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Bahamas
Off the Beaten Path

While sun and sea top the honeymoon agenda for many couples, there are plenty of offbeat options. Try visiting the monasteries and pagodas in Myanmar, hiking the Inca Trail in Peru or gazing at the Northern Lights in Alaska. Keep each other warm at an ice hotel in Sweden or enjoy Russia's beautiful sights on a cruise down the Volga River. It's your vacation, and anything goes!

After the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding, arriving in the Caribbean and glimpsing the clear blue waters and sandy shores of the Bahamas will be a welcome sight -- much as it was for Columbus when he stumbled upon this tropical island chain in 1492 after two months at sea. Rest assured, however, that you and your new spouse will enjoy the islands with much more luxury and comfort than Columbus ever could have dreamed of.

The Bahamian island chain is actually a series of some 700 atolls and cays, which makes for beautiful diving adventures on the island's shallow sandbars and in the crystal clear lagoons. You can even go underwater cave diving or shipwreck diving if the colorful coral reefs teeming with beautiful fish aren't exciting enough.

The mild climate of the Bahamas remains nearly ideal all year round, with an average in the low 70s degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) during the winter and the low 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) in the summer. The Bahamas are one of the most popular international honeymoon destinations, and since they are only about 60 miles (100 km) from the coast of Florida it makes a great trip for honeymooners who are short on time. With accommodations ranging from all-inclusive resorts on the main islands of Grand Bahama or Nassau/Paradise Island to cozy bed and breakfasts on the many smaller outlying islands, it's easy to find a romantic place to start your new life with the one you love.

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