4 Amazing, But Affordable, Beach Honeymoon Destinations
BY CATEY HILL
Sure, we’d all like to stay in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora or jet off to a luxe resort in St. John for our honeymoons. But once you look at the price tag of trips like these, you’ll probably realize these types of vacations are out of the question. The good news: there are plenty of romantic and relatively inexpensive beach destinations that are perfect for honeymooners. Here are four of my favorites!
The Riviera Maya, Mexico
If sugar-sand beaches, azure waters and warm temperatures year-round are what you’re looking for, consider the Riviera Maya area of Mexico. About an hour south of Cancun, this area – which is decidedly less hectic and spring-breakish than Cancun – is filled with all-inclusive resorts, where you and your now husband (!!) can eat, drink and sleep for one low price. Looking for some out-of-resort adventure? Head to the Mayan ruins in the area.
When you think beach, you probably think of the Caribbean, Atlantic or Pacific. But in Saugatuck, which sits on the shores of Lake Michigan, you won’t miss the ocean at all. The water is crisp, the fine sand is khaki-colored with towering dunes, and you can sail, swim or just lay out all day long. Added bonus: The town is adorable and lined with little art galleries (it’s part of what’s called “the art coast of Michigan”) and locally owned restaurants.
Thinking of getting your “ahhh” on in the Caribbean? Try Puerto Rico, one of the best values in the Caribbean. The island has many different options for honeymooners from the myriad of affordable – many of them all-inclusive – resorts near San Juan to the more off-the-beaten path B&Bs in Vieques, a tiny island off Puerto Rico where wild horses roam free and the expansive beaches sometimes feel almost private. Oh and did we mention the beaches? Yeah, so they’re white-sand with turquoise water – an ideal place for romance and R&R.
Salt Creek Recreation Area, Washington
If you and your man are hoping for some romantic camping under the stars, consider Salt Creek Recreation Area (parts of the “Twilight” movie were shot near here), a beach that’s about two hours from Seattle. There are 92 campsites on the park and many of them sit on bluffs overlooking the picturesque Strait of Juan de Fuca with Victoria, British Columbia in the distance. During the day, you can kayak, hike, scuba dive or surf; at night, you can gaze up at the stars together, imagining your next 50 years as husband and wife.