Yay you are getting married! Now you get to plan an awesome honeymoon vacation somewhere in the world! Wedding planning is enough. To help plan the honeymoon, here is a list of jaw-dropping affordable budget honeymoon places around the world. This list include bucket list destinations for a once in a lifetime trip with your new spouse.
A cheap honeymoon can also be a romantic honeymoon or adventurous honeymoon! These budget honeymoon destinations are full of relaxation, adventure, beautiful sites, and of course, romantic places for you to spend your first vacation as a married couple.
Whether you want to honeymoon in Europe, honeymoon in Asia, honeymoon in North America or honeymoon elsewhere in the world we have you covered. Now, without further ado, let’s get into 16 great budget honeymoon destinations in the world.
Suggested by: Liza from Tripsget Travel Blog
Seychelles is a fabulous honeymoon destination for those on a budget. Fantastic accommodation range as low as $80-100 per night and it’s even cheaper if you stay for longer.
Additionally, all the beaches on all the islands in Seychelles are free. It means that you can even visit the beaches of 5 star resorts like the Four Seasons free of charge!
Seychelles is a very remote destination. There aren’t that many flights to Seychelles, so it feels private and secluded – perfect for a honeymoon. You most likely will be able to find beaches completely empty so you can enjoy the entire thing alone.
The cheapest category of expenses in Seychelles is (surprisingly) food. While there are many fancy and mid-range places, there are also plenty of takeaway restaurants and cafes, where locals go. A meal in such a cafe would cost you $4, and it usually consists of grilled fish, a salad and rice.
Overall, you can spend your honeymoon in Seychelles on a budget exploring this country of beautiful beaches and rich culture.
Suggested by: Samantha Karen from Sam Sees World
Positano, Italy is one of the most magical and romantic cities on earth. This quaint village sits along the stunning Amalfi Coast in southern Italy and has some of the most famous and photographed views in the world.
The romantic air of Positano is evident right when you arrive. The beautiful views, pastel-colored houses, and pristine beaches are calling for lovers to enjoy them.
For years couples have flocked to Positano for their honeymoons to enjoy this magical coastal city. There are so many things to do in Positano, and everything is ultra-romantic for a newlywed couple.
The most romantic things are enjoying a meal together with a view of the whole city beside you and sailing out onto the sea in the evening to enjoy the sunset and watch the city light up.
Positano is known as a more luxurious honeymoon getaway. However there are tricks to make this stunning destination fit within your budget. You can choose to eat out only once a day and cook at your accommodation for the other meals. More so, you can swim on the free beach and go out on a group boat instead of private ones.
For cheaper accommodations, look a little further outside the village! Despite Positano’s luxurious reputation, it can still be a great budget honeymoon destination if you execute the getaway right.
Suggested by: Daniel James from Layer Culture
When looking for the best budget honeymoon destinations, many people look towards islands in the Caribbean. Be sure to add Cartagena in Colombia to the list. With many beaches and islands to visit, Cartagena makes for the perfect place for those looking to have a romantic escapade at the beach.
If you were wondering when the best time to visit Colombia is you can rest easy knowing that Cartagena has sun all year round.
It is said that Old Town Cartagena is one of the most romantic cities in Latin America and has some of the finest dining venues in Colombia. As for hotels, a colonial-style boutique hotel will cost about $50 per night with a private swimming pool! Talk about a romantic budget honeymoon.
For a quiet and relaxing honeymoon, take in the charm of the old city on foot during the day, and explore the walled city in the evening by horse and carriage. After that, what could be better than a scoop of Gelato after a day of walking??
All in all, Cartagena makes for a great budget honeymoon destination. You will be able to embrace all that it has to offer, doing many things without spending a penny.
Turks and Caicos
Suggested by: Nikki from She Saves She Travels
One of the best destinations for a honeymoon on a budget is Turks and Caicos. It’s gorgeous white sand beaches and turquoise waters are the perfect backdrop for romance. Located in the Caribbean Sea, honeymooners can enjoy warm weather and water all year long.
Activities on the water are the most popular things to do in Turks and Caicos! The island chain is known for its diving and snorkeling. Bight Beach and the Beach at Smith’s Reef are both great spots to snorkel the reef and you can go for free!
Other popular island activities include going to the Thursday Night Fish Fry. There’s live music, an artisan market and a great way to taste the flavors of the island. For more adventure, take a kiteboarding lesson on Long Bay Beach or rent kayaks on Chalk Sound.
Honeymooners will save big by choosing a vacation rental property instead of a hotel. The hotels on the island are incredibly expensive. But a budget travelers can save hundreds (or even thousands) by renting a small condo or guest house.
For the best budget-friendly food choices, choose restaurants off the beach. Restaurants with a view charge a premium, and there’s plenty of delicious restaurants off the shoreline.
Honeymooning in Turks and Caicos is a traveler’s dream. It’s just a bonus that you can do it on a budget, too.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Suggested by: Bruna at I Heart Brazil
Crystal clear beaches, refreshing drinks, and mesmerizing landscapes. Rio de Janeiro is by far one of the greatest affordable budget honeymoon destinations in the world.
From north to south, Rio has unique neighborhoods filled with exciting venues and things to do. While Ipanema is one of the best places to stay in Rio, Santa Teresa and Lapa offer live samba performances and lots of street art.
The funky bars offering the national cocktail – caipirinha – are just the beginning of the fun. Here, the city landscape mixes so perfectly with the surrounding nature that it is difficult not to be impressed. When you look down from either the Sugarloaf Mountain or Christ The Redeemer, you marvel humbly at the city below.
Rio is filled with romantic spots to watch the sunset. Newlyweds can go for a romantic stroll along the promenades, and enjoy some drinks together in the lively town.
For Rio to be a budget honeymoon, it is essential you plan and book your honeymoon in advance. When you do that, you can find accommodation (sometimes with ocean view) for as little as $50 per day. As for eating out, you will spend $10-15 on a heavy meal that will keep you full for hours.
Beyond that, Rio is filled with free activities and things to do. For instance, you can go hiking in the Tijuca National Park, watch the city from the Chinese View Lookout, hit the offbeat Prainha Beach, or simply sunbathe in Ipanema.
This city has everything to make your affordable budget honeymoon remarkable!
Suggested by: Katherine from Tara Lets Anywhere
If you’re looking for a great place for a honeymoon, consider booking a flight to Coron. Coron is a laid-back town in Palawan, Philippines. It features beaches and lagoons surrounded by karst stones and has amazing snorkeling & diving spot!
As a couple, charter a boat to visit exotic sites such as Kayangan Lake. Here you can take photos of the famous Coron Bay or Barracuda Lake, swim, kayak and cliff dive. There are great diving options to spots which features some of the best marine life in the area.
Relax in Mainit Hot Spring, a natural hot spring which uses water from a volcanic source. Or just enjoy a staycation in one of the beach resorts in the town!
It’s possible to do an affordable budget honeymoon to Coron. Make sure to book ahead of time to get rooms as cheap as $13-$23 per night including breakfast. Joiner tours for whole-day island hopping cost $17-$23 including a sumptuous buffet lunch. Cheap meals cost $2. You and your spouse can live like kings and queens in Coron, and not break the bank!
Overall, Coron is one of the most beautiful places for an affordable budget honeymoon. It offers various activities for couples, different accommodations including budget hotels to resorts, and lastly reasonable rates for budget-conscious travelers.
Suggested by: Mal from Raw Mal Roams
Buzios is a charming, coastal town and a great place for a romantic getaway with your other half.
It is situated a 3-hour drive east from Rio de Janeiro. An economic way to get there is to take one of the buses that leave daily from Novo Rio bus terminal.
Sunbathe on one of the stunning beaches with soft sand and turquoise water. The local people have their pop up bars on the beach where you can enjoy some caipirinhas on a budget.
Buzios is also popular for snorkeling and scuba diving. Book a boat trip to Arraial do Cabo and explore the turquoise waters and different species of fish amongst the reef.
Spend a relaxing evening strolling with your partner down Rua das Pedras. There is a huge selection of restaurants to choose from where you can find plenty of options for under $5.
A great budget place to stay in Buzios on your honeymoon is La Pedrera Small Hotel & Spa. The property is located on a hill with a great swimming pool overlooking the ocean.
Buzios has everything to make your affordable budget honeymoon incredibly romantic, adventurous or relaxing.
Cape Town, South Africa
Suggested by: Disha from Disha Discovers
Cape Town is known for its stunning scenery, adventurous spirit, and world-class food and wine, making it an incredible honeymoon destination. Plus, your dollar will go pretty far here.
Cape Town offers many romantic and budget-friendly things to do. Enjoy a romantic dinner at the V&A Waterfront where you can find a restaurants that fit every budget. The Sea Point Promenade is a special place to walk hand-in-hand and experience the sunset absolutely free.
If you are looking for an adventure, visit Table Mountain. Here you can either hike or use the cable car to witness the amazing views at the top.
For a budget friendly day trip, head over to the wineries in Stellenbosch or drive to Muizenberg to see the colorful houses. A must do is Boulders Beach to watch the adorable penguins play on the beach which only costs $5 to enter.
Cape Town has several accommodation options that suit every budget. I highly recommend Airbnb because you can get a pretty nice place for a small price.
Cape Town is the perfect place to an amazing honeymoon on a budget.
Suggested by: Jurgen from I Am The Viking
In recent years, Croatia has been a country whose tourism is on the rise. Not only because of the azure blue sea and beautiful, sometimes hidden, beaches, but also because of the tranquility, the friendly locals and the nightlife.
On top of all the beautiful sites, Croatia is a budget destination. It costs a fraction of other European destinations such as Barcelona and London. You can book an average overnight stay for $50 per night or a more luxurious option for $70-$90 per night.
Meals are an affordable $10 per person. Lastly there are plenty of free activities such as hiking, climbing, windsurfing and diving.
For a few dollars entrance fee you can also make wonderful trips to Plitvic lakes, one of the most impressive sights in the country. Plitvic Lakes offers incredibly clear blue water, bridges and waterfalls unlike anywhere else in the world.
One of the most beautiful areas of Croatia is Dubrovnik-Neretva or Split-Dalmatia. All in all, Croatia is an affordable budget honeymoon destination that is definitely worth exploring.
Suggested by: Claudia from My Adventures Across The World
Namibia is a fantastic destination for a honeymoon and is one of the most affordable budget honeymoon destinations in Africa.
Thought to be the perfect place for an introduction to Africa, Namibia is the perfect place for a road trip. It is both beautiful and easy to drive around. You can easily rent SUVs that are fully equipped with camping gear, or opt to stay at one of the many budget friendly lodges.
In terms of activities, Namibia has a wide range of things to do. For the adventurous, it is a great wildlife destination. With Etosha National Park being a prime location for safaris and a perfect place to spot lions, hyenas, giraffes, elephants, cheetahs, rhinos and more.
Further south, Sossusvlei is a romantic destination to enjoy breathtaking sunsets and sunrises from the desert dunes.
The north is a great area to get to know the Himba communities of Namibia.
Finally, Kolmanskop, near Luderitz, is an eerie abandoned mining town completely surrounded by the desert.
A night at a mid-range safari lodge costs around $100 per room; whereas a night at Sesriem Elegant Desert Lodge – a very popular campsite – costs a mere $10 per day. The entry fee for Etosha National Park is just $6 for adults, and $1 for a car – per day. At such budget prices, it is easy to see why Namibia is a great destination for a budget friendly honeymoon!
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Suggested by: Rachael from A City Girl Outside
With its close proximity to both Tulum and Cancun, Playa Del Carmen is the perfect location for an affordable budget honeymoon.
Playa Del Carmen features several amazing beaches and has easy ferry connections to Cozumel. You’ll be able to relax, adventure, and enjoy time together all in Playa del Carmen.
There are an abundance of activities in this area such as snorkelling in the coral reefs of Cozumel. Other activities include the Xcaret Parks and Rio Secreto. But a simple beach day is a great way to spend a day in Playa Del Carmen!
There are many day trip options available from Playa Del Carmen. Popular tours include Chichen Itza or the Coba Ruins and Tulum. Visiting an ancient Mayan ruin is a great way to learn about the area’s history and also about the locals. You can book tours online or simply book at one of the many street kiosks where you might be able to negotiate a better price.
Most restaurants along 5th Avenue will have nightly deals so you can shop around for your best option. The beach front cafes offer some of the best Mexican food I’ve ever tried! Try Indigo Beach Club for their fish tacos and Fusion Beach Bar for budget-friendly cocktails and the most amazing Calamari and Quesadillas.
Suggested by: Elisa from World in Paris
Madeira, Portugal, is a great destination to spend your honeymoon on a budget. Madeira is an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean comprising 4 islands off the northwest coast of Africa.
Its location, more or less in front of Morocco, explains Madeira’s mild temperatures all year round: the weather is always good in Madeira!
Generally speaking, prices in Portugal such as Lisbon or Porto are slightly cheaper than in other countries in Europe. In addition, Madeira benefits of a special tax status in Portugal so prices are even cheaper than on the European continent. This means that honeymooners can add some extras (or more comfort) to their trip without spending that much.
There are many cool things to do in Madeira. From a relaxing stay in a beautiful hotel by the beach with a private swimming pool, to sightseeing in Funchal (the capital). Hiking the island’s volcanoes is an adventure, and you can walk along the levadas, the irrigation channels unique to the island.
People visiting Madeira from April to October can also spot some of the 20 species of dolphins and whales around the island. It is very easy to jump on a whale watching tour from the capital or the main coastal towns.
Finally, don’t miss the island’s culinary specialties, where fish is present in many dishes. If you can pair them with vinho verde (translated as green wine) or a fresh local beer, then it is heaven.
Garden Route, South Africa
Suggested by: Campbell & Alya from Stingy Nomads
The Garden Route in South Africa has pristine sandy beaches, lush green forest, pretty coastal towns and breathtaking lookouts. It is a perfect place for a budget honeymoon and a romantic getaway. Traveling in South Africa you can expect top quality food, accommodation and services for excellent prices due to a very favorable currency exchange for many countries.
The Garden Route officially starts in Mossel Bay and finishes in Stormsrivier with a total distance of 300 km. Packed with unreal beaches, forests, and adventure this is an amazing self drive road trip. Here is a list of what NOT to miss on the Garden Route: Mossel Bay, Cango Caves, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Storms River National park.
For adventurous couples there are plenty of outdoor activities in the area. Go skydiving in Mossel Bay or snorkeling with the seals in Plettenberg Bay. You can even go bungee jumping from the Bloukrans bridge which is the highest bungee bridge in the world!!
The Otter Trail is the most famous hike in South Africa. It’s considered to be one of the finest hikes in the world, past unspoiled beaches, dramatic cliffs and evergreen forest.
There are several game lodges on the Garden Route. These lodges range from a luxury spa to staying in a beautiful bungalow with spotting lions, elephants and the rest of the big 5 on game drives.
The Garden Route has plenty of beautiful beaches. The most romantic beach places to stay are in the small town of Sedgefield, where there are long white sand beaches with not many people. Noetzie beach near Knysna is stunning as well.
Prague, Czech Republic
Suggested by: David from Delve in Europe
Prague is easily one of the most beautiful and most romantic cities in Europe. It boasts one of the most stunning cityscapes you’ll ever see, the skyline remaining almost unchanged for almost three hundred years. Its nickname is the City of a Hundred Spires, and there are plenty of domes, towers and statues making up that amazing skyline.
Prague is a relatively small city, with many of the traditional sights clustered around the Old Town and Lesser Town. These are linked by the most popular Prague attraction, the Charles Bridge. If you want to enjoy it at its best, visit before sunrise or after dark, when it’s at its quietest and most romantic.
The variety and array of Prague architecture is staggering. The streets of the Lesser Town, climbing to Prague Castle and St Vitus Cathedral, are among the most beautiful in the city. Nerudova is the main route up there, leading to the Castle and branching off to the Strahov Monastery and its incredible Baroque library and church.
Prague Old Town Square is one of the most beautiful in the world, dominated by the fairytale Gothic spires of the church of Our lady Before Tyn.
The Castle Hill (Hradčany) area is a great place to stay as it’s less crowded at the end of the day. The Lesser Town (Mala Strana) area is also a better bet than the Old Town, where prices are at their steepest.
A meal for two tends to work out around $30, including some superb Czech beer. Prices have risen considerably over the years, but that’s one commodity that remains relatively inexpensive in Prague!
Suggested by: Kate from Our Escape Clause
Sicily is packed with everything from vibrant cities, ancient ruins to an active volcano and some of the best beaches in Europe. The mysterious, beautiful island of Sicily is a paradise waiting to be explored for honeymooners in search of a European adventure on a budget.
Coming in at a much lower price tag than Europe’s traditional honeymoon destinations, Sicily offers a somewhat offbeat experience that can still include the best of what Italy is known for: food, landscapes, history, culture, and even ancient ruins.
While on your budget honeymoon in Sicily, consider sipping wine and strolling the streets of the beautiful Baroque towns. Explore Ragusa in the Val di Noto and relax on the beaches of Cefalu or Avola. Tour remarkable Mount Etna, admiring the views from the Greek theatre of Taormina, and explore the churches and history of Palermo.
Make your way further south, and you can also visit the remarkable Stair of the Turks. Here you can admire some of the best-preserved Greek ruins in Europe (with none of the crowds of the Acropolis) at Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples.
Maybe the best way to enjoy an affordable budget honeymoon through the island is to take a Sicily road trip. There’s nothing like enjoying the views from the open road with your beloved.
It is incredibly easy to enjoy a simple-but-comfortable hotels in Sicily at an average of under $50 per night. A nice, sit-down meal for two can easily come to under $25 (but of course, that does depend on how much Sicilian wine you drink!).
Koh Tao, Thailand
Suggested by: Hannah and Adam from Getting Stamped
Located on the northernmost island of the Chumphon Archipelago in Thailand sits the beautiful Koh Tao. Koh Tao is the perfect honeymoon destination if you’re looking for plenty of beaches, scenic natural wonders and a little bit of adventure. It’s also an affordable budget honeymoon!
Koh Tao is small in size, making it super easy to navigate. We recommend renting a motorbike to explore the island. This usually costs under $10 a day.
Because Koh Tao is such a beautiful destination, sightseeing and exploring its beaches are some of the best things to do (and they don’t cost a thing)! Koh Nang Yuan Island and Sairee Beach are some of the best.
Also, hike up to Mango Bay Viewpoint for a magical, romantic view for the sunset.
The island is also known for scuba diving, as it is one of the most popular places in the world to learn how to dive. If you’re a couple up for a little adventure, don’t miss out on exploring the colorful reefs and marine life the island has to offer.
We highly recommend staying at the Sai Daeng Resort, located on the southeastern peninsula of Koh Tao. You can find rates as low as $60 a night or can spend a little more for something like the honeymoon villa.
Pick your destination!
The world is your oyster! There are amazing honeymoon destinations all around the world, just waiting for you to explore. You will no doubt choose an amazing budget honeymoon destination, and you’ll have the trip of your life with your new spouse. We sincerely hope you enjoy your trip and have a long a happy marriage!
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