Other than a honeymoon, there may be no vacation with higher expectations than a babymoon. The stakes for the best babymoon destinations are especially high—because, whether it’s your first kid or your fourth, you’ll want to squeeze every last drop of relaxation and exploration out of the trip before your world explodes with, well, diaper explosions. 

And with Zika now less of a concern (but please, wear bug spray and speak to your doctor before booking travel plans!), the entire world is now your (pregnancy-safe equivalent of an) oyster. Just make sure to travel during the weeks your ob-gyn deems safe, which is generally the second trimester (or 14 to 28 weeks). 

Where to go all depends on your travel style, budget, and how long you’d like to be away. Is cozying up for a romantic weekend getaway in a lodge your speed? Or are you more of an overwater-bungalow-in-the-Maldives type? We’ve done the research and compiled the best babymoon destinations from around the world for every type of trip and traveler, whether you’re looking to go all out or stay on budget, fly halfway around the globe or keep it close to home.

Dominican Republic

The DR, just a short, two-hour flight from Miami and about four from most East Coast cities, is one of our favorite picks for a babymoon because it’s just so easy to get to. And of course, once you’re there, you’re greeted with a tropical island with nearly a thousand miles of coastline, with 250 of that being some of the Caribbean’s finest beaches. And if you’re up for a little more adventure, the island is home to 26 golf courses, easy hiking trails, beautiful waterfalls, and the only cloud forest in the Caribbean. For the ultimate in pampering, book a room at the Relais & Châteaux property Eden Roc Cap Cana, where parents-to-be can treat themselves to a couples massage in your room’s personal spa area, lounge in your very own pool, or snooze at the resort’s Blue Flag–certified private beach.

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