and Kaibo Beach
From the Tuscany hills and Amalfi Coast to a terrace in Italian Riviera, the “dolce vita” style of this ethereal country is the perfect place for a wedding. Imagine your ceremony held in the medieval towns of Chianti or in a gondola gliding through Venice; picture a a sunset service in Rome or saying your vows under the blue Mediterranean skies of Sorrento… Who can say no to the romance that is Italy? Keep with local customs and have your groom carry a piece of iron in his pocket for good luck and remember that it is considered bad luck for a bride to wear any gold on the day she is married until wedding rings are exchanged!
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Island Hopping Honeymoons
The sun heats up you to the bone as you lay beside each other drinking an extraordinary mixture of rum, juice and spices or herbs you’ll never be able to duplicate. This is a honeymoon holiday in the Caribbean isles, and it will change you permanently.
An over 750,000 rectangle distance aqua blue sea in the southern aspect of the Sea Ocean, Southeast of California, north of Venezuela. Hundreds of isles and small atolls rise from the clear rich waters, creating the most ideal location for a newlywed couple to experience a completely soothing honeymoon holiday. The planning is over, the songs of the party have passed away; now the time is yours have fun with together, just the two of you, in heaven.
The U.S. Virgin Islands
These isles could be an excellent honeymoon location for those who are new to international travel. The three isles of St. Johnson, St. Croix and St. David are U.S. protectorates. The currency is the U.S. Dollar and English is verbal widely so traveling is created just a little easier. The isles, like most of the Caribbean, have a different lifestyle along with amazing seashores.
Very close to the Northern most Venezuela, The island of Aruba is a geographically exclusive and wonderful isle. From failing surf and strong northern coast, to its central bumpy wasteland marked with exotic and its relaxed white-colored seashores to the south, this formerly Dutch community is a fantastic position. Hardly 70 rectangle kilometers, this tiny heaven is well known for its kindness and actual elegance, in addition to scuba dive diving, boating and every seaside activity possible.
Made up of over 700 isles and more than 2000 atolls, the Bahamas Island includes over 100,000 rectangle kilometers. For decades, honeymooning partners have chosen the Bahamas not only for their actual elegance, but also for their vicinity to the landmass United States. Just a short flight from California to Nassau or Freeport reveals the gateways to a honeymoon holiday with every service possible. The powder-white beaches and skin blue h2o of the Bahamas will be in your mind’s eye permanently.
Who believes about the Caribbean without conjuring pictures of the welcoming Jamaican people, reggae songs and breathtaking exotic beaches? Long a well-known honeymoon location, Barbados is one of the most stunning and culturally different isles in the area. The isles merge the actual attractiveness of falls, jungles, waterways and seashores, with shopping, art and food of your goals. Remain at an all-inclusive hotel or strategy the trip of your choice.
The exotic attractiveness of this lavish heaven will take your breath away. St. Lucia is known for its jungles and wonderful falls, in addition to the popular white-colored seashores and aqua blue sea. The island’s 100-year-old marketplace is a must-see during any visit. With world-class all-inclusive hotels and luxury hotels, St. Lucia is an ideal honeymoon location. If you appreciate scuba dive diving or scuba dive diving, this isle could be one of your top choices.
Trade gusts of wind once brought travelers, investors and cutthroat buccaneers to this ideal exotic isle with its strong, secure harbor. Now sailboats carry competition across its rich waters. These gusts of wind have always kept the island’s moisture low and temperature enjoyable, creating it a wonderful position for a soothing exotic honeymoon holiday. Once again we discuss the amazing seashores, the reefs coral reefs ideal for scuba dive diving and the warm sun… all common denominators of the Caribbean. Close by Barbuda is home to a fowl haven known throughout the area.
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Jamaica Destination Weddings
Guest will land in Montego Bay, Jamaica and take a shuttle to one of the four tourist destination of their choice. You will either have an hour scenic coastal drive to Negril or a scenic tropical scenic ride of 90 minutes to Ocho Rios. Guest traveling to Port Antonio can take a private air carrier once in Jamaica ( can be pre-book prior to arrival) or fly in Kingston for a shorter distance traveling to Port Antonio. As a Certified Jamaica Travel Specialist, when you go to Jamaica explore the destinations – staying at the resort does not warrant you saying you have been to Jamaica!
If you are a nature lover explore the rain forest by zip lining in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios or Negril. Board a catamaran and snorkel at any of the destination for a sight to remember for a lifetime adding to your Jamaica experience – don’t forget – do not touch the beautiful coral reef! There are an endless number of excursions for you to explore no matter what age – river tubing, horseback beach ride, climbing the falls, fishing, golfing, dune buggy , atv and swimming with the dolphins to name a few! If you are thinking of a destination wedding, Jamaica is the least hassle to get married an documents to translate as Jamaica is an English speaking island.
Bride and groom will only need to arrive on island 48 hours prior to your wedding ( all required documentations must be sent at least 60 days prior to arrival to your respective resort). Guest usually arrive a day or two or more before a destination wedding or stay longer after the couples wedding. Couples can get married on a cliff, at a church, on the beach, at a lighthouse, a private off shore island, in the beautiful tropical gardens or any where you like! If you are thinking of a Catholic wedding, Jamaica has that too! Jamaica boast all inclusive resorts for couples only – Couples Resorts & Sandals Resorts; adults only resort – The Caves, Secrets Resorts, Jewels Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa and Iberostar Grand Rose Hall Resort. For couples having a destination wedding with children, your choices are endless.
Guest can choose family suites with separate room for the children to adjacent or connecting rooms next to their parents. Couples can choose to host their destination wedding at the luxurious Beaches Resorts; Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, RIU Resorts, Grand Palladiums to name a few. And for those couples, looking for small boutique type resorts, Jamaica offers villas on the beach and the cliff with tantalizing views of the turquoise Caribbean sea. Contact Exquisite Vacations Inc to reserve your honeymoon or plan a destination wedding to the island of Jamaica!
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Hawaii Destination Wedding
As the ceremony progresses, the bride and groom exchange leis as a symbol of their eternal love. Traditionally, this act is followed by the bride and groom’s parents presenting leis to the happy couple and the bride and groom responding in kind by presenting leis to their soon-to-be in-laws. As the Hawaiian wedding song (Ke Kali Nei Au – “Waiting for Thee”) is strummed out on the ukulele (and interpreted by hula dancers!), the kahu leads the couple in their wedding vows.
Before the exchanging of rings, the kahu dips a koa wooden bowl into the sea (koa wood, native to Hawaii, represents strength), and a ti leaf, which represents prosperity and health, is dipped into the water and sprinkled over the rings three times as the kahu recites a traditional chant. Once rings have been exchanged and vows said, a lava rock, symbolic of the moment you made a commitment to one another, is wrapped in a ti leaf and left at the ceremony site as an offering to commemorate your union.
Six spectacularly beautiful islands: Maui, Oahu, Big Island, Kauai, Molokai, and Lana’i, each offer breathtaking scenery, gorgeous white beaches, (near) perfect weather, and each showcase their own individual uniqueness that sets them apart from the next! Couples looking for a privacy and seclusion should look into Lana’i, while couple who need a nightly party scene should scope out Oahu! Need adventure in your life? Head straight to Kauai!
To apply to wed on any island in Hawaii, you’ll need the following:
- You must be at least 18 years old
- Proof of age (certified copy of birth certificate, passport, or driver’s license)
- Divorce decree or spouse’s death certificate (if previously married)
- Arrange for a licensed minister (this information is required on the marriage license application); for a list of licensed officiants, call the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau at: 808-924-0266.
The following will need to be done in person:
- Bride and groom must appear together before a marriage license agent in Hawaii to apply for a marriage license
- Provide the above listed proof of age documentation
- Provide a complete marriage application (downloadable online)
- Pay the $60 marriage license fee in cash at the time of the application
Once your application is approved, a marriage license will be issued on the spot! This license is valid for 30 days (including the day of issuance) and is good throughout the state of Hawaii – but only in Hawaii.