Are you looking for the best zika free babymoon destinations? Want to head somewhere tropical but ensure that it is a zika free beach destination? Then look no further. We loved a babymoon when I was pregnant. However since the first outbreak of zika many of the traditional beach destinations for babymoons around the world have become less appealing as babymoon destinations. In this post, me and some of my favourite travel bloggers reveal their favourite Zika free beach destinations for babymoons around the world to give you inspiration for safe places to travel for some R&R before your little bundle of joy arrives.
Note: Updated for Zika free destinations 2024. The guidance in this post was correct at time of writing using information from the Center of Disease Control in the USA (CDC) and the NHS guidance in the UK. However please always check the latest NHS and CDC advice before booking to ensure that information is up to date and to check the list of zika free countries 2024!
Best Zika Free Babymoon Destinations around the world
In order to make this guide more navigable we have split the zika-free babymoon destinations by region including the Caribbean, Europe, domestic US babymoons and more.
However before we get into our favorite babymoon destinations it is worth pointing out that there are a few babymoon planning tips you should consider.
For instance, you will want to time your babymoon carefully. In the first trimester you may be suffering from morning sickness while in the third trimester you may be feeling tired, bloating and have restrictions on where and when you can travel due to your due date. For this reason we always recommend the best time to take your babymoon is in the second trimester where possible.
And don’t forget to have appropriate travel insurance for your trip which covers pregnancy related illnesses and issues.
Zika free Caribbean islands 2024
Traditionally speaking the Caribbean has been an ideal location for a babymoon. However the Caribbean was one of the places that was worst hit by the zika virus which has deterred some pregnant travelers from visiting.
In this section we review the best zika free Caribbean islands 2024 that are consider safe to take your babymoon.
Bermuda saw a huge influx of pregnant women right in the midst of the zika epidemic a couple of years ago and it has maintained its place as one of the best zika free babymoon destinations in the Caribbean ever since.
Although we and almost everybody else seems to group Bermuda in with the Caribbean, it is infact 900 miles north of the Caribbean and actually experiences more seasonal variety and weather than the main Caribbean. But don’t let this but you off.
This tiny island of around 23 square miles is brilliant to visit for a babymoon between April and October. It is not so great as a winter babymoon destination as it does get cold.
Many people say a long weekend is more than enough in the tiny island, however our 8 day trip was filled with relaxing but fun activities, allowing everything in Bermuda to be enjoyed at leisure.
From the lazy colourful villages, to the pink-sand beaches, and blue swimming hole, to the incredible caves, there are so many beautiful sites.
One of the best things about Bermuda is it’s a relatively flat island, meaning long walks are possible for pregnant moms without too much strain.
Bermuda is also home to one of the only places in the world where you can have a massage suspended above water in an underground cave. They do an amazing pregnancy massage, an experience never to forget with the dripping stalactites and unusual sounds. If this sounds like this is for you then you must stay at Grotto Bay Hotel and Spa!
But our favorite thing to do on a Bermuda babymoon chilling on Horseshoe Bay. The Horseshoe Bay beach is world famous for its apparent pink sand and is the perfect place for a babymoon photoshoot (Check out this post for the best babymoon captions for instagram).
Overall Bermuda is the perfect place for a zika free babymoon in 2024 because of its beautiful zika free beaches.
Logistics: Although only a short flight for American moms-to-be, at 7hrs from the UK, and a direct flight with British Airways, it is manageable with the usual pregnancy comforts.
When we first though about taking an Antigua babymoore we worried about whether Antigua was zika free. Although in the past Antigua has had outbreaks of the Zika virus the World Health Organization (WHO) removed Antigua and Barbuda from its Zika virus country classification list on Oct 23, 2018.
This means that couples looking for a fabulous beach destination for their babymoon can visit this beautiful Caribbean destination without worry again. Note: There hasn’t been a documented case of zika since 2016 in Antigua or Barbuda.
The dual island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is situated in the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, and is actually comprised of three islands: Antigua, Barbuda and Redonda ( uninhabited).
But look no further than Antigua for your babymoon. This beautiful island is home to the majority of tourist attractions, luxury resorts and V.C. Bird International Airport. It’s also home to 365 beaches, one for every day of the year.
An ideal resort for expectant couples on a Babymoon is Sandals Grand Antigua Resort and Spa, located on Dickenson Bay Beach, the longest white sand beach in Antigua. This is a perfect luxury zika free all inclusive resort.
Set among landscaped gardens and features six fresh water pools and six whirlpools including two swim-up bars. You can even visit it on a Sandals Grand Antigua Day Pass to check it out.
The best things to do during a visit to Antigua include exploring the island’s naval heritage at Nelson’s Dockyard, soaking up the panoramic views at Shirley Heights, enjoying the watersports and turquoise waters of Dickenson Bay Beach or even taking a helicopter tour to the island of Montserrat, a modern-day Pompeii.
The Bahamas have some of the best beaches for pregnant women in the Caribbean and the good news is that the CDC declared the Bahamas zika free in 2018.
The Bahamas is a perfect place for a babymoon with great hotels for relaxation but also a great place to do a more active babymoon.
And our opinion is the perfect babymoon destinations for travelers from the United States who don’t want a US babymoon as the Bahamas is a very short flight from the Eastern seaboard.
Some of the best hotels to stay for a babymoon in the bahamas have to be The Atlantis or The Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau. The beautiful beachfront accomodations make them the perfect choice for a relaxing beach babymoon.
Best Places in the US for a Zika Free Babymoon
Many people mistakenly think that a babymoon can’t be done on a budget, or that you have to travel internationally for an amazing babymoon location.
In this section of the guide we aim to prove that there are plenty of US babymoon destinations that are both safe to travel to and offer a relaxing and uniquje experience for pregnant travelers.
Kauai, an amazing island in Hawaii and is an excellent babymoon destination as it has some of the most beautiful zika free beaches in the world.
It is known for its beautiful waterfalls, exceptional hikes, and relaxing beaches. It is the perfect destination for lovers of the outdoors who want to experience a lot of variety during their beach babymoon.
For couples who want to simply relax before welcoming their baby, Anini Beach is perfect for snorkeling with the turtles. If you prefer to go on several adventures, rent a two-person kayak and explore the Wailua River, then hike to Uluwehi Falls (also known as the Secret Falls).
You can also rent a car and enjoy the beauty of Waimea Canyon (it is known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific). Or take a catamaran tour to enjoy breathtaking views of the Na Pali Coast (but only if you’re up for several hours at sea!).
If the weather permits, check out the Hanakapi’ai Falls Trail (it is 8 miles roundtrip, but even the first .5 mile is worth it).
We recommend stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa for a spacious, romantic room with a relaxing view of the Pacific. Enjoy their amazing spa services and float down their lava-rock lined lazy river.
However if Kauii isn’t your thing there are plenty of other Hawaiian islands to choose for your destinations. Oahu is very well connected and there are plenty of medical facilities and amenities in Honolulu while Maui has a lot on offer for those who prefer a more active babymoon.
Overall we love any of the islands in Hawaii for a babymoon as it feels like a proper tropical destination with the added safety of still being in the USA.
But you don’t necesarily have to fly to an island for a relaxing vacation for the sea. Southern California is a great babymoon destination and is actually home to some amazing beaches. In fact Los Angeles could be the ultimate beach babymoon getaway for 3 main reasons:
- luxury pool and spa resorts that love to pamper celebrities and pregnant women,
- its zika virus-free status, and
- its beautiful beaches.
For the ultimate beachy feel, we recommend staying in the Oceana Beach Club Hotel in Santa Monica. Pack in some cute maternity swimsuits and you are set for having a great time in LA.
There are over a dozen beaches in close vicinity of the city. If you love people watching and want everything from fine dining to ice creams nearby, then visit Venice Beach.
To catch a game of volleyball and walk on golden sand, visit the Santa Monica Beach located north of the Pier. If you like looking at luxurious mansions and want to spot some celebrities, you can’t go wrong with Zuma beach in Malibu. To watch a romantic sunset, venture out of the city to nearby Leo Carrillo State Park.
San Diego Babymoon
But for even more of a chilled out vibe, head even further down into South California to my favorite US city, San Diego.
A San Diego babymoon is a great idea because the city really has something for everyone, no matter whether you want to relax or be more active on your babymoon.
Sit and enjoy the beaches at Mission Beach or La Jolla, watch the sunset from Coronado or why not explore local culture at San Diego Old Town or one of the cities amazing museums.
You are also spoilt for choice in terms of luxury hotels for a babymoon too with Hotel La Coronado and Fairmont Grand Del Mar being a firm favorite amonst babymooning couples.
Florida Keys Babymoon
But for an east coast chilled out beach babymoon that is free from zika, you really can not go wrong with the Florida keys.
There are five main areas in the keys Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine and the Lower Keys. And when we go we tend to stick to Key Largo or head right down south to Key West as we love the variety of attractions each has.
You will also find that many of the hotels in the Keys offer specific babymoon packages which also includes spa treatments like prenatal massages, couples massage and more.
Best Zika Free Babymoons in the Middle East
The Middle East is a great and underrated place for a babymoon in my opinion. The Middle East tends to be blessed with almost year round good weather (though some people may find it too hot in the summer months to spend much time outside), and is also home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels which together make it a great choice for an international babymoon.
Note: I only recommend travelling to the Middle East while pregnant if you are married and advise that you take your marriage certificate with you.
Dubai & Abu Dhabi Babymoon
Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates have so much on offer for a baby-mooning couple or family. These cities have a brilliant blend of beach destinations and culture that your itinerary can be as jam packed as you want it to be.
Depending on your holiday preferences you could spent your entire time at one or split your break between the two.
Next Read: Dubai Vs Abu Dhabi – a Comparison Guide
For those who love shopping and city breaks then Dubai is the place for you. If you want to stay in the heart of the city for easy access to malls and more indoor activities then the Conrad Dubai – an oasis in the urban setting, has to be the best choice for you.
However if you are planning on spending more time on the beach then our favorite hotel is the Fairmont on the Palm.
For a complete guide travelling to Dubai while pregnant check out this post.
While Abu Dhabi on the other hand offers a quieter experience. In my opinion it has the better beaches and if you want to learn more about culture then Abu Dhabi has more to offer especially with the grand mosque and Louvre and many more beautiful places on offer.
We have a whole Where to Stay In Abu Dhabi Guide which is sure to help you narrow down the type of hotel and area you are looking for but some Abu Dhabi Hotel highlights include Zaya Nurai, a private island off the coast of Abu Dhabi which has the feel of a hotel and resort in the Maldives. But with the added comfort of only being a short boat ride away from the main city.
But if you don’t want to take the boat Saadiyat Island has some amazing beaches with the best hotel beach being found at the St Regis in my opinion!
If you are looking for pure relaxation then we recommend staying at The Sharq!
While for those looking for luxury, an amazing beach and a beautiful spa we recommend The Four Seasons!
The first babymoon that we took was to Muscat in Oman. We chose Oman as it is a safe and beautiful country with the added bonus that it is slightly cooler than some of the other Middle Eastern countries on this list.
Muscat has some beautiful hotels, including the Chedi which has the longest pool in the Middle East which is where we decided to stay.
On top of that, Muscat has some beautiful cultural gems for you to explore as well as abundant outdoor activities such as dolphin watching and hiking in the mountains.
If you are traveling as a couple then for me there is only one hotel choice – the beautiful Chedi!
While if you are having a baby moon with kids in tow then we recommend The Shangri La with its fantastic kid friendly pools!
Zika free babymoon beach destinations in Europe
There are lots of Zika free destinations in Europe – whether you are looking for a city break, country break or the perfect beach break. In this guide we only list a few of our favorite zika free beach destinations in Europe.
However for more European babymoon destinations that includes citys and countryside check out this post.
The Algarve in the South of Portugal is known for its award-winning beaches, laid-back way of life, and a low cost of living. It’s also, like most of the rest of Europe, a Zika-free destination which is good news for people who are considering it as a babymoon destination.
It doesn’t matter what time of year your baby is due as the Algarve has good weather year round: more than 300 days of sunshine per year in fact. And, even though the region does revolve around the summer tourism trade, there are events and festivals throughout the year as well.
Accommodation options vary from luxury resorts like the Conrad Algarve and Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort to boutique guesthouses, budget hotels, and apartments. So, regardless of whether you want to splash out before the baby arrives or just to keep things sensible, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for here on the Algarve.
If you are looking for a safe babymoon destinations then look no further than Sardinia! Sardinia is a stunningly beautiful island with crystal clear blue seas and some truly amazing beaches.
Combine this with great weather, wonderful Italian cuisine and warm hospitality and you get the perfect babymoon destination.
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean and is home to some of the best beaches in Europe yet remains mercifully free from the overdevelopment that you find elsewhere on the continent.
The island boasts over 1800km of unspoilt coastline dotted with beautiful beaches, interesting rock formations and hidden coves. This means that you can find the perfect beach for you and your bump whether you are looking for one packed with activities and facilities, a remote sandy strip backed by sand dunes, or a beach set beneath stunning limestone cliffs.
And even though soft cheeses and wine are a no no while pregnant, you will find lots of amazing food options when traveling to Italy while pregnant.
If you are looking for a bit of luxury on your babymoon, you can’t go far wrong with a stay at the Pitrizza (a Luxury Collection Hotel).
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Best Zika free Beach Destinations in Australiasia
Kiama nominated by Glorious Sunrise
Kiama is a charming coastal town about 120 kilometers south of Sydney and it makes for a super romantic train journey for the weekend.
This beautiful town is a popular choice for honeymoons and babymoons for many Australian couples. It is especially perfect for a babymoon because of its serene setting. Kiama’s beaches have mesmerizing blue waters, close to bountiful greenery and surrounded with glorious blue skies.
This town has great options for your stay too. BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park is about 3 kilometers from Kiama lighthouse and is one of the best places to stay in Kiama. It was formerly a dairy farm and has been converted into a gorgeous 4-star hotel with all the luxuries in place.
Babymoon in Byron Bay
Byron Bay has some of the most beautiful beachesin Australia. That’s a big call, I know, but think white sand, turquoise waters and scenic cliff faces. It is a stunning part of the world and perfect for a babymoon!
A visit to the Byron Bay Lighthouse is a must do, with some fantastic views and a great place for a bite to eat too. Byron Bay is a really trendy area for foodies these days, with loads of cafes and restaurants around for some grown up time. Otherwise you may enjoy a visit to the day spa or browsing through the markets.
There are plenty of accommodation choices in Byron Bay, to suit different budgets. If you are looking for an option that covers all different budgets in one, Discovery Park Byron Bay is a great option. They have cabins, deluxe safari tents plus caravan and camping sites too.
We stayed in a deluxe safari tent and it was loads of fun, with all the modern comforts, including air conditioning!
Byron Bay is a relaxing coastal destination for babymoons and enjoying quality time as a couple.
Babymoon in New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula
The Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand’s North Island is the perfect beach destination for relaxing and escaping. The peninsula sits on the east coast and boasts a stunning coastline as well as many small towns with only a couple hundred occupants each.
Staying in one of the many sleepy beachside towns in a local Bed & Breakfast such as The Green House B&B will promise to be a getaway with no stress, no hustle and bustle, where you can fill your days sitting in local cafes or sunbathing on white sandy beaches.
Besides being a great places to relax and recharge, there is actually a lot to do and see on the Coromandel Peninsula! Hot Water Beach is a famous destination in New Zealand as on this beach you can dig a small hole in the sand, and the water that comes up through the hole is actually hot! With just a little digging you can make your own private natural hot tub!
Just down the road from Hot Water Beach is Cathedral Cove, a gorgeous secluded little bay which is only reached by boat or by a short stroll. The towering cliffs at this bay give it its claim to fame as resembling a “cathedral.”
Have you been on a babymoon? We would love to hear below what you consider to be the best babymoon destinations.