Where To Honeymoon In January

Find the best January honeymoon destinations with our round-up of the wonderful places you can visit!

Where to honeymoon in January | The Honeymoon Guide
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Are you planning a January wedding? We’ve got all the magical destinations for a wonderful January honeymoon!

Whatever the cost of your honeymoon or category of honeymoon; a tropical beach honeymoon, a safari honeymoon, a foodie honeymoon, a city honeymoon, or a road trip honeymoon or a spectacular latermoon, we’ve got the best honeymoon destinations in January below, so you know exactly where to honeymoon in January!

January is a wonderful month to go on honeymoon as summer is in full swing in the Southern Hemisphere.

Many of the best places including some of the best tropical paradise islands are in the middle of their dry season (meaning dry and warm weather). It’s not hard to find the perfect honeymoon destination in January.

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 and New Year period.

So while you’re wondering where to honeymoon in January, also think about when. We recommend booking early to get the best deals and availability. If you can wait until the second half of January, you will get more bang for your buck!

Let’s take you around the world to the best January honeymoon destinations!

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We endeavour to provide accurate climate information about the best honeymoon destinations in January. 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.

Bondi Beach Honeymoon in Australia

January Honeymoon Destinations in Oceania / The South Pacific

Best January Honeymoon Destinations at a glance: New Zealand

For couples wondering where to honeymoon in January, this month sees summer in full swing in Australia. You should expect blistering temperatures, though. So, beware if you’re used to a more mild climate!

It is the rainy season in Queensland, and cyclones can occur. The Northern Territory around Uluru is extremely hot at this time, too.

However, for couples who can hack the heat, January is undoubtedly a popular time to travel as it’s a peak month for tourism. The beaches of cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth are bustling.

Although Australia’s cities are more than wonderful, many of the highlights lie outside in the outback and along its long sweeping coastlines.

From Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, the vineyards near Adelaide and the west coast’s gems like Pink Lake and Ningaloo Reef, the hardest part is choosing which parts to leave out of your epic honeymoon road trip.

It is also the rainy season in the remote islands of French Polynesia and Oceania’s South Pacific islands like Fiji. You should expect rain and occasional thunderstorms. However, you still see plenty of days of sunshine.

If Bora Bora is on your bucket list, there are some heavenly resorts. Want to compare Bora Bora with the Maldives? We’ve got a handy guide for that.

Magical New Zealand is one of our favourite January honeymoon destinations. Drive this majestic country from North Island to South Island.

Stop at the subtropic Bay of Islands north of Auckland. Explore the vineyards of Waiheke Island. Marvel at the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. Visit Hobbiton Movie Set. Go sea kayaking around Coromandel Peninsula.

Hike across the volcanic landscapes of Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Go whale watching in Kaikoura. Take a helicopter ride over Franz Josef glacier. Take a cruise through Milford Sound. Kayak, skydive, horse ride, raft in Queenstown.

Stargaze at Lake Tekapo. The waterfalls, mountains, lakes, beaches, glaciers. New Zealand is one of our ultimate road trip honeymoon destinations in January.

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January Honeymoon Destinations in Africa

Best January Honeymoon Destinations at a glance: South Africa

January is the perfect time to visit another incredible road trip honeymoon destination, South Africa.

There are many delights that await on the famous Garden Route. Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Cape Town, take the cable car to Table Mountain, see the penguins at Boulders Beach, take a selfie at the southern tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas.

Explore the vineyards around Franschhoek, one of the best areas of South Africa for a foodies honeymoon.

See cute ostrich in Oudtshoorn. Enjoy the striking coastline and natural beauty, spend the day on the beach in Plettenberg Bay, go bungee jumping and rafting at Tsitsikamma National Park.

Although it is the rainy season in Kruger, there are many wonderful safari lodges in the Eastern Cape. Consider an epic romantic train journey through the country. There is so much you can add to a South Africa honeymoon itinerary!

For couples wondering where to honeymoon in January in Africa, it is worth noting that it is the rainy season in other parts of Africa, including Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and Madagascar.

At Victoria Falls, the Zambezi river is dry, so it’s better to choose another time of year for these wonderful honeymoon destinations.

In East Africa, although it is the ‘short rain’ season in Tanzania and Kenya, the short afternoon bursts of rainfall should not spoil your trip.

It’s actually quite an interesting time to travel as it’s the start of calving season so you see baby animals coming into the world in the Serengeti! Magic.

You can add on a stay in the heavenly archipelago of Zanzibar.

You could also consider gorilla trekking in Rwanda although summer is best for this.

Check out some more off the beaten track safari honeymoon destinations.

The weather is usually mild in northern Africa gems like Morocco and Egypt, a perfect choice for couples who love rich culture and history and don’t want to travel at hotter times of the year.

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January Honeymoon Destinations in the Indian Ocean

Best January Honeymoon Destinations at a glance: Maldives

We love the heavenly Indian Ocean island honeymoon destinations.

We’ll always recommend the Maldives to couples wondering where to honeymoon in January, as January is one of the top three months of the year to visit this slice of paradise.

Yes it is a popular honeymoon destination, but for good reason, it’s the dreamiest and most romantic spot you can consider for a wow January honeymoon.

Expect dry and sunny days where you can do nothing but laze around in the most luxurious resorts with white-sand beaches, maybe in an overwater villa with a fun water slide.

Thinking that might sound boring? You can take part in water sports, swim with dolphins and sea turtles, go snorkelling with magical marine life in crystal-clear waters and even go surfing in some resorts.

Maldives honeymoon resorts are divine. Whether you’re seeking incredibly lavish spots with private pools and hot tubs, the best adults-only resorts or options with a speedboat – you’ll find them in the Maldives. Plus, affordable villa option exist, too!

January is one of the wettest months for Mauritius. Extreme weather events are rare, however, and many couples still choose to travel there at this time of year as it’s a popular destination over the holiday period, but cyclones can occur.

It is the rainy season in Seychelles and while we’re obsessed with this magical tropical honeymoon destination, Seychelles is not suited for a January honeymoon. We’d recommend choosing a different time of year.

Analyse the contrasts between Mauritius, Seychelles and the Maldives, in case you’re confused about these beautiful island honeymoon destinations!

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January Honeymoon Destinations in South America

Best January Honeymoon Destinations at a glance: Argentina | Brazil | Chile | Ecuador | Colombia

If you’re wondering where to honeymoon in January in South America, there are many wonderful honeymoon destinations in January to visit.

Explore wonderful Argentina. From Buenos Aires to Ushuaia to Mendoza to Salta, you’ll find diverse landscapes, fascinating history and culture on an Argentina honeymoon itinerary.

Watch a tango show and eat the best steak of your life in Buenos Aires, marvel at the landscapes around Patagonia and the Lake District. Go on a tour of the vineyards by bike at Mendoza.

Consider spending a day travelling over the Andes (or flying) to Chile for an epic multi-destination honeymoon. We love stargazing in the incredible desert hotels in Chile and sampling the delicious wine.

For adventurous couples with more time, consider travelling from Argentina’s canyon country around Salta through the Uyuni Salt Flats to Bolivia and Peru.

Iguazu Falls are not to be missed. This force of nature is one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the planet. You can travel across the border to Brazil, creating a third multi-destination honeymoon.

January is one of the best months to visit Brazil, an icon of the Americas.

Explore the seemingly endless coastline, including iconic Rio de Janeiro beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema. Sip caipirinhas and dance to samba in Lapa.

It’s also a great of year for Colombia.

From the Caribbean beaches to the Andean cities of Bogota and Medellín to the rural jungle countryside of coffee farms, Colombia is one of the most exciting adventure honeymoon destinations in the world.

Hike the Andes and stay in a bubble dome tent.

Because of the multiple climate systems, Ecuador is also a great option in January and there is no bad time to visit the Galapagos Islands.

As it can get muddy and wet at Machu Picchu / on the Inca Trail in January, as it’s the rainy season, we would recommend visiting Peru another time. In fact, the Inca Trail closed for the month of February.

January Honeymoon Destinations in North America

Best January Honeymoon Destinations at a glance: Florida

It’s winter in North America and Canada and some parts of the USA get extremely cold.

If you’re looking for a winter sports honeymoon, there are gorgeous options in winter honeymoon destinations like Aspen and Whistler (ideal for a cozy minimoon, too). 

For couples wondering where to honeymoon in January in the USA, Florida is where you’ll usually find warm weather.

The most fun theme parks in Orlando, the white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, along the Florida Keys in towns like Key West, partying the days and nights away on Miami’s South Beach – so much fun awaits.

The other southern states are ideal if you like mild temperatures. So for those who prefer if it is not too hot, consider Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas or some of the Deep South states like Georgia.

Many couples will tag on a city like wonderful Las Vegas to a Caribbean or Mexico honeymoon, despite the cooler temps.

Hawaii is a year-round destination. Although you may see some rainfall in January, it’s a fantastic time to witness the awe-inspiring surfing.

Whether it’s the waves of Oahu, the incredible coastline of Kauai or honeymoon favourite, Maui – you’ll still have an unforgettable experience on a January honeymoon in Hawaii.

Tulum Honeymoon in Mexico

January Honeymoon Destinations in the Caribbean & Central America

Best January Honeymoon Destinations at a glance: The Caribbean | Mexico | Costa Rica | Belize

For beach-seeking couples thinking about where to honeymoon in January, you could not pick a better month for a Caribbean Islands honeymoon!

Consider a Caribbean Islands cruise – where you can get a taste of the highlights of the region. There is a lot of fun in waking up somewhere new every day.

For couples who prefer a January honeymoon that is land based, there are so many delightful islands. You get great weather at this time of year making it a perfect choice for a January honeymoon.

Stay in luxury hotels. Snorkel in crystal clear waters. Laze away the days under the shade of palm trees. Swim in waterfall pools. Explore tropical rainforests.

Sip on rum cocktails and dance to reggae on a heavenly beach in Jamaica. You can explore the vibrant culture (while stay in an overwater villa).

The Dominican Republic is one of the best destinations for all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, with plenty of adventure activities. It’s also one of the best affordable destinations in the region!

Consider the Bahamas, Aruba, Antigua and Turks & Caicos, to name a few.

We love Barbados, the pristine beaches, the history, the people. Combine with volcanic St Lucia for a heavenly Caribbean island hop.

For a unique mix of history, culture and beach, choose Cuba.

Adventure lovers will love destinations like Costa Rica. National Parks, cloud forests, beaches, hot springs, wildlife and an endless array of activities – it’s an ideal time to visit this gem.

Lush rainforests, breathtaking landscapes, thermal baths, chocolate. Plus, it’s the perfect honeymoon destinations for couples who care about sustainability. There are some magical honeymoon hotels in Costa Rica, too.

We’re obsessed with Belize. Home to the world’s second largest barrier reef, so a must for couples who love to go snorkelling and scuba diving in the coral reefs.

Mexico is one of the best honeymoon destinations in January. Put one of our favourite Secrets resorts in Mexico on the stunning Riviera Maya on your shortlist – honeymoon heaven!

Maybe a little boutique hotel in Tulum is more your honeymoon vibe? Or consider Pacific Coast areas like Puerto Vallarta or Cabo, just a quick hop from the USA’s west coast cities.

Get exploring the country for a unique experience. Consider a stopover in Mexico City. Foodies will love the culinary highlights of this metropolis. Maybe Oaxaca might be up your street? Drink mezcal, admire the colonial architecture and indigenous culture.

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January Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

Best January Honeymoon Destinations at a glance: Canary Islands | Lapland | The Alps

It’s the depths of winter in Europe, so if you’re wondering where to honeymoon in January for a winter sports honeymoon, you’re in luck.

You’ll find heavenly Alpine ski resorts from France to Switzerland, Austria to Italy.

If you do need a beach, consider Spain’s Canary Islands like Tenerife or Lanzarote off the coast of Africa for something warmer.

Europeans flock to these islands for some mild winter sun and warm temperatures compared to the mainland. We particularly love Tenerife for its varied things to do, including stargazing and dining in some of Spain’s finest Michelin Guide approved restaurants.

Consider a winter wonderland Europe minimoon or honeymoon in Norway, Sweden and Finland.

We’re obsessed with the Lapland region. Go on a husky ride, a reindeer sleigh and Aurora hunting. See some of our favourite winter honeymoon hotels.

You could also consider Iceland, it’s a great time of year to see the Northern Lights. There are other fun highlights like the Blue Lagoon and Sky Lagoon. Catch a show in Reykjavik’s Harpa concert hall.

Europeans cities are rainy or snowy in the winter months with the average temperature usually less than 5°C or in 30s/40s°F.

The cold weather is not the ideal time for sunny outdoor activities and severe weather can be an issue.

However, you can still visit for museums, galleries and gastronomy if you don’t mind the dreary weather! The Eiffel Tower is still standing in Paris, as is the Statue of David in Florence and the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

If you want to explore Europe’s rich cultural heritage with fewer tourists, then January is the best time.

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January Honeymoon Destinations in Asia

Best January Honeymoon Destinations at a glance: Thailand | Cambodia | Vietnam | Laos | The Philippines | Singapore | India | Sri Lanka

Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Malaysia. If you’re wondering where to honeymoon January and Asia is on your list, there are so many wonderful destinations to choose from.

Discover some of the world’s best cuisines, intricate temples, wild cities and beautiful beaches.

Add in a touch of affordable luxury and you’ll see why this region will always be one of our January honeymoon favourites!

If it’s your first time to visit Asia, choose Thailand. Bangkok is so much fun. The northern towns of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are fascinating with plenty of things to do for lovers of culture, history, food and wildlife.

Go on the most beautiful island-hop through the limestone karst and emerald seas of the south.

You can easily add on other destinations to Thailand, too. Whether it’s Luang Prabang in Laos, the temples of Angkor in Cambodia or a stay in the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore with its famous rooftop pool, the region is so easy for a multi-destination honeymoon.

If you’re looking for something different, consider island hopping in The Philippines. It is cooler for trekking in Bhutan or Nepal, although many tourists still visit both destinations.

January is also a great month to visit Sri Lanka or India – ideal for a deep cultural honeymoon.

In India, consider the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. See the Taj Mahal and tag on a tiger expedition in Ranthambore National Park. Head for the sleepier south around Kerala.

In Sri Lanka, climb Sigiriya Rock, take the train from Kandy to Ella and find leopards in Yala National Park.

India and Sri Lanka match perfectly with the Maldives, too, with direct flights between them.

It is cold at this time of year in northern China and in Japan, so we would recommend choosing a different time of year for these fascinating countries.

January is also one of the wettest months for Bali and the rest of Indonesia, and while we would recommend choosing a different month, many couples still travel there despite it being the rainy season!

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January Honeymoon Destinations in the Middle East

Best January Honeymoon Destinations at a glance: UAE & Dubai | Oman

For couples wondering where to honeymoon in January and like to avoid the extreme heat of summer, it’s a lovely month for the United Arab Emirates.

Explore the capital, Abu Dhabi or maybe Dubai is more up your street. You’l find some of the world’s most lux honeymoon hotels. Plus, both are jam-packed with activities.

Add a romantic desert hotel to your itinerary. Either is perfect for a city stopover or to visit as part of a UAE honeymoon in its own right.

January is also a great month for one of the world’s most underrated honeymoon destinations, Oman (although nights are cooler in the desert).

It is the low season in Turkey and Jordan (it can get cold in the desert!), so we would recommend choosing a different time of year unless you prefer cooler temperatures.

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Where To Honeymoon In January Summary

In conclusion, the following is a list of where to honeymoon in January:

Wondering where to honeymoon in January but also need to know about other months? Check out our handy weather page chart or discover a detailed breakdown of each month just like this one.

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

Thanks for reading our ‘Where to honeymoon in January’ article. Are you planning a honeymoon in January? Let us know in the comments which January honeymoon destinations are on your list!

Happy Planning x