You probably have a long list of must-haves for your first vacation as husband and wife—epic locale, amazing scenery, bucket-list excursions, and super romantic digs. But when it comes to picking the right honeymoon destination for you, there’s more that goes into the decision than whether or not the resort has a swim-up bar. (Though that is surely an added bonus.)
Price, seasonal discounts, and weather are some of the main factors to consider when narrowing the field. For example, you may dream of sinking your toes in the sand on Jamaica’s northeastern shores, but if you’re planning a summer wedding, the Caribbean island won’t be your best bet, since hurricane season extends from June to November. Instead, consider Sardinia, Italy, when the Mediterranean sea is warm and the wine flows at buzzy cliffside cafes. Always saw yourselves enjoying an adventurous safari honeymoon? Try an off-the-beaten-path trip to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park in December, after rainy season has ended and viewing of the region’s famed mountain gorillas is prime. Or, snag off-season discounts by booking Mexico’s Riviera Maya in April or Hawaii during September—both destinations see fewer travelers during this time but still offer great weather.
No matter what time of year you wed, there’s an incredible experience to be had in every corner of the globe. From classic getaway spots like St. Barth, Greece, and Italy to far-flung locales like Vietnam, Iceland, and Bhutan, we break down the best times to travel to the hottest destinations around the world. Happy honeymooning!