The best off-the-beaten-path (and cheap) honeymoon destinations
By Aimee Heckel
The average Americans begins planning their wedding a year in advance — tallying up to 30 hours or more hashing out the details of the event.
After putting in that much work, you deserve to finish with a bang. A memorable — and relaxing — honeymoon is the perfect final chapter to the story of your nuptials. Plus, it is finally one-on-one time with your new spouse, whereas the wedding ceremony and reception can often seem more like a giant, busy family reunion.
Your party favors were unique. Your flowers were just right. You personalized your wedding down to the smallest details, so why not personalize your honeymoon, too?
Here are two of our favorite ideas for an off-the-beaten-path honeymoon excursion.
1. California dreaming — in Kenwood.
The scoop: A trip to California is especially ideal for brides on a budget, or people who want to stay continental. Right now, Jetsetter.com is having its biggest California travel sale ever. Book through Jetsetter and stay at the romantic Kenwood Inn and Spa starting at $260 a night. This includes breakfast. Relax in the hot tubs or saline swimming pool (that means no chlorine to bleach our your newly done hair). Oh, and no kids allowed, so you won’t be assaulted by a pool noodle as you go in for your poolside newlywed kiss.
Tip: Don’t tell your husband, but there are no TVs in the rooms here. This means quality time together, not wasted time with “The Real Housewives.” Go get a Vinotherapy wrap and scrub together. This is a unique body treatment featuring organic ingredients inspired by the surrounding wine country.
2. Save big with a vacation package to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
If you don’t have a specific destination in mind, searching the deals might spark your intrigue. Right now, Southwest Airlines Vacations is offering a great deal: Book a flight and hotel package to San Juan and save $75 (four nights or more). Use the coupon code MARSJU75. Bonus: Book it through ShopAtHome.com and get 3 percent cash back.
San Juan in Puerto Rico is known as the “Island of Enchantment,” with its stunning beaches, rainforest and cultural and historic sites. This is a great international vacation, if you want to leave the borders, without going somewhere super touristy.
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Photo courtesy of Kenwood Inn.