Brides and grooms seem to be a little more daring with their honeymoon destination choices for 2009. Some of the tried-and-true honeymoon locations still find favor in the eyes of today’s brides and grooms, and many are taking the more adventurous and more exotic route to an unforgettable 2009 honeymoon.
No matter what you want to do on your honeymoon – relax, sightsee, ride horses, explore, etc. – you’re sure to find that many honeymoon destinations can cater to your every whim and your every need. Your honeymoon is the perfect time to celebrate your new life with your spouse and it is the one chance you have to enjoy a luxurious, unforgettable vacation that is like no other in your lifetime.
As you consider where you’d like to go for your 2009 honeymoon, consider the following popular honeymoon destinations for this year. Toward the end of the article, we also unveil Life Love Beauty’s top 10 honeymoon destinations for 2009. Read on for tips and suggestions for the perfect, romantic honeymoon. You might find a perfect match for your budgets and your needs!
Hawaii as a 2009 Honeymoon Destination
Hawaii still comes in as a popular honeymoon destination for 2009, with a bride and groom visiting both Oahu and Maui this coming September. Another 2009 bride and groom would like to visit Hawaii for their honeymoon but they are reconsidering due to costs. They’re hoping to find another beach to visit for a lower expense.
May 24 bride Michaela Baltasar and her soon-to-be husband are heading to Kauai for their honeymoon.
“Our honeymoon budget isn’t huge — we’re not staying at any fancy resorts in Kauai or anything like that,” Baltasar says. “Instead, I used Hotwire to book two nights on the south end of the island — we scored a room at the Sheraton Kauai Resort for $127 a night. And then we went through Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO) to book a little studio cottage with a kitchen on the north end of the island (Haena — gorgeous) for the remaining five nights at $135 per night, plus a $150 refundable security deposit.”
Kimberly B. Hamelburg celebrates her wedding in Boston, MA on June 6, 2009. She and her groom plan to travel to Hawaii to visit Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island for 13 nights. They’ve planned their honeymoon budget at $11K and used a travel agent to book their flights and hotels in early April.
Mexico Offers Many 2009 Honeymoon Destinations
Prior to the Swine Flu epidemic, Mexico came in as an extremely popular honeymoon destination for 2009. Now after news of the spreading disease hit the newsstands, Mexico clings to its spot in the top 10 honeymoon destinations for 2009, but it seems a number couples are changing their minds and canceling their Mexican honeymoons for fear of contracting Swine Flu. Meanwhile, other couples are braving the storm and willing to take their chances for the experience of a lifetime.
A May 2009 bride and her fiancé are planning on a Cancun honeymoon, but may opt for a tropical cruise instead due to the recent breakout of Swine Flu. Several brides and grooms are still considering Cancun despite the recent health concerns, although a number of them won’t visit until later in the fall.
Laura Arloszynski celebrates her wedding on May 23rd with the honeymoon immediately
following. She and her new husband will be visiting Cabo San Lucas for their 2009 honeymoon.
“We chose Cabo for a few reasons,” Arloszynski says. “1. We had both never been there, 2. We have never been to that side of Mexico, 3. I have stayed at the same chain of resports in a different location and thought it was awesome, 4. We have heard that it is a beautiful and up and coming destination in Mexico, 5. We didn’t want to go to Europe because we wanted to relax on the beach!”
“For the two of us for the week at the Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa (a 4 or 5 star hotel, depending on the site) it is ending up around $4,000 with travel insurance,” she adds. “So, not a budget breaker, but not something that is saving anyone money! And honestly, what we did was book about nine months in advance, and we committed to a higher price and since the trip ended up dropping in price, they just didn’t charge us the difference when we went to pay it off this month. I suggest booking early if you know that you can get the price adjustment if it drops in price.”
Other popular Mexican vacation destinations include Excellence Playa Mujeres and Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, where Meghann Klein and her fiancé plan to visit for their 2009 honeymoon.
“We are staying for a full week, and our budget was between $3000 – $4500,” says Klein. “We’re pretty much all booked, save for any extra activities we want to do while down there.”
Caribbean / Atlantic Ocean Honeymoon Destinations in 2009
Caribbean honeymoon destinations continue to be popular for 2009 as well. For many couples, the Caribbean is a reasonable distance from home and an easy flight for inexperienced fliers. Many beautiful islands await in the Caribbean, from the Bahamas to Costa Rica, US Virgin Islands, and so many more exotic choices.A Caribbean Cruise may create just the perfect honeymoon if you are looking to explore and visit more than one island. On a Caribbean cruise, you will get to see many amazing islands and tropical destinations on the same vacation, and typically for an all-inclusive price.
The only main consideration when planning a honeymoon to the Caribbean is to keep hurricane season in mind as you make your 2009 honeymoon plans.
A bride on TheKnot.com is excited to be going to Ocho Rios, Jamaica with her soon-to-be hubby. Another bride, tying the knot in December 2009, is looking forward to her honeymoon in St. Barts and yet another, getting hitched in October 2009, is trekking to St. Lucia for the honeymoon.
Europe Offers 2009 Honeymoon Destinations
For another unforgettable 2009 honeymoon destination, many couples are considering trips to Europe for their post-wedding vacation plans. Cruises through Europe offer an extensive tour of many countries in a week, 10 days, or two-week vacation setting. Some couples may also plan their European honeymoons to involve ground transportation so they can visit several cities or countries during their honeymoons.
“My fiancé and I are going on a two-week honeymoon trip to Greece and Italy after our September wedding,” says Kathleen Coyne, of Chicago, IL. “We bought our plane tickets a few months ago (when we thought the economy wouldn’t impact us) and now are having to just deal with it. I think if we hadn’t booked the tickets, I would strongly suggest a cheaper trip to Mexico even if it is hurricane season.”
Coyne is still figuring out the budget, but anticipates that she and her soon-to-be husband will spend around $8K on their honeymoon.
Other Honeymoon Destinations for 2009
While Hawaii, Mexico, Europe, and the Caribbean tend to be popular honeymoon destinations on many occasions, some couples are still finding other exciting, relaxing, and exotic 2009 honeymoon destinations. An August 2009 couple selected Disney World for
their honeymoon destination. Several other 2009 brides and grooms are leading toward an exotic honeymoon destination in Thailand later this year, or even South Asia – including Thailand, Bali, and Singapore.
Based on our research, here are Life Love Beauty’s Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations for 2009:
Life Love Beauty’s Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations for 2009
1. Maui, Hawaii
2. Oahu, Hawaii
3. Kauai, Hawaii
4. Cancun, Mexico
5. Excellence Playa Mujeres, Mexico
7. Europe (in general)
10. Disney World
Expedia.co.uk Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations for 2009
4. St. Lucia
10. New York
After consulting numerous brides and grooms and various travel agents, the general consensus is that brides and grooms are planning their 2009 honeymoons across the globe – from the United States, to the Caribbean, to Europe, the South Pacific, Asia, and beyond. Despite the suffering economy, many couples are still putting out as much money as they can muster to experience a great honeymoon experience. Even brides and grooms on a budget are still finding exceptional honeymoon plans for much less than one might spend in a better economy.
One theme runs true for 2009 honeymoons – if you’re willing to look for the travel deals, you can bet you’ll be able to find romantic and exciting honeymoon destinations and accommodations that are well worth your while.