Love Is a Trip (So Do Your Honeymoon Right)

Getting hitched is the ­ultimate excuse to go big on a vacation. Don’t waste it.

Nov 7, 2016
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Your honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to take the vacation you’ve always wanted.    Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Island Escape

For seclusion in the Caribbean, head to Saba, a reef-ringed, rainforest-draped volcano with a population of 1,600. At the 12-suite Queen’s Gardens Resort and Spa, you can book an entire floor, with views 1,200 feet above the sea. Don’t expect to see many other people hiking past the wild fruit trees and orchids on the jungle trails or diving Saba’s famed underwater pinnacles. At the resort, enjoy a meal on a private dining platform in a hundred-year-old mango tree, then take a dip in your suite’s hot tub, where you can see the lights of the tiny capital. From $260

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DIY Baja Getaway

After a wedding, simple is good—empty beaches, cheap beer, and fish ­tacos. In other words, Baja. If you have weeks, road-trip your four-wheel-drive car to surf breaks like the remote Seven Sisters. (Be sure to pack the Baja California Almanac.) For a quicker trip, fly to Cabo San Lucas, rent a jeep, and roll to San Jose del Cabo to pick up a surfboard ($25 per day). Then head up the coast along the empty dirt road to Cabo Pulmo, where you can camp on the beach, catch waves, and snorkel among the fish.

Cowboy Romance

At the swanky Smith Fork Ranch, a dude operation in Colorado’s remote West Elk Mountains, you can immerse yourself in wilderness while being very, very well taken care of. The hardest decision you’ll make is what to do first: ride horseback through aspens and alpine meadows, fish in private streams, or mountain-bike up trails to epic vista points. Meals come from the ranch’s organic gardens, and you’ll have the run of the more than 400-bottle-strong wine cellar. Cabins from $1,150, including meals

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