Canary Islands

Tenerife Puerto de la Cruz

Gran Canaria Puerto Rico

We have slowly started planning our wedding (we finally set a date-yay!) and while there is still so much to do, I’d rather start planning the honeymoon!

Fuerteventura

We keep going back and forth on locations. Should we pick something closer to home and spend more time there, ie. a flight that is under 8 hours, or pick somewhere further away that we might not have the time for during a regular holiday, ex. New Zealand. Or do we just stop thinking about logistics and just start dreaming?  If we are going to dream, I’m going to think about a two week trip to Spain, Morocco and the Canary Islands.

The Canary Islands are located west of Morocco, south of Spain and have a relaxing consistent temperature of 72. Since the temperature is relatively the same all year, the islands are a huge tourist destination. The low season, if there is one, is between November and early December and again from April to June. Since our wedding is going to be at the end of April, this sounds like we might have stumbled upon something great here.

Tenerife Puerto de la Cruz

Why the Canary Islands?

Besides the beautiful beaches and perfect weather, the seven volcanic islands offer a wide variety of activities and resorts. Between surfing, snorkeling, scuba, sailing, kayaking, hiking, visiting the unique towns and carnival parades, there really is something for everyone- and something to always keep you busy. Bob and I are those types of people who like to relax on the beach for about twenty five minutes and then we are ready to explore and move around.

We love to get in the water and have as many animal encounters as possible. The Canary Islands seem like a sublime place for snorkeling and diving with a wide variety of marine life. Sharks, moray eels, sea cucumbers, starfish, jellyfish and crabs all call this area home. Oh, yeah, and there are FIVE species of marine turtles on the islands and in the water. Turtles are one of my favorite marine animals and to see so many different kinds all in one place would be incredible.

The official language is Spanish, so I feel confident that we could get around with the amount that we both know. (We were surprisingly successful in Cancun and I felt fairly confident in Costa Brava earlier this year.)  Idealy, we could fly into Barcelona (Bob’s never been), explore the area and then fly to Tenerife, the largest of the islands. After a few blissful days, catch another flight to Morocco. It’s a part of the world neither Bob nor I have traveled to and one I have always been curious about.

Doesn’t that sound like honeymoon heaven? What do you think? Too many places, not enough time? Should we focus on one destination? What would you do?

 

Jade Broadus is a spunky girl hailing from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She’s addicted to traveling and has a strange obsession with maps and globes. A lover of dogs, fashion, fish tacos, marine biology, and college football, she has a broad range of interests. Jade has a strong passion for the film “Love, Actually” and has watched it 176 times. Her interests include singing really loud, impromptu dances, shopping, and dressing up in cute dresses and extravagant hats. She has written for Gadling, AOL Travel, Discover Los Angeles, LACOT, LandLopers, Wedding Nouveau, and The Vacation Gals. She is currently the social media and marketing director for Inside Out Media, a media company that owns TravelMindset.com and iExplore.com.

7 Comments

  • Reply August 7, 2012

    Rebecca

    YAY on a date!!!!!!!!!

    I love this idea. Something exotic and a little out of the way, a place you probably wouldn’t make a priority unless it was a special occasion, which this is but easy to handle the logistics of (language, transport, stuff to do, etc).
    I actually forgot to tell you about this idea for a NZ honeymoon I told my other friend about that would actually be a better fit for you guys:-).

    But the Canary’s actually sound better:-). Good luck with whatever you choose, I’m sure it will be AWWWW-some!

  • Reply August 7, 2012

    Linda

    Oh I definitely think you should come to Tenerife! I’ve lived here for 25 years, and, honestly what you say is just the tip of the iceberg. I love it…..and May is my favorite time of year here! Do give me a ring if you come!!!

  • Reply August 7, 2012

    Jeannie

    I think the itinerary sounds perfect! If you’re in that part of the globe, you may as well take advantage! Two weeks seems like enough time to divide it up and still get quality time in each location. Congratulations and happy planning!

  • Reply August 9, 2012

    Ayngelina

    I have never been there but it does look honeymoon-worthy for sure!

  • Reply August 10, 2012

    Gina

    Congrats on the wedding! I got married earlier this summer and planning the honeymoon was definitely more fun. ;) We also had a hard time narrowing down if we should go for practical or dream. We sorta did both. Picked a place closer to home, but did some dream adventures while there. Maybe you can figure out a way to make the Canary Islands practical, too!

  • Reply August 17, 2012

    cindy

    Congrats on your upcoming wedding!

    Being a traveler, I’m sure you will have a wonderful time wherever you end up, but the Canaries do sound enticing.

  • Reply November 20, 2012

    Willie

    Hi,
    I’m Irish and have been living on La Gomera for the past 12 years. I write a blog in English blog with information, news and more – all about the island of La Gomera: http://lagomera1.blogspot.com
    Maybe you could post the link for your readers ?
    Regards
    Willie

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