Most of us like to get away every now and again, but people often think they can’t take a vacation without spending a ton of cash. The fact is, though, that planning a cheap romantic getaway can be easier than you might expect. For instance, visiting a winter beach destination in summer, or a ski resort town in spring or fall, can land you some pretty irresistible bargains. Consider going to popular tourist areas during their low seasons to have better access to attractions, vacation rentals, and restaurants. Following are some ideas for romantic getaways on a budget.
Dana Point, California romantic getaways
Situated halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the charming seaside town of Dana Point is a surprisingly budget-friendly destination for a romantic getaway. Choose a snug weekly rental cottage within walking distance of the beach to save on transportation costs, or opt for a modern apartment in the heart of town to be close to nightlife, restaurants, and boutiques. You’ll definitely want to ride the funicular to the popular Salt Creek Beach, or at least take in the view from the grassy park above, which offers picnic areas with grills. You and your sweetheart can fish at Dana Point Harbor’s jetties (no license required), then head home to your seaside cottage to grill your catch and settle in around the fire pit for the evening.
Cabin rentals in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
For a cozy romantic getaway on a budget, consider a rustic log cabin rental in stunning Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as a base for exploring this vacation hotspot. Hikers will want to check out Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, being sure to keep an eye out for moose, elk, bison, and deer, as this idyllic area is known for its abundant wildlife. Selfies are the order of the day at Jackson Town Square’s famous elk-antler arches, followed by shopping and dining in the town’s quaint center. Some weekly rentals in this area are adjacent to golf courses and ski areas, which often come with included amenities such as pools, fitness centers, and club houses.
Clearwater, Florida vacation rentals
With its 2.5 miles of sugar-sand beach and a multitude of affordable eateries, Clearwater is pretty close to being the ideal budget vacation destination. Just a 30-minute drive from Tampa International Airport, this picture-perfect spot has something for everyone. Choose a beachfront condo with panoramic ocean views or a cute bungalow near the Intracoastal Waterway and spend your days exploring Sand Key and Honeymoon Island State Parks. Take a short ferry ride to Caladesi Island, where you can rent chaise lounges and umbrellas and feel like you’re the only people for miles. Search for treasures that have washed up on shore, watch the sun set from Pier 60, and finish the day off with happy hour at one of the many oceanside watering holes. When it’s time for bed, head back to your rental condo and stargaze from your private hot tub.
Nashville, Tennessee couples' retreats
A romantic weekly rental in the Nashville area is a perfect base for exploring this bustling tourist destination. You can book an apartment downtown and walk to Music Row, the city’s lively main drag, which is hopping with (mostly) free live music at all hours of the day and night. Make sure you don’t miss the iconic Grand Ole Opry or the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum while you’re there, and you’ll definitely want to get your hands on some famous barbecue and Nashville hot chicken. On your way home, you can grab some provisions at the Nashville Farmer’s Market to stock your rental apartment’s kitchen, and you’ll be all set for a fantastic cheap romantic getaway.
Paris, France vacation rentals
Although the City of Lights isn’t typically known for being a budget destination, at certain times of the year you can get great deals on airfare to this major international hub. If you don’t mind traveling during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, you can see this magical city for a fraction of the cost of other times of year. As one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, Paris has no shortage of weekly rentals for your romantic getaway. So if you and your sweetie are yearning to take in the splendor of France, consider making a trip off-season, when the crowds are light and the rates are low, and you may just feel like you have the whole city to yourselves.