Post # 1
Our wedding is 25 September this year.
We are looking at honeymoons now but from what I can see pretty much ALL of the traditional luxury beach style destinations are either in rainy or hurricane season around that time of year. We’ve looked at Seychelles, Maldives, Jamaica, St Lucia, Thailand, Vietnam… you name it.
So when they say rainy/hurricane season, do they mean it? Is it a burst of warm rain occasionally, or is it 100% throwing it down for weeks on end?
We’d rather go on honeymoon straight away rather than delay it, but I have looked at a few of the destinations in December (dry season) out of curiosity and the prices skyrocket, which makes me think September/October is cheaper for a reason.
Any ideas/insight bees?
Post # 2
It really depends on the location. In the Bahamas, it’s raining occasionally (unless there is an actual hurricane). In Costa Rica, it downpours a good chunk of the day.
The ABC islands are a great option even during hurricane season. It rarely rains, and they are considered a hurricane safe harbour.
Post # 3
We went to Mexico in the ‘rainy season’ but other than a couple of cloudy days the whole 8 days we were there it was gorgeous. They did tell us it was colder than usual, but we’re from Canada so their cold isnt quite the same as ours lmao
Post # 4
I live in SE Asia…rainy season means RAINY season! Torrential downpours every day here. The nice thing though is it doesnt last long, it is not all day. I will say it is extremely humid here though at that time of year. The rain does not cool things down like you would think. If you are looking at this part of the world for a honeymoon, Dec, Jan, Feb are the absolute best months. Dry, a bit cooler, no rain!
Post # 5
We went to Dominican Republic last September for our honeymoon. Hurricane Dorian was projected to hit us (it was a tropical storm at that point), but it missed and went straight to the Bahamas. We maybe got an hour of rain the entire trip.
ETA: I’ve been to SE Asia many times during rainy season and it does rain every day. Even though I love Asia more, if you’re going in rainy season, I would choose the Caribbean
Post # 6
In general, islands will have more passing rain while large land masses will have long downpours. Humidity will also be more stifling on the latter. But you have to look up the details for each location.
Post # 7
I’ve been to many tropical destinations during wet season and it’s always a risk. I just don’t like doing it now. Had so many trips trashed by rain. Just returned from Mauritius and there was a cyclone.
That being said I had my trip to the Seychelles and Cook Islands rainded out in the dry season. I stlll prefer to go in dry season, because It’s less risky.
What about South Pacific? Fiji or Cook Islands? I think that’s the dry season in September. I wouldn’t touch the South Pacific in the wet season. Ruined too many trips doing that.
Post # 8
Ive done 2 carribbean vacations in sept/ovt. One was in cuba, and totally fine – for us. It had poured the entire week prior, including the day we arrived (at night). We had the most beautiful week, but the day we were leaving it was a downpour. The other was in mexico, and it rained the entire time, save 1 cloudy day. The only saving grace was there was an amazing day spa with a hydro-circuit that we did most days lol. It’s a huge toss up, and probably not something Id risk for a honeymoon.
I got married in sept and actually did a delayed Honeymoon. Waited until feb/march of the next year and did 3 weeks in thailand.
Post # 9
We went on honeymoon for 3 weeks from mid September last year and visited Malaysia, Singapore, Bali and Dubai.
Everywhere was hot and really nice. I’d recommend bali definitely
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2019 - Turkey
As someone who’s crossed out all the amazing places you mentioned on your post because of the rainy season remarks, I feel for you. We were looking at July, still was considered rain season. Some of my friends went to Bali, Maldives and Thailand for honeymoon and they told rain showers didn’t last so long but the sound of storms especially at night were super scary.
Post # 11
The one time I decided to throw caution to the wind and plan a trip Mexico during hurricane season (October), my trip was cancelled due to a hurricane. We did get all of our money back, so it wasn’t a total bust, but it was disappointing.
My friends who live on St. Thomas assured me that it’s highly unlikely that would happen…maybe I was just bad luck.
I would take out travel insurance just in case.
Post # 12
I personally wouldn’t schedule a Caribbean vacation at that time. I’ve in Florida, and that’s a risky time of year. What about Hawaii? Hawaii’s rainy season is November to March.
Post # 13
lulubelle2017 : Nope- hurricane season is real in Hawaii and runs starting June 1. We were in a hurricane in Maui a few years ago in early September. 2/6 days were a complete rainout (complete with flooding and our 5-star hotel circulating evacuation plans) and 2 more days were too windy to sit on the beach as the storm approached.
Post # 14
OP, for peace of mind I would not book any honeymoon travel during hurricane/ typhoon season. Tracking storms and being stressed over whether it will be a rainout (best case) or you’ll get stuck somewhere during a hurricane (worst case) is not worth it. If you insist on proceeding, please buy full travel insurance and confirm it covers weather events.
There is a reason why prices skyrocket in December – the weather is perfect by then.
One thought but you’d have to pull the weather stats in late September – how about Santorini or Mykonos or some of the beaches in Portugal or Spain? I would think it would be around 80F during the day at that time of year.
Post # 15
Not sure if it is rain season in Fiji but I spent my honeymoon there last year around the same time and apart from two days most were great. One was just really windy and the other rained in the afternoon but otherwise it was great.