After you have the wedding of your dreams, you still want to have the honeymoon of everyone’s dreams. But, if you’ve spent most of your savings on the wedding party, you might be looking at honeymoon destinations on a budget. A cheap honeymoon does not mean you have to Motel 6 in a nearby town. There are still luxury-level vacations you can take with your love, even on the cheap.
Portugal is less crowded, easy going and more affordable than most of its European neighbors, making it an ideal honeymoon spot. Traveling around the country is easy; pick up a cheap rental car and start exploring. Historical sights are worth the drive: Moorish and medieval castles and charming fishing towns are among your must stops. The seafood is plentiful, and outdoor seating to enjoy the warm weather and views, everywhere — try the bacalhau, salted cod.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic has over 1,000 miles of coastline, so you’ll have plenty of space to set up your beach umbrella. The interior is rich with historical sites, rural landscapes and gorgeous waterfalls. All-inclusive honeymoon packages are incredibly affordable here, and resorts like Zoetry Agua in Punta Cana will provide you a butler to help you plan everything, or you can kick back at the pool with fresh drinks. Use the Rakuten Travel & Vacations search tool to help you save the most and get money back!
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Fly into Cancun, but keep driving to the more budget-friendly Riviera Maya. Explore Mayan villages and cenotes, and then check out the adults-only beaches nearby. Honeymoon packages are easy to score here, complete with land and sea activities and gorgeous, thatched “huts” right over the water.
Napa Valley, California
If you’re needing to keep stateside but still want a full get-away-from-it-all experience, Napa Valley and Sonoma are dreamy. The Milliken Creek Inn and Spa includes breakfast (served in your room or anywhere you like) and a nightly wine and cheese service, sometimes with winemakers in attendance, representing their vineyards.
If you’re interested in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is your best buy option. Vietnam is a fascinating mix of bustling big city and crowded markets, picturesque bays and rivers and subterranean natural wonders. You’ll find French-influenced cuisine along the way, but also the most unique flavors with bright herbs, colorful chilies and rich broths.
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