In this guide we will look at where in the world to go following your summer wedding – that’s June, July and August 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 June
With long sunny days, warm seas and gentle breezes June is the ideal time to visit the Mediterranean. The scorching summer days of July and August are yet to arrive and it’s still early enough to avoid the school break price hikes.
Italy is an obvious destination. Choose between Rome and its numerous ancient attractions; Venice for a romantic gondola ride through the narrow canals; or the Amalfi Coast further south, home some of the world’s most remarkable scenery. Wherever you go you are sure to find romantic boutique hotels, fine wine and even better food.
Other European honeymoon hotspots include the South of France – Provence and the Languedoc regions in particular – as well as Spain, Cyprus, Greece and increasingly Croatia.
If you fancy travelling a bit further afield June is a great time to go on a big game safari in Botswana, Tanzania or Kenya. It is mid-winter across the southern hemisphere remember so avoid going as far south as the Western Cape as it may feel distinctly chilly.
The Caribbean is still good to visit in June as the hurricane season hasn’t really kicked in yet. It will be hot though so remember to take your sun cream.
The rainy season is beginning to get underway across most of South East Asia but it will not be in full swing for a few more weeks. Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam all have plenty of fantastic honeymoon resorts where you can relax and unwind like nowhere else.
Honeymoons in July
As mid-summer arrives, it becomes trickier to visit both the Caribbean and South East Asia. The hurricane and monsoon seasons respectively are firmly entrenched and you may not want to run the risk of one spoiling your once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon.
July heralds the start of peak season across most of Europe; so whilst you will get the best of the weather wherever you go, you will have to contend with all the crowds as well. Italy, Spain and France all remain fantastic although prices will be high and availability limited.
Whilst most of Asia and the sub-continent are out of action the tiny Indonesian island of Bali remains completely untouched by the winds and rain lashing everywhere else. Famous for its hidden mountain spas and lush agricultural landscape, this beautiful island will stimulate both mind and body.
The sheer size of the United States means that it has something to offer every type of traveller. From the cities of New York, Boston and Philadelphia in the east, through the wide open central plains, to the beaches, mountains and forests of California out west. Don’t forget America’s biggest national holiday – Independence Day – falls on the July 4 as well.
Honeymoons in August
Europe remains the place to go during August, although be warned that almost every Italian family takes August off for their annual holiday. This means that many shops and services in the non-tourist towns may be closed, whilst the holiday hotspots – such as Sardinia and Sicily – are nigh on overwhelmed with people.
The island of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania offers up outstanding white beaches and crystal clear waters, whilst being remote enough to still feel like you are getting away from it all. Known as the ‘Spice Island’ Zanzibar was at the cross roads of the old maritime trading industry. This has lead to the island’s heritage being influenced in equal parts by both western and eastern cultures, creating a truly fascinating feast for the senses.
Bali is still great, as is the United States, but why not try taking in the elegant resorts and world-famous seafood of Cape Cod for a more luxurious experience.
August is the classic time of year to climb the mystical Mount Fuji in Japan. Of course this is just one of many things you can do whilst in Japan, but you won’t want to miss the sights, sounds and smells of Tokyo as well.
How about heading north? Iceland and its capital Reykjavik are special places to visit, and so is Norway with the spectacular natural beauty of its fjords, lakes and mountains. If you head even further north, perhaps by train across the ‘Roof of Norway’, you will enter the magical land of the midnight sun – what could be more romantic than that!