Planning your honeymoon should be one of the most exciting parts of getting married. The honeymoon is your time to relax, enjoy your new spouse, and rest after several weeks or more of hectic wedding planning. The key to enjoying your honeymoon is making sure you can afford it – especially after paying for a wedding. Luckily, there are plenty of beautiful and romantic honeymoon destinations that you can visit on a budget. It’s possible to have a relaxing, luxurious honeymoon without breaking the bank.
What are some of the most popular honeymoon destinations on a budget? Let’s take a look:
If you’re looking for a tropical island retreat that won’t leave you crippled with credit card debt, Bermuda is a great option. It’s just a short distance from the East Coast and has plenty of experience catering to honeymooners. You’ll feel like royalty when spending time at one of the many tropical resorts.
Bermuda offers a variety of adventure activities, including snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, and hiking. There are plenty of restaurants, many of which specialize in the freshest seafood you’ll ever eat. There are also a lot of options for relaxing, including a visit to one of the spas where you can enjoy a couples’ massage with your new spouse.
2. Wine Country
It’s true that while Northern California’s Wine Country tends to be one of the more expensive destinations in the United States, it can actually make for a budget-friendly honeymoon. This is especially true if you are within driving distance of the area or willing to stay in a hotel a short distance away.
Wine Country is an expansive area so you can choose the pricier locations like Napa or stay on the outskirts where it’s a bit cheaper but still within a short drive of some of the country’s finest wineries. There are accommodations available in all price ranges and plenty of other ways to save money during your visit. If your budget isn’t up for splurging on the five-star restaurants in the area every night, visit local pizza pubs or even pack picnic lunches to take with you to the wineries.
Jamaica is another budget-friendly option for those who have a hankering for a romantic getaway on a tropical island. Jamaica features a number of all-inclusive resorts so you don’t need to worry about sticker shock once you arrive at your destination. It might seem a bit more expensive upfront but you don’t have to spend an extra a dime once you’re onsite. Food, drinks, accommodations, and more are included in whatever price you paid in advance and some offer special honeymoon packages to take advantage of. Even if your initial cost seems like a bit of a splurge, you won’t need to worry about going over budget once you’re in the thick of your honeymoon.
Mexico is one of the least expensive beach vacation destinations you can choose for your honeymoon and Tulum is one of the most popular. It’s low-key and relaxing and lacks a lot of the touristy aspects of popular destinations like Cancun and other Mexican resort areas. Tulum is located near the Mayan Ruins which means you’ll have more to do than just lay on the beach all day.
5. Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake
Niagara Falls has long been a budget-friendly perfect honeymoon destination but more recently, nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake has become a popular spot for newlyweds as well. It’s located about 20 minutes from the Canadian side of the falls and is a quiet area that lacks the tourist hustle-and-bustle of its neighbor. There are plenty of small shops and boutiques, outdoor cafes, and romantic restaurants as well as wineries where you can enjoy wine made from local produce.
Though it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, the Northwoods of the Midwest have a lot to offer those who want a cozy, romantic honeymoon. Driving up to northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Michigan can also be a fun road trip if you’ve never seen that part of the country before. There’s plenty to do year-round but a lot of people love to head up north during the winter months. It’s less crowded and more affordable but there’s still plenty to do. Visit a national park and head out for an adventure. If ice caves and outdoor winter sports aren’t your thing, there’s nothing better than curling up by a warm fire with a cup of hot cocoa and your new spouse to relax after your wedding.
7. Florida Keys
The Florida Keys offer something for everyone and are one of the country’s most popular honeymoon destinations on a budget. The Keys begin just south of Miami and travel all the way down to Key West where you’ll find the southernmost point in the United States. There is plenty to see and do on every island and you can opt for accommodations based on your own personal tastes.
Newlyweds looking to let loose and have some fun after their wedding will love the sexy, care-free environment of Key West. Those who want something more relaxing might opt for an island further north in the Keys, such as Key Largo. No matter where you choose to stay, you’ll want to spend some time driving along Highway A1A and enjoying the crystal clear blue water and beautiful island scenery.
8. New England
Are you planning a fall wedding? There’s no better time to head up through New England for your honeymoon so, if you’ll be celebrating this time of year, it might be the perfect destination for you and your new spouse. New England is at its prettiest during the fall months when the leaves are changing colors. The temperatures are brisk but comfortable and just right for cozying up in the evening by a roaring fire with your honey.
The fall months are a popular time to visit the area so it can be crowded and you’ll need to book well in advance to make sure you get the accommodations you want. But, if you’re looking for a honeymoon destination on a budget that’s easy to get to, offers plenty to do and see, and has just the right amount of romance for this special occasion, New England is a great option.