(Closed) Zika Concerns – honeymoon and destination weddings?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
221 posts
Helper bee

Hawaii? Not sure if that’s affordable but it came to mind. Or somewhere in Southern California or Florida? Not “exotic” to stay in the country but it may ease your concerns.

Post # 4
2053 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t think Zika is in Bermuda yet.  If you have the budget, maybe Australia? Not exactly affordable airfare, but you could find less expensive hotels.

If you can go in July/August – try Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, or even the North Fork of Long Island.

There are lots of nice beaches in the Carolinas and Georgia – Outer banks, Tybee Island, Hilton Head, Charleston, etc

I don’t think you are over reacting at all, I would do the same thing. 

Post # 5
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

ab815:  I’m newly pregnant and I live in Florida. My OB said, avoid mosquito bites if you can, use repellent, and definitely do not travel to Mexico or the carribean and obviously South America. Right now there have been no mosquito born zika cases in the US, so I would stick to staying here since you’re planning kiddos ASAP. 

Post # 6
2251 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Look,  anywhere beachy and tropical you go is gonna increase your risk for infection.   Zika mosquito is probably already in US, and Florida,  being so close to Mexico,  is most likely already had those bugs. Use DEET repellant and avoid getting pregnant for 2 months after coming back from vacation.  If anyone of you develops fever,  rash,  or other symptoms of concern,  go to your doctor and ask to be tested for zika. You can’t just stop living because there is risk.  

Post # 7
1151 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I would not go to Florida or Mexico unless absolutely necessary.  I’d skip the destination wedding.  They will have to understand.  Family planning/health trumps attending a wedding.

 Try Hawaii.  I just went on my babymoon there.  Didn’t see any mosquitos and there’s no Zika there.

Post # 8
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Not exactly tropical… But some of the middle east has virtually no mosquitos. It is quite an interesting place with loads of nice things to see and do.

My honeymoon was in jordan. We did spend some days in Aqaba in the south at the beach in a 5* hotel, but we also visited the rest of the country: Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerash, Dead sea…

It’s a thought. You can always go to a tropical beach anytime, even with kids (done that with my parents when I was little). But some holidays you have to be older to enjoy and also because they are physically demanding.

Post # 9
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I completely relate to your fears,  am also getting married in October, and we are hoping for a honeymoon baby! 


We have chosen Mauritius, as there have been no reports of Zika there, and the  government has taken the precaution of refusing entry to anyone who has recently been to a country that is known to have the Zika virus. 


Post # 10
329 posts
Helper bee

Have you thought about going to Canada? 

My Fiance and I will be travelling to South America to do another reception since he’s from South America. I feel like I’m kinda stuck. I don’t want to tell my Fiance that he can’t see his family again because of zika. So I figure the best thing to do is to go, be careful, and we won’t try for babies until a year later. (Which was our original plan anyway.) 

With the Olympics happening in Brazil soon, I wouldn’t be surprised if zika spread to other parts of the world. 

Post # 11
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’ve been freaking out about this too – just married in April, and we’re not “trying” per se, but we’re not preventing either. That being said, we haven’t taken a honeymoon because of all of this… right now, we’re considering the Canary Islands, possibly Iceland if we go next summer. 

Post # 12
9445 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t think you’re overreacting. There are plenty of nice beachy areas where you aren’t at risk for zika. Hawaii is beautiful, or the Big Sur area of California, Martha’s Vineyard, etc.

Post # 13
9588 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

edited: Sorry, I don’t think I read the original post well enough.  you weren’t looking for commentary on zika, just suggestions for safe honeymoon locations.  Europe?

Post # 14
576 posts
Busy bee

Is Mexico an area of concern for Zika virus too? My fiancé and I are going to Jamaica for our honeymoon and  i know thats area of concern for the zika virus and our wedding is in October too. We aren’t worried because we are not looking to have kids anytime soon. Have you talked to your doctor and shared your concern? 

Post # 15
894 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

tagerosan:  Bad advice, since 80% of cases are asymptomatic.

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