Last week Condé Nast Traveler’s resident travel expert Wendy Perrin wrote a blog post answering the question, “What are the best travel destinations for July?” While her article wasn’t necessarily honeymoon-specific, she mentioned many popular honeymoon destinations that would be wonderful in July, and a bunch of others that should be avoided. Check out her recommendations below:
– Tahiti (As if you need another reason to choose Tahiti for a honeymoon, in July you can also celebrate Polynesian culture at the Heiva Festival.)
– Seychelles (A great tropical-yet-cool-and-dry destination that isn’t too crowded in July. August, however, is another story.)
– Barbados (Big off-season deals are easy to come by in July, and you can check out the Crop Over Festival.)
– Anywhere up north: Canada, Scandinavia, The U.K. (Warmer weather and extended daylight hours – what’s not to like?)
– Belize (Humidity + mosquitos? No thanks!)
– The west coast of Mexico (It can be so hot that the sand will burn your feet. Yikes.)
– Eastern Turkey (Also suuuper hot.)
– The French Riviera (Lots and lots of tourists.)
– Croatia (Too many cruise-goers in Dubrovnik, but other seaside towns should be alright.)
– Rome/Venice, Italy (Really overly crowded with tourists; the prices skyrocket.)
– Southern Spain (Yep, just too hot.)
My two cents? I think that Greece is also an excellent destination for July even though it will be high season. The Aegean Sea doesn’t get super warm, so if you go too early in the year you might find the water to be on the chilly side. But if you go in August, the islands get extremely crowded with Italian tourists.
And where should you avoid in July? My lovely city of San Francisco. While this year we have actually had nearly a full week of real summer weather (!!!), it is not unusual for the temperature to hardly break 60 degrees during the summer months. (You can always spot the tourists by their cheap “SF” fleeces that were purchased in Fisherman’s Wharf once they realized that not everywhere in California is warm during the summer.) The best months to visit the city by the bay are September through early November when we typically enjoy a late Indian summer.
I had a different experience of Greece in July. My partner and I went there 2 years ago (Meteora, various islands in the Cyclades), and it was unbearably hot almost every day, even in the mountains and on the beach. The scenery was great, but it would have been nice to be able to walk around comfortably during the day. Thumbs up to honeymoon in Canada, though; we went to the Rockies for our honeymoon!
Thanks for the feedback, Emily! That’s really good to know that Greece can get way too hot in July, too. Maybe I just lucked out during my Greece trip in 2006. Let me know if you’d like to write a post about your honeymoon in Canada!