In April, flowers bloom, the chill of winter starts to dissipate, and the summer heat hasn’t yet set in — this makes springtime an ideal season to go on your honeymoon. From a seaside cottage on the Central Coast of California to a picturesque cabin nestled in Texas Hill Country, there are plenty of incredible vacation rentals to choose from. Whether you head to the South, East Coast, Hawaiian Islands, or West Coast, your honeymoon will be unforgettable.

1. The Florida Keys

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There’s something especially romantic about honeymooning on an island. Head to Islamorada, Key West, or any of the other Florida Keys to enjoy seclusion, natural beauty, and plenty of fun activities. Enjoy sailing around the islands, take a kite surfing lesson, and book a deep-sea fishing cruise – or just walk hand in hand down a white sand beach under stars that stretch on forever. Terrific restaurants await you, as does blissful, storm-free weather that hovers between lows around 70 degrees and highs in the mid-80s.

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2. The Central Coast of California

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If you love adventure and road trips, head to central California to enjoy some of the most beautiful and romantic scenery anywhere. Start in the artists’ haven of Cambria, and visit the elaborate Hearst Castle to start planning your own dream home. From there, a trip of California’s stunning Highway 1 takes you to the magical town of Big Sur, where the natural beauty will take your breath away. Explore Carmel, Monterey and Pacific Grove from this base, then keep heading north to end your honeymoon in the sophisticated city of San Francisco. Vacation rentals are readily available at every stop along your first journey together, but bring a sweater and umbrella in case of a few April showers.

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3. Maui

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There’s a reason people come home from Hawaii with “Just Maui’d” T-shirts – the island of Maui is a near perfect honeymoon destination. April brings you mild weather that lets you visit the beach every day, and you can enjoy the beauty of the occasional rain shower from the balcony of your ocean view vacation rental. Enjoy those sweet onions that the island is known for at the Maui Onion Festival in April, or enjoy some tunes at the Steel Guitar Festival. Explore the seaside town of Lahaina, lounge on the beaches of Wailea, and take some photos under the largest banyan tree in the islands.

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4. Texas Hill Country

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Book your honeymoon vacation rental in Austin or San Antonio, and head out into the countryside to find yourself surrounded by hillsides glowing blue with bluebonnets in bloom. Whether you prefer to hike through the hills, dine along San Antonio’s trendy Riverwalk, or visit vineyards and go wine-tasting out near Fredericksburg, you’ll find a casual pace and a romantic vibe. Weather is mild during the spring, but it should still be warm enough to justify some fun tubing in the Guadalupe River before you relax together for an intimate evening.

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5. Yosemite National Park

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If you and your spouse enjoy the beauties of nature, then Yosemite National Park might be the ideal honeymoon spot for you. Choose a cozy vacation rental near the south gates or in the town of Mariposa, and head into the park to walk through meadows filled with wildflowers and marvel at the waterfalls exploding from the mountaintops. Romantic dinners await you at Erna’s Elderberry House in Oakhurst or at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Stay in the park for the moonrise to look for a lunar rainbow shining through the mists of the nighttime waterfalls.

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6. Disney World

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Orlando weather is at its best in April, and a Walt Disney World honeymoon combines fun and romance. Don’t be surprised to find park employees delivering best wishes everywhere you go when you wear your “Just Married” pins! The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom in April, so stop in to enjoy the beauty. Instagram your honeymoon with romantic shots in front of Cinderella’s Castle, and head to Lake Eola to stroll through local art fairs before you head back to your vacation rental for a quiet evening together.

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7. South Carolina

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Flowering trees are in bloom, humidity is low, and mosquitoes are non-existent when you head to South Carolina for your April honeymoon. Find a picturesque vacation rental near golf courses on Hilton Head or Kiawah Island, or head to Charleston for pub crawls and a sense of gracious history. Sandy beaches await you up and down the Carolina coastline if your idea of a great honeymoon is just relaxing together; check out beaches on the Isle of Palms to feel as if you’ve reached nirvana.

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8. New Orleans

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When you honeymoon in New Orleans in April, you’ve missed the rowdiness of Mardi Gras, but you still get to enjoy the Crescent City before the summer heat sets in – and even after Mardi Gras, the party never stops here. Explore the French Quarter to discover cozy jazz, blues, and zydeco clubs, as well as amazing Creole and Cajun cuisine. Just a stroll past the beautiful French-style architecture will spark thoughts of romance.

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9. Lake Tahoe

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When you visit Lake Tahoe in April, you get the best of the two worlds this mountain community offers. At the lake, flowers are blooming, and spring is typically underway. However, on the slopes of Heavenly and Squaw Valley Ski Resorts, snow is still being manufactured, and runs are being groomed to provide you with the best in spring skiing. Enjoy kayaking or hiking during the day if you’re not a skier or snowboarder, and then hit the casinos of South Lake Tahoe to take in a show or enjoy a sumptuous dinner.

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