Budget Friendly Honeymoon Destinations
It’s not enough to plan for a budget-friendly wedding: you have the honeymoon to worry about too. After all, you want it to be romantic, memorable and hopefully not cost an arm and a leg.
Luckily for newlyweds, there are plenty of affordable honeymoon destinations that won’t feel cheap. Yup, the destinations you’ll see below can be for everyone — from those who hate flying, all the way to those who desire an exotic locale.
Folks, put on your money-saving hat on and let’s explore some of the best honeymoon destinations on a budget.
Depending on the season (or if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, even winter can work), visiting national parks is a great way to save money on flights. You may end up paying less depending on the distance, or save even more money by driving to a campsite.
Places like the Rocky Mountain National Park offer some beautiful scenery — there’s no need to fly halfway across the world to see picturesque backdrops. Some even offer B7Bs, luxury cabins, and even resorts for a fraction of the price you’d pay for a hotel.
As for activities, you can enjoy hiking, skiing, hanging out by the lake or sitting by a campfire and napping. Nobody will judge you for that one.
Ok, so the flight may set you back a bit (though you can certainly find some bargains), but once you land, Thailand is one of the best places to do a honeymoon on a budget. It’s such a diverse country and most places do speak English if you’re concerned about how you’ll get around. If you’re into city life, check out Bangkok. There are also lots of cultural activities like visiting temples, or getting away from it all at more low-key cities like Chiang Mai. Plus, you’re a stone’s throw away from the beach in most cases and you can even take a ferry to secluded islands.
Maybe your boss won’t let you take a lot of time off, or you’re not a fan of long flights. Maybe, you hate the thought of going through customs but want to be able to go on a beach getaway. Whatever the reason may be, the Florida Keys are relatively accessible and is one of the most affordable honeymoon destinations for beach lovers.
Flights aren’t that long, or you can drive there and stay in places like Islamorada or Key Largo. Hotels there tend to be more intimate and comfortable compared to high rise buildings which can be typical of hotels. You can drive along scenic highways, hang out on the beach (and sip a drink or two), snorkel, swim with dolphins, and even gliding through the Everglades on an airboat while celebrating your recent nuptials.
Again, flights may not be cheap, but if you’re interested in an European destination, going to Portugal (or most western European destinations) is one of the best options for a honeymoon on a budget. You’ll get much of the old-world charm like gorgeous buildings, relaxing coastal towns, old castles and olive groves that stretch on for days.
There are also many hip urban neighborhoods popping up that offer some funky dining options and fun beach retreats. Staying at nice hotels and dining in trendy restaurants is a fraction of the price compared to places like the popular Greek Island or Paris.
Though Puerto Rico may not be high on you list of what you’d consider a unique honeymoon destination on a budget, it’s still worth a look. Flights aren’t going to be as expensive as what you’d find compared to other destinations like the Caribbean or Europe. You may even be able to find affordable all-inclusive packages at all times of the year.
Seriously, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in visiting cultural attractions, partaking in the lively nightlife or relaxing on the beach, Puerto Rico has got it. Love wildlife? You may even get to see wild horses and giant sea turtles.
This country in Central America is great if you’re interested in rainforests and rugged landscapes. You’ll find gorgeous coastlines, biodiversity, beaches, and volcanoes. You can stay right in the middle of the jungle where you’ll see wildlife like spider monkeys — you’ll be happy to know that around 25% of Costa is protected jungle.
Don’t forget to stop by San Jose where you can visit cultural sites like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.
If you prefer to stay in the U.S. but aren’t exactly a beach person, Arizona offers some great choices. There’s plenty of hiking and gorgeous luxury hotels all over the state. Places like Havasupai is perfect if you’re an adventure lover. You’ve got the Grand Canyon without the tourists, and a beautiful hike through the Havasupai Native Reservation to reach Havasu Falls. At the falls, there are crystal clear waters where you can go swimming.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Avoid Cancun if you want a tropical honeymoon on a budget because it tends to be a major tourist destination. Instead, avoid the high prices and head to places like Tulum, Playa Del Carmen, or Akumal. We’re talking all-inclusive resorts, fine dining, watersport activities, beaches, nightlife, and more.
Couples who have a deep desire to head to the Caribbean will love that Jamaica is well-known for being one of the cheapest destinations in the area — though you can find your fair share of pricey resorts. There are plenty of hotels and all-inclusive resorts that are budget-friendly without feeling like it.
Places like Negril has some gorgeous natural scenery like waterfalls and rivers. There are packages you can purchase where you can jump off a cliff or go down the Negril River. Of course, you’ll find plenty of nightlife, with bars and live music.
Plus, there are plenty of budget-friendly airlines like JetBlue and other low-cost carriers that fly to many popular destinations in Jamaica. So there’s almost no excuse not to go.
It’s not exactly the most well-known place, but Nicaragua is filled with cheap and budget-friendly options — hotels, tours, restaurants, you name it. Places like Selva Negra is a unique destination in that you’re staying on an organic farm and coffee estate that’s family-run. It’s set within lush mountains with tons of wildlife and you can stay in one-bedroom bungalows. Activities include hiking to the waterfalls and going horseback riding.
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