(Closed) Anyone Honeymoon in Aruba??

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


Aruba is great!!!

I did not go for my honeymoon but have vacationed to Aruba several times.

I prefer the high rise hotels further out on the Island.

There is plenty to do and area by the high rise hotels is very walkable.

A lot of the hotels to do not offer all inclusive packages but check it out!! A hotel may be having a special rate…….

Post # 4
565 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I vacationed there a year ago and I.fell.in.LOVE. As far as all inclusives go normally I’m all for them but not really in Aruba. The reason is that Aruba is SO safe that you can walk anywhere and there are tons of restaurants/bars so paying for all inclsive meals/drinks is a bit of a waste because you’d be spending money for meals on the resort and then paying on top of that going out for dinners/lunches etc.

We had a room with a kitchenette (not sure if you’d want to cook on your honeymoon) did one grocery trip when we got there for breakfasts and lunches and went out for dinners. They do have a Starbucks there which (as far as I can remember) is within walking distance from most, if not all, of the hotels. The only thing is if you’re a big drinker you’ll have to pay per drink while you’re at the resort so that alone could make the all inclusive worth it.

 I guess it’s all relative but either way I HIGHLY, HIGHLY, 100% recommend Aruba!

**If you do go, visit Linda’s Dutch Pancakes and Pizza’s for breakfast. I still think about the Dutch pancake I had there lol

Post # 7
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I just got back a little over a week ago from my Honeymoon in Aruba!! It was the perfect honeymoon. We stayed at a resort called the Bucuti & Tara, which is on Eagle Beach. Our resort was located right on the beach and it is supposedly one of the nicest beaches on the island. It is an adult only resort and it was almost all couples, many honeymooners there too! If you are looking for a relaxing resort where you can lay on the beach/pool and get beachside drink/food service, then this is a great resort! If you are looking for more action and more to do, then I would suggest the high rise section of hotels as it is on a long strip of restaurants/bars/shops. We were able to take a taxi to that part of the island when we wanted, but we enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere of the Bucuti & Tara resort. The resort is not all inclusive, only breakfast is included. We want to go again next year for our anniversary. 

Post # 8
565 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@SoontobeMrsFisette:  oh yeah makes sense lol we stayed at the Divi Pheonix and loved it but I don’t think they have all inclusive packages. Oh the other thing (not sure if it would be an issue for you or not)  make sure you know which kind of room you’re getting some of the larger resorts that have all inclusive packges sit perpendicular to the water so you could end up with a view of other hotels and not the water but there were only a couple like that and I’m sure you’d be informEd of that when booking

Post # 9
7439 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Aruba is a very SAFE and modern country… so you don’t have to go with an AI unless you want to.

Friends of ours stayed at The Riu Palace and they loved it.

You can find it here on TripAdvisor:

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

It currently is rated on TA as a 4 Star property (based on facilities / amenities) and has 4 Circles out of 5 for TripAdvisor Member Satisfaction translating to a 76% Thumbs Up.

Hope this helps,


Post # 10
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We just got back from our honeymoon in Aruba. I think I’m in love with that country 🙂 We stayed at the Renaissance Marina Hotel. This place certainly wouldn’t be for everyone – it’s located in Oranjestad and isn’t directly on the beach. That part aside – they have their own private island that you can go to, and that was gorgeous. We spent most days there, and then in the evenings we’d go in the pool at the Marina Hotel or the pool at the Ocean Suites.

We did take a taxi up to the other resort areas and beach, and honestly, having seen the beaches at the Divi (or maybe it’s Tamajarin?) I wouldn’t have been happy there. There was virtually no shade, so although there is a nice breeze all the time, it wouldn’t have been pleasant spending 6 hours outside midday. Aside from this, the beaches are gorgeous. 🙂 The water is amazing for swimming.

We did an all-inclusive, which with the vacation package we booked really only worked out to an extra $300 each for the 7 days. I’m pretty sure we came out ahead on that deal, even though we ate at a few other restaurants while we were there.

I also have a few other tips for anyone planning a honeymoon/vacation here:

1)  The sun is hot – seriously hot. The people who live and work here tell you to wear sunscreen for a reason. Even with SPF30 sunscreen you will tan – trust me. I saw so many people who were burnt and bright red from the sun. If you do burn, they sell Aruba Aloe Lotion in some stores. Anyone I asked said it worked well for taking the sting out of a sunburn quickly.

2) You can drink the water from the tap. It actually tastes quite good too 🙂 It’s also the same water they bottle in Aruba, so if you buy bottled water it’s the same as the tap. (In other words, don’t waste money on bottled water.)

3) Do some excursions: we did an island tour and a sunset cruise. Totally fun and worth it.

4) Some beaches have coral and lots of shells. If you don’t want your feet to be sore, buy a pair of water shoes. We got some before we left for Aruba for about $20/pair. It was well worth it for the few times we needed them.

5) The airport (or at least the area after security on the non-US side) only has 1 washroom. You will have to wait, so plan accordingly. I thought I heard someone say there was also only 1 washroom on the US side, so the same would apply.

Post # 12
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I am posting to follow as I haven’t been on our honeymoon yet, but we were thinking Aruba too!

Ive looked into it a bit, and my Fiance and I like to drink too – so we would be looking into AI. Rui Palace looks really nice, and we talked to a travel agent who LOVED it there. So I think if we decide on Aruba, we would stay there!

Post # 14
13 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

@danafish:  That’s where we are going for ours! I was overwhelmed with the amount of amazing reviews it got on TripAdvisor, and after much research, we knew it would be perfect! Do you have any ideas or suggestions after your experience?!

Post # 15
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We went to Aruba for a very short vacation and absolutely loved it. We stayed at Amsterdam Manor on Eagle Beach and loved it. It was not all-inclusive, which we loved. We had some amazing meals and are glad we didn’t go the all-inclusive route. We also walked 10 minutes to the grocery store and got snacks, include baguette and cheese that we could enjoy with cocktails while we watched the gorgeous sunset. All the bars (including the beach bar) had happy hour cocktails (buy 1 get 1) from 5-7pm. Drinks were less expensive than I expected, too, even not during happy hour. It was awesome. Everyone is different, but we much preferred the Eagle Bach area to the Palm Beach area. And also, the public transit there was crazy easy, reliable and clean!. We enjoy exploring, so we were thrilled with our decision to avoid the all-inclusives. Another warning about the airport…you should get there at least 3 hours before your flight because you go through US customs in Aruba. How long it’ll take is unpredictable. Aruba is a great choice…have a great time!

Post # 16
1082 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@SoontobeMrsFisette:  our honeymoon was a cruise to 3 different islands, Aruba being one of them.

In those 6 hours, I fell in love.

We did a ‘tour’ that was about a 45 minute drive around the island where we saw all of the hotels, condos, etc. They have everything from the Holiday Inn to the Ritz Carlton. I’m pretty sure most of them are all-inclusive. And everything is in walkingn distance – shopping, restaurants, touristy things.

We went to the Califorrnia Lighthouse and the locals were selling coconut water. They hack at a coconut with a machete, stick a straw in it, and hand you the cocont. It’s AWESOME!

And all of the beaches are public. There are, however, different beaches that are good for different things. We went to Moomba beach, which was great for swimming and jet-skiing, but not so much for snorkeling as the water wasn’t as clear as it is on most islands. (there are other beaches on the island that are perfect for snorkeling but I can’t remember their names).

All of the locals were really nice, too.

Our tour guide was also sure to point out that the average temperature is 82-85 degrees year round and they are out of the hurricane belt so you don’t have to ever worry about that.

We want to go back exclusively to Aruba for a week or two sometime in the future.

I cried when we left this time.

Sigh. I’d much rather be there than sitting here freezing in 30 degree Pittsburgh lol

have fun!!

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