July is a lovely time of year to choose a honeymoon, with summer covering the UK and Europe with glorious sunshine, and hundreds of romantic destinations all over the world to choose from. Here are just a few for you, to get you started planning your perfect July honeymoon.
July has to be the best month for weather in the UK, with the whole country enjoying probably the best weather of the year. Anywhere from St Ives in Cornwall, Snowdonia in Wales or the Scottish Highlands and Islands will welcome romantic honeymooners with rustic cottages, luxury hotels or beach side getaways.
Short Haul Honeymoons
Of course, the Mediterranean is simply amazing at this time of year, with hot and sunny weather almost guaranteed. France, Italy, Sardinia, Greece, Cyprus – the list is endless. Whether you want turquoise seas and sandy beaches, city culture or beautiful mountains and long country walks, there will be a European honeymoon in July that suits you perfectly. Another suggestion for a short haul honeymoon in July would be Iceland which experiences fairly warm weather and at this time of year, you will be able to see the incredible phenomenon of the midnight sun.
Long haul honeymoons
Safari honeymoons in July are beginning to get exciting! July sees the beginning of the great wildebeest migration, when thousands of zebra, gazelle and wildebeest begin to arrive from the Serengeti. This phenomenal sight can be seen in both Kenya’s Masai Mara and neighbouring Tanzania. You can combine this once in a lifetime experience with more wildlife-watching, diving and relaxing on the beach, with a stay in Zanzibar or Pemba.
Festivals are in full swing in July. Independence Day on the 4th July in Hawaii is a festival highlight. Tahiti – known as ‘the island of love’ – hosts its most important festival, ‘Heiva Tahiti’, in July. Events include dancing competitions, fire walking and fruit carrying.
Bali is one of Indonesia’s most popular islands to visit. Bali offers a little something for everyone with accommodation ranging from luxurious hotels, bustling resorts and beach side bungalows, to poolside villas in the central hills. July is high season, and prices may reflect this, but you will not be disappointed. The coastal towns and resorts offer stunning beaches, a wealth of cultural attractions, markets, bustling night life and evening entertainment. Honeymooners wanting to explore further inland can travel to the lush town of Ubud, situated in the centre of Bali high in the hills. Attractions include Ubud’s Monkey forest, art & craft markets and tasting the delicious local cuisine.
Winter sunshine should not be dismissed – Mauritius, which has good weather throughout the year and is great for keen surfers in July. Remember that Mauritius is a very family-friendly island; so if you are travelling in the school holidays, honeymooners should choose a hotel carefully.
The UK school holidays start half way through July, so book a honeymoon before the prices rise at the end of the month. Much of Thailand is experiencing the rainy season in July and the Caribbean, although it is not in the hurricane season yet, will be pretty hot.