Weddings aren’t cheap, meaning many times we don’t have space in the budget for expensive honeymoons. But even after a big wedding, there are plenty of ways of having an affordable honeymoon at these awesome cheap honeymoon destinations. A romantic getaway without breaking the bank. Besides the cost of the flights, these destinations offer a large range of inexpensive accommodation and perfect activities for the newlyweds.
With the average cost of a honeymoon topping out at just under $5,000, we could all use some inspiration for cheaper alternatives.
Here are 16 cheap ideas for the perfect, affordable romantic getaway.
Honeymoon destinations on a budget
Thailand is a perfect destination for those winter weddings who want a beach escape as their holiday destination. Stay in Phuket and enjoy beautiful sunset dinners. Or head to the secluded island of Koh Mook which offers an authentic cultural experience and the natural wonder of the Morakot Cave.
A beautiful country that mixes old Europe with traditional Meditarranean influences. If you’re looking for an especially romantic getaway, head to the Istria region – luxurious hotels, coastlines and the Winelands with top-class wine and food. You’ll even have the opportunity to go truffle hunting and indulge on local oysters and wine.
The Maldives is high on everyone’s list, thanks to its top accommodations, perfect beaches and turquoise waters. New resorts with retractable roof bungalows and full-size pools on a villa deck. There is accommodation at all budget levels, and flight aren’t as expensive as you may think.
An island in the south of the Caribbean, it’s a perfect spot for a young couple looking for some adventure. On one side there are beautiful beaches, and on the other it’s filled with cactus, sea caves and plenty of secluded beaches.
Jamaica is sure not to let you down; sand, sunshine and some good vibes make this island a great place to spend your first newlywed days together. The city of Negril is a top favorite because of its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. There’s plenty of local culture, as well as luxury resorts and overwater bungalows.
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6. Riviera Maya, Mexico
Warm and tropical – a getaway to Mexico is a perfect idea. Riviera Maya is on the Caribbean Sea and has some stunning resorts, delicious seafood dining and perfect margaritas on white-sand beaches. The town of Tulum and Playa Del Carmen are top recommendations.
Cheap honeymoon destinations in US
7. Carmel, CA
Carmel is perfect for those who are into bed and breakfast. A small coastal town in the centre of California which includes nice beaches to relax on, amazing cuisine and wine that would satisfy any foodie. Although accommodation may be a little more expensive, staying in the US means cheaper flights!
8. Key West, Florida
A tropical location near the water, Key West offers many different activities. This includes snorkeling during the day, renting a boat, saltwater fishing and even dolphin encounters. You also have the opportunity to stay and relax on a beachfront hotel. Make sure to check out Duval Street, with all its museums, shops and art galleries.
9. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
For those couples that love action and adventure, Jackson Hole is a perfect destination. There are tons of outdoor activities, such as hiking though the Grand Teton National Park, mountain biking, hang gliding and even hot air ballooning. During the winter activities include skiing, snowmobiling and ice skating.
10. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
This beach town has over 550 miles of coastline with over 60 public beaches. The lighthouse there is one of the oldest and tallest lighthouses still standing today. Cape Cod is also a popular destination for outdoor activities such as golfing, kayaking or biking.
11. Sedona, Arizona
A beautiful spot for those who love nature. Sedona has two parks which both have swimming pool holes that are perfect for cooling off, and other trails for hiking and bird-watching. There’s also beautiful artwork on display all over the city, and a Buddha Beach that resembles a miniature Stonehenge.
Other affordable honeymoon destinations
12. Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is full of amazing beaches, seaside forts and gorgeous rainforests – a perfect honeymoon destination for those on a budget. San Juan, the capital, is filled with walkable city strees, museums, cafes and historical sites. There’s also the option to go scuba diving and coral exploring!
13. Cook Islands
Rarotonga, an island on the Cook Islands, has perfect temperatures all year round. Rarotonga offers plenty of vacation packages, including activities such as snorkeling in underwater caves, canyons and checking out sunken shipwrecks.
14. Florida Keys
Florida keys is a perfect getaway if you’re short on time but still want some beach. You can take a trip on a glass-bottomed boat, explore Molasses Reef or even go on a trip on an airboat. They even have the option to hunt for crocodiles!
The Phillippines is a top choice for many newlyweds – all the islands are couple-friendly, with modern accommodations and many different activities. The views and atmosphere are well worth it.
Bali works for couple on pretty much any budget. You can choose from resort style accommodation with stunning beaches from all ranges on the prices tag. You’ll still get to experience romantic sunsets, jungle vibes and indulge in delicious farm to table food.
Free (or really cheap) Honeymoon Destinations
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We actually did a road trip along the Oregon coast for our honeymoon. A road trip or camping honeymoon can be much cheaper and still romantic that going somewhere exotic!
What are your favorite affordable honeymoon destinations?
Don’t let the honeymoon take up 14% of your wedding budget – which is apparently the average according to Trip Savvy.
Use these ideas to have an affordable honeymoon as a couple.