Florida Honeymoon

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@ChantelleC90:  Hi there – I actually live in the Tampa Bay area. I’m not gonna lie, July is H-O-T. Like, skin melting off of your body hot. It is muggy at night, and walking around Disney in July? Yeah. Have fun with that.

Sorry, don’t mean to sound like it is a bad idea – what’s funny is my FI and I want to go somewhere cold for our honeymoon. 🙂

July cruises can be more expensive during the summer because the weather is nice, but can also be sporadic. The other thing to consider is July is hurricane season, so you never know what could happen. This last season was pretty rough. Even though we didn’t have any hurricanes, we had some crazy tornados sprouting up all over the place (and even one at the end of my street – with my 3 month old daughter sleeping in her nursery). 

Also, during the summer Disney is very, very packed. Hour long waits… that part just doesn’t sound overly romantic to me.

A cruise during the summer is a great idea. You can leave out of Tampa, Miami, or Ft. Lauderdale. I would highly, highly reccommend you go scalloping if you are here in July. This is done near Homassasa, usually. The water is clear and cool. You can see some amazing fish. The snorkeling is a lot of fun. 

Clearwater Beach is a major tourist area. You get the best rates if you book straight through the company’s website at least 9 months in advance. AAA always has the best rates. 

Busch Gardens is *fantastic*. It’s a zoo/theme park combination. If you guys like roller coasters, I highly reccommend it. 

Florida can be a great honeymoon destination. I’d just stick close to water, and avoid some places during peek travel times. Go to Disney during the week, not on a weekend if it is something you both really want to do. There’s great shopping at the outlet mall, tons of stuff in Orlando in general. But traffic is nasty. Ginnie Springs (which is just north of Orlando) has an awesome river that is usually 72 degrees, even in the summer. It really just depends what you guys want to do!

Also, there’s a place called 

If you want to pick a local’s brain, please feel free. I was born and raised here. 🙂 Good luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I agree with the PP.  Florida in July sounds miserable.  I was born and raised in FL, and I’d avoid Disney like the plague during the summer.  A cruise could be more fun, but again, be wary as it is hurricane season.  Personally, having traveled all over Florida, I’d recommend somewhere like Naples or the west coast.  It tends to be more relaxed and romantic there.  Amelia Island is also beautiful, as is St. Augustine.  

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@ChantelleC90:  Now the hippie side of me comes out. Watch the documentary Blackfish and you’ll never step foot in Dolphin Cove or Sea World ever again. Terrible company, horrible morals. And swimming with dolphins sounds fun and cool, but it really is cruel. =(

I’d suggest somewhere neither of you has been. Honeymooning in FL and not going to the beach is kinda silly. 🙂 I think the money could be spent in a better way for a much more enjoyable and romantic honeymoon.

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@SophieB3:  +1

Native Floridian here. Florida is at its most miserable in July-August. It’s also an active time for hurricanes so I would personally never book a vacation here around that time. If you’re going to stay here for your honeymoon I agree with Sophie: stay at St. Augustine or somewhere farther north on the west side. The beaches are much nicer on the gulf coast. 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Fellow Canadian here…

Mr TTR & I are semi retired… we travel a lot.  And we LOVE Florida (infact we married there in The Keys and we’ve been on several cruises as well)

I very much get WHY you are interested in Honeymooning in Florida… it is a GREAT State.

BUT it is beyond awful weather wise in July & August… the humidity is a killer for sure !!

Makes Eastern Seaboard Humidity look like a walk in the Park by comparisson !!

We intentionally don’t go south of New England in July & August.

Any chance you guys could take a Mini Moon after the Wedding in July… and then an Florida Honeymoon in December thru April, when the weather up here is at its worst and Florida is at her prime ???

Gives you approx 6 more months to save… and you’d find it so much more tolerable in sooo many ways (less heat – less humidity – less crowds – good costs if you go early January or after April 1st etc)

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@ChantelleC90:  If you’re staying that long rent a house or condo in Celebration or Dr. Phillips/Winter Garden. I live in Orlando and there are too many sketchy areas in Kissimmee for me to make a recommendation in that area of town.

Florida in July is pretty miserable for locals as well as guests in Orlando. It’s 90+ degrees F but it’s the humidity and almost daily afternoon rainstorms that make it truly miserable. If you’re coming then make sure to plan your days around afternoon naps and showers to avoid the worst of the heat and the afternoon thunderstorms.

Disney is great but we hold annual passes to Universal. They have the best roller coasters and Harry Potter world.

Post # 10
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355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I agree with PP.  Willingly going to Disney World in July would be a torture I don’t think I’d ever doom myself too.   We went to Disney last January & it was 70 degrees & I got sunburnt.   If you’re pale like me, Disney in the summer is going to fry you to a crisp.  I go to visit my parents every May, and I can barely handle that heat.

My parents live in Florida near Sarasota, so I’m a west coast Florida lover.  Naples is gorgeous–there are some great outlets down there too.  Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota always on the best beaches in the world list (the sand doesn’t stick to your feet even when your feet are wet–it’s pretty cool).  Pass-A-Grille beach in St. Petersburg is also wonderful & it is home to the Don CeSar hotel which is pretty cool (and pink!): http://www.loewshotels.com/Don-CeSar-Hotel

There are so many beautiful places in Florida. I’d definitely steer towards the coast if you have to go in July because at least you get a sea breeze. It’s pretty stagnant inland in the summers.

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