The words “budget” and “Caribbean” may sound like they don’t go together, but they can. It may take some planning, but it’s entirely possible to have a budget friendly honeymoon in the Caribbean. Consider the advice below when planning your honeymoon, and you may find it’s cheaper than you think.

1. Go on your honeymoon during the shoulder season.
Shoulder season is the time period between the busiest part of the tourist season and the low season. The shoulder season for most Caribbean islands is usually considered to be April 15th to May 30th, and September 1st to December 14th. Shoulder season can be great because the weather is usually just as nice as it is during the high season, but there are fewer crowds and cheaper prices.

Caribbean Honeymoon by the beach frond

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2. Consider staying longer in one place and renting a condo or house on one of the islands.
This may seem counterintuitive, but can actually save you a lot of money. These privately-owned condos and houses usually rent by the week or the month, and have the added benefit of being larger than a hotel room.

Most also include kitchens, which will help you minimize costs even more by being able to cook some of your own meals.

3. Choose accommodations slightly farther away from the water.
Though slightly inconvenient, one way to help shrink your budget while still having a fantastic honeymoon is to compromise just a bit on location. Would an ocean-view be nice? Sure, but you’re going to pay a lot for it.

Staying a bit further away from the beach, but still within walking distance, will save you money that you can spend on other things, like a fabulous seafood dinner.

Top hotels for Honeymoon in the Caribbean

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5. Choose a cruise.
Taking a cruise through the Caribbean sounds expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Many cruise lines offer exceptionally good deals throughout the year, especially when you realize that the price includes your accommodation, food, drinks, and transportation to several different islands.

Just be careful, as the price of a cruise can go up exponentially if you’re the type to do a lot of extras – onshore excursions, and in some cases, alcoholic beverages are not included upfront, so keep that under consideration. Airfare is usually not included, either, so add that to your budget total.

6. Consider an all-inclusive package
These usually include airfare, hotel, food, drink, and in some cases, activities. These can save you a lot of money, but make sure that you read the fine print and know exactly what is (and what isn’t) included.

By exploring these possibilities, you can have that dream honeymoon in the Caribbean for a whole lot less cash!

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Heather Johnson the author of  “A budget friendly honeymoon in the Caribbean” has written this guest post for Check out all the best honeymoon hotels in the Caribbean today!