Honeymooning in Aruba. Best place to stay? Tips, Advice?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Commenting to follow, though I’m not into all inclusives.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

DH and i stayed at bucuti and Tara and LOVED it! Yes, it’s a little further from the main high rise area, but we actually only went over there twice in the week we honeymooned. we liked our area, exploring around, etc better. Even so, we walked over and back so it’s not that far, and there are always cabs around. 

The hotel does breakfast and it’s great haha!  We never went anywhere else and typically are late as a brunch so that we only needed a snack for lunch. Then, we tried different places each night for dinner. 

Aruba is pricey so budget high for food. Do the full day jeep tour. Put sunscreen on every morning and make sure to have a coverup. And take tons of pictures because it is soooooo pretty! Enjoy – you’ll have a blast!

 

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Helper bee

Personally, I am not a fan of Aruba.

I went several years ago and was not impressed with the beaches, resorts, restaurants OR island.  We stayed at the Marriott Renaissance and found the hotel to be dirty and worn.  One night, my ex and I were at the hotel pool bar and there was no bartender to be found.  Eventually he appeared from a guest room balcony on the 3rd floor (to the delight and cheers from the crowd below) and climbed his way down. 

So many people told us how “SAFE” the island was, however I did not feel safe when leaving the resort or walking around town – day or night!  One day we rented a “jeep” to tour the island and got lost heading back to the hotel.  We asked some locals for directions back to town and they pointed us in the opposite direction to a very secluded and dangerous looking part of the island.  Thankfully we ended up finding our way back safe.  BTW our jeep wasn’t really a jeep, it was an ancient suzuki sidekick (we called it the rollerskate because that is exactly what it looked like.)

Lastly, locals constantly asked us if we wanted to buy drugs from them.  NO THANKS!

 

 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We went in September ’12 and are trying to figure out when we can go back!! We loved it!!  It was very very safe- we took cabs or walked everywhere.  

I would recommend NOT doing an all-inclusive because it is such a safe and navigable island.  We had a honeymoon package at the Radisson which I would also highly recommend.  It came with breakfast, as well as a dinner on the beach, a couples massage, and a sunset champagne boat trip. Our travel agent booked it for us.  Similar ones were available at the hyatt if I remember correctly. 

We also took a jeep tour and a snorkeling tour, which we booked through the hotel the day we got there.  We hung out at the pool the rest of the days.  Maybe it was because it was “off season,” but renting cabanas at the hotel was super cheap (maybe $20 a day?) and they have it all nice and set up for you with towels and bottled water in a cooler.  

We had some amazing dinners, all within walking distance of the hotel.  The hyatt, radisson, etc. are all in the same sort of high rise zone, so you can wander through the different casinos and restaurants.  

Everyone we talked to was wonderful, and so nice.  I think part of it is that there isn’t a lot down there as far as economy other than tourism, and they take that very seriously. 

Have so much fun!!!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

we went to bucuti. it’s an easily navigable island, so i would recommend renting a car, or there are loads of cabs. screaming eagle is within walking distance to the resort and is wonderful (we went there twice). flying fishbone is amazing. it’s a really nice island.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

BeeinBoston:  Sorry!  Didn’t want to rain on your parade, but the worst thing to do is to go down there with a false sense of security because so many people continue to say that it’s so “safe”.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Edwin13:  This is helpful to me, thank you. Was it breakfast every day and one dinner? I like the idea of exploring all the area restaurants for dinner, and having a steady breakfast lol. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Everyone I know who has done Aruba says to not do AI as the restaurants in town are so good. They recommend: Flying Fishbone, Screming Eagle, Chef’s Table, etc. I’ve heard the Radisson is lovely.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015

So exciting to be planning your honeymoon! My Fiance and I have vacationed a lot in the Carribean (both all inclusive and not all inclusive) – we most recently went to Aruba in February and stayed at the Aruba Marriott Stellaris resort (not all inclusive). Because Aruba is a safer island in the Carribean, we opted to not go all inclusive because we wanted to explore the island & eat at restaurants outside of the resort. It can definitely get pricy, but it is definitely doable to do the vacation on a budget (cheaper restaurants, buy beers/drinks at the market and bring a cooler to the beach etc.) Below is a link to the review I wrote on tripadvisor that might be helpful.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g147249-d147645-r196683909-Marriott_Aruba_Resort_Stellaris_Casino-Palm_Eagle_Beach_Aruba.html

If I remember correctly – we probably spent abour $3k for the week on food/bev. We did not try to penny pinch and went to some really nice dinners, so like I mentioned I think you could definitely do the trip for much cheaper!

for dinner reservations – make them before you get to the island! reservations are limited and everyone makes them prior to their trips so a lot of resturants book up.

Dinners off the resort:

Papiamento – this place is amazing! You can sit outside in the courtyard around a pool with gorgeous trees and beautiful lighting. This was my favorite and the food was amazing!

http://papiamentoaruba.com/

El Gaucho – this is an Argentinian steakhouse – my fiance loved it.

Simply Fish – this was at our resort – you eat out on the beach as the sun sets. try to get the first reservation, there aren’t a ton of tables and they take their time seating people so you would want to be the first people sat so you can get a cocktail and enjoy the sunset!

Moomba beach bar – great for a casual night, good music, beers and right in a hut on the beach

La Trattoria is next to the Lighthouse and has amazing views – we only had drinks there, and didn;t eat so i can’t comment on the food.

http://www.aruba-latrattoria.com/

Also – a lot of people do the island tour in jeeps in a group – but we actually rented our own jeep and did it on our own. some of the locals recommended a better route for us to avoid ethe crowds – which I highly recommended, this was one of our favorite days! The island is small, only about 21 miles long so we did the entire island in a day – starting down at Baby beach, went to the national park, the natural pool, the gold mine ruins, then finished at the Cali lighthouse for cocktails and the sunset

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Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Twin Oaks Garden House

We are going to Aruba in July!!! So excited!!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@bubbles42-  Sorry, I haven’t been on in a while.  Yes, breakfast was included everyday.  It was a buffet, but included different manned chef stations.  I looked back at my trip adivsor reviews, and we had great dinners at:

Amazonia Churrascaria

Amuse Bistro

Barefoot Restaurant

Flying Fishbone is sort of a hike from the high rise hotels- like $20 cab ride both ways.  We opted for Flying Fishbone, which was closer.  We sat on the beach, feat in the sand, and watched the sunset.  Our package at the radisson also included a couples massage, which I was thinking about today after a stressful work day….

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