Hawaii became the 15th state to legalize gay marriage on Monday, which should draw even more happy couples to the Aloha State. The law also allows couples to register for a license and be married the same day, a move that is sure to appeal to plenty of tourists.
How much of an appeal? Sumner La Croix, an economist at the University of Hawaii -Manoa, tells NPR that the legalization of gay marriage in Hawaii could boost tourism in the state by as much $217 million over the next 3 years.
“Same-sex couples will be attracted to Hawaii for the same reasons that opposite-sex couples are attracted to Hawaii,” said La Croix. “It’s the great weather, it’s the warm water, it’s the beautiful scenery. And it’s also the aloha spirit.”
We couldn’t agree more at Travel Channel. We’ve lauded combining your wedding with your honeymoon on the Hawaiian Islands thanks to the year-round warm weather, beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets.
Maui, specifically, was named one of our Most Romantic Honeymoon Destinations in 2013. Whether you’re saying “I Do” or basking in newlywed bliss, here are the highlights:
Stay: Check into one of the islands most luxe accommodations, the Grand Wailea. Book the Waldorf Astoria resort’s “Romance Me Maui” package, which includes a 4-night stay, two 120-minute spa-pampering treatments, turndown service with rose petals on the bed and in the bathroom tub, and a 4-course meal with wine pairing at the resort’s signature, overwater restaurant Humuhumunukunukuapua’a.
Indulge: Take a dip in the 45,000-square-foot adults-only pool, order a mai tai at the swim-up grotto bar, and then relax in a private poolside massage cabana. Or make your way to the 50,000-square-foot spa for a “Romantic Interlude for Two,” which includes Wailea Hydrotherapy, a side-by-side Sandalwood Serenity Wrap and Duo Massage, as well as a romantic Hawaiian specialty bath.
Explore: Drive the famed Hana Highway Road, stopping to admire crashing waterfalls and enjoying a secluded picnic lunch alongside a stunning seascape of crashing waves.
Or take a horseback ride along the spring of Haleakala volcano, enjoying the sweeping vistas of jungles, waterfalls and mist-covered mountainsides.
Be sure to explore the island’s secluded, “secret” beaches, where you can share an amorous moment, possibly even alone on the sand: Secret Cove (between Makena Beach and Ahihi Bay) and Paia’s Secret Beach both fit the bill.
See the rest of 2013’s most romantic honeymoon destinations.
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