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