(Closed) U.S. honeymoon spots in winter?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What about Southern California or North Carolina? Both have beautiful beaches.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We were in Miami over new years 2011 and it was very nice there!!!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@essicajaymar:  NC is probably not south enough for it to be warm enough for beach weather, if that’s what you’re going for.  I was in SC this past February at Hilton Head Island and it was barely beach weather when we were having a very warm winter.  I wouldn’t recommend taking the risk because we don’t know yet what kind of winter we’ll have in store for us! 

@cms1120: Even though your budget is only $1500, you might still be able to get as far as the Bahamas or Puerto Rico – or even elsewhere in the Caribbean.  If you’re going after Christmas but before Spring Break and President’s Week, you can probably still get a reasonable price on airfare and hotels. 

Also, check deal sites like Groupon, Living Social, etc. because they often have really great deals on places.  If you see a deal you like, call the hotel and make sure they have availability the week you’re going on your honeymoon, then buy it and book it right away before they get all booked up that week.

I know pushing your honeymoon isn’t ideal (and I’m not sure if it’s even possible for you, so sorry in advance if it’s not!), but have you considered pushing it as far as April or May?  You will probably get a good deal on a warm honeymoon vacation around that time and it will be warmer than it would be in January – not sure how hot you like it, but if I’m going to the beach, I like to not be chilly there! Spring Break usually drives up prices between Feb-April, but if you go after Spring Break and before the Summer break, there are usually better deals. 

I research way too many vacations.  πŸ™‚

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

North Carolina would likely be too cold.  I used to live on the Outer Banks and let me tell you, winters were not fun!  Very windy and cold!

I would do Miami!   

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

San Diego is gorgeous and there is a lot to do.  It is also only a 2 hour drive to LA and a few hours from Vegas if you wanted to visit multiple places.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

San Diego is usually really nice in January. 

Also, if you have good credit, it might be worth looking into opening an airline credit card for the bonus miles.  My FI and I were both able to fly round trip cross-country on Southwest with the bonus miles we earned for opening their credit card.  Just an idea… 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@cms1120:  hahaha I should!  I do a loooooooooot of research before I book each vacation.  Keep us posted when you do find something!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@essicajaymar:  Sorry but the beach in January in LA is chilly, unless you bring a wetsuit. What about Palm Springs in California? The desert is gorgeous in the winter, except it does get cold at night. If you’re looking for a beach, the Keys really might be your only option. 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

If you have a small budget, I’d use HomeAway. Check out different places as suggested and you can stock your condo with food and drink. It an option when we were booking out honeymoon, but I was able to use airline miles and save over $1000 on hotl stay. You can read reviews and they are good insight into what you can expect.

 

Also, pick a place that has good public transit. Cab drivers often rip people off. Buses, rails, and trolleys are cheap. New Orleans is a good example of cheap public transit.

 

And I’d consider registering for a honeymoon registry. People will want to give you a gift, but something like honeyfund.com will allow people to gift you things. Examples they have on the site are wine with dinner, tours, a limo ride from the airport, etc. it’s great if you already have stuff for your lives together. If 10 people gift you $50 that’s an extra $500 for spending money. We’re looking into it and have found honeyfund to provide the most to the couples and easy ways to get the money. Still register traditionally,  but this is a great option.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

look into cruises!  they will def. be much less than 1500.

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