20 Affordable Beach Honeymoon Resorts

Paradise doesn't have to cost a fortune. Honeymoon in style at one of these wallet-friendly gems

Updated 03/21/13
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Once the stress of wedding planning is over, you'll need some serious relaxation. Where better to do that than on a gorgeous beach honeymoon with your brand-new hubby? Whether you want to jet off to Hawaii or Mexico, the Caribbean or Florida, we've found some of the prettiest pieces of sun-soaked paradise. Plus, they're all as budget-friendly as they are breathtaking (you did, after all, just throw a wedding).

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Sheraton Maui, Kaanapali Beach, Hawaii

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Curving around a white-sand cove and the fabled Black Rock cliff, this resort specializes in postcard-perfect views. Every one of the 508 serene rooms has a balcony, and most come with Pacific vistas. But the best eye candy is at the lava-rock point, where brave souls take the plunge in a sunset cliff-diving ceremony—best watched while sipping mai tais at the poolside bar below.

From $339; Sheraton Maui

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Turtle Bay, Kahuku, Hawaii

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Located on the wildly lush North Shore, aka the epicenter of the surfing world, this 840-acre playground has a five-mile beach and an even longer activity list (including stand-up paddle boarding and surfing lessons, natch). Just want to chill? Splurge on a lomilomi massage by the pool, or celeb watch by the beach. (Jennifer Lawrence and Courteney Cox have checked in.) P.S., all 443 rooms will debut a new look by October.

From $229; Turtle Bay

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The Betsy, Miami Beach, Florida

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A colonial-style estate tucked among the art deco towers of Ocean Drive, this white-columned hideaway is more Gone with the Wind than Miami Vice. But while the plantation shutters and canopy beds in the 61 white-on-cream rooms are totally Tara, the buzzy basement nightclub and turquoise waters just steps away are pure South Beach.

From $269; The Betsy

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Casa Marina, Key West, Florida

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Sunsets and conch fritters are easy to find on Key West. Hotels with beaches? Not so much. This 1920s grand dame is a glorious exception, with the island's largest private stretch and an old-Hollywood feel. Think arched windows, a floating catwalk to the beach, and an elaborate pool deck where staffers serve ice pops.

From $199; Casa Marina

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The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida

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Nestled on an Atlantic barrier isle covered in tidal marshes and mossy live oaks, this oasis recently wrapped up a five-year-long face-lift. Every sumptuous inch of the 446 rooms is new, from the ocean-inspired color scheme to the furniture on your seaview balcony. Do more wave watching at the just-opened tiki bar or the beachside spa; the hammock massage is a must.

From $290; The Ritz-Carlton

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Matachica, Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Looking for an urbane take on the tropics? Matachica's 26 candy-colored thatched-roof cottages are outfitted with Frette linens, mosaic tiles, and a hammock-slung patio. The lobby channels that same cool attitude with its pillow-strewn floor (they call it a lounge) and sound­track of world beats. And then there's the delish breakfast. We're obsessed with the banana-chocolate-chip pancakes!

From $195; Matachica

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Turtle Inn, Placencia, Belize

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This Francis Ford Coppola-owned Caribbean retreat—Reese Witherspoon honey­mooned here—takes its design cues from Asia. Cottages are decked out with Japanese baths and hand-carved Balinese wooden doors, and the spa is staffed with Thai therapists who offer the best massages this side of Bangkok. Just outside is the world's second-largest barrier reef, where you can snorkel with rays or, in the spring, dive with 60-foot whale sharks.

From $299; Turtle Inn

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Cala Luna, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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This 20-room retreat over­looking the Pacific is all about indulgences (private candlelit dinners at surf's edge, couples' massages on the sand or en suite, poolside sun beds and cabanas). Book a spin on the resort's 27-foot power boat and you can spend the day snorkeling and sunning on the deck before the captain drops you off for a picnic on your own private beach.

From $295; Cala Luna

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Latitude 10, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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Spread over a patch of remote tropical jungle and hammock-dotted sand on Costa Rica's Pacific side, this ecofriendly resort—no trees were felled to build it—has just five almond-wood casitas with four-poster beds and unreal open-air bathrooms. (You'll shower under a tree canopy.) There's plenty to do, too, from surfing to zip lining to tidepool fishing. But no one will blame you if you just nap by the infinity pool as howler monkeys play above.

From $210; Latitude 10

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Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia

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Perfect for nature lovers with a princess streak, this rustic-luxe retreat cascades down a jungly hill to a volcanic-sand beach. Decorated in vibrant island art and St. Lucian madras plaid, the 49 rooms are both upscale (teak floors, Molton Brown goodies) and earthy (natural trade winds in place of AC). A few have a wall open to the Piton Mountains—the ultimate Instagram.

From $345; Anse Chastanet

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Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts, Aruba

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With its azure waters and wide white sands, it's easy to see why Eagle Beach is ranked among the world's most beautiful. Bucuti & Tara's earth-toned oceanfront rooms offer instant access—and serious eco cred. Water is solar heated, and part of your room rate goes to sea-turtle conservation. BTW, you won't be sharing the pool with toddlers: The resort is adults only.

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Cooper Island Beach Club, The British Virgin Islands

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Ten solar-powered cottages scattered along the edge of a tiny, unspoiled isle, this barefoot resort is the perfect place to do a whole lot of nothing. But chances are you won't be able to resist sailing on the BVI's ridiculously clear blue waters and wandering the half-mile-long stretch of sand with only each other (and maybe a few goats) for company.

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The Cove, Eleuthera, the Bahamas

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Book one of the 120 villas, cottages, and suites at this just-redone retreat and you might find yourself downing Bahama mamas with Lenny Kravitz, who owns the estate next door. (The isle is a paparazzi-free zone: Most guests shuttle here via private plane.) You'll forget about any celebrity guests when you see the resort's secluded pink-sand beach, best enjoyed from a cabana perched on a bit of volcanic rock right at water's edge.

From $250; The Cove

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Jakes, Jamaica

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Set on quiet Treasure Beach, the 50 rooms, cottages, and villas take a multiculti approach, with inspiration pulled from Morocco (jeweled wooden doors here), Mexico (colorful adobe walls there), and the Caribbean (tin roofs and vibrant textiles abound). We love the honeymoon cottages—named Octopussy 1, 2, and 3—for their rock-the-casbah style, outdoor showers, and rooftops outfitted with pillow-filled daybeds.

Rooms from $95, honeymoon suites from $350; Jakes

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La Concha, Puerto Rico

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This retro-chic marvel on San Juan's Condado Beach first became famous in the 1950s for its striking seashell-shaped restaurant. Today the vibe is total 21st-century cool, attracting such high-wattage guests as Jennifer Lopez and Justin Timberlake. The 485 recently refreshed rooms feature minimalist decor, and the sexy whitewashed lobby bar—with its killer pineapple mojitos—is one of the hottest spots in town.

From $199; La Concha

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Love Hotel, St. Martin

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The French couple who own this seven-room inn are so welcoming, you'll feel like you're staying at your best friend's house. Breakfast is a fresh baguette on the sand, sunbathing happens on a cluster of super-comfy beach beanbags (they're affectionately dubbed "fat boys"), and the terrace has to-die-for tapas and a primo wine list.

From $123; Love Hotel

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Westin Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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With a PADI diving school and a prime spot on the sugar-soft sands of Seven Mile Beach, this 343-room megaresort is one of the island's best bargains. All about activities? You'll love the paddleboard yoga and guided runs. Want to be pampered? Sign up for a Cayman sea-salt scrub at the huge spa.

From $189; Westin Grand Cayman

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Casa Sandra, Holbox Island, Mexico

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Just off the Yucatan, the tiny islet of Holbox is a taste of old Mexico, with sand-paved roads, a pink flamingo here and there—and one very stylish hotel. Casa Sandra's 17 rustic-chic sea-facing rooms are swathed in Mexican art and 500-thread-count sheets. The best part? You can practically roll right out of bed and land on the palapa-dotted beach.

From $290; Casa Sandra

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Le Rêve Hotel, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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From the magical setting (it's tucked between green jungle and white sand) to the romantic vibe (every couple has a private garden or terrace; the staff will do anything for you), this 25-suite enclave is beyond honeymoon friendly. Not only is it 100 percent kid free, the staff upgrades every newlywed to the best available room. A private candlelit dinner on the beach is an absolute must—as is the pastry chef's chocolate cake.

From $238; Le Rêve Hotel

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Rancho Pescadero, Todos Santos, Mexico

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You may see more whales and dolphins than people at this boho-fabulous 26-room resort. Unwind with a seaside yoga class, snack on fried green tomatillos in one of the beachfront cabanas, or borrow a board to surf the famous Pacific swells. But nothing beats watching gray whales go by from your elevated canopy bed; most rooms have a glass wall that opens to the sea.

From $200; Rancho Pescadero

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