(Closed) Honeymoon in Aruba

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Jayme917:  We went to aruba last month. I didn’t love it, but that’s me. 

The problem is that there’s really no culture and Aruba has an excellent marketing campaign. But off the resorts, it’s a fairly ugly island as it literally is a desert island. But there are some spots I liked. We rented a house across from the Spanish Lagoon, which was a great snorkeling spot with a secluded beach set in mangroves. It was quiet, so I was actually able to sunbathe topless without anyone bothering me (it’s “illegal” in Aruba, but because there are so many Europeans, it’s not thaaaat big a deal).

We rented a jeep and went off roading. Be careful where you rent from, though, bcs someplaces get mad if you take them in the desert. That was fun and an adventure. We saw wild goats. There’s also windsurfing, but it’s kind of dangerous.

AVOID FLYING FISHBONES or whatever. It’s only popular because of the ambiance, but it’s over-priced and the food was horrible. Funny story- we went for drinks and a bite our first night and food was bad- we sent it back. The Groomsmen was polite but he started to argue with me when I told him the dish didn’t taste as it should. The next day Fiance got a text from his boss. She set us up with reservations there, as she is friends with the same Groomsmen that argued with me, and we had to go back, as his boss went out of the way to get us the best table. That Groomsmen was eating crow all night.

Go to Zeerover instead. They serve fried fish (freshly caught), shrimp, fries, and plantains. Super simple but so good. 

We cooked mostly at the rental, so we didn’t eat out much. Also, there is no where outside of the resort/downtown area where you can get coffee. We learned that the hard way.

Honestly, there wasn’t much to do but sit by the beach and drink beer all day. Balashi, the local beer, is delicious. We brought home a couple 6 packs and I wish it were more. Also, don’t waste $$ on bottled water. Aruba has one of the best desalination plants in the world. Their water is better and cleaner than bottled water, and so delicious. They actually have to add impurities to the water, because it’s so pure it doesn’t boil without whatever they add. It was easily the best tasting water I have ever had. If you are drinking booze in hotel room, buy stuff at duty free on your way in country. Everything is so much more expensive on island. 

The island is “safe” in relative Caribbeam terms. I witnessed theft on the beach, locals will constantly ask if you want to buy drugs, and there are a lot of strays (thankfully the island doesn’t have rabies though). Be smart about going out at night. There is a lot of theft that isn’t reported. 

Post # 5
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Stevens Estate

Jayme917:  I just got back from Aruba! I loved it! The island is very small..but we had a blast. We stayed in a rental outside of the tourist area. Everyone (locals) is very friendly and the island is very safe. We have friends who live there so they showed us around. We ate at this awsome Italian restaurant the first night. I think it was called Giannis? But they had great food, atmosphere, and there are little shops right outside which were cool to go to after we ate. They have a lot of beach activities to do. We went jet skiing, wind surfing, snorkling…ect. The only thing I didn’t like was all the stray dogs….but I guess that’s expected when your not in the tourist area. They were everywhere where we were staying! If your a dog lover it’s very heartbreaking. But that was the only downside. Oh..and the casinos were awsome! If you like a little gambling I recommend checking those out. We won $500 on a slot machine! Have fun and enjoy your vaca!

Oh and they do have coffee places there…I know…I’m a coffee junkie. They have your typical coffee chains like Starbucks and dunkin donuts. But I only saw them around the tourist areas. I think my Aruban friend told me that they have a total of 5 dunkin donuts on the island. So just look in the tourist areas and you’ll find them.

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Post # 9
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I stayed at the Occidential about 12 years ago and I loved it. I know people that have gone there in the past few years and for an all inclusive it’s nice. I am going to Aruba for my honeymoon next year and want to stay at the radisson. There are so many good restaurants in Aruba you will be missing out on if you go AI!  Aruba has the best dining options out of almost all of the islands

Post # 10
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Jayme917:  we got back from our Aruba honeymoon about 10 days ago…. already dying to go back! You will LOVE it! We also went the all inclusive route, but at the Divi, which is in the low-rise area on Druif beach. All of the beaches in Aruba are pristine– crystalline water and sand like white flour. We hardly left our resort as we were so content to spend our days relaxing under our palapa on the beach with frozen cocktails (soo many yummy options!), swimming in the sea and in the pools, eating, relaxing, watching the sunsets… and repeat. It was heavenly. Met the nicest people there, too (both fellow vacationers and staff).

When we return to Aruba, we will explore a bit more. We want to check out Baby Beach for snorkeling, wander around town at night a bit, dine at Madame Jeanette’s and Windows on Aruba among a couple other places friends have recommended.

Check out the Aruba Aloe products, we brought back a hoard. ๐Ÿ™‚ One tip that saved us on the beach: pack (empty) 32 oz Nalgene water bottles in your luggage and then fill them with tons of ice and water at your resort pre-beach/pool. Easy way to stay hydrated without constantly getting up to refill a small water glass! Also, don’t bother exchanging currency- US dollars are actually preferred and accepted everywhere. Any questions, I’m happy to share more. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
29 posts
  • Wedding: August 2015

We were just in Aruba in February and had an amazing time – you will have a blast!  See below for some of my recommendations:

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 min ruins, then finished at the Cali lighthouse for cocktails and the sunset


Let me know if you have any more questions!

Post # 12
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Twin Oaks Garden House

Going July!!! so excited!

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