As honeymoon season approaches, you may be racking your brain for the right vacation spot. Paris and Rome are gorgeous, but there’s only one problem—the price. They’re such sought-after destinations that accommodation rates are sky-high, even during the off-season. If you’re in the middle of planning a honeymoon, you may feel like the burgeoning costs of plane tickets, accommodations, and transportation are piling up rapidly.
Well, we’re here with good news: Having a budget to abide by doesn’t mean forfeiting your dream honeymoon. In fact, there are a number of gorgeous, affordable honeymoon destinations throughout the world that can be enjoyed without breaking the bank. The perfect honeymoon doesn’t mean having to leave the country or even your state. (Although, it is possible to do so, even on a budget.) Keep reading for 10 breathtaking destinations that make for affordable honeymoons—and then start planning for paradise.
If you’re looking for international travel without the hefty price tag, Jamaica is one of the first spots you should consider. Of the country’s many islands, Negril is both one of the most peaceful and the most affordable. There you’ll find one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of shoreline: Seven Mile Beach. Stroll along the coast at sunset or enjoy your very own picnic by the water. For accommodations, try an all-inclusive resort like Couples Negril. These destinations include beverage and food expenses within hotel costs and also provide easy access to amenities and activities for discounted prices.
Big Sur, California
West Coasters, we’ve found your honeymoon destination. Breathtaking views, sea-salt air, and peaceful landscapes are waiting for you at Big Sur. Adventurous couples who enjoy the outdoors will find plenty of affordable activities at their fingertips. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is one of the region’s most beautiful places to hike, complete with cascading waterfalls, a redwood forest, and white-sand beaches. For a splurge, enjoy a massage at Esalen Institute, where you will also have access to its hot springs that overlook the ocean.
Located on Honolulu, Oahu is the island’s bustling center. Oahu is an ideal affordable honeymoon destination for the budget-conscious couple for a few reasons. First, state flights to Honolulu International Airport tend to be the lowest. The city also has a fantastic public transportation system that makes a rental car unnecessary. Lastly, Oahu is home to Waikiki Beach, a reason worth visiting alone. For a midrange resort that doesn’t lack in romance, try the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Regardless of where you stay, Oahu’s internationally known beaches are bound to be your home during your honeymoon there.
Québec City, Canada
For the feel of a European retreat that’s a little closer to home, set your sights on a trip to Québec City. The city is small enough to explore on foot, and given its ample public transportation, no rental car is needed. Plenty of affordable bed and breakfasts like Gite Confort line the city for affordable accommodations. There is something here for every couple. Tour Old Québec and dine at authentic French crêperies. For stunning natural wonders, take a day trip to Montmorency Falls. With the numerous points of interest available in Québec City, you’re bound to create a trip to remember, whatever your price point.
Belize City, Belize
If warm waters and blue skies are more your speed, you’ll find paradise in Belize. The activities you’ll uncover, from kayaking to snorkeling, are endless. You can also snag reasonably priced resort deals that are all-inclusive, such as the Pelican Beach Resort located on the shores of South Water Caye. This resort is close in proximity to a number of activities, such as visiting the ancient Mayan sites Xunantunich and Cahal Pech or visiting the jaguar reserve at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Florida Keys
East Coasters searching for a tropical getaway on their honeymoon should look no further than the Florida Keys. Whether it’s scuba diving or swimming with dolphins, there’s no shortage of romantic outings to take in when you’re surrounded by paradise.
The most reasonable accommodations will be found at bed and breakfasts.
Try Angelina’s Guest House or Old Town Manor for charming yet affordable spots. If you need a spot to toast to your new marriage, indulge in Spanish tapas at Santiago’s Bodega, which serves reasonably priced fare with an intimate atmosphere.
Tulum, Mexico, is perched on the Caribbean coast, a historical landmark of the Mayan civilization and the views are breathtaking. Start your trip with a visit to the Ruinas Mayas de Tulum. Then, take in a little sun at the gorgeous Playa Paraiso, where you can lounge and enjoy local fare from vendors selling everything from fish tacos to mojitos. For accommodations, Posada Luna del Sur is a shining example of a reasonably priced hotel with a central location.
Charleston, South Carolina
Forgo the tropics for this romantic Southern destination. The city is dripping with charming restaurants, boutique hotels, and small-town things to see and do. Enjoy a bit of Southern hospitality at The Vendue (known as an art hotel) located in the French Quarter of town. A trip to this idyllic city won’t set you back too much, but it will offer you the perfect romantic setting to celebrate your new marriage. Be sure to spend plenty of time wandering through the many lush historical grounds and parks and enjoy the slow pace of life.
If you’re hoping to travel internationally without going overboard on your budget, Dublin, Ireland, is the ideal affordable honeymoon destination. While international travel is never cheap, this Western European city is more affordable to fly to than most destinations. Picture rolling green hills and scenic villages. Your best bet for affordable accommodations are the many bed and breakfast establishments, such as O’Neills, located throughout the city. Enjoy brewery tours, tour castles, and visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher for a breathtaking honeymoon full of adventure and history.
Lake Tahoe, California
A Northern California destination perfect for an outdoorsy couple that enjoys both lounging lakeside and embarking on scenic hikes, Lake Tahoe is one of the best affordable honeymoon destinations. If you live nearby, it’s a simple road trip away, but it’s also easily accessible by plane. Stay by the water for a reasonable price and enjoy accommodations at rustic hotels such as Lake Tahoe Resort, or comb through Airbnb to rent your own cabin to truly get away from it all.
No matter your budget, you and your partner can enjoy an unforgettable vacation together close to home or overseas in one of these affordable honeymoon destinations.
This post was originally published on February 9, 2017, and has since been updated.