Planning your honeymoon is an exciting part of your wedding plans. Undoubtedly, you’ll want it to be memorable long after your return home, so finding the right destination is essential. Whether you’re looking to completely relax or take on your first adventure together as a married couple, the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador have everything you need and more for a perfect honeymoon.
Home to unique animals, like the giant Galapagos tortoises, indigenous sea lions, blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, and amazing penguins, the Galapagos also offers secluded beaches to explore and relax on. Romance abounds as you sit back and enjoy the dramatic sunsets together, hold hands on a moonlit dinner cruise, or enjoy a candle-lit meal at a special island restaurant. Because the islands are encased within a national park, the number of visitors is limited, so it will never feel overcrowded, and you can always find a quiet spot to enjoy alone.
Located on the equator, the Galapagos Islands offer perfect temperatures year-round. Expect it to reach down into the 60s most nights and rise to the 80s during the day. The warmer, tropical rainy season falls between December and May, and the dryer season is between June and November. Water temperatures remain pleasantly warm throughout the year and are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving any time.
The Galapagos honeymoon cost will vary depending on where you stay and what you plan to do. Join a cruise of the islands on a packaged tour, or design your stay on one of the inhabitable islands. Whichever you prefer, a Galapagos Islands honeymoon is a perfect way to start your new life together.
The majority of the islands are uninhabited, so a popular option for travelers here is cruises of various sizes and types. Modern midsize cruise ships, catamarans, and yachts accommodate guests while sailing through the islands and stopping off for occasional land-based tours.
These cruises are a carefree way to experience the Galapagos and a great choice for honeymooners. One of the few downsides, however, might be the lack of overall privacy. For more seclusion, consider a land-based honeymoon instead.
Explore the islands from a cozy hotel or romantic bungalow on one of the four inhabited islands here. You can plan this on your own or select a honeymoon-designed packaged tour option. Either way, you won’t regret it.
Consider adding a few of these to your Galapagos honeymoon itinerary:
Hotels, restaurants, and shops exist on the islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela, and Floreana. You can also take guided tours to the other uninhabited islands to explore the wildlife and natural scenes located there. Whichever island you choose for your honeymoon stay, its own unique charm will work its magic on you long before your stay is over.
The isle of Santa Cruz provides honeymooners with the most choices when it comes to hotels, spas, restaurants, special shops, and galleries.
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The most populated of the islands, San Cristobal serves as the administrative capital of the Galapagos. In and around the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, you will find several hotels, bars, restaurants, and shops to while always the afternoons.
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While the largest in size, Isabela Island is a less crowded location to relax and spend a memorable honeymoon. You’ll find hotels and restaurants within the town of Puerto Villamil.
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If you’re looking for true seclusion and quiet, Floreana Island is a perfect honeymoon getaway. The small town of Puerto Velasco Ibarra offers all you need if staying put or returning from a guided boat tour.
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Whether you want to immerse yourself in nature or relax on pristine, unspoiled beaches, a Galapagos honeymoon is the perfect way to go.
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