(Closed) ideas for a US honeymoon in August

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Have you considered the Gulf Coast?  We’ve got great beaches from Texas to the Florida Panhandle.  There is something for every taste from unspoiled natural beauty (Siesta Key or Honeymoon in Florida) to laid-back family friend (Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in Alabama) to party atmosphere (South Padre Island in Texas and Panama City in Florida).  Most of the beaches are short daytrips from cultural hotspots or popular tourist destinations–stay at an Alabama or Mississippi beach and you can make a quick jaunt to New Orleans or Mobile, stay in the St. Petersburg-Tampa Bay area and you are a few hours drive from Disney World and Cape Canaveral and the Everglades, stay in Texas and you can make a quick trip to Galviston. 

My top recommendation is St. Petersburg, Florida: world class hotels plus budget friendly options, the award-winning Fort DeSoto beaches, and great museums.  Plus, Tampa is just across the bay, where you can do Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo, Florida Aquarium, and plenty more.  A bit further (but not too far) and you can go to Tarpon Springs, an authentic Greek fishing village in the US, and to Sarasota, off-season home of Ringling-Brothers-Barnum & Bailey Circus, art, and amazing beaches.  A little bit further and Disney World, Orlando Studies, and everything Orlando has to offer is on tap.  Coco Beach and Cape Canaveral aren’t that much further, allowing you to experience the East and the Gulf Coast on the same vacation.

Post # 4
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

what part of california are you thinking? there’s so much to do all over!

up north: san francisco is really cool- there’s pier 39, museums, berkeley (lots of weirdos/hippies running around, it’s awesome, hah)

central coast: i loooove monterey/carmel- you got fisherman’s wharf, the aquarium, cannery row, big sur, pebble beach, 17 mile drive. but weather here can be unpredictable; sunshine isn’t always a guarantee even in the summer. santa cruz beach boardwalk is always a lot of fun too! solvang- little swedish town near santa barbara, lots of cool shops. pismo beach is popular too.

san simeon area is nice- there’s cambria (cool little town; lots of shops), hearst castle (very impressive), morro bay. but whenever it always seem to be very windy when i’m there 🙁

down south there’s a ton to do (and you’re pretty much guaranteed warm beach weather)! if you’re into museums there’s the getty (free admission, you just pay for parking. they have entertainment in the evenings, it’s pretty cool), the lacma; exposition park (there are few museums there; my favorite is the sciencenter. it’s fun!). in orange county: disneyland of course is the big attraction. venice beach (another place full of weirdos, but it’s really cool! lot’s of shops/food); santa monica pier (close to venice, they have rides, shops, food, etc.); hollywood: walk of fame, grauman’s chinese theater; universal studios. san diego- the zoo, sea world…there’s so much all over southern california. you could even try to get tickets to a talk show like ellen or jay leno. 

i hope that helps a little bit!

Post # 6
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you’re coming to So. Cal., check out Crystal Cove. It’s a secluded beach with a little community of beach houses from the 1930s (but recently remodeled). It would be a great place to relax on the beach, but still driving distance to the tourist attractions (Disneyland, Downtown LA, Hollywood, etc.).


Post # 8
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I went to college on the Gulf Coast, and August there is about as close to Hell as i’ve ever gotten! It’s sooooo hot.

I’d recommend CA – either southern (like San Diego) or central/northern – Big Sur, San Francisco/Muir Woods/wine country. The “hot” part of summer (not that it gets that hot in San Fran) is usually not till late September/October, so it’ll just be beautiful and warm.

Post # 10
8435 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

If you are looking for something a little different we spent our honeymoon at San Fran, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Lakes. Plenty of lakes and rivers to swim in plus hiking, beautiful views (most you can drive to if you are not into hiking), nature and great food. We drove from San Fran to LAX and also visited at Death Valley which was amazing.

Post # 11
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@branadian13:  Good point, though Tampa/St. Pete hasn’t had a direct hit in over 30 years.  It’s a pretty safe area due to the geography.  The Mobile Bay area is also generally spared by hurricanes.


How about San Fran?  Its not cheap, but pretty darn amazing.

Post # 12
1523 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I live in Florida (tampa). August is the WORST time to visit. It is so hot, it’s unbearable in my opinion. It feels like someone is standing on your chest the humidity is so bad. Go the Cali route.

Post # 14
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Check out Hotel Del Coronado and Del Coronado Beach in San Diego.  Very romantic, beaches, beautiful, good weather, and tons to do.  I love Sea World 🙂

Post # 15
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would recommend checking out the North East.  Cape Cod and Marthas Vineyard are perfect in August.  Also you can go a bit further north to Bar Harbor in Maine as well.  All of those places have great beaches, as well as lots of other activities!

Post # 16
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’ve lived in Southern California my whole life (Orange County) and there is tons to do and see here. There is no shortage of beaches and August is very warm. Also, look into Catalina Island. You can do a couple days there as well. Its a little island right off the coast of orange county, about an hr boat ride from either Dana Point or Long Beach. its very cute and romanitc. Tons or little B&B’s, everyone drives around golf carts and fun little day excursions.  San Diego is great too. Mission Bay is a ton of fun for renting bikes and riding around the board walk. Sea World and the zoo are close.  Down town SD- gaslamp and little italy are really fun area’s. I’d def rent a car and spend a couple days in each place which is pretty easy if you rent a car. I’m not real crazy about LA, I love San Francisco but its not always real warm there and the water is always cold so if your wanting the warm bathingsuit kinda honeymoon that’s not the place to go.  Santa Barbra is nice too.. cute down town, lots of wine country near by. PM me if you have any specific questions!

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