Planning a honeymoon in February? Although it’s quite chilly in the Midwest and on the East Coast, this is the perfect month to celebrate your love and embark on your first romantic getaway as a married couple. After all, Valentine’s Day is in February!
From sun-soaked beaches to winter wonderlands, these honeymoon destinations will inspire you to take the trip of a lifetime. Let’s take a look!
There’s a reason the Bahamas is considered the honeymoon island of the Caribbean. According to the Government of the Bahamas, there are over 700 islands and 2,400 cays, but only 30 are inhabited in the Bahamas. This makes it a phenomenal island-hopping paradise with amazing snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, and sailing. You can even swim with the dolphins or float surrounded by gentle nurse sharks.
However, what really makes this Caribbean island an exceptional honeymoon destination is the luxurious resorts. You can choose from many all-inclusive resorts, ranging from rustic stays to opulent accommodations. World-class spas, golf courses, unlimited dining, and yoga classes are just a few of the inclusions.
Another fantastic beach destination with top-notch, all-inclusive resorts is Jamaica. During this time of year, the weather is warm and dry, making it an ideal time to relax on the sandy beaches or explore the lush rainforests leading to Dunn’s River Falls. Here the water cascades over limestone rocks, forming pools with bright blue colors.
If you’re looking for luxury resorts and exciting nightlife, book a honeymoon suite in Montego Bay. Sandals Royal Caribbean offers overwater bungalows that look like they’re straight out of a Maldives travel brochure! On the other hand, Negril has the most beautiful sunsets and a more relaxed vibe, while Ocho Rios is the place for outdoor adventure. Also, don’t forget to visit the Bob Marley Museum!
This luxury all-inclusive resort in Jamaica embraces the refined British heritage with a Georgian-style Great House, manicured gardens with roaming peacocks, authentic British Pub, and afternoon tea traditions.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is a beautiful honeymoon destination year-round, but February is an especially good time to visit because it falls during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer. Even though the weather is warm and sunny, expect fewer tourists during this time of year (December is peak season). Head up to the Cape Winelands where you can visit the vineyards, enjoy farm-to-table cuisine, and stay in romantic hotels.
Alternatively, West Coast National Park experiences a wildflower bloom in February, and the seaside cliffs come alive with soft purple, orange, and white tones. The summer months are also a great time to explore the incredible beaches, art galleries, museums, shops, and vibrant street art that give Cape Town its vibrant character.
Anyone who honeymoons in Sri Lanka will tell you it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for adventurous couples. Located in the Indian Ocean, this island nation offers a variety of landscapes that you wouldn’t typically find in one small place. The highlands are connected by a quaint rail system and feature tea plantations shrouded in mist.
Nuwara Eliya and Ella both offer cool weather, colonial architecture, and the chance to hike in the mountains. On the coast, the golden beaches of Mirissa are warm and sunny. If you take a safari through the grasslands of Yala National Park, you’ll encounter Asian elephants, crocodiles, wild boars, deer, and even leopards. The best way to explore Sri Lanka is by car (with a private driver) and you’ll be surprised by the inexpensive price.
Costa Rica is another country where we cannot simply choose one city. Like Sri Lanka, it’s an excellent choice for adventurous couples who have extra time to travel during their honeymoon. Imagine treehouses perched high in the dense rainforest, towering volcanoes, and infinity pools overlooking pristine, white beaches. Go ziplining through the emerald canopies or soak in cascading natural pools filled by volcanic springs (Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa is our favorite).
Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa is a world-renowned oasis of relaxation nestled in the lush rainforests of Costa Rica. With its natural hot springs, stunning views, and luxurious spa treatments, it's a premier destination for travelers seeking the ultimate in wellness and rejuvenation.
Costa Rica is home to many eco-conscious resorts and beautiful national parks. Featuring an abundance of wildlife and scenic views, our favorite national parks are Tortuguero National Park (sea turtles lay their eggs on the beaches) and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (one of the most well-preserved cloud forests in the world).
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
While July and August are brutally hot in Playa del Carmen, February is the perfect time to visit. The average temperature hovers around 75 degrees, making it an excellent time to sunbathe on the white sand beaches and swim in the crystal-clear waters.
Playa del Carmen is another honeymoon destination that has it all. You can explore Mayan ruins (Chichen Itza is just a day trip away), grab a drink along Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue), or stay at one of the many luxurious hotels. Hilton Playa del Carmen is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort with 14 restaurants, 2 huge pools, and a gorgeous, beachfront location. In terms of food, don’t forget to try the Cochinita Pibil (a smoky, slow-cooked pork) and fresh ceviche.
The Hilton Playa del Carmen is a luxurious, adults-only, all-inclusive resort located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. With its stunning beachfront location, gourmet dining options, and a wide range of activities, it provides a perfect setting for a romantic and indulgent getaway.
Aspen, Colorado, USA
For ski enthusiasts, there is no better honeymoon in the USA than Aspen. You can choose from several world-renowned ski resorts, including Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk Ski Resort, Aspen Mountain, The Westin Snowmass Resort, and Viceroy Snowmass.
Many luxury resorts offer honeymoon suites with outdoor jacuzzies so you can soak in the warm water while looking at the snowy scenery. The snow-covered trees and mountain vistas create a romantic, winter atmosphere day or night. Aspen’s culinary scene is truly exceptional, featuring fine dining, farm-to-table restaurants, steakhouses, and artisanal ice cream shops. Both The Monarch and Duemani offer incredibly romantic atmospheres.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
If there’s one reason you should visit Rio de Janeiro in February it’s to experience Carnival. Featuring intricate costumes, dancing in the streets, colorful floats, massive block parties, and an atmosphere that is truly alive, Carnival is the most exciting festival in the world. The rhythmic sounds of samba music and general revelry carry on the air, and you can smell delicious street food. Don’t forget to try the Coxinha (shredded chicken wrapped in dough and then deep fried) and a Caipirinha (the national cocktail of Brazil).
As you can probably guess, the nightlife in Rio de Janeiro is great, and you can choose from live music, bars or clubs. While you should expect some humidity, February is a good month for visiting the beautiful beaches and soaking up the sun.
If beaches aren’t your thing, Iceland might be the perfect honeymoon destination for you. Due to the limited hours of daylight (about 7), it’s an excellent time to see the Northern Lights. While it’s possible to see the Northern Lights in Reykjavik on a clear night, the best option is to visit Þingvellir National Park or rent a cabin in a remote area. We recommend staying at Northern Lights Iglúhús, a resort that offers heated, wooden igloos with glass ceiling panels for viewing the skies.
During this time of year, you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including exploring the ice caves, hiking over glaciers, relaxing in the thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, and going dogsledding. Keep in mind that the weather is chilly so you should pack plenty of warm clothes.
February is an excellent time to visit the iconic white-washed buildings and blue-domed churches of Santorini because it is the off-season. Prices are lower, there are fewer crowds and the atmosphere is more laidback. Keep in mind that some of the restaurants offer limited off-season hours so make a reservation before you go.
It’s a great time to visit the vineyards and sample some of the volcanic wines. Santo Wines is our favorite because the food is outstanding, the wine pairings are thoughtful and the sunset views will take your breath away. Although the weather is cooler (50-60 degrees), you can warm up in the local hot springs or embark on the stunning hike from Fira to Oia. However, the water is a bit chilly so it’s best to swim in your resort’s infinity pool.
Located east of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is difficult to get to, but well worth the journey. It’s the perfect destination for honeymooners seeking peace, privacy, and relaxation. This collection of islands is known for its natural beauty, diverse culture, and luxurious resorts.
Relax on the soft, white sand or lounge in a hammock strung between two shady palm trees. A hike into the jungle rewards you with picturesque views from the mountaintops and the chance to swim in gorgeous waterfalls. However, February is the rainy season so make sure to check the conditions before entering the water. It’s the best time to stroll through the famous Pamplemousses Botanical Garden because the rain makes the foliage incredibly lush. Other activities include shopping at the colorful markets, visiting the historical sites, and enjoying fine dining.
If you’ve dreamed of exploring the ruins of Petra, possibly the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Site in the world, February is the ideal time to visit. While temperatures in July and August can reach over 110 degrees, the temperature in February is usually around a comfortable 60 degrees during the day.
Witness the intricate facades cut into the red rock cliffs, explore the ornately carved royal tombs and watch the sun cast a golden glow across the valley. While Petra is the main attraction, you can also enjoy other romantic activities, such as taking a hot air balloon ride or spending the night in a luxurious, Bedouin-style desert camp. The capital city, Amman, is a great place to sample local dishes. The Mansaf (fragrant lamb or goat cooked in a creamy yogurt sauce) is to die for!
Located off the southern coast of Australia, Tasmania is a wild island, famed for its natural beauty and remote location. It’s the perfect honeymoon destination for couples seeking seclusion, adventure, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Hike through the rugged peaks or go camping in the highlands of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
If you’re seeking pristine beaches and private beachfront bungalows, head to the crystal-clear waters of the Bay of Fires. Due to the clear skies, stargazing in Tasmania is far more engrossing than it is in other parts of the world. You can lie out on a blanket for hours and count the shooting stars. In terms of dining, Tasmania is known for its farm-to-table cuisine and fresh seafood (mussels, Tasmanian salmon, and oysters).
Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada, USA
If you’re located in the US and looking for a ski honeymoon destination, Lake Tahoe should be at the top of your list. Every season, Californians flock to the slopes of Squaw Valley and Northstar for skiing and snowboarding. It’s a low-pressure, unpretentious destination where you can stay in cozy accommodations and just be yourself. Cedar Glen Lodge looks like something out of a storybook and has a heated pool, hot tub, and sauna.
Cedar Glen Lodge is a charming lakeside retreat situated on the picturesque North Lake Tahoe in California. Guests can enjoy cozy cabins, a serene atmosphere, and easy access to outdoor activities, making it an ideal destination for those seeking relaxation and natural beauty.
Another reason to visit Lake Tahoe is the culinary scene. You can choose from local breweries, international restaurants, fine dining, and rustic eateries with hearty meals. Don’t forget to check out South Lake Brewing Company and Sidellis Lake Tahoe! While the skiing in Aspen is objectively better, Lake Tahoe is just a really good time.
Taos, New Mexico, USA
While you might not have heard of Taos, we promise it’s a hidden gem. Nestled in the high desert and surrounded by the snow-capped Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos is an artist community that attracts creatives and nature lovers. Take a yoga class, explore the numerous art galleries, or visit the gorgeous adobe houses at Taos Pueblo.
While skiing/snowboarding in Taos Ski Valley is a major attraction, the numerous hot springs are an even bigger draw. We recommend booking a room at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, which offers communal and private soaking tubs as well as complimentary yoga classes. Toas is a great place to shop for artisan gifts (especially turquoise jewelry) and to eat Southwestern/Mexican dishes.
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa is a tranquil oasis in New Mexico, known for its therapeutic hot springs and rejuvenating spa treatments. Nestled in a serene desert setting, it offers a soothing escape for relaxation and healing amidst the stunning landscapes of the Southwest.