With all of the costs that weddings incur, budgets don’t always leave room for high-end honeymoons. But, with these picture-perfect beach destinations, you can have all the luxury and none of the money stress!
Best Budget Honeymoon Destinations
The best time to visit Thailand is November through April, which is perfect for all those winter-wedding couples still looking for a beach escape. Stay in Phuket and enjoy romantic sunset dinners, as well as the opportunity to celebrate your new marriage with monks at a simple, private Thai ceremony. The secluded island of Koh Mook — also known as Pearl Island — offers an authentic cultural experience and the chance to witness Thailand’s natural wonder, Morakot Cave.
If you’re a bed and breakfast type of person, you’ll love Carmel. This small coastal town in central California has breezy beaches to relax at during the day, and state of the art cuisine and wine that will satisfy any foodie or wine connoisseur. Staying in this quaint location might be a bit more expensive than cheaper international locations, but staying within the country means cheaper flights!
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Dazzling beaches, seaside forts, and Old San Juan make the capital of Puerto Rico a perfect honeymoon destination. Gorgeous rainforests are a dramatic backdrop to the walkable city streets, filled with museums, cafés, restaurants, and historical sites. A trip to San Juan would not be complete without visiting the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, or the stunning Cathedral of San Juan Bautista.
If you’re looking for something more remote, fly or ferry from San Juan to Isla de Culebra. Scuba diving and exploring the corals are a must!
Read more: Where to Stay in San Juan Puerto Rico
Sint Maarten is a Havana look-alike and sits well below the price point of other Caribbean islands. You can zipline, scuba (without needing to be licensed!), take in the tropical wildlife, and hike to Pic Paradis — the most stunning view on the island. Oh, and it’s known for its mega-yachts so treat yourself and spend a day on the water in luxury.
Read more: Where to Stay in St. Maarten
The island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands has an enjoyable climate of high 70˚/low 80˚ temperatures year round! Spend your time on land at the numerous local shops, museums, and quaint cafés around town, and even more time under water, snorkeling the underwater caves, canyons, and sunken shipwrecks.
Rarotonga vacation packages can be found on many booking sites, so compare deals and save money!
With white sand beaches and cascading waterfalls, Negril — a large town in west Jamaica — is the definition of a picture-perfect honeymoon. Explore Mayfield Falls with a guide, or float down the Negril River by bamboo raft. For the more adventurous couple, cliff jumping and live music at Rick’s Cafe may be the perfect end to a day at the beach!
If you’re short on time but still want a beach getaway, the Florida Keys are easily accessible and perhaps the most budget-friendly beach destination in the south. Here you’ll have a more intimate, comfortable stay in comparison to crowded resorts or high-rise hotels. Take a trip on a glass-bottomed boat, explore Molasses Reef, or even glide through the Everglades on an airboat. If you’re up for a thrill, you can even go hunt for crocodiles!
Read more: The Ultimate Florida Keys Travel Guide
Cape May, NJ
Another small-town seaside location! If you’re looking for an alternative to the typical tropical honeymoon, Cape May might be the perfect place to cozy up for a romantic getaway. As if carriage rides through the town weren’t charming enough, the Victorian architecture and beautiful Cape May Lighthouse make you feel as if you’re in a real-life romance novel. Sunset Beach and Willow Creek Winery are perfect daytime settings to unwind and relax.
Nearly all of the Philippine islands are very newlywed-friendly, with modern accommodations and plenty of activities. Keep in mind, the farther your chosen location is from the capital — Manila — the more transportation will be required (connecting flights on smaller planes, ferries, boats, etc.). However, regardless of how long it takes you to get there, the views and atmosphere are always worth it!
Read more: The Ultimate Guide to El Nido, Philippines
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Avoid Cancún’s high prices and head south to Riviera Maya! Snorkel with turtles in Akumal, or head to Playa Del Carmen — the epicenter of all things honeymoon. Beaches, nightlife, all-inclusive resorts, world-class restaurants, and access to nearly and all watersport activities are sure to make up the best week (or two) or your life.