A honeymoon in December is made all the more special with the advent of the holiday season. Whether you’re looking for a winter wonderland or a tropical warm weather escape, we’ve rounded up the perfect spots for you to choose from.
Here’s our list of the 20 best honeymoon destinations in December.
Aruba is a popular honeymoon destination year round thanks to its superb Caribbean weather. In December, there’s little rainfall, temperatures range from mid-70s to mid-80s, and the water is a wonderful 81 degrees. You can choose from a range of romantic resorts here, as well as all sorts of fun activities.
Curacao has some of the hottest weather in the Caribbean in December, making it another of the best December honeymoon destinations for couples chasing the sun. Sea temperatures are also at their warmest, ideal for scuba diving or snorkeling. Like Aruba, Curacao is windier compared to other tropical islands, making it a top choice for wind and kite surfers.
December kicks off peak season in The Bahamas. Sunny skies and warm ocean water attract couples on their honeymoon in December, and the many all-inclusive resorts have the perfect honeymoon package to suit every couple. Whether you want to stick close to the city of Nassau or enjoy a private spot on a quiet beach in Exuma, an all-inclusive package makes planning your December honeymoon a breeze.
The island of Barbados is enjoying its nicest weather of the year between mid-December and mid-April, making it a great destination for a winter honeymoon. Around Christmas time, Barbados (like the rest of the Caribbean) experiences a rush of tourism, so be sure to book your accommodations early. Barbados is home to romantic all-inclusive resorts, and a luxury package is the easiest way to ensure that your honeymoon is everything you want it to be.
By mid-December, Jamaica is safely out of hurricane season, making it a prime location for a December honeymoon. World-renowned beaches have kept tourists flocking to Jamaica to escape the winter’s cold for years, and the island has nearly perfected the art of luxury tourism. Check out some of Jamaica’s most popular all-inclusive resorts. Many offer affordable honeymoon packages with a variety of amenities and activities that can be included.
The southern islands of Thailand are coming back to life in December as the country comes out of its rainy season, welcoming honeymooners looking for a December honeymoon that’s equal parts relaxing beach oasis and fun party scene. Dance the night away at a Full Moon party in Koh Phagnan, a quick ferry ride away from the honeymooners’ paradise of Koh Samui. Or, spend a few days in Phuket, relaxing on the beach by day and exploring the bars and restaurants by night, then board a ferry for the peaceful island of Koh Lanta.
Head to New Zealand for your December honeymoon and squeeze in an extra summer in the Southern Hemisphere. As the holiday season kicks off here, Kiwis head to their favorite holiday destinations in the South Pacific. Take advantage of smaller crowds as you road trip around the islands, hitting up New Zealand’s best beaches on your way. Sample some delicious oysters paired with a crisp white wine.
Like New Zealand, Australia is enjoying some fabulous summer weather in December. It’s a good idea to allow yourself plenty of time to explore this massive island nation, and since flying within Australia can be quite expensive, renting a car is a very popular way to travel around Australia. Hit the road, just the two of you, and visit magical places like Uluru and Katherine Gorge, enjoy delicious local cuisine, and dive the Great Barrier Reef.
For a honeymoon that’s draped in luxury, head to Dubai where temperatures hover in a comfortable 80-85 degree range. Gaze out at the desert from the top of the Burj Khalifa, treat yourself to some amazing Middle Eastern food, and maybe even head out on a shopping spree. Dubai has set a standard of luxury of its own, so it’s the honeymoon destination for couples who want to celebrate their love in the ultimate style.
South Africa’s location in the Southern Hemisphere makes it a perfect honeymoon destination for December. Summer is in full swing in South Africa at this time and the weather is sunny and warm. Head out on an African safari in Kruger National Park, or take advantage of the superb weather and visit the Cape Winelands and sample some of Cape Town’s excellent wines.
Mauritius is the December honeymoon destination that has it all. Balmy weather, hiking trails, beaches, fun water sports, luxurious all-inclusive resorts, and hospitable locals. This beautiful island nation off the coast of Africa truly has something for everybody. Tamarin Bay has crystal clear water that’s perfect for snorkeling, and dolphins can often be spotted from aboard a sailboat. Mauritius also has a great reputation among scuba divers. Further inland, the trail to Chamarel Waterfall promises outstanding views and the chance to spot some of the vibrant birds that call this island home.
Despite the rain that falls more heavily in Seychelles in December, the weather is warm and pleasant, ideal for honeymooners who prefer watersports and activities over lounging on a beach. Even in this rainy season, you can still expect some sunny days, and cooler temperatures make land activities like hiking more pleasant and comfortable. December is also a time to witness baby turtles hatching.
Experience the romance of the holiday season in New York by spending your December honeymoon in the Big Apple. Romantic horse-drawn carriage rides through the city feel special when illuminated by the holiday lights, and who can pass up the chance to have your first New Year’s kiss as spouses amongst the chaos and excitement of the ball dropping in Times Square. You might even get some snow on your New York December honeymoon.
British Columbia is a nearby honeymoon destination that feels like it’s a world away. The mountains clashing with the Pacific Ocean make Canada’s west coast a stunning destination for nature enthusiasts year-round. December brings prime ski conditions to the mountains of Whistler, and Vancouver is a posh and upscale metropolis with a great night life and a great food scene.
December is a very popular time for a honeymoon in Mexico. More and more couples who choose Mexico for their honeymoon are exploring regions outside the Baja Peninsula, and beach towns in the Yucatan Peninsula and southern Oaxaca offer couples a way to celebrate in luxury. Boutique hotels or luxury all-inclusive resorts with oceanfront views and instant beach access are the perfect way to enjoy your December honeymoon here.
The Swiss Alps
If you’d rather embrace the cold instead of running from it, head to the Swiss Alps and spend your December honeymoon on the slopes. Snowfall is heavy this time of year, layering the mountains with fresh powder and lending a charm to the surrounding mountain villages that only adds to the romance. Stroll through a holiday market sipping warm mugs of mulled wine, hand in hand.
The Maldives is another top December honeymoon destination. Couples seeking an unforgettable and luxurious December honeymoon will find everything they need and more in the Maldives while enjoying some of the best weather this tropical paradise experiences all year. The last two weeks are especially warm and balmy, while the start of December might see the occasional short-lived shower. Overall, however, the Maldives has sunny skies for most of the year, making it a great choice for a honeymoon in December.
The beaches of Bali were made for lovers, and December is a great time to visit. Planning your December honeymoon in Bali means you can snag a great deal on luxury accommodations, since December is still the rainy season. However, an afternoon shower typically lasts less than an hour, and there are plenty of spas where you can enjoy some pampering while you wait out the rain. Balinese culture is also extremely warm and welcoming, a perfect place to celebrate your love.
Chile is an exciting honeymoon destination that’s perfect for December since it’s another Southern Hemisphere destination. Wine lovers will have a heyday sampling the Malbecs that the region is famous for, but the rugged natural beauty is by far Chile’s biggest draw. Combine a December honeymoon in Chile with Argentina and explore Torres del Plaine in Patagonia, which is experiencing some beautiful warm weather in December.
If you’re hoping to swim in the sea on your honeymoon, you will likely be hard-pressed to find a European destination warm enough in December. However, the island of Malta has some spectacular weather this time of year, even if it is still a bit too cold to swim. You can expect warm days with plenty of sun, perfect for wandering around ancient cobblestone streets, sampling Mediterranean delicacies, and hunting for something special to take home from the shops.
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