So much of wedding planning -- and money -- goes into the big day. An estimated 14% of the average wedding budget, though, actually goes to an event after the wedding -- the honeymoon. While Hawaii, Florida and California may be the three most popular honeymoon destinations, the reality is that tropical locales don’t mesh well with everyone’s budget.
The truth is, though, that you don’t need to cash in all 8,000 of your hoarded credit card travel miles in order to have a great honeymoon. In fact, some of the best honeymoons take place right in your backyard -- so to speak. Here’s some of the top beautiful New Jersey getaways for newlyweds.
Seaside Heights, NJ: A Traditional Boardwalk Beach
Go for a return to simpler times with New Jersey’s Seaside Heights. Along with being one of the state’s top rated beaches -- thanks to its soft, white sand and beautiful shores -- this beach features the Seaside Heights Boardwalk. Reminisce while making new memories and check out the arcade games, concession stand yummies and a variety of restaurants. During the summer, festivals and music events abound here. For quieter days, FunNewJersey recommends checking out the bay beach on the north side of the borough.
Atlantic City: Glitz and Glam
For the just-married’s who are looking for a little more adventure than what laid-back Seaside Heights has to offer, why not check out Atlantic City? One of New Jersey’s most well-known travel destinations, it gets its reputation for a good reason -- it’s a fun getaway destination for couples of all ages. While the casinos are the main draw for many, the city has so much to offer that for the gambling-adverse, it’s possible to avoid them completely. Check out the Atlantic City Boardwalk, the Absecon Lighthouse, and some of the city’s comedy clubs to begin with. The nightlife is always hopping in Atlantic City -- check out Trip Advisor’s list of recommended bars and restaurants before you go!
Wawayanda State Park: Camping Paradise
When you think of your honeymoon, do you dream of a picturesque outdoor location with plenty of opportunity for hiking and adventure? In that case, check out Northern New Jersey’s Wawayanda State Park, home to 60 miles of hiking trails -- including a section of the Appalachian Trail. Kayaking, fishing, camping and boating are all popular activities here. Check out All Trails for an idea of what to check out during your stay.
Cape May: Quaint Throwback
Gorgeous Victorian homes, homey bed and breakfasts, and “Cape May Diamonds” (a polished quartz that washes up on the beach) -- this is what you’ll get when you visit Cape May. The state’s southernmost beach is home to a historic resort town and features everything from local winery tours to cooking classes. Take a stroll down cobblestone paths, and get a dose of spooky history with the local evening ghost tour as recommended by VisitNJ.
There’s no wrong way to do your honeymoon. When it comes to being practical, it can make sense to stay closer to home -- but that doesn’t mean you need to skimp on having fun or seeing beautiful sights. Not only is New Jersey home to some amazing getaway locations -- it also won’t require a red-eye jet to get to! Make new together memories in the best place to call home.