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“Honeymoons last not nowadays above a fortnight,” Samuel Richardson observed in his 18th-century novel, Clarissa. He had a point: while love certainly may last beyond two weeks, precious vacation time may not, which makes choosing the right honeymoon destination even more crucial. Start a marriage off on the right foot by first figuring out what type of travel fits your newlywed fantasy. Whether you crave the beach, some outdoor adventure, a little culture, or an extended party, there’s somewhere in the world for both of you to make your first memories together. Here are our top picks for 2016, each complete with timely appeal. —Kathleen Squires
For Beach Lovers: Nevis
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You may not have heard of this Caribbean island, but you most certainly have heard of its most famous native, Alexander Hamilton (yes, he of the Founding Fathers, and Broadway’s current smash musical). This year, the island even became more accessible, with new direct flights from United Airlines via Newark. Its beaches have a reputation for being among the Caribbean’s most secluded and unspoiled, while its interior boasts verdant rainforests and volcanoes. Ample marine life encourages snorkeling between suntanning sessions.
Where to Stay: Newly opened Paradise Beach is the island’s only beachfront villa resort, with seven thatch-roof villas, each with their own lap and plunge pool. Here, couples can canoodle over a private dinner on the beach, enjoy guided waterfall hikes, and sip Champagne aboard a catamaran during a moonlight sail.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s St. Kitts and Nevis Travel Guide
For Nature Lovers: Yellowstone
This summer, the National Park Service commemorates its centennial, which means parks across America will be celebrating with special events. Mark the occasion by visiting Yellowstone, America’s first park and the home of Old Faithful, hundreds of grizzlies, and the country’s most spectacular wilderness. Visitors can get close with nature in every way imaginable, via cycling, river rafting, hiking, wildlife safaris, fishing, boating, bird watching, horseback riding and swimming.
Where to Stay: Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, WY, is celebrating the occasion with multi-day wolf and bear safaris through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The ranch also includes rooms with sweeping mountain views and fireplaces, plus an award-winning restaurant and spa.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Yellowstone National Park Travel Guide
For Cruisers: Iceland
In 2016 Windstar Cruises, the world’s smallest luxury cruise line, launches a brand-new itinerary: “Around Iceland” takes guests on a seven-day sail from Reykjavik, stopping at five of the country’s outlying islands. Highlights include a soak in the famous Blue Lagoon; the renowned Hengifoss and Godafoss waterfalls; and Vigur Island, populated with puffins and black guillemots. The all-suite Star Legend yacht accommodates only 200 people, perfect for honeymooners who enjoy an intimate sail with personalized service.
Where to Stay: All suites have been recently refurbished; but it’s your honeymoon, so why not spring for one of the four Classic Suites, with private verandas?
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Iceland Travel Guide
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For Urbanites: Boston
This is a boom year when it comes to city charms for Boston. A Picasso exhibition is currently visiting the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the museum started the year by acquiring Frida Kahlo’s “Dos Mujeres.” Beantown’s first edition of the Public Art Walk has plans to expand, incorporating new neighborhoods into an itinerary that already includes Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the Financial District, and the North End; the Museum of Science just unveiled a 4-D theater and a new three-story gallery overlooking the Charles River; and gourmands will thrill to three new restaurant openings from award-winning local chef Ken Oringer, including Uni, which recently transformed from acclaimed sushi bar to high-end Asian-inspired global restaurant, with one-of-a-kind dishes such as mozzarella en carozza with unagi, and Chiang Mai duck carnitas.
Where to Stay: Both The Eliot Hotel and The Colonnade are offering a Museum of Fine Arts Boston package, which includes accommodations, two passes to the museum—where you can catch those Picassos—and breakfast for two.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Boston Travel Guide
For Oenophiles: Umbria
The birthplace of St. Valentine provides couples with a host of reasons to bypass more touristy neighbors in favor of Italy’s literal heart. Scenic vineyards producing terrific wines is reason number one. Known for the Sagrantino grape, the area around Montefalco had a particularly strong harvest in 2015. Wineries especially worth a visit include the historic Cantina Scacciadiavoli, the region’s oldest, which was founded by a Roman prince; the sleek, modern Tenuta Castelbuono, designed by the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro, where the winery is a work of art in itself; the family-run, organic Antonelli, where couples can also enjoy cooking classes; the scenic Arnaldo Caprai, where visitors can take in breathtaking panoramas of the region; and Colpetrone, which connoisseurs may recognize because of its wide distribution in the United States. Dinner in a local restaurant, such as Alchimista, will include the wine in the dishes, such as Sagrantino-braised beef. Cap it all off at tiny, out-of-the way jazz and wine bar Microclima (Piazza San Domenico 27) in Foligno, which pours the best local labels, of course.
Where to Stay: The Palazzo Bontadosi in the old city of Montefalco was once home to a 15th-century cardinal. Today it houses a spa with Turkish bath, aqua treatments, and grapeseed facial; a terrific restaurant, Locanda del Teatro; and a dome-ceilinged room (# 1) bedecked in historic frescoes.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Umbria and The Marches Travel Guide
For the rest of 2016's Best Honeymoon Destinations, like the rose-colored tombs and monuments of Jordan or mountainous Bhutan, visit Fodors.com