In this guide we will look at where in the world to go following your winter wedding – that’s December, January and February 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 December
December is a great time of year for a wedding (if you can bear the weather) as the magic of Christmas tends to fill everyone with a sense of joy. It is also a great time to get away on honeymoon, but you need to be wary of prices hikes around the school holidays.
December is certainly one of the best months to visit the Caribbean – the hurricane season has blown over to be replaced by long sunny days, low humidity and cooling breezes. Of course the Caribbean is hardly one destination; it is made up of many different islands, each one catering for a different style of honeymoon. There are plenty of free guides available on-line to help you choose, but steer clear of the Bahamas or Bermuda as they can be a touch cold.
If island life is not for you then perhaps Mexico is the place to go. It is an enormous country that houses everything from glorious white sand beach resorts to ancient Mayan ziggurats. Then there is of course the food – enjoy tucking into a hot enchilada whilst sipping on a cooling frozen Margarita.
Staying with Central America, how about a going on an adventure through the spectacular jungles and rainforests of Costa Rica, Guatemala or even the English speaking Belize?
Much of south-east Asia is great in December too. Thailand, Bali, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia all offer honeymooners a combination of outstanding beach and spa resorts alongside unique culture and food.
Honeymoons in January
The story of where to go in January is much the same as it is in December – meaning there are plenty of great places around the world to go and welcome in the New Year.
The Caribbean remains excellent, although we still think that the Bahamas are worth avoiding as the average temperature there in January is only 21 degrees. Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Barbados and the stunning St. Lucia are all ripe for visiting though.
January is peak migration season for much of the wildlife found in Tanzania, making it the perfect time to go on big game safari. Think about combining a week in the bush with a week spent on the tropical island of Zanzibar, just off the Tanzania coast.
Other African safari centres such as Kenya, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa are also at their best in January – expect it to be hot though!
The island paradise of Mauritius is fantastic in January – perfect for combining beach relaxation, mountain hiking and vibrant markets.
For something a bit different how about China? You could find yourself sailing down the Yangtze River on a luxury intimate yacht; but be careful where you choose to go as some parts of China can be bitterly cold in winter.
If you don’t fancy a long haul trip then the Middle East presents an attractive alternative in January. Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman are all good options; as is North Africa – Morocco or Egypt perhaps?
Honeymoons in February
How about going all the way to the other side of the planet? Although it never gets really hot in New Zealand, February is the warmest month of the year across both the North and South Islands. It is truly unique country that everyone should try and visit during their lifetime. Magnificent mountain ranges provide contrast to the cool, cosmopolitan cities; and the wine region of Marlborough is home to the best Sauvignon Blancs in the world.
Crossing the Pacific, California – especially its southern half – is lovely in February. San Diego is considered by many to be the best city in the world and there is always Los Angeles just a few hours’ drive up the coast. Heading east, you will find pretty good weather across most of the southern states. From New Mexico through Arizona, Texas, and out to Florida there is more than enough to do to keep you engaged and entertained throughout your honeymoon.
The peak season is winding down across south-east Asia so February is an ideal time to pick up a good bargain to Thailand or Vietnam without sacrificing the weather.
Staying east, India is great at this time of year. You could visit the bustling capital city of New Delhi before finding tranquillity in the northern hills or at the world famous Taj Mahal. Alternatively head to the southern Indian coast, to dreamy Kerala, where you could enjoy relaxing on a luxurious houseboat or touring boutique lakeside hotels.
Staying closer to home, Madeira is wonderful island for honeymooners. It offers a mix of warm sunshine and rugged outdoor pursuits all whilst enjoying your own romantic country farmhouse.