By : Melissa Stevens
If you remember your honeymoon with fondness in your heart, and you look forward to your retirement, there is something that blends the two into one fulfilling whole. Second honeymoons are not a rarity these days, but free time, unfortunately, is. If finding some vacation time within your busy working hours, and coordinating them with your equally busy spouse was a problem for you back then, a second honeymoon might be a sweet and refreshing way to begin your mutual retirement.
Island honeymoons are the most popular option, and have been for decades. If you married young, these islands lured with their promise of fun activities and adventure. You may not be as spry as you used to be, but that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t be active during your trip. Quite contrary, most travelers visiting distant destinations are retirees who have finally found the time and money to see the world, and will find tour itineraries very accommodating to their needs and wants.
So how do you decide which islands are good for a late second honeymoon? You cross compare popular honeymoon choices with popular retirement destinations. And three best options stand out, and what do you know, one of them may grow on you, and you may choose to spend the rest of your retirement in an island paradise.
As one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world, French Polynesia has a rich offer of activities for couples. Tropical spas and massages on the beach, hiking trails both easy and difficult, and a plethora of water sports, crowned with island cruises that will take you to nearby motus (small private islands) to have a beautiful, uninterrupted picnic with your beau. The best way to enjoy these islands is by opting for an for a honeymooner’s bungalow in Bora Bora or Tahiti, the two biggest islands. This way, you needn’t mess with the busy beaches and towns unless you wish to, having your own part of the lagoon right underneath your balcony. It is important to note that French is spoken in French Polynesia, and if you don’t already speak it, taking a beginner’s course in a new language, especially as a duo, is a great way to rejuvenate your mind!
This little island in the Mediterranean is best known for its stable economy and open work positions for skilled immigrants. Malta may be small, but business is booming there, and tourism along with it. The Mediterranean countries are all popular sailing destinations, all of them being blessed with wonderful weather and centuries-old established trade routes. If you’ve developed a sense for the fine art of boating, then you are in luck in Malta – all of Europe is just a few days of pleasant sailing away. Another reason Malta is a popular retirement destination is its excellent health-care system, something American seniors are already benefiting from. The size of the island means most of it is very approachable, and there are fun tourist activities to be had all day, whether cultural monuments or beautiful landscapes are your thing.
Panama is another popular travel destination, but not one as heavily linked to honeymoons as the others on the list. That doesn’t mean that they don’t get their fair share of couples, but the span of their activities is wider, there is more to choose from. Panama, close enough to Mexico, enjoys perfect weather the whole year round, sans hurricanes (a rare thing in these waters). Whether you want to spend your evenings dining in the finest restaurants, or you wish for an adventure packed honeymoon that doesn’t drastically differ from a regular fun holiday, Panama is a good place to get matching tans. If you are willing to try something new, Panama is working hard to establish a line of affordable eco hotels throughout the islands. It is the closest you can get to the jungle without losing the benefits of civilization and a safe, warm bed.
Melissa Stevens is a professional blogger from Brisbane, mother of one cute boy, and in her spare time she is engaged in crafting, housekeeping, organizing family life. For some time now she writes articles with travel, DIY, parenting topics, and practical solutions for simpler and more convenient life.