Will we regret a non-tropical honeymoon?

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Unless you have a ridgid schedule of 6 AM wake-up calls for hiking, any vacation can be relaxing if you choose relaxing activities! We did a mini moon in New York right after the wedding, stayed at a luxury hotel, slept in, walked around (went to a few museums, though we go all the time, so we didn’t feel the need to hit up all the touristy spots), and ate amazing meals in the evening. We are planning a longer honeymoon to Itlay in the spring.

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

“are there any places in Europe that might be warmer with good beaches that we could add into our trip?”

Maybe the Amalfi coast?

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

i guess i am not at all sure why a honeymoon needs to be somewhere tropical. there are so many amazing places in this world. i love tropical islands, trust me. but i dont think it should be looked at as “just what you do” in terms of a honeymoon. were doing ireland in the fall for ours and i never for a second thought anything of it. go where you will enkoy! theres always time to go tropical for any other vacation!

Post # 19
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Bumble bee

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nalastardust :  For other suggestions in Europe, as I listed earlier: Tenerife, Sardinia, Corsica, Aeolian Islands, etc., are all warmer and drier on average in May than Azores.  But there are many beautiful places to consider.  Basically look to the Mediterranean instead of the Atlantic (or the sea instead of the ocean) and you’ll find warmer weather, water and at least some less rainy options.  Southern Balkans, Greece, Turkey might be good options as well and they all have their own islands too.  And they can be especially affordable too if that matters. 

May is a great time for Mediterranean coastal areas.  Lots offer great/dramatic scenery, hiking/biking, sailing, etc.  Everything will be green and in bloom. Beaches will be open though a bit chilly for swimming that early, but they won’t be crowded either which is a worthwhile trade in my book.

You might try just zooming in and then around with google maps to see different islands or coastal cities/towns on the mainlands.   

The temps given for Azores don’t bother me, that could be just lovely on sunny clear days for hiking and then for cuddling at night.  But adding in the rainfall averages would take it off the table for me.  55 and sunny is a whole lot different than 55 and cloudy + rain.  If it’s windy too that can make for kinda wicked weather.    

Post # 20
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Sugar bee

I think that sounds like an amazing honeymoon. I’m a little biased because I don’t like super hot weather and I like the rain. But to me, it would be really cool to see the outdoors when it’s chilly and rainy. 

We honeymooned in Norway during the winter so we definitely didn’t have a beach honeymoon! It was below freezing most of the time! And we loved it! We got to do so many unique things that IMO is way better than a beach vacation.

I also live in Southern California, so maybe it’s just because I live by the coast, but I think beach vacations can be done any time of the year and on the cheap (all inclusive resorts in Mexico, etc.) But something that exotic I think is a little more of a once-in-a-lifetime sort of deal. 

Post # 21
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Busy bee

If your idea of tropic honeymoon is out in the beach or by the pool in the sunshine, you don’t need to go to the tropics for that. Beaches in California on summer is as hot as in the ones in Thailand/Indonesia, cheaper and less humidity (and mosquitoes) at that. I think tropics is worth it if you think of the beaches as part of a ‘trip to far flung places’, where you also do enjoying the culture, going to places and enjoying the different natures, try new and exotic(ugh) local food you never tried before etc.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Think less about the destination and more about what you want your honeymoon vibe to be. After a year or so of planning a wedding (and finishing projects at work and sorting out moving in together, etc), wouldn’t you like a vacation?

DH had this wild idea pop in his head that we would do some insane rock climbing trip in South America. We don’t speak Spanish. We barely know how to get to a crag in the US. We would need to rent a car, know how to get help if there was an accident, consider health insurance, carry all of our gear around and probably not shower for days on end (while somehow fitting sex into all of that) etc… I said hell no to that one.

I highly promote a resort style honeymoon where you minimize the travel and planning (pre and in-situ). Let a resort handle your comfort, meals and activities. We went to a resort in Belize and WOW that was relaxing and we were still able to be active!

Post # 24
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Bumble Beekeeper

If you live near the beach, I would be even less worried about missing out. You can go lay on the beach at ANY time! 

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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nalastardust :  I second Amalfi for the beach or look into the islands of Cinque Terre. I loved Monterosso al Mare. 

Post # 28
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Busy bee

I grew up in San Diego so I’ve been around the beach my whole life and I’ve never gone in any kind of tropical trip. So for our honeymoon we really wanted to go somewhere we’ve always wanted to go and for us that was Italy! It wasn’t really relaxing because we were zipping around so much, but a trip like that can be relaxing if you take time to slow down, go to dinners, stay in a really nice hotel, etc. we spent some time in the Amalfi Coast and it was spectacular. Positano was everything everyone says! People also seem to really love Ravello, but we didn’t make it there.

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

My husband and I went to the Azores last year in late March. The weather was pretty chilly and wet, but it was still beautiful there. But yeah, when it’s cold and rainy there, you don’t really feel like hiking. The other piece you’re missing about the Azores weather is that it’s WINDY !! So factor that in. But, 60-70 and rainy 15% of the time doesn’t seem too bad as long as you bring warm clothes. Be advised they don’t really have heat in their apartments, if you rent a place via Airbnb.

We did have a good time though. We rented a car and spent 6 days there, based out of two different ends of the island. We were able to drive all over and see the whole island while we were there. It was beautiful. I will say, I don’t *quite* get the hype – because it seems like there are plenty of places with nice hiking and cute little towns in the world…. 

Post # 30
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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nalastardust :  It’s stunning in person. Good luck to you!

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