The Best Honeymoon Destinations
Whilst autumn weddings and honeymoons don’t tend to be as popular as celebrations in the summer months, there are still a significant proportion of couples who decide to tie the knot at this time of year. Honeymoons in October often allow you to make the most of low-season deals across a variety of destinations, with many countries across the world still experiencing warm and sunny weather.
As well as classic tropical island honeymoons, many couples decide to visit African countries in October to enjoy hot weather or travel to parts of Asia to make the most of the end of the monsoon season. Whether you’re looking for a chance to relax, a destination full of adventure or just a holiday with a bit of a twist, here are our top picks for the best honeymoon destinations in October.
Best for Romance
Tahiti is one of the most popular tropical honeymoon destinations in October for couples who are looking for the ultimate romantic getaway. Floating in the middle of the picturesque South Pacific Ocean, it’s an island that is known for its beautiful scenery and blissful weather, even in the middle of the autumn season.
If you’ve ever fancied a classic romantic break staying in an overwater bungalow then Tahiti is an ideal place to enjoy this iconic type of holiday accommodation. There are plenty of resorts around the island that have private bungalows for couples in the middle of crystal clear lagoons, offering unspoilt views and the experience of being all on your own in the middle of the ocean.
The island of Tahiti is known as being one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations, but visiting in October means that you’ll arrive at the end of the high season for tourism and can make the most of cheaper prices and fewer other guests. With plenty of all-inclusive options and packages specifically catering to newlywed couples, it’s the perfect place for a romantic break.
New England in the USA is one of the best places to honeymoon in October in the world thanks to its reputation as one of the most stunning regions in North America to visit in the autumn. From Maine and Massachusetts to New Hampshire and Rhode Island, the choices of where to spend your romantic honeymoon are endless.
Temperatures in New England hover between 10ºC and 20ºC in October, dropping in the evenings and providing a perfect excuse to curl up in front of a log fire or enjoy a delicious mug of hot chocolate. As the month progresses the scenery erupts in a riot of autumnal colours across the mountains and forests and around the lakes, giving you an incredibly beautiful backdrop for romantic walks, day trips to nearby towns and quality time with your new spouse.
The state of Vermont is known as one of the most romantic places in New England for a holiday with the one you love, with plenty of rustic charm amongst the gorgeous scenery. Whether you decide to stay in a traditional inn or enjoy time together in a secluded self-catering cabin, you’ll be surrounded by the stunning changing colours of the trees and a deliciously crisp chill in the air.
Best for Adventure
The African country of Kenya is well-known for being one of the best places on the continent to explore national parks on a safari, which is a great way to spend an adventurous honeymoon. You can spot all of Africa’s Big Five in the country’s national parks if you’re lucky, with plenty of different trip packages available that focus on showing guests the very best of the wildlife.
October is the last month of a dry season in Kenya, so whilst chances of rain are slightly increased, you’re more likely to enjoy hot, sunny weather for the entirety of your trip. The end of the Great Migration will be happening in Masai Mara, where huge herds of creatures will have gathered and be very easy to spot amongst the dry vegetation.
Kenya is one of the best places to honeymoon in October if you’re after a holiday with your new spouse that is full of new experiences. With luxurious safari lodges, boutique camps in national parks and plenty of glamorous hotels around Lake Victoria, you can enjoy exceptional accommodation and service alongside thrilling wildlife adventures.
The Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the most incredible wildlife on the planet, making this a perfect destination for an adventurous honeymoon in October. Located over 600 miles off the coast of South America, only three of the twenty islands are inhabited which means there is a huge range of wild and rugged landscape just waiting to be explored.
One of the best easy to see the full range of beauty across the Galapagos Islands is to take a boat tour around its smaller destinations, whether you hire a private yacht or board a comfortable cruise ship to explore. Española is one of the most popular islands in the archipelago because of its incredibly diverse range of animals and vegetation, perfect for spending the day exploring.
Santa Cruz is the island that most honeymooners stay on during their trip to the Galapagos, with a variety of different towns and hotels offering accommodation for tourists. The weather in October is dry and warm thanks to the islands’ position on the equator, and whilst some days might be quite windy, you should be able to enjoy a lot of sunshine and hot weather throughout your trip.
If you and your partner fancy a cultural adventure for your October honeymoon, the southwest Asian country of Turkey is a fantastic choice. Whether you decide to spend your time visiting historic sites, learning more about the previous inhabitants that have influenced the country as it is today, or just enjoying your honeymoon accommodation and the surrounding scenery, you’re sure to have a brilliant time.
Whilst the heat on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast is stifling over the summer months, by October it has cooled down enough to provide very pleasant conditions for sightseeing and spending time outdoors. The capital city of Istanbul is perfect for this, especially as it won’t be as busy as the peak tourist season.
Whether you’re visiting ancient architectural sites, exploring the rugged natural landscapes or living it up in the modern resort towns along the coast, there is a wide range of different experiences to enjoy in Turkey. It’s a perfect honeymoon destination for couples that want a jam-packed itinerary throughout their special trip, particularly if you prefer locations that are unusual or relatively unexplored.
Best for Relaxation
Famed American writer Mark Twain once said that “heaven was copied after Mauritius”. As soon as you step off the plane or the boat that has transported you to this island paradise, you’re sure to understand exactly what he meant.
Mauritius is one of the best beach honeymoon destinations in October to visit for a relaxing break, with miles of unspoiled beaches, lush green mountains, a variety of towns and villages and plenty of holiday resorts. Located in the Indian Ocean off the south-eastern coast of Africa, it’s a brilliant off-season tropical location for couples who are after a lot of peace and quiet after all the excitement of planning a wedding.
If relaxation is all that’s on your honeymoon agenda then there are a huge range of different holiday resorts and hotels offering everything from all-inclusive rooms to private beachside villas. If you want to get out and explore the island a little as well during your trip, Mauritius has a range of brilliant different cultural attractions such as the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Chamarel Waterfall and various towns and national parks.
Another wonderful tropical honeymoon destination in October are the 115 islands of the Seychelles, also found in the Indian Ocean. If you and your new spouse are looking for relaxation alongside a whole lot of luxury, there are plenty of options to enjoy just that across these tiny slices of paradise.
October is a brilliant time of the year to visit popular resort destinations, as in most places it’s the off-season for tourism and all the hotels and beaches tend to be a lot quieter. The weather across the Seychelles islands is still warm and dry in the middle of the autumn, but popular resorts will have far fewer visitors than over the summer which creates a much more relaxing atmosphere.
If you’re looking to spend some serious time at the beach then the island of La Digue is the best choice for your October honeymoon, whereas Mahé has a wider range of scenery and also a better selection of different hotels and resorts. For the ultimate relaxing experiences, there are also plenty of Seychelles private islands that are particularly popular with honeymooners seeking to get away from it all and just enjoy each other’s company.
Best for Something Different
For an island honeymoon adventure with a difference, visit the Fiji archipelago in the South Pacific for a brilliant mix of romance, relaxation and adventure. If you’re after gorgeous sandy beaches, jaw-dropping views and wonderfully warm weather, you’ll certainly find it here.
Fiji is one of the hottest places to go in October for a honeymoon, with temperatures frequently rising over 30ºC throughout the month. You can take your pick of the different islands depending on your budget and the kind of holiday experience you’re after, from remote, private villa experiences to lively coastal towns and resorts.
October is one of the best months of the year to go snorkelling in the water around Fiji’s islands as visibility is at its best, which makes a brilliant unusual honeymoon activity for you and your partner. Other popular things to do across the islands include surfing, kayaking, hiking and even zip-lining or skydiving if you’re a bit of an adrenaline junkie.
Africa is a popular continent for honeymoons that focus on safaris, but if you’re after an experience that’s a little different then Zambia is a brilliant destination to visit. The country is most famous for its walking safaris, which offer a much more intimate and exciting chance to get close to some of the area’s famous wildlife.
The national parks in Zambia cover almost one-third of the whole country’s landscape, meaning that you have plenty of options for where you want to spend your honeymoon. From classic lodge accommodation options to more unique hotels and self-catering properties, the range of places to stay in Zambia is massive and offers plenty of opportunities for couples seeking something a bit different on their special trip.
Zambia is a fantastic October honeymoon destination at this time of the year because of the dry and sunny weather as well as the reduced number of travellers coming to the country, which makes holidays much quieter and more authentic. As well as the national parks, you also have Victoria Falls to explore and the Zambezi River to enjoy boat trips down or even canoe rides if you and your partner are feeling particularly brave.
Whilst Vietnam is not a very large country, there are fascinating and unique things to see and do wherever you visit. It’s a brilliant part of Asia to visit on a honeymoon that’s a little out of the ordinary and is a particularly good destination for couples who enjoy experiencing new cultures on their holidays together.
This Southeast Asian location has culture, scenery, history and fantastic food, and is a great destination to either travel around or just choose one location to enjoy. It’s one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world in October because the month falls just before tourism in the country starts to spike, so you can enjoy much cheaper accommodation and travel prices as well as fewer crowds in popular areas.
Whilst you might want to avoid the monsoon season in Central Vietnam, in the northern mountain areas the weather is cool and dry, which is perfect for hiking expeditions in places like Mu Cang Chai and Ha Giang. By the end of the month, southern Vietnam is also a lot drier and the country’s beach resorts start to open up again, which is ideal if you’re looking for a late October honeymoon in a quiet and beautiful coastal location with a difference.
Taking a honeymoon in October is a brilliant way to draw out the summer if you live in the northern hemisphere; escaping to a hot part of the world with your new spouse to enjoy some quality time in the sun after your wedding. October is also a beautiful time of the year in countries experiencing autumn, with colourful changes in scenery and wonderfully clear and crisp days that are ideal for long walks or sightseeing.
No matter what kind of holidays you and your partner enjoy, the range of excellent destinations for honeymoons in October offer something for everyone.
We also have a guide on Where to Go in October if you’re looking for more travel inspiration.