They say all you need is love… but we like to think a spectacular island honeymoon never hurt anyone!
Island Honeymoon Destinations In Your Budget
While it might be tempting to spend big bucks on a post-nuptial trip to Bali or Fiji, you don’t have to break the bank to have the honeymoon of your dreams. In fact, some of the most beautiful (and affordable!) island honeymoon spots are right here in the US!
Whether you’re ready to book or still adding inspiration to your Pinterest boards, our list can help you decide where to kick off your married life together. From coastal towns just a hop, skip and a jump away from the mainland to lush Hawaiian villages in the middle of the Pacific, we’ve highlighted some of the most affordable island destinations and the can’t-miss restaurants nearby. Honeymoon bliss found!
For many honeymooners, Hatteras is just right—offering a quintessential Outer Banks experience, from endless beaches and historic lighthouses to romantic waterfront dining! Plant yourself in the sand and take in panoramic views of the Atlantic as far as the eye can see. Feeling adventurous? Try your luck kiteboarding through the waters of Pamlico Sound, or cast your fishing line into the water right from the beach. At the end of the day, retreat to your vacation home to listen to the waves wash over the shore. You’ll leave your stresses of planning on the mainland when you escape to Hatteras Island for your honeymoon!
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: The Open Water Grill keeps things “simple and delicious” with a menu that features fresh Outer Banks seafood and a long list of cocktails. Dine on the deck overlooking the water or enjoy the colorful decor inside—you can’t go wrong here!
You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced a Marco Island sunset. The sky becomes a dazzling watercolor of pastels and serves as the perfect backdrop for a cozy dinner for two on the water. In addition to its breathtaking setting, Marco Island offers plenty of adventure! Tour Everglades National Park in a swamp buggy, rent stand-up paddleboards to explore the surrounding waterways, or simply lie on the beach, Piña Colada in hand.
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Cafe de Marco Restaurant is where visitors and locals alike go for succulent Gulf seafood in Marco Island. Specialties include Shrimp Aubergine, Tilapia and Snapper Almondine and it’s diverse menu offers something for even the pickiest of eaters. Call ahead for a reservation and enjoy your meal in the outdoor courtyard.
If wide swaths of golden beaches, privacy and an endless supply of tropical drinks are what honeymoon dreams are made of, Kailua-Kona definitely delivers! Wake up each morning to the smell of Kona coffee brewing and enjoy breakfast on your balcony. In the afternoon, head to the beach for swimming and snorkeling, or hike the local trails until you reach a secluded waterfall. The fun doesn’t end once the sun goes down either! Make your way downtown for a Mai Tai or kick up the romance stargazing at the summit of Mauna Kea.
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Known for its award-winning food and exceptional dining experience, Roy’s is a staple in Waikoloa. The cuisine is island-inspired and rooted in freshness and flavors that are totally worth the splurge.
Home to the majestic Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island is where honeymooners go to escape the crowds and unwind amidst nature. Stroll along scenic Shore Path, which wraps around a portion of the island, or wake up early and hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain for a jaw-dropping sunrise. If you’re just as happy sunbathing on the beach, pack up your cooler and spend the day at Sand Beach. Whether you’re looking for a spot along the rugged coastline or a rental right downtown, this affordable island destination has plenty to choose from for your honeymoon.
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Red Sky is the perfect place to celebrate your nuptials. From fresh seafood caught off the coast of Maine to locally grown produce, there’s something to please all palates here.
You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to appreciate Whidbey Island (but it won’t hurt!). This picturesque island in Puget Sound is known for its critically acclaimed wines, craft beers and world-class spirits. Enjoy a tasting at one of the island’s two distilleries or sample the region’s unique wines over a romantic dinner for two. In addition to its culinary scene, Whidbey Island boasts a number of secret beaches, beautiful state parks and scenic hiking trails, which make it an unmatched setting for your honeymoon.
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Treat your taste buds to a delightful meal at Christopher’s on Whidbey during your honeymoon. This island favorite has been serving fresh Northwest cuisine and distinctive local wines for more than 30 years.
Surround yourself with swaying palm trees and white sandy beaches on Sanibel Island. Located just off Florida’s Gulf Coast and accessible via car, it’s an affordable island honeymoon spot with serious appeal. Rent bicycles and cruise along the coastline, browse the local art galleries, or comb the beaches for seashell souvenirs. Just want to relax? Sanibel Island boasts 15 miles of unspoiled beaches, warm water and abundant sunshine. Whether you’re all about the romance or looking to experience the area like a native, it won’t disappoint!
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Sweet Melissa’s Cafe features impeccable service and an inviting atmosphere all honeymooners will enjoy. Choose a specialty cocktail, share a small plate or order an entree—there’s plenty to choose from on the menu at this Sanibel Island treasure!
For easy access to some of the world’s best beaches, look no further than Lahaina. This historic waterfront town sits on the coast of Maui and draws millions of travelers each year. When you arrive, make your way straight to the beach. Whether you’re swimming, surfing or sunbathing, any stress from wedding planning will vanish as soon as you hit the sand. Once the sun sets, stroll down bustling Front Street to shop and dine at your leisure. The possibilities for fun and romance are endless in this tropical paradise.
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Owned by Mick Fleetwood of the rock band Fleetwood Mac, the award-winning restaurant Fleetwood’s on Front St. is well-known for its live entertainment and top-notch food. Stroll around downtown Lahaina and let the music drifting from the rooftop lure you inside for happy hour or dinner.
It’s unlikely you’ve ever experienced a place quite like Fire Island. With car-free streets and small-town vibes, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time when you step off the ferry. Explore the quaint island via bicycle or walk hand-in-hand along the wooden boardwalks, taking in 360-degree views of nature. Whether you prefer romantic picnics on the beach or lively happy hours where cocktails are never far from reach, this affordable island honeymoon destination has a bit of everything.
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Famed for its refreshing “Rocket Fuel” cocktail and waterfront location, CJ’s Restaurant & Bar is the place to go on Fire Island.. Stop in for the mouthwatering food and stay for the lively beach party atmosphere.
Pop the champagne and settle into a cozy waterfront cottage during your honeymoon on Kiawah Island. This destination is famous for its wind-swept beaches, championship-level golf courses and tasty Lowcountry fare, and it continues to be a fabulous source for honeymoon bliss. After a round of 18 holes, pamper yourself at the spa with a couples massage or drift to sleep in a hammock at your rental. From its pristine natural landscape to its laid-back atmosphere, Kiawah Island is an ideal island honeymoon destination that doesn’t break the bank.
Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: For those who enjoy tender filet mignon and fine wine, The Ocean Room at Kiawah Island is a must. Its signature dishes and unparalleled steakhouse experience keep visitors coming back time and again.
*Weekly rates reflect the median rates for a one-bedroom rental in that destination from June-August 2017, according to FlipKey data.
US Island Honeymoon Destinations
- Hatteras Island, North Carolina
- Marco Island, Florida
- Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
- Mount Desert Island, Maine
- Whidbey Island, Washington
- Sanibel Island, Florida
- Lahaina, Hawaii
- Fire Island, New York
- Kiawah Island, South Carolina