So, you're looking for the perfectly romantic honeymoon getaway to celebrate your wedded bliss, but you're on a budget. No problem! Nowadays, more and more couple are choosing to forgo lavish wedding day nuptials, in order to embark on never-ending global honeymoon excursions. Despite popular belief, there are a variety of destinations that newlyweds can visit that don't cost a small fortune. They provide fun activities, culture, relaxation, and gorgeous views. Most of all, you don't sacrifice beauty or the romance of your desired ambiance just because you refuse to break bank.
Ready to go on your budget-friendly honeymoon destination? Here are just a few options:
Now that Tulum has become oversaturated with tourists, this town, located in southeastern Mexico just near Belize, is a great spot to get away from the hustle and bustle while still enjoying some of Mexico's beauty and culture. The area is near what is called The Lake of Seven Colors which is known for its various hues of water and is close to cenotes and archeological zones. It is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. The drive from Cancun takes about four hours. I recommend skipping the so-called 5-star hotels in the area and booking an Airbnb. They have gorgeous inexpensive homes for less than $100 per night along the lagoon front.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Located in the northern region of Thailand, this is one of the cheaper cities to explore in this Southeast Asian country. Couples can enjoy a traditional Thai massage, take cooking courses, and explore some of the temples in the old city. Chaing Mai's Buddhist temples are some of the most visually stunning you'll ever see—although choosing which to visit could be a difficult task seeing as how there are hundreds to choose from. The stunning Shangri-La Hotel in the heart of the city is a luxury urban resort that is a great option at just under $200 per night.
St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
Pass up Ocho Rios, Negril, and Portland and head over to the "quiet side" of Jamaica. This unique fishing village boasts a wealth of natural scenery and romantic activities for couples. Swim in the spring water pool at YS Falls, take a stroll along Treasure Beach, explore the Appleton Estate, or visit the legendary Lovers Leap and hear the story of two slaves who'd rather jump to their deaths than be separated and sold off to different masters. The drive is a little over two hours from Montego Bay. Many visitors stay at the popular Jakes Hotel where prices start at about $100 per night.
This Dutch Caribbean island falls under the radar for some because it is overshadowed by neighboring spots like Aruba and Bonaire. Located just 45 miles north of the coast of Venezuela, the island enjoys warm temperatures between 75 to 90 degrees year round. The beaches are what draw visitors to this quiet oasis, but there are numerous activities for adventure-seekers like hiking and cliff jumping. They also have the most comprehensive collection of African artifacts in the Caribbean displayed at their Kurá Hulanda Museum. Airbnb oceanfront villas in the area are under $200 per night.
Torch Lake, Michigan
If you don't have a passport but you're still looking for Caribbean-like scenery without the palm trees, Torch Lake is the perfect honeymoon destination. Rent a boat and explore Michigan's 2nd largest inland lake at almost 19,000 acres. This area is perfect for water sports like jet-skiing and tubing, but many people like to hang out on the sandbar in awe of just how much this Midwest lake's beauty compares to the Caribbean Sea. The area is pretty secluded, so it's scarce on nearby restaurants but there are wineries and breweries within driving distance. This is a popular spot especially in the summer months so rental properties (while reasonably priced) are booked at least a year in advance.
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