While many couples choose to retreat to tropical destinations for their honeymoon, tranquil beach getaways can also make for romantic ceremony spots. Whether you love the beach all year round or you want to plan the ultimate getaway for your elopement, a tropical beach location sets the ideal scene (and makes it easy to transition into honeymoon mode afterward!).
If you’re planning a destination wedding or elopement, here are the best locations for a tropical getaway.
Cabo San Lucas
If you’re on the West coast, a tropical destination awaits you just a couple hours away in Cabo San Lucas. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is a popular vacation spot for celebrities, and for good reason! The coastal city offers gorgeous beaches, views of the Pacific ocean, and plenty of all-inclusive resorts with amenities and excursions for you and your guests to soak in and enjoy.
For a luxurious destination wedding that can seamlessly transition into a honeymoon, consider Bora Bora. Located in the French Polynesia, this island is surrounded by clear blue waters, lush greenery, white sands and rugged mountain peaks, creating an idyllic scenery worthy of intimate ceremonies and romantic honeymoons alike. After tying the knot in a secluded beach ceremony, couples can spend their time together in a quaint yet luxurious bungalow surrounded by waterfront views, and embark on islands adventures like snorkeling.
With year-round temperatures in the 70s and 80s, Maui, Hawaii makes for the perfect place for a tropical destination wedding anytime of the year. The island features picturesque waterfalls (which, combined with the occasional rain shower, create dreamy rainbows) lush greenery, and swoon-worthy beaches which means you can’t go wrong with any spot on the island when it comes to choosing a ceremony spot.
Looking to host your destination wedding a little closer to home? The Florida Keys are where you’ll want to go. If you don’t want you and your guests to travel out of the country for your celebration, Florida Keys will make all of your tropical dreams come true without the need for a passport. The casual setting of the Florida beaches, that span 110 miles, provide plenty of opportunities to host a laidback waterfront ceremony surrounded by family and friends.
Home to some of the best beaches in the world, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic will create the ultimate tropical setting for your destination wedding. The gorgeous beaches go on for miles upon miles, which means couples won’t have any problem finding a secluded and romantic ceremony spot. The Dominican Republic is not lacking in resort options, so you and your wedding party will find plenty of places to spend plenty of quality time together and enjoy the festivities of the wedding weekend.
With 700 islands to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong when searching for the perfect wedding location. The Bahamas are full of beaches, adventurous activities like scuba diving, and plenty of duty-free shopping, making it an ideal place to bring your small wedding crew for plenty of fun and relaxation.
While there are major resorts to enjoy on the islands, like Atlantis on Paradise Island, there are also a variety of smaller, charming beachfront spots to tie the knot.
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