Go Here, Not There: 5 Picture Perfect, Affordable Honeymoon Destinations

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My cousin is getting married in a couple months in a destination wedding and I recently returned from the Caribbean. All of this got me thinking about the best honeymoon destinations. Would you choose Tahiti, the Maldives or perhaps Paris?

I used to think exotic far flung getaways would be the ultimate romantic honeymoon but I’ve come around to something a little closer to home. After all, spending less time on cramped airplane seats means more time on the beach or on the massage table!

I scoured Pinterest for some of the prettiest, postcard perfect getaways for that post wedding getaway and narrowed down the scope to places in the western hemisphere. Here are my pics for the top affordable honeymoon destinations close to home:


5 Romantic Honeymoon Destinations in the Western Hemisphere



Save the Maldives, Head to the Bahamas

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The Maldives are an island archipelago in the Indian Ocean and offer the ultimate luxurious getaway. But from the minimum 3 flights to get there to the private open water villas, these sparkling blue waters carry romance at a price!

For the same romantic beach getaway, consider choosing the Bahamas. That way, you won’t have to sacrifice your diamond sparkler for post wedding bliss.

Hotel Pick: Atlantis Resort (click here for a special celebration promo code)



Save the South of France, Try New Orleans

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A honeymoon in the South of France sounds like cinematic perfection, but being one of the hottest summer vacation destinations, it comes with a hefty price tag. Instead, get your European fix in New Orleans, where flights are typically under $400 round trip, Creole cuisine will satisfy your French cravings and architecturally grand mansions offer the feel of Europe without the expense.

Hotel Pick: Henry Howard Hotel ($189/night and up)

Read more: Best of the Bayou – A New Orleans Travel Guide



Save Fiji, Go to the Dominican Republic

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For island paradise, consider the more affordable Dominican Republic. Samana province, in the northeastern section of the island, is known for secluded pristine beaches, mind clearing activities like meditation, horseback riding and yoga, and lively bachata dance music.

Hotel Pick: Sublime Samana ($350/night and up)

Read more: 6 Reasons to Visit Samana Province, Dominican Republic



Save Tuscany, Head to Napa



Italy is a wine lover’s delight but as a top tourist destination, it’s lost some of the charm it’s once had. For those seeking a culinary focused honeymoon with the best of wine country, go instead to Sonoma and Napa Valley for top notch vineyards, great hiking and coastal exploration.

Hotel Pick: Andaz Napa ($380/night and up)



Save Bali, Head to Hawaii


Bali’s turquoise clear waters, spectacular surf and green canopied volcanoes are definitely a strong draw but certainly not one of a kind!

Save yourself a minimum 2-layover flight and head to Hawaii, our own continental beach side paradise with similar jaw dropping terrain and excellent Asian-influenced cuisine.

Hotel Pick: The St. Regis Princeville Resort ($485/night and up)



The Perfect Honeymoon Wardrobe

What’s an romantic honeymoon without an exotic wardrobe? I’ve rounded up some eye catching, lacey items that caught my eye below:



  1. Thuy
    September 17, 2016 / 11:03 am

    Nicely researched. Much appreciated!

  2. MITCH
    September 18, 2016 / 12:27 am

    a maxi dress is a staple for honeymoon’s outfit. especially when heading to exotic destinations :)

  3. sarah lindner
    September 22, 2016 / 7:08 am

    Love that you found affordable similar places! they are all wonderfull!

  4. Shelby
    September 22, 2016 / 7:12 am

    LOVE this!!! I’m trying to plan a wedding and honeymoon myself so this was super helpful. You should do one on bachelorette weekends because that is the next decision on my list! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Maggie
    September 22, 2016 / 7:22 am

    What a great post! Picking a honeymoon was so hard but it’s always worth it to have a wonderful trip! I’ve always wanted to go to Atlantis!

  6. Nina
    September 22, 2016 / 9:14 am

    We went to the Bahamas on our honeymoon and it was an awesome destination! I’d go back in a second!

  7. Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    September 22, 2016 / 11:10 am

    Wow, such a great list of places! I’m on vacation right now, and you’re already making me want to visit some of these now!!

  8. Sandy a la Mode
    September 22, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    i have always wanted to visit bali!!

  9. Elise
    September 22, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    What a great and unique post! You have some awesome alternatives – thanks for sharing!

  10. Kayleigh
    September 22, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    I would love to go on a vacay right now, love Atlantis!

  11. Bella
    September 22, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    I would love a good vacay right about now ahah!! I would love to go to any of these places. somewhere hot and tropical would be great.

  12. monic
    September 23, 2016 / 12:47 am

    All of these places look amazing!

  13. Adaleta Avdic
    September 23, 2016 / 1:56 am

    I want to go to Napa, and Hawaii with my boyfriend. I’ve been to Hawaii twice, and I’d love to go with him since Maui is a true romantic getaway and I’d love to just do that with him. Napa would be amazing because I LOVE wine ;) This is a really cool post idea, and I love how you say skip this, do this instead. Such a word traveler! xx

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