Choosing the ideal honeymoon spot can start to seem overwhelming—it’s like the more you look the harder it is to choose. But, let’s be honest, it’s a pretty great problem to have in the grand scheme of things. You have several ways to narrow down all those choices, depending on when you’re traveling and what your priorities are. Once you know when you’re going, you can start crossing off locations in the middle of their hurricane or rainy seasons, or their warmest or coldest months, and then searching for spots in peak season.
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If you want to do a little pre-research before you attend the show, here is a list of the most popular honeymoon destinations and the best and worst times to go:
- Best months: November to April
- Worst months: It’s hottest (up to 89 degrees on average) and rainiest from June to October
- Best months: May to October
- Worst month: January and February
- Best months: Technically, December to May, when the area is coolest and enjoys the most wind, but average temperatures year-round hover between 78 and 88 degrees
- Worst months: “Official” hurricane season runs from June to November; the worst months are August, September and October (islands near South America—Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago—are outside the hurricane danger zone)
Note: High-altitude and coastal spots are cooled by trade winds year-round (a good salve during the hotter and more humid summer months).
- Best months: May through September or October
- Worst months: December to February
- Best months: March, April, October and November
- Worst months: May to September (Florida is often hit by Atlantic hurricanes that come in from the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.)
Note: The Florida Keys typically experience temperate, Caribbean-like weather year-round.
- Best months: March to July, October and November Worst months: Far from horrible, December and January are coolest (average afternoon temperature is 75 degrees); August and September are hottest (average 92 degrees). The wettest months are from November to March. Note: In general, every island’s northern shore gets more rain than the southern, especially on Kauai and the Big Island.
- Best months: March, April, October, November
- Worst months: June to September
Note: July and August are scorchers here, but at least it’s a “dry” heat (humidity is very low year-round).
- Best months: October to May
- Worst months: Rainy season runs June through September, but usually only involves a short daily sprinkle. It’s also hotter during the summer months.
Note: Coastal playgrounds and low-lying sections of the country are hotter than higher-altitude destinations such as Mexico City, Guadalajara, and the heartland “Silver Cities.”
- Best months: November to February
- Worst months: Hottest between April and May; rainy from June to September
South Pacific, French Polynesia
- Best months: May to October
- Worst months: December to February (hot, humid, and rainy); Tahiti lies well outside the Pacific cyclone zone and while Fiji does not, it’s rarely hit during the highest-risk months of January and February
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