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With Sunday officially marking the first day of Spring here in the UK this post falls in perfect timing. Today we are welcoming back our resident honeymoon expert Tom to the blog. Last time, Tom shared with us his ideas on honeymooning with children and today he is back on the blog to share with you his top picks for Spring Honeymoons.
Spring is a great time for honeymoons; the months of March, April and May fall in the shoulder season, meaning that many destinations will have great weather, smaller crowds and discounted prices. And that’s certainly not a combination you’re likely to get anywhere in the world during the peak of summer – so great news for spring brides who want the perfect post wedding getaway! Here are 5 fab places for a spring honeymoon…
Halfway between North American jungles and the islands of the Caribbean, this coastal paradise makes the perfect spot for a little honeymoon adventure, especially if you love sun, sea and diving. Go in spring and you’ll beat the crowds and get some amazing honeymoon offers on travel and accommodation; and you’ll get to see the amazing Belize Barrier Reef, second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The dry season technically ends in April but heavy rainfall will normally hit around June, so the earlier you go the better!
Spring in Japan is filled with such romance. From the end of March to the beginning of May, cherry blossom trees will bloom all over the country and Hanami Festivals will take place across the different regions including major cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Okinawa. Soft pink hues will line the parks and gardens and locals will gather outside for a traditional ‘flower party’ with food and plenty of sake.
Italy in spring has to be a road-trip; that’s if you want to get the most out of your honeymoon and explore parts of the coast as well as inland. The shoulder season means that you’ll get glorious warm weather and you’ll beat the crowds at big sights / attractions such as the Colosseum or Vatican City in Rome, the Piazza del Duomo in Florence, or the Leaning Tower in Pisa. Italy is also in full bloom from March and April so be sure to see the sunflower fields of Tuscany or the poppy fields of Umbria if you decide to check out the countryside. You can stay in some stunning villas in either place looking out over some of the most romantic scenery the world has to offer.
The best thing about Maui in spring is the glorious weather with highs of 27°C in March / April and highs of 29°C in May. Plus because it’s before the start of the summer holiday season, you’ll get some great offers on luxury hotels and accommodation. Get the most out of your stay on this spectacular island and make time for some whale watching, snorkelling at Molokini Island, hiking in Hana, a visit to the Rappel Waterfalls, and a helicopter tour of the whole island.
With New Zealand being in the Southern Hemisphere, March, April and May is actually autumn over there. But even towards the end of April / early May, the weather still remains wonderfully warm and with the days being long, there’s plenty of time for you to explore the great outdoors. Go to Hawke’s Bay or Lake Wanaka and the Central Otago regions to see how the autumn hues light up New Zealand’s breath-taking landscape. With temperatures remaining high in March and April, you can pack your summer clothes and even take a dip in the sea.
Thanks so much Tom, great advice as ever I’m sure you will agree. Pop back in April for more Honeymoon and Travel advice.
Tom is a passionate traveller and blogger who loves travelling the world and discovering new cultures and experiences. After getting married to Claire in 2012, holidays changed from backpacking to flashpacking, but the intrigue to discover new places remains the same