Your honeymoon is usually that one vacation where you don’t want to hold back in the slightest—but you may not have a ton of money to spend. The good news is that there are plenty of affordable honeymoon destinations that feel as special as you’d hoped but come with a much more reasonable price tag.
Here are a few locales to add to your list of affordable honeymoon destinations. Bon voyage!
If a romantic Italian getaway sounds like your dream honeymoon, don’t be intimidated by the price tag you think comes along with it. Especially if you’re craving a Tuscan honeymoon excursion amongst the rolling Italian mountains, you can find reasonably priced resorts where you’ll feel and be treated like royalty. Fly into either the Pisa or Florence airports and take a short train ride out to Montaione, one of Tuscany’s most sought-after regions. There you will find the Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, an 800-year-old village situated just between Florence and Pisa (so you can take day trips to each!). This sweeping 3,000 acre estate is all about unexpected, yet affordable luxuries, that are easily accessible, such as horseback riding, foraging for truffles, tours of 57 acres of vineyards and 10,000+ olive trees, cooking classes and more. Wander the cobblestone streets and the Borgo shops or take a moment to relax with a yoga class in the resort’s park with Tuscan hillsides views.
Curaçao, the Caribbean
Located in the Southern Caribbean, conveniently outside of the Hurricane Belt so Caribbean honeymooners don't have to worry about storms getting in the way, is the Dutch-Caribbean island of Curaçao. It’s home to over 35 intimate cove-like beaches, authentic European architecture and year-round sunshine, making it the perfect backdrop for a cheap honeymoon. Though the off-the-beaten-path island feels expensive, and offers more than its share of Instagrammable spots, ranging from brightly colored buildings to stunning waterfronts, it’s one of our favorite affordable honeymoon destinations. The Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, a private, 27-acre plantation, is secluded amongst the romantic natural beauty of the Spanish Water Bay, as well as the Caribbean Sea and limestone formations of Table Mountain. Newlyweds can indulge in a signature couple’s massage at the resort’s Caribbean-inspired Atabei Spa, golf at the Pete Dye-designed Old Quarry Golf Course or take advantage of outdoor adventurers such as meditation, hiking, biking, watersports, diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding and much more.
Miami Beach, Florida
Miami is known for its stunning miles of beaches lined with oceanfront properties that offer a sense of Caribbean calm as well as its vibrant and flourishing city, making it the ideal destination for young couples looking for an unforgettable getaway. Though a Miami honeymoon can sure get pricey, it’s still possible to find an inexpensive stay right in the midst of all the action. Try The Palms Hotel & Spa, an iconic, family-owned property that’s situated right on the ocean. By day, married couples can celebrate their first year together surrounded by swaying palms, towering bamboo trees and colorful blooms—and even book their own private tiki cabana. By night, they can cozy up in the Essensia Lounge for hand-crafted cocktails made with organic or craft spirits, fresh seasonal produce and herbs from the on-site organic chef’s garden. At The Palms Spa AVEDA, honeymooners can score a much-needed couple’s massage that will melt away all the wedding-planning stress. South Beach is just a 10-minute, oceanfront walk away, so couples who want to take advantage of the night life are in the right place!
Eleuthera, the Bahamas
For an intimate, off-the-grid getaway, consider the charming and exotic island of Eleuthera in the archipelagic state of the Bahamas—one of our favorite, under-the-radar affordable honeymoon destinations. It doesn’t get more Caribbean than this, with its pinky, sandy beaches, especially along the long French Leave Beach where you’ll find the French Leave Resort, a 12-villa boutique property that offers a private, home-away-from-home vibe as well as a myriad of opportunities to interact with other guests (many of whom are also honeymooners!). Each villa features a relaxing bohemian-chic decor and a cozy covered veranda overlooking Cupid’s Cay on the Atlantic Ocean. In-room iPads serve as a digital butler as everything from pillows to packed to-go lunches in golf carts ready to take on a romantic adventure can be arranged at the touch of a button. Beyond the villa walls, you'll have access to the resort’s 270 peaceful acres, including a Bahamian restaurant, stunning infinity pool, marina, kayak, snorkel and paddle board equipment and (via a golf cart ride) the translucent Caribbean Sea, a beach concierge and a stunning pink sand beach (where you might be the only ones there!).
This picturesque village in the foothills of Mount Mainalo in a former municipality in Arcadia, Peloponnese, Greece, is the budget-friendly Aegean getaway you and your S.O. have been searching for in a Greece honeymoon destination. Situated amongst pristine mountain ranges, as well as lakes and rivers, you’ll find the Villa Gager Hotel, a nine-suite, family-run boutique property located not too far from some of the most ancient sites including Epidauros Theatre, Olympia, Mycenae, Nafplio and much more. Stay in the honeymoon suite and take advantage of the fully stocked bar, Honesty, which serves local wines as well as the liquor brands you know and love. During the day, when you’re not exploring the sites, couples can enjoy the local wineries situated nearby as well as fungi (mushroom) foraging. How cool?
San Ignacio, Belize
This rustic town in the heart and soul of the Cayo District of Belize is an inexpensive-location-seeking vacationer’s dream. Just a handful of experiences honeymooners can prepare to cross off their bucket list include exploring ancient Mayan sites, floating on a tube through the underworld caves, zip-lining in the Belizean rainforest and canoeing down historical rivers. While it would seem expensive and timely to organize each of these excursions on your Belize honeymoon, when you stay at San Ignacio Resort Hotel, all are organized for you and come with a private driver and tour guide. The resort is located just a 90-minute drive from Belize City, for those looking to explore outside the hotel grounds, though there is certainly enough to keep you occupied on-site!
Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Known as the “Venice of America,” Greater Fort Lauderdale oozes a coastal city vibe with a simultaneous small-town charm. The weather is almost always ideal—you can expect it to hover around the high 70s to mid 80s in the dead of winter—and there are countless opportunities for fun excursions both on and off land. With 23 miles of laid-back beaches, Florida honeymooners can enjoy a sail boat or gondola ride, scuba dive to catch a glimpse of the three-tier natural reef, plus 80 shipwrecks underwater, shop at luxury and locally owned shops and more. Stay at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, which offers upscale rooms on a private, beachside property at super affordable rates.
West Hollywood, California
If you’re looking for an A-list location to celebrate your new nuptials, it doesn’t get more Hollywood than, well, Hollywood itself! While the LA scene can get pricey, there are certainly hidden gems that exude that sexy sophistication you’re looking for without breaking the bank—one of the most surprisingly cheap honeymoon destinations. Check out the Andaz West Hollywood, where you and your new spouse can enjoy popping bottles of champagne by the highest rooftop pool in Los Angeles and get wined and dined at their Riot House Restaurant and Bar while taking in the sights and sounds of LA’s iconic Sunset Strip. California honeymooners who want to give back as they enjoy will appreciate the RED Suite created by famed interior designer Jonathan Adler where a portion of the proceeds go to Bono and Bobby Shriver’s AIDS-fighting organization.
Though it might not be New York City, Philly is quickly gaining the reputation of an up-and-coming urban mainstay, with more and more young people flocking to its neighborhoods—and it’s actually one of the coolest affordable honeymoon destinations. Inspired by the landmarks of the city’s past, the newly-renovated Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia is ideal for newlyweds looking to visit one of the most famous national sites, the Liberty Bell, and learn how our country has transformed since its crack. Spend your stay in one the luxury suites which offer spacious accommodations with one and a half bathrooms, a separate living area and guest powder room. When you’re not out and about seeking all the excitement the city has to offer, book a couple’s spa in The Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon, which offers an exclusive pampering session called the Curtain Call that includes a warmed stone massage.