Choosing the perfect honeymoon destination goes well beyond just spinning the globe and pointing your finger. Whether you’re coordinating your honeymoon with work holidays or jetting off right after your wedding, you’re likely crossing your fingers that your dream spot’s weather comes through.

As Jack and I plan our December honeymoon I continue to get my hopes up and then quickly crushed. “Honey, what about a sexy, tropical vacation in…Tahiti?!” Ten minutes later I read aloud, “In December, Tahiti experiences unbearable heat and humidity” Oof.

Use this guide to know where in the world to find the best weather in your month of embarkation – avoiding “hot destinations” when they’re too humid, grossly sticky, miserably rainy or just too cold for beach weather. Plus, find our top picks for every month (because let’s be real, we need a year-long honeymoon).

January

You lucky babes, flights and accommodation can be quite affordable in January, due to the sudden dip in travelers following the busy end-of-year holidays. Find fabulous weather in these destinations:

The Alps (for skiing), Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bali, Belize, Brazil, Canadian Rockies (ski destinations), Caribbean, Central & South Africa, Chile, Costa Rica, Dubai, Ecuador, Hawaii, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Florida Keys, Sri Lanka, Thailand, USA (ski destinations)

Our Pick: Thailand is on our minds for a drier and far-from-sweltering monthlong getaway (given the affordability) in January. Give yourself some time to hop around Southern Thailand’s many, diverse islands, and find your niche. We’ll be hiding in our own private villas as our chef makes local fare by the pool.

February

With prices spiking only around Valentine’s Day, February too, offers low rates for travel worldwide, with plenty of sunny, beach destinations to choose from.

The Alps (for skiing), Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bali, Belize, Brazil, Canadian Rockies (ski destinations), Caribbean, Central & South Africa, Chile, Costa Rica, Dubai, Ecuador, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, the Philippines, New Zealand, the Florida Keys, Sri Lanka, Thailand, USA (ski destinations)

Photo by Claire Eliza

Our Pick: White sand beaches, crystal clear waters and plenty of coconuts wait for you in the Dominican Republic (and across the Caribbean for that matter). Find ultimate privacy lounging in your own pool at Villa mi Vida, eat fresh-caught, grilled fish with your toes in the sand, and enjoy long walks on the beach under the stars to town for swanky dinners in Las Terrenas – tell us that’s not romantic.

March

As the seasons begin to turn, shoulder months offer amicable weather in so many usually crowded summer honeymoon destinations. Find plenty of empty gems during Springtime (and the Southern Hemisphere’s Fall) around the world.

The Alps (for skiing), Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Canadian Rockies (ski destinations), Caribbean, Central & South Africa, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, the Florida Keys, USA (ski destinations, Southeast, Southwest), Vietnam

Photo by Claire Eliza

Our Pick: Love southeast Asia but want to see fewer tourists? Grab your visa and fly to up-and-coming Vietnam. At a fraction of the price of Thailand, you’ll stay in luxe villas (with private chef included!), see incredible limestone cliffs, enjoy beach relaxation and some of the best food the region has to offer.

April

Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Caribbean, Central & South Africa, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Italy, Japan, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Seychelles, Spain, the Florida Keys, Southern USA, Vietnam

Photo by Claire Eliza

Our Pick: Pack your swimmies and head to “The Baja’s Answer to Tulum”. Discover Jack any I’s wedding destination, Todos Santos, Mexico – a breezy, arid, strip of desert on the Pacific with baby turtles returning to the sea and out-of-this-world tacos. Book a room (or the whole place) at Villa Santa Cruz and take a day trip to La Paz to swim with whale sharks.

May

Possibly the best time to hop to the Mediterranean before seaside resorts fill, May offers warm weather across the Northern Hemisphere, with plenty of budget deals.

Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, Britain, Canada, the Canary Islands, Caribbean, Central & South Africa, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, the Galapagos, Greece, Hawaii, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Machu Picchu, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Seychelles, Spain,  the Florida Keys, USA.

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Our Pick: “Everything in Moana is real” said my friend who recently returned from her honeymoon in Tahiti. Enjoy perfect beach weather without the humidity in May. Relax in Tahitian style, participate in cultural traditions and snorkel in crystal clear waters.

June

Take your pick you lucky babes, starting in June the Northern Hemisphere’s Summer offers so many sunny destinations.

Alaska, Bermuda, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Central & South Africa, Czech Republic, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, the Galapagos, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Machu Picchu, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Norway, Seychelles, Spain, the Serengeti, Northern USA.

Our Pick: Explore Iceland at all hours of the day, as the sun barely dips below the horizon at the end of June. Trek across volcanoes, get drenched in waterfalls and cuddle with the majestic, iconic Icelandic ponies (take a browse through our Icelandic honeymoon guide).

July

Alaska, Bermuda, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Central & South Africa, Croatia, Czech Republic, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Iceland, Ireland, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mozambique, Norway, Seychelles, the Serengeti, Northern USA.

Our Pick: Dreaming of a safari honeymoon? Pick a luxury tent camp during the Serengeti’s dry season (also mating season!) during July and witness the majesty of nature.

August

Bermuda, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Central & South Africa, Croatia, Czech Republic, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Iceland, Ireland, Kenya, Machu Picchu, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mozambique, Norway, Seychelles, the Serengeti, Northern USA

Photo by Claire Eliza

Our Pick: Struggling to find that secluded August honeymoon spot on the Mediterranean? Explore lesser touristed Islands in Croatia’s Dalmatia region. Taste local wine driving through the Peljesac Peninsula on your way to Korcula – an island akin to Hvar, without being overrun by the yacht and cruise crew.

September

Another shoulder season begins in September, and your money goes a long way in the Mediterranean. Meanwhile across the pond, desert adventurers will find the American West at its finest weather for hiking and exploring.

Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Britain, California Coast, Canada, the Canary Islands, Central & South Africa, Croatia, Czech Republic, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Machu Picchu, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, the Serengeti, Spain, USA

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Our Pick: A hiking tour through the American Southwest including Zion, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelly and a luxury stay at Amangiri Resort in gorgeous Utah.

October

Australia, Bali, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, California Coast, Central & South Africa, Egypt, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Italy, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, the Serengeti, Seychelles, Spain, USA (the Southeast & Southwest)

Photo by Claire Eliza

Our Pick: If you can take off right at the start of the month, experience beautiful sunny days, and a lack of crowds in the Cyclades of Greece. Lounge at Lithos Luxury Rooms on (practically) your own private island of Milos, and sunbathe in the moonlike beaches of Sarakiniko, just ten minutes away.

November

November is time to head South as cooler temps and snow moves into the North.

Australia, Bahamas, Bali, Belize, Brazil, California Coast, Central & South Africa, Dubai, Egypt, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, New Zealand, Seychelles, Spain, Thailand, USA (ski destinations, Southeast)

Photo by Claire Eliza

Our Pick: Now is the time to explore the Moroccan Sahara. Stay at Erg Chigaga, watch the sunset over the incredible desert dunes and bring along an empty suitcase for all the fabulous shopping you’ll do in the souk on your way home.

December

While islands in the tropics offer incredible weather, you’ll want to watch your travel dates as prices surge around various National Holidays.

Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bali, Belize, Brazil, Canada (ski destinations), Caribbean, Central & South Africa, Chile, Costa Rica, Dubai, Ecuador, the Galapagos, Hawaii, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, the Florida Keys, Thailand, USA (ski destinations)

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Our Pick: Jet off to the Big Island of Hawaii. Swim with dolphins off the coast of Kona, ride horses in the pastures of Kohala, and take a helicopter tour over the ever-erupting Kilauea.

For more honeymoon inspiration, check out our Travel Section.