Where should we go on our honeymoon?

My fiancee and I are getting married on 9 February, and pretty much everything is taken care of. We have a couple more invitations to send out, but apart from that it's all details. The only thing we haven't looked into at all is our honeymoon.

Now I've always wanted to go to the States, and my fiancee is not adverse to the idea either. The first thought for Belgians is always New York, as there's plenty to see and it's relatively close by and has good flight connections. But since it's February maybe someplace warmer might be in order?

I would love to hear what you guys/girls think. Any suggestions?

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! As a honeymoon destination, I think NYC is great year round. Even if the weather turns nasty, there's no end of "indoor" things to do and see. Plus, come on! It's New York City!

If you're willing to invest a few more hours in air travel and you'd like to get away from the worst of the cold weather, I can highly recommend both San Francisco and San Diego as incredible winter destinations.

Easter Island. Trust me. A more out of the ordinary place would be hard to find. Santorini is always a great place to spend some time at. I had a great time at both.

How much time can you take off for the trip?

San Francisco is not a good winter destination. Winter is rainy season in California. San Diego is better but, still, it is winter.

Go to the tropics. Lay around a beach, go snorkeling, go on an excursion, drink too many Pina Coladas, and use your hotel room.

We did a cruise and it was great. You unpack once, everything is taken care of, including the travel, you eat well, and there's always something to do. We did the Western Mediterranean, but you can easily book something more or less expensive and just as enjoyable. Alaskan cruise, Caribbean, Canada, Disney, they are all good.

If you're dead set on America and you are looking west coast, I highly recommend planning some time to see the Grand Canyon. I'm not sure how long it takes to get there from Cali, but its worth it. Pretty much the best natural phenomenon USA has to offer.

My wife and I went to the Dominican Republic for a week (not on honeymoon, just for the heck of it). Aside from the fact that I developed a cold on the second day, it was great: warm weather, plenty of sun, and surprisingly good food. If you want something low-key, there you go. Even spending a little extra on a nice resort, it was quite affordable.

The only downside were the 250lb dudes with more back hair than Bigfoot parading around in banana hammocks. I could have done without that.

Santorini

Done.

Grenn wrote:

If you're dead set on America and you are looking west coast, I highly recommend planning some time to see the Grand Canyon. I'm not sure how long it takes to get there from Cali, but its worth it. Pretty much the best natural phenomenon USA has to offer.

And you can hit Vegas on the way, double bonus.

Nicholaas wrote:

My wife and I went to the Dominican Republic for a week (not on honeymoon, just for the heck of it). Aside from the fact that I developed a cold on the second day, it was great: warm weather, plenty of sun, and surprisingly good food. If you want something low-key, there you go. Even spending a little extra on a nice resort, it was quite affordable.

The only downside were the 250lb dudes with more back hair than Bigfoot parading around in banana hammocks. I could have done without that.

They're coming from Europe, they're used to that I presume since that's the hallmark of German tourists

I second the suggestions for a Caribbean/Mexico/Hawai'i cruise. Unpack once, see lots, be somewhere warm.

For a honeymoon from Belgium, I'd tend to go somewhere warm - Mediterranean (e.g., Santorini), somewhere in the Caribbean or somewhere on the Gulf of Mexico (Southeastern US, Mexico, etc.). But your preferences may vary from mine.

It would help to have an idea of what you'd like to do (e.g., see historical sites, lounge on a nice beach, go to a concert, eat at nice restaraunts, hit amusement parks, hike, go rock climbing).

The wife and I did a Caribbean cruise for our honeymoon and it was fantastic. That being said, go to New Orleans.

Stay at home, transfer me the money.

Congrats on the pending nuptials!

I'd take a Caribbean cruise out of Florida that time of year and save a few extra days for sightseeing in Florida.

Or, I would take a smaller, local honeymoon and save New York for a warmer time of year.

Thanks for the wildly diverse suggestions so far! Keem 'em coming

We have about a week, as my fiancee teaches second grade (teachers are HOT) we can't pick our days. The day we get married is the first day of 'spring break', which lasts a week and always falls in the week of Ash Wednesday over here.

We're not into extreme sports type of things, but we're not sunbathe-by-the-pool people either. We like to hike, bike, and visit a museum or natural site. All else being equal, we prefer the calm outdoors to inner-city sensory overload. We do go on city trips often enough though.

My wife and I stayed in Antigua for our honeymoon. Best decision ever!

dejanzie wrote:

My fiancee and I are getting married on 9 February, and pretty much everything is taken care of. We have a couple more invitations to send out, but apart from that it's all details. The only thing we haven't looked into at all is our honeymoon.

Now I've always wanted to go to the States, and my fiancee is not adverse to the idea either. The first thought for Belgians is always New York, as there's plenty to see and it's relatively close by and has good flight connections. But since it's February maybe someplace warmer might be in order?

I would love to hear what you guys/girls think. Any suggestions?

If you don't go to the US I would humbly suggest Croatia. It's gorgeous there. Maybe not in February, but my wife and I have become a bit addicted to that country.

How about a farm stay in Tuscany? Beautiful villas. Great food and wine. Warm sunshine. Rolling countryside.

Plus you can, you know, perch on top of belltowers and pretend to be Ezio.

dejanzie wrote:

Thanks for the wildly diverse suggestions so far! Keem 'em coming

We have about a week, as my fiancee teaches second grade (teachers are HOT) we can't pick our days. The day we get married is the first day of 'spring break', which lasts a week and always falls in the week of Ash Wednesday over here.

We're not into extreme sports type of things, but we're not sunbathe-by-the-pool people either. We like to hike, bike, and visit a museum or natural site. All else being equal, we prefer the calm outdoors to inner-city sensory overload. We do go on city trips often enough though.

The day before Ash Wednesday is Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Might be a good time.

NYC is always good to visit, but as you say its not that hard to get to so maybe try for something a bit more exotic? The SW US is quite nice that time of year, you can get snow in the upper elevations while getting warm enough weather in general the only issue is that things tend to be far (8 hours travel) apart so doing multiple places is hard in a week. Why not try an African safari, its summer down there or at least early fall so the weather should at least be warm. Not sure where would be the best place, Keyna, Tanzania, or SA. It would also have the benefit of getting you outside and out of large cities.

Zaque wrote:

Why not try an African safari, its summer down there or at least early fall so the weather should at least be warm. Not sure where would be the best place, Keyna, Tanzania, or SA. It would also have the benefit of getting you outside and out of large cities.

February is generally the best possible weather in most of South Africa. A week at Kruger Park or Sabi would be pretty awesome.

dejanzie wrote:

We're not into extreme sports type of things, but we're not sunbathe-by-the-pool people either. We like to hike, bike, and visit a museum or natural site. All else being equal, we prefer the calm outdoors to inner-city sensory overload. We do go on city trips often enough though.

My girlfriend and I did a week-long trip around Crete this summer, including a hike up Samaria Gorge, and it was all the things you mentioned. There is plenty of Ancient Greek history for you to explore if you're into that. We did it on a shoestring budget but I'm sure you can find ways to spend more money should you choose The food is uniformly excellent and cheap, apart from the free ouzo you get at the end of every meal, which will drive you crazy by the end of your stay.

Crete is, admittedly, not in America. I constantly hear good things about the natural beauty of upstate New York, but she's a Cornellian so possibly a pinch of bias there!

ringsnort wrote:

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! As a honeymoon destination, I think NYC is great year round. Even if the weather turns nasty, there's no end of "indoor" things to do and see. Plus, come on! It's New York City!

If you're willing to invest a few more hours in air travel and you'd like to get away from the worst of the cold weather, I can highly recommend both San Francisco and San Diego as incredible winter destinations.

As a new Yorker, I would Avoid NYC in February unless you really like the cold. Central park just isn't fun with no leaves and freezing cold. Plus, it gets dark very early so unless you plan do do a lot of nightlife stuff in NYC (which is awesome) wait until May. There is a NYC visitor thread on this site somewhere.

One of the greatest places to visit in the United States is the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas like Bryce National park, and Monument Valley. It's one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Bermuda is amazing and cheap to go to but I am not sure what th weather is like in February.

Radical Ans wrote:
dejanzie wrote:

Thanks for the wildly diverse suggestions so far! Keem 'em coming

We have about a week, as my fiancee teaches second grade (teachers are HOT) we can't pick our days. The day we get married is the first day of 'spring break', which lasts a week and always falls in the week of Ash Wednesday over here.

We're not into extreme sports type of things, but we're not sunbathe-by-the-pool people either. We like to hike, bike, and visit a museum or natural site. All else being equal, we prefer the calm outdoors to inner-city sensory overload. We do go on city trips often enough though.

The day before Ash Wednesday is Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Might be a good time.

New Orleans is great - but Mardi Gras may be a bit "inner-city sensory overload". Lots of partying and debauchery. Outside of the Mardi Gras time frame, New Orleans would be a great honeymoon destination with great restaurants, interesting history, music festivals (e.g., jazz), etc. Especially if you are not a beach person. If Mardi Gras sounds attractive, New Orleans would be worth a look.

For cities with history (mostly Civil War type history) - Charleston has lots of history and great restaurants. It also has beaches nearby, though they tend to have harder packed sand than I like. Another similar option would be to stay in Hilton Head (beach resort) and take day trips to nearby Savannah Georgia. In February, the average highs at both of these options will be about 60 degrees Farenheit (I think about 17 degrees Celsius).

If you want warmer weather, you may need to hit Mexico, a cruise or a place in the US farther south such as Key West, FL (warm temps even in February) or Miami. Not as much in the way of historical sites that far south in the US though, but you could snorkel/scuba. You could visit Aztec sites in Mexico.

Edit: Added the point about snorkeling/scuba in the last paragraph.

Most of the US is pretty cold in February; there's still lots to do and see, but it's not an ideal time of year. California and the West in general are usually best in late April or early May, when it's still green and lovely from the winter rain, and warm enough for shirtsleeves, but not really hot yet. The American South is best in mid-October, when the days are warm but not blazing, the humidity has dropped, and the insects are less noxious. (lots of bugs in the South.) I don't know the Northeast, so I'm not sure what time of year is best there.

In February, an African safari sounds like just the thing.

edit: You know, Los Angeles is supposed to be fairly comfortable in February. Plenty of outdoors-type stuff to do there, once you get out of the (enormous) city proper.

I was going to recommend Charleston, but DevilStick beat me to it. Truly a great place to visit and can be very romantic.

Asheville NC is another fine southern gem but the weather could be iffy in February.

Go to Hawaii, or as mentioned above, the closest, perhaps, Mediterranean equivalent.
Hawaiian, Mauri, Polynesian hospitality is a special kind. At least the sense of it you get from being a tourist. I understand the difference between culture and tourism.

Still, when we can, we're going back. It's rural, warm, quiet as you want it to be, with a smattering of city scenes. I'm a camper, outdoors, water sports kind of person, so it's amazing to me. Diving, snorkeling, surfing, shorts on the beach at night.

Depends on what kind of people you are, and how you enjoy spending your time.

If you enjoy skiing, you could hit the slopes at a ski resort on the East Coast for a couple of days, then finish the trip in New York. You get an active, but not extreme, sports vacation that takes advantage of the cold weather, then hit the city for all the daytime cultural events and nightlife fun that can bring. Plus you only have to fly in and out of NYC. The travel time will cut into your vacation time, though.

Charleston, SC is a great place to visit. But don't take my word for it!

Really it's a great spot. Kind of crazy it was voted #1 in the world, but it is definitely a gem of a city. Loads of great things to see, amazing restaurants, and really polite denizens.

We lived right down in the French Quarter for a few years before moving out to the suburbs, so if you've got any questions about what to see\do let me know.

For our Honeymoon, though, we went here. Looks like the rates have gone up a bit, but all food and booze is included in the price. It's a private island with 10 cabanas on it and a restaurant and bar.

It was the most amazing trip I've ever been on.

This was the view from our cabana:
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I mean... damn.

Malor wrote:

Most of the US is pretty cold in February; there's still lots to do and see, but it's not an ideal time of year.

Agreed. If you want shorts weather, you'll need to hit the Southern fringes of the US - mainly Florida.

Malor wrote:

The American South is best in mid-October, when the days are warm but not blazing, the humidity has dropped, and the insects are less noxious. (lots of bugs in the South.)

Living in the American South, I think the best times to visit are Spring (late April - early June, though the Atlantic is a bit cold then) and Fall (mid-September to end of October).

Malor wrote:

I don't know the Northeast, so I'm not sure what time of year is best there.

I tend to think of the summer as the time to see the Northern US or Yellowstone.

One other idea - kind of out of the box - is to go to Orlando. Honeymooners could have a good time at Disney's Paradise Island, Universal Orlando, etc. If you stay on site at a Universal (Hard Rock Hotel, etc.), you have a permanent "Fast Pass" (skip to the front of all lines) at Universal's Parks. Great way to feel like a VIP - go have fun for a couple of hours and still have time to relax by the pool. (We did this trip last year over Christmas break, and it was great.)

Edit: Corrected the reference to Yellowstone (was Yosemite)