(Closed) Aruba Honeymoon at Bucuti & Tara!

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Happy_luv:  I’ll actually be going in June for my DW! We’ll be staying at the Westin for 7 days. I haven’t booked anything yet…just coming up with ideas. We’ll be doing a jeep tour of the island, horseback riding, Carubbian Festival (every Thursday), and might do a bar-hopping tour http://www.kukookunuku.com/ This has mixed reviews…so I’m not yet sure if we’ll do this. And of course we’ll be hitting up the beaches and eating at all the good restaurants over there!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Oh my gosh!!  Us, too!  We saw Bucuti and could not pass it up.  Isn’t it such a good deal for the “off season”? (which by the way is still perfect weather, from what I hear!)

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Happy_luv:  Okay, hello, this looks amazing! I’m so jealous! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

We just got back from our Aruba honeymoon yesterday and it as amazing! We loved it. The island is great and the locals were all very friendly. Everyone speaks a little English but some have a harder time understanding you. We stayed at the Divi Village.

The hotels will try to steer you towards taxis but Aruba has a pretty good bus system. We never waited more than 20 minutes for a bus. Some are the big blue arubus busses, and some are small white vans that seat 12 people. The smaller ones can take longer because they’ll drop people off a their homes.

Some things we recommend:

De Palm Natural Pool Tour. We did the Natural Pool 4 hour tour on our second day. You ride in a land rover up to the Arikok National Park and visit the Natural Pool first, then the Natural Bridge, Old Gold Mine, the Alto Vista Chapel, and the Lighthouse. The park is very rough, bumpy terraine and you’ll be happy you’re in a landrover. You will get super dirty (like nomad trekking in the desert for a month dirty) and your hair will be a snarled mess but it was so much fun! You need to be fairly mobile to do this tour because you have to walk down uneven, steep rock stairs to get to the pool, then you have to climb over slippery rocks and boulders to get in. But it was seriously so worth it. Bring water shoes or old sneakers you don’t mind getting wet.

The De Palm Baby Beach tour – We did this on our third day. It’s a calmer, fun tour that lasted about 6 hours. You go to the Ostrich Farm, the Donkey Sanctuary, the Volcanic Beach, the Caves with natice paintings, and then Baby Beach for snorkeling/swimming. Baby beach was amazingly calm and great for snorkeling.

De Palm Sunset Sail – We did this on our last day and it was a great way to end our trip. You take a pontoon sail boat out for about 2 hours and it’s an open bar with tasty appetizers. The Aruba Ariba drink tastes amazing and is very strong! The marina is right by a big shopping center so we went shopping afterwards and then ate at Texas de Brazil which was amazing.

We also took the buses and taxis to Philip’s Animal Garden which was a fun adventure, and the Butterfly Farm which was lovely. Both of those were quick and only took about an hour-90 minutes each.

We went to the Corrubian festival on Thursday but we got there late because of the bus and missed most of it. We were able to see their carnivale show which was amazing, and we got to eat some good local food while listening to the band. I recommend taking a taxi and getting there at 6 PM if you want to shop the vendors. The Carnivale show was at 9 or 9:30 and the festival goes until 11 pm but we left at 10.

 

Hands down the most amazing, romantic dinner you will have on the island is at the Old Man and the Sea down in San Nicolas. It’s hard to get to because it’s so far south that you have to take two busses or a $30 taxi ride from the Low-Rise hotels, but it’s so worth it. Seriously. This restaurant is amazing, but because they don’t advertise much it was very empty and we practically had it to ourselves. The restaurant is set out on the beach a foot from the water. There are cabanas and tents, beds, and lounge chairs set out right on the sand! It’s so romatic and whimsical.

The ocean is very calm but in the background you can see the waves break over a rock wall. There are two piers that go over the water, one with lounge chairs and one for dining. He even has a hammock set up on the beach if you want to chill out and relax. We had dinner during sunset and it was breathtakingly beautiful. His wine selection was delicious, and the food was out of this world amazing.

My DH got the Macadamia crusted Mahi-Mahi and I got the Surf & Turf Trio (Filet Mignon, Lobster, and Shrimp) and it was delicious. We also got the escargot stuffed mushrooms which were insanely good, and they brought us a complimentary dessert of caramel flan and cheesecake because they figured out that we were honeymooning. It is pricey (we spent $160 with wine, an app, and 2 entrees) but it’s so worth it. I wish we had gone there twice.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Happy_luv:  We just got back from Bucuti and LOVED it! Im jealous.. I wish I was going back in October. You have to do there romantic dinner on the beach, we loved Passions on the Beach and Madame Jeanettes… Screaming Eagle was very good too!! We did a half day jeep tour to baby beach which was a really nice way to spend the day. Upon arrival to the hotel they had a just married sign on our door and left us champagne glasses, a bottle of champagne, cheese and crackers. I had a relaxing massage and it was very nice. The food at the hotel is VERY good.  Their sweet potato fries and Burger are a MUST for lunch. The Slippery Monkey is one of their best drinks! Also… you are very lucky because they were just tearing down the old restraunt when we were leaving and putting up a beautiful new one called elements. You are going to have a amazing time! If you have any questions or want to see any pictures just let me know!!

 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We are going to Aruba for our honeymoon on as well ! We are going to be staying at RIU Palace. I’ve never been but soooo looking forward to it. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Happy_luv:  Email them (Julie was amazing and so was Maryanne) and let them know you are celebrating!! It was windy but not windy were the sand is in your face or its too cold to swim. Its 90 most of the day so the breeze is very very nice! And it is gorgeous at night!! I will upload a few pictures tonight for you when I get home from work so you can see. They definatly take pride in their hotel and even sent us a email when we got home ๐Ÿ™‚ We will be returning!

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Aruba is a great destination! They offer a dine around program that allows you to enjoy a lot of great local restuarants. If you’re not staying at an all-inclusive, this is a really great way to check out some local hot spots.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We just got back from our 10 day honeymoon in Aruba!  We stayed at the Divi all inclusive. It was amazing!  Definitely try Aruba’s local beer called Balashi, and the Aruba Ariba cocktail….love love love!  

We did the Atlantis submarine…it was nice but wouldn’t waste my money again…  

We did the de palms natural pool jeep adventure and that was by far my favorite “tour”!  Also recommend the de palm snorkeling afternoon delight trip.  

Since we did the all inclusive, we only ate off site once for lunch.  I highly recommend Iguana Joes downtown Oranjestad!  DH got the mahi blt and I got the steak fajitas (I don’t eat seafood…).  And their drinks are great too!  Try the lethal lizard if you go!!

taxis are great and you can learn a lot from the drivers.  One of our drivers told us to stay away from the main strip downtown.  It’s where all the tourist go especially when the cruise ships port.  If you go about three blocks back, you’ll find the mall, shops, etc.  everything is about 40% cheaper there!  And at a lot of the shops, you can bargain with them if you don’t like their prices, especially the jewelry stores!  (Oh and go in the jewelry stores, look around and talk to the people…they offered us several beers… :D)

we learned the hard way on the bus, that when you want to get off you have the press the little red button near the ceiling…we just assumed they would stop at bus stops, and ended up having a 1.5 hour tour of the island for under $5 hehe. but the buses are definitely great!

to say the locals are friendly is an understatement….our southern hospitality here has nothing on them!  We made several local friends, and one even gave us her contact info and asked us to keep in touch…said next time we visit we can stay at her place, and to bring our kids so they can play with her kids.  

All around amazing place.  We are already planning our next visit!

make sure you pack sunscreen, and plenty of hair ties, as the wind never stops!  and their Aruba aloe is AMAZING!  Enjoy!

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