How To Honeymoon For Less Than $2,500

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It’s no secret that wed­dings are expen­sive. And unfor­tu­nate­ly, what should be the best and most fun invest­ment of a wed­ding, the hon­ey­moon, often gets the dregs. But a hon­ey­moon doesn’t have to be expen­sive. It is pos­si­ble to hon­ey­moon on a bud­get. We’re here to show you how.

ALASKAN CRUISE

This is for the adven­ture cou­ple that likes to move and doesn’t want to sit still on a beach on their hon­ey­moon. Real­is­ti­cal­ly, this is the best bang for your buck, as you could do a week-long Alas­ka cruise for as lit­tle as $600-$750 per per­son, which typ­i­cal­ly includes your accom­mo­da­tions, meals and a num­ber of ameni­ties and activ­i­ties. Then, you large­ly just need to take care of your flight and any shore excur­sions. A sam­ple Alaskan itin­er­ary is going to give you at least a half-day in a num­ber of Alaskan port cities, includ­ing Ketchikan, Juneau and Skag­way.

FLORIDA KEYS

The Flori­da Keys is about as exot­ic and far-flung as you can get in the U.S. with­out need­ing a pass­port. Book your flight and hotel togeth­er and you could save up to a few hun­dred dol­lars, too. If you want city life with a pletho­ra of hotel options, then choose Key West, but if you want some­thing more laid back, then con­sid­er the Mid­dle Flori­da Keys, such as Marathon or Islam­ora­da. You’ll have acces­si­bil­i­ty to more flights and low­er fare costs if you fly into Mia­mi and rent a car to dri­ve the Over­seas High­way, con­sid­ered one of the best dri­ves in the U.S.

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SONOMA

While Napa is what’s often most asso­ci­at­ed with wine coun­try in Amer­i­ca, it’s Napa’s neigh­bor, Sono­ma, which has a more laid back, per­son­al feel to it. Not to men­tion Sono­ma even has its own beach­es (though it won’t be warm enough for you to swim in like the Caribbean). Accom­mo­da­tions in Sono­ma run the gamut, from bou­tique inns to lux­u­ry hotels, such as the Fair­mont Sono­ma Mis­sion Inn and Spa. Bonus points that you can check in a case of wine for free at Sono­ma Coun­ty Air­port.

TULUM, MEXICO

For those who want to sit on the beach with a cock­tail in hand, this is the hon­ey­moon for you. While peo­ple often think Cabo and Can­cun when they think of Mex­i­co vaca­tions, it’s Cancun’s neigh­bor, the more off­beat Tulum, which is trend­ing as one of the best Mex­i­co vaca­tions. The upside to Tulum, like many of the oth­er resort towns, is that many of the hotels, such as Kore Tulum Retreat and Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa, are all-inclu­sive. You’ll just like­ly need to rent a car, since it is a cou­ple hours from Can­cun. On the upside, Tulum dou­bles as a great des­ti­na­tion wed­ding loca­tion.

GULF OF PAPAGAYO, COSTA RICA

Last, but not least, is Cos­ta Rica, where you get the best of both worlds, beach and exot­ic adven­ture. The Gulf of Papa­gayo is great because it’s in one of the most pop­u­lar areas of Cos­ta Rica, Gua­nacaste, and has one of the high­est con­cen­tra­tions of lux­u­ry hotels, includ­ing the Four Sea­sons, Occi­den­tal Grand Papa­gayo Resort and Andaz. It’s con­ve­nient, too, to a num­ber of Cos­ta Rica’s famous nation­al parks, such as Rin­con and Palo Verde. You can zip-line in the morn­ing and sun­bathe on the beach in the after­noon.

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