Honeymoon destinations off the beaten path

Cancun, Hawaii, Tahiti, Bermuda. What do all these places have in common? Along with being beautiful, serene spots, they are some of the most frequented destinations for honeymooners. While you’d love to sit on the beach sipping Mai Tais at some point, you’d rather go somewhere a little more unique for your honeymoon.

If you’re craving a different kind of experience with your new spouse, here are some off the beaten path places where you can honeymoon and have the adventure of a lifetime.

Morocco

Marrakech, Casablanca, Fez and Essaouira are modern cities that also make you feel as if you’ve traveled through time. In Morocco, you’ll be able to eat delicious vegetarian and meat tagine dishes, shop for striking handmade items at the large outdoor markets (especially in Marrakech), ride a camel, stock up on miraculous argan oil, see goats sitting on tree branches and visit gorgeous mosques, like Hassan II in Casablanca. While you’re there, don’t forget to eat at the nearby Rick’s Café, a replica from “Casablanca,” and stay at a riad, a Moroccan-style hotel with a lovely courtyard.

Las Vegas, Nevada

You might have Sin City on your list of bachelorette or bachelor party destinations, but it’s also a great spot to honeymoon. Many hotels have special honeymoon packages that include fantastic rooms, food and shows. While you’re in Vegas, you could go to Graceland Chapel and have a second wedding officiated by Elvis, relax on the lazy river in the Mandalay Bay pool, catch a Cirque du Soleil show, hike Red Rock Canyon and eat at the top celebrity restaurants like Bouchon and Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen.

Israel

Israel has all the elements – mountains, forests, oceans, deserts and lakes – which you can easily visit over the course of a week-long trip to the country. Get spiritual in Jerusalem at the Western Wall, and while you’re living it up in the party capital Tel Aviv, head on over to the nearby Old Jaffa for a tour of the historic town. Take a couples tasting tour at some of the country’s wineries, including Carmel Winery and Nevo Winery, and don’t forget to stop at the Dead Sea for some very salty spa treatments.

New Orleans, Louisiana

If you want to stay in the states but still experience some European charm, head to New Orleans, a fantastically French city with great Southern American vibes. Stay in the lovely French Quarter, take in a few jazz shows per night, get powdered sugar all over your face at Café Du Monde and go on a swamp tour if you like the great outdoors. If you and your spouse like to party, visit during Mardi Gras, which will be held on February 25, 2020.

Scotland

A honeymoon destination with a warm climate is not for everyone. If you like brisk weather and stunning green scenery, book a trip to Scotland to celebrate your marriage. Stay in Edinburgh, where you can visit the famous castle, explore the city’s cobblestone streets and take a hike up to Arthur’s Seat. Go on a whiskey tour in Islay, Speyside, the Highlands or the Lowlands and load up on some goodies to take back home. Eat a traditional haggis dinner or stick to fish and chips, and make sure you check out a loch like Loch Ness or Loch Lomond. If you spot Nessie, let us know!

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Kylie Ora Lobell is Jewess in Chief at Jewess, a Jewish women’s website, as well as a freelance writer for Aish, Chabad, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and The Forward.