April showers bring May flowers, as well as a little romance. If you’re getting married in late winter or early spring, you’re probably also trying to figure out where to spend your honeymoon. Great news: May is one of the best months to travel! The weather is pleasant and you’re ahead of the busy summer months when your favorite destinations are overcrowded with tourists. As for accommodations, find your home away from home by booking an incredible vacation rental. Take a look at the top springtime honeymoon destinations.
1. Ubud, Bali
Is it any wonder that Bali is number one on this list? Pictures of this island are literally what dreams are made of. With crystal blue waters and stretches of fine, white sand, Bali is an Indonesian paradise and an absolute fantasy. Ubud is the “artistic capital” and the perfect place to see a cultural dance performance, take pictures with mischievous monkeys, or explore ancient cave carvings. The best time of the year to travel to Bali is from April to October, so May is perfect. The wet season is over, and the average temperature is 82°F with an average low of 73°F and average high of 91°F.
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2. Florence, Italy
European cities are ideal in May. Florence offers up the perfect mix of high culture and fine dining with average temperatures of 73°F and 8 hours of daily sunshine. Not many cities are so jam-packed with world-class art museums, marble basilicas, and medieval candle-lit chapels around every corner. Florence also takes great pride in their culinary scene. Try raw cuisine, fish bistros, or an earthy bowl of traditional ribollita in a city where eating and drinking well is mandatory. This city is also a great springboard for visiting other Italian hot spots like Rome and Siena.
3. Mallorca, Spain
The main advantage of honeymooning in Mallorca in May is the weather. The best months to visit the Mediterranean are May, June, September, and October, and you can expect warm sunshine, low humidity, and cool evenings. The beautiful Spanish countryside is full of secret coves, picturesque villages, and romantic vacation rentals for two. Prices in May are also much lower than during the peak summer period. Many of the locals are revamping their old houses, country estates and fincas (or farmhouses) into beautifully refined rural retreats.
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4. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Caribbean is superb in the spring. The high season is coming to an end, and you can get a great deal on hotels and airfare. You might run into the occasional afternoon shower, but the weather is still great with temperatures in the high 70’s and low 80’s. For an extremely budget-friendly option, visit the Dominican Republic. The beaches are stunning with sand so soft and white that you might think it was sugar. There are accommodation options ranging from vacation rentals to all-inclusive resorts, and many travelers have reported snagging a week long trip including airfare, lodging, meals, and activities for less than $1,000 per person!
5. Portree, Scotland
Portree is a colorful town set around a natural harbor on the Isle of Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. It’s an ideal base for an adventure-oriented honeymoon. Explore nearby Old Man of Storr, a lava-flow pinnacle that you might recognize from the opening scene of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Keep your camera at the ready to snap pictures of eagles, seals, pine martins, and deer. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, escape to the Outer Hebrides to experience some of Scotland’s best beaches, from Traigh Scarasta on the Isle of Harris to Traigh Mhor on the Isle of Lewis.
6. Santa Barbara, California
Many people like to think international for their honeymoon, but don’t overlook the good old west coast. If great beaches, delicious wine, locally grown food, and chilled-out activities are your cup of tea, then this is the place for your honeymoon. Santa Barbara is beautiful, laid-back, and perfect for a relaxing getaway. Head to Bacara Resort and Spa for a couples massage and then take a 45-minute car ride into the valley for some low-key wine tasting at Los Olivos. Then, take a hike up to Inspiration Point for views of the entire coast and Channel Islands before taking a surfing lesson.
7. Machu Picchu, Peru
You’ll most likely be staying in Machu Picchu Pueblo, also known as Aguas Calientes, the town nearest Machu Picchu, but we’re here to talk about the main attraction. Every year, millions of people visit this imposing and mysterious Incan citadel. While the site is open year-round, October through April is the official rainy season. It can rain at any time, so May isn’t necessarily in the clear, but it’s still a great time to go as the peak season isn’t until July and August. There’s nothing like a spectacular selfie at the top of Machu Picchu to remember your honeymoon forever!
8. Matsumae, Hokkaido, Japan
With mild temperatures in the low 70’s and 6 hours of sunshine, May is the perfect time to visit Japan. Plus, the gardens are in full bloom, and on the northern island of Hokkaido, you can see cherry blossoms as late as May. (In most major cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, the cherry blossom season typically takes place in early April). Matsumae is one of the best places in Hokkaido for viewing cherry blossoms, and Matsumae also has the only castle on the island.
9. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Also known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is historically rich a wonderful for exploring on your honeymoon. The hustle and bustle of the city allows for excitement around every corner. No matter where you turn, you’ll find sizzling street food that will make your mouth water. You’ll see fruits and vegetables that you never even knew existed and even a wide array of proteins that you never thought of as “food.” If you need a little beach for a romantic getaway, don’t worry. Honeymooners love Mui Ne Beach at Phan Thiet.
10. Nosy Be, Madagascar
Madagascar is in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa and one of the world’s most underrated honeymoon destinations. You’ll get a great deal on a safari compared to mainland Africa, and the stunning, powder-white beaches are not to be missed. The Nosy Be archipelago in the North is the most visited region of the country. Maybe it’s because the silky beaches, turquoise waters, and idyllic islands off the coast look like something straight out of a postcard. Combine that with the coral reefs, tropical forest backdrop, and teddy bear-like lemurs, and you’re sure to have a magical honeymoon.
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