Planning Your Honeymoon: Choosing a Destination, Part 1


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What’s the most exciting part about honeymoon planning? In my opinion, it’s picking the destination. So, in our second installment of my honeymoon planning series we’re going to talk all things location.

Some couples instantly know where they want to honeymoon. If that’s you, skip this blog and head here so we can get the planning process started! But, if you’re like a lot of couples, you might have a general idea of what you’re looking for in a honeymoon, but not a specific location in mind.

My goal for these blog posts is to not only highlight some popular honeymoon destinations, but also clue you in on the best time to travel to those locations. I’ll also try to use keywords to help you zero in on what you’re looking for.

And when it comes to honeymoon planning, it’s NOT a small world, so we’re going to break this topic up into two parts. Today, we’re going to be discussing Hawaii, The Caribbean, Mexico, and South America.

Let’s get started!


Ideal Months to Travel: April to June and September to Mid-December.

The Hawaiian Islands are warm year-round, and it will likely rain everyday somewhere in the Islands. Hawaii’s rainy season starts in November and ends in March, but I wouldn’t let that stop me from traveling there!

Hawaiian Highlights: Sunrises and sunsets; black sand beaches; fifty shades of blue water; fresh pineapple; amazing sushi; Mai Tais; fresh flower leis; breathtaking volcanoes; hiking; private waterfalls; convertible driving; gracious people; shave ice; still in the United States!


Club Med Cancun

Ideal Months to Travel: November through April (May through November is hurricane season), but price-wise, September and October are your best bets! Hurricane season is why travel insurance is so important.

Highlights: perfect sunsets; powdery sand beaches; warm, friendly service; Mayan ruins; snorkeling in underground caves; guacamole; margaritas on the rocks (no salt, please!)


Credit:Nick Burns Photo

Ideal Months to Travel: Same as Mexico, with the exception of the “ABC” Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.) These islands are considered far enough South that they are out of the hurricane belt.

Highlights: Crystal clear, turquoise water; sunshine; rum punch; white powder sand; private villas and pools; daytime cocktailing; snorkeling; scuba diving; gorgeous rooms with spectacular views; fresh seafood; fresh fruits; a happier lifestyle!

South America
The most important thing to keep in mind about South America is that since it’s below the Equator, the seasons are reversed.

I found this fabulous table a few years ago via The site is no longer active, but this table is still accurate!

Machu Pichu
Country When to Go
Argentina Buenos Aires – any time
Iguazu Falls – winter or spring
Patagonia – summer
Andes for skiing – winter
High season is January and February
Bolivia Avoid the rainy season in the lowlands between November to March
Altiplano – winter
Lowlands and rain forest – April to October
Brazil Cities – any time
Carnaval in February
Amazon – avoid rainy season between November to May
High season is November to April
Chile Northern Chile – any time, November is best
Middle Chile – September to February
Southern Chile – December to March
Easter Island and Juan Fernandez – March
High season is January – February and July and August for skiing
Colombia Dry season in December – March in the mountains;

December to April and July to September on the coast
High season is December to February

Ecuador Rainy season is December to May Galapagos – January to April is hot and humid; tour boats docked in September and October Coast – avoid rainy season Quito and highlands – any time of year Amazon – avoid rainy season
High season is December to February
Falkland Islands October to March
French Guiana Rainy season is January to June, heaviest rain in May
Travel between July to December
High season is February Carnival
Guyana Best time is mid-October to mid-May, after rainy seasons ending in late January and late August
Travel in the interior is best in dry season
Paraguay Rainy season in December to April with frequent flooding in the southeast
very hot between October and March
Dry season travel (June to August) is easier.
Peru Lima – avoid foggy time in June – December
Coastal desert – any time of year
Andes – avoid rainy periods between October – April
Rainforest – hot and humid all year; avoid January – April
High season is May to September
Suriname Rainy season is April to July, December and January
Best times are mid-August to early December
Uruguay Best time to visit is mid-October to late March; be prepared for heat and humidity
High season is January and February
Venezuela Dry season is December to April; but May to October is still nice and prices are lower
High season is Christmas, February Carnival and Easter


I hope you found this blog post helpful in choosing a destination! In our second part of the “Choosing Your Destination” post, I’ll write about Central America, Europe, Tahiti, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Maldives. As always, let me know if I can help you plan your honeymoon, anniversary trip, or any other vacation you have in mind! Reach out today! 

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