How To Know The Best Time To Plan Your Honeymoon To The Caribbean Or Mexico
Updated: Apr 12
Vacationing in the tropics can be a lot of fun, but it's important to understand how the weather will affect your trip. The Caribbean and Mexico are beautiful places, and you'll have a ton of options for your vacation. But to ensure the weather is a plus and not a minus, you'll want to learn what you can expect regarding weather patterns based on the time of year.
Let's look at what you can expect for weather in the Caribbean and Mexico based on the seasons.
Winter (December to February)
The winter months in the Caribbean and Mexico are characterized by warm and pleasant temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to mid-80s Fahrenheit. This is the peak tourist season; you can expect crowded beaches, busy resorts, and higher prices.
While the risk of hurricanes is low during this time, there's still a chance of rain. However, it's usually short-lived and shouldn't affect your plans too much. The water temperature in the Caribbean is cooler during the winter months, making it less ideal for swimming. For example, the Bahamas and surrounding islands will have colder water during this time of the year.
Also, certain areas in the Caribbean & Mexico can still have cooler temperatures, so it is best to talk to an expert to get your desired weather.
Spring (March to May)
Spring is a great time to honeymoon in the Caribbean and Mexico as temperatures rise slightly and crowds start to thin out. The average temperatures range from the mid-70s to the low 90s Fahrenheit, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities such as hiking and exploring.
While the chances of rain and humidity increase, it's still not enough to affect your plans significantly. The water temperature starts to warm up, making it more inviting for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. The best value for your money is booking your honeymoon towards the end of April through May, as prices begin to dip as high travel season is coming to a close.
Summer (June to August)
Summer is the hottest season in the Caribbean and Mexico, with temperatures ranging from the mid-80s to mid-90s Fahrenheit. It's also the beginning of the rainy season, with tropical storms and hurricanes more likely to occur. However, the risk is relatively low in June and July but increases in August.
Despite the rain, summer is popular for honeymooners looking for budget-friendly options and less crowded destinations. The water temperature is warm and perfect for water sports.
Fall (September to November)
Fall can be an ideal time to travel to the Caribbean and Mexico as the crowds dwindle and prices begin to drop. Temperatures remain warm, ranging from the mid-70s to mid-80s Fahrenheit, but the chances of hurricanes in September into October are usually the highest.
So your best value for the money is in the fall, but your chance of having some less-than-ideal weather is higher.
While fall is considered the low season, you can still enjoy a sunny and beautiful honeymoon if you plan accordingly.
The water temperatures are still great for swimming and water sports as well.
Where to travel during hurricane season
If your honeymoon travel dates are during hurricane season, especially August - October, there are destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico outside the "typical path" of a hurricane.
You may want to consider speaking with a honeymoon consultant like myself who specializes in honeymoons to the Caribbean and Mexico to help you pick the right location for you.
The best locations in the Caribbean to travel to during hurricane season are Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.
The best location in Mexico to travel to in hurricane season is Los Cabos.
Hurricanes can still occur in these locations, but it is very rare.
Just Because It's Hurricane Season Doesn't Mean One Will Happen
As we wrap this up, being concerned about a hurricane ruining your honeymoon is normal. Still, I always tell my honeymoon couples that just because it is hurricane season doesn't mean a hurricane will develop.
The beauty of today's technology is that you can know well in advance if a tropical storm or hurricane is on a path to "hit" your destination. Obtaining quality travel insurance is advised to protect your investment in case you have to postpone or leave your destination early.
My personal advice is to manage your expectations and decide that you won't let anything ruin your honeymoon experience, as you have control over how you respond.
The Caribbean and Mexico are ideal destinations for a romantic getaway, with plenty of natural beauty to admire and action-packed fun any time of year. Either destination will surely please any couple looking for an exotic getaway that won't break the bank. With its hot, sunny climate and various outdoor activities, the Caribbean & Mexico wins over couples ready to relax on tropical beaches, rain or shine.
If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed and want to ensure you cover all your bases while planning your romantic getaway, I'd be delighted to chat with you. Here is a link to schedule a complimentary consultation - no strings attached!