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Babymoons are one of those treats expectant parents give themselves. It’s a chance to remember who you are as a couple and indulge yourselves just a little bit before that bundle of joy changes, well, everything. Need some inspiration? Read one for details on how to do a babymoon right and get some fun babymoon ideas.
Life is about to change, in the best possible way. You and your spouse are getting ready to welcome a baby, and things will never be the same. But wait a minute! Things will never be the same!
While bringing a little one into your lives is a joyous event, it also means that, for at least the next 18 years or so, it will never again be just the two of you.
So why not consider a babymoon? Enjoy a couple’s getaway and celebrate the big, wonderful changes that are on the way.
What is a Babymoon?
A babymoon is a vacation couples take when they’re expecting a baby. It might be a romantic, relaxing weekend getaway at a spa hotel, a couple of days of shopping, dining, and theatre-going in the big city, or an idyllic week on the beach.
Whatever type of babymoon a couple chooses, the focus is on togetherness. This is the last chance you’ll have for it to be just the two of you.
For many couples, a babymoon is the chance to do the things they won’t be able to do for a while after the baby is born, whether it’s sleeping in and ordering room service, staying out late for a romantic candlelit dinner, or indulging in couples’ spa treatments.
When Should I Take a Babymoon?
According to ACOG (the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), the best time for a pregnant woman to travel is between 14-28 weeks of pregnancy, or during the second trimester and the very beginning of the third. This is after most women have gotten past morning sickness and their energy levels are back to normal. But it’s before their tummies are so big that it’s uncomfortable to walk or move around a lot.
Note that ACOG recommends you check with your ObGyn before setting off on a babymoon. If you are having a high-risk pregnancy, with potential complications such as preeclampsia or preterm labor, your doctor is probably going to recommend you do a staycation, instead.
TravelingMom Tip: Here’s what you need to know about third trimester travel.
How Can I Make the Most of a Babymoon?
To plan your best babymoon, consider the things you and your spouse like to do on a “normal” vacation. Then scale down these activities a little bit (so maybe no kite-surfing this time, OK?). Add in some pampering, not just for the mom-to-be but for the both of you. And figure in plenty of time to relax and just enjoy each one another’s company.
My husband and I took our babymoon to Paris and London when I was five months pregnant. We walked and walked and walked all over both cities, and came back home exhausted!
It was a great trip, but in retrospect, I should have planned a more relaxing babymoon. If I had it to do over again, I’d go for a luxury resort, couples massages, and a little more luxe experience.
Take a look at some of our favorite babymoon destinations and trip ideas, and see what inspires you!
Babymoon Ideas for a City Break
I’ll never forget our babymoon experience in London. I surprised my husband with front-row tickets to a rock music theatrical show. He spent the first half of the performance worried that the loud music was going to make our little one deaf in-utero! I had to search Google during the intermission to reassure him that she would be fine!
If a city break with theatre (loud music or not!), fine dining, shopping and museum-going sound like your ideal babymoon package, here are some suggestions:
New York City
With plenty of daily flights, loads of guest rooms, and restaurants, museums, theatre, and shopping galore, New York City is a great destination for a cosmopolitan couples’ break.
Enjoy the sights of the Big Apple and imagine the day you’ll be able to share them with your child—once he or she is old enough.
Not the most obvious choice for expecting mothers, I realize. But Sin City has a lot of slightly less sinful diversions, including taking in terrific shows, like Cirque du Soleil, dining at celebrity chefs’ restaurants, and staying in luxury resort-style hotels.
Plus, Las Vegas has some incredible hotel swimming pools where you can spend your time lounging with a mocktail or two! There are even plenty of free things to do in Las Vegas to make the trip more budget-friendly (or recoup some of the losses at the Roulette table).
The capital of Massachusetts and the biggest city in New England, Boston’s historic core still retains much of its colonial past. Tree-lined streets are lined with brick rowhouses, swans glide through verdant city parks, and there are great, casual dining options.
Since you won’t be able to take your little one to a sporting event anytime soon, now’s the time to score tickets to an MLB or NFL event.
Other Top Babymoon Cities
- Phoenix and Scottsdale – These neighboring Arizona cities offer luxe spa and wellness hotels, golf courses, and desert ambiance.
- Chicago – Come here for the stunning architecture, world-class museums, and pizza!
- Charleston – South Carolina’s port city has Civil War history, cobblestone streets, and loads of charm.
Babymoon Ideas for the Active Mom-to-be
Of course, you need to check with your doctor first. But if you’re a pregnant woman who’s used to being active on vacation, you don’t have to spend your entire babymoon lounging at the pool—unless you want to!
Kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, and walking are all safe activities during pregnancy. Though ACOG says skydiving is a definite no-no! Sorry, gals.
Get moving on your babymoon in these destinations for active couples:
Try snorkeling in Maui, kayaking to waterfalls in Kauai, or just walking on Waikiki’s dreamy sand beaches. Take a break in a beach cabana, or get a couples massage under the palm trees.
TravelingMom Tip: Here are the highlights to figure out which is the right Hawaiian island for your babymoon.
Base in Portland and explore gardens and the city’s riverfront, or head to hiking trails outside the city to discover waterfalls and verdant forests. Walk Astoria’s wild Pacific Ocean beaches, or kayak part of the Columbia River.
OK, so you can’t go skiing this year. But you can explore charming New England towns, quaint covered bridges, walk, hike, and shop farmer’s markets for cheddar cheese, maple syrup, and handmade crafts.
Other Ideas for an Active Babymoon
- Colorado – On a road trip through Rocky Mountain National Park, stop off for easy hikes and abundant wildlife spotting.
- New Mexico – The Land of Enchantment is known for Native American culture, desert and mountain landscapes, and authentic regional cuisine.
- Minnesota – The Land of 10,000 Lakes actually has at least 14,000—find a cozy cabin and spend lazy days paddling, swimming and relaxing.
Babymoon Ideas for Beach-Lovers
It’s going to be a while before you and your other half can relax on a sandy beach, cocktails (or mocktails) in hand, palm trees swaying in the distance. Take your chance now!
From coast to coast, there are terrific beaches for a relaxing babymoon. Stay in a low-key with simple guest rooms near the beach, or splash out at a luxury resort where your toes are only a few feet from the sand and sea.
Check out these destinations for a beachy babymoon:
Well, duh. The Sunshine State is swathed in beaches, and the weather is usually fine for beachgoing from at least March through October.
Gulf of Mexico beaches usually have calmer surf and whiter sands. Atlantic beaches can be equally tranquil, often with the added appeal of a lively city as a backdrop.
There are more than 300 miles of beaches in North Carolina, the majority on the laid-back Outer Banks.
Rent a beach house or settle into a casual beach hotel, and spend your days reading books, making plans, and falling asleep to the sound of the crashing surf.
Other Babymoon-Worthy Beaches
- Hilton Head – This South Carolina island has golf courses, gardens, and a major Disney resort.
- Bahamas – Travelers with negative PCR Covid tests can visit this Caribbean island paradise.
- Maldives – It’s a little extreme, but you may only have one babymoon—and this idyllic tropical getaway is open to US travelers.
Babymoon Ideas in Florida
There’s a lot more to Florida than theme parks and beautiful beaches, though those are reason enough to visit! Florida also has interesting, historic cities with charming downtown areas, great cultural offerings, exciting cities, and incredible parks and wildlife.
Try these Florida destinations for a warm and sunny babymoon:
This barrier island off the coast of Sarasota has one of the world’s best beaches, plus a cute commercial area with plenty of places for open-air dining.
Over on the mainland, Sarasota offers museums, parks, and shopping.
Antiques shopping, a palm tree-lined historic district, a surprisingly sophisticated dining scene, and a sparkling lake make this central Florida city a lovely pick for a quiet, just-the-two-of-us getaway.
The oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine is also a romantic one, with gorgeous Spanish architecture, lamplit streets, courtyard dining, a dramatic waterfront fortress. Wide, sandy beaches are just a short drive away.
More Florida Babymoon Ideas
- The Florida Keys – Key West may be a party spot, but this beautiful chain of islands makes a perfect babymoon getaway for sun, sea, and tropical vibes.
- Orlando-Kissimmee – Of course you’re going to want to bring your little one to Disney World—but it’s going to be a few years before he or she is ready. So enjoy downtown Orlando and adjacent theme parks—just stay off the rollercoasters!
- Naples – One of Florida’s toniest cities, Naples still has a small-town feel, plus excellent beaches, golf, and dining.
Babymoon Ideas in California
If your babymoon plans have you California dreaming, rest assured that the Golden State has all the makings of a perfect couples getaway. Exciting cities, hundreds of miles of spectacular coastline, charming seaside towns, and majestic national parks. California really does have a lot to offer—even if you have to save Napa Valley wine tastings for when you’re not pregnant!
Here’s a small sampling of our favorite California babymoon destinations:
You might not want to push a baby stroller up those steep streets, but the scenery and culture in San Francisco are second to none.
Cruise to Alcatraz, ride the streetcars, wave to the sea lions at Pier 39, and soak up the ambiance of this international city.
Make it a babymoon road trip from San Francisco down to Big Sur, passing some of the USA’s most stunning coastline along the way.
Cliffs, crashing waves, gigantic rock formations and historic lighthouses mark the way along California’s Highway 1, and Big Sur is a famous wellness and spa destination.
California’s southernmost big city combines, history, scenery, and attractions for a fun-filled babymoon.
Visit the renowned San Diego Zoo (and vow to return with your little one), dine out in the romantic Gaslamp Quarter, or watch surfers take to the waves at one of the city’s many beaches.
More California Babymoon Ideas
- Yosemite National Park – America’s most iconic national park offers waterfalls, wildlife, and amazing scenery at every turn.
- Sacramento – California’s state capital offers a Gold Rush-era old town, history museums, and a booming farm-to-table food scene.
- San Luis Obispo – Quirky, artsy, foodie SLO is known for it historic Spanish missions and a weekly farmers’ market.
Babymoon Ideas in Texas
Before your tummy is as big as Texas, discover the diverse wonders of the Lone Star State. From modern cities with towering skyscrapers to historic Spanish-colonial towns, to Wild West outposts, meandering rivers, and sandy beaches, Texas is full of surprises.
Consider these locales for a Texas-sized babymoon:
With its Spanish-influenced architecture, poignant history as the seat of the Texas battle for independence and the home of the Alamo, pretty San Antonio has a lot of history to take in.
The River Walk is delightful dining and entertainment area, and 343-acre Brackenridge Park is a woodsy retreat from urban life, with the San Antonio Zoo, museums, gardens, and a golf course.
West meets Tex meets Mex in The Big D, as Dallas is affectionately known. Texas’ most modern city has loads of diversions for a babymooners, whether they’re interested in art museums, historic sites, sporting events or aquariums and botanical gardens.
The Dallas Downtown Historic District is walkable, and home to several boutique hotels.
Babymooners who want to kick back and enjoy live music, rowdy bars, two-steppin’ and late nights out (OK, so you drink sparkling cider instead of a cold beer!) while they still can, should head to Austin, Texas’s capitol city and easily its most laid-back.
This college town knows how to party, but it also has museums, great cuisine, and ample outdoor recreation, including kayaking right in the heart of town.
More Texas Babymoon Ideas
- Marfa – Things are a little weirder in Marfa, and that’s just why people love it. Stay in a vintage Airstream, stargaze, and meditate in the desert.
- South Padre Island – Any time that’s not spring break, this surprisingly tropical Gulf of Mexico island is a tranquil retreat.
- New Braunfels – Float through town on a spring-fed river, antique shop, and eat German food!