Affordable Honeymoon Destinations: 5 Ideas for Cost-Effective Fun
Bringing two lives together has its fair share of moving parts, not the least of which are financial. So after the "I dos" are done, you'll want a honeymoon to recuperate. There are plenty of affordable honeymoon destinations out there, no matter what your ideal getaway looks like.
According to WeddingWire's 2017 Newlywed Report, the average cost of a honeymoon for U.S. couples is $4,000. Let's look at five different affordable honeymoon destinations that are likely to keep you at or below the average without compromising on fun, serenity or escape.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
If fun in the sun is your idea of a perfect post-wedding getaway, the Riviera Maya might be your ideal honeymoon destination. Sites like LocoGringo.com can help you find private residences for a more secluded experience. For those craving the full resort treatment, check out all-inclusive deals on sites like CheapCarribean.com, where you can refine your search to find an experience that matches you (and your new spouse).
Staying on the sunny side, Puerto Rico ranks toward the top of affordable honeymoon destinations. Be sure to check out TripAdvisor's list of Puerto Rico Honeymoon Resorts. You can also use TripAdvisor to customize your Puerto Rican vacation. Couples can build a honeymoon a la carte, controlling hotel costs while saving money toward adventures like tours and scuba lessons.
Nevada is more than just the bling of Vegas. U.S. News & World Report ranked it #2 on their Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA list. Straddling the border of Nevada and California, Lake Tahoe is home to beautiful backcountry, top-notch resorts and every outdoor adventure you could imagine, from skiing and snowboarding to hiking, biking and fishing. Add a rental car and you have access to the great outdoors by day and your romantic retreat by night.
For couples wanting an escape complete with rustic cottages and sandy walks, Massachusetts' Cape Cod is the ideal affordable honeymoon destination. Accessible by driving or flying, couples can enjoy cool breezes, kayaking and the quaint confines of a bed-and-breakfast. Take in the Cape Cod Trail or plan a day trip out to the historic Sandwich Glass Museum.
Want a honeymoon with a more international flavor? Don't shy away from Europe because you think the price is too steep. Sites like The Flight Deal can help you find vacation packages and low-cost flights to a wide variety of European destinations. The Flight Deal will even email you daily with real airfare deals from your home airport. While offers change fast, a quick-clicking finger can score you a crazy, exotic, affordable honeymoon destination — often including airfare.
Building your life together as a couple is rewarding, but comes with challenges. This article is part two in a series of three that shows how couples can forge a healthy financial future together. See part one, Wedding Planning Tips That Consider Your Guests' Bottom Line.