A honeymoon is a great opportunity for newly married couples to get to know each other better in an intimate setting. Jetting off to a fabulous tropical locations makes it even easier to enjoy life as a newly married couple. If you are planning a honeymoon, there's a few things you might want to do before you get there and once you've arrived. 

Ask Your Friends and Family

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Friends and family can provide you with lots of valuable advice about what to do and see when once you're there. Popular destinations often get a lot of honeymooners so your fellow brides may know a lot about your intended destination. They love to suggest places to have a romantic dinner or how to head to a secluded beach that you might know about otherwise.

Getting There

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After the wedding is over, make it as easy as possible to get to your destination. Advanced planning can help you find out the best way to get there from your wedding venue. Make sure you have your luggage with you before you leave and keep it on hand in one area of the reception. Arrange transport to the airport from the reception area. A taxi service that shows up at the end of the reception or asking a guest to drop you off is ideal.

Book Early

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Many popular tropical destinations have a high season and a less popular season as well as a shoulder season between the two. If you are planning to go during the high season, it's a good idea to book the honeymoon as soon as you've settled on a wedding date. If you are going to visit during a less popular time, consider booking at least two months in advance. 

Allow Enough Time 

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Your honeymoon is your time to rest, relax and get away from it all. Ideally, you also want time to let you see the destination and spend lots of time in the warm sun and the beach of your dreams. A week to ten days in the tropics gives you time to be with your new spouse and enough time to ease yourself into your new life as a married couple.  

Things to Do  

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Find out what you can do once you're there. While you want to spend time together engaged in fun personal activities, you may also want lots of time to explore beaches, plan meals and go scuba diving, swimming and snorkeling. Many destinations have special activities set aside just for newly married couples. Discover what things you can do once you're there with other people who've also just been married.

A Great Hotel

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Discuss the kind of lodgings you like best with your spouse before you make any formal reservations. Make sure you're on the same page with the kind of lodgings you want before you leave. You might want a large hotel with lots of things to do each day. Your future spouse may prefer something a little more cozy and intimate. You can find a compromise that lets you get a location you really like and the amenities you find most pleasing. Set up a hotel budget. Consider an all-inclusive resort stay. These resorts include almost everything in addition to your hotel room.

Special Greetings 

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When you get to your hotel room, you want something special waiting for you. Many places have special greetings for honeymooners from the second you get off the plane. Think about your favorite treats. If you love champagne and strawberries, now is the time to have them on hand. Your goal is to make it special once you begin your stay. Find out what your partner really likes. If they love chocolates, ask the hotel to have a selection of chocolates waiting for the two of you in the room. You'll set the tone for the rest of the honeymoon and start it off on the right foot.

The Right Clothing 

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The right clothing is a must. You'll want good shoes so you can walk across the hot sands with ease. Bring a good pair of sunglasses so you can see the beach. Pack a variety of clothing choices. Great swimsuits let you show off your figure. Bring something formal to wear at night for intimate dinners. Many places require a coat and tie for men. Nights can get cold in the tropics so bring a light jacket. 

Abby Drexler is a contributing writer and media specialist for Beach Candy Swimwear. She regularly produces content for a variety of style, lifestyle and travel blogs.