If you’re a mom-to-be, you have only a few months left in which you will be able to go on vacation together only with your hubby. So, take advantage of this period and travel where your heart desires. Being pregnant doesn’t have to mean you cannot travel anymore, at least until your third trimester.
Your life is about to change forever and, even if there will be stressful moments, in the end, all will be worth it, when you hold your infant close to your chest. Until then, take the opportunity to relax and enjoy some quality time with your partner. Today, I wanted to share with you some of the best babymoon ideas.
1. Niagara Falls, Canada
Try to choose a hotel or accommodation that’s close to the main attraction. Let’s hope you can find one that’s nice without breaking the bank. If your budget allows it, you can even treat yourself with a room with a Jacuzzi tub. However, make sure the water and the bubbles won’t affect your pregnancy.
Staying healthy, both physically and emotionally, especially when a baby is on the way is more than important. So, all the sightseeing and those wonderful views will definitely help you feel energized, relaxed, and refreshed. No matter what you do, I would suggest you invest in a high-performance and comfy pair of sneakers because you will be walking a lot.
- Go to Canada – I must admit that some of the most breathtaking views of this nature’s wonder are seen in Canada. The Canadian part of the waterfall’s riverfront is beautiful and rich in leafy paths and lovely landscaped gardens. You will need a passport so make sure to plan ahead. The average waiting time to receive a new passport can reach up to 8 weeks;
- Stay on the American side – if you don’t want the hassle of applying for a new passport and traveling all the way to Canada, you can also hand out on the other side of Niagara Falls, the American one. Despite the fact that this side is less jaw-dropping, you can still enjoy walking on the wooded trails and pathways of Goat Island;
- Pack properly – you will get wet for sure, particularly if you want to experience an up-close encounter with the waterfall. The power of the water is incredible so, besides purchasing a plastic poncho, I would also recommend you to pack some extra footwear and socks.
2. Paradise Island, Bahamas
This is a great babymoon destination if you want to simply relax, enjoy sunbaths on white sandy beaches, sink your toes in a tropical ocean, indulge in decadent food at fancy restaurants, and many other pleasant activities. The Bahamas features some of the most luxurious accommodations on the planet. Many of them have their own private beaches, so you will have plenty of privacy and quiet time.
- You will have a wide range of restaurants and foods available to pick from. The important thing that you must remember is always to make reservations because the majority of restaurants will fill up quickly. Sometimes you’ll need to make a reservation a couple of days in advance;
- A tropical babymoon such as this can get expensive. Some places like the Atlantis, apply higher prices than others. So, choose carefully and think about how much money you are willing to spend;
- A trip to the Bahamas isn’t mean to last just a few days. There are so many things to do and so many places to see that you need to consider at least a 7-day holiday;
- Be prepared to do a lot of walking because Bahamas resorts are huge, although many of them provide transportation in the form of shuttle buses. So, pack accordingly and don’t forget to take a couple of comfortable sports shoes in the luggage.
3. Lake Tahoe, California
What better place to recharge your batteries and relax than a natural setting?! Some pregnant women feel the need to reconnect with Mother Nature. At Lake Tahoe, you will find scenic landscapes and fresh mountain air. Moreover, there are accommodations that offer both convenience and comfort. Try to find a place where you can do a lot of interesting and relaxing things without really going too far from the hotel grounds. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to mountains and nature, I would always choose a little cozy location where you can sit around a warm campfire or enjoy the taste of marshmallows.
- This is a babymoon destination where you can stay a couple of days, driving around the lake as well as taking interest in several close-by side trips;
- Get organized which will help you avoid getting lost. Use a map to explore the surroundings and plan every route in advance;
- Avoid tourist crowds. The lake area is super crowded, especially in summer months. So, it would be probably better to go there during the week. This way, you will also benefit from lower hotel rates;
- Make restaurant reservations in advance because they are usually packed and you might end up sitting around and waiting for a table;
- Pack wisely. Even during summer, nights can be pretty chill at Lake Tahoe so keep yourself warm by packing long pants, sweaters, and a warm jacket;
- Be aware of forest fires. In the summer, there are higher risks of wildfires which can seriously mess up the quality of the air, not to mention all the other potentially harmful effects. Research these aspects online or ask the people involved before going on the trip.
4. Rincon, Puerto Rico
There are so many reasons to why you should consider Rincon as an excellent babymoon destination. First of all, there are plenty of hotels situated right on the beach, so the relaxation mode will be turned on almost instantly. Gorgeous pools sparkle in the sunlight all over the place and the resorts provide anything you can imagine. It’s a place where you will create a lot of beautiful memories together with your husband or family. The beaches and the water are excellent for future moms due to warm weather, lazy non-threating waves, and shallow pools.
- A potential downside is represented by the lack of public transportation. Many Puerto Rican areas are kind of isolated with a rural aspect and fewer amenities compared to big cities. Of course, there’s always the option of using taxis or calling an Uber driver. Still, make sure to pack comfortable clothing and footwear. Another alternative is to rent a car for the duration of your stay;
- You might get easily lost while driving through Puerto Rico unless you ask for directions. Many roads are still unmarked and the GPS system might have troubles finding a location in due time. The best thing to do is to go full old school and use visual landmarks as much as possible;
- There are a lot of places where you can stay, from low-budget options to luxury hotels. If you want more complex services with more amenities, you should opt for a hotel;
- Puerto Rico is a holiday jewel with spectacular beaches. Choose private or hidden beaches if you want more privacy;
- If you decide to go to Puerto Rico, you should definitely see Gozalandia waterfalls. There are literally dozens of attractions you can visit such as caves, lighthouses, waterfalls, museums, lakes, rivers, tiny islands, tropical farms, etc.
5. Atlantic City, New Jersey
In Atlantic City, you can have an awesome babymoon. Furthermore, if you decide to plan this trip off-season, you will get great rate deals. Also, during the off-season, the entire place is less crowded and both hotel lobbies and casinos are basically smoke-free. From valet parking to shuttle buses and room service, there’s nothing you can’t benefit from here.
In fact, Atlantic City offers a mix of everything you may need. For instance, you’ll be pleased to know that some hotels have expedited check-in for pregnant women. Here, you can relax outdoors, by the pool, eat delicious foods, gamble a little bit, and many other attractive recreations.
- If you want to, you can take the train instead of driving there because parking can be quite pricey;
- Another great tip that you should keep in mind is the money reimbursement that most casinos and hotels offer to their guests, on condition: you must travel by bus and print the boarding ticket which you will later show to the hotel’s customer service office;
- In Atlantic City, limos are sometimes cheaper than cabs. Well, that is if you travel with a group;
- If you’re gambling, it is accustomed to leave a tip to the casino’s dealer. Tips are also given to waiters, bartenders, housekeeping staff, and parking valets but these are a no-brainer;
- Make sure you stroll on the longest boardwalk on the globe. However, be aware of the birds that inhabit the famous boardwalk, particularly seagulls which fly pretty low, right above your head;
- Avoid undesirable groups such as beggars, drunken gamblers, etc. Check your map to locate those areas that are family-friendly and safe;
- You might like to soak up in a rooftop pool but not all of them are open throughout the year. As a matter of fact, most of them are seasonal.
6. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is a very nice babymoon destination, regardless of how long you plan to stay. It’s great for long vacations and short weekend getaways alike. In other words, this is an excellent location full of fun activities, restaurants, and entertaining attractions but the best part is that you can soak up the history, dine at fancy and classy restaurants, and shop till you drop.
I would love to stay at a historic hotel there that’s situated in an old building with breathtaking architecture. Then, there’s the harbor where you can take long relaxing walks, the city market, and a lot of charming cobblestone streets.
- Feel free to indulge in tasty comfort food that’s Southern but with a twist. There’s so much more than just grilled shrimps and fried chicken;
- Leave the car behind and get ready to walk a lot on Charleston’s one-way streets that seem to never end;
- If you want to save money, park your car in free parking lots, in the residential districts. If you park it in a garage, it will cost you a lot more;
- Although the majority of tourists remain downtown, you could do things differently. Go out and explore the Old Village, over the Cooper River Bridge. That way, you will get the full picture of what this place has to offer;
- Charleston has a strong casual vibe so feel free to pack some pairs of flip flops in your suitcase;
- You can take the guided tours at first if you want, but then, go ahead and discover the attractions on your own. Grab a man and start wandering around.
7. Azores, Portugal
From New York to the Azores, it’s a 6-hour flight but you will feel like this gorgeous place is located far far away. Book the trip online, through a travel agency because this will allow you to choose and personalize your babymoon just the way you want in order to suit your lifestyle.
There are several luxury hotels situated right next to the beach where you will be able to gaze at the ocean for hours at a time. You’re on vacation which means you’re supposed to have fun but also relax and unwind. This calls for a whole day at the spa so choose that touristic package, if you want.
- The best time to plant a trip to the Azores is between mid-June and early September, during which the weather is steady and nice, plus you will have a wide range of fun activities to choose from such as whale watching. On the other hand, this is also the busiest time of the year so expecting a lot of other tourists is a wise thing. If you don’t like crowded destinations, you should look for deals between March and May;
- The weather is a tad unpredictable. However, I wouldn’t advise you to pay a lot of attention to forecasts or weather apps because, most of the times, these tools or sources won’t be truly accurate. According to locals, some days seem like a nasty mix of all four seasons. The thing is you need to pack water-resistant shoes, hiking sports shoes if you plan to go up on the Azores’ beautiful hills (that’s if your pregnancy isn’t that far ahead);
- You can travel by boat to visit all the other tiny islands that surround the main island. Well, if you suffer from seasickness, you might want to avoid doing that;
- Almost all the islands have taxis and public transportation, expect one. If you want to move around the city, the bus is your best choice but, for island tours, you should probably select another form of transportation such as renting a car;
- You’ll be glad to know that the Azores isn’t a party destination. So, if your ideal vacation is in a tranquil location, this is a suitable place.
Best Babymoon Destinations – Final Thoughts
Regardless of your due date, I am sure that there’s a perfect getaway in the list above that matches your budget, preferences, and lifestyle. Traveling to a babymoon destination is a great way to celebrate the birth of your child. Still, you should always check with your OBGYN to see if he or she approves the trip. Tell us about your dream babymoon in the comments section, below!