12 Best Honeymoon Destinations in July
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The Best Honeymoon Destinations in July

July is peak summer in the UK and though there are a few more visitors about in many places in the world, it’s a little busier than usual for a reason: you get incredible weather and it’s one of the best times for going on safari. So, while you have a blissfully beautiful summer’s wedding, you can rest assured you’ll have a honeymoon in July drenched in sun, too.

Head to Kenya or Tanzania (or both) for a safari honeymoon you won’t forget, with the Great Migration, one of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles, in full flow. Mozambique makes for the ideal beach retreat following a thrilling time on safari, as does Zanzibar, while Mauritius serves up plenty of warm and pleasant days. The Seychelles offers incredible beaches too, while the summer months are ideal for hiking in its wild interiors, too.

The South Pacific is one of the best honeymoon destinations in July, especially Fiji and the Cook Islands. If you fancy heading east, then Southeast Asia enjoys a great spell of weather in July, in particular the islands of Indonesia and the jungle isle of Borneo.

It’s in New Zealand’s winter in July but they’re mild in comparison to the UK and it’s the best time for skiing and whale-watching. Many people don’t consider the Caribbean because it’s tropical storm season but on the whole the islands are rarely troubled. Instead, visit St. Kitts & Nevis for festival season and Antigua for its impressive range of hotels.

Destinations

The Best Places to Honeymoon in July

South Pacific

Cook Islands

So tiny you’d struggle to pick them out on a map, the 15 islands of the Cook Islands are like little droplets of heaven for a honeymoon in July. Rarotonga is an isle that looks like something out of Jurassic Park, its lush volcanic mountains making for a delightfully wild interior, while its charming locals give the Cooks incredible character. Elsewhere, Aitutaki offers that secluded beach escape you’ll be craving, with secret sands and azure lagoons so beautiful you’ll think you’ve been dropped in paradise.

Why visit in July?

  • It’s the dry season in the Cook Islands, so you’ll get fantastic weather.
  • It’s not as hot and humid as the rainy season, so the weather will be cool enough to explore Rarotonga’s wild interior but warm enough to relax on the beach.
  • Rarotonga will be looking its lush best after a full rainy season.

More about honeymooning in the Cook Islands.

Africa

Kenya

In many ways, Kenya is quintessential Africa. It conjures up visions of a fiery sunset slipping beneath the horizon, or game being chased through the dusty savannah by a leopard or a lion. If you want an authentic African safari on your honeymoon in July, then Kenya is a fantastic option and at this time of year, it also has the incredible drawcard of the Great Migration, one of the planet’s greatest wildlife spectacles. Get ready to fall in love with Africa!

Why visit in July?

  • July is just after Kenya’s ‘long rains’, so you’ll be treated to warm and dry weather.
  • The dry weather means the wildlife is more active and easier to spot on game drives.
  • July is Great Migration season, when over a million wildebeest arrive in the Masai Mara from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. An incredible spectacle!

More about honeymooning in Kenya.

Indian Ocean

Mauritius

Locals call Mauritius the paradise isle and when you’re there, it’s not hard to see why. A beautiful green interior is ringed by superb stretches of sand that go as far as the eye can see, while colourful corals lie beneath the gin-clear waters beyond. There’s something for every honeymooner in Mauritius, whether it’s just a relaxing fortnight soaking up the sun or days spent exploring its forests, cooling waterfalls and kaleidoscopic reefs.

Why visit in July?

  • Mauritius’ winter is dry and cool, although temperatures are still warm enough for lying on the beach.
  • Despite the great weather you can have, the winter is considered the low season in Mauritius, so you can get better value for money.
  • Humpback whales arrive in July and can be spotted from the west coast of Mauritius up until November.

More about honeymooning in Mauritius.

The Caribbean

St Kitts & Nevis

If you want somewhere to unwind after your wedding, then the languid pace of life that St. Kitts & Nevis offers the perfect honeymoon destination in July. Its tropical scenery has been left untouched, its beautiful surroundings remaining as nature intended. The sheer remoteness of these two islands will leave you spellbound, especially when you take into account that it’s said there are more donkeys than people in St. Kitts!

Why visit in July?

  • Even though it’s hurricane season, the risk of tropical storms is very slim and there’ll still be plenty of sunshine hours to enjoy.
  • The hurricane season means it’s low season in St. Kitts & Nevis, so you can take advantage of better value for money.
  • It’s the Nevis Mango & Food Festival! There’s dining experiences, cooking classes and plenty of mango-infused creations to try. There’s 44 different varieties of mango grown on the island, after all!

More about honeymooning in St. Kitts & Nevis.

Indonesia

Indonesia

Comprising thousands of islands, Indonesia is an enthralling mix of culture, religion, landscapes and traditions. There’s the temple-studded vistas of Bali, remote escapism of Lombok, excellent diving and dragons in Komodo, white beaches of the Gili islands and orangutans in Kalimantan, Borneo. An island-hopping honeymoon in Indonesia is both essential and captivating, so every day is filled with mind-blowing moments.

Why visit in July?

  • It’s the height of the dry season in Indonesia, with many of its islands experiencing blue skies filled with sunshine.
  • The dry season is the best time to go snorkelling and diving off the coast of Komodo island.
  • The lack of rain also makes it easier to spot orangutans in the jungles of Kalimantan, as they’re not sheltering from the tropical showers.

More about honeymooning in Indonesia.

South Pacific

Fiji

Turquoise lagoons, check. Powder-soft sands, check. Dreamy overwater bungalows, check. Coral reefs so vibrant you’ll discover colours you never knew existed? Check. Fiji ticks all the boxes when it comes to that ideal exotic honeymoon in July. Its friendly locals bring its postcard-perfect landscapes to life, their charming culture making you feel right at home as soon as you step on the sand. The perfect combination for an island paradise in the South Pacific.

Why visit in July?

  • It’s Fiji’s winter, so you’ll be welcomed with warm temperatures, minimal rainfall and low humidity.
  • It’s the middle of manta ray season, when they head to the Yasawa Islands to feast in the plankton-rich waters.
  • The waters are at their clearest, meaning it’s the best time to snorkel and dive among its pastel-hued reefs.

More about honeymooning in Fiji.

Canada

Canada

If you’re thinking of a honeymoon in Western Canada, make sure you pack a whole load of superlatives. For the landscapes you’ll find in British Columbia and Alberta are as big as your imagination: magnificent mountains, milky-blue lakes and thick alpine forests. Not only that, Vancouver is a hip cultural centre from which to explore, a multi-layered patchwork of distinct districts which are waiting to be wandered.

Why visit in July?

  • July is usually one of the warmest months in Western Canada, with blue skies and round-the-clock sunshine very likely.
  • It’s peak season for spotting a magical array of marine life off the coast of Vancouver – humpback, grey and minke whales, as well as orcas.
  • Head to Western Canada’s wilds and you’re in prime bear-spotting season, including grizzy, spirit and black bears.

More about honeymooning in Canada.

Australasia

New Zealand

Glassy lakes. Rolling hills. Gigantic glaciers. Beautiful bays. New Zealand is brimming with gorgeous landscapes. Have a honeymoon here and each day you could easily be waking up to a different view. The sheer variety of experiences you can have will leave you amazed, too. Go skydiving in Queenstown, take a dip in the geothermal baths of Rotorua and get comfortable on the café culture of Wellington. Whatever you fancy doing on your honeymoon in July, there’s no greater depth of experiences to be found than in New Zealand.

Why visit in July?

  • It’s winter in New Zealand but in comparison to the UK, they’re pleasantly mild, with temperatures between 5-15°C. It’s perfect skiing weather in Queenstown!
  • If you’re visiting Kaikoura in the South Island, you’ll be able to spot humpback whales at this time of year.
  • It’s one of the best times for witnessing Franz Josef Glacier, with its icy crevasses and caves more solid and jaw-dropping.

More about honeymooning in New Zealand.

Africa

Mozambique

With Zanzibar, Mauritius and the Seychelles often many people’s choices as either a standalone honeymoon or post-safari chill-out, Mozambique flies under the radar. But once you stand on its sugar-white sands, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d landed in the Maldives, such is the pristine, footprint-free nature of its beaches. As it’s prime safari time in South Africa, then you can easily do a twin-centre honeymoon, although Mozambique is fascinating enough to visit on its own.

Why visit in July?

  • It’s in Mozambique’s dry season, so beaches you’ll find on the archipelagos of Quirimbas and Bazaruto will look their sun-soaked best.
  • You’ll catch humpback whales migrating from Antarctica to warmer waters.
  • It’s an ideal time for a safari in South Africa and the beaches of Mozambique makes the perfect partner for a twin-centre honeymoon.

More about honeymooning in Mozambique.

Asia

Vietnam

From the fast-paced cities of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to the old-world wonder of Hoi An, rolling rice terraces to dramatic limestone karsts, Vietnam is a compelling patchwork of culture and landscapes. A thin sliver of a country, Vietnam will have you captivated on your honeymoon in July from top to bottom. But even it’s stacked with unforgettable moments, the cream-coloured beaches of Central Vietnam offer a paradisal spot for some romantic respite.

Why visit in July?

  • Though the north and south of the country see rain, Central Vietnam experiences dry and sunny days.
  • You can afford to spend more time in one place, delving deep into the time-honoured charms of Hoi An.
  • Central Vietnam has the best of both worlds – the quaint town of Hoi An and a relaxing beach escape in the form of Ninh Van Bay.

More about honeymooning in Vietnam.

Indian Ocean

Seychelles

For an unspoilt island escape where it feels like you’ve been dropped in the middle of the ocean, look no further than the Seychelles. In fact, its 115 granitic and coralline islands are as pristine as the next, offering the perfect haven for a honeymoon in July. But they all have their own distinct character, whether it’s a languid pace of life, a wild interior worth exploring or fringed by talcum-soft beaches and they’re close enough to each other that you can combine a few for a honeymoon to truly remember.

Why visit in July?

  • It’s the dry season, so the days can be warm and dry, which is more pleasant compared to the hot and wet rainy season.
  • It’s one of the best times for wildlife, with July falling in prime nesting season for many of its seabirds and it’s also the first month when whale sharks can be spotted off the shores of Mahé.
  • The cooler weather makes it perfect for exploring the emerald interiors of the Seychelles’ islands and for lazing on its white sands.

More about honeymooning in the Seychelles.

Africa

Tanzania

From the emerald bowl of the Ngorongoro Crater, which has the highest density of lions in Africa, to the wildlife-rich Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania has many great options for a safari honeymoon. Its headline attraction, however, is Serengeti National Park, where at this time of year over one million wildebeest charge towards the Masai Mara in Kenya, across dusty savannah plains and through might rivers. It’s the greatest show on Earth!

Why visit in July?

  • July is in Tanzania’s dry season following the ‘long rains’, which have left the country’s scenery an emerald green.
  • It’s the time of the Great Migration! Watch on in awe as a million wildebeest thunder across the landscape towards the Masai Mara.
  • It’s also great weather-wise in Zanzibar, which is a great place for relaxing after being on safari.

More about honeymooning in Tanzania.

Highlights

Our Top July Honeymoon Resorts

Complimentary Service

Gift List

Don’t forget to also check out the details of our Honeymoon Gift List service, which allows friends and family to contribute towards travel experiences as well as the more traditional gift list items, all in one place. A complimentary service for all Turquoise honeymoon couples and looked after by a full-time team, it’s just one of the ways we can ensure your dream honeymoon becomes a reality.

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