(Closed) Aruba or Cabo San Lucas – recommendations

posted 10 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Pueblo Bonita Pacifica – it’s a holistic, adults only resort and spa.  It’s part of a larger resort where you can also use amenities at a few other hotels.  I stayed in the Montecristo, in a private villa that would be way too big for a honeymoon, but spent a lot of time at the Pacifica. It is gorgeous.

Rated #2 of Cabo San Lucas hotels on tripadvisor (I live by tripadvisor).  The #1 pick is more of a budget hotel.  Pacifica has a great restaurant, pools and spa services.  Relaxing and quiet, but you can go to the other hotels if you want a livelier scene, or into town for shopping/nightlife/swimming beach. 

The downside of this resort is that you can’t swim on the beach at the because the waves are way too strong there.  Not sure about surfing, but it is a bit of a drive to get to a good location for windsurfing.  If that is important to you, perhaps look elsewhere.

I haven’t been to Aruba, so I can’t make comparisons.  But this was pure bliss.


Post # 5
2342 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m getting married in Aruba in May 2010 and just got back from a site visit!  I love the island, beautiful beaches, great restaurants, and weather was nice.  If you go to Aruba, I wouldn’t do all inclusive.  They’re are so many great restaurants to try all over the island.  We stayed at the Westin and they were awesome. 

I haven’t been to Cabo so I can’t compare!  Either place though will be great!  have fun!

Post # 6
235 posts
Helper bee

Ive been to the Rui in Cabo and no complaints at all.  In fact on the way down from the airport we shared a shuttle with a couple who had been there 13 (yes, thirteen!) times before.  They said they loved it so much because you are guaranteed good weather since it only rains a few days a year.  The resort was right next to Lands End and very nice. Ttheres a lot of great places in Cabo so you wont have a hard time finding a cool place. 

Post # 7
278 posts
Helper bee

I’ve been to Aruba and know friends that went to Cabos this year. 

Both are marvelous destinations but in my personal opinion, Aruba might win for their calmer waters and romantic settings (almost every inch of it is a “romantic spot.”)  I stayed at the Amsterdam Manor hotel that’s on the end of the strip – it was a good choice for me since it’s more quiet, secluded and you can always find a spot on the beach without it being so crowded.  It’s also known for it’s restaurant on the beach called Passions. 

Like mentioned above, I wouldnt’ do all inclusive just because Aruba is full of great spots to eat and you probably wouldn’t want to spend all day at your hotel anyways.  Renaissance has it’s own private island that you can go to if you are a guest and if you go – be sure to go to flying fishbone restaurant!

Post # 8
28 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’ve been to Cabo and Aruba and Cabo definitely takes the cake for me.  Cabo has spectacular weather practically year round and there are some great deals there right now.  My mom goes with girlfriends every year and they stay at a different all inclusive each time… I think her favorite was the Riu.  All inclusives are definitely the way to go down there as it can be quite costly otherwise…

Have fun!!!

Post # 9
794 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I went to Aruba in April and got engaged over a sunset dinner; The vacation was amazing. If you choose here I have a ton of must eat restaurants and things to do. Just send me a message and I would be more than happy to share. We stayed at the Renissance Marina We visited other hotels but thought we had the best hotel, hands down. There is a water taxi that picks you up from inside the hotel that takes you on a 10 min ride to the private island. So peaceful and the food is amazing in Aruba.  Here are a few pics from our vacation.

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Post # 10
2889 posts
Sugar bee

We are also considering Aruba but I never thought of doing anything but an all inclusive. Those of you who say the food is great, how does it come out price wise? I have vacationed in the Bahamas and we were glad we went all inclusive because food and drinks at island bars and restaurants (including those in the near by hotels) were expensive. What would you estimate as daily spending on food (specify if you include drinks please) in Aruba? Thanks.

Post # 11
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I will be in Aruba in 10 days… for my honeymoon! I have never been there before, but we have heard so many great things about the weather, food, shopping, water, people, activities, etc. I am so excited to go and have a relaxing time. We did decide to go with an all-inclusive resort. We’ve gone to all-inclusive resorts before and really love how they cater to your needs. We do plan on venturing out often though, but it’s nice to know that there’s always food and drinks available free of charge. 🙂 No matter what type of hotel or destination you choose you know you are going to have a wonderful time because you will be with your new husband or wife!

Post # 12
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Aruba RIU!

Post # 13
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

My fiance, his family and myself went to the Esperanza in Cabo. It is AMAZING!!!! I’m actually having a hard time finding a honeymoon place (in Fiji/tahiti area) that lives up the experience at Esperanza. check it out: http://www.esperanzaresort.com I could not recommend it more!!

Post # 14
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Although I was only in Aruba for a weekend, I think it would be a great honeymoon destination.  It’s great, whether you have a full week or only a few days. A sunset dinner on the beach is a must, soo romantic.  No matter where you decide to stay, I would pick somewhere on the beach.  We stayed just off of it, which wasn’t as conveinient if you left something in your room.

Post # 15
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We went to Cabo and stayed at the One & Only Palmilla! It was pure bliss and I would go back there for sure! It was the best beach vacation I have ever had!

Post # 16
11 posts
  • Wedding: December 2009

We went to Cabo and had the best time! The weather is great and it’s much quieter than Cancun. We stayed at the ME Hotel which was wonderful as well.

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