The Zika virus is spreading, causing fear and anxiety in mother’s around the globe.
The mosquito-borne virus, which can cause birth defects in newborns, has been found in the Caribbean, Latin America, South America, Africa, and the U.S— making 22 countries where pregnant women are being advised not to travel.
The alerts have caused many women to alter their travel plans —canceling vacations or searching or safer destinations.
Many expecting couples go on a babymoon to enjoy some alone time together before their bundle of joy arrives. For many Americans, a trip to the Caribbean or Mexico is an easy choice. However, with the prevalence of Zika in those areas, expecting parents are having to look for alternatives to ensure safety.
To help you plan a stress-free babymoon, we’ve rounded up a list of locations that are Zika-free. And before you travel, be sure to visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for updates.
Big Sur, California
Sunset hits the cliffs at Big Sur. (Photo: iStock)
Located on the Central Coast of California, Big Sur is one of the most breathtaking places in America. Gaze out at the Santa Lucia Mountains, as waves crash against the rocks below.
The Post Ranch Inn is a serene luxury resort that will provide the perfect backdrop for your romantic babymoon. Participate in daily yoga, take a nature hike, or gaze up at the stars. Oh, and don’t forget to take a dip in the infinity pool.
Cebu Island, Philippines
Sunset on Cebu Island. (Photo: Thinkstock)
If you’re looking for paradise, head to Cebu Island. From March to May, temperatures can get up to 97 °F, so the tropical climate is ideal for a week of relaxing by the pool or swimming in the ocean. While you’re there, stay at Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, a family-friendly hotel where many of the amenities are a short walk from your room.
Enjoy the warmer temps and stellar cuisine in Tenerife. (Photo: Brittany Jones-Cooper)
We like to think of Tenerife as the Caribbean of Europe. Its just a short flight from many Western European countries, and offers subtropical climates that will warm you up in the winter or spring.
Located off the coast of Northern Africa, this Spanish island has culture, history, and protected areas flourishing with impressive flora and fauna. Go during February, and you’ll have a blast celebrating of the biggest carnival celebrations in the world. Stay at the Abama Golf Resort and Spa for a luxurious and romantic getaway.
Elbow Beach — the perfect place for a romantic getaway. (Photo: Thinkstock)
While traveling to a far off exotic destination can sound appealing, the exhaustion you already feel during pregnancy coupled with jet lag can be overwhelming for some. Instead, stay close to home (if you live on the East Coast) with a trip to Bermuda.
The Elbow Beach hotel is an oceanfront retreat that has everything you need for a relaxing babymoon. Gaze out that the crystal clear water, or get a soothing massage at the spa.
Head down to the Royal Navy Dockyard to watch the boats, play a few holes of golf, or explore the mysterious underwater caves. Finish the day watching the sunset cuddled up with your loved one.
The perfect place to warm up on a cold day. (Photo: Scandinave Spa)
One way to ensure a mosquito-free babymoon is to head to a colder climate. Whistler, Canada is a hot spot for winter-sports, but it can also be the perfect destination to unwind and relax by the fireplace on a cold winter night.
Looking to treat yourself? Head to the Scandinave Spa which features a hot pool, Finnish spa, and outdoor fire.
Beautiful beach Cala des Moro (Photo: Thinkstock)
Majorca has everything you need for the perfect babymoon. The small Spanish Island has numerous beach resorts, art galleries, and historic centers.
Check into the Cap Rocat, a former military fortress that has been transformed into a romantic retreat. Located on top of a cliff in Palma Bay, the resort has luxurious suites and access to miles of protected coastline.
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