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Travel and Honeymoon Guide: Where to Go Each Season

Many search for the perfect getaway, without realizing that weather can majorly influence those desired picturesque sunsets, hours of sightseeing and lazy beach days.

For the best chance at avoiding the peak of hurricane, typhoon and severe weather season, as well as finding the best time of year to experience ideal temperatures and drier weather, see the list below.

Jump to: Fall | Winter | Spring | Summer

Fall:

1. Paris, France

Famous for the Arc de Triomphe, Musee D'Orsay, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, Paris is a popular place to go for romance.

"It has world class museums, amazing sites and some of the best restaurants and bakeries around the world," Deputy Editor for Fodors.com Erica Duecy said. "The charm of the city is getting out and exploring the side streets and boulevards, the cozy cafes and specialty shops. It's really the perfect place to go as a couple and wander around, enjoying one another and the sites."

Aside from the city's iconic attractions, fall induces the city's natural beauty as leaves change from their summer greens into vibrant reds, yellows and browns during the city's crisp fall weather.

"Fall is ideal for Paris, as temperatures are comparable, only slighter cooler, to some of the United States' cities like New York and Boston in the fall," AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister said. "In September, average highs are in the 60s to lows 70s."

Generally dry as well, fall gives tourists the opportunity to visit without making a huge dent in their wallets.

"In the fall, there are less crowds than there are going to be in the summer and you are also going to find more affordable prices," Duecy said.

2. Napa and Sonoma, California

For wine lovers, foodies and those looking for a country-road setting, Napa and Sonoma, in northern California, can grant visitors an intimate and relaxing retreat.

With fairly consistent temperatures hovering in the upper 70s throughout the year, getting to visit the Golden State's famed wine country before the winter's wet season allows travelers a better chance for dry weather than the winter and fewer crowds than the summer months.

Fall can also give vacationers an opportunity to experience the wine-making process firsthand.

"It's the best time of the year to visit wine country because it's crush time," Duecy said. "You are actually seeing the grapes be harvested and you can go into wineries in some places and watch the process."

3. The ABC Islands - Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao

As the fall season is still within the grasp of the Atlantic hurricane season, these island chains are one of the few places in the Caribbean outside the hurricane belt.

"If you want to do the Caribbean and your wedding and honeymoon are in the fall, then this is the place to go," Duecy said.

While the islands are not immune to a tropical system, most tropical systems are farther north, according to Leister.

"Generally these are one of the most tranquil areas by Caribbean standards," Leister said.

With average temperatures in the upper 80s in the fall, the "near-perfect" climate year-round attracts visitors from all over the world. Aruba is the best known island of the three, but both Bonaire and Curacao, located off the Venezuelan coast, offer a quintessential outdoor experience.

Ranked among the best in the world, Curacao is prominently known for its coral reefs and diving and snorkeling opportunities, as well as its UNESCO World Heritage Site, Willemstad.

Winter:

1. St. Kitts and Nevis

Located in the Caribbean belt, winter is the prime time to visit these two exotic islands as both experience highs in the low 80s and less rain and low humidity during the winter months.

Despite sitting right next to each other, the two islands provide vastly different experiences.

"For people interested in seclusion and natural beauty - this is where you want to go," Duecy said. "St. Kitts is mountainous, covered in lush rainforest, miles of golden beaches and there is a good amount of history here with the UNESCO World Heritage Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park."

While both islands feature sunbathing and water sports, on Nevis visitors can hike to the top of the island's volcano.

Although there are many different hotel and resort options, the Four Seasons Nevis offers guest a unique encounter in their "Dive and Dine" program. Through the program, the resort takes guests out with a local expert and lets them catch their own lobsters. The shellfish is then brought back to the resort and is cooked for the guest that night.

"It's a fun experience as a way to get a taste of the island," Duecy said.

2. Thailand

With 90 percent of the country's precipitation falling during its wet season in late spring and summer, winter provides visitors with lower humidity levels and less than 1 inch of rain per month on average from January through March.

"It's the best time of year to visit as it's the country's dry season and temperatures from January to March range from the low 90s to the high 80s," Leister said.

Consisting of 76 provinces, Thailand's geography varies drastically across the nation, ranging from mountains to tropics and large, populated cities.

"Thailand is a fantastic escape with something for every interest," Duecy said. "Regardless of how divergent your interests may be from your significant other, you are going to find something that meets your passions."

Aside from the country's geographical allures, a trip here can cost much less than when compared to similar destinations.

"Right now is a good time to go because it's a great value - we are going to see it be more of a value destination than it has been in years past," Duecy said.

3. Australia

As snow, ice and bitter cold blast portions of the United States during the winter months, the summer is in full swing in the "Land Down Under," making it a desirable winter getaway.

From the remote Outback to the energetic aurora of Sydney and the colorful and lively activity of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia can give visitors the chance to see and do it all.

"You can do everything from taking surf lessons to going to the famous Sydney Opera House and seeing world class entertainment to diving at the Great Barrier Reef for some of the best underwater sightseeing in the world," Duecy said.

While summers in Australia can get hot, in January average normal highs typically hover in the upper 70s.

Spring:

1. New Zealand

While the United States is in their spring season, New Zealand is just the opposite, in the autumn season. With average temperatures in the 60s and 70s with the southern parts of the country trending cooler and the north trending warmer in the 70s, New Zealand's fall season is relatively dry.

Widely known for its plethora of outdoor activities, this country is recommended for those who enjoy camping, hiking and other outdoor adventures.

"From gorgeous beaches for swimming and sunbathing, to lakes and rivers for fishing or rafting, to incredible fjords, trail systems and mountains that you can hike and climb throughout the island, the amount of outdoor activities and just the pristine natural beauty you will find here is really unparalleled anywhere else in the world," Duecy said.

2. The Maldives

This island nation located in the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea area, has become one of the most exclusive and revered honeymoon destinations in the world.

"This is one of the few unspoiled island getaways left that are true escapes from many parts of busy, modern life," Duecy said. "It's a hike to get there but there is a thousand islands in the Maldives and on these islands you are going to find picture-perfect sunsets, huge beaches, some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world and an array of underwater sea life from whale sharks to manta rays and sea turtles."

With similar weather to the Caribbean, the islands see temperatures in the upper 80s during the daytime in the spring and the upper 70s at night.

"January to March is the drier time of the year with February to April being the ideal time to visit," Leister said.

Summer:

1. The Big Island of Hawaii

Offering varied terrain and multiple ecosystems all on one island, the Big Island of Hawaii can provide honeymooners or vacationers with an exploration that is not too far from home.

"From volcanoes to a tropical rainforest to desertlike land and prairies, there is really every type of natural environment that you are going to find on this island," Duecy said. "You can spend an entire day and travel through several ecosystems, which is pretty exciting for people who are interested in the outdoors."

The northern end of the island is lush and sees daily rain showers, along with the east side of the state, while the southwestern part of the Aloha State is typically drier. During the summer, the island experiences temperatures in the 80s during the day and the 70s at night.

Aside from hiking, surfing, snorkeling and horseback riding, the island offers visitors the chance to experience the coffee-making process firsthand, riding through coffee plantations, as well as the opportunity to try exotic fruits like passionfruit and starfruit.

2. Croatia

Dubbed as the new, cutting-edge Mediterranean experience, Croatia borders the Adriatic Sea, located in between Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"So many Americans have gone throughout Italy and have visited so many parts of Greece and everything in that region, but fewer Americans have gone to Croatia," Duecy said. "It's a popular destination in Europe but less so from the United States.

With the summer being the country's drier time of year, temperatures typically hover between the high 70s and upper 80s. As a favored vacation destination for Europeans, the best way to skip the traffic and the lines is to travel by ship.

"A lot of ships are sailing into Croatia now - you can go to places like Dubrovnik, a seaport city since the seventh century," Duecy said. "Some of the cruises are geared towards food and wine adventures and some are geared more towards active adventures, but you can find a cruse that will meet your interests."

3. Bali

With relatively unchanging weather due to its proximity to the equator, the Indonesian archipelago island of Bali is the place to visit for an adventure, according to Duecy.

While some portions of the island are mostly based upon tourism, other parts of the island are less traveled. From artist colonies to religious parades and ceremonial dances to diverse restaurants, Bali offers visitors a lively and cultural experience.

"It's one of those experiences where it's like there is a little bit of magic around every corner and there is something unexpected," Duecy said.

As other parts of the year experience wet weather, summertime one of Bali's driest times of the year. With temperatures in the mid-80s during the day and mid-70s at night from April to October, summer is a prime time to travel here, according to Leister.


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