5 best budget vacations for couples

Seeking an ideal locale for kicking back together without emptying your shared savings? We’ve found five perfect getaways, from Negril to Quebec City, that will ensure you’re in for a relaxing break--plus zero sticker shock once it’s over.

  1. Negril, Jamaica

    Jamaica—Couples Vacations

    Ocho Rios and Montego Bay have many beautiful resorts and lots of natural wonders to explore, but the best deals can be found in Negril. On the western edge of Jamaica, still very close to all of the island’s highlights, Negril is affordable and extremely pretty. A stunning white-sand beach stretches on for seven miles, and the incredible cliffs are perfect for sitting and watching a lovely Caribbean sunset together.

  2. Quebec City

    Quebec City—Couples Vacations

    If a European vacation is out of the question, consider Quebec City. This Canadian city has all of the French flair, excellent cuisine and Old-World romance of a visit to France, but because it is much closer to home and offers a more favorable exchange rate, it definitely makes our list of best budget vacations for couples. With a history of more than 400 years, Quebec is one of the oldest cities in North America. The Old City is rich with charm and culture, complete with cobblestone streets, European architecture and plenty of excellent restaurants where you can spend an evening sharing a bottle of wine. Check out enchanting attractions like the Sainte Anne de Beaupre Basilica and the Montmorency Falls , or take a scenic ride on the Levis Ferry.

  3. St Petersburg, Florida

    St Petersburg FL—Couples Vacations

    Just west of Tampa on the Gulf of Mexico, the lovely beachfront town of St. Petersburg, Florida, is among the best budget vacations for couples. Brimming with romance, it’s charming and easily walkable. The city’s Central Avenue is lined with more than a hundred antique shops and book sellers. Spend afternoons walking on the beautiful beach, and evenings having drinks and watching the sun set from the historic Pier.

  4. Las Vegas

    Las Vegas—Couples Vacations

    Of course, Las Vegas is the perfect place for a bachelor or bachelorette party, but it is also fun for a romantic getaway. Lots of deals are available in Sin City, and many of the casinos offer free perks as you play. Las Vegas can also provide the ultimate in romantic weekends for couples wishing to renew their vows, or make them for the first time by getting hitched at the Graceland Wedding Chapel . Steal a kiss at the Bellagio Fountains , relax with a couples message at Boracay massage , venture outside the city for some exploring at Red Rock Canyon , or catch a show - perhaps Cirque du Soliel's tribute to the Beatles, "Love." A luxurious but affordable rental in Las Vegas—from a condo on the Strip to a mansion outside the chaos to a rental on Lake Las Vegas—will make a great fit for you and your sweetheart.

  5. Tulum, Mexico

    Tulum—Couples Vacations

    While Cozumel and Playa del Carmen are growing in popularity for everyone seeking a great vacation in Mexico, Tulum offers the same beaches, views and historic highlights at a fraction of the price. Tulum is home to some of the most fascinating Mayan ruins in Mexico, and the rocky beaches and romantic cliffs on this stretch of Mexico’s coastline are far less crowded and far more affordable.