Aruba or Antigua – I can't decide!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee

If you go to Aruba, don’t do an all-inclusive resort. Aruba is a great island that you can go and explore on your own. That’s why the majority of properties don’t offer all-inclusive plans.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Oh my goodness you have to go to Antigua – my husband and I went there on our honeymoon and it was the most romantic, most beautiful, most relaxing place I’ve EVER been (and I’ve traveled a lot). 

We stayed at a smaller resort than Sandals (Cocobay) but we did see the Sandals resort one day when we were out on a boat. I’m sure it’s great! There are SO many fun things to do and great excursions. I highly recommend Antigua!

Here are a few pictures of this gorgeous place. 

My husband took this of me in one of the pools. 

And how we felt when we had to leave…

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Sandals Antigua!  Hands down!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

They’re both gorgeous hotels and beautiful Islands.  I’ve been to Antigua 2 times and Aruba once.  I have to say, I preferred Aruba.  The weather was gorgeous and we took this amazing off roading Jeep Tour of the Island and got to swim in a Natural Pool.

I would definitely do an all inclusive in Aruba.  It’s EXTREMELY expensive outside of the resorts.  (Example – we went to Hooters for Beer, Wings & a Burger – 3 Domestic Beers, 20 piece wings & a Burger for my FI = $80 Before tip)

The Sandals in Antigua is nice too.  The beach it’s on, Dickinson, is fun and lively and probably one of the most popular beaches on the island.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @RS521: Aruba and Antigua are both nice islands… but vastly different from one another.

Aruba is one of the ABC Islands (Aruba – Bonaire – Curacao) of the Dutch Antilles found off of the Coast of South America, while Antigua is an island in the Lesser Antilles in the Southeastern Caribbean.

They also have vastly different climates…

Aruba is an arid Island, and lies outside of the Atlantic Hurricane Zone.  Temps in March will typically be in the HIGH 80s F.

Antigua is an more tropical island, and lies right within the Atlantic Hurricane Zone (only an issue tho June 1st to November 30th).  In March Temps will typically be in the mid 70s.

Both islands are quite clean and safe, and the people are friendly.  I would not hesitate to visit either… so much so, that these would be Islands that you could skip out on doing an AI and actually stay at a regular resort / hotel.

I personally haven’t been to Aruba, but I have been to Antigua, and Mr TTR & I loved it we would most definitely go back.  We have friends who have been to BOTH islands, and they say they are 2 of their faves.

I suggest that you do some reading & research to find out which one you’d be better suited to (vacation style) and what you are looking to do there.

Wikipedia is always a good place to start for a general overview:

Aruba = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aruba

Antigua = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antigua

Then there are the Countries / Islands Tourism Websites:

Aruba Tourism = http://www.aruba.com/

Antigua Tourism = http://www.antigua-barbuda.org/

As well as TripAdvisor where you’ll find awesome info on BOTH Destinations… Travel Guide – Reviews (Accommodations – Attractions – Restaurants) – and their great Forums where you can post Questions for TA Destination Experts & Locals to reply to

TripAdvisor – Aruba (Travel Guide) = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g147247-Aruba-Vacations.html

TripAdvisor – Antigua (Travel Guide) = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g147242-Antigua_Antigua_and_Barbuda-Vacations.html

As for the Resorts you have in mind, I checked out their Listing / Reviews on TripAdvisor.

The Riu Palace is rated as a 4 Star Property (based on facilities / amenities) and has 4 Circles (out of 5) for TripAdvisor Satisfaction

TripAdvisor – Riu Palace Aruba = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g147249-d151277-Reviews-Hotel_Riu_Palace_Aruba-Palm_Eagle_Beach_Aruba.html

While the Sandals Grande Aruba is a 5 Star Property that has 4 Circles for TripAdvisor Satisfaction

http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g147243-d148277-Reviews-Sandals_Grande_Antigua_Resort_Spa-St_John_s_Saint_John_Parish_Antigua_Antigua_and_Barbu.html

This should get you started on your research,

PS… Sounds like a fabulous Honeymoon.  Mr TTR & I were in Antigua for ours, as a stop on our Caribbean Cruise, and we had an amazing day sightseeing.

 

 

 

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Both would be lovely! I have only been to Aruba and loved it! Next favourite place next to Hawaii. My family has been to Antigua and thought it was beautiful.

I thought Aruba was a cross between Hawaii and Arizona. Beautiful beachs, dry, neat rock formations, it was so nice! I felt safe there too, which is really important to me.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Aruba has some beautiful things to offer.  However, there is a distinct smell of petroleum as you travel to your hotel from the airport.  I would choose Antigua over Aruba.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I liked Antigua better. 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

double post

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Back again…

I spoke to my GF and her Hubby… who have been to BOTH islands, and BOTH of these particular resorts.

Lol, he liked Antigua better, she Aruba

(she is all about the beach on vacation… she could literally lie in the sun & bake 24/7.  Whereas he is the kind of guy who likes to explore / do other things as well)

BUT they both agreed that the Beach was “ever so slightly” better in Aruba.

Not sure how much there is to do in Aruba… Antigua from our own Honeymoon Experience had a TON to do and see.

So that could be a deciding factor… as I said originally, the Islands Tourism Websites, may be the thing that helps you decide in the end.

Hope this helps,

 

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