After your wedding ceremony and reception, comes your honeymoon. This is a time for the two of you to relax and celebrate your love for one other. But your dream getaway doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
Whether you want to cozy up on a beach in paradise, stroll down bustling city streets, or even zip-line through the rainforest, your trip shouldn’t have to break your budget. You can honeymoon in style at one of these affordable honeymoon destinations.
1. Best City Honeymoon: Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal is one of the most affordable honeymoon destinations in Europe, even more affordable than Barcelona, Spain and Greece. This is because a week’s stay at a five-star hotel in Lisbon costs about the same as just one or two nights at a luxury hotel in other Euro zone capitals. In addition to the reasonable hotel rates, Portugal is also known for relatively low restaurant prices and rental car rates.
But not only is the value of this coastal nation noteworthy, it’s also one of the last Western European countries to be modernized. Portugal has retained much of its ancient appeal, including age-old castles, vibrant fishing villages, countless olive groves and funky urban neighborhoods. It’s just recently that trendy beach resorts and some of the best golf courses in the world have started complementing the country.
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Where to Stay The Hotel Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade is a five-star luxury hotel which celebrates the French art de recevoir. It’s located on central Lisbon’s most prestigious avenue, the Avenida da Liberdade, which is lined with boutiques and cafés, and is bustling with international travelers and residents alike. Once you walk through the doors, you’ll be immersed in the country’s culturally rich history through its stylish décor.
Looking for an urbane take on the tropics? Picture yourself heading back to shore after a full day of snorkeling, the sunset casting a deep lilac shadow and the spray from the green water pouring over your body like a warm rain. You can enjoy these experiences, and more, off the coast of Belize.
Ambergris Caye, Belize’s largest island, is a top visitor destination and one of the most affordable beach honeymoon destinations. It has the highest number of hotels, from the budget-friendly to the ultra-luxurious, and the most (and some of the best) restaurants in Belize. About half of all visitors to Belize make at least a stop at Ambergris, and many visit only this island.
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Where to Stay Relax at Matachica Resort & Spa, ideally located across the famous barrier reef — the second longest in the world — on Ambergris Caye island. It comes complete with a natural white sand private beach and spa, and it’s renowned for the elegance and refinement of its 31 villas.
Matachica is one of Belize’s affordable honeymoon resorts. It’s the perfect vacation destination for calm and relaxation, and also a spot to discover Belize in its most authentic side through various activities — scuba diving in the breathtaking turquoise sea, water-taxi rides to San Pedro, jungle hiking within Belize’s lush vegetation, relaxing at the spa with organic treatments, or discovering the local cuisine and its seafood influence.
3. Best Adventure Honeymoon: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is an ideal destination for the new generation of active honeymooners that desire a little adventure on their honeymoon. There is world-class surfing, deep-sea fishing, ample hiking, snorkeling trips, shopping, many dining options and more, in and around Santa Teresa.
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Where to Stay Latitude 10 is an eco-friendly resort on the Pacific Coast that combines luxury and respect for the environment. Originally built as a private residence, it features five secluded, open-air casitas with four-poster beds and unreal open-air bathrooms. Since no trees were felled to build this five-acre beachfront boutique hotel, you are surrounded by nature whether lounging in your almond-wood casita or on the beautiful, empty beach.
You can surf, hike, snorkel or grab a bike to pedal into the rustic-chic town of Santa Teresa. Or you can choose to enjoy the absolute serenity of living in the middle of the jungle surrounded by wildlife, natural vegetation, and panoramic ocean views.
Looking for a rustic honeymoon destination? Look no further than Sedona, Arizona. The scenic beauty of Sedona combines the tranquility of a pristine environment with the luxury of a sophisticated vacation experience. The exquisite landscape, miles of blue sky and the mesmerizing red rock formations all make for a romantic getaway. There is truly nowhere on Earth quite like it. And the Native American culture of this distinctive region lends to its rustic nature.
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Where to Stay Cozy up at Enchantment Resort, which is set on 70 acres of panoramic natural terrain, and stands at the doorway of secluded Boynton Canyon…surrounded by red rock formations known for inspiring the mind, body and spirit. It’s one of the affordable honeymoon destinations in the US. Enchantment’s guest rooms and casitas combine traditional adobe décor with contemporary amenities like flat-screen TVs and high-speed Internet access.
You can hike through nearby Boynton Canyon or explore the surrounding Vortexes! Or you can take advantage of the resort’s pools, tennis courts and putting green. If you prefer a complete spa getaway, the adjoining Mii Amo Spa offers several rooms of its own, as well as treatments inspired by local ingredients. The resort also features gourmet restaurants.
If you’re interested in ancient ruins, postcard-worthy villages, beachfront resorts and amazing food, then Turkey is a fantastic affordable honeymoon destination for you. Though the airfare may be slightly pricey from the US, the extremely affordable hotel rates make up for it, making Istanbul one of the most affordable honeymoon destinations.
Istanbul is perfect for sightseeing, with palaces and mosques that are beautifully ornate and rich with culture. The Grand Bazaar is famous for its shopping and to sample the local fare! A trip to the coast is also worthwhile to take in the breathtaking vistas of the Mediterranean, Black and Aegean Seas.
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Where to Stay Check into the Sirkeci Mansion Hotel, located in the heart of the old town in Sirkeci neighborhood, which was home to Roman & Ottoman Empires. With its spaciously designed 32 rooms, personalized guest services, spa and Neyzade Restaurant, you can make the most of your honeymoon, without having to worry about a thing.