The Pew Research Center recently found that among adults who are currently married, a quarter of them have been previously married. That’s roughly 42 million Americans who have been married more than once.
Of course, a second marriage calls for a second honeymoon. However, you don’t have to walk down the aisle again to earn one. Many couples take second honeymoons in celebration of renewing their wedding vows. Others do it to rejoice in their new empty-nest status. Better yet, some take a second honeymoon before the arrival of their first grandchild. If you ask us, you don’t even need an excuse to take a romantic trip for two!
In the mood for adventure? Or perhaps a quiet place for two? We’ve rounded up the best second honeymoon destinations that are perfect for you and your loved one. To curate our list, we asked for your favorite honeymoon suggestions on our Facebook page. We included recommendations from seniors like you, along with our expert picks.
Whether it’s a renewed commitment or a second chance at love, you’re sure to fall for these romantic destinations!
1. Geneva, New York
Upstate New York recommended by Barbie W.
Quiet, quaint, and overwhelming charming, Geneva is the perfect place for two. Whether you linger around peaceful Seneca Lake or sample the grape varieties, you’re in for a treat.
- Cheers to your love in the Finger Lakes wine region. Sip the day away at Ravines Wine Cellars, or cozy up at Ventosa Vineyards on select Fridays for live music.
- Spend date night at the Smith Opera House. Built in 1894, this historical theater hosts live music, performances, and film screenings.
- Good food is a requirement for any memorable honeymoon. Lancellotti’s sets the scene for a romantic dinner, while Beef & Brew is a fireside pub with a more laidback feel.
2. Virginia Beach, Virginia
There’s something undeniably romantic about the sound of lapping waves. Celebrate your union with a honeymoon along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
- Climb up Old Cape Henry Lighthouse and check out the coastal views. This 1791 lighthouse marks the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay.
- You don’t have to spend your entire getaway with your toes in the sand. Take a break from the beach to explore Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The protected area is home to swans, turtles, pelicans, and even bald eagles.
- Treat yourselves to a fine vintage wine. At Mermaid Winery, pair your favorite wine with fresh shucked oysters and a crab cake dinner.
- For more inspiration, check out our incredible Virginia Beach vacation packages.
3. Mackinac Island, Michigan
Northern Michigan recommended by Pam B., and Mackinac Island recommended by E.T.T.
If getting away from it all means getting away from traffic, honeymoon in Mackinac Island. This enchanting island is entirely free of cars. Rent a pair of bicycles and venture off into the sunset with your honey.
- Get your feet wet! Lake Huron is too irresistible to ignore. Charter a sailboat, rent a tandem kayak, or paddleboard off the island’s coast.
- Snag a seat on the porch of Fort Mackinac Tea Room. You’ll be pressed to find better views than this! For supper, make reservations at Woods Restaurant. Set in a Tudor mansion, the dining room is decorated like an elaborate hunting lodge.
- Looking for even more peace and quiet on your Mackinac Island vacation? Hop on the ferry to Bois Blanc Island. Amenities are scare, but you will find Bob-Lo Tavern, perfect for a late lunch.
4. Bend, Oregon
Recommended by Sheila W.
Surrounded by serene lakes and mountain peaks, Bend offers a picturesque escape for two. Enjoy the town at your own pace, whether that’s lingering at coffee shops or speeding down the slopes.
- Sample local brews together. If you’re beer lovers, take a tasting tour along the Bend Ale Trail. But if coffee is more your speed, slip into Wild Roots Coffee House for something caffeinated.
- Spend the day getting lost in the great expanse of nearby Deschutes National Forest. Fresh air and adventure are the keys to a happy marriage, right?
- If you’re an adventurous duo, grab your skis and venture to Bachelor Ski and Snowboarding Resort. Honeymooning in summer? Go for a hike and ride the scenic chairlift at the resort instead.
5. Whidbey Island, Washington
Seattle area recommended by Marlyn B.
Seattle-Tacoma is lovely but take your honeymoon up a notch with a visit to nearby Whidbey Island. The wild and wonderful beach, farm, and forest terrain make for a magical retreat.
- After sailing lessons at South Whidbey Harbor, make your way to the Oak Harbor Art Trail. Search for the public art installations and pop into the local galleries.
- Bring home the ultimate keepsake. At Callahan’s Firehouse Studio & Gallery, you’ll learn the basics of glassblowing and create your own piece of art.
- It doesn’t get much fresher or more local than an Orchard Kitchen. This field-to-fork eatery features a multicourse menu that changes based on their harvest.
6. Las Vegas, Nevada
Get married and honeymoon in Las Vegas! Despite what you’ve heard, there’s more to this city than nightclubs and game tables.
- Make reservations at é by José Andrés for the most coveted dining experience in town. The intimate restaurant serves a 20-course meal and only seats nine. The price tag is lofty, but this is your honeymoon after all.
- Discover the alluring floral display at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden. Each season, the expert horticulturists design a dazzling arrangement of flowers, trees, and plants.
- Wondering what to do in Las Vegas besides gamble? Experience the excitement of a thrilling show! Whether you want magic, music, or action, you’re sure to find a show that suits your preferences. Cirque du Soleil and Penn & Teller are superb shows to kick off your celebrations.
- Ready for fun? Take a look at Las Vegas vacation packages.
7. Flagstaff, Arizona
Arizona and Grand Canyon area recommended by Kelly B.
Looking for second honeymoon tips? Celebrate your union among the majestic desert scenery of Flagstaff. The sunsets don’t get much better than here.
- Adventure is the recipe for a happy marriage. Venture to the nearby Lava River Cave, where you can explore a mile-long lava tube. Don’t forget flashlights! For more natural wonders, head to the Grand Canyon, which is less than an hour and a half away.
- Look up! Flagstaff is an International Dark-Sky City, meaning you’re in for a good star show. Head to Lowell Observatory (where they discovered Pluto) for some solid stargazing.
- Fine dining and cocktail bars are what the best honeymoons are made of. Hop around the eateries downtown to get a taste of this town. The Cottage, located in a bungalow, is reminiscent of the French countryside. For fine Italian cuisine, break bread at La Vetta.
8. Wailea, Hawaii
Maui recommended by Stevie P., and Hawaii recommended by Denise M., Jeannie S., Sharon T., and Wanda J.
Sandy beaches? Shopping? Traditional culture? It doesn’t take much convincing to see why Wailea is a prime honeymoon spot. In fact, Hawaii was the most suggested destination in our poll.
- If relaxation is the main goal of your honeymoon, you’re in luck. Wailea Beach and Makena Beach are the perfect places to stake a claim and soak in the seaside.
- Spoil yourselves. After a day on the beach, head to The Shops at Wailea. From surf shops and boutiques to designer shops and jewelry designers, this outdoor mall has it all. The shopping area hosts concerts, a farmers market, and events.
- Immerse yourself in Hawaiian and South Pacific cultures at a traditional luau. Te Au Moana Luau and Grand Wailea Luau are two favorites on the island. Between the hula performances and the Kalua pig dinner, you won’t want it to end!
9. Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara offers a dreamy coastal getaway ideal for your second honeymoon. Whether you want to dine on all the divine cuisine or soak up the sunshine at the seaside, this beach town delivers.
- The way to the heart is through the belly, so eat well in Santa Barbara. The Lark, an innovative eatery, promises locally sourced and responsibly grown ingredients. For some fine French-inspired cuisine, reserve a table for two at Bouchon.
- Take a stroll along Stearns Wharf for panoramic views of the Santa Barbara Channel. For a sweet treat, pop in The Great Pacific Ice Cream Company or Mother Stearns Candy Shop.
- Once you’ve had your fair share of beach time, check out Casa del Herrero in neighboring Montecito. Tour the lovely architecture and admire the immaculate gardens.
10. Key West, Florida
Diving into marriage is always an adventure. So what better place to honeymoon than Key West? Head down to the very tip of the U.S. and get ready for a tropical vacation with your sweetheart.
- When it comes to the best things to do in Key West for couples, grab two snorkels! Dip below the surface at Florida Reef. It’s the only living coral reef in the continental U.S. Snorkel around the coral and see how many species of fish you can spot.
- Key West celebrates sunset every single evening. Make your way to the Key West Sunset Celebration, where you’ll find all kinds of revelry. From live music and street performers to artists and food vendors, it’s a lively way to kick off your evening.
- This island city is known for its fresh seafood and Caribbean-inspired fare. Make dinner reservations at Hot Tin Roof. It’s a lovely restaurant dedicated to Tennessee Williams, a frequent Key West visitor. Of course, save room for a slice of Key lime pie.
- Before booking your honeymoon, check out Key West vacation deals.
11. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Recommended by Irene D.
Jackson Hole is a legendary winter retreat, but don’t overlook the summertime here. No matter what season you visit, you’ll find endless ways to ring in your marriage in this mountain town.
- Honeymooning during the warmer months? Hop on the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram and indulge in some of the finest views. If you’d rather explore by foot, hit the trails at Grand Teton National Park.
- If you visit during the winter, ski the slope at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort or ice skate together on the Town Square. After a day of adventures, nothing says romance quite like getting cozy by the fireplace.
- You two will work up an appetite after all those outdoor activities. Indulge in brunch at the charming Café Genevieve, set in a historic log cabin. Then for dinner, go the fine dining route at Snake River Grill. Cheers with a house cocktail and don’t miss the roasted strawberry sorbet for dessert.
12. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Poconos recommended by Veronica M.
Stroudsburg is a lovely mountain town in the Poconos. If you’re looking for a low-key honeymoon destination surrounded by natural beauty, this is the place. Hello, honeymoon!
- Main Street is quaint and charming. You’ll feel like you stepped back in time as you explore the historical downtown area. Stop in the antique shops and browse the local boutiques.
- Your honeymoon calls for a celebration! Sip on something tasty at Mountain View Vineyard, which is a winery, brewery, and distillery all in one. Afterward, go all out with dinner at Willowtree Inn. Ask for the best seat in the house: a table outside under the willow trees next to McMichael’s Creek.
- You’ll find yourselves drawn to the magnetic allure of the Pocono Mountains. Give into its charm as you romp around the scenic trails. Pack a picnic and head to nearby Harmony Lake, which is home to Hawk Falls.
All love deserves celebration, whether you’ve been married 60 seconds or 60 years! Book a trip for two and embark on an unforgettable second honeymoon. For more inspiration, check out romantic anniversary weekend getaways.