3 Incredible Honeymoons for Under $5,000
Couples who honeymoon and travel regularly are more likely to be happily married 10+ years later (trust us, we have the research to prove it!) but all too often, the honeymoon budget gets absorbed into the wedding day budget when additional costs arise. To make sure you prioritize this important trip, start envisioning your dream post-wedding getaway early on in your wedding planning process and allocate a specific budget to make it happen. And if unexpected wedding day costs arise, try to avoid borrowing from your honeymoon budget because investing in your honeymoon is truly investing in your happily ever after.
In this guide, we’re highlighting three diverse honeymoons that you can turn into a reality with a $5,000 budget. Whether you’re drawn to the all-inclusive luxury of the Caribbean, the cultural and coastal wonders of Europe, or the vibrant adventures awaiting in Asia, we’ll show you how to make the most of your budget. Plus, discover how tools like Honeyfund can help stretch your budget further by allowing friends and family to contribute to your dream trip.
All-Inclusive Caribbean Getaway in Jamaica
Jamaica, with its vibrant culture and stunning landscapes, offers the perfect Caribbean getaway. Amidst this paradise, the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa stands out as an excellent all-inclusive option that will keep you under a $5,000 honeymoon budget. Priced at $2,537 for 5 nights in mid-November, this resort in Montego Bay provides a tranquil haven with ocean-view king rooms and roundtrip airport transfers.
Enhance your experience by budgeting around $800 for exciting excursions—consider adding these activities as registry items on your Honeyfund so you can get the gift of experiences as a wedding gift! Enjoy a couple’s massage at the spa (bonus: 15% off spa treatments if you book with Hilton before your arrival), embark on a thrilling $300 ATV safari, and capture the magic of Jamaica’s sunset with a $170 catamaran cruise from Rick’s Cafe in Negril.
Keep your travel costs in check with an estimated $1,000 budget for round-trip airfare* for two. Sample flights show prices as low as $400 per person from a major airport like DFW, making your dream Jamaican honeymoon under $5k a reality. With picturesque landscapes and warm hospitality, Jamaica sets the stage for a memorable honeymoon, and the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa ensures world-class amenities and impeccable service within your $5k budget.
Cultural and Coastal Tour of Italy
Italy is a top honeymoon choice for Honeyfund couples, with its rich culture, delicious food, and stunning scenery. November, the off-season, is perfect for maximizing your $5,000 budget and avoiding crowds.
Look for nonstop airfare to Rome for as little as $690 a person this time of year. For the perfect itinerary, we recommend starting in Rome, the capital city, to explore iconic landmarks like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and enjoy endless pizza and gelato. You can find some great 4-star hotels like Hotel Nazionale, located in the city center, for around $200/night.
Then, take a scenic train ride to the Amalfi Coast for the rest of your honeymoon. Enjoy Sorrento for 4 nights, expecting to pay around $300/night for accommodations, indulging in coastal beauty and seafood. Consider a day trip to Capri or a $700 private boat charter and snorkeling.
Experience Italy’s magic, blending history and coastal serenity, all within an estimated $4,000 budget for travel and accommodations. This leaves room for cuisine, excursions, and souvenirs. Italy, with its timeless charm and culinary delights, is the perfect setting for an unforgettable honeymoon.
A Vibrant Adventure in Thailand
Thailand is a highly-sought after destination for many reasons, and despite its distance from the U.S., it can surprisingly fit into various travel budgets. The favorable exchange rate makes your $5,000 honeymoon budget go a long way, especially if you plan your trip during the off-season in November, offering fewer crowds and a chance to fully enjoy the ocean.
While the airfare might take a chunk of your budget due to the distance, you’ll be pleased to see how well your money stretches for accommodations, food, and activities. To make the most of your Thai experience, we suggest a 10-day itinerary, giving you plenty of time to explore different places.
Kick off your adventure in Bangkok, where direct flights range from $800 – $1,200 per person. Stay at comfortable hotels like the Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel, with a nightly rate of $174 and fantastic rooftop pools and city views.
Continue your journey to Krabi, known for its peaceful beaches. Stay at the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi, with nightly rates ranging from $80 – $150. Enjoy island hopping or simply relax on the beautiful Railay Beach.
Wrap up your honeymoon in Phuket, opting for luxurious accommodations like Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong at around $120 per night. Dive into vibrant cultures, try water activities, and consider a day trip to Phi Phi Island, an extra cost of about $80 per person.
Adding an estimated food budget of $30 -$50 per person per day, the total cost for this 10-day Thai adventure is approximately $3,962 – $5,000. Whether you’re navigating through the lively markets of Bangkok, relaxing on the serene beaches of Krabi, or immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of Phuket, your 10-day honeymoon is sure to be unforgettable.
*All round trip airfare estimates mentioned in this post were sourced from Google Flights in January 2024, using JFK as the departure city.