Canada ranked in the top position after scoring highly in every single one of our categories. It placed in the top 10 for the best countries around the world for couples to choose as their honeymoon destination, out of 52 countries, and in 2005 Canada became the first country outside of Europe – and the fourth country in the world – to legalise same-sex marriage. Not only this, but 81% of the population reported feeling loved up, and the country is home to some staggering natural beauty: the northern lights, for example, can be witnessed in the Northwest Territories and Yukon, and the famous Niagara Falls – which consists of three waterfalls called the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls – can be found in Ontario.
Following Canada, the top 10 countries are:
2. New Zealand
New Zealand was the highest ranking for the attractiveness of natural assets – unsurprising when you consider how major film productions such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies used the natural beauty of New Zealand’s landscape to create jaw-dropping scenes. Indeed, the International Visitor Survey in 2004 found that 6% of visitors to New Zealand (120,000-15,000 people) cited The Lord of the Rings as one of the main reasons for their visit. It also ranked in the top 10 for the best honeymoon destinations around the world, and is in the top 20 for being the most forward thinking country. This is at least partly due to the fact that since 1980 New Zealand has been a nuclear free zone, and it is a leader in peacekeeping and global security – but also, in relation to our ranking, because the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 legalised same-sex marriage across the country.
We were thrilled to see our destinations of Ecuador, Costa Rica, Chile, and Brazil rank highly, all of which scored well for a myriad of reasons. Both Brazil and Costa Rica scored highly in the Rankers honeymoon destination ranking, making them bucket list destinations for a lot of couples planning their honeymoons. Costa Rica also scored exceptionally well for how romantic the location is, coming second only to New Zealand; some of the most beautiful spots in the country include the Poás Volcano National Park, which is home to an active volcano that sits above 14,000 acres of parkland, the La Fortuna Waterfall, found in a rainforest near the edge of the majestic Arenal Volcano, and the Guanacaste Beaches, which offer the ultimate tropical paradise. Ecuador, on the other hand, placed highly as a go-to destination for LGBT couples thanks to its legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2008, which included all the rights of marriage bar joint adoption, while Chile ranked highly for how forward thinking it is as a country, and the fact that 76% of the population claimed they felt loved.
The results by continent are as below:
Best country for LGBT Honeymoons in Africa: South Africa
Best country for LGBT Honeymoons in Europe: Switzerland
Best country for LGBT Honeymoons in North America: Canada
Best country for LGBT Honeymoons in South America: Argentina
Best country for LGBT Honeymoons Z in Oceania: New Zealand