Going on your honeymoon should be an amazing experience for both you and your partner. I’m the kind of guy to go all in on a honeymoon. In fact, after my recent engagement, I offered that we go light on the wedding, and spend the most money to go on a sweet honeymoon.
There are plenty of places to go on a honeymoon in the world, but I’ll be focusing on some of the more affordable honeymoon options. I’ll be looking at both regular hotels and Airbnbs, as well as all-inclusive resorts, and what route I’d recommend taking.
You’ll notice that all of these places are tropical, so if that’s not what you are into, then this article won’t be for you unfortunately.
Aruba has been, and most likely will always be a popular destination for honeymooners. The thing with Aruba is, is just because it is very affordable, doesn’t mean the quality is lacking.
You will find that many people rave about how nice Aruba is, from the people, the food, and the resorts. Aruba makes a ton of money from tourism, which is understandable considering 2 million people visit Aruba every year, 80% being Americans.
Getting to Aruba is the easiest part and least expensive. From the few airports I’ve checked around the United States, it seems the average flight is around $432 roundtrip per person. So you’ll be looking at $864 for flights off the bat.
What’s nice is that it is pretty close to the States, so it’s not a too terribly long flight which means you won’t waste so much time traveling and not having fun.
So you have many options for lodging in general, but since you are on your honeymoon, I’d highly expect you would want to have a place to yourselves. That’s why I limited the options down to entire place Airbnbs, all-inclusive resorts, and hotels.
Let’s look at each one in more detail to figure out what you can expect to spend.
Airbnb. Entire place Airbnbs are going to be your cheapest option in terms of just lodging. These are usually entire apartments, condos, or houses that are rented out by the property owner. Let’s look at three Airbnb properties to see what you can expect:
As you can see, you can expect to spend around $859 for a six night stay in Aruba near the beach. That’s not too bad.
However, what you need to realize is, is that you’ll still have to pay for all your food and drinks. Let’s say you spend $60 per meal, that’s $180 a day, for six days, or $1,080 total, just for food! Now throw drinks on top of that. Let’s say each person spends $60 on drinks per day, or $120 total. That’s $720 over the course of the week which brings our total food and drink count up to $1,800.
Resorts also usually have some excursions included too, so you may have to shell out some extra money for activities as well.
Activities, the good ones at least, are around $80 per person, so $160. Let’s say you do four activities over the course of 6 days. That right there is another $640 you’re putting towards your trip.
These numbers aren’t very conservative, so it is very likely you’ll end up spending more.
Resorts. All-inclusive resorts may be more expensive per night, but you’ll also save a ton of money on food and drinks. This alone makes it worth it. No stress, no worry. Just drink and eat. If I were going to Aruba right now, and staying in an all-inclusive resort, I’d stay at the Tamarijn All-Inclusive.
For our dates, I am looking at $500 per night for a deluxe oceanfront room. You can expect more or less the same, depending on what kind of room you want. So for the six days, you are looking at about $3000. They also have a honeymoon package that includes a bunch of activities for two, including kayaks, dance lessons, etc. I can’t get a price for it, since I have to have a marriage certificate and be within six months after my marriage.
I’d recommend looking at it, though, as you might be able to snag a really good deal!
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Hotels. Hotels are similar to Airbnb in the fact that you’ll have to pay for your own food and drinks throughout the trip. The catch is, hotels will most likely be more expensive than Airbnbs as well, so watch out for that.
Looking at Booking.com, the best option is about $875 for six nights. So while this may not seem all that expensive for a great hotel, remember, this doesn’t include anything.
So let’s add all this up to see what you are likely to spend.
Airbnb Route – $4,163
Resort Route – $4,184
Hotel Route – $4,179
As you can see, it is neck and neck. That’s why I would go the all-inclusive route on this one. You know exactly how much you are paying, and aren’t limited. If you paid for your food and drinks willy-nilly, you could very, very easily end up spending way more than what I have laid out here.
Grand Cayman is another pretty popular spot, getting around 2.1 million visitors in 2017, according to Cayman Compass. You will find a very unique experience in the Cayman Islands, and definitely at Grand Cayman, the largest of the islands.
It is known for many things, such as its extensive coral reefs, sea walls, and shipwrecks. You also can’t forget about 7-mile beach!
Flying to Grand Cayman is actually cheaper than Aruba, and usually you’ll only spend a few hours traveling, if everything goes smoothly, that is. After looking around at some flights, you can expect to spend around $450 per person round-trip.
This is very affordable, and will definitely be your cheapest expense.
Airbnbs. The thing with Airbnbs is that they can range in prices big time. You may find spots for $50 per night, or you can find one for $2500 per night. It’s all up in the air. However, I don’t think I have ever stayed in an Airbnb that was more than $100 per night. Let’s look at some Grand Cayman examples.
For a six night stay, you’ll be averaging around $1,229. That’s pretty solid, especially since you are getting high end living. The catch, as you already know, is the food, drinks, and excursions.
Food and drink wise, we are going to keep it the same as the above example, or about $1,800 for two people for the week.
Activities is where this differs a bit. Grand Cayman is overall cheaper when it comes to activities. From the few activities I’m looking at on TripAdvisor, you will average around $60 per person, per excursion. So, keeping with the theme, let’s say you do four activities over your six day stay. This brings our total to $480 for activities.
Remember, this isn’t an itinerary, just a rough estimate.
Resorts. So, the resort I would go to, would be Wyndham Reef Resort. They have two options for all-inclusive packages.
The first being, you get one breakfast, lunch, and dinner per day. You also get all you can drink house brand liquors and wines. Some activities are also included, such as kayaking, pedal boats, and paddle boards; up to one hour per day. The activities are included in both packages.
The cost? From April 22 through Dec 20, 2019, you will add on $132 per person, per day. Is this worth it? Yes. One person can very easily get $132 worth of food, drinks, and activities per day. Let’s say you are staying in a beachfront deluxe studio for two people. That will run you $199 per night; plus the additional $264 per night for the all-inclusive package.
Your total for the week, for everything included, is $2,778.
From December 21 through April 21, 2020, you will add on $189 per person per day. I strongly recommend you going during the off-season. Easy way to save almost $120 per day, and you’ll still have great weather, don’t worry.
This option will run you $3,462.
On the flip side, you have option number two. This is unlimited meals during restaurant operating hours, unlimited drinks with brand name liquors, and access to a café. During off-season dates, the same as above, you can expect to pay $167 per person, per night. This is still cheaper than the on-season prices for option 1. This is by far the best deal, as you will not have to worry at all, during your whole stay.
Your total with this option? $3,198.
On-season is much more expensive, at around $224 per person, per day. You get all the same things as option one, however, your total for the week will be $3,882.
Hotels. Hotels will be the worst option if you were to go to Grand Cayman. Not only are they more expensive, and not as nice as Airbnbs, you will still have to shell out a ton of money for activities and food/drinks.
Using Booking.com, the cheapest place I could find is a Holiday in for $946 for six nights.
Adding on all the other expenses you’ll accrue, this is an expensive option, believe it or not.
So what will this all cost you?
Airbnb route – $4,409
Resort Route (Off-season, premium package) – $4,338
Hotel Route – $4,126
So, as you can see, resorts may be a slight bit more expensive than hotels, however, you know EXACTLY what you are getting. Unlimited food, drinks, and daily activities. The worry is completed lifted off of your shoulders. And I am accounting for additional excursions when calculating the resort cost.
You could very easily spend more on food and drinks, which in turn could make the hotel route cost significantly more than the resort if you are not careful.
I know Punta Cana has been getting a bad rep lately. But overall, it has always been a very safe and affordable place to go. There is a reason why 6.5 million people visit Punta Cana every year, according to Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange.
That is because it’s super cheap, and super beautiful.
Punta Cana is great because since it is so popular, you can get a ridiculously good deal by bundling your flight and hotel into one expense. For example: buying just a flight to Punta Cana will run you about $454 round trip per person, depending on when you go.
However, if you group this in with a resort, you will spend about $1,300 per person. We will look at this more in depth here in a second so I can break down where that cost comes from.
Airbnbs. Punta Cana is known for their all-inclusive resorts, and that is the route I would 1,000% recommend. However, let’s take a look at some Airbnbs anyway to see what the other options are.
So, for a six night stay in Punta Cana, you can expect to pay $570. Adding on all the other expenses, as always, this number goes way up, in this case most likely surpassing the cost of the resorts.
Activities here are pretty cheap, so expect another $480 for that as well.
Resorts. Alright, let’s get into the meat and potatoes of Punta Cana. The backbone. The beating heart of this place: All-inclusive resorts.
There are so, so many to choose from. You have the ever popular Majestic resort lines, or the Barcelo Bavaro.
However, we are going to be looking at my top choice, the Excellence.
As I mentioned above, flying to Punta Cana and booking a resort separately is an option, for sure. It will still be very affordable. Although, why not book them together and save a few hundred dollars?
Using Booking.com, who partnered with Priceline, offers a great feature that shows you package deals. In this example, we will be taking our trip from August 13th through the 20th. Plugging in those dates, and choosing Excellence as our resort, we can see that our all-in cost, that includes flights, unlimited food, drinks, and some activities to go along with our hotel, is $2,548.91.
This is ridiculously cheap, especially considering everything you get in this package.
Using Google, the cheapest price I can find for Excellence, for the same room, is $300 per night. Seven nights of that alone almost equates to our all-in cost of using a package deal.
When going to Punta Cana, please look into all-inclusive resorts, you definitely will not regret it.
Hotels. I don’t know why I am even covering this one, but again, we are going to keep things uniform with the rest of the article. Hotels for the same date range shows a nice condo style hotel for $402 for seven nights.
Now, that’s all well and good, but it is five miles from the city center, and also includes nothing.
If you want to penny pinch on your honeymoon, then you can go this route, but you’ll still probably end up spending more money.
So what can you expect to spend?
Airbnb Route – $3,758
Resort Route – $2,788.91
Hotel Route – $3,590
Not only is the resort route a few hundred dollars cheaper, you get so much more for your money. Less stress, more drinks and food. And I mean a lot more drinks and food. UNLIMITED amounts of drinks and food.
You’ll have a good honeymoon.
Puerto Rico is one of the nicest places you can travel to, and the fact that it is in the United States makes it even better. You won’t have to worry about passports or anything like that, and you’ll still get a beautiful, tropical, relaxing honeymoon.
About 3.5 million people visit Puerto Rico every year, mostly to San Juan.
For Puerto Rico, you can go the same route and book your flights and hotels together. However, I believe the all-inclusive package I’ll be covering has to be booked directly through the resort. So, because of that, I will be going through and booking the flights separately.
Flights to San Juan will cost you around $334 per person, depending on when you go. The thing with this is, is that the airport is about a 40 minute drive away from the resort.
This is a hefty $150 Uber bill, there and back. If not more.
Airbnb. I would seriously consider looking into Airbnb if you were to honeymoon in Puerto Rico. Not only will you not have to worry about driving over 40 minutes from the airport to get to your room, but you’ll also pay much less, for the room at least.
Let’s take a look at three different properties.
So, for the seven nights, you can expect to spend about $538.
Activities will be around $50 per activity, per person. This will be about $400 for the two of you, and that’s only if you do four activities for the week.
Resorts. This is one where I feel it just isn’t worth it. There aren’t many all-inclusive resorts in Puerto Rico, at least not close to the airport. As I mentioned above, the all-inclusive resort I could find was about 40 minutes away from the airport. So tack on that $150 transportation fee right there.
So yes, you will get unlimited food and drinks, plus some activities. You’ll also stay in a pretty sweet hotel.
If you don’t mind that drive, then this could be a pretty awesome option.
The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar can get pretty expensive. Running you $429 per night for a rainforest view suite, you can expect to pay $3,003 for a week stay.
They also don’t include any activities. Well, let me back up, each guest gets one round of golf on their resort course. Outside of that, you will still have to pay for all of your kayak trips, boating trips, etc.
That is another big reason why I’d shade more to the Airbnb and hotels on this one.
Hotels. You have a few options with hotels. You have the nice hotels by the beach, or you have the nice hotels in the center of downtown. They’ll run you about the same, at a little over $100 per night. Or, you can get fancy, and then they’ll be a couple hundred dollars a night.
The one I am looking at is in downtown San Juan. For $921 total for the week, you can stay in a beautiful boutique hotel in an awesome location.
So what will a honeymoon to Puerto Rico cost you?
Airbnb Route – $3,406
Resort Route – $4,171
Hotel Route – $3,739
So, as you can see, it is significantly easier and cheaper to go the Airbnb route on this one. You won’t have to worry about transportation, or being so far away from the main city.
Jamaica is an amazing Caribbean destination for your honeymoon. In fact, TripAdvisor ranked it the #1 Caribbean Destination for 2019. Not only that, they also rank top 15 for the Best Destination in the World according to TripAdvisor as well.
Jamaica is known for its Sandals Resorts. That is what we will be looking at when we get to the resort portion of this section.
Even though it is ranked so highly, flights to Montego Bay are surprisingly cheap. At around $510 per person, you can stay just over the $1,000 mark for both of you. This will free up some money for you to use on your other expeditions while you stay here.
So with flights out of the way, let’s see what else is in store for Montego Bay. (That rhymed).
Airbnb. There are tons of Airbnbs available to rent that have amazing views of the ocean. Most of them are even under $100 per night. Let’s take a look at the top three places I would consider if I were taking a trip here.
So, for a seven night stay in Montego Bay (that rhymed) you can expect to drop about $706.
Activities in Montego Bay are very accessible, which leads them to being pretty affordable. Most of the activities I see are around $30 per person. At four excursion during your week, you can expect to drop $240 here.
Resorts. So let’s take a look at those Sandals, shall we? For this one, I wouldn’t use a bundle deal, as they seem to be pretty expensive on Booking. However, on the Sandals website, I can see that, on average, you are looking at around $250 per person, per night.
That keeps it pretty clean, at a smooth $3,500.
Sandals is awesome as well for everything that is included in their all-inclusive packages. Check out their website for a full list as it is way too long to cover here.
Some highlights are unlimited food at some very nice restaurants, unlimited premium liquors, and a myriad of activities including scuba-diving and snorkeling. I really don’t think you’ll need to spend any money on excursions here, but for the sake of keeping things far, I’ll just say $100.
Hotels. Then of course you have the hotel options. The very first option on Booking is a beachfront hotel for just over $1,100. If I was going the hotel route, this is where I’d stay, however I wouldn’t go the hotel route.
So, how much would a honeymoon to Montego Bay, Jamaica cost you?
Airbnb Route – $3,750
Resort Route – $4,690
Hotel Route – $4,258
So, Airbnb and hotel is cheaper at a glance, remember that those prices aren’t set in stone. You could very easily end up spending much more between the two of you.
In this case, I would debate between the Airbnb route and the resort route.
It is more than realistic to spend a great week away in a super relaxing, gorgeous location with the love of your life without super breaking the bank.
We all have different definitions as to what constitutes as “cheap” when it comes to traveling, however, for honeymoons, I’d recommend spending a bit more. It’ll be the only honeymoon you’ll hopefully ever take, so make it special. You both deserve it!
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