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Enjoy a Relaxing Long Island, NY Minimoon

As the most populated island in the U.S., Long Island is home to two of NYC’s boroughs, Brooklyn and Queens.  The rest of the island features other cities and communities, such as Hempstead and Oyster Bay.  A minimoon here means you will have plenty of options for both relaxation and entertainment.  We’re featuring 3 areas […]
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Which Hawaiian Island is Right for Your Destination Wedding?

One of the most beautiful states, Hawaii is such a desirable destination wedding location for U.S. couples.  But which island should you choose for your event?  Of course, on any island you could choose to get married on a sandy beach.  However, if you wanted to have a more unique Hawaiian wedding, here are the […]
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Tania & Matt’s Sweet Long Island, NY Engagement Session by elovephotos

Tania and Matt decided to kick off their destination wedding weekend with an afternoon photo session. A particularly wise idea when you are meeting your photographer for the first time (planning long distance can be rough), this shoot helped everyone get to know each other.  With this seriously cute couple and a killer view of […]
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Which Island is Right for Your Hawaii Honeymoon?

A Hawaiian honeymoon is synonymous with warm weather, sunny skies, and beautiful surroundings.  But which island should you travel to? Each of Hawaii’s islands have their own distinct personality and activities for visitors to enjoy. Let’s explore each island to help you find the perfect destination for your honeymoon. Kauai The shooting locations for such […]
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St. Maarten Best Romantic Caribbean Island

St. Maarten Best Romantic Caribbean Island

St. Maaten Mullet Bay Beach for Lovers

St. Maarten named in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for ‘Best Romantic Caribbean Island’

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The romantic island of St. Maarten/St. Martin (www.StMaarten-Info.com) has been named in the Top 10 of the “Best Romantic Caribbean Island” by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

The full list of winners can be seen here: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-romantic-caribbean-island/St. Maarten/

“St. Maarten is an island that is as unique as it is beautiful and our selection by USA Today readers as one of the top ten romantic islands in the Caribbean affirms our haven as an idyllic paradise for couples,” said Gus Priest, Interim Director of Tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau.

Couples visiting St. Maarten/St. Martin enjoy a natural, picturesque backdrop of swaying palm trees, turquoise blue water and white-sand beaches. The destination offers countless activities and attractions for romantic outings including sunset catamaran cruises, horseback riding, beach-side couples massages, intimate meals and more.

When romance means wedding bells, those wishing to get married in St. Maarten/St. Martin can engage the services of on-island wedding planners and florists, who can assist with making the necessary arrangements for a ceremony, and caterers who can plan the perfect reception for the couple. Many of the destination’s hotels and resorts offer complete wedding packages inclusive of an abundance of special amenities for the big day.

St. Maarten/St. Martin is home to 37 square miles of breathtaking beaches and boasts numerous historical and romance-oriented attractions.

During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island’s scuba diving and snorkeling facilities, while the capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a lovely city atmosphere, 14 world-class, Vegas-style casinos and many nightclubs that provide endless entertainment.

With the widest variety of dining experiences of any other island in the Caribbean, the Dutch nation of St. Maarten and the French overseas collectivity of St. Martin offer a wide range of cuisines served in 365 restaurants – one for every day of the year. Visit StMaarten-Info.com for more information about St. Maarten-St. Martin.

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5 Reasons to Travel to the Big Island

5 Reasons to Travel to the Big Island

greenery surrounding Akaka Falls

Considering a honeymoon on Hawaii’s Big Island?  Here are five reasons to visit this majestic oasis!

Unbelievable Vistas

Do you love to hike? If you do, there’s pretty much no paradise on the planet better suited for your vacay.  With plenty of postcard-worthy scenery and trails for all skill levels, the Big Island is positively brimming with outdoor adventure. For those who prefer their hikes really easy, check out Akaka Falls (above)–it’s a quick jaunt to the viewpoint with predominantly paved paths.  If you are all about the rugged and difficult, check out Wai’ilikahi Falls. This hike is no joke, and even requires camping overnight, but the reward is pretty spectacular.  And if you want all the rainforest scenery without any of the hard work, try the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.  No backpacks required.

Rich History

The Big Island has so much history and culture, and some of it just may surprise you. For example, did you know that there are real honest-to-goodness cowboys in Hawaii?  And you can visit them for a BBQ dinner at Kahua Ranch or take a once-in-a-lifetime horseback ride through 11,000 acres with Paniolo Adventures.  Another interesting Big Island topic is the study of astronomy. If you and your husband like to gaze at the stars, learn about Hawaii’s contribution to discovery at the W.M. Keck Observatory or the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Center (which is located at the mountain’s basecamp–9200ft!).

bowl of pink shave ice

Local Treats

The Big Island is all about celebrating local bounty and enjoying the weather.  Savor one of Hawaii’s favorite foods, poke, at Da Poke Shack in Kailua-Kona.  Afterwards, shave ice is a must.  We’ve heard nothing but good things about the Scandinavian Shave Ice stand. From traditional flavors like watermelon to the more adventurous Li Hing Mui, shave ice is a sweet tooth satisfying way to cool down.  Just looking for a simple plate lunch? Try Minnie’s in Kapaau.

Gorgeous Beaches

It wouldn’t be a honeymoon in Hawaii without a trip to a beach, would it?  Arguably one of the best beaches is Manini’owali Beach in Kekaha Kai State Park.  Because of how it sits in the bay, the water is generally calm enough for swimming, and the white sand beaches are good for a little SPF-assisted sunbathing.  It is recommended that you visit early in the morning to avoid the most crowds, as well as to enjoy the most wildlife.  If beach trips aren’t just about soaking up the rays for the two of you, try the unique Punalu’u Beach. This black sand beach (courtesy of the volcanoes) has tide pools filled with ocean wildlife.  You might even see a sea turtle or two wander by.

lava tube lit up with lights

Stunning Volcanoes

Speaking of the volcanoes, the Big Island has some pretty epic ones for you to visit.  If this excites you, plan on spending at least one full day (maybe even a couple) at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  You can drive on Crater Rim Drive, which will give you some wonderful views of a crater.  There are also an abundant amount of trails, including one that goes through a lava tube (above)!  If you want to get up close to all of the volcanic activity, you can also take a helicopter tour. Either way, this is an amazing experience that you don’t want to skip.

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