Post # 1
Hey bees! My wedding is set for January of 2013, and of course this means — finding an affordable honeymoon spot. I know it’s not a huge budget, but we really do not want to go over $1,500 for the trip. I have done my research, and I am pretty certain now that we will have to stay within the U.S. at this price (considering airfare will take up the majority of the budget).
So here is the question:
Can anyone recommend a great place to honeymoon within the U.S. in the cold months of January? We have looked at the Florida Keys, and it is really our first option right now.
Any help would be so appreciated! Thanks! 🙂
Post # 3
What about Southern California or North Carolina? Both have beautiful beaches.
Post # 4
We were in Miami over new years 2011 and it was very nice there!!!
Post # 5
@essicajaymar: I did not even think about either places! I will have to look into that. Thanks so much!
@RoyalLime: Yes! I have heard Miami is the place to be in U.S. in winter. We are also strongly considering that. Thank you! 🙂
Post # 6
@essicajaymar: NC is probably not south enough for it to be warm enough for beach weather, if that’s what you’re going for. I was in SC this past February at Hilton Head Island and it was barely beach weather when we were having a very warm winter. I wouldn’t recommend taking the risk because we don’t know yet what kind of winter we’ll have in store for us!
@cms1120: Even though your budget is only $1500, you might still be able to get as far as the Bahamas or Puerto Rico – or even elsewhere in the Caribbean. If you’re going after Christmas but before Spring Break and President’s Week, you can probably still get a reasonable price on airfare and hotels.
Also, check deal sites like Groupon, Living Social, etc. because they often have really great deals on places. If you see a deal you like, call the hotel and make sure they have availability the week you’re going on your honeymoon, then buy it and book it right away before they get all booked up that week.
I know pushing your honeymoon isn’t ideal (and I’m not sure if it’s even possible for you, so sorry in advance if it’s not!), but have you considered pushing it as far as April or May? You will probably get a good deal on a warm honeymoon vacation around that time and it will be warmer than it would be in January – not sure how hot you like it, but if I’m going to the beach, I like to not be chilly there! Spring Break usually drives up prices between Feb-April, but if you go after Spring Break and before the Summer break, there are usually better deals.
I research way too many vacations. 🙂
Post # 7
@futuremrsk18: We have been looking at Living Social and Groupon, but most at this time need to be used sometime before. The latest I have seen is December. My only concern about waiting until one says that it can be used in January is that we will have waited too long to book airfare and all of that good stuff. Also, I haven’t considered pushing it back… the thought of it makes me so sad! We will both need a break after all of this is over. However, you’re right — it might be the most logical thing that we could do. Thank you for all of your helpful advice! Maybe you should become a travel agent 😉
Post # 8
North Carolina would likely be too cold. I used to live on the Outer Banks and let me tell you, winters were not fun! Very windy and cold!
I would do Miami!
Post # 9
San Diego is gorgeous and there is a lot to do. It is also only a 2 hour drive to LA and a few hours from Vegas if you wanted to visit multiple places.
Post # 10
San Diego is usually really nice in January.
Also, if you have good credit, it might be worth looking into opening an airline credit card for the bonus miles. My FI and I were both able to fly round trip cross-country on Southwest with the bonus miles we earned for opening their credit card. Just an idea…
Post # 11
@RahlyRah: What a great idea! Another place I haven’t considered. Thanks so much!
Post # 12
@babu22: Seriously?! I would have never thought of doing that! Thank you for the awesome idea! I am texting my fiance about it now 🙂
Post # 13
@cms1120: hahaha I should! I do a loooooooooot of research before I book each vacation. Keep us posted when you do find something!
Post # 14
@essicajaymar: Sorry but the beach in January in LA is chilly, unless you bring a wetsuit. What about Palm Springs in California? The desert is gorgeous in the winter, except it does get cold at night. If you’re looking for a beach, the Keys really might be your only option.
Post # 15
If you have a small budget, I’d use HomeAway. Check out different places as suggested and you can stock your condo with food and drink. It an option when we were booking out honeymoon, but I was able to use airline miles and save over $1000 on hotl stay. You can read reviews and they are good insight into what you can expect.
Also, pick a place that has good public transit. Cab drivers often rip people off. Buses, rails, and trolleys are cheap. New Orleans is a good example of cheap public transit.
And I’d consider registering for a honeymoon registry. People will want to give you a gift, but something like honeyfund.com will allow people to gift you things. Examples they have on the site are wine with dinner, tours, a limo ride from the airport, etc. it’s great if you already have stuff for your lives together. If 10 people gift you $50 that’s an extra $500 for spending money. We’re looking into it and have found honeyfund to provide the most to the couples and easy ways to get the money. Still register traditionally, but this is a great option.
Post # 16
look into cruises! they will def. be much less than 1500.