Are you planning a January wedding? We’ve got all the magical destinations for a wonderful January 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 January!
January is a wonderful month to go on honeymoon as summer is in full swing in the Southern Hemisphere and many exotic destinations are in the middle of their dry season — meaning plenty of fascinating 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 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!
Wondering where to honeymoon in January but also need to know about other months? Check out our handy weather page chart here.
For couples wondering where to honeymoon in January, this month sees summer in full swing in Australia and you should expect blistering temperatures. Beware if you’re used to a more mild climate!
It is also the wet season in French Polynesia and Oceania‘s South Pacific islands like Fiji. You should expect rain and occasional thunderstorms. However, you still see of days of sunshine. If Bora Bora is on your bucket list, use our Ultimate French Polynesia Honeymoon Guide.
Africa & Indian Ocean
January is also one of the best times to visit wonderful South Africa. Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Cape Town and the Western Cape and take a romantic road trip down the Garden Route with a safari in the Eastern Cape.
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 interest time to travel as it’s calving season so you see baby animals coming into the world. Check out our handy comparison of Tanzania and Kenya. You could also consider gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Uganda. The weather is usually mild in northern Africa gems like Morocco and Egypt, ideal for couples who love history and culture.
We love the heavenly Indian Ocean island honeymoon destinations. We’ll always recommend the Maldives to couples wondering where to honeymoon in January. It’s one of the top three months of the year to visit this slice of paradise. One of the most romantic beach honeymoon destinations on the planet, you can expect sunny and dry days. Want to know more? Dive into our Ultimate Maldives Honeymoon Guide.
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. Find out more with our Ultimate Mauritius Honeymoon Guide. It is the wet season in Seychelles and while we’re obsessed with this magical tropical honeymoon destination, we’d recommend choosing a different time of year. For more information, see our Ultimate Seychelles Honeymoon Guide.
If you’re wondering where to honeymoon in January in South America, there are many wonderful honeymoon destinations to visit. Explore wonderful Argentina. From Buenos Aires to Ushuaia to Mendoza, you’ll find diverse landscapes, fascinating history and culture. Consider adding on Chile or Bolivia for a multi-destination honeymoon.
You can also tag on Brazil if you have time. January is one of the best months to visit this icon of the Americas. Explore the seemingly endless coastline, including iconic Rio de Janeiro beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema – see them from the air. Sip caipirinhas and dance to samba. It’s also the best time of year for Colombia. From the Caribbean beaches to the Andean cities and countryside, it is one of the most exciting adventure honeymoon destinations in the world.
Because of the multiple climate systems, Ecuador is also a good shout 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 wet season, we would recommend visiting Peru another time. In fact, the Inca Trail closed for the month of February.
North America, Central America & Caribbean
It’s winter in North America and the USA and Canada get extremely cold, but if you’re looking for a winter sports honeymoon, there are gorgeous options in winter honeymoon destinations like Aspen and Whistler.
The other southern states are perfect 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.
For couples wondering where to honeymoon in January in the USA, we highly recommend a honeymoon in Florida. Theme parks in Orlando, the Gulf beaches and a quick road trip along the Florida Keys – so much fun awaits. 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. Find out more with our Ultimate Hawaii Honeymoon Guide.
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 – you can see some of our favourite cruises for honeymoon here.. Sip on rum cocktails on a heavenly beach in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Aruba, Antigua Barbados, or Saint Lucia, to name a few.
Consider a mix of history, culture and beach on a unique honeymoon in Cuba. Adventure lovers will love Central America destinations like Costa Rica and Belize. Mexico is one of our favourite honeymoon destinations, and January is one of the best months to visit the country. Put one of our favourite Secrets resorts in Mexico on your shortlist – honeymoon heaven!
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.
Consider a winter wonderland Europe honeymoon in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Go on a husky ride, a reindeer sleigh and Aurora hunting. See some of our favourite winter honeymoon hotels here. You could also consider Iceland for the Northern Lights and other highlights, like the Blue Lagoon and Sky Lagoon.
Middle East & Asia
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 a honeymoon favourite. If it’s your first time to visit Asia, choose Thailand. Find out why with our Ultimate Thailand Honeymoon Guide. 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.
January is also a great month to visit Sri Lanka or India – ideal for a deep cultural honeymoon (and they both match perfectly with the Maldives). 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.
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. Dubai and Abu Dhabi have some of the world’s most luxurious honeymoon hotels and are jam-packed with activities. Add a romantic desert hotel to your itinerary. It’s perfect for a city stopover or a honeymoon in its own right. Check out our Ultimate Dubai Honeymoon Guide. 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 Jordan and cold in the desert, so we would recommend choosing a different time of year.
In conclusion, the following is a list of where to honeymoon in January:
- Costa Rica
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- The Philippines
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!
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.