Best Places to Honeymoon in December for Sun Lovers

It’s becoming increasingly popular for lovebirds to honeymoon in the month of December. Right as winter is rearing its ugly head, many honeymooners head off to a sunny tropical paradise. It’s a glorious feeling to know that while it may be snowing at home, you’re warm and toasty on a white sand beach somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere. Plus, by traveling in December, vacationers are often treated to glorious Christmas displays in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Below, you’ll find a list of some of the best places to honeymoon in December, especially for sun lovers.

Best Places To Honeymoon In December


1. New Zealand

Fiordland National Park

By now, the secret’s out about New Zealand’s awe-inspiring scenery and natural beauty. Everyone who’s seen The Lord of the Rings knows just how mythic the natural wonders of New Zealand are. Since this tiny island nation is located in the Southern Hemisphere, its warmest months are in December, January, and February. The average temperatures in December range between 68-86 degrees Fahrenheit with plenty of sunshine almost everyday.

There are numerous places to visit and things to do in this country, so many travel experts recommend taking a self-drive honeymoon tour of the country. With a self-drive tour, you have the freedom to explore whatever you want to explore. For instance, you can take a drive around the North or South Islands, you could check out the Fiordland National Park in the southwest, or you could drive into the popular cities like Auckland, Wellington, and Queenstown.

If you don’t feel like driving, no worries. New Zealand has plenty of cruise lines and train rides to help visitors get the most out of their New Zealand adventure. Be sure to take at least one ride on the TranzAlpine Train, one of the top-rated scenic train rides in the entire world. As the TranzAlpine Train travels between Christchurch with Greymouth, guests are treated to views of both the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps.

Whatever you choose to do, you just can’t go wrong with visiting New Zealand in December. While your friends are languishing in the brutal cold of winter, you’ll be experiencing the glorious first month of summertime in a nation that continues to inspire filmmakers, poets, and novelists with its natural riches. All of this makes New Zealand one of the best places to honeymoon in December.

2. Thailand

Krabi, one of the best places to honeymoon in December

The South Asian nation of Thailand is known throughout the world for its warm tropical climate, its rich Buddhist heritage, and the hospitality of its locals. Indeed, visitors have been so taken aback by the locals’ joyful demeanor that Thailand has been unofficially dubbed the “Land of Smiles.”

Once you step off the plane in Bangkok, you’ll most likely be greeted with a bright sun and temperatures well above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Sunshine typically lasts around nine hours per day in December with an average of only two days of rainfall.

Some of the more popular areas for honeymooners in the mood to snorkel and stroll along white sand beaches everyday include Krabi, Phi Phi, Koh Tao, Koh Pha Ngan, and, of course, Phuket. All of these islands seem to have been designed by God specifically for beach lovers. As you probably are already aware, Thailand has a reputation for being a haven for those who love nightlife, especially in the big cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

For those not into partying all night long, there are plenty of amazing monasteries and Buddhist shrines to take in all around Thailand. Although these areas of Thailand have become extremely popular in recent years, you can still book a private hotel or suite near a beach, just be sure to book your hotel stay well in advance. With its tropical climate, pristine beaches, and delicious food, Thailand is one of the best places to honeymoon in December.

3. Florida

South Beach, Miami

If you want to stay in the U.S.A. for your honeymoon, why not visit the Sunshine State? With an average temperature of 61 degrees Fahrenheit and about seven hours of sunshine each day, there’s really not too much to complain about in this southern state.

There are plenty of wonderful tourist destinations in Florida for whatever you’re into. If you want a Disney fairy tale honeymoon, just head on over to the fabulous Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. You’ll find all of the theme parks and award-winning resorts here totally decked out for Christmastime.

If Disney isn’t your style, you can always head on over to Miami to soak up some sun on both South Beach and Miami Beach. For those in the mood for an island adventure, book a trip to Captiva Island in the Fort Myers section of the state.

Finally, there are plenty of high-quality resorts specifically designed for honeymooners dotted all along the famous Florida Keys. With so many options to choose from, Florida truly is one of the best places to honeymoon in December.

4. Morocco

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Located in North Africa, Morocco has become famous for its rich culture, laidback attitude, and wonderful beaches. The average temperature for Morocco in December is around 56 degrees Fahrenheit with seven hours of sunshine each day.

Beach lovers often book a trip to the city of Agadir in the southern section of the country, but you should know that this modern city has little in the way of “historical Morocco.” People interested in getting a taste of ancient Morocco might want to take a trip to the capital city of Rabat, the city of Marrakech by the Atlas Mountains, or the port city of Tangier.

One of the most luxurious places for honeymooners to stay in Morocco is at the Kasbah Tamadot. Located in the small town of Asni, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the Atlas Mountains in this deluxe 28-room hotel. Wherever you choose to stay, you can be sure Morocco is one of the best places to honeymoon in December for both beach and history lovers.

5. Dubai

couple posing on the beach in Dubai

If you haven’t heard of Dubai yet, then you probably have been living under a rock for the past few years. This metropolis in the middle of the Arabian Peninsula has rocketed to global fame in recent years as an international hub for economics and tourism.

In December, expect temperatures in the 70s with about eight hours of sunshine each day. There are literally hundreds of high-class hotels, resorts, suites, and even yachts designed to cater to the whims of every honeymooning couple.

If you and your partner are more adventurous, you’ll find plenty to do all around Dubai, including helicopter rides, skydiving, and even indoors skiing. No matter what you’re into, Dubai is definitely one of the best places to honeymoon in December. There’s a reason why Dubai has become a global travel destination, and traveling here in December is the best time to see for yourself why this city has captivated the minds of millions.

If you’re planning on taking a December honeymoon, any of the above destinations are sure to satisfy your desires. Whether you want a traditional beach vacation, or perhaps you’re in the market for a more adventurous honeymoon excursion, all of these warm and inviting locales offer a little something for everyone’s taste. So, go for it, pamper yourself and enjoy quality time with your soul mate this December. You deserve it.

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