Phew! All the stresses about your wedding are over. Now it’s time for a much-needed break to spend as newlyweds. But the thing about weddings is that they cost so much money, so where can you go without breaking the bank?
Well, turns out that there are amazing places to take your husband or wife on the honeymoon of a lifetime, while still being on a budget.
Of course, it all depends on what you want to get from your trip. Want some white sandy beaches or a city break? Going somewhere to relax or do you want to go somewhere that’s full of action and adventure? Either way, this list has you covered.
Here are the top budget-friendly honeymoon destinations for the perfect getaway.
1. Cape Verde
Let’s start with somewhere a bit exotic. Cape Verde is known as the African Caribbean and it can be found just off the coast of Senegal. This is the perfect place for a honeymoon on a budget.
Cape Verde has all you need, from the all-inclusive sun to the gorgeous sand and ocean you only see in the movies. Sure, it may take a long time to get there from the States but you’ll forget all about the plane ride once you’ve sunk your toes into the beach.
There so many islands just waiting to be explored. For example, Sal has white-sand beaches that stretch for as far as the eyes can see, while there is a wide range of hotels all over the island to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
If you do honeymoon at Cape Verde, climbing the active volcano in Fogo is a must. Sao Vicente is the place to go for the culture and Boa Vista offers quad biking across the desert.
2. Las Vegas
Now, not many people would associate staying in Las Vegas for a budget-friendly honeymoon destination, but it is certainly possible.
There are so many things to do here. One of the most popular, obviously, is the casinos. If you have never gambled before, Vegas is the ideal place to get a taste for the thrill at the tables. It’s unlike any other experience in the world. Once you’re done, stay in the world-renowned hotels. As noted by CoolThingsChicago, you don’t have to sacrifice on luxury even while on a budget.
Las Vegas is also home to some of the most prestigious shows on Earth. According to Vegas For All, you must go and see Penn & Teller and the Cirque de Soleil, all of which can be done without spending the big bucks.
If you don’t want to spend your honeymoon with the masses, hire a car and head towards the mountains for some hiking opportunities. These become skiing and snowboarding hotspots in the winter too.
3. Atlantic City
If you’re from the East Coast, perhaps you don’t want to travel across the country for a casino experience. Thanks to Atlantic City, you don’t have to.
AC is right between New York City and Philadelphia and has been the number one gambling destination for people on the East Coast for the best part of the last 200 years.
According to Kate Huber, at NJGamblingFun, “To really do it on a budget, sign up to the casinos’ email lists. They will send you exclusive promotions and free play dollars so you can enjoy the experience more for less. You may even get some free tickets to a show or a free stay.”
Atlantic City offers more than just gambling though.
Most of the other activities are centered around the beach and the world-famous boardwalk. Take your husband or wife to the Jersey Shore and soak up some sun and take a walk along the boardwalk. If you like rides, carnival games and attractions too, you’ve just got to visit Steel Pier. Further, the beach town in AC and the Tanger Outlets offers a great shopping experience.
If you’re looking for the ultimate city honeymoon on a budget, look no further than Dubai. Now, the words “Dubai” and “budget” are rarely used together but this is exactly why this list was created – to show you how it can be done.
There are so many hotels in Dubai nowadays that they are forced to offer low prices to stay competitive. It’s actually not that find to find some packages where you can spend under $500 each and get least a week in a good hotel with flights included.
Once you’re there, the world is your oyster. The surrounding deserts give you the chance to enjoy a night under the stars. In the evening, you can enjoy a candle-lit dinner on one of the beaches before heading to the spa for some much-needed pampering.
There are other activities you can do without having to spend a penny. For example, go sunbathing on the beach, swim in the sea, visit the Bastakiya Quarter for a glimpse of the city’s history, or explore the souks where you can buy almost anything.
5. The Azores
The final budget-friendly honeymoon destination you should consider once you’ve tied the knot is the Azores. Both Lonely Planet and ABTA have claimed this little-known island will become a major hotspot in the coming years.
The Azores are just off the coast of Portugal. They’re full of gorgeous scenery that will make even the avid traveler on Instagram jealous, clear waters full of life, endless opportunities for exploring and adventure, and the chance to experience Portuguese culture that you cannot find anywhere else in the world.
The Azores are volcanic islands. As a result, they have been compared to Hawaii, which just happens to be another honeymoon favorite. Coming here though is a bit more unique. Walk along the dark black sand and walk across the remains of cooled lava rocks from a recent eruption.
Thanks to the volcanic activity, there are multiple thermal springs on the Sao Miguel island. It’s the ideal place to relax after you’ve spent the rest of the day seeing all the sights.