There aren’t many people these days who can afford to spend thousands on a wedding and then thousands more on a honeymoon. But there’s no doubt that the first vacation together with your spouse should extra special, so what do you do? Consider one of these outstanding budget-friendly resorts in America – not only will you some on that hotel bill, but you probably won’t have to spend a ton of money on pricey flights.
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Rosario Resort & Spa, Orcas Island, Washington (Prices & Photos)
The 1909 Moran Mansion serves as the centerpiece for this beautiful resort that’s listed on the National Historic Register. Set across 40 acres on Orcas Island in the San Juan Island archipelago which lies off Washington State’s northern coast, between the property and the island, it makes for the ultimate romantic escape. Filled with antiques, including an Aeolian organ with nearly 2,000 pipes used for concerts in the music room, it oozes elegance yet offers very reasonable rates. Enjoying waterfront dining in its Mansion Restaurant with season menus and dishes that feature local ingredients, including produce, seafood and meats. The lavish spa offers a variety of rejuvenating and relaxing treatments along with an outdoor pool, sauna, whirlpool and fitness classes. Rooms and suites all showcase gorgeous water views and upscale amenities like balconies and fireplaces.
Captain's Quarters Resort, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (Prices & Photos)
Captain’s Quarters in Myrtle Beach offers budget rates and a wide range of activities to enjoy. While it may not be geared toward honeymooning couples, those who want to have lots of fun, including floating around the lazy river pool, soaking in the Jacuzzi, sipping drinks at the pool bar, bowling and even playing games in the arcade, all for a bargain price, are sure to love it. It features one- and two-bedroom efficiencies as well as suites, all of which include a full kitchen, and many boast a spectacular ocean view. There are more than 100 courses in the area for golf enthusiasts, along with 60 miles of sandy shoreline for soaking up the sun. Plus, you’ll be steps from numerous attractions like the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, souvenir shops and a wide range of eateries.
Lime Tree Bay Resort, Layton, Florida (Prices & Photos)
Lime Tree Bay Resort provides a budget-friendly seaside oasis, as one of the Florida Keys’ top mid-range resorts. It sits across palm-lined shores between Marathon and Islamorada and offers a wealth of opportunities for outdoor adventure and relaxation. Enjoy lazing together in the hammocks on the beach, soaking in the hot tub, swimming in one of the two outdoor pools and cooking up meals on the BBQ grills. Kayaking is available right onsite, while rooms feature balconies or patios with picturesque sea views. Book a suite and you’ll get a kitchen or kitchenette, while the three-bedroom townhouse includes a private garage.
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, Oahu, Hawaii (Prices & Photos)
While most people are under the impression that Hawaii hotels are all incredibly pricey, especially on Waikiki Beach, the Aston Waikiki Beach offers rooms that start at under $200 a night, with prime beachfront. An impressive value for the location, you’ll also find vibrant tropical decor, a Tiki bar that offers fruit-filled cocktails and free alfresco movies that are shown every Saturday and Sunday night. Plus, you’ll get a free hot breakfast every morning.
Best Western Plus Beach Resort, Monterey, California (Prices & Photos)
While budget-friendly waterfront accommodations on the California coast are few and far between, the Best Western Plus Beach Resort may be one of its best-kept secrets, boasting an idyllic location adjacent to the 18-mile long Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail which leads to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. Guests enjoy perks like floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the view of the glistening bay and its wealth of wildlife in, including sea lions, sea otters, gray whales and transient orcas, while the property’s onsite eatery prepares local seafood like clams and sand dabs to order.
Copamarina Beach Resort, Guanica, Puerto Rico (Prices & Photos)
Puerto Rico offers a tropical, exotic island honeymoon without the high prices, or the need for a passport. There are many small, independent hotels that offer very budget-friendly prices. If you’re looking for luxury you can enjoy it at prices that start at under $160 a night at the Copamarina Beach Resort in Guanica, an oceanfront property set across 20 acres of lush tropical gardens that provide lots of seclusion and luxurious amenities. It hosts two outstanding restaurants and a spa, plus it’s located near two of the area’s top attractions, Gilligan’s Island and a subtropical dry forest.
El Capitan Canyon Resort, California (Prices & Photos)
El Capitan Canyon is a unique resort that’s tucked into a seaside pocket along the California coast, ideal for honeymooners who want to be immersed in nature. Accommodations are basically very upscale camping and include canvas-walled rooms that sit on wooden decks and feature handcrafted twig furniture. The tin-roofed cedar cabins include Jacuzzis, kitchenettes, sleeping lofts and fire pits. After a day at the beach, return to indulge a decadent in-room Barefoot Deep Massage, cozy up next to the roaring fire and perhaps roast marshmallows while gazing up at the incredible star-filled night’s sky. On Saturday evenings, May through September, a night of blues, jazz and bluegrass tunes are offered too.
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale (Prices & Photos)
Just steps away from the golden sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale offers ocean view accommodation, stunning ocean views and bargain spa services. In the exclusive Spa Suite, you’ll be able to relax with a massage, while upscale dining is available onsite at SAIA, with a menu featuring fine Asian cuisine, including creatively crafted sushi. Nearby enjoy activities like snorkeling, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.