Weddings are great, but isn’t the honeymoon what you’re really looking forward to? All jokes aside, a honeymoon is a unique, special time between you and your new hubby or wife. It feels good to finally call them that, right?
But of course, honeymoons depend heavily on seasons. You’re probably not going to book a week-long bikini vacation in Colorado if it’s the middle of January. Similarly, you’ll struggle to find ski slopes in warm locales throughout the summer. In order to get ahead of the game, try sorting through top honeymoon destinations by the season. It will help you plan accordingly while covering your bases on the wardrobe front.
But First, Why Should I Plan for my Honeymoon?
On average, couples who pick destination honeymoons spend approximately $8,200 on the trip itself. Does that sound like a lot to you? It is! This is why planning is critical in order to ensure that you’re really getting what you want for your first vacation as a couple.
Here’s another planning stat for you: The average couple books their honeymoon 4 months in advance. That means when you’re booking your trip, you’ll be 1-2 seasons away from the month in which the honeymoon will actually take place. It may be snowing while you book your room and excursions, but remember that you’re planning way ahead of time, with sunny, glistening shores calling your name…just 4 short months away.
What are the Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations?
With so many beautiful places out there, it’s hard to narrow it down. If you’re looking for some inspiration, in no particular order, here are the top honeymoon destinations in the United States:
Lots of couples like to use their honeymoon to explore a new area on their bucket lists. For those couples, here are top honeymoon destinations outside of the United States:
- The Bahamas
- St. Lucia
Before you get ready to visit one of these drool-worthy spots, you might want to check out this guide. Not all of the top honeymoon destinations are the top destinations for YOU, and because seasons play a huge role in where you go, it’s a good idea to look into honeymoon destinations by season and location. This guide is sorted from spring to winter, and it compiles together all of the romantic honeymoon destinations you’re looking for— based on overall value, comfortability, uniqueness of location, and experiences offered.
Birds are chirping, a cool breeze is lingering behind from the winter months, and summer is on the horizon. Spring spans from March to May. Ever heard the phrase, “April showers bring May flowers?” We’ll be taking that into consideration. No one wants a rainy honeymoon.
Springtime is a nice prelude to summer, so a balmy beach trip might be just what you need. Aruba is located a bit outside of the hurricane belt, which means you can expect dry spring temperatures. Lots of honeymooners have Aruba on their list, and the resorts know this, so you can opt for an all-inclusive resort package if you want to wash your hands of planning duties. With that being said, Aruba has so much to offer, so planning the trip is half the fun!
Experiences offered: Sightseeing tours on bikes, sailing, beach trips, day cruises, snorkeling, off-road safari adventures.
A trip to the Netherlands is not your typical sunny beach trip, but it’s still packed with adventure. Amsterdam is a great place to visit in the spring for its blooming tulips. The weather is often unpredictable from March to May, but it’s likely that there will still be a crisp chill in the air. Sources estimate you’ll spend at least $100-$150 per day in Amsterdam. Your housing options are endless, with AirBnBs, hostels, and hotels as your likely frontrunners, all of which vary drastically in cost. You are in charge of your own financial destiny in Amsterdam, so there’s a lot of bang for your buck here.
Experiences offered: Bike and segway tours, museums, art galleries, shopping.
Before Dubai gets too steamy in the summer months (over 100 degrees Fahrenheit), you may want to book a trip for the spring. Couples who go to Dubai are looking for a fast-paced, adventure-filled honeymoon. It’s pricey, but most of the activities you’ll do in Dubai are free. You can expect to spend most of your money on hotels, flights, and food. One day you’ll be in the city, and the next day, you’ll be relaxing on a beach. It truly is the best of both worlds!
Experiences offered: Sightseeing, parasailing, boat or yacht tours, shopping, tanning on the beach, walking around the city, lots of nightlife.
Malta is not a classic honeymoon spot, and that’s exactly why some couples find it so appealing. Peak travel time for Malta is in the summer, so you’ll beat the crowds by visiting in the spring. In March, April, and May, the temperatures hover around the 70s and rainfall is minimal (1-5 days per month). You’ll get points for uniqueness if you honeymoon in Malta, and you’ll feel like you’re on your own secluded adventure as a couple. Because Malta is fairly small, it’s easy to get around, and public transportation is cheap. It’s a perfect beachy spot for honeymooners on a budget!
Experiences offered: Sightseeing, scuba diving, swimming, cave diving.
Is your dream honeymoon filled with African safari trips and exotic animals? Kenya is a marvelous spot for a springtime honeymoon for every thrill-seeking couple out there. Most people visit Kenya for its nature sightings, so you’ll want to add that to your list. When you want to relax and have some downtime with your significant other, Giraffe Manor has wonderful reviews for its gardens and hotel—and of course, giraffes!
Experiences offered: Visiting historical spots, scuba diving, snorkeling, cave diving, exploring forts.
Some spots are scorchers and others are perfect in the summer. Summer honeymoons are hit or miss, depending on how much you love (or hate) the heat. These locations are notoriously popular for summer honeymoons—and these are the ones that won’t cause you to break a sweat because they are either seaside or situated in a “dry heat” climate.
1) Banff, Canada
Who would have thought a summer honeymoon would bring you to the mountains? This trip is for all of the hygge-loving honeymooners—Banff is filled with adventures that will get you on your feet and moving. It’s a great summer honeymoon spot because it never gets swelteringly hot and the mountain views are absolutely breathtaking. At the end of each of your busy days, you can plan for a relaxing night in a cozy inn or cabin.
Experiences offered: Hiking, mountain climbing, swimming in lakes, taking photos, rafting, horseback riding.
Norway is another unique spot for a summer honeymoon. Summer temperatures in Norway typically fall in the 70s, which means blue skies, beautiful mountains, and long walks for you and your fiancé to enjoy. If you’re looking for something extra special, plan your trip around the summer solstice so that you can check out the Northern Lights.
Experiences offered: Exploring the cities, taking trains and ferries around, hiking, mountain climbing, museums, and parks.
Glistening white sand, deep blue water, and jaw-dropping architecture—yep, that’s Greece. You probably knew it would be somewhere on this list. It doesn’t feel right to put Greece in any season other than summer. Although you’ll be joined by other tourists, the Grecian summer experience is unlike any other. Drink and meal costs aren’t bogus in Greece, so it can be enjoyed even if you’re working with a budget.
Experiences offered: Swimming in the sea, visiting different cities, watching the sunset, exploring the history of Greece, snorkeling.
The beautiful country of Morocco is nestled in the northwest corner of Africa, and it is as charming as it is lively and vibrant. Morocco offers plenty of fun sights to see with colors, culture, and food tucked away in every nook and cranny of land. If you and your fiancé are adventurous, your wanderlust needs will be satisfied here. On the flip side, if you’re trying to relax in a picturesque spot, Morocco checks that box as well. The best part is Morocco is fairly inexpensive, so you won’t be paying a right arm for a good meal or two. Plus, you’ll have some extra cash to buy fun trinkets at one of the many Moroccan bazaars.
Experiences offered: Visiting the Sahara desert, shopping at markets and bazaars, hiking the mountains, going to the coast.
If you’re considering a trip to South America in the summer, you’re in luck. Summertime in Chile is when temperatures are the lowest, averaging in the mid-60s to mid-70s, depending on which month you visit. The appeal to Chile is that it has something for everyone. You can plan beach visits, mountain hikes, wineries, and city date nights all in one trip. It’s a unique spot, so people won’t assume you’re on your honeymoon—a nice change of pace compared to some of the more popular honeymoon spots like Hawaii or Jamaica.
Experiences offered: Exploring national parks, hiking, boat tours, street art, wine tasting tours, visiting the beach.
The highest number of weddings take place in October and September, both of which are part of the autumn trifecta. Keep this in mind when booking a honeymoon—it could work in your favor if you’re planning a honeymoon right after an autumn wedding. Or, if you’re honeymooning a couple months after your big day, you may factor these fall destinations into your decision.
1) Great Smoky Mountains
Domestic travel is music to your ears (or rather, your wallet) because it’s easy, convenient, and cheap. In the fall months, the Great Smoky Mountains offer a blissful retreat for you and your new hubby or wifey. Your activities will be a mixed bag of mountain lovers’ favorite hobbies—hiking, biking, and mountain-gazing, to name a few. This is one of the cheaper spots on this list, so if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, this may be your spot.
Experiences offered: Cabins, hiking, biking, marshmallow roasting, exploring towns, shopping.
If all you want to do this fall is eat and spend time with your loved one, Italy is a prime honeymoon spot for you. Italy stays fairly warm up until mid to late October, which means you won’t be freezing on your honeymoon. There are so many places to see in Italy, so you can decide how much money you spend. Known for its vino, pizza, and pasta, you may be pulling out your wallet for food and beverages, but you can find lots of activities that are free—because there’s just so much to see!
Experiences offered: Eating, wine tours, vineyards, tourist attractions, hopping around to different cities, historical sightings.
Fall in Australia is like spring in the Northern hemisphere, which works well for bikini-clad honeymooners. Although flights are pricey and Australia is known for being a fairly expensive country, you can pack your trip with fun free things to do. Plus, a night on the town in Sydney, Australia is significantly cheaper than a city like Manhattan.
Experiences offered: Museums, snorkeling, boat tours, nature trails and hikes, visiting all of the main points of interest.
Germany is incredibly underrated—it’s a beautiful country that has something to offer for every kind of traveler (and in your case, honeymooner). It’s cheap, and the transportation system makes it really easy to get around. If you plan a trip to Germany, you’ll likely be hitting quite a few Biergartens and museums. Why go in the fall? Because of Oktoberfest, of course! It’s also a pretty cheap vacation, so you can plan to hop over to a few nearby countries like Austria or Switzerland.
Experiences offered: Biergartens, museums, sightseeing tours, segway tours, Oktoberfest.
Brides and grooms all around are saying “Brrrr!” to winter honeymoons. There are a few perks to winter honeymoons, though. Honeymoons in the winter are generally more affordable, and they offer a bounty of romantic activities that you can enjoy as newlyweds.
Home of the elephants, sea-green waters, and romantic getaway spots, Thailand should be on your list of winter getaways. Not only is it fairly warm in the winter, but it’s also a great spot to spend quality time with your new spouse. Thailand is known for having affordable housing and food options, so you can blow the rest of your budget on fun excursions.
Experiences offered: Meeting the elephants, nature trails, visiting Bangkok, yoga certification courses, meditation centers.
Your winter honeymoon endeavor may take you to the beautiful country of Japan, and if that’s the case, you’re in for a fun and unique vacation. You can start at the beaches of Okinawa to get your fix of R&R time. For city lovers, Tokyo is an exciting city filled with fun places to see and delicious food to eat. If you budget right, you won’t be spending too much. Japan also has plenty of adventures for the adrenaline junkies—mountain climbing, skydiving, and hiking, to name a few.
Experiences offered: Sightseeing, beaches, hiking, biking around the cities, seeing Mount Fuji.
If you love the cold, a Switzerland vacation has everything you need. Caveat: Switzerland, although beautiful, is notoriously expensive. It may be worth it for you if you’re ready to admire the glassy lakes and snow-capped mountains. Nights in Switzerland, you’ll have a cozy experience bundled up by the fire. During the day, you can explore, shop around, and try out a few excursions—if you’re feeling up to the cold!
Experiences offered: Skiing, ski resorts, sightseeing, ice skating, and shopping.
The name says it all: Iceland is the epitome of a winter wonderland. Take it seriously though—Iceland is cold! The best part about planning a winter honeymoon in Iceland is that winter is when flights are the cheapest in Iceland. It’s also the least crowded during these months, and you may have the chance to see the Northern Lights.
Experiences offered: Visiting igloos, seeing the Northern Lights, skiing, visiting ski resorts, hiking around glaciers.
Looks like you’ve got a lot of choices. A honeymoon is a special time for you and your new spouse. It’s a running start to the rest of your lives together, so make it memorable! Whatever you choose, it’s sure to be an unforgettable time for the two of you. Congratulations and enjoy your lovely honeymoon!