7 Affordable Romantic Getaways For Couples On A Budget
So you want to take a trip, but you have a lot of boxes to check off first. You are traveling on a budget, that’s the first hurdle. But you are also searching for romantic destinations. So you want vacation ideas that include cheap, but romantic, places. Not a problem. We’ve got you covered with 10 of the most romantic albeit affordable destinations for a couples getaway.
As a whole, Jamaica is affordable. This tropical paradise offers Blue Mountains, Fairy Hill, Kingston, and Reggae, not to mention Bob Marley all abound. Best yet, travel including airfare and accommodations to Jamaica is inexpensive as is all-inclusive packages. Major port cities preferred by tourists include Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Kingston, and Negril.
2. Ajijic, Mexico
Slide over Cancun. Move over Puerto Vallarta. There’s a secret paradise along the Western coast of Mexico in Jalisco. Colorful, quiet, and safe Ajijic is situated alongside scenic Lake Chapala and hidden in the Sierra Madre Mountain range. It is also one of the largest expatriate communities in Mexico, with a large number of shops catering to American and Canadian tourists. Explore the lakeside restaurants while walking along the boardwalk and enjoying the scenery. Tour nearby Lake Chapala, the shopping district that shares the same lake.
3. Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand as a whole is very cheap for travelers. However, where is the most romantic place to go here? Depends on your interests. If you like ancient ruins and royalty, consider a jaunt to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho built by King Rama I and very Tomb Raider-esque. For big city style head to Bangkok where you’ll find amazing Thai restaurants, ultra mod hotel resorts, and world class shopping. Before you leave the country head south to the beaches and tropical paradise of one island in a million, literally.
4. Kathmandu, Nepal
Here you are a world away in a city of epic proportions. Kathmandu is an actual place, and it’s equally affordable and romantic. Considered one of the honeymoon getaways in Nepal, this Himalayan hideaway includes world class accommodations alongside ancient temples and history. The incredible variety of health spas, bed and breakfasts, and fine dining establishments in Kathmandu prove this point. Be sure to check out the Thamel neighborhood before you depart. Here you’ll snag souvenirs and keepsakes, along with novel ideas for a date night.
5. Las Vegas, Nevada
In the city that gambles the nights away you’d expect to pay top dollar for a vacation in Vegas. However, cheap accommodations at luxury hotels is part of the attraction to this city. Opt for cruising the strip in a rental convertible with your special someone instead of gambling to save even more money. Enjoy a never to be forgotten meal at Nobu or Bouchon or Joel Robuchon on the strip. Then choose from bar hopping, museum crawling, or shopping at the Miracle Mile Shops, The Fashion Show mall, or the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets.
6. Savannah, GA
Forrest Gump may have liked his box of chocolates in Savannah, but this coastal city has more romance than that to offer. First you explore River Street and its cobblestone alleys, Spanish moss dangling all around. Next up book your stay in a romantic B&B complete with Southern charm and delectable dishes. The Southeast is highly prized for snagging lovers with its good eats. Take a trolley through the scenic downtown area to travel back in time with your sweetheart. A word of caution, avoid visiting on St. Patrick’s Day weekend as this is a highly popular time for tourists.
7. Turquoise Coast
The Turkish Riviera is a splendid vacation destination located along Southern Turkey. In Antalya you are surrounded by ancient ruins, modern day history, and crystalline white beaches. Soak in the Mediterranean without the high price of Greece or Italy when you stay in quaint fishing villages along the Turquoise Coast. You can mix and mingle with the locals, or take the Lycian Way. This is one of the most daring trails on Earth, and it gives you the best view of the entire Riviera. After a day of adventure, savor the flavors of the freshly caught bounty of the Turkish Riviera.