No one wants to hold back when planning their honeymoon, right? However, a budget-savvy couple can still achieve a dreamy honeymoon even on a tight budget. If that sounds like you, sit back and read our favorite stunning, yet affordable honeymoon destinations.
It’s possible to have an incredible trip on a reasonable budget even if you’re going international. Don’t miss these tips for saving money on honeymoon flights, and then get to planning! In no particular order, here are the best budget-friendly honeymoon destinations for your post-wedding vacay!
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Famous for its culture and Renaissance art, this small Italian city certainly ticks a lot of boxes. Wander hand in hand through this walkable city for an amazingly romantic experience. The Tuscan capital offers so much to see, and you’ll love to marvel at the glorious architecture.
Be sure to head to the world-famous Uffizi Gallery and see works by Botticelli, Titian, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Then, by night, you can feast on delicious Italian food and toast your honeymoon while watching the Florence sunset over a glass of Tuscan wine.
Of course, the flights will likely make up the largest portion of the expense for this trip. As for saving money, why not stay on the city’s outskirts to save on accommodation costs, and take part in some of the city’s free walking tours?
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For a small country, Belize sure packs a punch. If you want spectacular beaches and Mayan sites, Belize has it all. Not only that, but it also boasts glorious scenery in the form of jungles, the second largest reef system in the world and other natural wonders.
There’s also extraordinary wildlife to be spotted, such as wildcats and jaguars. That’s as well as plenty of scenic mountains and waterfalls to take in.
There are plenty of budget-friendly accommodation options at the beach; you just need to spend a little time researching them. Why not opt for an affordable all-inclusive package that covers free activities, food and drink? That way, you won’t have to worry about shelling out for much when you get here. Just soak up the sun and scenery.
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No honeymoon list is complete without a mention of this forever romantic French capital city. Of course, we can’t pretend it’s our cheapest option, but there are ways of making it easier on your wallet.
Although traveling on the Paris Metro doesn’t cost the earth, you get to see loads more by simply walking around the city at your leisure. For example, you could take in the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur, the famous flea market and the river Seine, just by gambling around the city on foot.
To further cut costs, try registering your home on a home swap or pet sitting website and see if you can find yourself some free accommodation. This goes a massive way to cutting down on the cost!
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If you’re looking for an exotic destination that offers a little bit of everything at amazing prices, Thailand might be among the cheapest places to consider for your romantic trip! The weather is at its best between November and April, so if you happen to be having a winter wedding, Thailand’s an excellent choice for your honeymoon.
Flights are more expensive than staying on home turf. Still, the food is cheap, and you can find reasonable accommodation without busting the budget. Compare prices on all the usual search sites such as Booking.com, Hotels.com and Expedia.com to find the best rates.
After landing in Bangkok, spend a few days getting to know Thai culture, its floating markets and its temples. If it’s an adventure you’re after, Chiang Mai offers amazing hikes, mountains and even an elephant sanctuary. Thailand also offers honeymooners a tropical getaway vibe– don’t hesitate to explore some of its stunning islands with beautiful beaches like Phuket and Koh Samui.
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5. Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is easy to reach from most U.S. cities, making it land among the top budget-friendly Caribbean destinations. In fact, you don’t need your passport if you’re a U.S. citizen, and there are plenty of affordable hotels to stay in. Choose from a wide range of gorgeous beach resorts with golden sands, turquoise sea and palm trees. Not only that, but getting around doesn’t cost a ton. For starters, the Ubers are cheaper.
We also like some of Puerto Rico’s offshore islands, which you can visit for romantic day trips. As for the evenings, Puerto Rico offers great nightlife. All you need to do is don your honeymoon wardrobe, put on your makeup – feel your best most fabulous self and head out to the bright lights.
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Mexico is another wallet-friendly and popular honeymoon destination. Again, you could opt for the classic beach-side all-inclusive hotel for your honeymoon. Or you could try something more alternative like a couple’s retreat packed full of healthy food, meditation, and adventures.
If you like a tropical vibe, Riviera Maya has tons of options with Resort-style accommodation. Cozumel is attractive for couples who love scuba diving and other adventurous activities, combined with plenty of beach lounging opportunities if you want to relax.
Or if you prefer dry heat, cities like Cabo on the west coast of Mexico are popular choices for honeymooners in search of a luxurious stay. Puerta Vallarta is also another popular Mexican honeymoon destination.
Whichever type of honeymoon you choose in Mexico, you’re sure to be impressed with the sun, sand, local cuisine, cultural sites and amazing cocktails. Just remember to pack your sunscreen and swimsuit!
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7. Stay in the USA
There are many beautiful and affordable honeymoon destinations here on home soil. For outdoor lovers, there’s camping in the Grand Canyon or one of the many U.S. National Parks. For instance, Sequoia National Park or Lake Tahoe in California or the Glacier National Park in Montana. Just imagine yourself and your beloved star-gazing after a day’s hiking, and you get the picture.
Or for more romantic vibes, head to Savannah, Georgia, and stroll beneath trees laden with moss. Also be sure to check out the city market or relax on the beach on Tybee Island. You won’t be disappointed.
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8. Greek Island Hopping
This beautiful, sunny and welcoming ancient land boasts 227 islands that can be reached by direct flights, internal flights or boats. So why not do a little research and pick a small group of islands to explore? Usually, ferry prices are pretty low and dining out for two can cost as little as 35€.
We recommend the Cycladic islands if you want to Insta every moment, including a Santorini sunset. However, if culture is how you get your kicks, try Crete, the birthplace of the Minoan civilization. Here you’ll find palaces and museums galore as well as 650 miles of coastline.
If you’re considering Greek island hopping – why not learn a bit of the language before you go and live like a local? This is great if you’re looking to immerse yourself in the culture and enjoy a more authentic Greek experience.
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9. Sri Lanka
Also in the Indian Ocean, while your most considerable outlay will be your flights, it’s possible to live well and cheaply on this stunning and friendly island. While there are tons of expensive boutique hotels, especially in the fortified old city, Galle, it’s also possible to book an all-inclusive beach-style honeymoon.
Visit elephant sanctuaries, hilltop villages, temples, and the ancient city of Sigiriya. Trust us: You’ll never run out of things to do. You can travel almost everywhere by train for super cheap – even in first class (although it’s wise to book ahead to avoid disappointment)!
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Dip your toes in the Indian Ocean with a honeymoon in tropical Mauritius. It’s no surprise this place is often referred to as Paradise Island – it’s absolutely gorgeous! In fact, Mauritius won the coveted Best Wedding and Honeymoon destination crown presented by the World Travel Awards in 2013.
There are many things to do in Mauritius, including visits to wild waterfalls, mountain ranges and, of course, exploring the underwater world surrounding the island.
If Mauritius tickles your fancy and you’re watching those pounds, shillings and pence. be on the lookout for discounted deals online. It’s also worth researching all-inclusive hotels, as these tend to be lighter on the wallet and take your own toiletries; it’s an expensive island, and these ‘small’ costs can really rack up!
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Ready to Plan The Honeymoon of Your Dreams?
Are you looking for a stunning and affordable honeymoon destination? If you can’t afford an expensive honeymoon, this list should inspire you to think outside the box and experience something new!
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