Once Labor Day Weekend is over, September can be one of the best months for travel, namely because many families stop traveling after their kids go back to school which makes the prices go down a bit. So what are the best September honeymoon destinations? Although you’ll probably want to avoid the Caribbean due to hurricane season, there are lots of other great places to visit in Europe, the Americas, and Oceania.
Here’s a run-down of Lonely Planet’s four destination recommendations for September with, of course, plenty of additional commentary from yours truly.
Barcelona is one of those cities that truly has it all: tons of culture, great nightlife, amazing food, and, oh yeah, a beach! Barcelona is still plenty warm in September, so you can spend your honeymoon sightseeing in the mornings, taking a daily siesta on the playa in the afternoons, and then eating paella and drinking sangria all night long. I also recommend signing up for a bike tour to get a good feel for the city. However, as wonderful as Barcelona is, the city does have a reputation for petty crime, so just remember to be aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded touristy areas like Las Ramblas.
To make your September honeymoon even better, consider combining Barcelona with another cool city in Spain, such as the beach town of San Sebastian (5.5 hour train ride from Barcelona) or the gorgeous Balearic Islands (one hour flight from Barcelona).
Once the busy summer tourist season dies down, Croatia is a wonderful honeymoon destination for early fall. While the water may cool off a bit, you can still enjoy warm weather in the seaside towns of Dubrovnik and Rovinj, and finding accommodations on the islands of Hvar and Dugi otok will be much easier.
If you do decide to honeymoon in Croatia, don’t forget to spend a day visiting one of my favorite places in the entire world: Plitvice Lakes National Park. The beautiful scenery will just blow you away.
Of course I am biased towards my home state, but even Lonely Planet thinks it’s a great September destination! Because we tend to get a late Indian Summer each year, September/October are definitely the best months for visiting San Francisco, and it’s also a great time for relaxing in Wine Country or driving down the coast to Big Sur, San Luis Obispo, or Santa Barbara. The beach towns in Southern California (e.g. Malibu, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, etc.) are fantastic honeymoon destinations, too. If you want any specific recommendations of where to go/what to do in California, feel free to message me directly.
Lonely Planet also recommends visiting the Amazon in September because the lower water levels will mean fewer mosquitos. Don’t let that statement fool you. There will still be plenty of mosquitos. Remember my Quick Tip #10: buy your bug spray and itch cream as soon as you arrive at your destination – don’t bother bringing stuff from home.
Bug bites aside, the Amazon can be a really cool destination for honeymooners with a sense of adventure. One way to see it in its full glory is by taking a luxury cruise. You can check out Condé Nast’s cruising recs here.
Want more September honeymoon destination recs? Below are two of my own suggestions, one for beach-lovers and the other for urbanites.
The idea of a honeymoon in Tahiti, Bora Bora, or Moorea always sounds fantastic to me! Consider splitting your time between two different islands to keep things interesting. While Bora Bora is absolutely picturesque, there aren’t as many activities to choose from. Moorea, on the other hand, is also stunning but offers plenty of things to do, like hikes, bike rides, rum tastings, and swimming with rays and sharks.
You can save some bucks by waiting until September to fly to Denmark or Sweden, and believe me, you’re going to need it. Although Copenhagen and Stockholm are two of the most expensive cities that I’ve ever visited (a regular cup of coffee costs about $5, I absolutely loved them. Copenhagen is totally walkable, has some of the world’s best restaurants and museums, and both the people and the scenery are totally beautiful. Stockholm is just a short flight away, and is also a great city to walk around and soak up the culture. The weather definitely cools down by the end of the month, so if you want to honeymoon there in September I would say the earlier you go, the better.