Are you looking for an affordable vacation destination for you and your loved one? If yes, then you are in the right place. At this time when travel and hotel prices are on the rise, finding the perfect getaway location might be hard to come by.
It is not all doom though. If you know where to look, such as right here, then it is still possible to take that trip after all. After consulting a good number of travel insiders, I have compiled an exhaustive list of the Top 15 Best Vacation Spots for Couples on a Budget.
With these destinations, even those who are yet to become millionaires can enjoy what they have to offer. Provided you have the zeal and the hunger for travel; you should have just as much thrill.
1. Albufeira, Portugal
The allure of a sun-soaked location should be on top of your to-go destinations. Located on the Algarve region of Southern Portugal, this vacation spot is an ideal choice for couples on a budget. There are plenty of reasons to visit Albufeira, top of which is the beautiful climate.
Wine and food prices are reasonable; the apartment styled hotels is affordable, fabulous beaches and a marvelous old town makes Albufeira a destination worth considering. For golf lovers, there are courses to check out. Another site you may want to visit is the famed Sao Lourenco church.
2. Florida Keys, United States
Dreaming of the Caribbean feel, but on a budget and can’t fly out of the United States? Then the Florida Keys would provide you with a great alternative. To get there, you have an option of either driving all the way down or booking a bargain flight to Miami.
Once there, you can rent a car and drive along the mesmerizing Florida Keys highway as you enjoy the scenic islands. Spectacular vistas, enchanting swaying palm trees greet you along the way.
Water sports enthusiasts have the perfect spot for swimming with dolphins and snorkeling in the warm waters. In the evening, you two can enjoy the gorgeous sunsets together.
3. Zanzibar, Tanzania
From the first look, this island for lovers may seem like an expensive prospect. However, after having a closer look, it is not. Flights to and from mainland Tanzania are affordable. To get to Zanzibar from the mainland, choose between taking a flight (less than $100) or ferry for less than $50 (VIP) or $35 regular.
There are both luxurious and budget-friendly resorts to stay in. I have been at the Surf Escape and spent approximately $40 per night. From there you can take a splurge in the ocean, windsurf, and paddleboard as much as you want.
4. Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
For a young couple, Thailand is an excellent travel destination. Affordable flights and reasonable accommodation makes it a preferred vacation destination for a lot of people. It is no wonder it is popular among travelers.
The island of Phi Phi gives you an opportunity to soak up plenty of sun rays as you marvel at the crystal clear waters and white sand beaches. After having enough of the beaches together, travel uplands to enjoy the lush green mountainous terrains. Not bad for a budget-friendly destination, right?
5. Saint Martin Islands
Wait, wasn’t this island destroyed by Hurricane Irma? Well, in as much as the hurricane did a lot of damage on the island, it is currently being amended. Its blend of French and Dutch culture lures many tourists here. You do not have to worry about getting there as Princess Juliana International Airport has been in operation from October last year.
For a couple on a budget, hotels, restaurants, bars, and beaches charge discounted prices to attract more tourists to the island. These discounted prices allow you to wisely spend your money while at the same time contributing to the restoration of this famed island. So, it is kind of a win-win situation for you.
6. Caribbean Jamaica
Of the Caribbean Islands, Jamaica is probably one of the most budget-friendly destinations for couples. It combines resorts for those on a larger budget as well as those on a tight financial plan. Just ensure you stay away from the likes of Sandals, Couples, and Gran Bahia.
Because of the high number of tourists, lots of hotels are offering couples special offers as well as free nights. I hear there are even free night offers in some of the low-cost hotels. Budget-friendly airlines are shuttling between various cities and Montego Bay. While there, romantic waterfalls, warm water swimming, cascading water, snorkeling and plenty of sunshine await you.
7. Coban, Guatemala
Are you a nature-loving couple? Then Coban in Guatemala offers you a great destination to explore the marvel of nature. This beautiful location features numerous caves, natural waterfalls, and large tracts of lush, beautiful countryside.
A fabulous destination to check out is the Las Victorias National Park. The extensive wooded trails in this park make for an ideal hiking destination for an outdoor couple. Although the attraction sites are far apart in Guatemala, Coban offers a reprieve. It is a city filled with a knack of connecting people with nature at surprisingly low prices.
8. Naples, Italy
This Italian city is finally getting everybody’s attention as the go-to vacation destination. Couples on a budget are heading to Italy in droves to have a feel of this gateway city to some of Italy’s most famed tourist destinations. If you are already in Europe, then the monuments and cultural sights of Naples shouldn’t pass you buy.
As a pizza addict, I absolutely love this destination since it is the birthplace of pizza. For as little as $5, you can enjoy this delicacy. Also available are some of Italy’s most exquisite cuisines, ecstatic views of Naples Bay or the Mount Vesuvius. All these are absolutely free.
9. Tulum, Mexico
Tulum, Mexico, is an affordable destination, more so for a couple staying in the United States. Even those on a honeymoon are not left out. There are basically endless beaches which are great for snorkeling enthusiasts. Activity ranges in Mexico are almost endless, without having to break a bank to do so.
Of particular interest is the low-cost paradise of Tulum. It is a boutique hotel found on the edges of the Caribbean Sea. Which couple wouldn’t love hotels opening up to the vast white sandy beaches and the sea?
I am reliably told that there are hotel rooms in the prices of $79 per person, with your favorite Mexican drinks and beverages as part of the plan.
10. Havana, Cuba
Don’t worry, Cuba is a safe and budget-friendly travel destination after some of the travel bans were lifted. Because of the previous bad reputation, hotel accommodation prices are still considerably low. The distinct Cuban appearance and culture underscore the liveliness of Cuba.
Despite your relatively restricted budget, almost every hotel you get is on a shoreline. What better way to access the mesmerizing beaches that brings the Havana nights into life? Security shouldn’t be a concern since it is nowadays a peaceful country.
11. Kathmandu, Nepal
How does a trip to the Himalayas sound like? Are you up for it? Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan State of Nepal, has sights to behold. A unique blend of culture and architecture visually spreads through Nepal’s terraced hills.
Hotel prices shouldn’t worry you. Some of the hotels do not exceed the single figure price mark. Most of them are under $10. I think that’s really inviting for those on a tight budget. Of course, there are options for paying for more, but these won’t break your travel budget.
12. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik comes highly recommended among its prior visitors. Surrounded by massive stones walls, this travel gem is hard to resist. If you want a cooler spot to visit in the scorching summer heat, then head to this Croatian gem. The streets feature limestone paving to reduce the intense heat.
Locations you don’t want to miss while out and about are the well-preserved homes or the monuments. Other attraction sites include St. Blaise Church, Sponza Palace, Gothic Rector’s Palace, Bokar, and Lovrijenac fortresses. You and your partner can also go island hopping along the coast.
To many, having a feel of central Asia is the ultimate vacation experience. The simplistic nature of Uzbekistan creates an aura that most couple love, more so when getting away from the treacherous city life. Although the infrastructure is still modernizing, the adverse culture remains unmatched.
I have visited this country once and fell in love with the Soviet and Persian culture. Imagine spending a night in a yurt camp while staring at the stars. Unbelievable, right? If you are an American, you need to pay $160 for a visa. Most of the hotels around will cost you slightly under $100.
14. Rocky Mountains of Colorado
So you don’t want to get out of the United States to enjoy your vacation? How about you head to Colorado for one of the dramatic scenes in the country? The Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the perfect getaway spots for couples with love for nature.
Romantic secluded cabins for couples can be found on the outside eastern border of the park. Most of these cabins have private Jacuzzis inside, but overlooking the river. An accompanying fireplace cozies up lovebirds at night. During the day, hiking gets you closer to nature.
15. La Paz, Bolivia
Do you want a bit of adventure and the comfort of a vibrant city? Then head to La Paz Bolivia. For the most fun, I would recommend that you visit during winter. This time of the year is a perfect time for hitting the slopes for a skiing adventure of your lives.
Skiing tours cost as low as $70 (food and transport inclusive). For the couple that prefers to stay grounded, there is an array of local activities to check out. Cholita Wrestling and The Witches’ Market (Mercado de las Brujas) are events you can attend together. The best part, near luxury hotels will cost you less than $150 every night.
When it comes to beach vacations, cheap is not the word that comes to most couples’ mind. However, if you look in the right places and consult well, you will be surprised at how some of these destinations are affordable.
Take this list of exotic destinations for example. It has a rich mix of the perfect spots for you and your partner to spend some good quality time together without breaking a leg.