Affordable honeymoon destinations for couples on a budget

Affordable honeymoon destinations for couples on a budget

After all the expenses involved in planning a wedding, no one can blame a newlywed couple for wanting a cheap honeymoon that still ticks all the boxes: romance, beautiful scenery, and plenty of opportunities to make memories that will last a lifetime. Fortunately, you don’t have to shell out a lot of money for a honeymoon you’ll remember ‘til death do you part. Whether you’re thinking of a romp in the Central American rainforests or urban adventures in captivating European cities, there’s an inexpensive honeymoon destination that’ll hit the spot.

Get more bang for your buck on Banff honeymoons

Banff National Park is an economical choice for nature-loving newlyweds who want an outdoorsy honeymoon. Besides the usual recreational pursuits in various seasons—hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and skiing, for instance—you and your sweetheart can also treat yourselves to unique experiences like horse-drawn sleigh rides, helicopter tours, and dogsled rides. Go on scenic drives in search of the most romantic viewpoints, then head to downtown Banff to shop for souvenirs and enjoy a breather at a cozy cafe. After all those adventures, stop by Banff Upper Hot Springs and relieve your tired muscles with a dip in the thermal waters. Better yet, head back to your cabin in the woods and keep a bottle of wine within reach while you soak in your private hot tub.

Enjoy a Lisbon honeymoon at lower costs

Lisbon is every bit as romantic as the most popular honeymoon destinations in Europe, but it won’t cost you as much. Set on the Iberian Peninsula where the Tagus River empties out into the Atlantic, the hilly Portuguese capital offers both a fairy-tale cityscape and a slew of urban beaches. Carcavelos Beach is the most accessible and also the busiest, but it isn’t hard to find quieter slices of shoreline where you and your new spouse can enjoy some beach time with less distractions. Explore on trams and on foot to see the streets lined with colorful buildings and visit historic landmarks like the Belem Tower and the Jeronimos Monastery. Back at your apartment rental, sip sunset cocktails on the balcony while enjoying the views over Lisbon’s rooftops.

Belize honeymoons won’t break the bank

Belize is nowhere near as crowded and commercialized as its popular Caribbean neighbors, making it the perfect spot for spending time with your sweetheart and basking in newly wedded bliss. With so many outdoor activities available, it’s an especially fantastic choice for adventure-seeking couples who’d rather spend more time outside their vacation rental than in it. You can snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef, the world’s second largest coral reef system after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef or dive the legendary Great Blue Hole. Explore ancient Mayan ruins, some of which offer sweeping views over the surrounding jungle, and keep your eyes peeled for diverse birds and wildlife while you’re hiking. Belize is pretty small and domestic flights are reasonably priced, so it’s easy to cover as much of the country as your schedule allows.

A Belize villa rental’s quirky bedroom featuring a round king bed, an in-room whirlpool tub, and ocean views

Cheap honeymoons in Costa Rica

Jet off to Costa Rica for an adventure-filled honeymoon on a budget. Rainforests, volcanoes, waterfalls, lagoons, and beaches—this rugged destination in Central America has it all, along with a spectacularly vast array of flora and fauna. The coastal Manuel Antonio National Park is the most popular tourist spot, and you’ll find several nearby villa rentals looking out over the ocean. Vacation rentals in Monteverde put you close to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, where hanging bridges and ziplines add to the appeal of meandering through the mist-covered landscape. No matter where you stay in Costa Rica, you won’t run out of things to see and do. Go kayaking, diving, and hiking a volcano, or spend lazy afternoons just relishing each other’s company while lounging on the beach.

The deck of a mountainside Costa Rica villa rental, which offers seating and views of the Pacific Ocean

Save on sun-kissed honeymoons in Croatia

Looking for cheap honeymoon destinations in Europe? Try Croatia. Between its mainland coast and its hundreds of islands, this underrated gem boasts around 3,600 miles of stunning coastline, which means endless beach time with your new spouse. You can move around to maximize your time in Croatia. Dubrovnik is perfect for romantic walks in the atmospheric Old Town, and it’s also home to some filming locations for the popular TV show “Game of Thrones.” The capital, Zagreb, offers a vibrant cafe culture and bustling nightlife, while Split features a scenic palm-lined promenade. Whichever city you want to visit, loads of waterfront vacation rentals await, many of them with furnished balconies looking out onto the Adriatic Sea.