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Honeymoons in a hurry

When you're getting away as newlyweds, the faster you can get there the better

Sanibel and Captiva islands, Florida. Sanibel and Captiva islands, Florida. (Frank Simonetti)
By Elizabeth Gehrman
February 13, 2011

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These destinations can be reached in five hours or less via direct flights from Logan International Airport. That means less time getting groped by security and more time cuddling in paradise.

Bermuda

Anything you can do on or under the water is just two hours away in this roughly 21-square-mile British territory. Stay in the centrally located capital, Hamilton, and you’re a short ferry ride from historic St. George’s at one end of the island and the maritime museum at the other and just a few minutes by cab or bus from the stunning South Shore beaches. Ascots is a standout for dinner, while the Little Venice restaurant is a place to see and be seen. For lunch, stroll through Par-la-Ville Park with a smoothie from Down to Earth. A swank hotel such as The Fairmont Hamilton Princess – catch Friday’s outdoor happy hour during the summer – can run as low as $300 a night, while guest houses (bermudarentals.com) provide local flavor at even better prices.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Don’t let the country’s name scare you: The climate is on the cool side but comfortable, with average temperatures in the 50s in summer, when it’s daylight around the clock. Reykjavik, a big city with a small-town feel, is just 5 hours from Boston, so jet lag is minimal. Other pluses: Most Icelanders speak English, and Reykjavik is a walking city, easy to explore on your own. In the evenings, Laugavegur Street becomes party central, but you can soak off the next day’s headache in the Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal sea-water spa just 40 minutes outside the city. Also nearby are geysers, glaciers, waterfalls, and horseback riding among the lava fields. The chic, contemporary Hotel Borg, starting at $200, is convenient to everything.

Martha’s Vineyard

True, the Vineyard can get crazy in July and August – but if your big day is in September, you’re in luck. Tourist season is winding down, but the water’s still warm, the restaurants and shops are open, and the natives are in a great mood because they’ve gotten through another season. Avoid traffic hassles en route to the ferry with a 37-minute flight on one of Cape Air’s nine-seater Cessnas from Boston. Stay in a deluxe water-view room at the Harbor View Hotel & Resort ($255 to $695), just a short walk from downtown Edgartown and a bike ride to Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven. For a special evening, a private chartered cruise on the hotel’s Bunker and Ellis picnic boat will have you and your new spouse seeing stars.

Sanibel And Captiva islands, Florida

Yes, you fly into Fort Myers, but forget about spring training – Sanibel and Captiva are all about R & R. Main drag Andy Rosse Lane on Captiva is Key West-ish, but the most popular activities here are beachcombing, sitting by the surf, and maybe, if you’re feeling ambitious, a short bike ride. For a day off from all that relaxation, the more than 6,400-acre J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel offers canoeing. The Casa Ybel Resort (from $269 in the summer) and Song of the Sea ($179 and up in the offseason), both on Sanibel, offer seaside views and upscale rooms. The Mad Hatter, with its sunset views, is the choice for a romantic meal on Sanibel. Try the black truffle sea scallops.

Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos is made up of 40 islands and cays, only eight of which are inhabited. Because of this, one popular excursion is a day trip to your own private paradise, where you can swim, snorkel, and maybe reenact that famous beach scene in From Here to Eternity. Other, more sedate day trips include the caves of Middle Caicos, the Wades Green Plantation on North Caicos, and, of course, scuba diving at one of the world’s most beautiful reefs, with 100-foot visibility and virtually no current. Starting this month, JetBlue offers nonstop flights. Most accommodations are in Providenciales, the most populated island in the archipelago; Point Grace’s suites ($450 and up) have a romantic, boutique feel, and the hotel has an alfresco restaurant.