Honeymoons are often associated with tropical destinations. Yes, most people try to find some after-wedding romance in an idyllic tropical setting. There is certainly nothing wrong with this, but there are plenty of other options for honeymoons away from the beach. Some of the most romantic destinations are not at all tropical and are actually at their most atmospheric during the wintertime. So rather than shying away from destinations that don’t fit the tropical honeymoon stereotype, it can be a good idea to think outside the box and try some of the world’s best wintertime honeymoon destinations.

Quebec City

Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City

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With a strong European ambiance, classic architecture and plenty of wintertime activities, this Canadian city is a popular choice for North American vacationers. Honeymooners can find romance in a cosy cafe, delicious restaurant, ice skating rink, or the atmospheric Lower Town (Basse Ville) shopping streets. Quebec City has a great mix of Old World style, north-woods quaintness, and cosmopolitan flair. This diversity means that a couple can find whatever type of experiences they are looking for on their honeymoon. Unique hotels like the Auberge Le Vincent offer the perfect accommodations for newlyweds as well.

Innsbruck

Axams, Austria

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Couples with a passion for skiing might choose a world-class ski destination like Innsbruck, Austria for their honeymoon. Yes, the amazing slopes and easy access to numerous ski resorts make this an ideal destination for ski lovers, but there is much more to this alps metropolis. Skating rinks, holiday markets, wonderful classic architecture, and plenty of great restaurants and shopping streets give Innsbruck plenty of attractiveness away from the slopes. That said, the classic chalets, lodges and cozy apres-ski venues in the alps above the city are the perfect place for a romantic evening after a day on the slopes or on the sightseeing trail.

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorad

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Aspen is another winter-time hotspot that is known for its skiing. Yes, you will find some of the best slopes in North America here, but you will also find some of the best winter attractions overall. With plenty of accommodations, spas, shopping, restaurants, and non-alpine wintertime activities, Aspen has a little bit of something for everyone. What couple wouldn’t like the idea of relaxing in a jacuzzi in their slope-side ski-in-ski-out condo after a day on the slopes or an afternoon exploring the other attractions of Aspen. Besides skiing, other honeymoon activities, like a candlelight dinner or a horse-drawn sleigh ride, can also be on the agenda for newlyweds in Aspen.

Argentina

Buenos Aires Tango Show

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For people in the Northern Hemisphere, December, January and February are winter months. But south of the Equator, it is summertime. For those seeking a warm-weather vacation away from the beach, a good option is Buenos Aires, Argentina. Honeymooners can come here to experience the same kind of atmosphere that inspired the tango, one of the world’s most sensual dance styles. Visitors can watch professional tango dancers, or take to the floor themselves for lessons. Buenos Aires has some amazing architecture and plenty of places for shopping, eating, and nightlife. The city will certainly be the center of most honeymooners’ itineraries, but there are also wineries and vineyard areas near BA that would fit well on a romance-themed itinerary.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik

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Despite its name and northern location, Iceland is actually not as frigid as most people think it is. The capital city of Reykjavik benefits from the Gulf Stream and only gets down to around the freezing mark on the thermometer during the wintertime. This city has great shopping and dining options and just enough exotic allure to bring an element of excitement to a honeymoon. The Blue Lagoon Spa, Iceland’s most famous, offers numerous treatments and hot springs baths to guests, meaning that honeymooners can have a little pampering on their first vacation are a married couple. And what could be more romantic than heading out of the city in search of the amazing aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights? These colorful geomagnetic storms are seen quite clearing during the wintertime in rural Iceland.

Hokkaido, Japan

Hokkaido, Japan

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Another even-more-exotic honeymoon option can be found on the far side of the world. Hokkaido, Japan is a land of ski resorts, deep snows, and hot springs. Honeymooners can choose the neon lit shopping streets of Hokkaido, one of Japan’s most laid-back cities, or they can head to this island’s famous mountains for some skiing and spa treatments and to soak in naturally heated hot tubs.

Do you have any ideas for great wintertime honeymoon destinations? Let us know your choices in the comments section below.

Josh Lew
Josh Lew
Josh Lew has traveled widely in Asia and the Americas. He has contributed to popular travel sites like Gadling and Brave New Traveler and currently writes a weekly travel column for MNN. His work has also appeared on the websites of CNN and Forbes Magazine.

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