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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.