Where to Honeymoon by Season
words by // Eve Green
Trying to decide where to go for your honeymoon? From sandy beaches to the City of Love, there are endless possibilities for celebrating your wedding with an epic getaway. We have highlighted the best honeymoon spots for every season. Get ready to put that wedding planning stress behind you as you take the trip of a lifetime with your new spouse!
Winter: The Caribbean
Though your winter wedding was all about the thrills and chills, warm things up with a trip to the Caribbean. Rainfall is at a minimum during the winter months, making it a great time to visit the Caribbean. St. Lucia, Turks and Caicos, St. Barts, and Antigua are some of the most popular honeymoon locations in these islands. Kick up your feet and relax with your partner at a luxurious all-inclusive resort and enjoy breathtaking beaches, tropical jungles, water sports, and exploring the local culture. If you have time to spare, you may even consider hopping around to some of the other tropical islands within close proximity.
Spring: Paris, France
They even wrote a song about “Springtime in Paris.” Art and history lovers can bask in their newlywed bliss with a trip to Paris. Mild and enjoyable weather makes spring an ideal season to visit this most romantic European destination. Strolling hand in hand through the City of Love would be tres chic! As spring is not quite peak tourist season, you may avoid some of the heavier crowds that summer brings. Paris is full of romantic activities and gorgeous places to visit, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and the Luxembourg Gardens. Take an evening cruise on the Seine River to see why Paris is also referred to as the City of Lights. Finally, kick it up with an evening spent taking in a show at the famous Moulin Rouge!
Summertime is the perfect season for a post-wedding honeymoon in Greece. With its famous whitewashed houses, seaside cliffs, and crystal clear Mediterranean waters, Santorini is a most popular spot for honeymoons. Honeymooners can live the high life on their Greek vacation with high-end shopping and staying at luxury resorts. For those who want to fill their trip with amazing excursions, you can visit an active volcano, bask on black sand beaches, and hiking to see the stunning sites. While Santorini may be the most popular spot in Greece for honeymooners, Mykonos also offers beautiful beaches, high-end hotels, and breathtaking vistas.
Fall: Hawaiian Islands
With warm temperatures year round, Hawaii is a magnificent honeymoon destination for any month on the calendar. While summer remains the most popular tourist season for the Hawaiian Islands, it isn’t necessarily the best time to visit. If you prefer to avoid crowds and high prices, we recommend a trip during September and October. Early fall in Hawaii is known for consistently good weather and a slight decrease in prices as many families don’t take vacations at this time. Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island are popular honeymoon destinations in Hawaii. If you only have time to stay on one island we recommend visiting Maui. Sandy beaches, the picturesque Road to Hana, sunset cruises, pineapple farm tours, and lavender fields are just a few of the unique experiences Maui can provide.
Some couples may not be prepared to go on a honeymoon immediately following their nuptials due to scheduling issues such as not being able to take much time off of work, or some may want to recover financially from the wedding before shelling out for a big vacation. If you choose to postpone your honeymoon for a few weeks or months after your wedding, we still recommend booking your trip in advance of your wedding. While there is nothing like taking an amazing trip with your new spouse while the excitement of your wedding is still palpable, you may also enjoy scheduling your honeymoon in the future so you have something to look forward to when all the wedding excitement has passed.
Regardless of when you schedule your trip, we highly recommend utilizing the services of a travel agent. In today’s digital age, those looking to book a vacation are highly independent with all the information and services available on the Internet, but there is nothing like the experience of a travel agent when planning this once in a lifetime trip. Their fees are usually minimal and often essentially pay for themselves with the special deals they can secure for you.