A babymoon is a fantastic way for couples to spend some alone time together before the arrival of a new member in their family—one that is certain to keep them up at night for the first couple of months!
For those who haven’t heard of the term before, a babymoon is a vacation that expecting parents take before their baby is born. Since the arrival of a new baby usually means vacations and sleep-filled nights are put on temporary hold, a babymoon is a wonderful opportunity for couples to take an indulgent trip together, where they can rest, relax, and prepare for the big change that is about to take place in their lives.
One of the best times to enjoy a babymoon is usually during a woman’s second trimester, when the queasiness and morning sickness of the first trimester is over and the discomfort and big baby bump that often accompanies the third trimester hasn’t yet hit.
As for the best babymoon destinations, it really all depends on what kind of getaway you’re looking for. Some couples prefer to head off to a tropical beach, while others want to squeeze in a last adventure to an exotic destination before becoming parents. Once you decide where to go, make sure to consult with your doctor beforehand and discuss any precautions you should take while you’re on your trip.
If you haven’t yet decided where to go before your bundle of joy arrives, here’s our list of romantic, relaxing, and thrilling babymoon destinations to consider.
1: The Bahamas
Plan a weekend escape to the Bahamas, an archipelago of islands that are the epitome of tropical paradise.
Made up of 700 islands and over 2,400 cays, the Bahamas has plenty of secluded beaches perfect for you and your partner to spend quality time together before the arrival of your new bundle of joy.
Rest and relax on a white-sand beach, breathing in the salty air and taking in the beautiful scenery around you. Take a dip in the refreshing turquoise water and spend some time swimming in the warm Caribbean Sea.
In Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, schedule a day at the Atlantis Resort, a sprawling hotel with lazy river tubing, eleven pools, a seaside golf course, an open-air aquarium, and miles and miles of beaches.
Visit Blue Lagoon Island, which has some of the best beaches near Nassau, where you and your loved one can spend the afternoon under the shade of a coconut tree, swaying on a double hammock, or swimming and interacting with friendly dolphins.
Or pamper yourselves with an extravagant experience at the private Pearl Island, a tiny jewel in the middle of the Caribbean. Schedule a day at an intimate VIP cabana, where you can enjoy gorgeous views of the ocean, a seaside lunch, and some quiet time with each other. Grab a mask and fins and swim around Pearl Island’s protected coral reef, where you’ll see a variety of colorful tropical fish in the water.
If you’re looking for a truly memorable experience, you can also board a French sailboat and cruise along the Caribbean Sea for a few hours. Stop by a lovely reef for a quick dip in the water, enjoy a delicious lunch on board, and toast to your upcoming addition—with a non-alcoholic beverage, of course.
2: New England
If you don’t feel like showing off your bump in a bathing suit, there are other cozier destinations to consider for your babymoon.
During the autumn months, head to the coastal towns of New England, where you can fully enjoy the magic of the fall season. Witness the stunning scenery of the changing of the seasons as the tree leaves burst in shades of rich reds, burnt oranges, and bright yellows—the perfect couple’s photo op with your baby bump displayed under a warm sweater.
On a romantic East Coast getaway, walk through quaint towns and discover stunning lighthouses, historic landmarks, and craggy cliffs that look like a scene out of a romance novel.
In Boston, learn about America’s revolutionary history on a Freedom Trail tour, where you’ll visit important monuments like the Paul Revere House and Bunker Hill during a leisurely stroll. Plan a bucolic couple’s picnic at Boston Common, America’s oldest park, or explore the charming streets of Beacon Hill, where charming boutiques and high-end restaurants are perfect for a date night out.
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In Newport, Rhode Island, marvel at the opulent Gilded Age mansions of some of America’s most storied families, such as Doris Duke’s Rough Point Mansion, and The Breakers, which served as the Vanderbilt’s summer home.
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In Maine, go on a leisurely hike around Acadia National Park, where untouched beauty and stunning nature await. Reward your hard work with a fresh lobster meal for lunch or go on a cruise around the Gulf of Maine, where you can spot whales feeding or breaching out of the water.
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3: Charleston, South Carolina
Explore one of the most beautiful cities in the country during a trip to Charleston, where you can experience the true meaning of Southern charm.
Charleston is the ideal place to stroll hand-in-hand through picturesque streets with your sweetheart. Wander along the French Quarter, where you’ll find pastel buildings, a wealth of galleries and museums, and lovely palmetto trees.
Marvel at the classical architecture, tour historic mansions, and get lost while exploring the city’s pretty back alleys and hidden gardens. If you really want to up the romance factor, snuggle up with your loved one on a sunset carriage ride through the city.
In the Holy City, it’s easy to satisfy those pregnancy cravings with a dinner full of indulgent Southern comfort foods like shrimp and grits, barbecue, and hot biscuits straight out of the oven. Along with regional classics, you’ll find creative takes on everything from Italian and French to Asian cuisine in this rising culinary destination.
For some stunning baby bump photos, visit Magnolia Gardens, an enchanting oasis full of colorful blooms and picturesque paths and bridges. Bring your camera to capture the multi-hued backgrounds overflowing with magnolia trees, camellias, and daffodils.
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Allow the pink sands and crystal-clear waters of Bermuda to wash away your worries. In this island paradise, you’ll find it easy to relax, put your feet up, and enjoy some quiet time and much-needed sleep before your bundle of joy arrives.
Explore the blush pink sands and turquoise waters of Horseshoe Bay Beach, one of the best beaches in Bermuda. Experience the beauty of Bermuda’s underwater world on a glass-bottom boat and see vibrant coral reefs, exotic fish species, and colorful marine animals.
For an out-of-the-box experience, go inside the Crystal Caves and marvel at the breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites that hang from the limestone roof. Don’t forget to take a picture at the floating bridge, where you’ll be able to look down into a transparent lake and see even more spectacular formations down below.
If you want a break from the sun, go on a pre-baby shopping spree in Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital, where you’ll find a mix of retail stores and artisanal stands perfect for finding a unique souvenir to commemorate your babymoon.
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5: Venice, Italy
It doesn’t get more romantic than a vacation in Venice. Before your family expands, plan a much-needed couple’s getaway to this timeless European city and enjoy everything La Serenissima has to offer.
Long considered one of the most beautiful places in the world, Venice is best admired while strolling hand-in-hand with your loved one as you take in the Medieval architecture, historic landmarks, and ancient cathedrals.
Stop by St. Mark’s Square, the heart of the city, and stare in awe at the gilded mosaics on the facade of St. Mark’s Basilica. Walk to nearby Doge’s Palace, the former seat of power and politics during the era of the Venetian Republic, and a spectacular example of Gothic architecture.
If you’re visiting Italy in the summer, don’t forget to grab gelatos and take a seat at one of the city’s many charming piazzas, where you can easily spend an afternoon people-watching and enjoying Italian delicacies. Or head to two small isles nearby, Murano and Burano, where artisans create intricate glass-blown objects and lace, respectively.
And of course, a day in Venice isn’t complete without a lovely gondola ride through the canals that wind through the city. Make it even more romantic by finding one with a private singer, who will serenade you in Italian song.
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Discover the wonders of the Last Frontier with an unforgettable trip to Alaska. Though it may seem like an unlikely babymoon destination, the state is home to unparalleled natural beauty, dramatic landscapes, and wildlife that can be experienced without having to physically exert yourself.
There are over 600 glaciers in Alaska to explore, and you can witness their imposing beauty from above while on a helicopter, from the water while kayaking, or aboard a boat that sails close to its facade.
One of the most thrilling parts of visiting a glacier is witnessing a calving display, which is when a large chunk of ice breaks off from the glacier’s exterior and crashes into the water, creating a roaring splash that is described as “white thunder.” Capture the magic of this natural phenomenon with a couple’s pic in front of a glacier’s icy blue face.
Alaska is also known for its abundant wildlife and rugged wilderness. Go to one of Alaska’s beautiful national parks, such as Denali National Park (home to the highest peak in North America), or Tongass National Forest, the largest forest in the country, and see frozen tundra, towering evergreen trees, and lush fjords.
Be on the lookout for Alaska’s local animals, including brown bears, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep. And don’t forget to use your binoculars to spot marine animals, too, as you’re likely to see orcas, humpback whales, sea lions, and colorful puffins splashing around Alaska’s waters.
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7: Honolulu, Hawaii
The romantic paradise of Hawaii has long attracted honeymooners, lovebirds, and couples looking for one of the best babymoon destinations in the world.
For the quintessential Hawaii experience, head to Honolulu on the island of Oahu, also known as “the heart of Hawaii.” Home of the world-famous Waikiki Beach and the more rugged North Shore, Honolulu has enough golden sand beaches to keep you busy throughout your vacation.
Along with surf and sand, Honolulu is an exciting cosmopolitan city with excellent shopping, top-rated restaurants, and interesting historical landmarks, such as the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.
Once you’re done touring the city or lounging by the water, have some fun at a traditional luau dinner, where you’ll dine on a feast full of tropical island flavors and enjoy a traditional Polynesian dance performance.
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