11 Best January Honeymoon Destinations in 2024

By Cait KontailsCait KontailsCait KontailsCait is a Chicago-based Greek-American but spends most of her year floating around the globe. She holds a B.A. in Communications and a M.A. in Nonprofit Management. Her favorite destinations include visiting her homeland in Greece, the Black Hills of South Dakota, and wherever her partner is stationed abroad.Meet Our Team | Updated on January 23, 2024 | Posted In: Honeymoon Destinations by Month


A January honeymoon, you say? At first, you may get skeptical looks. We’re here to assure you that a January honeymoon can be just as great (if not better) than those crowded summer getaways.

There are numerous wonderful honeymoon destinations where the beaches are pristine, the water is crystal clear, and the cost is friendlier on your wallet. This guide will walk you through the 11 best January honeymoon destinations to add to your list.

Jamaica

For couples seeking a dreamy and unforgettable January honeymoon experience, Jamaica stands tall as an enticing choice. With its warm climate, idyllic beaches, and vibrant culture, Jamaica offers an enchanting escape for newlyweds looking to create lasting memories together.

January Weather in Jamaica

January in Jamaica marks the dry season, ensuring lovebirds can revel in the island’s delightful climate. The weather is typically sunny, with temperatures ranging from 24 to 29 degrees Celsius (75 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit), providing the ideal conditions for outdoor adventures and romantic beach strolls.

Best Beaches in Jamaica

One of Jamaica’s greatest assets lies in its breathtaking beaches. From the iconic Seven Mile Beach in Negril to the secluded shores of Treasure Beach, the island offers an array of pristine coastal gems where couples can indulge in blissful relaxation.

Other great beaches to explore in Jamaica include:

  • Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay
  • Frenchman’s Cove Beach in Port Antonio
  • James Bond Beach near Ocho Rios

Intimate Atmosphere

Despite the ideal weather conditions, Jamaica experiences a slowdown in tourist traffic in January. This period allows couples booking a January honeymoon to enjoy the island without the usual crowds.

Whether you explore the mystical Blue Mountains or visit the enchanting Luminous Lagoon, the serenity of the island enhances the romantic experience.

Things to Do for Adventurous Couples in Jamaica

Beyond its inviting beaches, Jamaica boasts many exciting activities for adventurous couples on their January honeymoon. Hike hand-in-hand through lush rainforests, embark on thrilling zip line excursions, or take a scenic horseback ride along the coastline.

For underwater enthusiasts, snorkeling or scuba diving in the Caribbean Sea unveils a vibrant world of marine life, adding a touch of enchantment to your honeymoon.

We suggest these epic adventures for couples:

  • The World Famous Dunn’s River Falls & Park
  • Mystic Mountain Jamaica, Rainforest Adventures
  • Blue Hole Mineral Spring

Traditional Jamaican Cultural Experiences

Enjoy Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage as you explore the island’s music, dance, and cuisine. From reggae beats to tantalizing jerk chicken, the vibrant culture of Jamaica is a captivating journey for honeymooners.

You can visit lively local markets, witness electrifying dance performances, or join a traditional drum circle, all contributing to an authentic and memorable experience.

Some top-rated Jamaican cultural experiences include:

Luxurious All-Inclusive Jamaican Resorts

Jamaica is renowned for its luxurious all-inclusive resorts that cater to honeymooners’ every desire. These upscale accommodations provide impeccable service and romantic amenities such as private beachfront dinners, couple’s spa treatments, and personalized excursions.

The convenience of an all-inclusive package allows couples to focus solely on each other on their January honeymoon. Our favorite all-inclusive resorts include:

Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos, a British Overseas Territory, is only 600 miles from Miami and an easy escape from the United States for a January honeymoon.  With 40 islands to choose from, nine of which are inhabited, you can explore magical reefs, enjoy some of the world’s best beaches, and experience sophisticated shopping and gourmet dining.

Best Beaches in Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos boasts some of the world’s most pristine beaches, perfect for a January honeymoon. The immaculate white sands and the clear blue waters offer an idyllic setting for honeymooners seeking romantic solitude.

The best beaches in Turks & Caicos are:

  • Grace Bay Beach
  • Long Bay Beach
  • Half Moon Bay

Scuba Diving and Water Sports

For adventurous couples, Turks & Caicos provides exceptional scuba diving, snorkeling, and various water sports opportunities. The reef around Turks & Caicos is the second-largest in the western hemisphere, serving as a home to over 60 species of coral.

Great scuba diving and water sports adventures to check out:

  • Wall Dives: Swim along the coral wall that drops from 40 ft to 7,000 ft.
  • Snorkeling at Smith’s Reef: See a variety of colorful fish and marine life up close.
  • Big Blue Collective Adventure: Try out kiteboarding or stand-up paddleboarding for an adrenaline rush.

Luxurious All-Inclusive Resorts

Like Jamaica, Turks & Caicos is home to several luxurious all-inclusive resorts catering specifically to honeymooners. They offer various romantic amenities, including private beachfront dinners and couple’s spa treatments.

The best all-inclusive resorts in Turks & Caicos include:

Authentic Turks & Caicos Cuisine

Experience the delights of authentic island cuisine in Turks & Caicos. Numerous restaurants serve fresh seafood and local delicacies, which provide a unique culinary adventure on your January honeymoon.

Popular spots for foodies include:

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a tropical paradise off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. Its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, and rich cultural heritage make it an ideal destination for a unique January honeymoon.

Marine and Wildlife Life in Zanzibar

Zanzibar is home to a diverse range of wildlife on land and in the sea. On land, you can visit the Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, where you can spot the rare Red Colobus monkey.

For marine life enthusiasts, Mnemba Island offers exceptional snorkeling and diving opportunities, giving you a chance to interact with colorful coral reefs, sea turtles, and a myriad of beautiful fish species.

Historical and Cultural Heritage

Zanzibar holds a rich tapestry of history and culture. The historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a glimpse into the island’s past with its winding alleys, bustling bazaars, and ornate houses.

You can also visit:

  • The Sultan’s Palace
  • The Old Fort (Fuerte Viejo de Zanzíbar)
  • House of Wonders

Spices and Aromatic Flavors

Known as the “Spice Island”, Zanzibar has a tradition of spice cultivation dating back centuries. The island’s aromatic flavors are a delight for the culinary adventurer.

Embark on a spice tour to explore plantations growing cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other exotic spices, and savor the authentic Zanzibari cuisine that incorporates these rich flavors.

The Belvedere Complex:

The Belvedere Complex, Vienna’s largest palatial complex, encompasses two enchanting Baroque palaces and is home to the Austrian Gallery Belvedere. The grounds are a sight to behold, featuring fountains and sculptures.

Best Luxury Hotels in Zanzibar

From private villas and luxury beach resorts to boutique hotels, Zanzibar offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget and preference.

Many properties boast breathtaking ocean views and offer exclusive amenities such as private pools, spa services, and romantic dinners on the beach.

Where to stay:

The Maldives

The Maldives is a top destination for watersports enthusiasts in January, as the waters surrounding the 1,192 islands are crystal clear. Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, as well as the chaos that often follows weddings and holidays.

Traveling from the US may take up to 20 hours with possible layovers in Dubai or Sri Lanka, but the long travel time to paradise is worth it for your January honeymoon. Upon arrival, Maldives resorts can be accessed by boat or seaplane, which your hotel usually coordinates.

A Seafood-Lovers Paradise

Renowned as a paradise for seafood lovers, the Maldives offers an exquisite array of fresh fish, crustaceans, and other oceanic delicacies. Traditional Maldivian cuisine brings together flavors from the Indian subcontinent, with a focus on coconuts, spices, and starches. Experience a fishing excursion and enjoy your catch cooked to perfection the very same day.

Note: Remember that the Maldives do not permit liquor except in the resort hotels.

Best Luxury Accommodations in Maldives

The Maldives is synonymous with luxury. Whether you desire overwater villas that offer unbroken views of the Indian Ocean or prefer secluded beachfront properties with private infinity pools, the Maldives fulfills every wish.

Premium services such as personalized butler service, private dining on the beach, and world-class spa facilities are standard fare. Our recommended stays:

Adventure Activities in Maldives

The Maldives is a playground for lovers of the great outdoors. Here are some activities that will get your adrenaline pumping:

  • Diving and snorkeling in the vibrant coral reefs
  • Surfing in the crystal-clear waters
  • Exploring the islands on a private yacht
  • Experiencing a seaplane tour over the Atolls

Finland

Finland offers a unique January honeymoon destination With enchanting winter landscapes and marvels like the Northern Lights. The country is known for its high standard of living and has been ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world.

Cozy Activities for Couples

For snow bunnies, there are unlimited sleigh rides and cuddling beneath a warm blanket.

  • Prolong Christmas with a visit to the Santa Claus village in Rovaniemi
  • Sleigh rides through snow-laden forests
  • Romantic ice skating on frozen lakes

Outdoor Activities for Adventurous Couples

Besides the tranquil allure of its pristine snowy landscapes, Finland offers a range of enthralling activities for adventure-hungry couples:

  • Chase the Northern Lights on a husky safari or a snowmobile expedition
  • Experience the Finnish tradition of ice fishing in Lapland
  • Warm up in a traditional Finnish sauna, followed by an invigorating dip in an ice hole

Best Hotels in Finland for a January Honeymoon

Finland is renowned for its unique accommodation options like glass igloos and snow hotels, providing a distinctively Nordic take on luxury. Experience the magic of the Arctic from the comfort of your bed, gaze at the northern lights from your window, or immerse yourself in a winter wonderland within ice-carved rooms.

Our top picks are:

Costa Rica

January is Costa Rica’s dry season, with plenty of sun and little rain. The first week of the month can be expensive due to the holidays, but prices drop considerably thereafter. Costa Rica has jungles, tropical beaches, and high 12,000-foot peaks, offering a January honeymoon filled with variety.

Unparalleled Biodiversity in Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers an amazingly rich biodiversity that is hard to find elsewhere. Being home to an impressive 5% of the world’s total biodiversity, couples can immerse themselves in nature, spotting unique and rare species of flora and fauna.

Whether it’s the lush rainforests, stunning coral reefs, or breathtaking cloud forests, the natural beauty of Costa Rica is sure to leave a lasting impression. Be sure to visit these incredible nature spots on your trip:

Adventure Activities in Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers a perfect mix of thrilling activities and tranquil relaxation spots for couples seeking an adventurous honeymoon.

With its active volcanoes, zipline canopy tours, and whitewater rafting opportunities, there’s plenty to keep thrill-seekers entertained. Popular adventure experiences include:

  • White water rafting with Amigos del Rio
  • Take a crocodile tour on River Tarcoles
  • Costa Rica Superman Zip Line 

Authentic Cultural Experiences in Costa Rica

Costa Rica provides the chance to delve into diverse and vibrant cultures. The local Tico culture is warm and welcoming, allowing visitors to learn about their traditions and lifestyles.

From exploring local markets and trying out delicious Costa Rican cuisine to dancing to the rhythm of merengue and salsa, a honeymoon in Costa Rica during January is an opportunity to create memories that last a lifetime.

Add these cultural spots to your list:

Where to Stay in Costa Rica for a Romantic Honeymoon

For couples seeking romantic and luxurious accommodation, there are plenty of options to choose from. Stunning beachfront resorts, private villas, and eco-retreats nestled in the rainforest offer the perfect backdrop for a January honeymoon.

Consider these Costa Rican resorts:

Paris, France

Paris in January? It gets rainy, and it is cold there in January. That is indeed true. And those are some of the reasons you want a January honeymoon in Paris. 

Paris is beautiful, but expensive and crowded. With fewer crowds in January, prices will be considerably lower than at other times. You’ll avoid being crushed like a sardine while visiting the Louvre and trying to catch a glimpse of the Mona Lisa from across the room.

Embrace Paris in the Winter

When you visit Paris in January, you will experience a different side of the city, one full of winter charm. The streets are less crowded, revealing hidden nooks and crannies often overlooked during the peak tourist season. You can take leisurely strolls along the snow-dusted Champs-Élysées and enjoy the romantic atmosphere provided by the gently twinkling lights.

Best Indoor Attractions in Paris

January is the perfect time to explore Paris’s rich trove of indoor attractions. This is the time to appreciate the treasures housed within these iconic institutions:

Savor Authentic French Cuisine on Your January Honeymoon

Paris in January is also a foodie’s paradise. The cooler weather makes it the perfect time to indulge in hearty French cuisine.

From mouth-watering coq au vin to a steaming pot-au-feu, Parisian restaurants serve some of their best dishes during winter. And, of course, a visit to Paris wouldn’t be complete without trying a hot croissant straight from the oven of a local boulangerie.

Additionally, the annual Paris Cocktail Week begins in late January. Fifty bars create their best cocktails at a reduced price – all in one week.

Stop by these spots for a genuine Parisian experience:

Experience Paris’s Winter Sales

For couples who love shopping, January brings the much-anticipated winter sales (‘soldes’) to Paris. This is a wonderful opportunity to hunt for deals on designer goods, vintage items, and more.

Many shops offer significant discounts, making it an ideal time to pick up unique souvenirs or gifts. The French government regulates these sales and lasts from January 10th to the first week in February.

Where to Stay in Paris on Your Honeymoon

New Zealand

In New Zealand, January is summertime. You’ll see warm temperatures ideal for exploring what some call the “Adventure Capital of the World.”

Besides being the iconic Hobbit series filming site, New Zealand consists of two islands (North and South Islands) filled with volcanoes, geysers, mountains, and much more.

North Island

The North Island of New Zealand is ideal for January honeymoons, featuring an impressive range of natural and cultural attractions. The North Island is home to stunning volcanoes, mud pools, hot springs, and many white-sand beaches.

Visitors who enjoy fresh seafood and wine will find themselves right at home here. The North Island is also where most native Māori people live, and visitors can experience their culture firsthand.

Areas of note include:

  • Auckland: Known as the “City of Sails,” Auckland is a vibrant city surrounded by beautiful beaches, vineyards, and forests. (Pro tip: We suggest grabbing a meal at Sails Restaurant.)
  • Bay of Islands: A picturesque archipelago with 144 islands offering an abundance of wildlife, from penguins to dolphins.
  • Rotorua: A geothermal wonderland famous for its bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers, and Māori culture.
  • Wellington: The capital city of New Zealand, renowned for its culinary scene, craft beer, and the famous Te Papa museum.

South Island

Many visitors consider the South Island as the more scenic of the two. Its coastline, mountains, and fjords are breathtakingly beautiful.

The South is cooler than the North, especially in the mountainous areas. As a result, it boasts a vast wine region that produces some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc in the world.

While the North is renowned for its seafood, the South is famous for its lamb cuisine. Additionally, Queenstown offers activities like ziplining and skydiving if you’re looking for excitement.

Best Things to Do in New Zealand on Your January Honeymoon

As a January honeymoon destination, New Zealand offers endless possibilities for adventure and romance. Here are some unique experiences you can enjoy in New Zeland:

Best Places to Stay in New Zealand

Here are some of the best places to stay on a January honeymoon in New Zealand:

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and hottest tourist spot. The temperature in Phuket varies comfortably between 72 to 90 degrees in January. And the rainfall is only about an inch – it doesn’t get any more comfortable than that. 

Best Things to Do in Phuket on Your January Honeymoon

Phuket, Thailand, is a dream destination for a January honeymoon, offering a blend of culture, adventure, and relaxation. Below are some exceptional experiences you can savor in Phuket:

  • Take a Phi Phi Island Tour
  • Go diving in the Similan Islands
  • Take a day trip to James Bond island and kayak Phang Nga Bay
  • Visit The Big Buddha
  • Attend Phuket’s Full Moon Party. This is a monthly gathering on Paradise Beach that is famous throughout the world. It attracts top-rated DJs with the best sound systems. Fireworks go off throughout the evening, and hedonistic behavior is the norm.
  • Go clubbing. The only thing hotter than Phuket’s beaches is its nightlife. The island has huge nightclubs with famous DJs and several rooftop beach bars, many of which are open until morning.

Best Beaches in Phuket to Visit on Your January Honeymoon

The stunning beaches in Phuket offer the perfect setting for a romantic walk or lounging under the sun. Some of the best beaches to visit on your January honeymoon are:

  • Ya Nui Beach
  • Banana Beach
  • Kata Noi Beach
  • Nai Thon Beach
  • Kamala Beach

Best Places to Stay in Phuket

For those planning their honeymoon in Phuket in January, here are some of the most romantic and luxurious places you can stay:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai is the ultimate glamorous and glitzy getaway, making it the perfect destination for adults seeking an opulent indulgence. The weather is pleasantly comfortable and does not reach Dubai’s summer heat and humidity.

It’s important to note that Dubai is a modest country, so it’s best to refrain from any public displays of affection until you reach your private and glamorous room. Overall, Dubai is an excellent choice for a honeymoon, offering a unique and unforgettable experience in the midst of the desert.

Best Nightlife in Dubai

Dubai’s nightlife is nothing short of electrifying, offering many unique experiences for honeymooners. From rooftop lounges that offer a panoramic view of this magnificent city skyline to luxurious beach clubs, Dubai’s nightlife scene is as diverse as it is vibrant.

Famous DJs often grace the decks of the city’s clubs, and the exhilarating sound of fireworks is a common part of the night. Our favorite nightlight spots include:

Best Places to Visit in Dubai

For couples on their January honeymoon, Dubai is home to several iconic sights and experiences that are must-visits. These include:

Things to Do in Dubai on a January Honeymoon

A guided tour is an excellent way to get to know Dubai. Try one of these guide-led experiences:

Best Hotels in Dubai

Dubai is home to several world-class hotels perfect for a January honeymoon. Some of these include:

Vienna, Austria

The city of Vienna in Austria offers a unique experience in the chilly month of January. The city’s numerous museums and cozy coffee houses make it a desirable destination even in the depths of winter. Don your warmest coat and gloves, and trace the steps of the great Sigmund Freud and Wolfgang Mozart.

Things to Do in Vienna in January

Capitalizing on the season, Vienna keeps some of its Christmas markets open, inviting visitors to indulge in the festive atmosphere. The holiday market near the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace stands out as a must-visit, with Mozart’s music echoing from the castle and the stunning lights adding to the charm.

Known for its high-quality traditional shopping, you’ll find handcrafted ornaments that catch the eye. The food scene is equally impressive, with authentic Viennese pastries and genuine gingerbread on offer.

Museums and Historical Sites to Visit in Vienna

There’s no better city than Vienna to put your history hat on. Visit these spots for a bit of education:

Additionally, The Belvedere Complex, Vienna’s largest palatial complex, encompasses two enchanting Baroque palaces and is home to the Austrian Gallery Belvedere. The grounds are a sight to behold, featuring fountains and sculptures.

Best Spas in Vienna

For a relaxing retreat, head to one of Vienna’s rejuvenating thermal spas, such as the Therme Wien in Oberlaa. Dating back to the Roman times, Oberlaa boasts 26 pools, two dozen saunas, and hundreds of loungers. Choose from their unmatched variety of massages, or simply unwind in the fireside lounge.

Other great spas include:

Luxury Accommodation in Vienna

Vienna, once the home of kings and queens, is synonymous with luxury. For a truly romantic stay, consider the palatial Hotel Imperial. With its marble bathrooms and personal butler service, it truly embodies royal opulence.

Our favorites are:


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