There is no better place to celebrate your wedding than the beach. The beach conjures up images of sunsets, sand, and tropical themed cocktails.
It also conjures up a hefty price tag. In many cases, beach destinations can be quite expensive. With the expense of transportation, lodging, , meals, and entertainment, the honeymoon budget can be gone in a flash.
The good news is that a beach honeymoon is possible, even on a frugal budget. The key is to be flexible in your planning.
The first thing to consider is the season in which you are getting married. Obviously, if you are getting married in June, you should expect most all beach destinations to be expensive. This is because that is prime tourist season for those areas. Hotels rates near the beach skyrocket during the summer. Spring time is also a fairly expensive time due to the influx of college kids on spring break.
If you want to honeymoon at the beach, try to plan your wedding at a time when the weather is still warm, yet the summer beach tourist season is winding down. A great time to plan your honeymoon is in September. In September, beaches are still warm enough to enjoy and most of the tourists are gone. Hotel rates drop starting in September and stay low until about March.
A beautiful time to visit the beach is in the winter. It may not be warm enough for swimming, but you can still enjoy the crashing waves and sunshine while saving money in the process.
If it is possible, drive to your destination. Flying can eat up a honeymoon budget very quickly. Unfortunately, not all of us can afford to drive across the country to beaches on the ocean or gulf. In that case, consider a beach at an area with beautiful lakes. You can have a lovely time on a beach at a lake.
When you are planning your trip, consider renting a house or condominium rather than a hotel. There are several benefits to doing this. One is that houses and condos are similar in price to the nice beach hotels.
Renting a house or condo also comes with the bonus of a kitchen, allowing you to make some of your own meals. Going out to dinner is nice, but you can save a significant amount of money by preparing your own breakfasts and lunches as well as some of your dinners.
Making your own meals also keeps you out of the waiting lines at the restaurants and in the company of each other. Why spend all that time waiting for a table? If you make your own meals, you then have the time to stroll on the beach in the moonlight.
Another bonus to renting a house or condo is the space. These rentals often have several bedrooms, living areas, a kitchen, and spacious bathrooms. You will have all the room you need to spread out and relax. You may even find a rental that has a private pool. Or a hot tub!
For entertainment, look no further than the beach. You decided to spend your honeymoon there, so soak it in as much as possible. It doesn’t cost anything to go to the beach. Pack a cooler full of snacks, water, throw down a beach blanket and relax.
For non-beach entertainment, check to see if you can find coupons for things to do. One of the best resources for entertainment coupons is the state’s welcoming center. Most all welcoming centers and rest areas have a section full of coupons for things like museums, mini-golf, and waterparks. You can also do that research ahead of your honeymoon and find even more savings.
Finally, one thing to remember is to pack your essentials. Don’t forget your sunscreen, beach towels, and sunglasses. Those type of things are marked up by a huge margin in beach towns. They know people need those things, and they will jack up the price. Be sure to make an extensive list of thing you think you will need while at the beach.
As you can see, a beach honeymoon does not have to cost a fortune. Plan ahead and your dream honeymoon can become a reality.