Weekend Warriors: Top Ten Mini-Moon Destinations

by BridalPulse

Sometimes, a full-blown honeymoon will have to wait a while after the wedding. But that doesn’t mean a getaway isn’t in order. If you only have a long weekend to celebrate with the new hubby, we’ve got the top 10 mini-moon destinations for a romantic escape.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Between Mexico’s world-class resorts, sandy beaches and spectacular views of the Madre Mountains and Bahíade Banderas bay, Puerto Vallarta may easily be called the most romantic place on earth, and it’s only a quick jaunt by plane from the U.S. Since all-inclusive is the only way to go (hello bottomless margaritas), options like the Meliá resort are the best way to drink in the ocean vistas. Even better? You can win a three-night stay for two by entering here.

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Wine Country, CA

If you prefer to stay stateside, there’s no beating California’s lush wine country, dotted with elegant estates and vineyard-lined roads. Napa Valley boasts expansive tasting rooms, quaint towns and luxurious accommodations, like the Maison Fleurie, a small hotel in Yountville. Built in 1873 as the Magnolia Hotel, the Inn’s lavish gardens, romantic setting and central location are just as charming as its history.

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, sited just East of Cuba, is an affordable alternative to its warm-weather counterparts. White sand beaches touch crystal clear water while weather sits at a comfy 80-some degrees year round. All-inclusive resorts are particular popular, like the four-star Sanctuary Cap Cana, which boasts a stunning Cliffside location, six pools and an extensive spa area.

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Royal Caribbean, Jamaica

Ready to feel all right? Jamaica’s friendly, hospitable nature is the perfect cap to your love-filled journey. White-sand beaches and lush foliage meet a melting pot of culture. For a nonstop party, Sandals’ Royal Carribbean resort offers chic parties and island-style bashes at night and beachside leisure all day.

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Savannah, GA

Few American cities offer the historic charm as Savannah, GA, and there are tons of Bed and Breakfast spots that really emulate its story. The Surf Song B&B, for example, was built in 1898 and features wrap-a-round porches, original tin ceilings, a pool and several fireplaces. Can you taste the sweet tea yet?

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Mystic, CT

Sited on Long Island Sound in Northeastern Connecticut, Mystic boasts historic New England Charm, not to mention famous pizza. Visit one of its many wineries and breweries, the Mystic Aquarium, or historic seaport. For accommodations, nothing beats boutique hotel Spicer Mansion, fashioned out of a home dating back to 1853.

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Kauai, HI

Kauai is nicknamed the Garden Isle thanks to its tropical rainforest coverage. Its breathtaking cliffs have earned cameos in many Hollywood films, and you can seem them for yourself. Sited in a lush enclave steps from Kalapaki Beach, Garden Island Inn has hand-painted rooms in a tropical oasis.

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Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth, NH, is the quintessential New England seaside city. Centrally located in the Market Square district, the Ale House Inn is the town’s favored boutique inn. The urbane rooms feature exposed brick and loft-like aesthetics, just steps from shops, restaurants and historic landmarks. Add brewery tours, lobster cruises and whale-watching to your to-do list.

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Havana, Cuba

With newly opened borders, be among the first to visit Cuba from America in decades. Havana is like a city frozen in time, dotted with faded glamour and saturated color. Listen to salsa in open-air parties all night long. Stay at the romantic Iberostar Parque Central, sited in close proximity to the charming old town.

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San José, Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s lush rainforest and tropical locale makes it a tourism hotspot. Want to stay somewhere unique? Finca Rosa Blanca is a premier resort sited on its own coffee plantation. Take their famous coffee tour, visit the cultural highlands, experience Costa Rican volcanoes, or just relax at the infinity pool. I can smell the java now…

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