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Our California Road Trip – The Ultimate Guide to Driving the Pacific Coast Highway

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We enjoyed a seventeen day California road trip travelling on the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to San Diego. I have combined all my highlights, trips and destination guides in this post. I hope you enjoy it!

The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the world’s most iconic road trips and once you drive it you will know why. Not only is the drive itself spectacular, but to see so many dream destinations on one trip, is pretty cool too. We visited San Francisco, Monterrey, Cambria, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and Los Angeles before chilling out on the beach in San Diego for our last few days. Needless to say there were so many highlights and so many tips and tricks that I couldn’t possibly put them all in one post, but check out my short video here and read all my posts below.

Learn all about biking the bridge in San Francisco and the not so pretty Fishermans Wharf. Find out the best places to stop on route and the best things to do with kids in California. I also have a post on tips for driving the Pacific Coast Highway to make the most out of your holiday.

The Streets of San Francisco – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.

 

San Francisco – Biking The Bridge!

 

12 things to do with kids in California

 

Top Tips for Driving the Pacific Coast Highway

 

The Best Places To Stop On The Pacific Coast Highway

I hope you enjoy my posts and they help you with your California road trip plans.

 

 

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Top Tips for Driving the Pacific Coast Highway

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Thinking of a California road trip? Not only is this one of the best road trips in America, it has to be one of the best in the world. Check out my top tips for driving the Pacific Coast Highway and make sure you get it right!

 

1. Drive North to South.

To make the most of the sea views, drive North to South. Otherwise you will be on the wrong side of the road and literally have to cross it every time you want to stop for photos. San Francisco is an ideal place to start. I would suggest that you take a transfer from the airport and wait until you are leaving to collect your hire car. You don’t need to have a car in San Francisco and parking charges are exorbitant. Make sure you book a car for collection ‘downtown’ so you don’t have to taxi back to the airport.

Top tips for driving the Pacific Coast Highway, by the Travel Expert

 

2 Be clever with your car hire.

I booked our car through Hertz and found them great. No sales pitches for extra insurance and no lengthy delays dropping the car back. You will need a sat nav, dont rely on google maps as many places there is no phone signal. The PCH is relatively easy to navigate but once you stop in cities such as LA and San Diego, a sat nav is imperative. Check the prices before you go, they can be up to $15 per day to rent. It is cheaper to buy one locally in a Walmart or similar store. If travelling with kids do the same for car seats, you will buy a booster seat for $15 – $20, instead of paying $13 per day to rent one. Make sure your car is adequately insured and finally don’t forget to create a playlist! Most rental cars have a usb port, there is nothing like driving the coast, listening to your favourite tunes!

Top tips for driving the Pacific Coast Highway by The Travel Expert

 

3. If travelling with kids – be prepared.

Tablets or iPads are a godsend on a long journey. Upload movies or games before you go. I found our media share invaluable, it creates an ad-hoc wifi network of its own so the kids can watch movies at any time, in the car, in restaurants etc. Some kids tend to feel nauseous when watching tv, try sea-bands, they worked a treat with my kids.  Research your stops beforehand. I was surprised at how many museums were child friendly. Alcatraz, Hearst Castle, the California Science centre and the USS Midway museum, were all suitable for kids. Ask at the information centre for children’s guide books, many offer a treasure hunt system where kids have to find answers to questions and receive a prize upon completion. My two particularly loved the junior rangers badges they got on Alcatraz and climbing onto airplanes and helicopters at Midway.

Top tips for driving the Pacific Coast Highway by The Travel Expert

 

4. Plan your stops carefully.

When driving the PCH, the journey is the destination so make sure you allow plenty of time to see it! The speed limit is 55 miles per hour on most of the journey – and people stick to it! You will also want to stop for photos so allow at least two hours per 100 mile journey. Try to plan your itinerary as much as possible and use your valuable lunch times to stop in the ‘right’ places along the way. Ask your travel agent, check tripadvisor or read travel blogs for recommendations, and try to take in as much as possible. I almost missed places like Hearst Castle ( below) which was well worth a visit. For information on my favourite stops, read my blog here.

Top tips for driving the Pacific Coast Highway by The Travel Expert

 

5. Fly home from San Diego.

Plan your route before you book your flights, it doesn’t have to be exact but at least plan where you will spend the last few days. Most people tend to choose San Diego to catch some rays and rest before flying home. Although google maps will tell you it’s a two hour drive to LAX – its not! Well maybe it is at 5am, but for the most part of the day there is traffic, and it can take up to four hours, allowing for one or two wrong turns! The last thing you need on your last day is the stress of thinking you might miss your flight. Trust me, flying home from San Diego is a much better option. If this isn’t possible, make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get to LAX. There are some great restaurants in the airport, particularly 3 Forks steakhouse, their aim is to serve steak that is so tender, you don’t need a knife to cut it! Get to the airport early and enjoy a nice meal before you board.

Top tips for driving the Pacific Coast Highway by The Travel Expert

 

These are my top tips, have you any more to add? I would love to hear them, please comment below 🙂

 

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The Best Places To Stop On The Pacific Coast Highway

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A California road trip is one of the best coastal drives in the world and for me it has always been a bucket list holiday. It was everything I had hoped it would be and a lot more. Check out the best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway and make sure you get it right!

 

I can’t stress how important it is to plan it in advance. For those who have heard people saying not to plan it – please ignore them! Well that is unless you have no time constraints and a pocketful of money. Most of us have two – three weeks, so use your time wisely! I have left out numerous places, but these are my recommendations on the best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway, based on a two – three week trip. I also have a separate post – top tips for driving the Pacific Coast Highway so make sure you check that one out too. I hope they help you with your travel plans!

The best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway

1. San Francisco

For most people this is where you will start your journey, try to allow four days if possible. Bike the bridge, see Alcatraz (book online beforehand), walk Fisherman’s wharf and check out Union Square and the Castro district. I stayed at the Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf. They are ideally situated only minutes from the Wharf, Lombard Street ( crooked street) and on the cable car route to Union Square. For more info on San Francisco you can read my blog here.

The best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway

2. Monterey or Carmel

This is a tough choice as they are very close to each other, so you will probably only chose to say in one. If travelling with kids I would choose Monterey. The aquarium there is one of the best I have seen and the town is very family friendly. I stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel. It is a fantastic hotel in the centre of the town with excellent facilities and sea-views. It also has an excellent happy hour from 3 – 6. Not only are drinks half price but so are their delicious light bites. A nice glass of Californian wine and a plate of Monterey Bay Calamari will only set you back $12! They also have an excellent kids menu in the restaurant, even at breakfast time. Monterey has some lovely walks and bike paths along the seafront, and it even has it’s own Fisherman’s Wharf.

The best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway

Carmel is more authentic and if travelling as a couple, this would be my choice. You will love strolling around the pretty streets and stumbling upon local shops and art galleries, selling upmarket souvenirs. If you happen to be staying in Monterey, pop in for lunch or even a coffee, there is something special about Carmel by the Sea. If you have time, try lunch at Clint Eastwood’s (a former Mayor of Carmel ) Mission Ranch.  If you are a golf fan, take a spin to nearby Pebble Beach, they have numerous dining options and some quite reasonably priced.

The best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway

3. Cambria or San Luis Obispo

Another tough choice but it really depends what you are looking for.  Cambria’s quaint town is full of art and antique shops and has a country feel to it. It is generally quiet and everything pretty much shuts down at 9pm so if you are looking for nightlife, don’t stay here! It is the gateway to the Big Sur and the mountainous scenery is a welcome break from the coast road. I liked it because it was a total contrast to the other places we had stopped in, and it was beside Hearst Castle. This was a total surprise to me and well worth a visit. Sitting on 250,000 acres it is so hard to believe that this was once a private house.

The best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway

I stayed at the Cambria Pines Lodge. The country style hotel with old furniture and quirky gardens make it utterly charming.  Visit the elephant seal rookery in San Simeon and witness hundreds of seals playing. Stop by Sebastian’s café  for lunch afterwards. It is one of those places that is a post office, a grocery store, a wine tasting emporium and a café! Trust me, their subs ( and wine ) are amazing!

The best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway

San Luis Obispo is a college town and offers much more night life and upmarket shopping than Cambria. You will find everything from high street stores to theatres as well as some terrific wine bars. It is a good distance from the coast, about a 20 minute drive, so don’t expect the beach at your doorstep.

 

4. Santa Barbara

This was one of my favourite towns. It is the kind of place I would like to retire to ( in my dreams!). The fact that Rob Lowe happens to live here might have something to do with that! In fact numerous celebrities have houses here, including  Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise. There isn’t actually much to see but it has such a relaxed feel that you can’t help but chill out. I stayed here for two nights and loved it, (incidentally I found one night was sufficient in Monterey and Cambria). There are no billboards allowed, only pretty shops and upmarket restaurants. Go wine tasting in one of the numerous wine bars, sample some of California’s best restaurants or chill out on the beach. I stayed in the Harbor View Inn which is ideally located across the road from the beach. Try Bouchon for lunch or dinner, its a fantastic French brasserie – but make sure you book in advance.

The best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway

5. Santa Monica

Santa Monica is a bustling city but with a beach resort feel. We stayed at the fabulous Palihouse Hotel. This luxury boutique hotel is situated on a quiet residential street yet only one block from the heart of the city. The rooms are so spacious, equipped with walk in wardrobes, fully fitted kitchens and round baths. It doesn’t have a swimming pool but if like me, you plan on spending most of your days visiting LA and the surrounding area, this shouldn’t matter. The Santa Monica pier has a fun fair with a rollercoaster and big wheel and although a little tacky, it is a great family friendly resort.

The best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway

The main hub of the city is the pedestrianised 3rd Street Promenade. It is full of shops and dining options and is a nice place for an evening stroll. Make sure you try the Misfit bar and restaurant for contemporary American cuisine, situated just off the 3rd Street Promenade. If travelling with kids, you will have to do lunch as they are not allowed in after 6pm. Although not as pretty as Santa Barbara, it is a launchpad to stay in when visiting LA. There are plenty of public transport options. If you don’t want to drive into LA, the hop on hop off bus is a good choice which will bring you to all the nearby beaches as well as Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Universal Studios.

The best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway

6. Los Angeles

I chose to stay in Santa Monica when visiting LA. However, if you want to stay central, West Hollywood (or WeHo as the locals say) is probably your best bet. This two mile radius is home to the Sunset Strip and full of upmarket hotels, designer shops and the latest celebrity hangouts. You can easily pop down to the walk of fame, Beverly Hills and see all the highlights of LA from there. Treat yourself to lunch at Spago in Beverly Hills. Although a two star Michelin restaurant, the prices do not reflect this. It is exceptional value for such amazing food and the atmosphere is electric – I would highly recommend it.

The best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway

Make sure you visit the California Science Centre. It is free to enter and you could easily spend the day there. It is amazing to see the space shuttle, Endeavour  – make sure you book in advance, its only a $2 charge. If travelling with kids, visit Universal Studios which is home to rides such as Harry Potter, Transformers, Minions and Jurassic Park. You should be able to see this in one day. Disneyland however has two parks, so you would need to allow two days to see it properly.

The best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway

7. Last Stop – Beach!

Driving south from LA you will come across numerous beach towns. Huntington beach is a good choice for college students, Laguna beach is the upmarket choice for families and couples, and San Diego, the most popular option, is suitable for everyone. I stayed at the Bahia Resort Hotel on Mission beach. It is a great family friendly hotel with excellent facilities and friendly staff. You can rent numerous boats at reasonable prices, visit their luxury sister hotel, the Catamaran by steam boat, or chill out in one of their cabanas by the beach. My kids highlight was watching movies at night in the heated swimming pool! Draft is a good choice for drinks or dinner (American style) and offers the best view to watch the sunset. Mission beach on the whole is a little tacky though..

The best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway

If you want a nice upmarket beach resort try Coronado Bay or La Jolla. Take in happy hour from 3 – 6  in Peohe’s Coronado, overlooking the bay. Like many good hotels and restaurants in California they offer half price drinks and bites during happy hour. San Diego is home to a world famous Zoo, Legoland, Seaworld, the USS Midway museum and some of California’s best beaches. There are lots to see and do in San Diego, so make sure you allow yourself enough time to see it!

The best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway

Well if you managed to read all of that I am impressed. As you can see there is so much to do, you do need to plan! I am a travel expert and I still felt it necessary to contact umpteen travel agent friends, and read numerous travel blogs for recommendations. Queue to thank our Irish – Californian girl Kristin Skinner from American Holidays for all her advice! 

I hope you liked my choices on the best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway. If I have left out any of your favourites, please comment below – I would love to hear them.

 

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The Streets of San Francisco – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.

Golden Gate Bridge

I don’t think I have ever heard anyone say they didn’t like San Francisco. In fact every time I mentioned to anyone that I was going, I was told I was going to love it. So it was safe to say my expectations were at an all time high. I guess there was only one way this was going to go…

 

Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed my few days there, but other than the the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, it didn’t have the wow factor I was expecting. I felt almost honoured to be there, there is an air of grandeur about San Francisco. There are opulent houses on immaculate streets, where no two look alike. Everywhere looks familiar somehow, the when you see the ‘Streets of San Francisco’ you almost expect Steve Mc Queen to come flashing by in his green mustang. The crooked street, the painted ladies and of course Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge are all easily visible.  Even their public transport is cool, the trams, or cable cars as they are called, are so much more appealing than buses, albeit $7 for each one way ride! The tech billionaires have all moved in, but to the detriment of the native San Franciscans, who are all living in the suburbs. You can’t help but feel that if you can manage to afford a house there, (average 1 bed apartment rents for $3500 per month) you would be living in a somewhat utopian society.

“It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world. OscarWilde”

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I did however, absolutely LOVE biking the Golden Gate bridge, it was honestly one of the best experiences I had in my three week trip of California. It is something that I would recommend anyone visiting San Francisco to do, regardless of fitness levels. My 5 and 8 year olds loved it too and although its only 8 miles (from Fisherman’s Wharf to Sausalito) you really feel like you have accomplished something, and for me, one off my bucket list! I would suggest cycling one way across the bridge and downhill into Sausalito. Sausalito is a picturesque town to have lunch in and there are regular ferries back to the wharf. For more information on biking the bridge, you can read my blog here.

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Alcatraz is another highlight. Make sure you book tickets in advance online as it is not something you can just ‘rock’ up to without a prior reservation. The self guided audio tour is excellent, given by ex prison guards and inmates, you really feel like you were in the prison when it was in operation. My husband and kids loved it too. You are able to access the prison cells and most parts of the prison, and on a clear day the views from the island are stunning. Looking across the bay you can’t help but wonder how the inmates must have felt, knowing that they were so close and yet so far from freedom.

View from Alcatraz, the streets of San Francisco, by the Travel Expert

We stayed at the Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf, which are centrally located and can be booked via airbnb. Situated only minutes from the wharf and Lombard Street (the crooked street) and the tram stop is only one block away. I loved that they had a kitchenette so we could make breakfast each day. Incidentally eating out in San Francisco, in fact most things in San Francisco, are expensive. Breakfast for four of us at a local café was $70. Hence the kitchenette was handy! The complimentary tea and coffee at reception was also a nice touch.

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Fisherman’s Wharf however, was a big let down for me, a purpose built street lined with arcades, teeshirt shops and over priced restaurants. Pier 39 which I had heard so much about, is a major tourist trap, complete with fast food outlets and it even had performing seals! There was one exception, Ghiradelli Square, at the end of the wharf, is well worth a visit. Founded in 1852, Ghiradelli chocolate is famous worldwide, their marketplace in the heart of the square is a chocolate lovers paradise. Try one of their ice cream sundaes – trust me, they are amazing.

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Union Square is much more authentic. It is like the centre of any city really, no real wow factor but filled with locals rather than tourists and has a much nicer vibe than Fisherman’s Wharf. This is where you will find Macys, Bloomingdales and pretty much all the high street shops. O’Farrell Street has some great bars and restaurants, Johnny Foleys in particular. They serve great pub grub and the best Guinness in San Francisco (so I’m told). It was also nice to see ‘proper’ food on the kids menu. Grilled organic chicken breast with mashed potato and veggies was a welcome surprise from the usual burgers, pizza, mac and cheese that was on every other kids menu!

If you are travelling without kids, go at night time and enjoy it’s piano bar, it is a great night out. The Mission and the Castro (gay neighbourhood) districts are the other best places to hang out at night time if you are over 21. Remember if travelling to anywhere in the States with kids, you cannot go into ANY bars after 9 pm, even in some hotels.

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For great views of the city go to Coit Tower, its only $8 to get to the top. Try to time it for the afternoon, a cloud or even fog seems to descend on San Francisco in the morning. An alternative to Coit tower is the Cheesecake factory at the top floor of Macys. You can get a great view of the city and of course some amazing cheesecake!

So there you have it, San Francisco – the good the bad and the ugly! Seeing the iconic Golden Gate bridge and visiting Alcatraz were some of the highlights of my California adventure. But now that I have seen them, will I go back? I don’t think so.

 

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San Francisco – Biking The Bridge!

Biking the bridge

Forget Alcatraz, forget Fishermans Wharf!  In San Francisco – biking the bridge is the coolest thing to do!

 

Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge has been on my bucket list for quite some time now. Getting the chance to cycle across it with my family was not only the best experience I had in San Francisco, but it is one of the best family experiences I have had on any holiday!

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We were staying at the Suites at Fishermans Wharf and on our first day we happened to stumble across Blazing Saddles – literally three minutes walk from our Hotel. I had heard about cycling across the bridge but I assumed the kids wouldn’t be able for it. Luckily the sales staff were good at their jobs and caught me curiously looking at the poster as we walked by. Within seconds they knew we were Irish and out came ‘Georgie’ from Blanchardstown to greet us! She not only assured us that the kids would be ok but let us try various styles of bikes until we found the right ones for us. We selected a tag-a-long bike for my husband and daughter Alex ( age 5 ), my son Luke ( age 8 ) was able to ride his own bike. There were also other options for younger kids with trailers or baby seats.  After a 3 minute video showing us the highlights, we were given maps and helmets and we were on our way.

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The bike path is so easy to follow and it is almost impossible to get lost. The fact that you can’t possibly miss the Golden Gate bridge helps too! We decided to go for the option of cycling across the bridge into the pretty town of Sausalito and getting the ferry back. Although it is only an 8 mile ride, (from Fisherman’s Wharf to Sausalito) I would advise you to take the whole day. You will find yourself constantly stopping for selfies and although a three hour time is recommended, we took a lot longer! You will pass beautiful neighbourhoods where you will stop to admire the opulent houses, the luxury yachts on the marina, the beach, as well as the numerous photo ops of the bridge itself. There is even a picnic stop if you fancy a break.

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The cycle across the bridge is actually quite short and although busy with pedestrians, cyclists and of course cars – you never feel nervous. The cycle path is completely separate to the cars and you can stop as many times as you wish for photos or just to take in the view! Once you ‘make it’ across, take the downhill (steep) ride into Sausalito. It is a picture postcard town, complete with quaint shops and panoramic views across the bay. It also has some great restaurants so it the perfect place to enjoy a well deserved meal after your bike ride! We opted for Napa Valley Burger Company, a great organic burger house, ( they even pair their burgers with wines!) – there were clean plates all round.

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After a quick spot of souvenir shopping it was time to catch the ferry back to the wharf. Queues can be long in the Summer months so make sure you purchase your boat ticket as soon as you arrive in Sausalito – the evening ferries in particular can get booked up quickly. If you book with Blazing Saddles you can pre-purchase the ferry tickets, so no need to worry about having to cycle back up the steep hill – trust me you wont want to do that!

For me it was definitely a case of ‘the journey was the destination’ – the whole day was a fantastic experience and one that the whole family enjoyed. My kids felt very proud of their achievement, particularly across such a iconic landmark. My son, Luke, couldn’t wait to tell his friends in school that he did it, and I must say I was pretty proud too!

San Francisco - biking the Golden Gate bridge by The Travel Expert

If you are visiting San Francisco, make sure you put it on your to do list so you too can say you ‘biked the bridge’!

 

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Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations

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We all have different tastes and budgets, so I think it is fair to say that there are no perfect honeymoon destinations that suit everyone – well maybe Bora Bora…

Lets face it, if we had unlimited holidays and unlimited cash, we would probably all like to stay in a beach villa in the South Pacific. However, being realistic, we need to remember not everyone can take three weeks off to travel the world, and many of us have limited means. You also have to make sure to check the weather before you book, as it could be the rainy or even hurricane season in your dream honeymoon destination. Here are my top  honeymoon destinations – there should be one here to suit you.

 

 

 

1. Short on time – The Amalfi Coast

amalfi coast is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations

For those of you who only don’t have lots of annual leave available, a week in Italy is the perfect choice. Stay in a deluxe hotel in Positano or Ravello and live like a celebrity. Visit the isle of Capri, take water taxis along the coast and soak up the Italian atmosphere.  Bellisimo!

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2. Short on cash – Greece

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I love the Greek islands and if you are getting married during the summer months, then Greece is a great choice. Swim with turtles in the turquoise waters of Zakynthos, explore the hilltop town of Lindos in Rhodes, or chill out in a five-star hotel in Crete. I stayed in a luxury hotel near Chania and loved it.

Read my review of Anemos Luxury Grand Resort.

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3. Like All Inclusive –  Cancun

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If you want a luxury hotel with all meals and drinks included, then Cancun is best for value. Cancun is perfect for anyone who wants to be pampered, without moving too far from your hotel.  Many honeymooners feel exhausted after the wedding, so all-inclusive holidays suit perfectly. You could however, mix it up a little and add in a few days in New York or Vegas on the way back….

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4. Play it safe – The Maldives

maldives is one of the top honeymoon destinations

If you want pure luxury, idyllic beaches and want to wear flip flops for the week, the Maldives is for you. It is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations, but can still be affordable. Combine with Dubai for a great combination of city and beach. 

Read: Where to stay in the Maldives – my guide to the best hotels in the Maldives

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5. Tick all boxes – Island hopping in the Caribbean

barbados is ideal for honeymoons

This is a great choice for couples who primarily want a beach holiday, but want a bit of adventure thrown in. Barbados, The Grenadines, St Lucia and the Cayman Islands, it’s hard to believe they are all so close  – yet so different. If you don’t fancy to much packing and unpacking, try a Caribbean cruise and see them all on day trips!

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6. Like adventure – South Africa

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South Africa is one of my favourite honeymoon destinations. It is the perfect place to mix adventure with beach time. Drive the garden route, go whale watching, take in a safari, explore Cape Town and finish off your honeymoon by chilling out on a wine estate.

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7. Road trip – California

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There is nothing like the wind in your hair as you drive the Pacific Coast highway in a convertible. Combine San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and if  you have three weeks to spare, try to take in the national parks too. Drive from LA to Scottsdale, on to Vegas before hitting Death Valley and Yosemite. From there drive to San Francisco and hit the pacific coast highway back to LA. For a two week trip, make it simple, fly to San Francisco and drive the PCH to San Diego. 

Read the best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway.

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8. Adrenaline Junkies – Florida

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Surprisingly this is a really popular honeymoon choice. If you are looking for non-stop action, then Florida is hard to beat. Mix it up a little and combine with New York or Vegas, or why not add on a Caribbean cruise?

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9. A bit more exotic – Thailand

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Thailand is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations. Choose to relax on one of its many beaches or choose to combine a stay in Bangkok and Thailand’s cultural centre, Chiang Mai. Opt for five-star glamping in the Elephant Hills Camp, go island hopping in the Andaman Sea, or shop till you drop in Bangkok. Who says you can’t do it all?   

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10. The world is your oyster – Australia

 

If you have plenty of time on your hands, and plenty of cash – then it has to be Australia! See the sights in Sydney, marvel at Ayers Rock and explore the world’s most impressive underwater paradise at the Great Barrier Reef. There is actually so much to see and do in Australia – way to many to mention! And if you manage to tour this massive continent and still want some more action – hop over to New Zealand…

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