10 Honeymoon Ideas That Are Affordable & Still Wondrous

After months of planning and coordination, your wedding day will come and go faster than you think. What better way for couples to relax after all the craziness and start off their marriage right than with an amazing honeymoon? There’s just one problem…the bank account.

While a luxe honeymoon in Rome or Fiji might be off the table for couples who paid for much of the wedding themselves, that doesn’t mean a dream vacay is unachieveable. All it takes is a little bit of extra planning to find the perfect honeymoon location that offers the right mix of relaxation, memorable activities, and affordability. Here are some favorite up-and-coming destinations for couples looking to plan a honeymoon on a smaller budget.

1 of 10
Photo: Connection/REX Shutterstock.
Jackson Hole, WY
After a whirlwind wedding week, a quiet mountain getaway might just be the perfect honeymoon for outdoor-loving couples. Jackson Hole combines the breathtaking scenery and outdoor activities of Wyoming with the luxuries of a mountain resort. While prices spike in the winter, summertime lodging is much more reasonable, ranging from $150-$250 per night. Honeymooners can enjoy rafting on the Snake River and long hikes followed by nights cuddled up by a fire — what could be more romantic?
2 of 10
Photo: Dennis Frates/Alamy.
Caribbean Cruise
If you’re on a serious budget but have your heart set on a beachy island getaway, a seven-day cruise through the Caribbean is going to give you the best bang for your buck. Why? Your cruise fee will cover food and lodging, taking a major expense out your honeymoon budget — especially when you consider seven-day Caribbean cruises can start from as low as $399 per person. All you really have to pay for is your airfare to the port of departure, alcohol, and any other expenses that occur during your visits to port cities.
3 of 10
Photo: Image Source/REX Shutterstock.
Montreal, Canada
Dreaming of a Parisian honeymoon, but can’t make it work financially? Consider the charming European-inspired city of Montreal in Quebec. It has the architecture, language, and atmosphere of a French city without the hefty price tag for airfare. You can easily find a luxe hotel (like the W Montreal) for your honeymoon for well under $200 per night, and the city is a quick (two- to three-hour) flight if you’re coming from the east coast.
4 of 10
Photo: Cultura/REX Shutterstock.
Palm Springs
Fabulous weather, luxe hotels, and a fun party scene (not to mention a booming home-rentals market) make Palm Springs a sunny, hip getaway for a couple looking to unwind after the big day. Known for its retro-inspired, mid-century-mod architecture, you can’t go wrong staying at one of the many stunning but affordable hotels — like the Colony Palms — for less than $150 per night. Or, ditch the hotel scene and check into a fabulous desert-chic Airbnb.
5 of 10
Photo: dbimages/Alamy.
Charleston is for lovers on a budget. This iconic southern getaway is chock-full of charm and romance with its historic architecture, luxe hotels, and perfect beaches. And did we mention the food is amazing? Take your honeymoon at a slow, leisurely pace while in Charleston with visits to the Charleston Waterfront Park and lunches at foodie favorites like the ultra-southern Hominy Grill. Round-trip tickets from the west coast can go for as low as $300 at the end of the summer, and it’s even more affordable for those already on the eastern seaboard.
6 of 10
Photo: Garbutt/REX Shutterstock.
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is quickly gaining in popularity as an affordable Caribbean honeymoon spot. Not only can American travelers to Puerto Rico leave their passports at home (score if you forgot to renew!), you’ll be able to leave your bank account mostly intact as well.

We love four-star hotels for less than $160, like the San Juan Water Beach Hotel or the Gran Melia Resort. Getting the sun, sand, sea, and even some jungle adventuring at the El Yunque Rainforest for your honeymoon — now that sounds pretty heavenly.
7 of 10
Photo: Jane Hobson/REX Shutterstock.
Travel experts everywhere agree — Portugal is one of the most affordable places to vacation in Europe. It offers pristine beaches, amazing food, gorgeous architecture, and delicious wines without the price tag of more popular countries like France or Italy. And as one of the westernmost countries in Europe, you’ll also get to cut down on travel time by a few hours.
8 of 10
Photo: Mint Images/REX Shutterstock.
If you want a honeymoon where you can balance beach time with outdoor adventures, Belize might be calling your name. Many honeymooners love Belize for the wealth of exciting activities like ziplining, snorkeling in the Great Blue Hole, and hiking through the jungles to Mayan ruins. Or, slow it down with quality beach time at offshore islands like Ambergris Caye.

You’ll find reasonable airfare for around $600 each if you buy tickets far enough in advance, and once you’re there, the cost of food and lodging is incredibly reasonable. Just make sure to avoid the rainy summer months and plan for the more idyllic weather from November to April.
9 of 10
Once a pricey place, Ireland is quickly becoming more affordable for travelers and honeymooners alike. For an unforgettable honeymoon, skip Dublin (which can still be a bit expensive) and travel the breathtaking countryside of Ireland to take in the rolling hills, dramatic cliffs, and historic off-the-beaten-path towns like Kenmare. You’ll find airfare for $1000 from the states in September — a bargain when you compare prices for more popular European destinations like Rome or Paris.
10 of 10
Photo: Paul Brown/REX Shutterstock.
For the more adventurous couple who’s looking for an exotic honeymoon in Asia, Cambodia is a cost-effective and memorable destination. Flights from the west coast to Phnom Penh are less than $1000 per person after late August, and once you get there, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the cheap food, lodging, and breathtaking historic attractions like Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm.