We know how it goes: Weddings are so expensive that any chance of a five-star Bora Bora vacation goes flying out the window right along with the catering fees. Want to celebrate your nuptials without dipping into your life savings? Here, we list a few of the most wallet-friendly places to unwind after you say I do.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
This Caribbean metropolis combines classic beach romance with city-centric sights.
Where to Stay: The island’s oceanfront resorts are luxurious beyond compare, but you’ll find the best deals among the pastel architecture and historic sights of Old San Juan.
What to Do: Soak up the sun in Isla Verde, stroll hand in hand along Old San Juan’s narrow streets, and have a sunset picnic on the Condado shore.
Secret Tip: If you’re traveling over a weekend, skip the crowded Ashford Avenue bars in favor of the more local-friendly spots along the Plaza del Mercado. The atmosphere is just as lively, but you’ll have a little more room to breathe.
Known for its soaring volcanoes, crystalline waters and incredible surfing, Oahu is among the world’s most romantic hideaways.
Where to Stay: Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach offers plenty of inexpensive digs just a few blocks from the sand, and the budget-friendly vacation rentals on the North Shore are perfect for surf lovers of all stripes.
What to Do: Hike to the top of Diamond Head for a breathtaking ocean view, or take a road trip to the Windward Coast to steal a kiss on the island’s most remote beaches.
Secret Tip: Score the best deals by staying slightly inland. Oahu is gorgeous no matter where you go, and you’ll still be within a stone’s throw of the coastal sights.
Spain’s effervescent capital is the ideal spot for a sweet and lovely European retreat.
Where to Stay: Book a boutique hotel near Plaza de Opera if you want to be close to the most famous sights, or head slightly north to the bohemian Malsana for a more offbeat option.
What to Do: Browse the shops on the Fuencarral promenade, go for tapas at the glass-enclosed Mercado de San Miguel, and view the stunning collections during the Museo del Prado’s free evening hours.
Secret Tip: Make sure to compare rates on travellers insurance before you jet off. You should always be covered when you hop across the pond.
Anna Maria Island, Florida
Filled with eclectic restaurants, jaw-dropping beaches and an overwhelming sense of serenity, this Gulf of Mexico getaway is a world unto itself.
Where to Stay: Grab a vacation rental in Holmes Beach or the City of Anna Maria for the perfect combo of budget-friendly rates and unbeatable location.
What to Do: Unwind on the seriously pristine sands, browse the designer goods and local art on Pine Avenue, and have a French-inspired meal at the surprisingly affordable Island Creperie.
Secret Tip: Though the upscale restaurants are definitely worth a visit, head to an unassuming pub like The Bridgetender Inn for a waterfront drink that won’t break the bank.