(Closed) European beaches in late October/early November too cold?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We went to Italy in mid-October for our honeymoon and spent several days in the Cinque Terre, which is on the northwestern coast. It was cool in the mornings, pleasant during the day when the sun was out, and cold (at least for this Texas girl) at night. When the sun was out in the middle of the day, it was warm enough to lounge on the beach and go in the water, but not when it was overcast. We went ocean kayaking around 2pm on a cloudy day, and I wore a light fleece jacket over my bikini. So if lounging on the beach and swimming in the ocean are really important to you guys, I’d avoid the Italian and French Riviera areas. Possibly further south in Italy or Spain might be better beach weather. Check out http://www.weatherbase.com for average temps and rainfall.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We are also honeymooning in late October, early November.  We are going to Fiji.  The weather in the South Pacific is supposed to be nice that time of year.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Honestly, I think it is going to be colder than you are looking for. It will definitely be too cold to swim anywhere in the Mediterranean. The warmest areas would be Greece, Spain, and Portugal- You may get temperatures in the 70’s during the day, but it will be cooler at night.

It is a fabulous time to visit if beaches are not a priority!

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Honestly, I think it is going to be colder than you are looking for. It will definitely be too cold to swim anywhere in the Mediterranean. The warmest areas would be Greece, Spain, and Portugal- You may get temperatures in the 70’s during the day, but it will be cooler at night.

It is a fabulous time to visit if beaches are not a priority!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re getting married the same day as you and are heading to Portugal for the first week of our honeymoon. From my understanding of it (and actually, after a speaking to a friend about it who was there at that same time last year), it will likely be in the low 70s in southern Portugal (the Algarve). Possible to go to the beach, but not ideal. We aren’t planning to do the beach.

I think if you really want the beach/hot weather you might want to consider the Caribbean or South Pacific.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I was in the greek islands in mid-october once and it was pretty cold.  We were the only ones on the beach and the locals thought we were crazy.  But, we were from MN so it was fine for us.

South of France might be ok.  If you really want warm weather though I would go outside of Europe – think Hawaii or the South Pacific.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

The only european beach I would go to in Oct/Nov would be a beach on the Canarian Islands… that is still Europe -> Spain! Laughing

In October we usually fly to Turkey, to get some sun – South Greece would work, too.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

It is much less expensive to travel to Europe during the off season, but it’s is a bit chilly if you’re looking for a great beach experience.

I was in Mexico last November and it was perfect. It was hot enough to lay out, but not so hot that you felt like you would melt when you stepped outside.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Fiance and I are also thinking Italy and Greece for our honeymoon.  good to find this post. i love beaches but it’s not a super priority for me.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m from Turkey and the Mediterranean swim season pretty much wraps up by beginning October. Beginning of November is more of a fall climate in Southern Europe and beginning of winter as you go up north.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Lily then don’t come to Italy at that time! Last year I distinctly remember being out with friends one night (October 27) and *freeze* cold despite the *long* overcoat and velvet suit I was wearing!

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