Late summer has always been a popular time to vacation, but planning a honeymoon in August can be tricky. Your post-wedding holiday might fall at a time when crowds are large and temperatures are high. That said, August is actually a perfect time to travel if you know where to go. If you are plotting your August honeymoon escape, consider heading to one of these appealing destinations. These "secret" corners of the globe provide just the right amount of warmth, activity and natural appeal for any honeymoon.
August is arguably the best month to be in Ireland. The late summer showcases some of the driest and sunniest weather of the year. Ireland has roughly 18 hours of daylight in August. The Emerald Isle has other honeymoon-worthy traits besides its fine late summer weather. Dublin, the main city, is rich in museums and historic attractions like Trinity College. Couples can also celebrate getting married by clinking pints of Ireland's most famous beer at the Gravity Bar atop the Guinness Storehouse.
Ireland’s romantic side is best felt away from its cities, deep in the countryside. Killarney National Park boasts a fairyland of lakes, woodlands and mountains. Then again, it might be Ireland’s romantic drives that provide the perfect honeymoon backdrop. The best road trip will take couples along the famous Ring of Kerry. Honeymooners in Ireland aren't limited to standard hotels. If a couple chooses, they can stay in authentic castles like Castle Leslie in Glaslough. Roughly 80 minutes by car from Dublin, this Irish castle provides unique rooms and cottages and thousands of acres of Irish countryside to explore on foot or on horseback.
The Pacific island nation of Fiji is essentially a year-round destination. However August is in the middle of the dry season. Also, scuba divers and snorkelers get to experience some of the year's clearest conditions in Fiji’s reef waters during this month. Long an idyllic honeymoon destination, Fiji has over 300 islands, though only a hundred are inhabited. Palm fringed beaches and welcoming locals create the ideal atmosphere for unwinding after the busyness of planning a wedding.
At least one Fijian island is a paradise within a paradise. Laucala Private Island features 25 villas spread out along the beautiful shoreline. The resort has all the hallmarks of tropical idyll: sugary sands, clear waters, green coastline and even private pools in each villa.
With its lighthouses, rugged shoreline and quaint villages, Maine seems like it fell right out of a postcard. In August, honeymooners will be welcomed by some of the state’s best weather. Outdoorsy types and couples who want a casual honeymoon can appreciate Maine’s natural beauty at its many state parks and at the famous Acadia National Park.
For lobster, lighthouses and rugged scenery, Maine doesn’t disappoint, especially on its beautiful Southern Coast. If you want to stay awhile, but still be within reach of major cities like Boston, Hidden Pond, in Kennebunkport, is the perfect choice. The resort puts a premium on privacy, luxury and nature with its many individual cottages. Couples can hide away in a secluded corner of the property and enjoy peace and quiet during their first days of marriage.
An uncountable number of islands, blue-domed churches, black sand beaches and ancient wonders: Greece has it all. August in Greece can be busy, but it is also the best time to take a dip in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Greece’s islands tempt honeymooners throughout the year. Santorini sunsets are as close to perfect as it gets, while islands like Mykonos provide a bit of glamor and party atmosphere. August is one of the country’s busiest times for cultural festivals. These include grape harvest events in Samos and Rhodes.
What should you look for in Greece for your August honeymoon? How about a villa on a sea cliff with an infinity pool from which you appreciate the views of the sea far below? The Blue Caves Villas, on Zakynthos, epitomize the Greek honeymoon experience. These private villas are romantic and the views cannot be beat.
Are you honeymooning in August? Where are you headed? Let us know in the comments section.