Get off the beach and onto a board, boat or yoga mat on these romantic and active trips.
There are those who prefer to laze around on a beach while sipping cocktails — and then there are those who like their romance with a side of adrenaline-pumping adventure.
If you fall into the latter category, read on. Whether your idea of excitement is surfing in Hawaii, rafting in Colorado or biking down a historic trail in Mississippi, we’ve compiled eight amazing honeymoon ideas for the active couple.
Explore the Terranea Resort
For an exotic locale that doesn’t require leaving the U.S., head to Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. From hiking and aquatic sports to bird watching and seaside cycling, the property offers activities for adventurous people. The best part? You don’t have to leave the resort to experience any of it.
And if you need some pampering, book a private beachside bungalow, which comes with a 24-hour concierge that helps with any last-minute Champagne requests.
Snorkel, hike, kayak and more in Guanica
There’s more to Puerto Rico than lying on the beach and sipping mojitos. Mix things up with a trip to Guanica, a small seaside town on the island’s southwestern coast. The Copamarina Beach Resort offers honeymoon packages that include scuba diving, snorkeling and sailing trips.
Kayaking in Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays is a must. Couples can also swim with dolphins right off the resort’s beach or visit the nearby Guanica Dry Forest Reserve, where a six-mile hike makes for the perfect day trip.
Break a sweat in St. Lucia
Bodyholiday, an all-inclusive health and wellness resort in St. Lucia, is the ultimate honeymoon destination for fitness buffs who want to unwind, get in shape and eat healthy. Guests can opt in for daily inclusive spa treatments or low-key activities like meditation.
When it’s time to kick things up a notch, join the resort’s Spoga classes (an intense mix of spinning and yoga), or do tai chi, golf, play tennis or do archery. And an Adventure Program is available for those who are eager to mountain bike, rappel, kayak, cave dive or swim in the open ocean.
Go on a yoga retreat in Costa Rica
The beachfront Florblanca Resort is made for yogis. Newlyweds can reserve a villa and enjoy daily oceanside yoga classes, as well as a pilates studio and fitness center.
Between workouts, relax on the property’s hammocks, enjoy a slew of refreshing smoothies or take advantage of the bicycle and ATV rentals. Surfboards are also free to borrow.
Take surf lessons in Oahu
Check in to Oahu’s Turtle Bay Resort and prepare to hang 10. Popular with couples, this property is home to a variety of outdoor activities such as golf, helicopter tours, Segway tours, horseback riding and surfing.
The on-site Hans Hedemann Surf School offers private, semi-private and group lessons. All equipment is also on loan. If you want to keep the fun going, purchase a multi-day class package.
Swim at Devil’s Pool in Victoria Falls
Take an already adventurous trip to Zimbabwe up another level with a dip in the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls. Here, prepare to swim in a naturally-formed waterfall that’s almost 400 feet above the river. But don’t worry — your guide will tie you down before you jump in. For even bigger daredevils, there’s bungee jumping, too.
Stay at Matetsi Water Lodge, which offers a free shuttle to Victoria Falls, as well as daily game drives.
Ski, raft and more in Breckenridge
Depending on the time of year you visit Breckenridge, you’re in for a different experience. In the winter, expect plenty of skiing and snowboarding. Cuddle up close to your sweetheart as you share a lift up the mountain. Romantic sleigh rides are available for snuggling near the icy snowscapes.
In the warmer months, prepare for horseback riding, hiking, rafting down the Colorado River, fly-fishing and more. Spend the night at the Keystone Lodge & Spa, which is packed with amenities like indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a fitness center, spa and breathtaking lakeside views.
Bike the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi
Celebrate your love while biking down the historic Natchez Trace Parkway. This 10,000-year-old, 444-mile trail runs through sacred Native American sites, ghost towns and historical battlefields in three states (Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee).
VBT organizes tours, which includes cycling for two to five hours per day, plus a bike rental, guide, meals and more.
Book a stay at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi, where you can unwind and relax after a day of hard work. And, if you want to extend the trip, the northern part of the Parkway is only about 17 miles southwest of downtown Nashville.
Read the original story, 8 adventurous honeymoons for active couples, by Melissa Kravitz, on Oyster.com.