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.
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!
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.
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