Post # 1
Going to Ariba for a 12 day honeymoon….we are staying at the occidental. Of course now seeing more and more negative reviews…have any of you been to Aruba? Have you stayed at the Occidental? Would love suggestions on what to do.
Post # 3
Yes. I’ve been to Aruba. However, I did not stay at that hotel.
As for suggestions, I would recommend that you go on a snorkeling trip. I loved it, and the fish are beautiful. Water sports also look like fun, although I did not do any of them.
My other comments are: 1) you will have to get past the smell of the oil refineries as you’re traveling to your hotel, but you won’t be able to smell them once you are at your resort; and 2) do NOT eat lobster cooked on a hot stone. My mom and I did this at a small restaurant off of our property, and we ended up with food poisoning. Ick.
Post # 4
Didn’t stay at Occidental, but did tour it on a work trip. It’s located in Palm Beach where you’ll find tons of nightlife & dining options. Try one of the snorkeling/scuba diving excursions (they depart from a pier around the Westin or Radisson (near the Occidental). They’ll anchor over a shipwreck and it’s pretty cool! Also, you can rent an ATV & explore the island. Also, dinner at El Faro Blanco (the lighthouse on the NW tip of the island) will give you some amazing sunset views w/great Italian food. Enjoy!
Post # 5
@Bliss Honeymoons: +1 on El Faro Blanco. I had a nice romantic dinner there…with my sister! LOL
OP, Aruba rocks. I went once, loved it, going back in a few weeks. Still trying to convince Fiance to elope there in fact!
Post # 6
Not yet, but we’re going on our honeymoon. From the looks of your wedding date, if you’re going right away we’ll be there the same time!