The 10 Best Cheap Vacations for Couples in 2024-2025

These budget-friendly destinations are brimming with possibilities.
Scenic getaway in Mazatlán, Mexico
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Beth Ann Mayer - The Knot Contributor.
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Beth Ann Mayer
Beth Ann Mayer - The Knot Contributor.
Beth Ann Mayer
The Knot Contributor
  • Beth Ann writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, including venues, honeymoons and planning advice.
  • Beth Ann is a lifestyle freelance writer, with bylines on healthline.com and parents.com.
  • Prior to freelancing, Beth Ann was a writer and editor for Long Island Pulse Magazine.
Updated Jan 05, 2024
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A vacation, whether it's an anniversary trip or a honeymoon, may sound priceless. But travel does come with a cost—and sometimes, it's a big one. If money feels like a roadblock to the romantic getaway of your dreams, know you have several alternative routes. Low-budget vacation ideas for couples allow you to get a change of scenery with some change to spare.

To be clear, cheap trips for couples aren't the same as "below-par." Some budget-friendly locales offer world-renowned beaches with sugary-soft sand, as well as all-inclusive resorts. In some cases, your dream vacation may not even require a flight. Most won't entail a long-haul flight. Couples who love to road trip may even have the chance to sightsee on their way to a destination and enjoy one-on-one time. From Europe's hidden gems to glistening Caribbean islands and domestic wonders, these cheap vacations for couples offer a wealth of romance and memories in the making.

The Knot's Top 10 Affordable Vacations for Couples

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, United States
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Brainstorming couples trip ideas might be followed by a serious sticker shock. According to The Knot's 2022 Real Weddings Survey, couples spent an average of $5,100 on their honeymoon in 2021, with 61 percent dipping into their savings for the vacation. While the cost of a "cheap couples vacation" is relative, you may want to avoid putting a huge dent in your rainy-day fund to travel. These budget-friendly vacation ideas could do the trick without skimping on good times.

Best Overall Affordable Vacation for Couples: Mazatlán, Mexico

Best Affordable National Park Vacation: Glacier National Park, Montana

Best Affordable European Vacation: Prague, Czech Republic

Best Affordable Beach Vacation in the US: Destin, Florida

Best Affordable Caribbean Destination: Jamaica

Most Affordable Urban Vacation: Toronto, Canada

Best Affordable Destination for Food and Drink: Phuket, Thailand

Best Location for Affordable Accommodations: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Most Romantic Affordable Destination: Grenada

Best Affordable Location for Active Couples: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Mazatlán, Mexico

Honeymoon in Mazatlán, Mexico
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A resort town along the Pacific Coast, Mazatlán epitomizes the idea of "a lot for a little." Couples of all stripes and energy levels will likely find something they love about the spot. Sandy shores make beach days an everyday possibility, and a 13-mile boardwalk—one of the longest in the world—is perfect for strolling hand in hand. While walking, couples can peruse souvenir stands or snag a snack. Another must: Plaza Machado's cobblestone streets feel straight out of a romance novel. Nightlife ensures the fun continues long after sunset, while posh resorts—some with suites that start at under $200 per night—make turning in early tempting.

Things to Do: Plaza Machado, walk Malecón de Mazatlán (the boardwalk), eat at ATOL, all-inclusive sightseeing and beach tour, walking food tour and ziplining.

Where to Stay: Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán Beach Resort, DoubleTree by Hilton Mazatlan, Gaviana Resort, Courtyard by Marriott Mazatlan Beach Resort, Hotel Playa Mazatlan and Park Inn by Radisson Mazatlan.

Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park, Montana
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A stunning romantic getaway doesn't necessarily require a passport. Some of the best cheap vacation ideas for couples are within the US. Exhibit A: Glacier National Park. The breathtaking glacier-carved peaks of Montana's Rocky Mountains are as photogenic as they come. More than 700 miles of hiking trails within the park offer routes for couples of all experience levels. Entrance fees vary by the season, but day passes typically cost $35. Couples who live within road-trip distance and want to make several voyages there can purchase an annual pass for $70. The park also waives fees a few times per year.

Things to Do: Scenic boat tours, horseback rides, guided hikes and rafting.

Where to Stay: Lake McDonald Lodge, Apgar Village Lodge, SpringHill Suites Kalispell by Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell.

Prague, Czech Republic

Affordable getaway in Prague, Czech Republic
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Yes, Europe has its fair share of cheap trips for couples. Though a European vacation likely requires a flight with a three-figure price tag, couples can save once they reach Prague. Nicknamed The City of a Hundred Spires, top attractions are free to view, including Old Square, which graces many postcards. The historic square's Gothic churches and baroque buildings are more gorgeous in person and provide a medieval setting that history and architecture enthusiasts will adore. Some guided walking tours are free and hit multiple attractions like Prague Castle and Charles Bridge, allowing couples to learn about the city's history from a pro without spending a dime.

Things to Do: Take a free walking tour, indulge in a five-course dinner, foodie tour, pubs of Prague tour (drinks included), Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Square and Prague Zoo.

Where to Stay: Prague Marriott Hotel, Hotel Residence Agnes, Hotel Pod Veží, Hotel Bishop's House, Vienna House by Wyndham Diplomat Prague, Mandarin Oriental, Prague, Four Seasons Hotel Prague and Golden Well Hotel.

Destin, Florida

Destin, Florida for the best affordable honeymoon
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Luxury resorts in certain areas of Florida with direct beach access can carry four-figure price tags. Destin, however, is worth considering if you're willing to drive or walk a bit further from your bed to your beach chair. The Florida Panhandle destination has many public access points and parks with low daily fees. Some hotels cost less than $200 per night, especially outside of the peak summer season. If you are traveling during the summer, know this: The Appalachian Quartz sand at Henderson Beach State Park doesn't get too hot to walk on, meaning you can blissfully dip your toes in the sand.

Things to Do: Henderson Beach State Park, Fudpucker's Gator Beach alligator show, Destin Harbor Boardwalk, snorkeling and dolphin tour, sunset dolphin cruise, deep sea fish and golf.

Where to Stay: Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa, The Henderson Park Inn, Henderson Beach Resort, Embassy Suites Hotel Destin Miramar Beach and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

Jamaica

Honeymoons in Jamaica
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Unlike some ritzy Caribbean locales, prices in Jamaica often match its laid-back atmosphere. All-inclusive resorts include meals and perks like the use of water sport equipment, not only saving couples money but also stress. The surroundings are as rich as they come—expect pristine white-sand beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, Blue Mountain vistas and lush tropical greenery at every turn. Plus, Creole cuisine is sure to spice up dinner dates. Jamaica is prone to hurricane season and spring breakers, so visiting between January and March is ideal (especially for American couples with four seasons).

Things to Do: Seven Mile Beach, Dunn's River Falls, Blue Mountains, snorkel, Blue Hole, Secret Falls and Dunn's River Falls combo day trip from Montego Bay and ATV safari tour.

Where to Stay: Sandals Negril, Sandals South Coast, Half Moon, Montego Bay, and Grand Lido Negril Au-Naturel.

Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada for the best honeymoon
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Northeasterners can reach Toronto by car, ticking off central and upstate New York spots like Woodstock, Syracuse and the bucket list-worthy Niagara Falls along the way. Once in Toronto, much of the city is easy to explore by foot, saving couples money on transportation. Browse shops or grab a bite to eat in the Distillery District. Later in your stay, snag fresh meats and pastas to use in dinner for two at your home rental at the iconic St. Lawrence Market. During the NHL season, a trip to see the Maple Leaves play will give couples a taste of just how much Canadians love their hockey.

Things to Do: Attend a Maple Leaves game, St. Lawrence Market, Distillery District, day trip to Niagara Falls, Hockley Valley day trip for skiing, food tour, Hockey Hall of Fame and craft brewery tour.

Where to Stay: Residence Inn Toronto Downtown, Chelsea Hotel, Courtyard Marriott Toronto, Homewood Suites by Hilton Toronto Airport Corporate Centre, Novotel Toronto Centre and Toronto Markham Marriott.

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand for the best honeymoon
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A stunning escape by the crystal-clear waters of the Andaman Sea, Phuket offers couples a chance to taste authentic Thai cuisine, like spring rolls and kung siap. Though southern Thailand's cuisine tends to be spicier than its neighbors to the north, Phuket is known for milder flavors, making it more accessible to all sorts of foodies. Lively night markets and street food allow couples to save while taking a bite out of the local fare and uncovering other unique goods. Cooking classes set the stage for memorable at-home dinner dates for years to come. Perhaps the biggest "budget" expenditure couples will want to account for when traveling to this southern Thailand destination is the time—expect a flight of 20+ hours from New York or California.

Things to Do: Full-day cruise, cooking class, jet ski, learn to surf, Green Elephant Sanctuary Park, Bangla Road and Big Buddha Phuket.

Where to Stay: JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa, Hilton Garden Inn Phuket Bang Tao, Melia Phuket Mai Khao, Sunprime Kamala Beach, Amari Phuket, Andara Resort Villas and Katathani Phuket Beach Resort.

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for the best honeymoon
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A stay at a lauded food and wine hotspot like Napa or Sonoma is likely to carry a four-figure price tag—perhaps per night for a resort. In Coeur d'Alene, a spot known for its nature trails and underrated vino scene, spa resorts have rooms that run for under $400 per night—sometimes under $200. Accommodations aside, the spot is full of natural beauty courtesy of the expansive Lake Coeur d'Alene. Lakeside parks with picnic tables allow couples to brown bag it with a view.

Things to Do: City Park and Beach, Coeur d'Alene National Forest, Canfield Mountain Natural Area, Bonners Ferry, Spirit Lake, dine at Candle in the Woods and Coeur d'Alene Cellars.

Where to Stay: Springhill Suites Coeur d'Alene, The Coeur d'Alene Resort, One Lakeside, The Roosevelt Inn, Log Spirit Bed and Breakfast and Cougar Bay Lodge.

Grenada

Honeymoon in Grenada
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Grenada is somewhat of a hidden gem and one of the more unheralded Caribbean islands. This status means travelers can often find better bargains than known resort islands like St. Barts. But the jaw-dropping views are simply priceless in these parts, making every waterfront sunset dinner a memorable affair. St. George's, the capital, is dotted with colorful homes (and free to walk through). Resorts sweeten the pot with all-inclusive deals to help couples save on money and planning, while leaving room for upgrades like candlelit meals or couples massages at on-site spas.

Things to Do: Walk through St. George's, Palm Tree Gardens, Grand Etang National Park, half-day Concord Waterfall and chocolate factory tour, Grenada spice gardens, rum and chocolate tour and snorkel.

Where to Stay: Sandals Grenada, Spice Island Beach Resort, Calabash Grenada, Silversands Grenada, Royalton Grenada and Radisson Grenada Beach Resort.

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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Not every couple wants to stick their toes in the sand for seven days. For some, the idea of an active vacation is exciting—and Grand Teton National Park provides that in spades with stunning views to boot. For starters, a $35 entrance fee covers seven days of access to the park, where you can catch views of the Teton Range that postcards don't do justice. Hiking, biking and kayaking can all be done within the park (as can sleeping—campgrounds are on site).

Things to Do: Bike, fish, hike, take one of many scenic routes and view wildlife.

Where to Stay: Camp at the park, Moose Creek Ranch, The Lodge at Jackson Hole, Hotel Terra Jackson Hole, Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa, Elk Refuge Inn and Hotel Jackson.

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