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Honeymoon Planning: Best Honeymoon Weather by Wedding Month

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Weather by Destination

Frost be damned, you want to go to Paris? We'd be the last ones to stop you! But remember that your dream destination may not be so dreamy in the dead of winter, or heat of summer. Below, some of the most popular honeymoon destinations -- some because they enjoy relatively sublime weather year-round -- and their not-so-pretty seasons.

Hawaii

  • Best months: March to July, October and November
  • Worst months: Far from horrible, December and January are coolest (average afternoon temperature is 75 degrees); August and September are hottest (average 92 degrees). The wettest months are from November to March.
Note: In general, every island's northern shore gets more rain than the southern, especially on Kauai and the Big Island.

Bahamas

  • Best months: November to April
  • Worst months: It is hottest (up to 89 degrees on average) and rainiest from June to October

Bermuda

  • Best months: May to October
  • Worst month: January and February

Caribbean

  • Best months: Technically, December to May, when the area is coolest and enjoys the most wind, but average temperatures year-round hover between 78 and 88 degrees
  • Worst months: "Official" hurricane season runs from June to November; the worst months are August, September, and October (islands near South America -- Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Trinidad, and Tobago -- are outside the hurricane danger zone)
Note: High-altitude and coastal spots are cooled by trade winds year-round (a good salve during the hotter and more humid summer months)

Europe

  • Best months: May through September or October
  • Worst months: December to February

Florida

  • Best months: March, April, October, November
  • Worst months: May to September
Note: The Florida Keys experience temperate, Caribbean-like weather year-round.

Las Vegas

  • Best months: March, April, October, November
  • Worst months: June to September
Note: July and August are scorchers here, but at least it's a "dry" heat (humidity is very low year-round)

Mexico

  • Best months: October to May
  • Worst months: Rainy season runs June through September, but usually only involves a short daily dousing. It is also hotter during the summer months.
Note: Coastal playgrounds and low-lying sections of the country are hotter than higher-altitude destinations such as Mexico City, Guadalajara, and the heartland "Silver Cities."

Southeast Asia

  • Best months: November to February
  • Worst months: Hottest between April and May; rainy from June to September

South Pacific, French Polynesia

  • Best months: May to October
  • Worst months: December to February (hot, humid, and rainy); Tahiti lies well outside the Pacific cyclone zone and while Fiji does not, it is rarely hit during the highest-risk months of January and February

-- Lori Seto

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