15 Top Budget Honeymoon Destinations In The World

  • NIYATI SHINDE
  • Apr 25, 2016
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After spending a bomb on your wedding, it is understandable that you don't really feel like spending a lot on your honeymoon. And yet, you want to have a memorable time exploring an exotic destination with the love of your life. If you are in search of honeymoon destinations that won't drain out your bank account, we have compiled the perfect list for you. These budget honeymoon destinations have affordable yet comfortable accommodations, their public transport system is good and they have pocket friendly eateries as well.

1. Honolulu - Hawaiian Escapade:

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A little pricier as compared to the other mainland cities in USA, Honolulu nonetheless, welcomes visitors of every budget with open arms. No doubt that the Big Pineapple has luxurious resorts and posh lounges and restaurants, but, it also has picturesque bed and breakfast places and stylish and comfortable budget friendly hotels. Dining can be affordable too if you skip the plush eateries and chill out with the locals at bustling lunch joints and bakeries wafting of a succulent aroma.

Best time to visit:

The best time to visit Honolulu is from September to November. This is when the hotel rates and the airline prices are low. If you are willing to tolerate the humidity, you can get good hotel bargains in May and June.  

What to see:

- USS Arizona Memorial

- Waikiki beach

- ʻlolani Palace

- Hanauma Bay Nature Park

What to do:

- Trek up to the summit of Diamond Head, a volcanic tuff cone 

- Hike up to the Manoa Falls

- Scuba diving and snorkelling

- Listen to the Royal Hawaiian Band at the lolani Palace

Recommended Budget Accommodations:

White Sands Hotel, Marina Tower Waikiki, Castle Waikiki Grand Hotel.

Where to shop:

Ala Moana Center, Kahala Mall, swap meet at Aloha Stadium, Royal Hawaiian Centre.

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2. Dublin- Irish Hospitality:

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Seeing Dublin on this list of affordable honeymoon destinations might surprise you. But believe us, with the hotel rates decreasing at an alarming rate, Dublin has gone from being one of the most expensive capitals to one of most affordable ones. There are plenty of free things to do in Dublin which makes it a pocket friendly destination.

Best time to visit:

Between May to September. Visiting in the winter months of December, January and February might get you good hotel deals.

What to see:

- National Library of Ireland

- Kilmainham Gaol

- St. Stephen’s Greens

What to do:

- Explore the National Gallery of Ireland

- Check out Trinity College

- Escape Dublin’s hustle bustle and go to the Phoenix Park

- Take a free walking tour

Recommended Budget Accommodations:

Dalys Inn, Bracken Court Hotel, The Court Yard Hotel, Trim Castle Hotel.

Where to shop:

Dublin Flea Market, Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre, Grafton Street, Henry Street.

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3. Sydney - budget honeymoon in the land down under:

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Offering accommodations and travel options to fit every budget, Sydney is a fantastic destination to have an adventurous yet romantic honeymoon. A surfer’s paradise, if you and your partner are beach bums, this Harbour City should be your choice of a honeymoon destination.

Best time to visit:

To avail great discounts, visit during the winters (which are not very cold), between the months of June and August. The season of autumn, from March to May is also a good time to escape the holiday crowds.

What to see:

- The Rocks

- Sydney Harbour Bridge

- Bondi Beach

- Sydney Harbour National Park

What to do:

- Catch an opera at the Sydney Opera House

- Take a romantic stroll in the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens

- Explore the natural formation at Sydney The Gap

Recommended Budget Accommodations:

Hotel Steyne, Highclaire House bed and breakfast, Brown Jug Inn Hotel.

Where to shop:

Queen Victoria Building, Pitt Street Mall, Oxford Street, David Jones, Sydney Central Plaza.

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4. Sri Lanka - Pearl of the Orient:

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One of the best budget honeymoon destinations in Asia, Sri Lanka’s majestic beauty enthrals one and all. With serene temples, a stunning coastline, palm and coconut fringed beaches, quaint villages and bustling cities, delectable cuisine and great shopping options, this island nation is a lovely amalgamation of all things beautiful.

Best time to visit:

Sri Lanka is a year-round destination. Understand this- the south-western monsoon brings rain to the south-west part of Sri Lanka. Thus, the wet season is between May and September while the dry season is from December to March.

The north and eastern regions of the country face rains between October and January and have the dry season between May and September. Plan your trip accordingly.

What to see:

- The cities of Colombo, Jaffna, Galle and Kandy.

What to do:

- Explore these beach destinations in Sri Lanka

- Do check out the magnificent rock fortress of Sigiriya

- Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Sanctuary

Recommended Budget Accommodations:

Hotel Dorset Colombo, Ceylonica Beach Hotel Colombo, Nature Walk Resort Kandy, Time and Tide Beach Resort Galle, Star Holiday Resort Hikkaduwa.

Where to shop:

Stone ‘n’ String for gems and jewellery, House of Fashions, the Ariyapala and Sons Mask Museum.

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5. Montreal - escape to Canada:

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If you want a French honeymoon but can’t really head over to Paris due to a budget constraint, Montreal will suite you just fine. With a good public transport system, you won’t have to spend a dime on taxis and car rentals. Infact, if you book your accommodation in the old part of the city (Vieux Montreal), you will be within walking distance from many Montreal tourist attractions.

Best time to visit:

Between July and September. If you can tolerate extremely cold weather, you can visit between December and March. Winters generally have hotels offering great discounts.

What to see:

- Mont Royal Cemetery

- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 

- Belgo Building

What to do:

- Check out Horticulture artistry at the Mosaicultures Internationales

- Walk along the beautiful lanes of Old Montreal

- Explore the heart of LGBT community of Montreal at Le Village

Recommended Budget Accommodations:

Casa Bella Hotel, Hotel Le Roberval, Hotel Les Suites Labelle, Hotel Le Prestige.

Where to shop:

Three Monkeys, Plaza St Hubert Street, Marché Bonsecours, Complexe Desjardins.

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6. Goa - budget honeymoon in Incredible India:

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Sitting along the Arabian Sea, the state of Goa in India is a coveted place all across the globe. An affordable honeymoon destination, Goa offers visitors kilometres of pristine beaches, a vibrant culture, accommodations that favour every budget, a vivacious party scene and a cuisine fit for the Gods!

Best time to visit:

Best visited between November to February, if you want to explore Goa on a budget, we recommend you visit during the monsoons. During the months of July to September, rains bring out a completely different charm of Goa.

What to see:

- Here are top things to do in Goa that will be light on your pocket

What to do:

- Go beach bumming on the beaches of Calangute, Candolim, Palolem and Anjuna.

- Check out these hidden beaches in Goa.

Recommended Budget Accommodations:

RBR Suites, Hotel Calangute Towers, Sugar Plum Macedo Plams, Vailankanni sea view cottages.

Where to shop:

Anjuna’s Wednesday Flea market, Tibetan markets, Margoa market,

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7. Cancun - a Mexican sojourn:

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Dreaming of Mexican sojourn? It does not get better than Cancun. Situated on the south-east coast of Mexico in the state of Quintana Roo, pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and Mexican hospitality await you at Cancun. You’ll have a honeymoon made up of all things romantic.

Best time to visit:

Between October to May. The wet season starts May onwards and lasts till mid- October.

What to see:

- Isla Mujeres

- El Rey ruins 

- Isla Contoy

- Playa Delfines

What to do:

- Explore the Xcaret Eco-Park

- Soak in the sunshine at the coasts of Tulum

- Scuba diving and snorkelling

Recommended Budget Accommodations:

Francis Arlene, Smart by Oasis, Pura Vida Cancun, Grand City Hotel.

Where to shop:

Avenida Kukulkan, La Isla Shopping Village, Mercado 28, Plaza Cancun, Plaza Caracol.

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8. Chiang Mai - Thai adventure:

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In the mountainous northern region of Thailand lies the charming city of Chiang Mai. This former seat of the Lanna kingdom boasts of impeccable hospitality, comfortable and budget friendly accommodations, a lively street market scene and beautiful temple architecture. If you want to escape to the hills, Chiang Mai is the perfect place for you.

Best time to visit:

The months of November, December and January are bustling with tourists. Beat the crowds and the costs by planning a trip during offseason.

What to see:

- Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

- Wat Chedi Luang

- Wat Phra Singh

- Wat U Mong

What to do:

- Enjoy the company of rescued and rehabilitated elephants at the Elephant Nature Park

- Explore the Doi Suthep-pui National Park

- Check out the Three Kings Monument 

Recommended Budget Accommodations:

Roong Aroon Hot Spring Resort, Zzziesta Chiangmai, Monoceros Resort, The Peaberry, Baan Ratchiangsaen.

Where to shop:

Night Bazaar, the Nimmanheimin Road, Kad Suan Kaew, Sunday Walking Street, Bor Sang village, Central Mall.

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9. Dubai - romance in the deserts:

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An astounding city located bang in the middle of the desert, Dubai is magnificent and surreal. Although Dubai is said to have the second most expensive hotel rooms in the world (the first being Geneva), let us assure you that Dubai also welcomes visitors on a budget with open arms. If a bustling city life excites you, Dubai should be your choice of budget honeymoon destination.

Best time to visit:

Between October to March. The other months are sweltering hot.

What to see:

- Al Mamzar Park

- The Dubai Fountain

- Emirates Towers

- Dubai Museum

What to do:

- Walk around the lanes of the ancient Bastakia Quarter

- Explore the Dubai Creek

- Be dazzled by all the gold at Gold Souk

- Admire the stunning structure that Burj Khalifa is!

Recommended Budget Accommodations:

Dream Palace Hotel, Dubai Nova Hotel, ibis Al Barsha, Al Seef Hotel.

Where to shop:

Dubai Mall, Meena Bazaar, Mercato Shopping Mall, Dubai Festival City

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10. Istanbul - an affordable Turkish delight:

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An enchanting budget friendly honeymoon destination, Istanbul looks right out of a fairytale- what with grand palaces, stunning architecture, quaint bylanes and bustling markets. A beautiful amalgamation of culture, arts and modernization, Istanbul will prove to be the perfect backdrop to your love story.

Best time to visit:

April to June is the peak tourist season in Istanbul. Avoid these months to get best deals on hotel rooms. The months from November to February face snow and storms. Best to avoid these months as well. 

What to see:

- Sultan Ahmed Mosque

- Hagia Sophia

- Topkapi Palace

- Basilica Cistern

What to do:

- Be amazed by one of the world’s largest miniature parks- the Miniaturk

- Have a lovely meal at the restaurant situated inside Galata Tower

- Walk hand in hand as you explore the gorgeous Emirgan Park

- Soak in sunshine at the Solar Beach

Recommended Budget Accommodations:

Sultans Hotel, My Red River Apart Hotel, Osmanhan Hotel, Ares Hotel Sultanahmet.

Where to shop:

Bagdat Street, Grand Bazaar, Istiklal Avenue, Spice Bazar, Istinye Park Mall

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11. Florida Keys - a tropical honeymoon:

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Having some of the best resorts in USA, Florida Keys could be a good budget destination if you plan your trip well in advance. Located off the coast of Florida, the Florida Keys archipelago is the place to head over to if you want to have a tropical honeymoon. 

Best time to visit:

Between January to May. June to November is off season. If you can tolerate a little humidity, this would be the perfect time to go on a budget honeymoon.

What to see:

- In Key West (an island city in Florida Keys), you can see the Harry S. Truman Little White House, the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and the Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

What to do:

- Go island hopping

- Go scuba diving and explore the beautiful corals

- In Key West, you can witness mesmerizing sunsets at the Mallory Square

- Go up to the Southernmost point buoy in Key West

Recommended Budget Accommodations:

Seafarer Resort and Beach, Parmer's Resort, Seashell Beach Resort, Kingsail Resort Motel

Where to shop:

Bahama Village, Casa Mar Village, Fairvilla Megastore, Key Largo Chocolates.

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12. Antigua, Guatemala - for a fairytale romance:

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Founded in the early 16th century, Antigua used to serve as the capital of Guatemala till the year 1776. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and having beautiful Spanish Baroque architecture, the city is among the world's best conserved colonial cities. Scenic and quaint, Antigua is a romantic budget honeymoon destination in Central America.

Best time to visit:

The tourist season is between December to March, during the winter months. 

What to see:

- Church and Convent of Capuchins

- Antigua Guatemala Cathedral

What to do:

- Click lovely photos of the famous Santa Catalina Arch

- Explore the heavenly smelling Chocolate Museum!

- Hike up to the Hill of Cross

- Do go on coffee tours while in the city

Recommended Budget Accommodations:

Hotels in Antigua are booked as much as a year in advance! Some recommendations are Hotel Nuestro Sueo, Posada Don Diego, Uxlabil Antigua Hotel Y Galería, Casa Carmel Bed And Breakfast.

Where to shop:

Parque Central, Mercado Municipal (public market), Handicraft and artisans market, local vendors near Plaza Mayor.

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13. Cambodia - budget honeymoon destination in Asia:

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A beautiful affordable honeymoon destination in Asia, Cambodia’s unexplored exquisiteness is a treat to any couple. Blessed with verdant natural beauty and having an intriguing history, this nation would be ideal for a couple who loves backpacking. Having said that, there are many leisure activities as well that one can undertake in Cambodia. Explore what to do in Cambodia  on this romantic vacation .

Best time to visit:

All year round! The dry season is between October to early May. The wet season is between mid May to September.

What to see:

- Cities you should explore while in Cambodia include Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Kampot and Battambang.

What to do:

- Explore the ruins at Angkor Wat

- Go boating on the Tonlé Sap lake

- Discover the ruins at Koh Ker

- Explore the wild at the Kirirom National Park

Recommended Budget Accommodations:

Smiling Hotel and Spa Siem Reap, Mysteres D’Angkor Siem Reap Lodge Siem Reap, Colina Boutique Hotel & Breezy Sky Bar Phnom Penh.

Where to shop:

Angkor Night Market Siem Reap, Phsar Chas (old market) Siem Reap, Phsar Reatrey Phnom Penh, Phsar Toul Tom Poung (Russian market) Phnom Penh.

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14. Vietnam - charming nation:

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Known for its lyrical landscapes, Buddhist pagodas, bustling cities, pristine beaches, gushing rivers and friendly people, Vietnam is one country you must visit atleast once in your lifetime. This quaint country in Southeast Asia is still pretty much unaffected by tourism making it a good budget honeymoon destination.

Best time to visit:

Best time is during the seasons of spring (February to April) and autumn (August to October).

What to see:

- Explore the cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Nha Trang and the township of Sa Pa.

What to do:

- Walk hand in hand on the pristine beaches of Vietnam

- Explore UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay

- Go trekking from the base of Sa Pa

- Go windsurfing at Mui Ne

Recommended Budget Accommodations:

Grand Plaza Hanoi Hotel, Boss Legend Hotel Hanoi, Blue Diamond Signature Hotel Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon Zoom Hotel Ho Chi Minh City.

Where to shop:

Ben Thanh Market Ho Chi Minh City, Vincom Centre Ho Chi Minh City, Bin Tay Market Ho Chi Minh City, Hang Gai Street Hanoi, Hanoi weekend night market, Dong Xuan Market Hanoi, Nha Trang Market.

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15. Marrakech - budget honeymoon in Africa:

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Culturally inclined, the stunning city of Marrakech, also known as Marrakesh, is located at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. This former capital of Morocco is one of the best budget friendly honeymoon destinations you can consider to escape to with the love of your life. With comfy accommodations, a lot to explore and restaurants serving good food, Marrakech is a gem in the North African region.

Best time to visit:

Although the tourist season is from June to August (summer), you can skip it and visit Marrakech during the months of March to May (spring) and October to November (fall) to get the best deals on hotel bookings and tourist packages.

What to see:

- La Bahia Palace

- El Badi Palace

- Saadian tombs

- Tin Mal Mosque

What to do:

- Explore the beautiful Jardin Majorelle which is spread across 12 acres

- Pamper yourselves at the Hammam El Basha

Recommended Budget Accommodations:

Blue Sea Hotel Marrakech Ryads Parc & Spa, Idrissides Premium Urban Club, La Renaissance Hotel, Riad Al Ksar & Spa.

Where to shop:

Djemaa el-Fnaa, Mellah, The Souks Laksour, Quartier Industriel, Kissaria, Souk des Teinturiers.

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All set to have a memorable time with the love of your life? Hope you have a divine honeymoon. Do let us know how your experience was exploring these exotic locales by commenting below. Here's wishing you a happily ever after. Plan a trip to these budget friendly honeymoon destinations with triphobo trip planner.

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