(Closed) Aruba honeymoon, all inclusive or not?

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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scurll:  I would not do an all inclusive in aruba, personally. There are a lot of really fantastic restaurants around the island and it’s all so safe and fun to explore, I think AI would be such a waste! We’ve been there twice and stayed at Bucuti & Tara (pricey but amazing) & Manchebo (less expensive and has the option for AI). wherever you choose, I would definitely recommend staying on Eagle beach rather than palm. 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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KatesTheWord:  We stayed at Bucuti and loved it! We’re going back this summer 🙂 

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scurll:  Don’t do AI in Aruba. Its definitely not worth it and the restaurants are SO good. You’re going to want to go out every night for dinner – Aruba is known for it’s amazing restaurants.

You can buy booze and bring it on the beach with you – all beaches are public beaches so they can’t do anything about it. We kept prices low by going to a pizza place across from our resort – about $20 for a pizza (that was actually decent!). We brought one on the beach a couple days in a row. We even went to dinner there a few nights when we were tired from excursions and didnt feel like getting dressed up. 

I agree about staying on Eagle Beach. Palm Beach is filled with the high rise hotels and are SO crowded (like getting up at 6 am to reserve a palapa crowded). Eagle Beach is way more chill.

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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Commenting to follow. We’re also planning on Aruba in September 🙂 Leaning towards Bucuti! 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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scurll:  I agree. Don’t do all inclusive in Aruba. There are great restaurants to try and it’s very safe. Our favorite restaurants were Madame Jeanettes and the Flying Fishbone. I’m pretty sure you can bring your own alcohol on the beach if you want. 

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Blushing bee

When we go to Aruba we stay in a time share. So I cannot comment on price of a room at a resort since that is not a consideration for us. However, we get up so early and go to sleep so early we tend to eat breakfast and lunch which is much less expensive than dinner. As far as drinks, there seems to be happy hour several times a day, so we just drank during happy hour which was buy one get one. We did a few nice dinners off resort. I recommend the all day jeep tour…the natural pool was so beautiful! We also did the horse back riding which was a little scary. The horses are much smaller in Aruba than in the U.S. and they were not easy to control. It was still fun and the scenery was to die for! We ate at Madame Jeanettes as well as the italian restaurant at the California lighthouse…such a beautiful view!!! It seems to me that an all-inclusive isn’t necessary. I’d say between the tours, our food, drinks and cab rides we maybe spend less than $1800. We were there for a week. Two of our dinners were for four people, if it was just the two of us maybe we would have spent less.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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scurll:  in my opinion, yes the beach is nicer on the Eagle side. It’s less crowded, wider, the sand & water are much nicer. We went once in October and once in November. For a honeymoon, Bucuti is the place. We had PLENTY of drinks on the beach lol You just stick a flag in the sand and wait for a beach server to bring you whatever you want (Food too) it was amazing! Good luck planning!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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weatherbug:  Im so jealous you’re going back to bucuti! It’s like heaven on earth there haha 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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scurll:  We are planning to do an Aruba honeymoon in September too! Following this thread for advice!

We are meeting with our travel agent on Saturday. We will most likely go all-inclusive because we do like to drink lol. But if you don’t do all-inclusive my friend just went to the Hyatt in Aruba and said it was absolutely gorgeous. We are looking into the Rui Palace or Antillas… that’s what the travel agent suggested so far. I’ll check back after we meet with her!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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scurll:  Eagle Beach has been rated one of the top 10 beaches in the world in the past, and while it may be only slightly nicer as far as sand/surf goes, the HUGE benefit is that Eagle is generally WAY less crowded. 

We stayed on Eagle Beach for our honeymoon, and I didn’t realize how much more crowded Palm Beach would be until we had to head up that way to go on a snorkel trip. We were on the boat and I just looked back at the beach and it was covered in umbrellas and chairs as far as the eye could see. It was packed with people (and this was at 4:00 PM, not exactly prime time for the beach) and I decided that I was very satisfied with our beach choice and that we would avoid Palm Beach in the future if we could.

That all being said, the beach itself is still beautiful, and there are more things/activities to do down in the high-rise/Palm Beach area than in the low-rise/Eagle Beach area, but we took the bus whenever we wanted to head that way. It’s really all about personal preference when it comes to where to stay.

Also, I would recommend NOT doing AI in Aruba as well. The food is AMAZING and my DH and I still talk about it all the time. El Gauchos in downtown Oranjestad is a must if you love meat/steak. Salt and Pepper in the high rise area was great for tapas/sangria. If you’re there on a Sunday, do the brunch at Windows on Aruba at Divi Links in the low rise section. It’s pricey but it’s to die for, and bottomless mimosas!! Make a reservation for 10:30 and just eat and drink until 2. I know that sounds crazy but you will see what I mean if you can make it there. It was our favorite meal of the trip!

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Newbee

If anyone is going to Aruba I have to tell you a few places to eat and things to do that I found were the best. 

Dining – BAREFOOT – loved this place, elegant dining in flip flops. 

            Madame Janette – awesome !! 

             Passions on the Beach – Romantic 

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activities – these two are a must and I had a blast !! The Kuku kunuku bus tours – do the dinner tour and hopefully you get Momma as your guide, OMG I cant begin to tell you the fun we had. 

Jolly Pirates – snorkling and jumping off rope swings from a pirate ship – THE best and let me tell you Im not spring chicken, Im in my 50’s and I was like a kid at christmas swinging off that dam rope (granted this was liquor enhanced) LMAO – Id go back and do it twenty more times if I could- great music, dancing -swimming – snorkel and OPEN bar and lunch. I WANT TO GO BACK.

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