Top Ten Honeymoon Destinations - 2008

Top Ten Honeymoon Destinations - 2008
Modern Bride magazine unveiled "The World's 50 Best Honeymoons" in the August/September 2008 issue, with its 12th annual honeymoon survey. The magazine polled a group of 6,000 of the country's best travel agents, all part of the prestigious Virtuoso network.

Italy continues its reign as the world's best honeymoon destination (last year it knocked Hawaii from the top spot that it had held for the previous 10 years). Hawaii continues to rank second. Greece made a huge jump this year from #10 to #5; Bali and Turks & Caicos were not on the top 10 list last year, but made it in 2008. California is the highest-ranked domestic locale -- coming in at #26.

The top 10 honeymoon destinations are:
1. Italy
2. Hawaii
3. Tahiti
4. Mexico
5. Greece
6. Costa Rica
7. Bali
8. Fiji
9. France
10. Turks & Caicos

The magazine went on to list a total of 50 popular honeymoon destinations:
11. Maldives
12. St. Lucia
13. St. Barths
14. Seychelles
15. Anguilla
16. South Africa
17. British Virgin Islands
18. Argentina
19. Australia
20. Nevis
21. Bermuda
22. Jamaica
23. Thailand
24. Belize
25. Brazil
26. California
27. Bahamas
28. New Zealand
29. Spain
30. U.S. Virgin Islands
31. Antigua & Barbuda
32. Ecuador/Galapagos
33. Cayman Islands
34. St. Maarten/St. Martin
35. St. Vincnt & The Grenadines
36. Barbados
37. Dominican Republic
38. New York City
39. Cook Islands
40. England
41. Switzerland
42. Aruba
43. Morocco
44. Alaska
45. Canada
46. Las Vegas
47. Chile
48. Kenya
49. Turkey
50. Ireland

If you're in the midst of planning your honeymoon, I highly recommend you pick up the current issue of Modern Bride. Each of the locales above are broken down into "Whom it's right for," "How to enjoy it," "Where to stay." Great, detailed information as you winnow down your dream destination!

The magazine also highlighted some other favorites:

Best locale for romance and "sexy ambiance": Tahiti.

Best destination for culture: Italy.

Best destination for winter sports: Switzerland.

Best destination for good food: Italy.

And here are the top trends in honeymoons:
--Exotic locales
--Adventure destinations
--Over-the-top luxury
--Spa experiences
--Food-and-wine oriented

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