When you're looking for a unique honeymoon destination, finding the perfect location can be a challenge. Below are some options for off-the-beaten-path destinations that are sure to stand out among the usual suspects.
1. Eleuthera, Bahamas
This narrow island gives visitors the best of both worlds: the calm crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea (known as the Exuma Sound) and the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean shore, which is famous for its surfing. Eleuthera is considered more of a “secret island" since it's not visited often – making it a secluded paradise.
2. Johannesburg, South Africa
A metropolitan city might not sound like a typical honeymoon destination, but Johannesburg, home to one of the world's largest man-made green spaces, is a gorgeous mixture of urban convenience and outdoor sites. With the redevelopment of so many areas, the city is seeing a new life and is thriving with unique neighborhoods calling to be explored.
3. Sanya, Hainan Island, Southeast China
Known by locals as the “Oriental Hawaii," Yalong Bay is located in Sanya on Hainan. While it's typically a crowded beach destination, each of the resort hotels has private beaches to create a more pleasurable experience. Additionally, Haitang Bay is another resort-filled beach. The soft white sands and blue waters of this Chinese island getaway are off the shores of mainland China but are close enough for added adventures.
4. Panajachel, Guatemala
Located in the Guatemalan highlands, which provide spectacular views of three volcanoes and Lake Atitlan, Panajachel serves as a gateway to explore indigenous villages around the lake. In this special town, the streets are lined with small restaurants, and the street market serves as a great place to shop for artisanal souvenirs.
5. Isla Coralina, Colombia
In the heart of the Natural Park of the Rosario Islands of Cartagena, Colombia, the quiet Isla Coralina thrives from the native vegetation and coral reefs that are part of its ecosystem. It's a place to go and disconnect from the world while soaking in the stunning views from the island. Guests can experience some of the best snorkeling around the reef and are encouraged to visit the Oceanarium, just 5 minutes away from the island.
Where to stay: There is only one boutique hotel on the island, Hotel Coralina Island, but day trips from Cartagena are also available if visitors prefer to stay in the city.
6. Pamalican Island, Philippines
Guests visiting Pamalican Island, part of the Cuyo Archipelago, must depart Manila and arrive by private plane to the island's own airstrip. The island is only 4 miles in perimeter and is filled with tropical wilderness. Just steps into the waters, a coral reef awaits exploration. Guests can take out a boat, go windsurfing or simply relax.
Where to stay: Amanpulo Resort is the only resort on the small island and makes the experience one-of-a-kind.
7. Lapland, Finland
Colder destinations might not be on everyone's honeymoon radar, but for the more adventurous, outdoors type, Lapland can be a winter wonderland. Towns and ski resorts are just far enough away from silent and serene forests. During the summer season, expect 24 hours of sunlight. Additionally, the northern lights are visible here approximately 200 days a year.
Whether you step out of the box and visit one of these extraordinarily different honeymoon destinations or stick to the classics, United Airlines is happy to take you there.