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Where to go on honeymoon, when

Whether you’d like to swap January’s chill for a balmy Thai beach, spend May driving along California’s coast before the summer crowds, or explore New Zealand as it blooms with spring flowers in October, we can help you decide where to go on your honeymoon, when. Our specialists have explored in all seasons and can suggest the best destination depending on when you want to travel. Or, if you have your heart set on a honeymoon destination but aren’t sure when it's at its best, we can suggest the ideal months to visit.

As always, our specialists will draw on their own travels to recommend places and experiences that will appeal to your interests and create lasting memories. That might be spotting orangutans in Borneo during an August honeymoon, wine tasting on a trip to South Africa’s Winelands in November, or hiking Peru’s Inca trail after its busiest season in September.

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Month-by-month guide for traveling on Honeymoon ideas

Belize

Traveling on Honeymoon ideas in January

Escape the cooler climes of January on the west coast of Thailand, where jungle-topped limestone karsts are a dramatic backdrop to a beach honeymoon — which can be combined with street-food tours in Bangkok.

Sunshine and little rain makes this a good time to honeymoon in the Caribbean. We suggest an island-hopping honeymoon across the island for a variety of memorable experiences, from deserted beaches in the Grenadines to chocolate plantation stays in Saint Lucia.

Belize makes an excellent active honeymoon destination at this time of year. You could combine a rainforest lodge stay with Maya ruins, snorkeling and diving.

The Bayon

Traveling on Honeymoon ideas in February

Sri Lanka sees calm skies and warm temperatures in February, for a relaxing honeymoon by the coast paired with cultural explorations inland. Combine your visit with the powder-soft sands of the Maldives, where you’ll find a host of experiences designed specifically for honeymoon couples.

It’s also warm and dry in Cambodia, where you could spend time exploring Angkor Wat and the city buzz of Phnom Penh, followed by a stay on an unspoiled beach or private island.

For somewhere a little different, consider an Antarctic cruise for your honeymoon, where you’ll see penguin chicks and a variety of whale species.

Two-toed sloth, Costa Rica

Traveling on Honeymoon ideas in March

Morocco’s clear skies are ideal for an under-the-stars honeymoon experience in the desert, as well as comfortable temperatures for exploring Marrakesh and the Atlas Mountains. A range of sumptuous accommodation makes this a luxurious honeymoon option.

For more adventure, March is a great time to spot wildlife in Costa Rica’s cloudforests. Choose the tempo for your stay by either opting for the adrenaline-fuelled zip-line experiences or spending your days relaxing on the beach.

Himeji in spring

Traveling on Honeymoon ideas in April

Hawaii’s golden sands and jungle-covered volcanic scenery make a dramatic backdrop for a relaxing honeymoon, with opportunities for surfing and hiking.

In Japan it’s peak cherry blossom season. If you’re keen to see the blooms, it’s important to book well in advance.

China sees comfortably warm weather and little rain, with ideal walking conditions along the Great Wall. It also celebrates its own, little-visited cherry blossom season.

Mauritius

Traveling on Honeymoon ideas in May

Mauritius offers a classic beachside honeymoon this month, with warm weather and clear skies, which could be combined with inland hikes and private guided tours.

For a honeymoon road trip, look to California, where you could take in LA’s beaches, whale watch or explore Napa Valley’s vineyards. Or consider Canada, which sees ideal temperatures across the country in May.

In Italy temperatures remain cool enough to explore and the busy summer crowds haven’t arrived yet. This makes it an ideal time to see popular sites as well as seeking out lesser-known places.

Over-water bungalows in Bora Bora

Traveling on Honeymoon ideas in June

A popular honeymoon destination, the South Pacific Islands greet you with clear skies and warm waters. From Fiji to French Polynesia, consider combining destinations for an island-hopping trip with a range of experiences.

It's whale watching season in Argentina, which you could pair with time exploring Patagonia and Buenos Aires.

And it’s an excellent time to honeymoon in Spain and Portugal, while temperatures are warm and the crowds are yet to arrive.

Redang Island

Traveling on Honeymoon ideas in July

It’s Northern Australia’s dry season in July, with sunny days and warm temperatures. Consider a Kimberley cruise, time spotting turtles in Kakadu National Park or an Outback lodge stay under the stars.

In Indonesia it’s also dry and warm, ideal for those seeking an island-hopping honeymoon with plenty of diving and snorkeling opportunities. For a relaxing experience, look to the beach resorts of Malaysia’s east coast, which complement a city adventure in nearby Singapore or Kuala Lumpur.

Proboscis monkeys, Sandakan, Borneo

Traveling on Honeymoon ideas in August

It’s Botswana’s dry season, which brings predators out to the waterholes for good animal sightings. With a variety of comfortable lodges available, there are plenty of opportunities to plan a luxurious honeymoon.

Borneo offers a more tropical wildlife experience, where you could combine wild orangutan spotting and jungle walks with snorkeling under sunny skies.

The white sands of Central Vietnam’s beaches see almost constant sunshine, which you could team with time exploring the markets and cafés of Hoi An.

Grizzly bear fishing in British Columbia

Traveling on Honeymoon ideas in September

For a classic beachside honeymoon, Zanzibar’s beaches are at their best in September and could be combined with an African safari or a cultural tour of the island. Or look to French Polynesia, where the September sun’s rays hit the islands' lagoons at just the right angle to bring out the vivid turquoise hues of the classic Polynesian landscape.

In Peru, the busiest season is tailing off making it a good time to tackle the Inca trail, or one of its alternatives, and take boat trips across Lake Titicaca under sunny skies.

Look to Canada if you’re after a wildlife-focused honeymoon, where you can go bear watching in British Columbia.

Golden beach, Oman

Traveling on Honeymoon ideas in October

New Zealand is coming into spring, with fields awash with spring flowers, but temperatures are still cool enough for hiking. Seasonal melting of the glaciers makes this a good time to try white-water rafting on the swelling rivers.

For a self-drive honeymoon, this is a good time to drive along Route 66, as the summer crowds have dispersed but temperatures are still warm.

Oman’s beaches are at their best, with little rain and clear skies. It’s harvest season, with fresh pomegranates, olives and grapes in abundance.

Taj Mahal, Agra

Traveling on Honeymoon ideas in November

In India, the weather is comfortably warm, and if you tie your honeymoon in with Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, you’ll be met with fireworks and candle displays. Or for something more active, look to nearby Nepal, where the skies are clear, crisp and ideal for Himalayan trekking.

It's whale watching season off the coast of South Africa, which you could combine with a self-drive honeymoon from Cape Town through the Winelands — with plenty of options for luxurious boutique stays along the way.

For cultural exploration, it’s festival season in Myanmar and rainfall is at its lowest.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Traveling on Honeymoon ideas in December

If you’re looking to escape the chill of winter on your honeymoon, the Caribbean season starts with comfortably warm temperatures and less rain. It can get busy over the festive period, so we recommend a lesser visited island like Grenada or Saint Kitts and Nevis.

If you’re seeking winter sun with a dash of adventure, consider Brazil’s jungles, waterways and vibrant cities. On New Year’s Eve, you could gather alongside Rio’s residents to watch fireworks above Copacabana Beach.

For cooler climes, honeymooning in Canada’s winter season gives you an excellent chance of seeing the northern lights, while in the Antarctic, days are long and penguins and seals particularly active.