Looking for the best places to honeymoon on a budget that still feel luxurious? These are the cheapest honeymoon destinations in 2023!
With all of the costs that weddings incur, budgets don’t always leave room for high-end honeymoons. But, with these picture-perfect and affordable destinations, you really can have it all on your honeymoon.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive vacation with your new spouse, then look no further than these 15 best honeymoon destinations on a budget — and our advice and ideas on where to stay in each one!
Best Places to Honeymoon on a Budget
The best time to visit Thailand is November through April, which is perfect for all those winter-wedding couples still looking for a beach escape as their cheap honeymoon destination. Stay in Phuket and enjoy romantic sunset dinners, as well as the bucket-list opportunity to celebrate your new marriage with monks at a simple, private Thai ceremony.
The secluded island of Koh Mook — also known as Pearl Island — offers an authentic cultural experience and the chance to witness Thailand’s natural wonder, Morakot Cave. Other stunning islands include Koh Tao, Koh Lanta, and Koh Samui.
If you’re a bed and breakfast type of person, you’ll love Carmel. This small coastal town in central California has breezy beaches to relax at during the day, and state of the art cuisine and wine that will satisfy any foodie or wine connoisseur.
Staying in this quaint location might be a bit more expensive than cheaper international locations, but staying within the country means cheaper flights! Not to mention, the natural beauty of Carmel is sure to leave you happy.
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Dazzling beaches, seaside forts, and Old San Juan make the capital of Puerto Rico a perfect honeymoon destination for the budget-conscious traveler.
Gorgeous rainforests are a dramatic backdrop to the walkable city streets, filled with museums, cafés, restaurants, and historical sites. A trip to San Juan would not be complete without visiting the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, or the stunning Cathedral of San Juan Bautista.
If you’re looking for something more remote, fly or ferry from San Juan to Isla de Culebra. Scuba diving and exploring the corals are a must!
Read more: Where to Stay in San Juan Puerto Rico
Sint Maarten is a Havana look-alike and sits well below the price point of other Caribbean islands. You can zipline, scuba (without needing to be licensed!), take in the tropical wildlife, and hike to Pic Paradis — the most stunning view on the island.
Oh, and it’s known for its mega-yachts so treat yourself and spend a day on the water in luxury.
Read more: Where to Stay in St. Maarten
The island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands has an enjoyable climate of high 70˚/low 80˚ temperatures year-round! Spend your time on land at the numerous local shops, museums, and quaint cafés around town, and even more time underwater, snorkeling the underwater caves, canyons, and sunken shipwrecks.
Rarotonga vacation packages can be found on many booking sites, so compare deals and save money!
With white sand beaches and cascading waterfalls, Negril — a large town in west Jamaica — is the definition of a picture-perfect honeymoon. Explore Mayfield Falls with a guide, or float down the Negril River by bamboo raft. For the more adventurous couple, cliff jumping and live music at Rick’s Cafe may be the perfect end to a day at the beach!
Oh, and don’t forget to check out the gorgeous Blue Lagoon in Port Antonio — the turquoise waters have to be seen to be believed.
If you’re short on time but still want a beach getaway, the Florida Keys are easily accessible and perhaps the most budget-friendly beach destination in the south.
Here you’ll have a more intimate, comfortable stay in comparison to crowded resorts or high-rise hotels. Take a trip on a glass-bottomed boat, explore Molasses Reef, or even glide through the Everglades on an airboat. If you’re up for a thrill, you can even go hunt for crocodiles!
Read more: The Ultimate Florida Keys Travel Guide
Cape May, New Jersey
Another small-town affordable seaside location! If you’re looking for an alternative to the typical tropical honeymoon, Cape May might be the perfect place to cozy up for a romantic getaway.
As if carriage rides through the town weren’t charming enough, the Victorian architecture and beautiful Cape May Lighthouse make you feel as if you’re in a real-life romance novel. Sunset Beach and Willow Creek Winery are perfect daytime settings to unwind and relax.
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The Philippines is definitely one of our top choices for affordable honeymoon destinations. Nearly all of the Philippine islands are very newlywed-friendly, with modern accommodations and plenty of activities.
Keep in mind, the farther your chosen location is from the capital — Manila — the more transportation will be required (connecting flights on smaller planes, ferries, boats, etc.). However, regardless of how long it takes you to get there, the views and atmosphere are always worth it!
Read more: The Ultimate Guide to El Nido, Philippines
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Avoid Cancún’s high prices and head south to Riviera Maya! Snorkel with turtles in Akumal, or head to Playa Del Carmen — the epicenter of all things honeymoon. Beaches, nightlife, couples massages, all-inclusive resorts, world-class restaurants, and access to nearly and all watersport activities are sure to make up the best week (or two) or your life.
What’s perhaps Indonesia’s most famous island, Bali is known for its beautiful beaches, striking scenery, spirituality, and lush rice fields. There are also a ton of activities to try in Bali, including surfing some of the best waves on the planet, diving wrecks, hiking volcanoes, and exploring temples.
That said, not all of Bali is created equal. Parts of Ubud tend to be less of a relaxing oasis and a little more hectic, so if you’re looking to chill out with your new spouse, then I recommend staying in a villa or heading off the beaten trail a bit.
If you’ve been looking to tick Bali off of your bucket list, why not do so on your honeymoon?
Between the charming old towns, blue waters, friendly people, and stunning national parks, Croatia is a top romantic destination for couples on their honeymoon.
Cities such as Dubrovnik, Split, and Zagreb will keep you on your toes with ruins, museums, and sweeping vistas, but don’t forget to check out Croatia’s natural beauty as well! Krka National Park, Plitvice National Park, and Mljet Island are all untamed jaw-dropping destinations that will redefine your idea of stunning.
Not to mention, Croatia has an extensive bus system and renting a car couldn’t be easier. It’s a very easy country to get around!
Portugal is castles, beaches, and cobblestone cities. It’s savory food, rich port wine, and friendly locals. In short, it will sweep you off your feet. While definitely still on the budget-friendly side, Portugal has a million and one things to do and is great to experience with a loved one.
You can easily stay a week or two in any of Portugal’s major cities, but I recommend mixing it up a bit and hopping around the country. Some of the major Portuguese hot spots are Lisbon, Sintra, Faro, Madeira, Lagos, and Cascais.
Read more: How to Visit Lisbon, Portugal on a Budget
Lake Tahoe, Nevada & California
Lake Tahoe, straddling both Nevada and California, is the perfect honeymoon destination no matter the time of year.
In the summer, Lake Tahoe turns into a bustling destination full of boaters, zipliners, swimmers, and hikers galore. However, in the winter, Lake Tahoe becomes a snowy wonderland with lots of skiing, snowboarding, skating, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing options.
That said, if you want to have a more relaxing honeymoon, then you’re bound to have a great time exploring all that Lake Tahoe has to offer — even if that just means cozying up at your hotel and enjoying a couple’s massage!
San Juan Islands, WA
Located just north of Seattle, Washington state’s San Juan Islands are known for their natural beauty, their fresh and organic dining options, and their very pacific northwest easygoing vibe.
In the San Juan Islands, enjoy some time in the Doe Bay hot springs, kayak between the islands, visit the Cattle Point Lighthouse, go ziplining in Friday Harbor, camp overnight in the national park, and cross that whale-watching bucket list item off your list.
If you’re looking to stay stateside and enjoy a nature-filled honeymoon, then the San Juan Islands are for you!
FAQs: Cheap Honeymoon Destination Tips
1. Book early
2. Opt for cash instead of gifts at your wedding
3. Research deals
4. Be flexible on your dates
5. Use rewards
The average honeymoon is around 7 days. However, if you’re planning to travel overseas, you might need at least 9 days because at least 2 of those days will be spent getting to and from your destination.
Based on a recent study, the average honeymoon cost is $5,100.