15 Inexpensive Honeymoon Destinations
Weddings are joyous occasions and can be very expensive. Dresses, tuxedos, renting the venue, the catering, flower arrangements, and accommodating guest can cost a pretty penny and is stressful. It’s no wonder why newlyweds can’t wait for the honeymoon. It’s almost as important as the ceremony and can be equally expensive too, but it doesn’t have to be. This list has some of the best and most inexpensive honeymoon destinations. Destinations in the states and abroad are detailed here. So if you are planning on getting married and want to be frugal about the honeymoon take a look at these locations.
Going to Hawaii is getting away without going to far. It’s still part of the US, but physical it’s not and that gives Hawaii an exotic feel. Couples dreaming about a Hawaiian honeymoon should consider Honolulu and the island of Oahu. They’re home to attractions like Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head Crater and the Banzai Pipeline Surf Break. Honolulu’s hefty hotel stock means rates are available that fit every budget. Eating is a highlight, especially when you join the locals at the low-priced lunch joints and bakeries of Honolulu’s Kapahulu neighborhood and the city’s Saturday farmers’ market. There are many free festivals and special events that highlight the island’s multicultural heritage and tropical beauty.
Brazil was once a country that did not believe in the all-inclusive package until now. Now a trip to Brazil is easier and cheaper to book. Many new properties have opened in prime honeymoon locations. The musical city of Bahia on the north coast and the super-chic Buzios beach-resort area near Rio de Janeiro are some honeymoon destinations that will take your breath away. Rio can actually be very reasonable. The most popular activities are absolutely free, people-watching and parading up and down Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. To save money don’t stay in hotels that are on the beach. Hotels a block or two away from the beach are often hundreds of dollars per night cheaper than the sand-side ones while offering the same level of room and service.
Dublin, Ireland has gone from being one of the most expensive capitals in Western Europe to one of the best values, with the average price of a hotel night falling over the past two years. Even though Dublin’s price tag is cheaper than previous years there are still more frugal alternatives on the Emerald Isle. Skip Dublin and fly straight into Shannon Airport to save money and time. This way you can enjoy the attractions for which Ireland is known for welcoming locals, thriving musical culture and rugged natural beauty.
Jamaica has huge all-inclusive resorts that lure newlyweds who are craving bargains. The newer Riu, Iberostar and Gran Bahia Principe resorts are visually appealing and if you can find a nice deal I encourage you to take it. If you are looking for something a little nicer to your pockets, try the long standing, Sandals resort. This resort was founded in Jamaica, and they are constantly offering all sorts of incentives. Spa credits, free nights and rates up to 65 percent less than the newer resorts. Getting there is no hassle as well. Airlines like JetBlue and Air Transat now fly between North American cities and Montego Bay making Jamaica one of the cheapest places to reach in the Caribbean.
The Balkans is Europe’s long-lost corner. It may not seem like the most obvious spot for a honeymoon, but the Balkans have really come into their own in recent years as a low-cost alternative to pricier Mediterranean destinations. Bulgaria and Croatia have emerged as standout locales where money gets you more than anywhere else on the continent. Bulgaria blends Roman ruins, ancient Orthodox churches, Greek-like cuisine and Black Sea beaches with incredibly low prices on just about everything. Croatia is for more active couples with its inland national parks with white-water rafting, hiking and boating on jade-colored lakes.
The Australian Automobile Association offers an awesome Web tool for figuring out the prices of hotels, B&Bs, hostels and even houseboats and campgrounds. AAA’s star system is primarily based on amenities but roughly corresponds to overnight rates. This tool makes it a breeze to plan a honeymoon trip to Australia. With trans-Pacific tickets a little less from their pre-recession peak, you can easily reach Australia for a lower price. Qantas and other Australian carriers also offer value air passes that allow flexible flights within Australia. This is ideal for first-time visitors who want to see it all. Australia has many sophisticated restaurants and shops in Sydney and Melbourne, wonderful dive sites along the Great Barrier Reef and a vast desert landscapes in the Red Center.
The Yacatan Peninsula has a variety of places you and your loved one can stay. Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula includes Cancun and Cozumel islands, the mainland Riviera Maya and inland spots like Chichen Itza and Merida. Each destination mentioned has its own vibe and scenery, allowing for plenty of choice in terms of where you stay, eat and play. Cancun is all about beaching, bargain shopping and crazy nightlife for the young couple that like to party together. For the more adventurous couple Cozulmel has a long barrier reef perfect for diving. The average price of a hotel room has significantly dropped plunged across the Yucatan during spring and summer. Five-star hotels generally offer the deepest discounts. For a more intimate experience you can get a jungle bungalow at the Mayaland Hotel, near Chichen Itza.
Canada, our neighbors to the north boast beautiful and active cities like Toronto and Vancouver, but Montreal is a better honeymoon destination. If you and you new spouse are looking for a French feeling during your honeymoon but Paris is a little too expensive, Montreal is a good substitute. Montreal is a French speaking city that is compact and has top-grade public transit. Renting a car is unnecessary so that’s more money to spend on other things like the fine cuisine, the Marche Bonsecours market and the boutiques. Other free attractions are the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Redpath Museum, and the the city’s famous comedy festival.
Southeast Asia’s most popular country, Thailand is a destination where it almost doesn’t matter how much money you spend. Tropical paradises like Phuket and Ko Samui will trap you with it scenery. Thailand’s biggest bargain is accommodations. Fierce competition between hotels has brought room prices down to levels that seem too good to be true. Flying around Thailand is fairly inexpensive too and never takes very long. Flights between Bangkok and the northern city of Chiang Mai take about an hour and can cost less one-way than most flights in the U.S.
Portugal is one of the most affordable holiday destinations in Europe. Even beating out neighboring Spain and Greece. Portugal has modernized itself but still hold on to its old charm with ancient castles and fishing villages. It also had modern urban neighborhoods with beach retreats and world class golf courses. Portugal’s rise as a desirable destination also raised the hotel rates just a little, but it all balances out with low rental car prices, and reasonable restaurant prices.
Turkey’s shoreline stretches over 3,400 miles and touches three different seas, the Mediterranean, the Black and the Aegean. Much like neighboring Greece, the coast is sprinkled with ancient ruins and picturesque villages. Chic waterfront resorts on white-sand beaches add a modern feel and look to the country. Plan right, and you could end up paying half as much for a Turkish honeymoon as an equivalent Greek getaway. Turkey’s seaside resorts are an especially good bargain. On the Turkish shore, you can snag a great room in places like Antalya, Bodrum or the new hipster hangout of Cesme, for much less than a room in Santorini. Istanbul is the most popular city in Turkey and has become very sophisticated.
Puerto Rico has always been a very popular getaway. This island remains one of the Caribbean’s best value getaways. One of the perks of Puerto Rico is that U.S. citizens don’t have to invest in a passport to get there. Flights from the States haven’t dropped that much in price over the past few years, but accommodations in Puerto Rico definitely have. Surf schools at world-renowned Playa Rincon range are considerably less than other surf spots like Hawaii. Scuba diving is a popular activity here. You can get around the island in a low cost rental car saving even more money. Puerto Rico is a perfect honeymoon destination for newlyweds who like to swim, soak up the sun, enjoy art, or dance.
Sri Lanka is the teardrop-shaped island in the Indian Ocean and is on the opposite side of the globe from North America, so airfare isn’t cheap. That’s the only thing to worry about financially because once you reach the island you’ll find that it is very affordable. All of the exotic delights India has to offer are in Sri Lanka. Palaces and ancient temples, coconut-palm-shaded beaches, game reserves with wild elephants and leopards. The dining experience is incredible and exotic shopping will allow you to take home one of a kind souvenirs. Be warned, though the U.S. Department of State lifted its long-standing travel warning on Sri Lanka in 2010, diplomats still advise not traveling to the island’s far north. Any where else is fine.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
One of America’s best kept secrets the Jackson Hole valley has been tucked away between Grand Teton National Park and miles of national forest in every other direction. Located in Wyoming, Jackson Hole doesn’t sound like an ideal vacation but it’s isolation makes for a perfect honeymoon. The seclusion provides a peaceful resolve from the hectic wedding planning and and the rush of family and friends. Ski resorts provide many activities if you want to get out. Jackson Hole has caught the interest of actor Harrison Ford and former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Another low-key American getaway is the Sanibel Island. Casual living is the vibe of Sanibel Island. It is perfect for easy going couple that just want to enjoy each others company. The island is home to nice chic restaurants and shops. Its claim to fame is the seashells cover every sandy surface. Looking for rare and colorful seashells has become a favorite past time amongst visitors and locals. To save money don’t drive to the beach find a nice water from hotel to save time. I advise visiting in the fall.