Are you planning a December wedding? We’ve got all the magical destinations for a wonderful December honeymoon! Whether you want a tropical beach honeymoon, a safari honeymoon, a city honeymoon, or a road trip honeymoon, we’ve got all the top destinations below, so you know where to honeymoon in December!
December is one of our favourite months for a honeymoon as summer kicks off in the Southern Hemisphere and many wonderful tropical destinations are in the middle of their dry season – meaning plenty of exotic and exciting destinations to choose from.
One word of warning: The last two weeks of December and the first week of January make up the busiest period for travel because of the Christmas holiday / vacation period, so although you’re wondering where to honeymoon in December, also think about when. We recommend booking early to get the best deals and availability – ideally book in the first couple of months of the year. You can usually get fantastic deals if your honeymoon travel dates fall in late November / early December (before the busy period for travel!)
Wondering where to honeymoon in December but also need to know about other months? Check out our handy weather page chart here.
For couples wondering where to honeymoon in December, Summer has arrived in one of our favourite destinations for a road trip honeymoon, magnificent Australia. It’s considered one of the best months for travel to the south of the country, including South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales. However, we’d recommend avoiding the Red Centre as the temperatures get extremely hot. It’s coming into wet season in Queensland and the Northern Territory, although in Queensland you can just expect some showers rather than extreme weather, so keep it on the wishlist!
It is the wet season in Oceania’s South Pacific paradises, French Polynesia and Fiji. While you will see some sunshine, you can expect some rain. If you want to find out more, see our Ultimate French Polynesia Honeymoon Guide.
December is an ideal month to visit New Zealand. Grab a car of motorhome and traverse these magnificent islands on a romantic honeymoon road trip. Marvel at the incredible scenery and enjoy Kiwi hospitality. Explore highlights like Milford Sound and the Franz Josef glacier, the Hobbiton Movie Set and the Bay of Islands.
Africa & Indian Ocean
If you’re thinking about where to honeymoon in December in Africa, you’re in luck! It is one of the best months to visit one of our favourite honeymoon destinations, South Africa. From cosmopolitan cities like Cape Town to marvellous wildlife, innovative cuisine and friendly faces, it’s the perfect road trip honeymoon destination. One thing to note is that it is the rainy season in Kruger National Park, making animals a little more difficult to spot, so stick with a magical safari in the Eastern Cape area.
It is the rainy season in other parts of Africa. In East Africa, the ‘short rain’ season in Tanzania and Kenya, so you can expect short bursts yet heavy bouts of rain. If you want to compare Tanzania and Kenya – we’ve got the lowdown here.
For couples thinking about where to honeymoon in December, we don’t recommend Botswana or Namibia as it’s hot and rainy. Although Victoria Falls is one of our bucket list travel experiences, the flow of the waterfalls is its lowest at this time of year. It’s also a rainy month for off-the-beaten-track destinations like Madagascar and Mozambique. For couples who have gorilla trekking on the list, the second dry season begins in Rwanda & Uganda, so it’s the second best time of year to this after June to September.
If you ask us where to honeymoon in December, this region might be our first answer. We’re totally obsessed with the heavenly Indian Ocean. December is the start of the dry season in the Maldives – out of the best times to visit one of the best beach and all-inclusive honeymoon destinations in the world. Do something unique like stay in a bubble dome room on the beach. Read our Ultimate Maldives Honeymoon Guide here to dive deeper into this wonderful island destination. Although it is the start of the wet season in Mauritius, it’s unlikely you’ll experience adverse weather. You should expect some rain showers at this time of year. Click here for our Ultimate Mauritius Honeymoon Guide.
While tourists still visit over the busy Christmas holiday / vacation period, it is the wet season in Seychelles. If Seychelles is on your bucket list, we’d recommend choosing a different time of year. Find out more with our Ultimate Seychelles Honeymoon Guide.
Look no further if you’re wondering where to honeymoon in December. It’s one of the best months to visit large swathes of South America. Summer has arrived so you can travel the length and breath of Argentina. You’ll find diverse landscapes with lots of adventure, history and culture. Pop over to Chile from Mendoza or travel from Salta to the Uyuni Salt flats and up to Bolivia for an epic multi destination honeymoon.
Or maybe the sights and sounds of Brazil are more up your street. Visit the Amazon, explore the afro vibes of Salvador and dance the night away in Lapa in Rio de Janeiro. Ecuador is also a great destination for an adventure honeymoon and can be visited all year round. In fact, it’s drier in December, so it’s one of the best months to visit. Explore the Galapagos Islands – witness some of the magnificent displays of wildlife and marine life in the world on a tour around these unique islands.
We love Colombia for a honeymoon. While it is rainy in the Colombian Amazon in December, the rest of the country, such as the Andes and the Caribbean coast, welcome dry season, making it one of the best months to travel. As it can get muddy and wet at Machu Picchu / on the Inca Trail in December, as it’s the wet season, we would recommend visiting Peru another time.
North America, Central America & Caribbean
It’s winter in North America now and Canada is cold. Vancouver is a little milder though, so you could use it as a jump off to a winter sports honeymoon in Whistler. Or go see the Northern Lights in a winter wonderland hotel. It’s also bitterly cold in the northern United States. Couples will visit New York and other northern cities like Boston and Washington all year round, however. These North American cities will have a decidedly festive feel at this time of year. As long as you don’t mind packing a warm coat, you can enjoy the Christmas lights, go ice skating and maybe do some festive shopping.
It gets much milder as you travel south, so if you were wondering where to honeymoon in December in the USA, think southern California and around Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico and Texas or a Deep South itinerary around Georgia and Tennessee. While they are a little cooler and experience rainfall, you should not experience adverse weather.
You can visit one of our favourite honeymoon destinations, Hawaii, all year round too (although you can get more rain at this time of year, compared to summer). Explore these heavenly islands with our Ultimate Hawaii Honeymoon Guide.
December is one of the best months to visit some of our favourite honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean. The hardest part is choosing which island to visit! Consider Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, Antigua, Barbados, Cuba and Saint Lucia, to name a few. It’s also a wonderful time to visit Central America destinations like Costa Rica, Belize and Mexico. Costa Rica is one of the most incredible adventure honeymoon destinations and in Mexico, there are so many honeymoon resorts, you’ll be in heaven!
If you’re wondering where to honeymoon in December and are seeking somewhere warm, then Europe is probably out! It’s winter and temperatures are cool and colder and even damp in many of the top European honeymoon destinations. However, ski resorts are open for couples seeking a winter sports honeymoon.
While most couples wondering where to honeymoon in December in Europe aren’t seeking beaches, for those who want some heat, consider Spain’s Canary Islands off the coast of Africa for something warmer. Tenerife is great for stargazing, hiking and foodies will love the dining scene.
You could consider a unique December honeymoon destination like Lapland in Finland, Sweden or Norway. Go snowmobiling, take a husky ride and see the Aurora Borealis aka the Northern Lights. You can also witness this celestial display in Iceland. Check out some of our favourite winter honeymoon hotels here.
Middle East & Asia
For couples wondering where to honeymoon in December, you’ll see why we think it’s one of the best months to go on honeymoon. The most fun and affordable continent, Southeast Asia, has many fun places for honeymoon. You can visit Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. In fact, if you’ve time you could visit these in the one trip. We’re always obsessed with Thailand, which is one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world. Discover why with our Ultimate Thailand Honeymoon Guide!
Been there, done that? Then consider island-hopping in The Philippines. It’s also a great month to visit Sri Lanka and India (perfect to combine with the Maldives for an outstanding multi-destination honeymoon.
While it’s freezing in the north of around Beijing, it is milder in the southern parts of China. However, December is the low season for the country. In Japan, you will get snow in many areas and the skies are considerably greyer. December is also one of the wettest months for Bali and the rest of Indonesia (although it will still be incredibly busy at Christmas time). For couples who are pondering where to honeymoon in December with a difference, it is cooler in hiking destinations like Bhutan and Nepal but they are certainly do-able.
December is a great month to visit the United Arab Emirates, where temperatures are cooler so if you were thinking about where to honeymoon in the Middle East, it’s an ideal time to travel if you’re not a fan of the extreme desert temperatures you’ll find during other times of the year. There is so much to see and do, and some of the world’s most luxurious honeymoon hotels are located here. Stay by the beach but consider a romantic desert hotel, too.Discover more with our Ultimate Dubai Honeymoon Guide.
In conclusion, the following is a list of where to honeymoon in December:
- Costa Rica
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- The Philippines
Thanks for reading our ‘Where to honeymoon in December’ article. Are you planning a honeymoon in December? Let us know in the comments which December honeymoon destinations you’re considering!
We endeavour to provide accurate climate information. However, as the weather around the world becomes more erratic and unpredictable because of the climate catastrophe, The Honeymoon Guide is not responsible for disappointment regarding your trip because of adverse weather.