After spending money on a wedding, many couples need to have an inexpensive honeymoon. The good news is, that your honeymoon doesn’t have to break the bank to be memorable. There are plenty of wonderful budget honeymoon options all around the world; affordable honeymoon destinations can offer a lot of bang for your buck.
In this article, we’ll give you details about 15 cheap honeymoon destinations that can deliver a fantastic romantic experience.
You may wonder, what is the cheapest place to honeymoon? The answer will depend on several factors, including where you are traveling from. Bali is known as a very cheap honeymoon destination—once you get there. If you’re flying from the United States, however, it may not be an affordable honeymoon destination for you.
We will cover some of the top affordable honeymoon destinations around the world so you can choose the best option based on where you live.
If you live in the United States, your cheapest honeymoon location may be a domestic one like Las Vegas, Nevada; the San Juan Islands, Washington; San Diego, California; or the Florida Keys.
If you’re dreaming of a tropical getaway, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Jamaica, and Belize are some of the most affordable honeymoon destination choices.
If you have your heart set on a trip overseas, some inexpensive honeymoon destinations in Europe are Croatia and Portugal.
If you want an exotic experience that’s affordable, Thailand and the Philippines are two cheap honeymoon locations in Asia.
An all-inclusive cruise can be an affordable honeymoon option as well.
Read on to learn more about these top 15 cheap honeymoon destinations!
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada is the perfect place for a fabulous inexpensive honeymoon (or romantic budget wedding). This city offers nonstop action with a variety of activities, shows, events, music, and casinos that will not disappoint newlywed couples. There’s a huge variety of restaurants offering all sorts of flavors and experiences, plus plenty of free things to do and see.
For the most affordable honeymoon in Las Vegas, go in the offseason, which is September to November and January to April. (Another benefit to honeymooning in Las Vegas in these months is lower temperatures!) You should be able to find cheap flights to Las Vegas from most major cities, and you won’t need to rent a car once you’re there, as it’s very easy to use ridesharing services.
Staying in an AirBnB is a great inexpensive option, or search for deals at hotels—most places in Vegas regularly offer deep discounts on room rates, because they hope you will spend money in their casinos. Weekday stays will cost less than weekends, and hotels in Downtown Las Vegas tend to be cheaper than those on the Strip.
No matter what time of year you choose to plan your honeymoon, Las Vegas has so much to explore; it truly offers something for everyone. In addition to the gambling, concerts, shows, and nightlife Vegas is famous for, you can also get out in nature very easily. Hiking is a great free activity (check out the Valley of Fire or Red Rock Canyon), and the Grand Canyon is just 4 and a half hours away. You can also tour the Hoover Dam, just 45 minutes away.
Other unique activities that Vegas offers include the world’s largest observation Ferris Wheel, a gondola ride at the Venetian hotel, ziplining, the Neon Museum, and the Flamingo Habitat.
The Florida Keys
A honeymoon in the Florida Keys can deliver a dreamy tropical honeymoon at an affordable price, especially if you live within driving distance. If not, you’ll fly into south Florida and rent a car. (This is an area that you can’t really visit without your own transportation.) For cheaper flights, check prices for the airport in West Palm Beach in addition to Miami.
The Keys are the perfect affordable honeymoon destination for sailors, nature lovers, scuba divers, snorkelers, couples who love to fish, and anyone who enjoys a laidback and carefree vibe. While you can find fancy restaurants, you could spend your entire honeymoon in shorts and flipflops and not stick out at all.
December through May is peak season in the Keys; for a less expensive honeymoon here, plan your trip in the summer or fall. Summertime is hot and humid—and hurricane season—but it’s the perfect time for water-based activities.
October is a great month for visiting the Keys—temperatures are lower but still warm, humidity is less, and hurricanes are much less likely than in the summer.
Key West is the most expensive place to stay in the Keys, so you’ll want to stay on one of the other keys such as Marathon, Islamorada, or Key Largo. No matter where you stay, you can easily visit the other keys. While there are lots of luxury resorts in the Keys, you can also find a wide variety of affordable accommodations, from old-fashioned beach bungalow motels to condo and single-home rentals on platforms like VRBO and AirBnB.
There are plenty of inexpensive but delicious restaurants in the Keys, and many have great water views. You can find excellent fresh seafood, Cuban food, and more.
For some fun activities that don’t cost much, check out John Pennekamp State Park on Key Largo and go on a snorkeling or glass bottom boat tour to the reef. You can also visit sea turtles at the Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Marathon, walk the nature trails at Long Key State Park, lounge on Sombrero Beach on Marathon or Anne’s Beach on Islamorada, or go to the National Key Deer Refuge Visitor Center on Big Pine Key to look for the adorable tiny Key deer.
A more costly but spectacular activity would be to visit Dry Tortugas National Park, an incredible marine reserve with seven islands and amazing opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Wherever you stay, you can take a day trip to Key West. Visit the Southernmost Point in the United States, Hemingway’s house, and the Butterfly and Nature Conservancy. For stunning ocean views and a beach plus some interesting history, check out Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park at the southern end of the key.
Be sure to stay for the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square, which features all sorts of activities and performers entertaining the crowds who gather to watch the glorious sunsets and watch for the elusive green flash as the sun sinks into the sea.
San Juan Islands, Washington
The San Juan Islands are an archipelago on the Pacific Northwest coast that are well known for rural landscapes, diverse wildlife, and romance. Reachable only by ferry, the islands have remained fairly undeveloped and peaceful. Beaches here are lovely and wild.
Summer is the high season in the San Juan Islands. For a more inexpensive honeymoon, visit in the shoulder seasons of fall and spring. In September temperatures are mild and there’s not much rain. April and May are also lovely months to visit.
There are several advantages to coming during the spring or fall, in addition to lower prices: wildlife is more active and the beaches and towns are way less crowded. And in the spring, you can see all a variety of flowers blooming as the landscape wakes up from winter.
In addition to traveling in the shoulder season for lower rates, you can check VRBO and AirBnB for affordable accommodations.
The islands have plenty of farm-to-table restaurants for delicious meals plus farmers’ markets where you can shop together for the perfect romantic picnic on the beach. A great spot is South Beach, which is actually the longest beach in the country.
You can also go kayaking or island-hop on the ferry. Hike around the islands to enjoy the rugged scenery in places like Moran State Park, which offers 38 miles of trails. There are plenty of great places to bike as well.
Be sure to visit lively Friday Harbor, a charming town right on the water where you can shop, eat at some unique restaurants, and visit the Cattle Point Lighthouse.
One thing you can’t miss is going whale watching together. We suggest a Zodiac tour, which takes small groups on a boat that sits lower near the water so you can get close.
San Diego, California
Located on the southern coast of California, San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in the state, known for its breathtaking views of the Pacific and good weather year-round. San Diego is a perfect affordable honeymoon destination for couples who like to explore and discover new areas, with a wide variety of sights to see and cuisines to try. It also features relaxing beaches and plenty of water sports including great surfing.
San Diego averages about 260 sunny days a year with summer highs of 80 degrees Fahrenheit; even winter can get up to 65-70 degrees. In May and June, overcast days tend to happen more frequently—locals even call it “June Gloom”—so if your heart is set on sunshine, avoid these months.
June and August are also peak tourist seasons in San Diego, so that’s when prices are highest and crowds are biggest. If you want to save money and have a more peaceful honeymoon in San Diego, plan your trip for March to May or September to November.
San Diego has its own international airport, but you can offer to find cheap airfare deals by flying to one of the airports in Los Angeles, which is just a short drive away.
There’s no shortage of things to do and sights to see in San Diego on your honeymoon. Go hiking in parks such as Torrey Pines State Reserve, which features gorgeous scenery and breathtaking cliffs.
Head to the beach: San Diego is home to some of the best in California, with 70 miles of coastline. Picturesque La Jolla Cove offers a small beach that is surrounded by cliffs. This spot is popular among snorkelers, swimmers, and scuba divers thanks to its rich underwater life, but you can also enjoy stand-up paddling, kayaking, or just sunbathing and admiring the views.
Stray further inland and take a walk around the cultural hub of Balboa Park, home to numerous botanical gardens, museums, and theatres. For an extra dose of culture, head to the many maritime museums.
If you’re a big foodie, San Diego has a wealth of culinary delights to satisfy your taste buds. San Diego has a mix of cultures and ethnicities, so there’s no one signature cuisine. Fresh seafood is plentiful. And the proximity to Mexico means there are plenty of authentic Mexican restaurants to try out. The Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy and Old Town are some of the areas you must visit if discovering good food is on your honeymoon to-do list.
For an inexpensive meal, there are plenty of delicious street food vendors. A great option is the steamed chicken rice dish known as Khao Man Gai from J&T Thai Street Food. If Thai food is not your favorite, you can head toward one of Nico’s Mexican Food eateries and get a perfectly made California burrito.
The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is consistently one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean. Whether you’re looking for adventurous activities and exploration, long days lounging by the ocean, or a mixture of both, honeymooners will find it in the DR. With gorgeous beaches, a multitude of affordable resorts, and breathtaking natural beauty, it’s a honeymooner’s paradise.
Because it’s so popular, you can find inexpensive flights here from most major cities.
The best time of the year to visit the Dominican Republic is between March and May, when the peak season rush is dying down and the weather is still great. It stays warm year-round here, with highs that average about 80 degrees.
There is plenty to do on your honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, and much of it is free. Probably one of the biggest reasons honeymooners choose the Dominican Republic is for their famous beaches, which feature soft white sand lined with palm trees along sparkling turquoise water. La Plaza, a gorgeous swimming area right outside of Punta Cana, is a great place to hike, with crystal-clear waters and numerous waterfalls.
You can also go swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, scuba diving, sailing, and deep-sea fishing. Golfers will find fantastic courses to play. A unique romantic option is a horseback riding on the beach, through the forest, or along trails by waterfalls.
Be sure to check out the lively capital city of Santo Domingo. There’s plenty to do, plenty to see, and plenty to eat. Fun activities like merengue dancing, romantic dinners, and cultural tours await the honeymooners who want to visit Santo Domingo.
Punta Cana, one of the most popular spots for honeymooners in the Dominican Republic, lives up to the hype. The white sandy beaches are almost so pretty you wouldn’t think they’re real. You can find a wide variety of affordable all-inclusive resorts in this area.
As one of the most affordable islands in the Caribbean, Jamaica has a wide range of accommodation choices for honeymooners on a budget. The least expensive adults-only all-inclusive Sandals resort is located here (Sandals Ochi in Ocho Rios).
Since the cost of living in Jamaica is lower than on some other Caribbean islands, items such as food can be very inexpensive. Also, the Jamaican dollar offers great value against the American dollar, so you can really maximize what you spend here.
For the most affordable honeymoon in Jamaica, schedule your trip in the off-season. The best time to head to the island is from November to mid-December. The weather stays between the mid-70s to high 80s all year long. Hotel and flight deals are easiest to find during this time. You may also find some good deals during the summer, but you run the risk of hurricanes then. January to March is the peak travel season for Jamaica.
Getting around Jamaica is fairly inexpensive. Using a taxi or minibus is the safest and most stress-free way to get around Jamaica. Be sure to use only official taxis (operated by either JUTA–Jamaica Union of Travelers Association—or JCAL–Jamaica Cooperative Automobile and Limousine Tours) and agree on a fare before you get in the car.
Jamaica is home to dozens of all-inclusive resorts, which can provide good value since all your meals, drinks, and activities are included in the fee.
You’ll find a wide range of affordable dining options, including super-inexpensive beach shacks selling delicious jerk chicken and other local specialties for just a few dollars.
Lounging on the beautiful beach is free, as is swimming—and snorkeling if you bring your own gear or stay at a resort that offers complimentary equipment. You can also head out and explore the stunning natural scenery in Jamaica’s mountainous rainforest interior. Two great options are exploring Holywell National Park or hiking the Blue Mountain Peak Trail past waterfalls and coffee plantations to the top of Jamaica’s highest mountain.
Dunn’s River Falls, Reach Falls, and Secret Falls are some of the best waterfalls in Jamaica. Located near Ocho Rios, Dunn’s River Falls and Park is a magnificent natural attraction. You can hike, swim, and even zipline over the falls here.
If you like history, there are plenty of historical sites to explore in Jamaica including Spanish Town Square; 18th-century Rose Hall Great House; Devon House, a mansion in Kingston built by Jamaica’s first millionaire; and National Heroes Park, as well as Bob Marley’s birthplace.
Puerto Rico boasts world-renowned beaches, rainforests, historical landmarks, warm hospitality, and incredibly delicious food, making it a wonderful honeymoon destination. It’s also one of the most affordable honeymoon destinations, especially in the spring, summer, or fall.
Spring is warm but not hot enough to be uncomfortable, and it’s the least rainy time of the year, which makes for great beach days in the sunshine.
Summer brings rain and the beginning of hurricane season, so prices are a lot cheaper, but you’ll also meet the hottest times of year on the island and you may have to schedule plans around the rain. If you plan a vacation during this time, we highly recommend getting a few travel insurance quotes in case of a hurricane.
Fall in Puerto Rico is cooler than summer by far and there are much fewer tourists. September and October usually offer the most affordable airfare and hotel stays of the year; the discount travel accommodations, pleasant weather, and lack of tourist crowds can make fall the most ideal time for an affordable honeymoon in Puerto Rico.
Honeymooners here can choose from a variety of areas to stay and visit.
Condado Beach is in San Juan along the northeastern coast of the island. It has some of the best resorts and a true island vibe. The city of San Juan also offers some seriously interesting attractions and beautiful scenery, along with amazing options for hotels and resorts. San Juan has a variety of historical buildings and cathedrals. You can easily spend a whole day leisurely walking the quaint cobbled streets of Old San Juan with your loved one and marveling at the splendor of the city.
Vieques is a small, picturesque island off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico’s mainland. In addition to gorgeous beaches, Vieques is the perfect place to enjoy adventurous outdoor activities such as jetskiing, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, and mountain hiking.
Aside from scenic beaches and splendid coastal cities, Puerto Rico is also home to some of the world’s last remaining rainforests. There is something wildly romantic about exploring the rainforest jungles of El Yunque, with its waterfalls, tropical birds, and trees that seem to skim the clouds.
Close to El Yunque in Fajardo is another natural wonder called Laguna Grande, perfect for a romantic excursion. Laguna Grande is one of three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico. Take a boat tour at night and marvel at the glowing water, caused by microorganisms that light up when disturbed.
You can find affordable beachfront hotels throughout Puerto Rico and the island of Vieques. You can also find plenty of affordable and delicious places to eat, whether at beach shacks, street food vendors, inexpensive local restaurants, or the Old San Juan Farmer’s Market. Be sure to try Puerto Rican cuisine, which mixes Spanish and Caribbean influences, as well as fresh seafood.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Mexico is a great choice for inexpensive honeymoons. One of the prettiest areas is the Riviera Maya. Set along the Mexican coast just south of Cancun, the Riviera Maya area stretches from Playa del Carmen to Tulum and offers miles of beautiful beaches with soft sand and turquoise waters, perfect for a tropical beach honeymoon.
This stretch of the Mexican coast also offers plenty of affordable accommodation choices, including beautiful resorts on the beach, many of which are all-inclusive.
Riviera Maya is a laidback destination, perfect for couples who want to relax on a stunning beach or enjoy water sports. It’s also a wonderful spot for couples who like history; some of the best-preserved Mayan ruins are located in Tulum, and more are a short drive away in Chichen Itza.
Be sure to check out the Xcaret waterpark where you can snorkel, explore a 1700-foot underground river, swim with dolphins, see wildlife, and visit Mayan ruins. Visit the towns of Tulum and Playa del Carmen for cultural sights and fun activities, as well as tasty local cuisine.
The best period to plan your honeymoon in Riviera Maya is from the end of October to the beginning of December. This is mainly because of two reasons: low season and perfect weather. November has long been regarded as the best month for honeymooning in Riviera Maya.
While you can certainly splurge on gourmet meals in this area, there are also lots of cheap local places to eat, serving fresh and tasty Mexican dishes as well as a variety of other flavors.
While most people looking to honeymoon in Mexico think of the beaches, Mexico City is a fascinating, romantic alternative that can provide a more authentic—and more affordable—experience than some of the more touristy areas. It’s an excellent choice for honeymooners looking for a cheap honeymoon with more of a city vibe. (But you can also combine a few days here with a stay on the beach for the best of both worlds!)
Mexico City is a vibrant, diverse metropolis that provides endless opportunities for exploration, fun, and culture. Best of all, its proximity to the U.S. means flights are affordable and short. You can also easily find lovely inexpensive accommodations and affordable dining options.
Honeymooners in Mexico City can explore interesting neighborhoods like Polanco, La Condesa, Roma, and the charming Coyocan, which has an open-air flea market; immerse themselves in art at various galleries and museums like the Chapultepec Castle, Museo Jumex, and the Frida Kahlo Museum; and visit awe-inspiring historic sites like the Pyramid of the Sun. Known as Teotihuacan, this Mesoamerican temple (the third-largest pyramid in the world) lies in the heart of the city.
Mexico City is easy to get around via Uber, which offers very inexpensive rates here.
Foodies will love all the diverse offerings, and even affordable meals are fantastic. A great way to sample the huge variety of local dishes is by visiting a neighborhood “mercado,” or market, such as Mercado San Juan, a traditional market selling all sorts of fresh produce, seafood, and meats that also features food stalls, and Mercado Roma, a more modern market that has a variety of restaurants and bars offering unique flavors like Mexican fusion cuisines. Street food is incredibly cheap in Mexico City (like, 30-cent tacos cheap).
Belize is becoming a very popular destination for honeymooners and offers a gorgeous tropical setting with easy access from the United States. Belize has plenty to offer adventurous couples who enjoy the outdoors, including beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and incredible rainforests.
Along the coast of Belize and on islands like Ambergris Cay, you can enjoy water-based activities like paddleboarding, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, swimming, fishing, and scuba diving. You can also just lounge on the beach and soak up the sun. Scuba divers and snorkelers will want to explore Belize’s barrier reef, which is the second largest in the world.
Inland, you’ll find lush jungles, Mayan archaeological sites, and national parks with wildlife like howler monkeys and over 570 bird species.
Accommodations in Belize range from beachfront resorts to ecolodges in the jungle, and from inexpensive to luxurious. For the lowest rates, visit in the offseason, which is May through early November. This is also the rainy season, although showers are usually brief. Hurricane season starts in June and technically runs through November, although storms that late are rare.
Wonderful places to visit in Belize include the city of San Ignacio. If you want to see Mayan ruins, Actun Tunichil Muknal takes you through the jungle across a river and into a cave to see the skeletal remains of native Mayans. You can check out the Green Hills Butterfly Ranch enclave, Belize Botanical Gardens, and Belize’s Medicinal Jungle Trail. You can also go cave tubing at Jaguar Par and explore the wildlife of the Macal River, making your way to a utopia of pools and waterfalls for swimming and relaxation.
Belize City is the largest city in the country and comes with the attractions to match. A few hot spots are the Baron Bliss Lighthouse, Museum of Belize, the Crooked Tree wildlife sanctuary, and the Mayan ruins of Altun Ha.
You can also sample everything there is to see and do in Belize all in one place on the Placencia peninsula. Surrounded by 16 miles of some of the best beaches in the country, this area offers watersports and whale watching (in May or June); historic Mayan ruins; and hiking in Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Belize has a very diverse local cuisine offering specialties like fry jacks, meat pies, and conch ceviche. Of course, fresh seafood is plentiful. You can find plenty of inexpensive places to eat.
Located at the southwestern tip of Europe, Portugal is a perfect affordable European honeymoon destination. Although it has been overshadowed by neighboring Spain, it’s slowly gaining popularity.
With roughly 13 million visitors every year (vs the 80+ million that Spain receives) and an area that’s just 295 miles long and 140 miles wide, Portugal offers the whole package in a small space: an impressive coastline, beautiful cities with centuries of history, stunning scenery, and some of the best beaches and surf spots in the world.
Plus, Portugal is one of the cheapest countries in western Europe, making it a top choice for those looking for a world-class affordable honeymoon destination. You can stay in beautiful accommodations and feast on delicious local cuisine without breaking the bank here. You can also easily get around in the cities on inexpensive public transportation, though you will want to rent a car if you want to explore other areas.
Portugal enjoys agreeable weather year-round with temperatures rarely going below 45ºF or above 95ºF. Considering that crowds flock here in July and August, and that in winter days are shorter and it tends to rain more, the best time to visit Portugal for a honeymoon is May, June, September, or October.
During these months the weather is still pleasant, hotel rates aren’t as high as in summer, there are fewer crowds, and the water is still warm.
Most tourists that come to Portugal go to Lisbon, Porto, or Algarve for their honeymoon. However, there are many other places around these cities to explore and enjoy a wonderful honeymoon. Check out our article on Portugal honeymoons for a full description.
Lisbon combines a rich traditional heritage with beautiful sites, buzzing nightlife, and some amazing day trips. Some of the must-sees in Lisbon are the neighborhoods in the historic center, the famous elevators, Lisbon Cathedral, San Jorge Castle, and the miradores (viewpoints) for beautiful views of the city.
Located only 45 minutes away, Sintra is the most popular day trip from Lisbon. This town is famous for its amazing scenery and its numerous palaces and castles, and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Porto is the second biggest city and second most visited destination in Portugal. Located 195 miles north of Lisbon, Porto has a rich history, a beautiful historic center that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a stunning promenade, and port wine.
Most major Portuguese cities and tourist destinations offer tourist cards, such as the Lisbon Card, Porto Card or Algarve bus pass, which usually allow you to enjoy unlimited or discounted public transport and also discounts in museums and main attractions.
If you’re looking for an affordable honeymoon destination that offers a blend of breathtaking nature, fascinating history, and interesting culture, then Croatia should be a definite consideration.
From Porec in northern Istria to Dubrovnik in the south, Croatia offers you countless opportunities to make special memories together.
Croatia is one of the most affordable countries to visit in Europe and a foodie paradise. You’ll be amazed at how inexpensively you can honeymoon here in beautiful accommodations from historic hotels to beachfront resorts.
Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful towns in Croatia, if not in Europe, with old cobblestoned streets, traditional Balkan restaurants, and the vivid Adriatic sea. Watch dolphins cruise through the warm, blue waters and treat yourself to a candle-lit, beachside dinner. You could also take a short ferry to visit the nearby Lokrum Island or take the cable car up the mountain, where you can go on a buggy safari.
Located along the popular coastline of Dalmatia, Zadar is the oldest continuously inhabited city of Croatia. While Zadar boasts medieval churches, Roman ruins, and traditional Croatian cafes, the biggest attraction is arguably the sea organ—a massive instrument beneath the waterfront walkway that plays calming sounds as gentle Adriatic waves collide with it.
To witness a true miracle of nature, visit the world-famous Plitvice Lakes. The national park is comprised of an incredible system of waterfalls, rivers, and lakes navigable by foot and ferry. The beauty of the transparent water and surrounding forests makes for a calming and romantic setting.
With attractions like the colosseum in Pula, Baredine Cave near Porec, and the small, jam-packed island belonging to Rovinj’s old town, the Istrian Peninsula of the northern Croatian coastline is a great destination for sightseeing—and for incredibly beautiful beaches. Other activities include museum-hopping, wine and olive oil tasting, and visiting a dinosaur park! You can also go dolphin-watching in Rovinj or skydiving near Pula.
Rijeka is Croatia’s third largest city and has many tourist attractions to offer, including eccentricities such as a torpedo factory and vintage computer museum. For a less geeky honeymoon experience, though, you can soak up the Mediterranean sunshine on blue flag beaches (awarded only to Europe’s top beaches) and walk along the seaside walkway in the cute town of Opatija. If you love history, Rijeka has you covered with many sites, such as the Croatian National Theatre, the fortified medieval town of Kastav, and dozens of interesting museums.
Check out more romantic affordable spots in our article on Croatia honeymoons.
If you are looking for an epic and unique honeymoon, consider Thailand. Thailand has so much to offer: you can island hop, explore the amazing city of Bangkok, check out the 200 temples in the second largest city of Chiang Mai, send your taste buds on a vacation of their own, and indulge in as many inexpensive Thai massages as you want to!
Thailand is perfect for a budget honeymoon; a couple can spend less than $50 a day on meals, accommodations, and activities. A three-star hotel for under $30 a night can easily be found. Flights are becoming cheaper and cheaper from international destinations, and once in Thailand there are budget airlines like Air Asia or Thai Smile that have flights costing $10-60 one way.
Thailand is a perfect honeymoon destination with great weather year-round, beautiful beaches, and delicious and cheap food. There are amazing resorts all around the country from the mountains of Chiang Mai to the beaches of the many islands. Resorts in Thailand are often way more affordable than in other places—you can pay as little as $60 a night in the offseason, which is June through September.
Here are some of the wonderful places you can go on a Thai honeymoon; for more ideas, check out our article “Where to Honeymoon in Thailand.”
Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second biggest city and features more than 200 temples, as well as lush, jungle-covered mountains, an elephant sanctuary, and “sticky waterfalls.”
The island of Koh Lanta is a relaxed tropical paradise that offers gorgeous beachfront accommodations and fascinating sights to see, including the Khao Mai Kaew Cave, the lighthouse in Mu Ko Lanta National Park, the Khlong Jark Waterfall, and a bat cave. You can also explore sea caves on a kayak and visit the old town of Lanta.
Phuket is a large island located off the southern tip of Thailand, with white sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters, and plenty of scenic points. The best time of the year to visit Phuket is between November to March. The rest of the year is very rainy, especially during the months of September and October, so don’t come during this time, no matter how low the prices go. The best areas to stay on your honeymoon include Mai Khao in the north, Surin and Kamala, and Cape Panwa. These areas are less crowded and offer fabulous resorts.
Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and a fascinating, diverse honeymoon destination. You can wander the streets for hours past amazing structures like the Royal Palace and beautiful temples; take a cruise on the Chao Phraya river; sample an incredible array of cheap street food; and delve into the city’s vibrant nightlife.
With spectacular landscapes, pristine beaches, vibrant culture and welcoming hospitality, a plethora of interesting things to do and see, great weather, and low prices, the Republic of the Philippines is a wonderful affordable honeymoon destination in Southeast Asia.
Whether you want to experience the culinary and nightlife scenes in Manila, relax on tranquil white beaches, trek through mountainous jungle, spot wildlife, go hiking, or explore cultural and historic sites, the Philippines promises you a memorable honeymoon.
There are more than 7,000 islands to explore in the Philippines and only two main seasons, wet and dry. The dry season is from December to May; it’s also the most popular time to visit, but much fewer tourists come to the Philippines than other popular Asian spots so crowds shouldn’t be an issue. If you come at any other time of the year, be prepared for rain. Avoid September and October, as they are during typhoon season.
Located in the central Philippines, Boracay is a small but beautiful island, well-known for its resorts and gorgeous beaches. The west coast features a superb white sand beach (called White Beach) lined with swaying palm trees, while the stunning east coast welcomes adventurous couples who are into water sports with its strong winds.
If you’re history aficionados, consider spending your honeymoon, or a part of it, in Cebu, one of the Philippines’ most gorgeous provinces. Whether you choose to stay in its stunning port capital, Cebu City, or you prefer a more secluded spot, this part of the country promises you a remarkable escape filled with interesting stories and landmarks, like the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño church, Fort San Pedro, and many other remnants from the Spanish colonial past.
If you and the love of your life prefer city breaks instead of mountain or beach vacations, Manila might be your perfect honeymoon destination. The bustling capital city offers visitors a superb mix of Spanish colonial architecture and modern skyscrapers. Manila also welcomes history lovers, foodies, and party animals. When it comes to affordable accommodations, this city is full of great options—and the culinary scene can’t be beat.
For more ideas on places to honeymoon in the Philippines, check out our article on “Celebrate Your Love in an Exotic Paradise.”
A cruise can be the perfect honeymoon choice for the couple who can’t decide on just one destination, as it lets you explore several different places on one trip without worrying about transportation, accommodations, or packing and unpacking. A honeymoon cruise is also great for couples who have different interests since ships have so many activities available onboard.
And since cruises are all-inclusive, they can be a very affordable honeymoon option. Even the well-known luxury lines offer lower rates at certain times of the year and for certain itineraries. April, May, or November are good months to score discounts on cruises.
There are also cruise lines that are known to be inexpensive. Costa Cruise Lines is one of the oldest companies in the world; based in Italy, it offers affordable Mediterranean cruises.
Princess Cruise Lines was the inspiration for the famous TV series “The Love Boat,” and has been named the best cruise line for romance. They offer affordable honeymoon cruise options on a variety of itineraries all over the world.
Carnival Cruise Lines is also an inexpensive option; you can find rates of less than $200 per person per night on multiple itineraries, such as a 5-day cruise along the Mexican Riviera for $199. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines also offers some cruises for less than $200 per person per night in its European and Caribbean itineraries.
Norwegian Cruise Lines offers budget-friendly rates on some cruises as well, like a 7-day cruise through the Hawaiian islands for under $3000. Celebrity Cruises features Bahamas itineraries on beautiful ships for as little as $145 per person per night.
Now that you’ve read all about our top 15 affordable honeymoon destinations, do you agree? Do you have any other spots to suggest for cheap honeymoons? Let us know in the comments!