The Best Honeymoon Destinations
July is one of the busiest months for tourism, as many people take extended summer holidays during the month and head out to places like Europe and the USA to enjoy hot and sunny weather. It’s a very popular month for weddings as well, meaning that many couples also find themselves planning a honeymoon for this time of year.
With so many hot destinations to choose from, trying to pick between a tropical beach holiday, sunny city break or wild safari trip is a difficult decision. From remote archipelagos to classic romantic destinations, here are our suggestions for the best places to visit for a honeymoon in July.
Best for Romance
For couples whose idea of romance is a whole lot of glamour and luxury, Singapore is a brilliant destination for a honeymoon in July. One of the most multicultural cities in the world, this Southeast Asian location is perfect for fine dining, shopping and appreciating a massive variety of cultural influences.
There is a huge range of luxury hotels in Singapore that are perfect places to indulge in five-star treatment and pamper yourselves after your big day. Many hotels offer honeymoon packages that will make your special trip even more romantic, with options ranging from all-inclusive experiences to perks like spas, room service and complimentary drinks and dining.
Out and about, Singapore is packed with different things to see and do including the world-famous Gardens by the Bay and amazing Universal Studios. Whether you’re indulging in the amazing array of cuisine options, visiting museums and galleries or treating yourselves on a shopping spree, there’s no better place to enjoy a luxurious and romantic break together.
An alternate experience that is no less romantic can be found in the Cotswolds in the United Kingdom, which is the country’s largest area of outstanding natural beauty. What could be more romantic than a quaint, countryside cottage, lazy evenings by the fire and relaxing walks along quiet lanes, hand in hand with your new spouse?
There are plenty of picturesque villages with cosy holiday cottages across the Cotswolds, offering the perfect setting for a romantic honeymoon. The UK is one of the best destinations in July for a holiday as the weather is warm and sunny without being overly hot; perfect for walks, picnics and delicious lunches in pub gardens.
Whether you settle down in one location for your honeymoon or spend the trip in a couple of different places in the Cotswolds, there will be peace and beauty around you at every turn. Enjoy a quintessentially British holiday in one of the country’s most stunning areas, and return home feeling refreshed, relaxed and more in love than ever.
Best for Adventure
Many people end up steering clear of South America in the summer to avoid the wet season, but Colombia experiences a period of sudden dry weather during July that makes it a great place to visit on holiday. The country is beginning to grow in popularity as a travel destination and offers a brilliant range of different experiences that are ideal for couples who are looking for adventure.
From the sunny Caribbean and Pacific Coasts to the mountainous Andean region and the humid Amazon rainforest, Colombia has something for everyone in its landscape. Whether you fancy trekking through the jungle, climbing mountains or admiring streets of colonial architecture, it’s a varied and vibrant part of the world that is perfect for a summer honeymoon.
Cartagena is one of the most popular parts of the country to visit, found on Colombia’s Caribbean coast and brimming with beachside attractions. Or visit Chocó to get away from crowds of other travellers and enjoy a range of outdoor adventures in the forests, beaches and national parks in this part of the country.
Mozambique is an up and coming holiday destination that is perfect for couples who are looking for an adventurous honeymoon in July. This southern African country is found on the coast of the continent and is known for its brilliant beaches and spectacular views, offering plenty of beautiful scenery just waiting to be explored.
July is part of the dry season in Mozambique, so you can enjoy long, sunny days on the beaches of the country or take trips out into wilder and more rural landscapes. If sunbathing and watersports aren’t you and your partner’s thing, you can also visit cities filled with classic colonial architecture and national parks that are home to some of Africa’s best wildlife.
Just off the coast of Mozambique, newlyweds also have the chance to visit the Quirimbas archipelago for an incredible island experience that will feel as though you and your new spouse are the first to discover this part of the world. July is a brilliant time of the year for humpback whale watching as you travel by boat around Mozambique, making this a location that is particularly perfect for wildlife fans.
A popular way to spend an adventurous honeymoon in July is with an island-hopping holiday, and Indonesia is a brilliant destination for just that. Comprising over 17,000 different islands, as the largest archipelago in the world there is no better way to get a proper feel for the country by exploring it on a boat.
Indonesia is one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world in July because of the hot and dry weather that the majority of islands experience, providing ideal weather for spending time on the beach, exploring the towns and cities or trying out new sports and activities. No matter the length of your trip, by planning an island-hopping holiday you get to experience a wide range of different attractions and environments as well as having the freedom to stay in a location for longer if you really want to.
Bali is a top choice for couples visiting Indonesia on their honeymoon who want to immerse themselves in the country’s spiritual side or give yoga and other meditative practices a try. Many islands are home to a mix of historic sites, wild scenery and developed towns and tourist spots that make it a perfect holiday destination for a wide range of travellers, but adventurous couples in particular are bound to feel at home the minute they arrive.
Best for Relaxation
The Italian island of Sardinia is a popular place for holidays with both foreign travellers and locals coming over from the mainland, particularly in the summer months. It’s one of the best honeymoon destinations in Europe in July because the weather this month is perfect for long, lazy days on the beach and romantic evenings strolling beside the sea.
Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, dotted with towns, villages and cities that offer a range of different cultural experiences. There are numerous beach resorts and other holiday property options around the coast that make it a brilliant location for a relaxing holiday where all you and your new spouse need to focus on is remembering to top up your suncream.
As well as miles of beaches and plenty of quiet little seaside towns, the countryside in Sardinia is also absolutely stunning. When you’ve had your fill of the beach, there is plenty of scenery to be explored where you can disappear into the wild and disconnect from the stresses and fast pace of modern life.
One of the best tropical honeymoon destinations in July is the Fiji archipelago in the South Pacific, made up of over 300 different islands that are the perfect setting for a relaxing break. Depending on your budget and the kind of holiday you’re looking for, you can take your pick of the different islands for experiences that range from remote, private villas to lively coastal towns and resorts.
July falls in the middle of winter in Fiji, but all this means is that you’ll enjoy drier and less humid weather than at other times of the year. The islands are an incredibly popular honeymoon destination all year round, but the large size of the archipelago means that even during peak tourist season, you can still get away from the crowds and find that ‘deserted island’ atmosphere.
For many couples, all you want after the stress of planning a wedding is the opportunity to unwind and enjoy some quality time all by yourself, which Fiji is a wonderful destination for. If you’re after gorgeous sandy beaches, jaw-dropping views and wonderfully warm weather, you’ll certainly find it here.
Best for Something Different
Vietnam is a relatively up and coming holiday destination thanks to a complicated political past that has meant tourists only really started coming to the country in the past decade or so. For couples looking for something different, it’s one of the best honeymoon destinations in Asia in July with a huge variety of landscapes, settlements and cultural influences.
The central region of the country is the best place to visit during the summer months, as both north and south Vietnam experience a fair amount of rain at this time of year. This location is actually a brilliant place for an alternative beach honeymoon, as the coast of Vietnam is quickly developing into a beautiful resort destination that is great for swimming and sunbathing.
Couples who like urban adventure on their holidays will love the city of Danang, whereas those looking for a more laid back experience of the country are better suited to the riverside town of Hoi An. For a truly unforgettable experience, the region of Phong Nha is home to the world’s largest cave and a series of underground systems that are unlikely anything else on the planet.
Mexico is a brilliant place to visit if you don’t fancy a classic honeymoon destination and are looking for a real range of experiences and scenery during your time away. It’s actually one of the best beach honeymoon destinations in July thanks to the scorching weather, with places like the Yucatan Peninsula offering beautiful coastlines and plenty of different hotel and resort accommodation options.
Some places in Mexico get quite a lot of rain during July, but these showers never last long and actually mean that the country is less overrun by tourists at this time of the year. If you and your partner prefer to experience the authentic atmospheres of a new location, it’s a great time of the year to visit.
If you’re visiting the coast of Mexico on your honeymoon in July, be sure to give snorkelling or scuba diving a try, either in the ocean or in a cenote for a really unique experience. In Isla Mujeres it’s whale shark season in July which is celebrated with a festival every year, offering the incredible opportunity to swim with these creatures in their natural habitat.
The islands of French Polynesia have long been considered some of the best places for romantic beach holidays, thanks to their stunning coastlines, tropical weather and isolated atmosphere. Bora Bora is a great choice for newlyweds who want to indulge in some rest and relaxation on this island paradise, but also enjoy more active activities during their stay.
Known as the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’, Bora Bora is surrounded by a ring of coral reef that makes it an ideal location for snorkelling and scuba diving in the warm, clear blue water. July provides the island with hot and dry weather, so you’re unlikely to have your swimming and diving plans interrupted by any rain.
Whilst many exciting holiday accommodation options are found on private islets surrounding Bora Bora, the mainland is jam packed with exciting things to see and do. After you’ve had your fill of the white sand beaches and incredible views of the ocean, Mount Pahia or Mount Otemanu are ready and waiting to be explored on foot and there are plenty of markets and street food stalls to enjoy.
The majority of holiday destinations in July promise hot temperatures and plenty of chances to top up your tan and make the most of your summer break. Hopefully you’ll have enjoyed the same brilliant weather on your wedding day, and can then jet off to enjoy even more sunshine somewhere else in the world.
Every couple wants something different from their honeymoon, whether it’s adventure, romance or just the chance to relax together. This list has given recommendations for all of those factors and more, and we hope you’ve been inspired to go and book your July honeymoon after reading.
We also have a guide on Where to Go in July if you’re looking for more travel inspiration.