In this guide we will look at where in the world to go following your spring wedding – that’s March, April and May by the way – helping you make sure you get the most out of your honeymoon.
We know the seasons are different all over the world – and pretty darn changeable in Britain for that matter – but, for the sake of making these Groom List guides on where to go when easy to use, we have broken the year down into four seasons of three months each.
Honeymoons in March
Although March signals the start of spring for us in the UK, it remains a pretty chilly month both here at home and across most of continental Europe.
If you don’t fancy some crazy long haul flights immediately after the wedding March is a great time of year to visit North Africa or the Middle East. Morocco, Jordan and Turkey are all within a few hours flying time from the UK and feature exotic cities with bustling bazaars as well beautiful beaches and luxury resorts to help you relax and unwind.
If you are feeling a little bit more adventurous but still want guaranteed sunshine why not head out to The Gambia in West Africa. It is a rising star on the international travel scene so there is still plenty of opportunity to grab a great bargain.
March is also a good time of year for some of the more far-flung tourist hotpots around the globe. The Caribbean is always a safe bet and you should still be able to beat the Easter holiday price hikes. Tobago, Barbados and the Cayman Islands are all fantastic in March.
It might still be a bit wet around some of Asia’s bigger and better known beach destinations in March but some of the Indonesian islands such as Borneo remain outstanding.
Other great destinations for your March Honeymoon could include The USA, Brazil, Argentina, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
Honeymoons in April
The Mediterranean has started warming up pretty nicely by the time April rolls around. It is still out of high season in Europe so expect uncrowded resorts and plenty of great holiday deals. Try Malta, Corsica or Sardinia for a more unusual getaway, or head further west to one of the myriad Greek islands.
If you can avoid the Easter school holiday rush then the Caribbean remains a very strong choice. Cuba offers visitors an unparalleled cultural and historical feast, whilst in Bermuda you could find yourself lazing on the beach one minute and playing golf the next.
The unmissable Cherry Blossom Festival gets underway in Japan in April, but you will have to sacrifice beaches for cities if you choose head to the far-east.
April is the perfect time to visit he Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius, the Maldives and the (more expensive) Seychelles. There are some truly stunning luxury beach resorts that will blow you and your new wife away; not to mention all the snorkelling, diving and water sports on offer.
Southern and central USA offers the opportunity to chill out in uber-cool cities such as San Francisco and San Diego before heading into the wilderness of Northern California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada or New Mexico for thrilling adventure activities.
Honeymoons in May
May has to be one of the best months of the whole year to go on honeymoon. There will be sensational weather in many of the world’s best destinations as well as some eye-popping bargains to be had.
The crowds still haven’t arrived across most of the Mediterranean but the majority of tour operators have started up their summer schedules which mean prices are kept fairly low. Head to the Amalfi coast in southern Italy for fine food, fine wine and romantic vistas; or hire your own luxury villa amongst the rugged scenery of Mallorca, Minorca or Ibiza.
Prices in the Caribbean plummet after the Easter break so previously unaffordable exclusive destinations such as St Lucia become within the reach us non-celebrities.
The whole of south-east Asia is ripe for picking in May – choose from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia or Indonesia, all of which offer up serene beaches, mouth-watering flavours, luxury spas and chilled-out night life.
May is an excellent time to go on a big game Safari in Botswana or Namibia where the weather is dry, but not too hot. The Indian Ocean islands also remain a pretty good choice in May.
If you don’t mind a trip to the other side of the world, then the Honeymoon capital of Hawaii is in tip-top condition in May. Active volcanoes, white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, spread out over six distinct islands, will keep you busy exploring for a while.