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Daily Harbor Tours

The city-by-the-sea’s most enjoyable cruise of RI’s historic Newport harbor & Narragansett Bay.

Amazing Grace Charter Tours For Events

Incredible scenic Newport harbor charters available for parties, celebrations, and other private functions.

Book a charter tour on the Amazing Grace starting at $20

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Book your spectacular one-hour harbor tour aboard The Amazing Grace in Newport, RI starting at $20!

Sightseeing at its very finest. Join us for a relaxing tour or private charter around the harbor aboard the Amazing Grace for stunning views of the Newport Mansions & Narragansett Bay.

Testimonials

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We stumbled upon this tour by accident. I’m so glad we did, this is probably one of the best guided tours I have been on in a while.

25 dollars each is definitely worth it. An entire hour full of historic sites and lots of laughter. We’ll definitely be going back again!

Excellent trip

We took the sunset tour in mid-June and it was brilliant. I would thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Newport.

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Boat Tours & Cruises

Aboard The Gansett

Gansett Cruises offers 60-minute, and 75-minute narrated harbor boat tours and sunset cruises on Narragansett Bay. Cruise in comfort as you enjoy a scenic tour of Newport and Jamestown. Sip on Rhode Island’s favorite cocktails, mocktails, beer, wine, and more while you cruise. Complimentary and cash bar options are available on each cruise.

MIMOSA CRUISES

Cruise in the morning sun on one of our 75-minute Morning Mimosa cruises. Our knowledgable Tour Guide will entertain you with stories about the sights, yachts and mansions of Newport on this relaxing tour.

Grand Harbor Tours

The M/V Gansett is a traditionally restored 50-ft. lobster boat with comfortable and modern amenities for up to 49 passengers. The top sun deck and canopied main deck provide an elegant on board experience and a 360 degree, up-close view of historical sights visible only from the water. Our tour guides enthusiastically share the legends and rich history of this amazing seaport during our Afternoon Grand Tours.

Evening voyage

Sunset cruises.

Gansett Cruises offers a 60-minute narrated tour through the historic Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Cruise close to shore with views of Fort Adams, the Castle Hill Lighthouse, the famous House on the Rock, the Pell Bridge and Goat Island. Sit back, relax and raise your glass to an unforgettable Newport sunset aboard the M/V Gansett.

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Cruise Details

Start your day in Newport on a narrated lighthouse cruise aboard the spacious Coastal Queen. This boat tour will take you up close to the lighthouses that surround the Newport Harbor area. Enjoy panoramic views of Rose Island Lighthouse, Castle Hill Light, Goat Island Lighthouse and more, while enjoying a mimosa, included in the price of the cruise.‍ Coastal Queen offers maximum comfort as this tour boat has a weatherproof interior that can be heated on chilly days, and an open-air covered deck where the clear side curtains can roll up for catching the ocean breezes or rolled down for warmth. This boat tour departs from 5 Bowen's Landing, Bowen's Wharf, Newport, RI.

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PRIVATE BOAT CHARTERS

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Generations Charters offers unique private charters in and around Newport that let you decide on how you want to spend your day out on the water with spectacular views. Take a tour of the historic Newport mansions or explore the unique coastline of Aquidneck Island lighthouse cruise. You tell us what your perfect day out on the water would be, and we’ll make it special. Don’t forget we do specialize in Sunset Cruises ! Are you here on vacation and would love a sunset cruise around Newport RI? We can make that happen. Hit that Book now button or give us a call directly even if you are hanging out at a Newport beach !

Generations Charters offers unique private charters in and around Newport that let you decide on how you want to spend your day out on the water with spectacular views. Take a tour of the historic Newport mansions or explore the unique coastline of Aquidneck Island lighthouse cruise. You tell us what your perfect day out on the water would be, and we’ll make it special. Don’t forget we do specialize in Sunset Cruises ! Are you here on vacation and would love a sunset cruise around Newport RI? We can make that happen. Hit that Book now button or give us a call directly even if you are hanging out at a Newport beach!

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Choosing your own destination or on-the-water experience is one of the many perks when chartering your own private charter . Check out Newport Harbor and Jamestown, moor up and go for a swim at Third Beach, or enjoy a historic mansion tour from the water. Take a look at our package tours. We would love to have you enjoy one of our champagne sunset sails. If you are on a Newport Vacation connect with us to get you on a sunset sail. Are you looking for a corporate outings? Hop aboard one of our charters. Newport RI is the Sailing Capital of the world! Contact us to book

Choosing your own destination or on-the-water experience is one of the many perks when chartering your own private charter. Check out Newport Harbor and Jamestown, moor up and go for a swim at Third Beach, or enjoy a historic mansion tour from the water. Take a look at our package tours. We would love to have you enjoy one of our champagne sunset sails. If you are on a Newport Vacation connect with us to get you on a sunset sail. Are you looking for a corporate outings? Hop aboard one of our charters. Newport RI is the Sailing Capital of the world!

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Cool Change Boat

OUR VESSELS

“Cool Change” and “Change Up”, center console regulators known for their legendary smooth ride, are available for 2 hour, half-day and full-day charters. Cruise the harbor or blast off to a private beach in complete comfort. Our forward seating is perfect for catching some rays, socializing with cocktails, and coastal sightseeing on a private cruise. Private sailing charters is our business. Come experience a once in a lifetime sailing experience with Cruise Newport on the Narragansett bay!

“Cool Change” and “Change Up”, center console regulators known for their legendary smooth ride, are available for 2 hour, half-day and full-day charters. Cruise the Narragansett Bay or blast off to a private beach in complete comfort. Our forward seating is perfect for catching some rays, socializing with cocktails, and coastal sightseeing on a private cruise. Private sailing charters is our business. Come experience a once in a lifetime sailing experience with Cruise Newport!

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Are you currently here on vacation or just want to enjoy the Newport ocean? Why not book your next private charter and watch the sunset ? Give us a call today to book your next outing on the waters!

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Personalized Charters at an Affordable Price

Discover the freedom of a custom boat ride tailored just for you. Embark on an unforgettable adventure without breaking the bank.

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With boundless energy and a love for both people and the sea, Nik brings life to every journey. His passion for the ocean is contagious, making every trip a memorable voyage.

Join Nik aboard and let the waves of excitement and friendship carry you away!

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One Day - 22' Sea Pro

Our charter is your ticket to endless possibilities on the water. Located in a convenient spot in downtown Newport, One Day is carefully crafted for your enjoyment.

Step on deck today and embark on the adventure of a lifetime!

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Exclusive Events

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Enjoy an up-close view of spectacular local showings such as the 4th of July Fireworks, Jazz Festival, Folk Festival, and more!

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Sunset Cruise (2 Hours)

End your day with a leisurely cruise around the Harbor and take in Newport's breathtaking sunset

Half-Day (4 Hours)

Join us for an exciting day on the water that includes swimming, rock jumping, tubing, and exploring nearby coves

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Champagne Sunset Cruise

Sunset Cruises in Newport, RI are stunning and a terrific way to start your evening!  Sunset Sails are available on all three of our sailboats- Aquidneck , Sightsailer , and Starlight . 

Watching the sunset from the deck of one of our boats while sipping your favorite beverage and viewing spectacular sights is often the highlight of a visit to Newport!

Come aboard, sit back, and relax!  Newport’s sea breeze often starts to moderate towards sunset, so if you’re looking for a calmer and more leisurely cruise, a sunset cruise should fit the bill.

On sunset cruises, Newport’s sky often turns from a bright, sunny blue, to orange and violet, laced with red. 

Then, sailing back into the harbor, the entire waterfront is often bathed in warm, golden light, and waterfront windows are ablaze with reflections of the sun.

Of course every sail is different, and although we can’t guarantee you a fiery, red ball and green flash as the sun sinks beneath the horizon, Newport sunset cruises can be spectacular!

Read more about sunset cruises on our BLOG.

Where will we sail on Sunset Cruises?

Sunset cruises in Newport, RI offer magnificent sightseeing!   Your crew will raise sails (you can help if you like!) and then you’ll sail past Goat Island and into Narragansett Bay.

As you sip champagne or quaff your beer, you’ll sail past Fort Adams, get great views of the Pell Bridge, view Hammersmith Farm and see Clingstone, an iconic house on a rock. Depending on the wind and tide, we may make it past the lawn at Castle Hill, its iconic lighthouse and into Rhode Island Sound.

You’ll  see mega-yachts around the harbor as well as vintage 12 Meter America’s Cup boats docked nearby. 

Along the way, our friendly captain and crew will point out the sights and provide light, commentary.

  What’s Included on Sunset Sails?

Ticketed Sunset Cruises include champagne, beer, and water in the ticket price.  High Noon Seltzers are also available for purchase.  

*Complimentary champagne and beer are included in your ticket price, however, Sunset Cruises are not unlimited “booze cruises”.

Although we’ll serve a couple of rounds, we aim to create a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere for all to enjoy. On Private charters, no drinks are provided, however you may bring your own. 

What to bring on Sunset Cruises?

Sunset cruises, even in the Summer, can be cooler on the water.  We recommend bringing a sweatshirt or light jacket and long pants in the Spring and Fall.  Blankets on board for guests to use during cool evenings.  

We offer Sunset Cruises every day throughout our season. We recommend buying tickets in advance as sunset cruises are one of our most popular cruises and frequently sell out.

See the  Schedules & Rates section for a list of departure times.

Have more questions about our booking policies, the weather, or where to park?  Check our FAQ.

"The sunset cruise was amazing. You get to see Newport from a completely different vantage point and its utterly beautiful. - best part of our Newport vacation"

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Sailing with just 2-6 guests, sailing on Starlight is like sailing on your own private yacht.  Pack a picnic and explore the best of Newport. Sit back and relax or enjoy casual instruction. This is fun!

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Looking for a weekday retreat? Use code WeekdayRetreat20 for 20% off your 1.75 or 3 hour  Monday-Thursday charter! Promo valid 5/29-10/10 . Families - Locals - Hospitality Workers - Birthdays - Reunions - Engagements - Graduations & Bachs  all welcome! Call us or book below!

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Book a fully private boat cruise now! BYOB, swim, cruise & celebrate with us!

You have questions, we have answers! Call +1 (401) 662 - 2794

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All Baywatch excursions in Newport RI are private cruises. Perfect for anything from Bachelorette parties, to family reunions & birthdays!

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FLEXIBLE PRICING

Baywatch can accommodate up to 19 guests, we offer several different pricing options for different sized groups and cruise durations

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We are located downtown in the heart of Newport RI at 142 Long Wharf .

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RHODE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE AND NEWPORT HARBOR TOUR

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2024 Lighthouse Cruise Rates

*Advance Online Reservations are highly recommended and are discounted by $5.00 per ticket. Reservations can be made conveniently online or over the telephone. Children under 2 ride free with an advance reservation. The above rates are subject to change without notice.

Fare Rules & Ticket Redemption Policies

  • ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE: Unless purchased with Assurance, all tickets are non-refundable.
  • MODIFYING YOUR TRIP: Modifications to your reservation must be made 24 hours prior to departure. If purchased without Assurance, a $3.00 per person Modification Fee along with any fare difference will apply.
  • NO SHOW POLICY: If you fail to make your scheduled departure, your ticket will no longer be valid, and therefore you will be required to make a new reservation. You must contact us 24 hours prior to missing your scheduled trip to avoid ticket forfeiture.
  • STAND-BY POLICY: If a departure is sold out, we will try to accommodate passengers that wish to stand-by for boarding. Stand-by passengers are boarded on a first-come, first serve basis from the standby line. Unclaimed reservations are released 3-5 minutes prior to departure after all ticketed passengers have been boarded. All Standby customers will be required to purchase tickets for the trip they are boarding.

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10 RHODE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSES OF NARRAGANSETT BAY

Poplar point lighthouse.

Location:  Wickford, Rhode Island Accessibility:  This lighthouse is not open to the public Established:  1831; Present lighthouse built: 1831; Discontinued: 1882 Construction material:  Wood Height of focal plane:  48 feet Lighthouse is privately owned.

Plum Beach Lighthouse

Accessibility: Not open to the public, best viewed by boat. Station established: 1899; Present lighthouse built: 1899 Construction material:  Cast iron Height of tower:  53 feet; Height of focal plane: 54 feet Lighthouse is owned by: Friends of Plum Beach Lighthouse. Active Navigational Aid.

Dutch Island Lighthouse

Accessibility:  The lighthouse is not open to the public and is best seen by boat. Station established: 1826; Lighthouse built: 1857; Discontinued: 1979 Construction material:  Brick Height of tower:  42 feet; Height of focal plane: 56 feet Characteristics: Red light; two seconds on and four seconds off.

Whale Rock Lighthouse

Location:  The entrance of the West Passage of Narragansett Bay Nearest town:  Narragansett, Rhode Island Station established:  1882; Destroyed: 1938 Hurricane

Beavertail Lighthouse

Accessibility: Grounds in Jamestown are open to the public; museum in the keeper’s house. The tower is not open to the public. Station established: 1749; Present lighthouse built: 1856 Construction material:  Granite Height of tower:  53 feet; Height of focal plane: 54 feet Characteristics: Flashing white every six seconds. Active Navigational Aid.

Castle Hill Lighthouse

Accessibility:  The lighthouse is not open but the grounds are adjacent to the Castle Hill Inn and are open to the public. Station Established: 1890; Present lighthouse built: 1890. Construction Material:  Granite Height of Tower:  34 feet Characteristics: Six seconds red alternating with six seconds darkness. Active navigational aid.

Lime Rock Lighthouse (Ida Lewis YC)

Accessibility:  The yacht club is not open to the general public on a regular basis. Best views are from the harbor. Station Established:  1854; Discontinued: 1927 (relighted later as a private aid) Construction Material: Stone Height of tower: 13 feet; Height of focal plane: 30 feet Present Optic: Lantern in original tower, lit May to October.

Newport Harbor Lighthouse (Goat Island)

Accessibility:  The yacht club is not open to the general public on a regular basis. Best views are from the harbor. Station Established: 1823; Present lighthouse built: 1842. Construction Material:  Granite Height of Tower: 35 feet Characteristic:  Fixed green Active Navigational Aid.

Rose Island Lighthouse 

Accessibility:  Rose Island is accessible by ferry from Newport or Jamestown. Station Established: 1870; Deactivated: 1971 – 1992, Re-Lit 1993 Construction Material:  Wood with masonry foundation Height of Tower:  35 feet; Height of focal plane: 48 feet Characteristics:  Flashing white every six seconds Private aid to navigation/guest house.

Conanicut Lighthouse

Accessibility:  This lighthouse is not open to the public and is best viewed by boat. Station established:  1886; Discontinued: 1933 Construction material:  Wood Present optic:  None Characteristics:  Flashing white every six seconds Lighthouse is privately owned.

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Our departure location in Quonset Point, North Kingstown is convenient and easy to reach from anywhere in Rhode Island, whether you are in South County, Warwick, Providence or Newport we are just a short drive away. We also offer free dockside parking for all of our Bay Cruises.

Approximate drive times to Quonset Point from – Providence (25 minutes), Warwick (15 min), Newport (30 min), Jamestown (15 min), Narragansett & South Kingstown (20min), Charlestown (30 min), Westerly (45 min), Mystic CT (1 hr.)

Dockside Parking – Complimentary for Cruise Patrons

Directions from the Narragansett, South Kingstown and Westerly area:

Take Rt. 1 North. After passing the Newport/Jamestown Bridge Exit continue driving on Route 1 North for 7.5 miles to Exit 7 (Quonset). Take Route 403 for 3 miles and then stay Left following the signs to Quonset. Continue on Route 403/Quonset Rd. for 3.5 miles to the water, we are on the right-hand side. Look for the Martha’s Vineyard Ferry signs.

Directions from the Massachusetts and Providence area:

Take I-95 South to Exit 9 (Route 4 South). Continue on Route 4 South for 2 miles and take Exit 7B (Quonset Point / Route 403). Take Route 403 for 3 miles and then stay Left following the signs to Quonset. Continue driving on Route 403 / Quonset Rd. for 3.5 miles to the water, we are on the right-hand side. Look for the Martha’s Vineyard Ferry signs.

Directions from Jamestown and Newport area:

Private charters and groups.

Group Rates are available for 15 or more passengers, advance reservations are required. Group rates are subject to availability. Please call our office at 401-295-4040 and ask for a Group Manager.

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2.5 Hr. on Party Boat "Island Time"

2.5 Hr. on Party Boat "Island Time"

Our most popular bachelorette & bachelor party boat cruise option!

2.5 Hr. Private Sailing Charter

2.5 Hr. Private Sailing Charter

Great if you don't have time for a longer charter.

Starts @ $100/person

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You'll really start to get comfortable out there on this 5 hr. vacatio...

Starts @ $180/person

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We invite you aboard Newport Bachelorette Cruises to explore everything our beautiful city by the sea has to offer!

Newport Bachelorette Cruises offers a fun-filled two-hour cruise of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, with a full selection of beer, wine, and champagne available. Offering a covered top, roll-down sides, and seating for up to 20 guests, The Patriot is a safe and exciting way for your group to cruise the local waters.

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Make your experience more memorable by booking a private charter that will take you through beautiful Newport harbor and Narragansett bay. ​​Enjoy a mimosa in the morning, or a glass of wine at sunset, all while taking in Newport at its picture-perfect best.

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This is the best Newport sightseeing boat tour in town! Join us for a 75-minute narrated tour aboard our motor yacht the Rum Runner II. Rum Runner II is a classic motor yacht similar to the rum running boats of the 1920’s. She is a beautiful boat that will help you explore Newport’s coastal waterfront. Sit back and enjoy as our knowledgeable and informative crew provide narration about scenic estates, the Castle Hill Lighthouse, naval history, as well as Newport’s rich and famous! One of the best things to do in town is this Newport sightseeing boat tour as it is a top rated tour by many! Don’t hesitate to bring an extra layer because weather conditions can change rapidly and temperatures are lower on the water than on shore. Sunscreen and a hat are suggested when sitting on deck. Don’t forget to bring a camera! If you want to be guaranteed a seat on board, please reserve ahead – particularly on weekends. Enjoy a beverage on board after purchasing tickets at our booth before your trip. This cruise is not BYOB.

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Join us for a Newport Morning Mimosa Sail aboard the Schooner Adirondack II! Rise and shine, you’re in Newport, RI. Start your day with a brisk, invigorating sail aboard one of our classic sailing yachts. Feel free to bring a brunch on this early day sail – our crew completes your experience with perfectly poured Mimosas! Your first Mimosa is available for $3! Mimosa Morning Sails are the perfect way to see the sights of Rhode Island before hitting the beach or the many shops of Thames Street. 

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Rise and shine you are in Newport RI and this is the best way to start your day! Join us for a Newport Morning Mimosa cruise aboard the Schooner Madeleine!  This morning cruise is a brisk, invigorating sail aboard our most elegant classic sailing yachts! This Newport morning mimosa cruise is perfect for a group of friends to get out on the water together.  Take in all the sights this waterfront has to offer and create a lasting memory. We encourage you to bring your own brunch on this early day cruise.  Our crew completes your experience with perfectly poured Mimosas! Your first Mimosa is available for $3! Mimosa Morning Sails are one of the best things to do in Newport RI to start your day off before you hit the beach or the many shops of Thames Street. 

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The Rise of the ‘Earlymoon’

Many couples are no longer waiting until after their weddings to take a trip.

A couple smiles at the camera while holding fishing rods, with the ocean and horizon in the backdrop.

By Allison Duncan

One month before their July 2023 wedding, Shrestha Maharaj, 28, an analytics and insights manager based in South Africa, and Sumeeth Suthurgam, 31, a senior digital design lead, took an earlymoon.

The couple spent a long weekend in Umdloti, a small resort village along the northern coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa, just a 45-minute drive from their home. Ms. Maharaj described their earlymoon as a “break from the chaos,” where they enjoyed electric scooter riding, table tennis playing, beach walking and even practicing their first dance. “A change of scenery was necessary for that,” Ms. Maharaj said, laughing. “It’s amazing what that’ll do even when you’re still in the same city.”

For couples who want to bask in the engagement period before their weddings, going on a prenuptial trip — or an earlymoon — is becoming increasingly popular. It’s different from both a mini-moon — a quick getaway after the wedding to decompress — and a honeymoon, in which a couple takes a longer, more elaborate post-wedding vacation.

“We really just needed a break and wanted to de-stress before our wedding,” Ms. Maharaj said of their earlymoon. “Indian weddings can be intense. We had four wedding events over three days and D.I.Y.-ed a lot of it.”

Many hotels and resorts now tailor certain packages to earlymooners. Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall Boston , for example, began offering an earlymoon package, “Get Away Before the Big Day,” last summer. The three-night stay, starting at $800, includes a day spa pass for two; a picnic at Boston Public Garden; dinner at the hotel’s in-house restaurant, Jules on Devonshire ; and a welcome bottle of champagne.

“Earlymooners just want quality time with each other, so couples have loved the stress-free aspect of it,” said Kevin Matheson, the general manager of Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall Boston. “Some even joke they’ll be back for their babymoons.”

Stanly Ranch , a Napa Valley resort in California, has seen a 15 percent increase yearly since opening in 2022 in couples spending their earlymoons there, many from within driving distance in the San Francisco Bay Area, said Laura McIver, the resort’s general manager. At The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos, Calif., a roughly two-hour drive from Los Angeles, there has been a 25 percent spike in couples booking stays before their weddings since it opened in February 2023, said Joern Schwaiger, the inn’s general manager.

And at Ashford Castle in Mayo, Ireland, the earlymoon package — starting at $8,500 — includes two nights at the hotel’s private boathouse; a boat excursion and a picnic on Chief’s Island ; a rose quartz couples massage; and a private wine tasting in the property’s wine cellar. The hotel has also arranged private consultations with the Irish jewelry designer Nigel O’Reilly for earlymooners who want to commission custom pieces of jewelry to commemorate their upcoming nuptials.

“Before this year, we would have simply called an earlymoon a vacation or getaway,” said Nicole Janoff, a senior manager of leisure travel at Magma Global , a travel agency in New York, who credits social media posts from couples for the 10 percent increase in travel inquiries from earlymooners that Magma Global has received so far this year. “The earlymoon trend represents a shift in how couples approach their wedding prep and prioritize their time together before the big day.”

Ms. Janoff also mentioned that typically couples take their earlymoons six to eight weeks before their weddings, following the bridal shower and bachelor/bachelorette parties. She has sent couples to places like Montauk, N.Y., Bermuda and Aspen, Colo., for spring and summer nuptials, while couples marrying in the fall or winter often travel to Mexico and the Caribbean. “No matter which destination they choose, there is always a massage appointment made,” she said, jokingly.

Those with longer engagements who want to go on earlymoons tend to travel several months before their wedding. Jillian Moya, 36, a corporate accounting software trainer, and Reggie Blackburn, 40, who works for the Department of Justice, are marrying on New Year’s Eve in their home state of Florida. Last month, they embarked on an earlymoon that started in London, made a stop in Croatia and ended with a Mediterranean cruise through Italy and Greece.

“We initially wanted a destination wedding but fell in love with a local venue so decided to marry in Florida,” Ms. Moya said. “Our Europe trip was the perfect romantic getaway. We enjoyed peaceful times together before diving into full-on wedding planning.”

Tom Marchant, a founder and the chief executive of the luxury travel company Black Tomato , said earlymoons unlock more destination options as couples aren’t traditionally bound to a specific post-wedding time frame.

He organized an earlymoon to Bhutan and India for a client couple six months before their August 2023 wedding. Then, after the couple’s summer nuptials in Newport, R.I., they took a New England road trip through Rhode Island, Maine and Connecticut.

“Even those who have wedding planners feel the heat as the date approaches, so we find people are more at ease with some distance between the big day and the earlymoon,” said Mr. Marchant, who has noticed a 13 percent uptick in earlymoon inquiries through his company this year. “Traveling right after a wedding can be frantic. An earlymoon strips away the noise from that and allows more focus on spending meaningful time with each other.”

Dri Buono Patel, 28, a corporate health care manager in Marlton, N.J., and her husband, Matthew Patel, 29, a manager at the global consulting firm EY, planned an eight-day earlymoon to Maui in September 2022, nine months before their wedding.

“We are an ‘any excuse to travel’ type of couple,” said Ms. Patel, who also took a two-week honeymoon to Italy with her husband after their wedding. “Being engaged is so special, but the logistics, decision-making and nuances of planning a wedding take some of that excitement away. The trip gave us time to appreciate this phase of life.”

The couple rented a Jeep for a self-guided food tour during their earlymoon, trying banana cream pie at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop; fresh poke from South Maui Fish Company; fresh baked slices of bread from Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread; and coconut ice cream from Coconut Glen’s. They also snorkeled, hiked and took a sunset dinner cruise.

“Everyone kept asking us if we were on our honeymoon, and we’d giggle,” Ms. Patel said. “It was a great escape from wedding planning, although my husband would add that it was also an extra expense on top of the wedding and honeymoon.”

Couples that can afford both an earlymoon and a honeymoon can enjoy “two distinct phases of celebration and relaxation surrounding their wedding,” Ms. Janoff added. “The earlymoon provides a pre-wedding retreat, while the honeymoon serves as a post-wedding getaway to mark the beginning of married life.”

Weddings Trends and Ideas

The Rise of the ‘Earlymoon’: Many couples are no longer waiting  until after their weddings to take a trip.

Celebrity Wedding Singers: To delight their guests or surprise their partners, some weddings feature live performances from musical headliners .

Bubbly and Botox: For some brides and their party, undergoing a cosmetic procedure or two is an essential component of wedding prep .

Keeping Friendships Intact: The soon-to-be-married couple and their closest friends might experience stress and even tension leading up to their nuptials. Here’s how to avoid a friendship breakup .

‘Edible Haute Couture’: Bastien Blanc-Tailleur, a luxury cake designer based in Paris, creates opulent confections for high-profile clients , including European royalty and American socialites.

Reinventing a Mexican Tradition: Mariachi, a soundtrack for celebration in Mexico, offers a way for couples to honor their heritage  at their weddings.

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