10 Best Places to Honeymoon by the U.S. News Travel's 2012-2013 - Santorini on the 1st and Crete on the 3rd position!
After months of dealing with dress and tux fittings, dance lessons, flower arrangements, and seating charts, you and your new spouse definitely deserve a vacation. But honeymooning isn't always as easy as it seems: You've got plane tickets to book, rooms to reserve, and costs to consider, not to mention the daunting task of deciding where you want to go.
If you're looking for the perfect romantic escape, let U.S. News Travel's 2012-2013 Best Honeymoons rankings help.
Santorini ranks No. 1 on U.S. News Travel's list of the Best Honeymoon Destinations.
While expert opinion plays a part in determining the best places for a post-wedding getaway, these lists factor in everyday traveler sentiment, too. While tallying the votes, we noticed that, according to many of our readers, a dreamy honeymoon spot needs three key ingredients: sun, sand, and surf.
Thanks to its honey-colored sands and cerulean waters, the mystical Greek island of Santorini appealed to the most travelers, claiming the No. 1 spot on our overall list of the Best Honeymoon Destinations, boasting an impressive 88 percent voter-approval rating. The trend continues with Maui nabbing second place, and Crete and Kauai stealing the third and fourth spots. Santorini, Maui, and Kauai's sunny demeanors also won over those who voted for the Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations.
U.S. News Travel also ranks the best destinations in two popular honeymoon regions: Europe and the Caribbean. Santorini and Crete dominate the list of the Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe, with travelers expressing more interest in an island escape than a big-city getaway (Paris moved from second to third place in the last year.)
For budget-minded honeymooners, travelers recommend celebrating your nuptials on the lesser-known Greek island of Rhodes.