Nothing says “romance” quite like honeymooning in Brazil. From the sizzling beaches and sensual samba of Rio de Janeiro to the exotic rainforests of the Amazon, South America’s largest country has the landscape and culture to make for a honeymoon with flavor. For those looking for some Brazil honeymoon destination inspiration, here are 7 of the best places for newlyweds to honeymoon in Brazil, and what each romantic spot has to offer.
While the name itself conjures up images of a destination untamed and remote, embarking on a luxurious cruise in the Brazilian Amazon enables you to experience the dramatic natural setting in all the comfort you crave on your honeymoon.
Spend your days canoeing or paddle-boarding on the famous Amazon River, or trekking through the jungle to spot endangered wildlife. Day excursions can include just about anything, from visiting local villages to fishing for piranhas. How many couples spot jaguars on their honeymoons?
In the evenings, retire to your private cabin where you and your loved one can dine on the patio, or toast champagne at sunset on the main deck. The serenity of the rainforest is perfect for post-wedding relaxation, and the world-class service you’ll receive on a luxury river cruise will make sure you get just that.
Brazil’s most iconic travel destination, Rio de Janeiro is a city in love – and the vibe is infectious. Honeymooners in Brazil will feel the romance teeming around every corner in Rio and definitely won’t want to miss spending at least a few days there.
Relax on one of the city’s gorgeous beaches such as Ipanema, Copacabana or Barra de Tijuca, with bright water, white sand, swaying palms, and dramatic mountains behind you. Stay at one of the world-class hotels right on the water where the service extends all the way onto the sand. Don’t lift a finger as they deliver ice-cold coconuts and caipirinhas right to your chairs.
For those wanting a glimpse of the other side of Rio’s dazzling nature, arrange an excursion to the Tijuca Forest: the largest rainforest in any city in the world. Hikes here range from lazy walks to advanced climbs, complete with jaw-dropping views over the entire city at the top. Pass monkeys and waterfalls, exotic birds and butterflies, and escape to another world just a short drive from the beaches.
A city of a million mountains (and therefore just as many impressive views), couples who want a bit of sightseeing will enjoy seeing the top of infamous Sugarloaf Mountain or the Wonder of the World, Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado mountain (no trekking necessary!).
Spend your evenings dining in the romantic neighborhoods of Santa Teresa or Leblon, listening to live samba music and sipping tropical cocktails, soaking up the romance in every inch of the city.
Just outside of Rio de Janeiro city, you’ll find coastal beaches and islands that make the marvels of Rio de Janeiro pale in comparison, so many honeymooners are starting to beach hop along Brazil’s southern coastline. Venture just a couple of hours to the chic peninsula of Buzios, an upscale destination with a dozen impressive aquamarine beaches.
Spend your days snorkeling the crystal clear waters, lounging on the white sand, or strolling along the cobblestoned roads dotted with romantic restaurants and quaint cafes. Shop Brazil’s best beachwear, and stay in beautiful seaside resorts.
A few hours south of Rio de Janeiro, you’ll find another popular honeymoon stop: Paraty. This seaside colonial town is one of Brazil’s most romantic destinations, with a balanced mix of culture, architecture, national parks and island hopping that will keep any couple relaxed yet intrigued. The tiny roads of the Old Town are hugged by colorful colonial buildings, many of which have been turned into lovely boutique hotels you’ll love to relax in.
Just off the coast, you’ll find countless paradisiacal islands and untouched beaches studding the bay, all of which can be explored in just one day or over the course of a week. Stray inland to trek through the jungled parks and nature reserves, or stick around town to be guided through cobbled roads past well-preserved architecture and artisanal shops.
Right on the border of Argentina and Brazil lies one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights: Iguazu Falls. One of the largest waterfalls in the world, this impressive stretch of water is a feat of nature you won’t forget. Honeymooners can get a bird’s eye view soaring over the waterfalls in a helicopter, or get up close and personal (and very wet!) on a boat down below.
Other activities include trekking through the nearby rainforest, witnessing a remarkable range of colorful birds and butterflies, spotting monkeys and other wildlife, and walking on platforms right out into the gushing water. Visiting Iguazu Falls only requires a couple of days (usually one for each side), so honeymooners to Iguazu can combine an adventure with another idyllic destination.
For couples who want to see Brazil’s most dramatic nature and picture-perfect beaches all in one spot, there’s a lesser-known destination that has the apex of it all. One look at pictures of Fernando de Noronha and we guarantee, you’ll be booking two seats on the next flight out! This volcanic archipelago is about 350 kilometers off of Brazil’s northeast coast, and its largest island (the eponymous Fernando de Noronha) is home to a protected national marine park and ecological sanctuary. Little known outside the country, Brazilians drool over the chance to visit Fernando de Noronha for its undeveloped beaches, world-class snorkeling and scuba diving, and diverse sea life (sea turtles, rays, dolphins and reef sharks, to name a few).
Spend your evenings relaxing at one of the many opulent resorts as you stare out at the islands and their rock formations, as dramatic as the vibrant hues of the warm, crystalline water below.
Found in the north of the country, Fernando de Noronha can be combined easily with a luxury Amazon river cruise for a balanced pairing of beach and nature, or connected by flight to any of the southern Brazilian destinations.
Often referred to as Brazil with a European touch, Florianopolis is the ultimate honeymoon destination in Brazil for couples who want to beach in complete luxury amidst familiar comforts. Here you’ll find some of the most famous beaches in the country and many popular resort areas. Active couples can sail or windsurf, and those who want a bit more city with their beach will love the fine international dining, shopping and dazzling resorts found here.
Floripa, as it’s known by locals, is the beach destination for chic Brazilians and non-Brazilians alike, and the perfect place to honeymoon in Brazil in style.
South of Rio de Janeiro, Florianopolis can be combined with trips to Rio de Janeiro or Iguazu Falls in a short journey, or just as easily connected to an Amazon river cruise by a few hour flight for a more diverse honeymoon.
A country with such a vast range of gorgeous nature, lovely cities and romance built into the culture, Brazil is the perfect place for your honeymoon. Combine a few different spots to get the most out of your trip, or settle into one and focus on nothing but your life as newlyweds. Whatever you’re looking for in your honeymoon, Brazil has the place for you!
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