Zika-Free Babymoon Destinations

Your baby is on the way, but before he arrives, you and your partner are planning a celebratory babymoon to a dazzling tropical locale. Until recently, your list of vacation spots was long and full of nearby destinations. But with the appearance and spread of the Zika virus, those travel plans need to be reconsidered - many warm-weather travel spots have reported cases of Zika. That doesn’t mean you need to stay home to wait for the new arrival. There are plenty of gorgeously sunny and peaceful destinations for you to jet off to, pre-baby.

What’s the Zika virus, and what does it mean for me? Zika is a virus that is spread primarily through mosquito bites. For most people, an infection of the Zika virus results in minor symptoms which pass within a week. But for pregnant woman, Zika is not to be taken lightly. An infection during pregnancy can lead to severe brain defects in the baby, including the condition called microcephaly. The Center for Disease Control strongly recommends that women who are pregnant do not travel to any area with Zika. It’s recently been discovered that Zika can be sexually transmitted, so the same travel rules apply for sexual partners, as well. The CDC also recommends you check their website before making final plans, for the most up-to-date info. So where can you travel with peace of mind?

Croatia is a Mediterranean gem. Not only does Croatia boast stunning beaches and glittering sapphire sea, it’s also home to breathtaking national reserves. Plitvice Lakes National Parks is one must-see for a walk amongst woods and waterfalls. If the beach is your primary destination though, there are plenty of shores to choose from. The scenery here will be more than enough to cultivate your inner-calm before baby arrives. 

Experience Chile’s varied landscape. There’s a diverse range of experiences to be had in Chile, ranging from urban excitement to natural tranquility. Santiago, the capital, is strikingly nestled between the Andes and the Chilean Coast Range mountains, and has a bustling metropolitan vibe. Another destination is Valparaiso, a colorful, architecturally striking seaside town with an artistic history. For the truly memorable babymoon, take an adventure to Easter Island, one of the most isolated islands in the world. Enjoy the quiet before baby arrives!

Portugal is full of romance. With golden beaches, vibrant nightlife, and distinctively enticing food, Portugal has a lot to offer. Here, you can be as busy or as relaxed as you’d like. Get your fill of culture by exploring music spots, art galleries, medieval castles, cathedrals, and much more. The quintessential sandy beaches and turquoise water can’t be missed. Praia Grande, Praia da Dona Ana, and Praia dos Pescadores are three of the most popular beaches in the country.

For an offbeat babymoon, travel to Vancouver Island. With some of the world’s most breathtaking beaches, Vancouver Island in western Canada is perfect for a peaceful, out-of-the-way getaway. While here, go for a whale watching tour or an afternoon of sailing. Be sure to stop by the world-class farmer’s markets for fresh, seasonal delights to satiate your pregnancy cravings. The pebble beaches here aren’t for sunbathing, but are spectacular to walk while searching for the perfect rock to take home as a memento.

Montreal has a worlds-away ambiance. Montreal isn’t far, but once you arrive, you’ll feel like you traveled halfway around the world - an ideal choice if you want to stay close to home as your due date nears. The food here is fantastic, and you might as well eat those decadent pastries while you can justify eating for two! And the cultural experience in Montreal is stellar, including unique festivals, dance, theater, opera, and so much more.

Leave your passport at home and travel to Maui. Maui, the second-largest Hawaiian Island is a sun-kissed treasure, not too far from home. Swim in the clear, warm ocean and then satisfy your pregnancy cravings at the evening luaus or fine restaurants dotting the island. The beaches here are world-class, and when you need an alternative adventure, Maui has many. Drive to the summit of Haleakalā to watch the sunrise or take a trip on the breathtaking road to Hana.

Eat and explore the ruins of Cyprus. Cyprus sits in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and boasts fascinating ruins and archeological sites full of relics, mosaics, tombs, and more. Soak up the rich history while also enjoying the legendary cuisine. The island’s culinary scene is well-cherished, with food heavily influenced by Greek, Middle Eastern, and Turkish flavors. If you’re still hoping for gorgeous walks on the beach, Cyprus will deliver those, too.

Jet to San Diego for an urban babymoon. It’s warm, luminous weather is perfectly Southern California. Being local, it’s a good low-stress choice for a sunny, soothing destination. Aside from beach strolls and long afternoons of sunbathing, there’s plenty to keep you busy.  Explore art galleries, museums, gardens, and other well-known attractions, like sprawling Balboa Park and whimsical Seaport Village.

Keep busy in London. Close enough for a short trip, but far away for it to be special, check out London before the baby arrives. With countless attractions and points of interest, London is great for an action-packed babymoon with plenty of excitement. The must-see landmarks include Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the National Gallery. Of course, there’s no shortage of spas and romantic restaurants to patronize when you need a rest from all the sightseeing.